Contact Lenses


Wednesday, October 11


CL-01: Clinical Implications of Current Scleral Lens Research
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Practitioners have become very comfortable fitting scleral lenses. While the benefits of the lenses are known, there are many instances where answers are still being searched for, forcing researchers to play catch-up. This presentation is designed to discuss some of the changes that are understood regarding scleral lenses, some new thoughts based on recent findings, and what it means to practitioners fitting them. Speakers include Chad Rosen, OD, FAAO, Josh Lotoczky, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53559-CL

CL-02: Be In Charge of Your Myopia Control Strategy
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Myopia control is becoming a standard of care and a lot of published works in 2016 provided an increased knowledge about the best ways to address this issue. That having been said, the next questions are obvious: who are the candidates? At what stage should we intervene? Which are the right ways for effectively controlling myopia? This lecture attempts to establish these parameters, but is not simply another review of myopia control strategy. It is interactive and asks practitioners to put into practice myopia control strategies with the best options in contact lenses. Speakers include Langis Michaud, OD, MSc, FAAO. COPE ID: 53562-CL

CL-03: Scleral Lens Video Grand Rounds
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course will present several interesting scleral lens cases with troubleshooting and resolution of issues - all presented in a video format. Speakers include Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO, Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53555-CL

CL-04: Contact Lenses for the Next Generation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Many new developments in technology will allow contact lenses to serve patients as more than simple refractive correction devices. Come learn how the digital revolution is changing the paradigm of what contact lens wear can offer patients. Thomas Quinn, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53752-CL

CL-05: Basic Strategies for Clinical Success with Scleral Lenses
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Scleral lenses are the fastest growing segment of the gas permeable (GP) contact lens industry, and for good reason. From keratoconus to trauma to healthy eyes, sclerals are making a profound impact on our patients' quality of life. This course is for optometrists whose goal is to grow their scleral lens practice. It will present information on patient recruitment, optimal patient flow, use of technology, optimal scleral lens fitting procedures, and how to troubleshoot the most common complications. It will discuss the latest scleral lens research and utilize patient cases to enhance clinical understanding. Speakers include Susan Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53556-CL


Thursday, October 12


CL-06: Lid Margin Wellness: Are We Being Proactive CL Fitters?
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Ocular discomfort and dryness are amongst the primary reasons for contact lens (CL) dropouts affecting negatively both clinical practice and the CL industry. Proactively promoting a healthy lid margin and treating early clinical presentations should enhance successful CL wear. Practitioners typically manage lid disease with lid hygiene, compresses and antimicrobials, however other factors such as lifestyle habits (cosmetics, eyelash extensions), CL compliance, fitting, blink dynamics, surgical outcomes, etc should also be taken into consideration and discussed with patients. This course describes a shift in clinical approach to promote a healthy lid margin throughout life, especially when CL wear is considered. Speakers include Etty Bitton, OD, MSc, FAAO, Sruthi Srinivasan, BSOptom, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53710-CL

CL-07: New Advances in Contact Lens Care
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
New advances in scleral and specialty lenses and have necessitated new paradigms for their care. Improper handling and care can impede success with these high-tech products. With another solution recall this past year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has once again taken the initiative to ascertain the safety of contact lens care products. This lecturer will present highlights from her AAO presentation to the 2017 FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel; FDA’s recommendations; latest care products for our newest materials and designs; optimum methods of specialty contact lens care; compliance; research; and what is planned for the future. Speakers include Susan Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53561-CL

CL-08: Sclerals and Hybrids: A Clinical Grand Round
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Technological advancements in lenses designs and manufacturing availabilities have led to wider clinical utilizations of both hybrid and scleral contact lenses. Great patient successes can be achieved across various types of refractive and/or corneal conditions. This lecture will focus on optimization of each modality in the care of normal and abnormal cornea patients. Speakers include Langis Michaud, OD, MSc, FAAO, Clark Chang, OD, MSA, FAAO. COPE ID: 53563-CL

