ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, today announced that the Professional Opticians of Florida will join Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 in Orlando, Florida, as an official supporter. Established in 1982, the Professional Opticians of Florida, representing more than 4,000 Florida licensed opticians, is dedicated to enhancing the competency of opticians, advancing the profession of opticianry, working to resolve the governmental policy issues affecting opticianry and to protecting the health and welfare of the public.

Vision Expo East 2021 will take place at the Orange County Convention Center. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon@Vision Expo, will open Wednesday, June 2 and exhibits will open Thursday, June 3. To register for Vision Expo East’s Exhibit Hall and Education, click here.

“We are excited to partner with Vision Expo in Orlando this June,” said Dee Pace, executive director of the Professional Opticians of Florida. “We look forward to offering valuable continuing education courses and participating in the amazing networking and learning opportunities that Vision Expo offers.”

At Vision Expo East, the Professional Opticians of Florida will have a presence at the OptiCon@Vision Expo Hub and will provide four hours of Florida-required continuing education, including two hours of Laws and Rules and two hours of Reduction of Medical Errors. Course descriptions are included below:

Florida Rules and Regulations
This course is designed to familiarize the licensed optician with the laws and rules in which they operate and ensure they have a complete understanding of them. All Florida-licensed opticians are required to take laws and rules during each renewal. This is to ensure that each optician is acting within the law to protect the public and his or her license.

Following the course, the participant should be able to: understand the difference between laws and rules; understand the basics of F.S 484 3; and understand the basics of 64B12.

Reduction of Medical Errors
This course will begin with a checklist and tips for troubleshooting optical problems and challenges. Then, participants will play an “Optical Jeopardy”-inspired game covering topics in ophthalmic optics, contact lenses and anatomy of the eye.

“We are excited to welcome the Professional Opticians of Florida and its members to Vision Expo East 2021,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo, at Reed Exhibitions. “In the spirit of the industry coming together again, we are thrilled to have the support of this important organization and its rich membership as they join us in Orlando this June.”

The courses offered by the Professional Opticians of Florida will be part of VisionEd, Vision Expo’s newly branded, sought-after education program dedicated to seminars, workshops and presentations where attendees can hone their craft in courses led by renowned experts in clinical research, business, fashion and marketing. In addition, OptiCon@Vision Expo returns with an unmatched education program and exhibit hall experience for opticians, contact lens technicians and ophthalmic allied professionals. To learn more and register to experience the industry’s leading educational offerings, please click here.