South Carolina Association of Opticians


Industry News

Future Winter Education Hours in Columbia
January 21, 2018
January 27, 2019
January 26, 2020

President's Letter

Important Dates

2017 SouthEastern Opticians Conference
July 14–July 16
2017 SouthEastern Opticians Conference
The SouthEastern Opticians Conference (SEOC) is a regional continuing education meeting exclusively for opticians held annually in Atlanta, Georgia every July.  It was established in its current form in 1998 and has been run by volunteers from member state societies to provide top notch continuing education for their members. Charter member states are Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. Virginia, North Carolina and Florida joined later and are currently members of the SEOC. SEOC offers hands-on workshops in addition to traditional classroom education. The conference now operates as part of the Opticians Association of America. Opticians Association of America (OAA).

19th Annual SouthEastern Opticians Conference: July 14 - 16, 2017  
Crowne Plaza Ravinia - Atlanta, Georgia
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30346
Special rate of $119 + taxes and fees.
Make room reservations directly with the hotel. (770-395-7700)
Reservations must be made before June 26, 2017.
Mention SouthEastern Opticians Conference to get group rate

February, 2017 I hope that everyone had a great time at our winter education.  Dr. Warren McDonald brought us a different angle in our education at this meeting.  He wanted to make us able to better analyze the prescription, understand it, and understand how the prescription came about.  He is a very informed speaker.  There have been many positive comments.  Keith Hayes taught our apprentices once again with his biggest class to date.  Keith does a great job of teaching the basic tools needed to begin your career in opticianry.

Our vendors (Avalon, Clear Vision, Europa, Headstrong, Imagewear, Kenmark, Marchon, New York Eyewear, and Nouveau) really came through once again this year.  Troy Waite from Headstrong not only purchased a vendor table but also took care of the fees for Dr. Warren McDonald.  Thanks to all of our vendors for their donations and hard work.  It is important to our show and that is why we should support them and let them know how important they are to us.

Our Spring Fling 2017 will be April 21-23.  Friday, April 21st will begin with a Meet and Greet in the evening and our education on Saturday, April 22nd.  We will be having our election on Sunday, April 23rd at our business meeting.  We encourage all to get involved and to submit your name to David Gosnell 45 days before the election.  Your name must be in by March 9, 2017to be eligible to run at this election.

If you are working in our profession, I would encourage you to become more involved because your profession needs all interested to participate at whatever level you feel comfortable.  The association is for all members and every member is as important as the next. 

It has been and honor and a pleasure to have been able to serve the association and I ask all to see what you are interested in within our association.  I have been able to meet many great people both at the state level and at the national level.  They are what I can call friends not just acquaintances. 

We have a strong association, so let’s keep moving forward as a whole so please get involved.  You can call me at any time  (843) 795-7917.
Ron Harbert
South Carolina Association of Opticians

Lensometry  Workshop

The S. C. Association of Opticians is sponsoring a Basic Lensometry workshop during the Spring Convention on Saturday April 22nd.  It will be held after the regular educational hours; tentatively scheduled for 1:30 – 3:30pm.  How basic optics relate to the lensometer to measuring and verifying both individual lenses and mounted pairs of glasses will be covered.  The fee for the workshop is $50 and it will be limited to the first ten applicants. Individual lensometers will be available or the applicant may furnish their own.  Reservations for the class may be made by calling Charleston Vision Center at 843-795-7917