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Complimentary Education for Opticians and Contact Lens Technicians provided by VSP.

FREE LIVE Event Distance Learning CE

NAO and SECO present 18 hours of quality ABO/NCLE education you can trust, at no cost to you, compliments of VSP.  This exciting program allows Opticians and Contact Lens Technicians to meet their continuing education requirements in an efficient format. 

Content covers optical/technical concepts taught by the most sought-after educators in Opticianry.

ABO/NCLE accreditation notice:

Attendees are required to be present and engaged in learning for the entire presentation to qualify for continuing education credits from ABO/NCLE.  NAO LIVE CE powered by SECO uses a system of key words, randomly placed throughout the virtual program to assure learners are present and attentive.

To assure we comply with the accrediting Board’s requirements and deliver a quality learning opportunity for all, Continuing Education Credits will not be awarded for learners that do not complete the course evaluations with the key words.

*For additional questions, please contact education@secostaff.com or call SECO at 770-451-8206 ext 126     

Past NAO Events

NAO LIVE CE Saturday #3 powered by SECO University

Saturday, December 5, 2020

(6) Hours of LIVE CE

Basic Principles of Refraction for the Optician and Technician
Speaker: Laurie Pierce, LDO, ABOM, NCLEC
2 Hours Level II ABO
COPE: NO  |  CE Broker (FL): NO

Understanding the relationship between the refraction and the patient's Rx is vital for communicating visual situations with our patients/clients. Knowing how the numbers came to be in the prescription helps the ophthalmic dispenser understand the connection between the refractive procedure and the final Rx. This information is extremely valuable when troubleshooting an optical problem, and when explaining facts about vision to our clientele.


A Little of This and A Little of That
Speaker: Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA,FSLS,LDO
2 Hours Level II NCLE
COPE: NO  |  CE Broker (FL): NO

There are many reasons why a patient may wear a contact lens. A contact may be worn and considered “want to lenses” while others may require “have to lenses”. These small pieces of plastic can impact the quality of life for patients in a positive way. In regards to medically indicated contact lens wear, few areas in eyecare are more rewarding for the eyecare professional. This course will present various conditions that require a contact lens for visual rehabilitation. In addition, fitting techniques and evaluations for each entity will be explored.


Anatomy and Physiology-How The Eye Works
Speaker: Diane Drake, LDO, ABOM, NCLEM
2 Hours Level II ABO
COPE: NO  |  CE Broker (FL): NO

This course will list and identify the structures of the eye, explaining the visual functions. It will also discuss the refractive status and process of the eye, identifying various conditions of the eye and possible corrections. Included will be muscles of the eye and how they work, and how to identify and manage unequal refractive errors and complications of the eye.

NAO LIVE CE Saturday #2 powered by SECO University

Saturday, November 14, 2020

(6) Hours of LIVE CE

Problem Solving for Uncommon Prescriptions
Diane Drake, LDO, ABOM, NCLEM
2 Hours Level III ABO

Some prescriptions don’t exactly fall into the average column. This course will introduce the participant to prescriptions that are not common, as well as prescriptions that may appear common, but lifestyles that require uncommon solutions. Discussions will include analyzing the prescriptions and the patient’s lifestyle and deciding on the visual correction that will best suit their needs. Included in this presentation will be ophthalmic optics. The last portion of this class will include group breakouts. Both spectacle and contact lens options will be included in this discussion.


What's Wrong and How Would You Fix It?
Buddy Russell
2 hours Level III NCLE

This two-hour course will be presented in a case history format. Patient’s case history will be presented and the various ways a contact lens fitting can be managed based on information given and obtained at the time of the patient visit. Emphasis will be given to what lenses did not work and why it did not work.


It Takes a Detective to Dispense Exceptional Eyewear
Bill Underwood, PHD
2 Hours Level II ABO

This is an interactive course that will challenge the attendee to review scenarios and deduce the correct solution to the patient/customer needs. You will learn investigative techniques to determine their true visual, functional, and aesthetic requirements. The tools include detailed interviews, optical analysis, multiple measurements, and custom fitting.


New Technology in Ophthalmic Lenses
Alan Burt, VP Product Management & Technical Education, VSP Optics Group


New Technology in Contact Lenses
Alex Dreu, Director Product Strategy & Development, VSP Optics Group
Stacy Curcio, Regional VP Business Development, VSP Optics Group

NAO LIVE CE Saturday powered by SECO University

10:15AM - 5:00PM EDT | Saturday, October 10, 2020

(6) Hours of LIVE CE

Tips for Working with Higher Powered Spectacle Lenses
Speaker: Laurie Pierce, LDO, ABOM, NCLEC
2 Hours Level II ABO

As frame fashions increase in size, we must review the optical concepts that ensue. The majority of optical aberrations occur in the periphery of the lens. When we dispense smaller eye sizes, this is not as urgent. However, as eye sizes increase, so do optical aberrations. This course will focus on the major optical aberrations and prismatic effects that occur in larger lenses, and their optical solutions. In addition, we will discuss the optics of higher-powered lenses, the optical problems, and the solutions.

What Would You Do? Triaging the Ocular Emergency
Speaker: Mile Brujic, OD
2 Hours Level II NCLE

Opticians are challenged with a number of clinical scenarios on a day to day basis where they have to determine the urgency of the case and determine proper triaging protocols. This course will take the attendee through the process of triaging those cases that are emergencies and proper protocols for those patients.

Handling Prescriptions that Contain Prism
Phernell Walker, MBA, NCLEC, ABOM
2 Hours Level II ABO

Prism can create unique challenges even for the experienced eye care professional. Join Phernell Walker, renowned Master Optician, to explore mastering prescriptions with prism topics; Prentice Rule, decentration, prescribed prisms for TBI, strabismus, accidental prism, prism distribution, prism thinning, compounding and resolving prism.

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