Primary Eyecare Network (PEN) Will Offer Three Educational Events in May


ALAMEDA, Calif.—Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), ABB Optical Group’s practice management division, will offer three educational events for eyecare practitioners in May. Mary Schmidt, an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certified optician and certified paraoptometric, and Mindi Lewis, an ABO certified optician and fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry, will lead the events, according to a recent announcement. The May events include a three-day Center for Paraoptometric Education workshop, which runs May 8-10; a half-day frame adjusting workshop on May 22, and a half-day frame selection workshop, also on May 22.

All three workshops will be held at the PEN Education Center, 1750 N. Loop Road, Alameda, Calif. The frame workshops will run in consecutive half-day sessions.

“We are committed to helping ECPs enhance their practices through the variety of informative and hands-on workshops we offer,” Melanie Miller, manager of strategic projects and initiatives for ABB Optical Group, said in the announcement. “By bringing together industry experts like Mary Schmidt and Mindi Lewis, we are confident that ECPs and their staff will have the tools they need to put their best foot forward in growing and managing their business.”

In the Center for Paraoptometric Education workshop, Schmidt will cover fundamental optics; prescription verification and troubleshooting; lens types and materials; frames, including styling, adjusting and repairs; selling skills and other areas. The three-day workshop is $490 for PEN members and $645 for non-members.

During the frame adjusting workshop, Lewis will offer participants a hands-on look at the fundamentals of frame adjusting, covering front-to-back, custom adjustment techniques on both plastic and metal frames as well as trouble shooting and problem adjustments. During the frame selection workshop, participants will learn about frame style and tips on how to find the best eyewear for their patients’ vision needs. Both workshops are worth two ABO credits and are $150 for PEN members and $190 for non-members.

To register or for more information, visit the Primary Eyecare Network website, or send an e-mail note to