Throughout the state, country, and around the globe, Professor Raymond Dennis can be found designing and dispensing eyeglasses, contact lenses, and low vision devices. Combined with teaching and promoting careers in opticianry, Professor Dennis is truly doing what he loves.
Professor Dennis came to MxCC to help design and implement the State of Connecticut’s first-ever Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing program – which continues to be only one of three programs of its kind in all of New England. He delights in preparing students for a highly rewarding and successful career in the popular optician field – a field designed to improve and even change lives through better eye care.
In addition to being a licensed optician in Connecticut, Ray is certified by the National Contact Lens Examiners and the American Board of Opticianry. He is also credentialed as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Connecticut Opticians Association, the Contact Lens Society of America, is an Honored Fellow of the Opticians Association of America, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry.
He is a frequent speaker and member of the National Academy of Opticianry’s and Essilor of America / Varilux Speakers Bureaus for industry professionals. He represents MxCC and many different professional and education events each year.
Ray was named “Optician of the Year” in 1993 by the Connecticut Opticians Association and he received the Dennis Tilley Award for “National Optician Educator of the Year” in 2004 from the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS). Additionally, he has received recognition and achievement awards from the National Academy of Opticianry, the New York City College of Technology, and the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, of which he serves a member of the Board of Directors.
He is an active member of the Haddam Lions Club, has been recognized as a “Knight of the Blind” and in 2008 he received the Lions International Melvin Jones Award – which is the highest form of recognition presented to an individual who embodies humanitarian ideas.
Ray serves as the National Federation of Opticianry Schools’ liaison to OneSight, a family of vision care charities dedicated to providing healthy vision, eyewear and sun protection to those in need worldwide. Through this association, and MxCC-based initiatives, he (along with many of his students) has engaged in countless hours conducting volunteer eye care screenings for children and individuals in need in far-off places such as Paraguay, Haiti and Mexico. He and Professor Rene R. Rivard created a student-run “Community Eye Care Days” program through MxCC to serve the local community with free eye exams and eyeglasses for individuals with an identified need.
Professor Dennis received his Masters of Arts degree in Education from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn., his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York, and his Associate of Applied Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from New York City Community College in Brooklyn, New York.
Find out more information about the Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing program here.