CONNECTICUT OPTICIANS ASSOCIATION

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Since our founding in 1935, the Connecticut Opticians Association has been dedicated to promoting the highest possible standard of honor, integrity, and professionalism for opticianry in the state of Connecticut.  Due to the diligence of our founding members, Connecticut was the first state in the nation to license opticians, and we consider our obligation to the profession and to the patients of Connecticut to be an ongoing process of improvement and maintenance of the highest possible standards.

More than 85 Years - Our Experience Counts!   click to see A History of Our First 50 Years.

There is only one Connecticut Opticians Association. Don't be confused by any other organization in Connecticut using a similar name. 

We hold that opticians and opticianry are a vital part of the health care delivery system, and as a professional organization representing all opticians, no matter who you are, or where you practice, we encourage, provide, and promote standards of optical competence, knowledge and performance through the development of educational programs, training, and credentialing of optical personnel.

We encourage all practicing Connecticut opticians and students of opticianry to join us in our efforts. 
We support you, no matter who you are or where you practice!

The Connecticut Opticians Association gratefully acknowledges the support of these industry sponsors:

Transitions
Cherry Optical Lab
Contamac US
Hoya Vision
Taylor Madison Eyewear
Etnia Barcelona

Announcements

NEW LAW EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2022  (May 27, 2022)

After strong urging from the Office of the Governor and many meetings between lobbyists acting on behalf of the COA and lobbyists representing Warby-Parker, compromise language was reached to amend Chpt. 381, Sec. 20-150. Where optical goods may be sold. Exception. Unfair trade practice.
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Connecticut General Statutes
Chapter 381:
Where optical goods may be sold. Exception. Unfair trade practice

Section 20-150 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2022):

(a) No optical glasses or kindred products or other instruments to aid vision that are produced or reproduced to personalized given formulas, or plano cosmetic contact lenses shall be sold at retail except under the direct supervision of a licensed optician and in a registered optical establishment, office or store. An optical establishment, office or store is defined as meaning one the owner of which has had issued to him an optical license selling permit.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, an optical establishment, office or store, registered with the Department of Public Health pursuant to section 20-151, may remain open to the public during regular business hours without the supervision of a licensed optician for a period of time not to exceed four consecutive business days (1) in the event of reasonably unanticipated circumstances, including, but not limited to, the licensed optician's illness, injury, family emergency, or termination or resignation from the optical establishment, office or store; (2) if reasonable action is taken to have another licensed optician present at the establishment, office or store during regular business hours; and (3) the optical establishment, office or store posts clear and conspicuous signage that a licensed optician is not on site. The sign shall state:

NO LICENSED OPTICIAN ON PREMISES:
CONNECTICUT LAW PROHIBITS ACTIVITIES BY EMPLOYEES RELATED TO PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES OR CONTACT LENSES, INCLUDING MEASURING, SELLING OR ORDERING IN ANY MANNER, FITTING, DELIVERING OR DISPENSING PRESCRIPTION EYEWEAR UNTIL THE OPTICIAN RETURNS.

 (c) During any period of time during which an optical establishment, office or store remains open to the public without the supervision of a licensed optician pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, no owner or employee of the establishment, office or store shall:

 (1) Sell or order optical glasses or kindred products or other instruments to aid vision that are produced or reproduced to personalized given formulas, or plano cosmetic contact lenses;

 (2) Perform measurements on any individual for optical glasses or kindred products or other instruments to aid vision that are produced or reproduced to personalized given formulas, or plano cosmetic contact lenses. Performing measurements includes determining interpupillary distance, vertical fit heights, and utilizing frame size, bridge size, and temple length to recommend the fit of a frame;  (3) Make recommendations that are medically relevant to the personalized given formulas for optical glasses or kindred products or other instruments to aid vision, or plano cosmetic contact lenses, including frame type, lens style or material, lens tint, or multifocal type, or any recommendations regarding any specific type of contact lenses or disinfection systems for contact lenses; (4) Fit, adjust or otherwise alter or manipulate optical glasses or kindred products or other instruments to aid vision that are produced or reproduced to personalized given formulas, or plano cosmetic contact lenses; (5) deliver optical glasses or kindred products or other instruments to aid vision that are produced or reproduced to personalized given formulas, or plano cosmetic lenses; or (6) Transact a sale online for optical glasses or kindred products orother instruments to aid vision that are produced or reproduced to personalized given formulas, or plano cosmetic contact lenses.

 (d) Nothing in subsection (a) or (c) of this section shall be construed to limit the ability of a physician, licensed under chapter 370, who is trained and specializes in diseases of the eye or an optometrist, licensed under chapter 380, to dispense contact lenses. (e) A violation of the provisions of subsection (a) or (c) of this section constitutes an unfair trade practice under subsection (a) of section 42-110b.

[Effective October 1, 2022.  Amends Sec. 20-150]

LICENSE and CONTINUING EDUCATION REINSTATED EFFECTIVE MAY 10  (May 17, 2022)

 

In a 
document dated May 10, 2022, The Commissioner of Public Health, Manisha Juthani, MD, reinstated all the requirements for renewal of any license to be issued by the Department of Public Health.
 
If you did not renew your optician’s license during the global pandemic of 2019, renewal is now reinstated. 
 
Any licensee who did not renew during the suspension period is allowed a grace period of six months to renew. Any licensee not current must renew by November 10, 2022, or the license will expire. In addition, any past licensing fees not paid during the period of suspension are now due. Past renewal fees are not forgiven.
 
The mandatory requirements for continuing education have also been reinstated. As a prerequisite to renewal, any license renewed from May 5, 2022, through the grace period of November 10, 2022, must have completed the mandatory requirement for continuing education credits.
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The Connecticut Opticians Association will be there to provide you with the Best Speakers and the Best Education. Watch for the Fall Super Sunday coming in October!

ONLINE CONTACT LENS COMPANY ORDERED TO PAY $3.5 MILLION IN PENALTIES  (February 01, 2022)

See "COA News".