Continuing Education

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19 Hours of Continuing Education Credits are available through ECPU!

You can enroll into any CE for $18.50 each. Or take advantage of our 12 for 12 Promotion.

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* Additional CEs will be priced at $18.50 each.

Building Long Term Patient Relationships; Mentoring Employees; Team Environment

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe why loyal patients are important to the dispensary and how Dispensers can contribute to patient retention and satisfaction.
  2. Explain the concept of mentoring employees in the dispensary and describe the roles and responsibilities of a mentor and mentoree.
  3. Explain the importance of collaborating with employees in the dispensary.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA318-2

Communication Skills; Evaluating Current Eyewear Performance; Managed Healthcare

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe different types of communication and how to use an understanding of these communication types while interacting with colleagues and patients in the dispensary.
  2. Describe best practices for working with a patient's insurance when dispensing optical products.
  3. Explain how Dispensers can evaluate a patient's current eyewear performance and make recommendations based on their current eyewear.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA635-2

Conflict Resolution; Effective Time Management

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain how to identify conflict and key steps for resolving conflict in the dispensary.
  2. Describe techniques for effective time management.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA320-1

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting, Dispensary Inventory Management Basics, Marketing Strategies

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe best practices for managing inventory in the dispensary. Describe key techniques for effectively managing frame inventory and how to interact with patients when a product is out of stock.
  2. Define marketing and describe common marketing practices in the dispensary. Understand the concept of merchandising and how this can be done to sell products more effectively.
  3. Understand the advantages of setting goals and introduces and describes the concept of SMART goal setting.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course SWEAO415

Diversity in the Workplace, Ethics and Employee Conduct, Tough Conversations

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Understand the concept of diversity and how diversity contributes to a better work environment in a dispensary. Provide information on different challenges associated with diversity and how to overcome these challenges.
  2. Describe the concept of ethics and review ethical practices in the dispensary.
  3. Provide key steps for having a touch conversation with a colleague or patient. Use these techniques for navigating tough conversations.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA014

Balancing Prescribed Prism, Understanding Lens Power and Prismatic Effect, Understanding Prism in a Prescription

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Give detailed information on how to read prism in a prescription and identify different types of prism. Provide information on how to use a lensometer to identify the amount and base direction of prism in a lens.
  2. Explain the difference between prescribed prism and induced prism and the purpose of balancing prism. Provide the rules for cancelling, compounding, and balancing prism.
  3. Provide information on how to identify lens power in different types of lenses. Provide a detailed description of how to use Prentice Rule in measuring the power of a lens.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA627-2

Magnification and Spectacle Lenses, Focal Length of a Spectacle Lens and Vertex Compensation

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain the concept of vertex compensation and how to consider this factor when fitting a patient's eye wear.
  2. Explain how unbalanced magnification in lenses can create vision problems. Identify key elements of magnification and how to use a knowledge of these elements to balance magnification in a lens.
  3. Define focal length and explains the relationship between focal length and dioptric power and how to calculate focal length.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA324-1

Ocular Anatomy, Advanced Ocular Anatomy

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Discuss the different parts of the eye and how they contribute to a patients vision.
  2. Understand the anatomy of the eye and how this knowledge should be used when working with patients.
  3. Have a general understanding of various ocular diseases.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA326-2

Saggital Formula, Toric Transpositions, ANSI

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe ANSI Standards and how these standards are applied to polycarbonate lens materials.
  2. Define Sagittal value and how to consider different elements of sagittal value when dispensing lenses to a patient.
  3. Define the concept of Toric Transposition and how to use a lens clock to get the basic power readings of each lens surface.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA629-2

Understanding Vertical Imbalance, Re-marking Progressive Lenses

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe vertical imbalance, how the patient experiences it, and how an Optician can compute and calculate the amount of imbalance in a lens.
  2. Describe key steps for re-marking progressive lenses.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA628-1

Lens Materials, Anti-Reflective Treatments, Progressive Addition Lenses

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain Progressive Addition Lenses and how these lenses are used to benefit patients.
  2. Know the various lens materials, how each material benefits the patient, and key factors for dispensing these materials.
  3. Provide introductory information on anti-reflective treatments and describe how these treatments benefit patients.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA325-2

Specialty Lenses - Computer Lenses, Specialty Lenses - Polarized Lenses, Specialty Lenses – Photochromic

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe the concept of polarized light and how polarized lenses are used to benefit patients.
  2. Know the features and benefits of computer lenses and how to dispense these lenses to patients.
  3. Understand the concept of photochromism and the technology used in photochromic lenses. Apply this knowledge to describe the different features and benefits.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA327-2

Dispensing to Children, Needs Based Solutions, Advanced Needs Based Solutions

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Understand how to dispense products best suited for children, how to measure children correctly and how to work with the parents of younger children.
  2. Describe techniques for dispensing optical products to patients based upon their unique needs.
  3. Know how to use the Needs Based Solutions approach in different patient situations.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA316-2

Frame Fitting Concepts, Frame Shapes, Rx and Lifestyle, Frame Styles and Materials

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Know the basic concepts of fitting and adjusting a patient's frame.
  2. Describe different types of frame designs and materials and how to dispense to patients.
  3. Know how to use information about the patients prescription, lifestyle, and facial shape to make an appropriate frame recommendation.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA671-2

The Lab Process, The Ordering Process

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe the process for developing different types of lenses.
  2. Know how to do both manual and computer based order submission and give key information on how to transpose a patients prescription and submit a lens order.
  3. Describe the Lab process from beginning to end starting with Order Placement and ending with delivery of the finished lens to the patient.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA328-2

Digital Surfacing, Lab Processing Time & Product Delivery

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe the processing time for each step in the lab and ordering process. Identify causes of delay in the lab and ordering process and how the Optician reduces these delays.
  2. Describe the difference between traditional and digitally surfaced lenses.
  3. Explain the benefits of digitally surfaced lenses and why design matters.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA321-2

Tools & Adjustments, Tools and Adjustments Troubleshooting Tips, Visual Acuity

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Define different factors that affect and how to measure visual acuity.
  2. Describe various techniques used to adjust and mount frames and lenses. Knowledge of the various tools used in the Optical.
  3. Handle different adjustment scenarios and provide key tips for troubleshooting and making certain adjustments.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by ABO and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA636-2

Lensometry, Using a Lensometer 2, Using a Lensometer 3

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Define different factors that affect and how to measure visual acuity.
  2. Describe various techniques used to adjust and mount frames and lenses. Knowledge of the various tools used in the Optical.
  3. Handle different adjustment scenerios and provide key tips for troubleshooting and making certain adjustments.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and AOA-CPC. Course STWEOA412-2

Optical Principles of Contact Lens, Ocular Disease Basics and Relationship to Anatomy

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Give information on various ocular diseases, their symptoms, and the treatement. Identify the Optician's responsibility in identifying and discussing these diseases with patients.
  2. Give an overview of the different types of contact lenses and the benefit of each to the patient.
Approved for one (1) hour of CE credit by the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) and AOA-CPC. Course CTWEOA30-1