OpticalCEUs, Continuing Education for Opticians

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All about Vision
American Board of Opticianry (ABO)/
National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)

Contact Lens Society of America
Contact Lens Update
Eyewitness Magazine
Malpractice Link
National Academy of Opticianry (NAO)
Opticians Association of America (OAA)
Opticians Association of Canada (OAC)
20/20 Magazine
Vision Council
Vision Monday

at the Movies

Fall 2016 Movies,
Spring 2016 Movie,
Spring 2015 Movie,
Fall 2014 Movie,
Spring 2014 Movie,
Fall 2013 Movie
Spring 2013 Movie,
Fall 2012 Movie

Published Articles
by Linda Conlin

20/20 Magazine
(Continuing Education Articles)
Kids and Kontacts”
By Linda Conlin
Embyronic Eye Development”
By Linda Conlin

Eyewitness Magazine
Sellers of Illegal CLs
Target Teens”
By Linda Conlin
Solutions in Pediatric Myopia
By Linda Conlin
Are Closer Than You Think
Contact Lens Fits for Younger Children on the Rise”
By Linda Conlin (Page 13)

OpticalCEUs Spring 2017
Seminar Ties Record Attendance

An almost record number of opticians from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts came to Foxwoods Resort and Casino for OpticalCEUs Annual Spring Seminar on April 30. They listened as gifted and knowledgeable speakers Joe Forte, Deborah Kotob of Vision Ease spoke about the following:

    • Advise your patients about the effects of blue light exposure

    • Review spectacle lens options and considerations for the correction of Ametropia and Presbyopia

    • Provide top-notch patient care with new technology for specialty contact lens fitting

    • Expand your knowledge of contact lens materials, treatments and their applications

The opticians also enjoyed a complimentary breakfast as well as OpticalCEUs renowned buffet lunch of soup, salads, pulled pork, and other offerings as well as a wonderful dessert bar.

Our Lecturers
Accredited lecturers Linda Conlin, Deborah Kotob of Vision-Ease and Joe Forte presented the seven courses for ABO/NCLE credits.

For 17 years Linda, an Adjunct Instructor with the Goodwin College Ophthalmic Sciences program, has provided continuing education and training for opticians at the state and national levels. She is ABO and NCLE certified, licensed in CT, MA and RI, and has written for 20/20 and EyeWitness magazines. She founded OpticalCEUs and launched OpticalCEU.com and Optical News from OpticalCEUs news blog for opticians.

Deborah, the ECP Education Facilitator for Vision-Ease, creates and presents ABO, NCLE and JCAHPO seminars related to optics and best practices. A Massachusetts-licensed optician, she has owned two optical businesses and was a sales representative for MODO and Luxottica. Deborah has achieved ABOM and NCLE certifications.

Joe, the director of contact lens services for Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. He recently received his NCLE Masters Certificate. He is certified as an Advanced Level speaker, and was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics. Joe has been a Fellow of the CLSA since 1992.

OpticalCEUs Fall 2016 Succeeds Again!

Some twelve dozen opticians from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island attended OpticalCEUs Annual Fall Conference for continuing education in the Grand Pequot Ballroom, at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino on October 23. They picked the latest ideas in the field - from lens technology to reduce blue light exposure to contact lens fitting for irregular corneas. They listened to the following presentations:

  • Just the Blue Light Facts, Ma’am!

