The American Optician

Spring 2017

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1 3 I would like to take a moment to tell you about one of my passions, the Opticianry Collaboration Forum. The Forum was the brain child of the Opticianry Summit (created in Fall 2012) and has been adopted by the Opticians Association of America (OAA). The group meets twice a year to identify, discuss and work on initiatives the participating nine opticianry organizations have chosen to advance the optical industry. It is amazing how much we can accomplish when we put aside our differences and our own agendas and work for the good of our profession! On February 9, 2017, twenty-five leaders from across the country participated in the seventh Forum. Passion and hard work flowed as we collaborated on the following initiatives: 1) Communication within the industry and reaching more opticians. 2) Developing a Career Ladder that new opticians could use to help them further their careers. 3) Helping America see who an optician truly is and what we do. 4) Increasing formal education access to opticians everywhere. 5) Improving the mobility of opticians who wish to move from state to state. 6) Creating a certification program that will certify individuals and organizations who develop training initiatives for opticians. The next Forum will be held on October 4, 2017, during OptiCon at Disney World's Contemporary Resort in Orlando, FL. If you would like to participate, please express your interest to one of the nine participating organizations. Attendees represent those entities. Sandy Brown is OAA's President. C O L L A B O R AT I O N At the Forum F Y S H U K . C O M I A M A original -10.00D TO -0.50D +0.50D TO +6.00D NOW AVAILABLE: PLUS POWERS! DAILIES TOTAL1 ® CONTACT LENSES PERFORMANCE DRIVEN BY SCIENCE ª NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS See product instructions for complete wear, care and safety information. © 2015 Novartis 08/15 DAL15097JAD

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