By Linda Conlin, Pro to Pro Managing Editor

It is with great pleasure that I share the news that Pro to Pro contributing author Lori Passarelli has received Master in Ophthalmic Optics designation from the American Board of Opticianry. The ABO Master in Ophthalmic Optics (ABOM) designation “demonstrates to the public and colleagues that an individual has attained a superior level in ophthalmic dispensing.”

To achieve this highest tier of certification, an optician must first have attained Advanced Certification, then have written and published two ABO-approved Advanced Level III articles. Pro to Pro is proud to have published two of Lori’s articles as continuing education courses. One is Achromatopsia, a genetic condition characterized by color blindness, low vision, extreme light sensitivity (day blindness) and nystagmus. In the course, Lori reviews the symptoms and treatments for achromatopsia, in particular lens options that the ECP can offer to ameliorate some symptoms and improve visual acuity.

The second article is Anisometropia: Treatment Starts Young. This course addresses the visual and physiological effects of anisometropia, the condition in which the refractive power between the two eyes is unequal. Lori discusses the critical need for anisometropia to be caught early in children to prevent the development of refractive amblyopia that can lead to permanent poor vision in the eye with the strongest refractive error. When the difference is significant, other conditions develop such as refractive amblyopia, aniseikonia and anisophoria. The course teaches designing iseikonic lenses to decrease magnification differences between lenses.

In addition to continuing education courses, Lori is the author of our series of articles on Neurolens, designed to correct non-diplopic phorias associated with trigeminal dysphoria and digital vision syndrome. Lori’s articles and courses can be found at

Lori's father, an ophthalmologist, taught her to use the lensometer when she was 14, spawning a lifetime interest in optics and eye anatomy. Since 1998 Lori has managed the optical department at Orange Coast Eye Center, an ophthalmology practice in Fountain Valley, California. She is a lifelong learner with an affinity for physics and optics, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry (FNAO). She is passionate about helping patients select fabulous frames that make them feel good and sharing her expertise with her peers. Pro to Pro is proud to have Lori on our team and make her insights available to our readers.

All of us at Pro to Pro wish Lori hearty CONGRATULATIONS!