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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"
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The SAO Announced Plan to offer Review Courses to prepare Opticians for the ABO and NCLE Advanced Exams in the future.
“The Society to Advance Opticianry Mentors Opticians”
Mentoring Opticians to achieve the high standards of becoming an “Ophthalmic Optician®” is one of the goals of the SAO. While the SAO does not guarantee an Optician will pass the Advanced ABO or NCLE Exams after attending their FREE REVIEW courses,they believe most Opticians fail the Advanced Exams because they lack the basics. The SAO will be providing both ABO and NCLE Advanced Optics Review Courses at no charge to SAO Candidates. Both courses will be 7 hours in length and will be held two days prior to the ABO and NCLE Advanced Level Exams.
The SAO instructors will provide a review of course of materials that should be studied in detail prior to the date of the courses. Participants in these courses should thoroughly study and master the recommended text books before attending the review courses.
Roy Ferguson, Ph.D. (Ophthalmic Optician®), will be leading the ABO advanced review course and he recommends participants thoroughly study the text for the ABO Advanced Exam “Certification Review Book”, available through the Opticians Association of America (OAA) prior to attending.
(Email to ask questions or to register for this REVIEW COURSE at OpticalEd@aol.com )
Samuel E. Johnson, O.O. (Ophthalmic Optician®), will be leading the NCLE advanced review course and recommends participants thoroughly study the text for the NCLE Advanced Exam “Advanced Contact LensManual – A Comprehensive Study and Reference Guide - Volume II”, available through the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) prior to attending.
(Email to ask questions or to register for this REVIEW COURSE at firstname.lastname@example.org ) .