General Optometry


Wednesday, October 11


GO-01: Utilizing Advanced Lens Analysis to Optimize Ophthalmic Lens Performance
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Advanced ophthalmic lenses such as progressive addition lenses and computer lenses are far more complex than just the distance and near power measurements. Concepts such as compensated prescriptions, corridor length, field of view, peripheral aberration, and more indicate we need to know additional lens performance details. Our presentation will explore recently available lens measuring technologies and lens visualization concepts that will help the practitioner understand advanced lens performance, suggest realistic visual experiences, and troubleshoot complex problems. Cases will be presented to show how advanced lens analysis will help you literally see what the patient is experiencing. Speakers include Dennis Fong, OD, FAAO, Michelle Hoff, OD. COPE ID: 53587-GO

GO-02: An Introduction to Evidence-based Optometry
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This course highlights the basic steps in practicing evidence-based optometry (EBO). It includes topics like the levels of evidence, how to find the best evidence quickly and efficiently, how to critically appraise the evidence, and how to use smart phones/mobile devices as an aid to EBO. This will be illustrated with various clinical examples. Speakers include Charles Wormington, OD, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53590-GO

GO-04: Diagnosis and Management of Refractive Error in Infants and Young Children: Tips & Tricks
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Clinical guidelines for evaluating and prescribing for refractive error, with special emphasis on hyperopia, are provided for infants and young children. Young patients with different types of refractive error and diagnostic profiles are presented for audience discussion. Speakers include Susan Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO, Tawna Roberts, OD, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53592-GO

GO-03: Mental Health Considerations for the Optometrist
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This course will review common mental health conditions that an optometrist may find in practice. We will review common mental health conditions and related diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). We will discuss common presenting symptoms in a primary care optometric setting and how to manage these patients in an interprofessional manner. Speakers include Fraser Horn, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53591-GO

GO-05: Pediatric Clinical Cases That Are Not What They Appear
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The primary care optometrist must be ready for any patient that walks into their office. Sometimes the typical encounter or chief complaint can turn into a problem that requires additional testing and treatment. These clinical cases represent patients that can walk into any office and demonstrate when the optometrist needs to throw typical out the window and dig deeper for the benefit of the patient's vision and in some cases their life. Speakers include Don Lyon, OD, MS, FAAO, Katie Connolly, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53622-GO


Thursday, October 12


GO-12: Chronic Disease Management Through Behavior Modification
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Chronic disease management is at the core of most optometric practices. Patient behavior can be helpful or exacerbating in managing these diseases. Modifiable behaviors such as medication adherence, diet, exercise and smoking often do more to determine the course of the disease than anything the doctor can provide. Although we try to educate, cajole, or scare our patients they often inexplicably continue the unhealthy behaviors that continue their decline. In this course we look at strategies to improve outcomes in these patients using evidence-based behavior modification techniques that can be accomplished quickly during your routine exam. Speakers include Kevin Jackson, OD, MPH, FAAO, William Brim, PsyD, MS. COPE ID: 53678-GO

GO-07: Vision and Cognition in the Aging Population
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
With the aging of the baby boomer population, optometric practices are beginning to see a shift in the average age of the patients that present for ocular health evaluations. This course will discuss common comorbidities in geriatric patients including cognitive changes and depression. This course will also discuss the optometric role in managing concerns relating to driving, falls and their interaction with age related eye diseases. Speakers include Alexis Malkin, OD, FAAO, Nicole Ross, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53682-GO

GO-10: Nutritional Supplementation for Ocular Conditions
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Multivitamins are the most commonly used dietary supplements, accounting for almost 6 billion in annuals sales in 2015 according to the NIH. This lecture will review the ocular conditions for which nutritional supplementation has been suggested, and will discuss safety as well as efficacy for each. Speakers include Elizabeth Steele, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53754-PH

GO-13: The Athletic Fit - Cases of Contact Lenses and Sports Vision
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This case-based presentation will discuss the visual needs of our athletic patients and ways to utilize contact lenses to maximize visual outcomes. We will discuss evidence based and foundational knowledge for both sports vision and fitting contact lenses on these patients. Advanced contact lens fitting will also be discussed. This will be an interactive lecture that will give you pearls you can use in your office. Speakers include Fraser Horn, OD, FAAO, Chad Rosen, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 49418-GO

GO-08: Blue Light: Separating Fact and Fiction
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Understanding the effects of blue light on the human visual system is a convoluted task. On one hand, blue light been implicated in the development and progression of ocular diseases such as macular degeneration and ocular melanoma. On the other, blue light exposure may enhance attention levels and learning ability. The proliferation of personal electronic devices and blue-blocking ophthalmic lens coatings have only complicated the patient education process. This discussion will present the risks and benefits of blue light exposure and its abatement in order to provide practitioners with the data necessary to make recommendations to their patients. Speakers include Phillip Yuhas, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53594-GO

