Bob RussoVERONA, N.Y. — New York optician apprentices and students can enhance their knowledge of the field and improve their preparation for the national American Board of Opticianry (ABO) licensing exam with an ABO exam review course to be offered Sunday, September 12, from 8 am to 3 pm at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y.

As part of its Annual Convention, the New York State Society of Opticians (NYSSO) will host the course, which uses a curriculum provided by the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS). Professor Robert Russo, a professor emeritus and past chairperson of the Vision Care Technology Department at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, will be the instructor.

The six-hour course is $140. NYSSO membership is not required. For more information or to register, visit nysso.org.

About NYSSO
The New York State Society of Opticians, Inc. is New York’s only statewide professional association
serving the needs of licensed opticians, also known as licensed ophthalmic dispensers. Formed in 1936, NYSSO provides its members with continuing education, access to member benefits, ongoing communication relevant to the profession, career advancement opportunities, and government relations and advocacy.

VERONA, N.Y. -- Student and apprentice optician members of the New York State Society of Opticians (NYSSO) can enhance their knowledge of the field and improve their preparation for the national American Board of Opticianry (ABO) licensing exam with an SAT Track program and an ABO exam review course to be offered Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12, during the 2021 NYSSO Annual Convention at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y.

NYSSO optical shop imageThe SAT Track program will be offered on Saturday, September 11, from 10 am to 4 pm. The first three hours will be taught by Barb Malobabich of IOT America. The two-hour afternoon session will be a Mock Practical facilitated by NYSSO leadership. Participants will receive three Continuing Education Credits in Ophthalmic Dispensing, Basic.

The ABO exam review course, which is part of the SAT Track, uses a curriculum provided by the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS). It will be offered Sunday, September 12, from 8 am to 3 pm. Professor Robert Russo, a professor emeritus and past chairperson of the Vision Care Technology Department at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, will be the instructor.

The Sunday ABO review course is $140 and is open to NYSSO members and non-members. The Saturday SAT Track program is for NYSSO student and apprentice members only. The first 20 students to register for the Saturday program will be given a complimentary ticket to the 2021 NYSSO Convention including the Saturday Reception/Dinner Banquet. Those who are not among the first 20 registrants may attend the convention and banquet for $75 per person.

For more information or to register, visit nysso.org

About NYSSO
The New York State Society of Opticians, Inc. is New York’s only statewide professional association serving the needs of licensed opticians, also known as licensed ophthalmic dispensers. Formed in 1936, NYSSO provides its members with continuing education, access to member benefits, ongoing communication relevant to the profession, career advancement opportunities, and government relations and advocacy.

The New York State Ophthalmic Dispensing Basic Practical Examination and Contact Lens Practical Examination will take place Monday and Tuesday, April 19 and 20, at the Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 

Applications must be submitted six weeks before the examination date. Candidates may indicate on their applications whether they prefer a Monday morning, Monday afternoon or Tuesday time slot; however, however, assignments are made on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed.

Additional information about the examinations, including what to bring to the examination site.

Download the examination application.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised its Contact Lens Rule adding additional requirements that will affect New York Opticians who fit contact lenses. Although not wholly responsible for a contact lens prescription, the FTC considers Opticians to be “prescribers” if state law allows them to fit contact lenses.

The Commission says the Final Rule, which comes on the heels of four years of comment and discussion, is designed to “facilitate shopping for contact lenses” by requiring prescribers to automatically give patients a copy of their prescription. The Final Rule also requires that prescribers maintain documentation confirming that patients received their prescriptions.

After a contact lens fitting, Opticians will have to confirm in one of four ways that patients have received their prescriptions:

  1. Ask the patient to acknowledge receipt by signing a separate confirmation statement
  2. Ask the patient to sign a prescriber-retained copy of the prescription that has a statement confirming the patient has received it
  3. Ask the patient to sign a prescriber-retained copy of the sales receipt for the examination that has a statement confirming the patient received the prescription, or
  4. With the patient’s permission, give the patient a digital copy of the prescription, and keep a record that it was sent, received, or made accessible, downloadable, and printable.

Opticians must keep the record of consent when providing a paper copy of the prescription.

The Commission also updated its definition of “provide the patient a copy” to include a digital copy of the prescription. However, it requires Opticians to obtain consent to the specific form of electronic delivery to be used.

Opticians also must:

  • Keep a record of the patient’s consent for three years.
  • Provide an extra copy of the prescription within 40 business hours when patients, or their designated agents, request an extra copy.

Look for more information from NYSSO on how to apply this to your office.

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