An experience where being a technician has had a positive impact on the patient


A long long time ago, in a far distant land...OK  circa 2010 in northeastern Pennsylvania, I worked in a practice where myself and two other techs were in charge of Prescription refills.  One of our patients was a long time Glaucoma patient, William C.  He was an elderly man who lived alone. While screening him one day, I realized that he was not taking his 2 kinds of Glaucoma drops as directed by the doctor.  I asked him gently if he was forgetting them or was it that he couldn't get them in by himself.  He was quite proud of himself that he was able to get them in without help, but he admitted to me that he just couldn't afford them!

I explained to him that there were programs for people who couldn't afford their medications.  I got the paperwork for him, as I handed it to  him he teared up. The next problem was that his eyesight was poor and wasn't able to read the small print on the paperwork.  He said he had a niece that could help him with it.  I highlighted the parts he needed to fill out in Yellow, told him he needed copies of his Tax records from previous years.  I told him to bring them back to me at his next visit and I would fax it for him. I wrote my name down in dark sharpie on a card.  2 days later he returned with the paperwork.  I was able to get him his drops mailed to his house for Free!  I think I was just as excited as he was!  From then on, I was the only one he would deal with.  He kept my card in his wallet.  Soon the front desk staff knew he would only let me help him!   When I left that practice, I made sure I introduced him to my replacement--a lady I'd trust with my own mother.  From what I hear he's still doing well, and taking his drops as he should!


​Laure Ulichney  COT​


Doc Brown just showed up from 2031!  "We have to go back to the future!  You need to see the advances in the ophthalmic tech field so you can prepare yourself for success!"  You remember 2011 when you had no idea that EMR and scribing would soon become a much needed skill.  You are ecstatic to have this opportunity to start preparing for your future.  You jump in the Delorean and hit 2031 at 88 mph. 


What does 2031 look like for the Ophthalmic technician and what new skills or equipment are waiting for the rest of us? 

125 Gift Card

And the Winner is...

Guidelines and Conditions for the Essay Contest


Criteria for Eligibility:


  • Applicant must be a member of KATPO at the time of submitting your essay. 

  • Applicant must submit an original essay titled:                                                                                                                          What does 2031 look like for the Ophthalmic technician and what new skills or equipment are waiting for the rest of us? 

  • The essay must be 300 words or less, typewritten and double-spaced on a separate page.

  • Download your contact information and essay to Laure Ulichney at  All applications must be submitted by Friday, January 15, 2021. 


Selection of Recipients:


  • The scholarship is non-transferable. Regrettably, the prize is void if the applicant is unable to virtual attend the 2021 program.

  • There is one prize available. A committee appointed by the KATPO Board of Directors will conduct selection of the winner. Their decision is final.

  • The winner will be recognized at the Member Meeting and will be given a $125 gift card.

Please submit your essay by January 31


"An experience where being a technician has had a positive impact on the patient"   









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