NYSSO Guiding Principles

  • To advance and improve the services of the New York State Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser to the public
  • Establish and elevate the standards and ethics of the profession
  • Encourage, cooperate and promote the enhancement and enlargement of the scope of practice for all opticians
  • Provide quality continuing education


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A Message from NYSSO's President

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The onset of the novel coronavirus has met our communities with a force of which many of us have never seen before. COVID-19 has created many unknowns throughout our world, our communities, workplaces and our very own homes. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control are the leading authorities on coronavirus protocol and should be followed as a guideline to mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19. Those guidelines and recommendations can be found on our website here.

Many members have called NYSSO home office in search of guidance surrounding “essential or non-essential” business definitions as reported by New York State’s Governor Cuomo. When we take our profession into consideration, then yes, we are a critical component of the eyewear delivery system: opticians keep America seeing!  However, common sense and safety should prevail above all else. The State Department of Education has confirmed this, and you can read their statement on our COVID-19 Resources Webpage.

Perhaps the best advice would be to follow your own level of comfort. During the coronavirus outbreak, we need to ask ourselves, is this routine or a critical need? Though not as severe, we survived recent pandemics such as the H1N1 from 2009, and several others before that, leading us to this day of uncertainty. I remain hopeful that we will see the other side of this, act responsibly and in the best interest of our own safety, our patients and customers.
An example of responsible decision making is the cancellation of our Annual Convention slated for April 18-19.  It was a difficult decision to make with multiple considerations; education commitments, opportunities for vendors and of course fraternal networking; creating synergy across New York State. In lieu of our Annual Convention, NYSSO will be developing more educational events to address the need for CE Credits statewide, provide additional consideration for our supporting vendors, and develop a “modern-day” business plan (outline) on how NYSSO will provide education opportunities moving forward. NYSSO will be pursuing Phase II of our 4 Tier Initiative with additional Preparation Education offerings and developing strategies with our Lobbyists in an effort to improve the Permit process and accountability to consumers and our licensed profession.
As we navigate through one of the most unprecedented times in our 84-year history, NYSSO is committed to serving and supporting our membership through continually updating pertinent information meant to help guide us during these uncertain times.  Remember, when interacting with others, practice social distancing and utilize the many safe health practices outlined by state and federal agencies, which can be found on our COVID-19 Resources Webpage.
Dale S. Clemens




NYSSO Thanks the Sponsors and Partners Who Help Make Our Education Possible. 


Jobson is a premier author of education for licensed opticians in New York State, and for the profession throughout the U.S. NYSSO members benefit from the latest education in ophthalmic dispensing, offered online and NYS credit approved. Jobson also provides easy access to industry publications full of need-to-know information to help members do their jobs, and advance their careers. Learn more about member benefits provided by Jobson



  Cherry Optical Lab was become the charter member and first to support the new Elite Visionary Sponsor Class of NYSSO! Please pay attention to what that means to us as licensed professionals and “See the Difference.” COL is an independent, non-branded, full-service lab with extraordinary on-site capabilities, and they chose to supports our NYSSO education programs statewide. They are NOT a branded, large manufacturer, turned lab, or online eyeglass dispensing entity. COL hires smart NYS-licensed Opticians, has a product to fit most niches (ask them!), and does exceptional lab work. Visit their website! Thank you Cherry Optical, Inc. for sustained support of a NYSSO that is for Opticians and by Opticians.



Europa Eyewear



Visionary Sponsor Class! Be sure to visit their website to learn more about what Europa has to offer. Thank you, Europa, for sustained support of a NYSSO that is for Opticians and by Opticians. Dynamic eyewear and sunwear manufacturer Europa Eyewear is voicing its support of NYSSO and our continuing education opportunities as a member of the Elite



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