  • Lensology – Lens Basics Review

  • Become a Contact Lens Fitter

  • A New Approach to Fitting Irregular Corneas

  • Contact Lenses – How We Got Here From There

  • Managing Ocular Allergies

OpticalCEUs Spring Continuing
Education Seminar, Draws
Opticians from All Over New England

Some 150 opticians came to Foxwoods Hotel and Casino to sharpen their skills, dusted off their imaginations, and picked up the latest optical ideas—from sun lens technology to specialty contact lenses. It all happened at OpticalCEUs Spring Seminar on April 10 in the Celebrity Ballroom of Foxwood's Fox Tower (formerly MGM Grand). In the second level ballroom, they earned up to 7 ABO/NCLE credits.OpticalCEU's speakers covered the following topics:

  • The Nature of Light and Its Practical Applications

  • Explore the Cornea

  • Managing Ocular Allergies & Ocular Surface Disorders with Single Use Lenses

  • Specialty Contact Lenses are Not That Special

  • Shades of Green

  • Lens Enhancements

  • Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses

Goodwin College's Ophthalmic Program Accredited

At the October 2, 2016 meeting, the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) approved accreditation for Goodwin College’s Ophthalmic Science Program. The program was found to be in compliance with the Essentials of an Accredited Educational Program for Opticianry. The accreditation lasts for two years. This accreditation classification will be in effect retroactive to May 25, 2016 and expiring May 24, 2018. The accreditation status will include all graduates of the program in 2016.  This accreditation status will be extended to 6 years when the program is able to demonstrate full compliance with the remaining potential/non-compliant sections of the Essentials. This is standard for newly accredited programs.The commissioners said that they are honored to list the Ophthalmic Science Program at Goodwin College among its accredited programs.

Linda Conlin Speaking at CE Meeting for New Hampshire Opticians

Linda Conlin will speak at the annual New Hampshire Opticians Conference. The conference will be held on Oct. 16 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concorde, NH. She will have presentations on keratonus, the cornea, malpractice, complications associated with grading contact lenses.

The Story of Vision Aired Oct. 13; The Story of Vision eBook Follows


A one-hour documentary produced for PBS broadcast and distribution. The story’s threads will weave the tale of the journey of humanity that discovered the science; technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision. Efforts will be made to make this a co-production with international partners like BBC, NHK, ABC (Australia) and other international broadcasters."For more information, click.

People will also be able to download the eBook or iBook also entitled The Story of Vision, produced by Mark Mattison-Shupnick, Jobson’s director of education and training content. Four articles by Linda Conlin appear in the book.

OpticalCEU Speaker Joe Forte Earns NCLE Masters

Joe Forte recently earned his NCLE Masters Certificate. The percussionist and the director of contact lens services for Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, Greenwich, CT, has long served the education needs of opticians. He lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. He is certified as an Advanced Level speaker. He was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics. Joe has been a Fellow of the CLSA since 1992.

In order to attain this esteemed status, Joe had to do the following for NCLE examiners:

The NCLE Master in Contact Lens Technology designation demonstrates to the public and colleagues that an individual has attained a superior level in Contact Lens Technology.... [And he needed to satisfy the following conditions:]

Currently a Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA), or

Have written two published NCLE-approved Advanced Level III articles, or

An NCLE-approved Speaker with two NCLE-approved Advanced Level III Courses, or

Have one published NCLE-approved Advanced Level III article AND one NCLE-approved Advanced Level III Course for which you are the NCLE-approved Speaker

Linda Conlin Teaches in Goodwin
College's Ophthalmic Science Program

With the start of the Fall 2015 semester, Linda Conlin is teaching in the Ophthalmic Science Program at Goodwin College, E. Hartford.

The two-year associate degree education tract enables individuals to learn about opticianry. Working with a dedicated team of eye care professionals, students learn to design, fit, and dispense corrective eyeglass and contact lenses in the school's state-of-the-art optical fabrication laboratory, contact lenses laboratory, and training store. The program also prepares students to sit for ABO's and NCLE's exams.

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Descriptions of Seminars

Attendee Evaluation of OpticalCEU's Conferences

2014 Spring Conference
2013 Fall Conference
2013 Spring Conference
2012 Fall Conference
2012 Spring Conference
2011 Fall Conference
2011 Spring Conference
2010 Autumn Conference
2009 Autumn Conference

NAO names Linda Conlin
of OpticalCEUs
Ambassador of the Year.