The American Optician

Winter 2017

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C O L U M N S Board of Directors/OAA Mission 4 Letter from the President 5 Industry Update 6 The FTC, the OAA and the Proposed Changes to the Contact Lens Rule 8 Leadership Conference 2017 9 7 Tips for a Successful Conference 10 Watch Kyle Go 11 Reimagining the Guild 12 Help Promote Our PSAs 13 Student Optician on a Mission 14 Advancing Opticianry 15 F E A T U R E S The Story of Sight 16 Optometry and Opticianry 2045: A Crystal Ball View 19 Go Team! How to Hire for the Win 22 Are You Ready for the Myopia Epidemic? 25 Copyright © by the Opticians Association of America, 4064 E Fir Hill Drive Lakeland, TN 38002 Phone: 901.388.2423 Fax: 901.388.2348 Email: All rights reserved. Content may not be reproduced or retransmitted without permission of the copyright owner. Contract Pub- lisher: First Vision Media Group, Inc. TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S / O A A N E W S / W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 The American Optician is the professional magazine of the Opticians Association of America and is published by First Vision Media Group, Inc. The opticianry profession lost a great friend and leader when Michael Szczerbiak recently passed away. Mike was the director of the opticianry program at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina for many years. Mike was also a former Board of Director and Executive Committee Member for the Opticians Association of America (OAA), a Board of Director for the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) and a leader of the National Federa- tion of Opticianry Schools (NFOS). His ability to educate future opticians was simply amazing and it was his life's passion. Mike was a very approachable person that always found a way to connect with high school students, current college students (regardless of the school they were attending), and the most seasoned of opticians. Please keep Mike's family, friends and students in your thoughts as they deal with this very tragic loss. Breaking News: Check out the new Vision Of Hope website! OPTICIANS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA NEWS 14 22 25

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