Many years have passed and I have never burnt another person’s ears. Sometimes we learn best from traumatic experiences.
To become licensed in the State of Florida, my new home, I had to go through another apprenticeship. When I became licensed in 1991 opticians believed that we should have the right to refract. Of course, to expand our scope of practice we had to acquire new competencies. We believed a 100 hour refractometry course and a Master in Ophthalmic Optics would demonstrate an optician’s skills in refraction. Many of us got the education, many of us are refracting. And, we are still fighting the same battle in 2019. Sometimes it feels like we are fighting wind mills. Refraction is clearly linked to the dispensing process and opticians with the appropriate training are clearly qualified to perform refractions. So, I say, let’s do it!!!!
What started as a personal interest in “How do I become the best I can be” led to my second career – Life Coaching. I am a certified Life Coach and had the fortune to become a student of Energy Leadership, the phenomenal explanation of why humans are the way they are. Bruce Schneider put together a brilliant Energy Leadership Development Program and I have tailored this program for the optical industry.
My many years of experience working as an optician combined with my Leadership Training allow me to speak about what is possible. My passion for opticianry is growing with each gift of sight I witness. I am fascinated by the miracle of vision. And I am supporting eye care practitioners by sharing what I have learned.
Who would have thought that to be possible back in 1985?
I choose to live by choice, not by chance, to make changes, not excuses,
to be motivated, not manipulated, to be useful, not used, to excel, not compete.
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity.
I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others.