OANJ Supports Proposed Rule - Comments Due by 10/18/19

The NJ State DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS - BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF OPHTHALMIC DISPENSERS AND OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIANS has submitted a proposal for changes to the laws governing Ophthalmic Dispensing in NJ. You'll find the proposal here:

OANJ has adopted a position in favor of these changes. Many of these changes have been requested by the OANJ in the past.

In addition to the OANJ responding as an organization, individual members of the OANJ board have committed to write to the Board of Examiners in favor of these changes. Individual licensed options are likewise encouraged to do so to make your voice heard on these proposed rules. Please submit written comments by October 18, 2019, to:

Renee Clark, Executive Director
State Board of Examiners of Ophthalmic Dispenser and Ophthalmic Technicians
PO Box 45031
Newark, NJ 07101
or electronically at: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Proposals/Pages/default.aspx.

OANJ Board Extends Condolences

With sadness, the OANJ board announced that it has learned of the passing of Former OANJ President Mike Higgins' son, William. OANJ extends our condolences to Mike and his family. 

OANJ Board Member Featured in NJ.Com Article

A recent NJ.com  article about the optical lab program at the New Jersey Juvenile Training School in Monroe Township featured OANJ Board Member Alan Rosenberg. The detention center, which houses about 200 male inmates ages 12 to 23, fabricates eyeglasses for all of the child and adult inmates in detention centers across the state. The purpose of the program is to give those enrolled practical work experience, and put them on a path to develop a real career opportunity.

OptiCon @ Vision Expo East is the new home to the NFOS/HOYA College Bowl

HOYA will sponsor the National Federation of Opticianry Schools "College Bowl" event on Saturday, March 23 at Vision Expo East. A pre-game reception will take place from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM and the NFOS College Bowl will run from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the EyeMax Theater at the Javits Center in room 1A21. Every attendee at the completion of the NFOS College Bowl will receive 1 ABO-NCLE credit.

The NFOS/HOYA College Bowl, is a competition modeled on “Jeopardy” that features questions in anatomy and physiology of the eye, ophthalmic dispensing, ophthalmic fabrication, contact lenses and optics. The stakes are high – in addition to school bragging rights and the NFOS trophy to be displayed for a year at the winning college, the winner will take home a $500.00 first place prize. The event is expected to draw between 300-400 attendees, in addition to substantial participation from opticianry and contact lens organizations, schools, and certifying bodies.


The recent segment on the ABC News Segment "Real Money" may unfortunately put the American Consumer at risk of eye health problems by advocating the saving of money through purchasing of eyewear online.

The Opticians Association of America (OAA) recognizes that the ABC News segment "Real Money" routinely advocates for the average American by educating the viewer on how to find bargains on everything from NFL tickets to your auto repair bill. The episodes are rarely in depth or lengthy, but rather employ fast-food snippets of piecemeal information that can result in a more resourceful consumer. The episode that aired on October 24th, 2013 titled "Saving Money on Prescription Glasses and Contact Lenses" employs these same shorthanded techniques and while OAA believes purchasing football tickets or using an app to diagnose your automobile malfunction is essentially harmless, the same cannot be said for a person's healthcare.

OAA understands ABC News may not have intended to trivialize the public's vision health, but encouraging self-diagnosis and self-fitting of medical devices may in fact save the consumer money in the present; however it may cost the consumer more money in the long term, while irreparably harming the unknowing online purchaser. Opticians Association of America encourages the public to shop around, look for coupons on the internet or newspaper, and identify the best eyewear or contact lenses at the lowest price, but do so with the consultation of a professional optician with the experience and expertise to guide the consumer through the options related to their healthcare needs. The "do it alone" approach might save you a quick buck today, only to cause a real problem tomorrow.

Established in 1926, the Opticians Association of America (OAA) serves as the only national organization representing opticianry's business, professional, educational, legislative and regulatory interests. OAA fosters, supports and sponsors programs of competency certification, licensing and continuing education for professional development.

For more information about the organization please contact the OAA office at 3740 Canada Drive, Lakeland, TN 38002, 901.388.2423, via email, or on the web. Link to ABC News Segment "Real Money"