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Accredited CE Courses

Dispensing Skills, Lens Material, Design or Treatment

The ABC's of UV and Sunwear

1.00 Credit • 14.99 • Expires 9/4/2021
Level: 1 Hour - General Knowledge
Dispensing Skills, Lens Material, Design or Treatment

What We Know and Don’t Know about Blue Light

1.00 Credit • FREE • Expires 9/1/2019
Grantor: HOYA Vision
Level: 1 Hour - Technical - Level II
Eye Health

What’s Up With Myopia

1.00 Credit • 14.99 • Expires 6/14/2023
Level: 1 Hour - Technical - Level II
Dispensing Skills, Lens Material, Design or Treatment

Understanding Prism Designs for Homonydmous Hemianopsia

1.00 Credit • 14.99 • Expires 6/22/2023
Level: 1 Hour - Technical - Level III
Dispensing Skills, Lens Material, Design or Treatment

Closing the UV Protection Gap: Ophthalmic Lens Standards versus Biological Protection Requirements

1.00 Credit • FREE • Expires 8/1/2019
Grantor: Zeiss, Inc.
Dispensing Skills, Lens Material, Design or Treatment

Why You Don’t Want Homonymous Hemianopsia and What You Can do for it

1.00 Credit • 14.99 • Expires 6/22/2023
Level: 1 Hour - Technical - Level III

20/20's Resource for Education


Be Very Afraid

Halloween is coming and there is always plenty of scary goings on for eye care practitioners. One of the scariest is decorative or “circle” contact lenses. This time of year, they pop up like pumpkins in costume stores and online, and you don’t need a prescription to buy them - your credit card will do. A quick Google search for “Halloween contact lenses” yielded three costume shops and an online seller in my area on the first of 19 pages of results. I started the purchasing process online for one of the shops and the online seller, and in both cases, got all the way to the checkout without having to verify my prescription. Terrifying!

Recruiting the Future Optician

Building an optician program at the college level is multi-faceted. The Vision Care Technology (VCT) program at Goodwin College in Connecticut has graduated three cohorts of students. In the scheme of things, we are still a new program. Before I entered academia, cohort was not part of my lexicon. I have always been interested in words and their origin. I recall looking up the word “cohort” when I started because I wasn’t 100% certain of what it meant. When hired, I was told that we would be accepting a new cohort of students each fall semester. A cohort is a group of people banded together. The word is originally derived from Roman military.


I remember sitting in my first graduate course and the professor started by asking us to define our culture. He gave us a few minutes to think. The only thing I was thinking was, well, I’m Puerto Rican. So, I raised my hand very confidently and said, “I’m Puerto Rican. We dance to salsa and eat Hispanic foods.” He said, “No, Ms. Soto,” in his heavy Puerto Rican accent. That is your race.” Hmmm, what is he talking about? Well, I learned as the lesson moved on. Let me explain and how it applies in our world of Opticianry.

The Battle Against Amblyopia

School in Georgia is back in full swing. We have had the rush of kids needing glasses, wanting to be fit with contacts, and getting their rec specs for sports. There is also the group of kids that never notices a problem, but has either given their parents a reason for concern, or the teachers or school nurses have found an issue and have referred them in for a complete eye exam.

Design with a Purpose: Form, Function and Philosophy

I have to admit, for a large chunk of my opticianry career, I did not devote enough attention to how ophthalmic eyeglass frames are designed, produced, their material make-up, or the company behind the product. My husband is an engineer by profession, and the way he would hold a frame and examine the hinges, the mechanics, the design, sparked an interest in me. To learn more, I took the CE Why You Should Know How Frames Are Made, where I discovered the complexity and artistry involved in making quality frames.