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Thank You to Our Fall Regional

Meeting & Symposium Sponsors!




Become a Sunwear Salesperson Expert


By Debra R. White, MSEd, ABOM, FCLSA


This mail-in course is worth one (1) NYS Dual Ophthalmic Dispensing/Business Management Credit - Basic Level


Click here to take this mail-in course!



Optical Retailer of the Year

The 2016 New York State
Optical Retailer of the Year Award




Since 1982, C&R Vision Center has been the leader and preferred provider of quality vision care products and personalized optometric services to our patients in Victor and the surrounding areas.  Our experienced doctors and staff offer comprehensive vision examinations and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions, and problems.

At C&R Vision Center, you will find eye care professionals who genuinely care about your health and are dedicated to providing exceptional personal services to everyone who walks through our door.


Congratulations C&R Vision Center!

The New York State Optical Retailer of the Year Award
is proudly sponsored by



2 photos of C&R Vision Center Staff

The C&R Vision Team (left) and their Victor Office (right).

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Meet Your NYSSO Leadership

NYSSO Committees:

Legislative Committee
Membership & Retention Committee
Gala & Marketing Committee
Finance Committee
Education Committee
Contact Lens Committee
By-Laws Committee
PAC Committee

You can renew your membership here

Learn about the New York State Society of Opticians



Did you know NYSSO offers Online CE Credits?


All courses through the NYSSO-Jobson partnership are approved for 
NYS Continuing Education Credit.

All courses here are at no charge
for NYSSO members. Having all of
this FREE Continuing Education is
just one of the many benefits of
NYSSO membership.


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May 6-7, 2017
Turning Stone Resort & Casino



Come Join Us on Saturday Night for
NYSSO's Annual Gala Celebrating Over 80 Years!


Program of Events



6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Sponsors & Exhibitors!


Enjoy cocktails, mingle, catch-up with friends and colleagues, meet some of the country's finest optical companies and their representatives.


7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Choice of Filet Mignon, Chicken & Stuffed Shrimp or Vegetarian Option

Dessert & Coffee Service

Welcoming & Acknowledgement of Major Sponsors/Comments





New York State Optical Retailer of the Year Award



New York State "4 Under 40" Awards


NYSSO President's End of Year Message


Dear NYSSO Members & Supporters:


I hope this issues of The Eye Opener arrives finding you enjoying the start of the holiday season.  NYSSO is well underway into our 2016-17 membership year and I am thankful for all of our members during this time.


Thank you to everyone who has supported NYSSO throughout these last 80 years and as we go beyond to continue our legacy.  


Inside this revitalized issue of The Eye Opener, you will find information on our Annual Gala, please Save The Dates for 2017!  I can't wait to see everyone on May 6 as we celebrate our profession and on May 7 for a full day of professional development.  I hope you will read the newsletter and click on all of the features we have available to you.  Share with your colleagues who might not be NYSSO members.  Encourage that Optician to join us!  It's not too late to take full advantage of their membership benefits.


Inside this issue you will also meet the new Executive Secretary for Ophthalmic Dispensing and read about the latest news from Albany!


Membership renewals are out, please renew today if you have not already done so. Your membership dues help us throughout the year to provide all the great programs and events that are offered. Through your active membership, you will be able to take advantage of all the member benefits NYSSO has to offer.  


Renew today! Recruit a colleague to join NYSSO! I look forward to seeing you at the next NYSSO event!




Lisa Dolezel




Four Under Forty Awards

The 2016 New York State
Four Under Forty Award Recipients


The Luxottica-NYSSO Four Under Forty Award was established in 2012 as an annual recognition of four young New York State Licensed Ophthalmic Dispensing Professionals who uphold the highest ideals of the profession,
give back to the profession and their communities, and who truly
represent the future of the profession.

The recipients of the 2016 award are:

Melissa Bauch

Michael Dettman

Abigail Giddings

Stacey Harlander

Congratulations to all these fine Opticians!

The New York State Four Under Forty Awards
are proudly sponsored by



NYSSO Awards & Honors - 2016


The Board of Director and Awards Committee of the New York State Society of Opticians are pleased to introduce the recipients of this year’s Society Awards:


New York Optician of the YearMark DiMeo

Mark DiMeo has been a Licensed Optician since 1979.  He has been the owner of Mark Optical since 1990, providing outstanding service for his colleagues across the Long Island/Metro area.  Mark is one of NYSSO’s biggest supporters—and believers in our licensed profession. He was an active long-time member of the Long Island Chapter and held several chapter leadership positions.  He continues to support NYSSO and its activities across the Long Island Region. In addition, Mark Optical sponsors NYSSO events, ensuring quality programming for Society members and New York State Opticians.


The Richard A. Terry AwardDale Clemens

Dale Clemens has been a member of NYSSO dating back to his days in college in 1992.  Dale has volunteered, at some level, since he joined.  Through the years Dale has filled various positions, including Chapter Treasurer, Regional Director, and most recently updating the Contact Lens Review Course.  Dale is always ready to help with anything NYSSO needs.  He always runs the Continuing Education at the Gala and excellent in finding other volunteers to help.  Dale’s willingness to share, promote, and advocate for NYSSO makes him a valued and respected member of the society.


The NYSSO Lifetime Achievement AwardMichael Kather

Michael Kather is the epitome of a person who deserves this award.  Throughout his career, Mike has inspired the Opticians he works with to be great.  He has taught about integrity and to make sure every pair of glasses was great.  Not only from an optical standpoint, but from a cosmetic standpoint as well.  He taught to use tools and not just fingers.  Mike Kather has had a long and successful career as the optical manager at Sidney Hillman.  He has been a member of the State Ophthalmic Dispensing Board and is finishing his last term this year.  He has made a difference in countless lives with tremendous service and Opticianry skills. 

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Ask the Optician: December 2016


Introducing a new column...
Ask The Optician! 


If you have a question you would like to submit, you are encourage to do so by email ( or telephone (518-387-9619). Also, feel free to follow us on Facebook at @NYSSO or on Twitter @OpticiansNY

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New York State Board of Regents
Appoints Executive Secretary


On November 15th, the Board of Regents appointed Thania F. Fernandez as the Executive Secretary of the State Boards of Podiatry, Physical Therapy, and Ophthalmic Dispensing.  In this role, Ms. Fernandez will advise and assist the Regents and the Department on matters of professional licensing and professional practice for the state’s 2,500 Podiatrists, 22,000 Physical Therapists, 6,000 Physical Therapy Assistants, and 4,000 Ophthalmic Dispensers.

Ms. Fernandez is a licensed attorney, who has served as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Professions for the last four years. In that role, she provided legal guidance and assistance, drafted legal decisions, and worked closely with the Deputy Commissioner and the Executive Secretaries for various professions. Ms. Fernandez previously served as Assistant Counsel for the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Medicaid Law.  She has also served as Deputy General Counsel and Legislative Counsel for the NYS Consumer Protection Board and as an Associate Counsel to the NYS Assembly. 


More information to follow, please stay tuned for further details...


Contact NYSSO

Phone: (518) 387-9619



P.O. Box 3523

Schenectady, NY 12303

An Open Letter to Opticians

NYSSO writes to all Opticians in New York State to help our fight against unlicensed Opticians.
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