Thursday, October 13, 2016

Goodwin College's Ophthalmic Program Accredited

At the October 2, 2016 meeting, the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) approved accreditation for Goodwin College’s Ophthalmic Science Program. Maryann Santos, director of the Goodwin program, reported that it was found to be in compliance with the Essentials of an Accredited Educational Program for Opticianry. The accreditation lasts for two years. This accreditation classification will be in effect retroactive to May 25, 2016 and expiring May 24, 2018. The accreditation status will include all graduates of the program in 2016. This accreditation status will be extended to 6 years when the program is able to demonstrate full compliance with the remaining potential/non-compliant sections of the Essentials. This is standard for newly accredited programs.The commissioners said that they are honored to list the Ophthalmic Science Program at Goodwin College among its accredited programs, according to Santos.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

OpticalCEU Speaker Joe Forte Earns His NCLE Masters

Joe Forte recently earned his NCLE Masters Certificate. The percussionist and the director of contact lens services for Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, Greenwich, CT, has long served the education needs of opticians. He lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. He is certified as an Advanced Level speaker. He was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics. Joe has been a Fellow of the CLSA since 1992.

In order to attain this esteemed status, Joe had to do the following for NCLE examiners:

The NCLE Master in Contact Lens Technology designation demonstrates to the public and colleagues that an individual has attained a superior level in Contact Lens Technology.... [And he needed to satisfy the following conditions:]

●Currently a Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA), or

●Have written two published NCLE-approved Advanced Level III articles, or

●An NCLE-approved Speaker with two NCLE-approved Advanced Level III Courses, or

●Have one published NCLE-approved Advanced Level III article AND one NCLE-approved Advanced Level III Course for which you are the NCLE-approved Speaker. 

Linda Conlin Speaking to NH Opticians

Linda Conlin will speak at the annual New Hampshire Opticians Conference. The conference will be held on Oct. 16 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concorde, NH. She will have presentations on keratonus, the cornea, and malpractice.

Sight: The Story of Vision Airs Tomorrow on PBS

A one-hour documentary produced for PBS broadcast and distribution. The story’s threads will weave the tale of the journey of humanity that discovered the science; technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision. Efforts will be made to make this a coproduction with international partners like BBC, NHK, ABC (Australia) and other international broadcasters."For more information, click. People will also be able to download the eBook or iBook also entitled The Story of Vision, produced by Mark Mattison-Shupnick, Jobson’s director of education and training content. Four articles by Linda Conlin appear in the book.