In the Fall of 2016 we made our main mission to "Expand the Scope of Practice of Opticianry". We chose to do this by working towards developing a certification program in the area of REFRACTION. We have developed education programs, we are in the process of choosing "Subject Matter Experts", and we have began working with the NCLE to create a testing system so Opticians, COA's, and Optometric Assistants can become a "Certified Ophthalmic Refractionist".
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In the early Fall of 2015, members of the Society to Advance Opticianry organized a Back to School Vision Screening in a low income area of Austin Texas. One hundred and five children where screened. We found 35 children that needed referred to doctors for full eye health exams. All the children that needed eye wear received new glasses at no cost to the families. This screening is a part of an on going project to provide glasses to the under served and to the most in need of vision care.
Registered and Protected Title "Ophthalmic Optician"
Trademark Registration: Although mark rights arise automatically upon first use in commerce, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office(PTO) permits federal registration of trademarks. Registration ensures that others are aware of your claim to nationwide rights to your marks. Registration also entitles you to seek additional remedies against infringers. Trademark law is, in essence, intended for protection of consumers – i.e., so consumers will not be confused as to the product or service, source there of, or quality. An infringement of trademark occurs if any subsequent adopter uses a mark that is confusingly similar to a mark of a prior adopter. There are some qualificationsto the foregoing sentence, though, such as subsequent adoption without knowledge of the prior use, so trademark registration is highly advised in order to preserve the greatest scope and extent of your trademark rights. The law treats an infringer as having knowledge of your mark if registered, whether or not the infringer actually did have such knowledge.
The SAO offers MENTORING HELP to prepare Candidate Ophthalmic Opticians prepare for the ABO and NCLE exams.
“The Society to Advance Opticianry mentors Opticians upon request by a Candidate Ophthalmic Optician."