CL-09: Understanding Multifocal Contact Lenses
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This course will examine the issue of how today’s presbyopic patient is managed with contact lenses. This course is intended to boost your confidence with designing and prescribing contact lenses by improving your understanding of the multifocal lens designs and their inherent limitations. It will describe the designs of contemporary contact lenses and the fitting philosophies behind each of them. Also to be discussed will be ways to identify various vision complaints associated with contact lenses and how to take a more scientific approach to resolving them. Speakers include Robert Davis, OD, FAAO, Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO, P. Douglas Becherer, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53869-CL

CL-10: Contact Lens Challenges for High Ametropia
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Patients with high refractive errors benefit from contact lenses, yet, fitting these patients into contact lenses provide unique challenges to the practitioners. In this course, we will discuss contact lens options for high refractive errors and how these refractive errors can impact a contact lens fit. Patient cases, including photos and videos, will be utilized to illustrate contact lens fitting challenges. Fitting tips will be presented for a variety of conditions including degenerative myopia, aphakia, and Marfan’s Syndrome. Speakers include Annie Chang, OD, FAAO, Dawn Lam, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53564-CL


Friday, October 13


CL-11: Rapid Fire: Scleral Lens Practices - The SCOPE Studies
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Scleral lenses continue to become more popular for the management of uncomplicated refractive error, corneal irregularity, and ocular surface disease. Despite the tremendous growth in scleral lens fitting, current literature still consists primarily of retrospective reviews, case series, and individual case reports. A review of current scleral lens literature and an overview of SCOPE: Scleral Lens Prescription and Management Practices studies will be presented. Speakers include Ellen Shorter, OD, FAAO, Cherie Nau, OD, FAAO, Muriel Schornack, OD, FAAO, Amy Nau, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53680-CL

CL-12: Advanced Scleral Lens Fitting Techniques and Designs
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This course will review innovative techniques and scleral lens designs that will help fitting efficiency and success. Case examples will highlight advanced designs for complex scleral lens fits. Speakers include Gregory DeNaeyer, OD, FAAO, Melanie Frogozo, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53573-CL

CL-13: Rapid Fire: Optimizing Ocular Health in Scleral Lens Fitting
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This lecture will explore the scleral contact lens characteristics and their potential impact on corneal physiology. Specifically, lens thicknesses, level of clearance and peripheral curve designs will be covered. Corneal response to mechanical and hypoxic stresses will be demonstrated with case reports (swelling, bullae, neovascularization, etc.). A risk/benefit ratio will be established for different clinical populations. In the end, authors will suggest how to fit scleral lenses to optimize corneal physiology. Speakers include Langis Michaud, OD, MSc, FAAO, John Gelles, OD, Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO, Daniel Brazeau, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53566-CL

CL-14: Scleral Lenses: How Do You Know What Is Best?
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Scleral lenses have come a long way in the last several years. With the plethora of choices available today, it can be difficult to decide which lens and parameters to choose. This course will evaluate the issue of diameter, vault, haptic toricity and vision correcting options and help to navigate through and evaluate the merits of the many options available. Speakers include Alan Kwok, OD, FAAO, Tara Vaz, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53568-CL

CL-15: Contact Lens Management of the Astigmatic Presbyope
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
We are well aware of the rapidly growing presbyopic population. Studies suggest that nearly have of these individuals will also have a visually significant level of astigmatism. What is the best contact lens treatment for these individuals? This course will offer a logical approach to managing this commonly encountered clinical scenario. Speakers include Thomas Quinn, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53569-CL

CL-16: Rapid Fire: Combatting Common Scleral Problems
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
This rapid fire session features common problems encountered by practitioners when fitting scleral lenses along with troubleshooting tips. Conjunctival prolapse, surface deposits, non-wetting, fogging, and more will be discussed along with real case examples. Speakers include Jennifer Harthan, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, Lynette Johns, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Ellen Shorter, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53738-CL


