Spring Convention Paraoptometric Education Schedule

Date: April 22-23, 2022

Location: Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201


Friday April 22, 2022

Speaker: Lynn Lawrence

9:00am – 11:00am: Anatomy & Physiology 

This course is designed to teach an understanding of the eye and how it works. The course is designed to identify how the eye works from the source to the brain. The three layers of the eye, and the three chambers in the eye. This includes all the structures, muscles and their cranial nerves innervations, a tear film breakdown, and the visual pathway to the brain. (ABO, AR ABO, CPC)

11:00am – 12:00pm: Contact lens Parameters and Ordering Principles

This lecture provides an overview on the use of contact lenses, contact parameters, and their importance in prescreening and ordering process. We will discuss the use of contacts in the treatment of ocular disease. (NCLE, CPC)

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch on your own

1:00pm – 3:00pm: The Art of Empowerment

This course is designed to identify when and how to empower your staff. It will discuss the traits that need to be demonstrated by a staff member before you can empower them to perform tasks that are critical to the success of the team or organization. This course is designed to be interactive. ( ABO, AR ABO, CPC)

3:00pm – 4:00pm: The Importance of Training Your Staff

This lecture is designed to educate attendees on the importance and development of an effective training plan to meet the mission and goals of the practice. The training plan will identify current office needs and the current training status of all staff members. Each attendee will be encouraged to develop a cross training plan for their office. (ABO, AR ABO, CPC)

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Exhibit Hall

Saturday April 23, 2022

Room 1:

8:00am-9:00am:  Sun Protection for Every Season by Kelly Rosemann

In this course we will discover both photochromic and polarized sun options as solutions for year-round protection. It will cover the importance of educating patients about the dangers of sun exposure. We will review the patient benefits of polarized sunglasses and photochromic lenses and learn how to provide the best visual solution for your patient. ABO (Pending), AR ABO (Pending)

9:00am-11:00am  Lensology:  A Lens Review by Kelly Rosemann

This course introduces opticians to eyeglass lens basics. Anatomy of the eye as it relates to the light refraction and focusing be reviewed, along with a discussion of refractive errors, accommodation and presbyopia. Lens designs required to correct each type of refractive error will be discussed, including how each design bring light to focus on the retina. This course also covers lens materials, manufacturing, surfacing and edging, as well as frame selection and fitting tips and techniques. ABO (Pending),  AR ABO (Pending)

 Room 2:

8:00am – 9:00am: Personally Growing in My Profession by Lynn Lawrence

This course is designed to assist attendees in discovering how to develop into an ophthalmic professional. It will identify available certifications and organizations where those certifications are used. It will open the eyes of ophthalmic professionals in every ophthalmic aspect. The attendee will learn how to develop a plan that will be successful in attaining their personal goals in the profession.

9:00am – 11:00am: Introduction to Boot Camp by Lynn Lawrence

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Lynn E. Lawrence, CMSgt, USAF (ret), MSOL, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC 

Lynn E. Lawrence is currently a national lecturer and an ophthalmic technician for Mills Eye and Facial Plastic Surgery.  He has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.  An American Optometric Association, American Board of Opticianry, Joint Commission for Allied Healthcare Personnel in Ophthalmology, and COPE approved speaker. In 2009 he retired from the USAF after 30 years of service.  During his military career he was promoted to the top 1% of the enlisted ranks to Chief Master Sergeant, and then assigned to the Army/Air Force Exchange Service Headquarters, Dallas, Texas as the Optical Program Manager.  He oversaw quality control for 133 optical stores world-wide.   He was also appointed by the Air Force Surgeon General as the Ophthalmic Career Field Manager where he oversaw 540 Optometry/Ophthalmology technicians at 90 locations around the world. He currently develops compliance materials and staff development materials.  Lynn was 1 of 4 nationally recognized technicians selected to attend the Industry sponsored 2020 Summit where industry and optometry came together to target the hurdles within optometry to enhance the profession.                                                                           

Lynn is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri.  He graduated from Rite­nour Senior High School, St. John, Missouri.  He joined the Air Force's delayed entry program in January 1979.  He entered Basic Military Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas in August 1979.  He is currently an AOP volunteer for SECO International.