Saturday, October 14


CL-17: Management of Keratoconus with Contact Lenses: Mild to Severe
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
For the everyday practitioner, fitting specialty lenses can be intimidating; however, there is a large population of diseased and post-surgical irregular corneas that benefit from specialty contact lenses. This course utilizes a series of video based cases to discuss the thought process behind fitting irregular corneas. Speakers include Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Rutvi Doshi, OD, FAAO, Susan Kovacich, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53800-CL

CL-18: Scleral Lens Virtual Workshop: You Decide the Parameters
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This course will present a number of cases for scleral lens fitting. The audience will be given options for the lens fit and the consensus will decide the lens to evaluate. Using audience polling to work through the fitting to reach a final outcome, the actual fitted lens parameters will be revealed to the attendees. Speakers include Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO, John Gelles, OD. COPE ID: 53571-CL

CL-23: Contact Lens Case Studies
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This grand rounds style presentation will provide the participant with a chance to review contact lens management as it relates to the regular and irregular cornea. Cases include contact lens care, as well as the management of keratoconus, hydrops, Steven’s Johnson Syndrome, myopia control, and prosthetics with the use of variety of contact lens designs and modalities. Speakers include Julie DeKinder, OD, FAAO, Beth Kinoshita, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53578-CL

CL-20: Ocular Contour Driven Soft and Rigid Scleral Lens Design Fitting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Custom soft and scleral lenses are of ever increasing value to manage patient needs that are unmet by other modalities. Application of modern technology to measure ocular contour provides the foundation for custom soft lens and scleral lens design and fitting. The geometric diversity of human eyes can be integrated with custom lens properties to achieve optimum lens eye relationship and optimized vision, comfort and health. Speakers include Jerome Legerton, OD, MBA, FAAO. COPE ID: 53577-CL

CL-21: Rapid Fire: Long Term Scleral Lens Management
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
An overview of long term scleral lens wear management and complications. Associated case examples will be presented highlighting complications, patient concerns, and refitting considerations. The goal is to highlight the current state of scleral lens wear and contrast many courses that focus on new and short term complications, contrasted to long term wear (up to ten years). Speakers include Karen DeLoss, BSc, OD, FAAO, Lynette Johns, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Jennifer Harthan, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Gloria Chiu, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53575-CL

CL-22: Troubleshooting Corneal GP Lenses for Keratoconus Patients
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course is intended to provide basic and advanced gas permeable (GP) corneal contact lens tips for fitting patients with both mild and severe keratoconus. A basic strategy to fit patients with keratoconus will be discussed. We will illustrate challenging problems that are encountered by the practitioner and provide tips via patient cases/video clips. Speakers include Dawn Lam, OD, FAAO, Annie Chang, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53576-CL

CL-19: Contact Lenses for Infants: Indication, Evaluation, and Technique
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This course surveys disease indications for fitting contact lenses in infants, with particular focus on congenital cataract and aphakia. Different modalities of infant contact lenses are reviewed with tips for material selection, evaluation, and handling techniques for both doctors and caregivers. Additionally, follow-up care and co-management recommendations are discussed. The course concludes with patient cases that illustrate advanced troubleshooting considerations. Speakers include Elaine Chen, OD, FAAO, Maureen Plaumann, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53572-CL

CL-24: Orthokeratology for Myopia Control
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Current methods for myopia control with contact lenses show an undesirable result. Nightwear orthokeratology is still considered to be the most effective & safest method. In order to construct a lens that will achieve the best results, we have to understand the basic optics behind the Peripheral Defocus Theory. Corneal changes through orthokeratology are not mechanical; rather, they are created via fluid forces exerted under the various curves of the posterior lens surface. By understanding the corneal biomechanical properties such as corneal hyteresis & rigidity factor, we can produce a customized lens for controlled results. Speakers include Edward Chow, OD. COPE ID: 53579-CL