GO-06: Ocular Prosthetic Primer
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This course presents the types of prosthetic devices available and defines their applications. The routine care and management of the patient and prosthesis is specifically outlined for use in any practice setting. Incorporation of these skills into optometric practice is discussed and fitting and modification of the devices shown and explained. Evaluation of the artificial eye is highlighted and explanation of when things are normal or need attention are clarified. Case management examples are showcased. Speakers include Sunny Sanders, OD, FAAO, Brett Larson, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53593-GO

GO-09: OD Scrabble: Scientific Evidence, Pseudoscience, and Clinical Care
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
How should we approach clinical decision-making? Developed through a formal review process incorporating the best, most current scientific with expert clinical opinion, Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) provide a compass for the diagnosis, management, and treatment of frequently encountered eye and vision conditions. This case-based course illustrates the use of evidence-based medicine, preferred practice patterns and CPGs to guide patient care. Speakers include Agustin Gonzalez, OD, FAAO, Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53595-GO


Friday, October 13


GO-17: Assessing Fitness to Drive: Past, Present and Future
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Concerns about whether an individual can drive with decreased central acuity or a reduced visual field can be a source of anxiety for all involved. Much controversy surrounding this subject. This presentation reviews how to determine who should and should not drive. New testing procedures and case examples will be reviewed. Speakers include Mark Wilkinson, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53615-GO

GO-14: Visual Electrodiagnostics: Diagnostic Indications and Clinical Cases in Neuro-eye and Retinal Disorders
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
By using series of case studies, this lecture presents the advances and clinical indications of visual electrodiagnostic testing, including full-field, multifocal and pattern electroretinography (ffERG, mfERG and pERG), pattern and multifocal visual evoked potentials (pVEP and mfVEP), and electrooculogram (EOG) for early diagnosis, monitoring progression, functional evaluation at advanced stages of ocular diseases and monitoring the effects of therapeutic intervention. An overview of different electrodiagnostic systems used in US for various visual electrodiagnostic testing will also be presented for those clinicians thinking of adding this service to their practice. Speakers include Hua Bi, OD, PhD, FAAO, Albert Woods, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53759-PD

GO-15: Crafting the Successful Spectacle Prescription: Tips for Accurate Refraction and Patient-Friendly Prescription Writing
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
A worthy goal of refraction is to deliver a spectacle prescription that provides the patient with clear, comfortable vision. However, patients do not always respond accurately, and even the most accurate refraction may cause visual discomfort that leads to patient dissatisfaction. Techniques to improve patient response and accuracy of refractive testing are presented. Methods for modifying the refraction findings to improve the likelihood that a spectacle prescription will be accepted by the patient are discussed. Speakers include William Brown, OD, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53614-GO

GO-18: Introduction to Sports Vision Training - Foundational, Cutting Edge, and Just Plain Fun Techniques
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This interactive course will review various ways to train visual performance of athletes. We will look at training techniques that can be utilized in a primary care setting as well as someone interested in expanding their sports vision services. The focus will be on foundational techniques as well as the cutting edge and having fun with your patients. Speakers include Fraser Horn, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53618-FV

GO-16: Case Based Approach to Ophthalmic Ultrasound
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
This course will emphasize the performance and interpretation of ophthalmic ultrasonography in clinical practice. The basis of the presentation will be case examples of primarily posterior segment pathology in which ophthalmic ultrasound provides key information in the differential diagnosis and management of each condition. Where appropriate, the fundamentals of ophthalmic ultrasound will be woven into the case examples to cover the best practices and principles for conducting, interpreting and recording images. The use of ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) for various anterior segment pathologies will also be covered. Speakers include Peter Russo, OD, FAAO, Charles Kinnaird, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54004-PD CEE


Saturday, October 14


GO-11: Myopia Control in Action
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
An increase in myopia has been documented by the World Health Organization. Studies have identified different modes of vision correction which minimize myopia progression, yet clinicians have been slow to integrate them into their practices.Myopia Control in Actionwill discuss this topic from two perspectives: clinical and laboratory. Studies demonstrating the efficacy of myopia control treatments will be detailed, as well as real-life implementation. Attendees will obtain a working knowledge of treatments available to them to correct myopia, while making every effort to halt its progression in children. Speakers include Nicholas Despotidis, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, Stephanie Ramdass, OD. COPE ID: 53596-GO

GO-19: Pediatric to Geriatrics: Case Review Through the Ages
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
This course will include discussions of several patients presenting over a wide breadth of ages, with troublesome anterior segment, posterior segment and neurologic conditions. Diagnostic considerations and appropriate management strategies to care for these patients presenting with a variety of non-infectious etiologies will be discussed. Included will be a discussion of some of the latest recommendations for oral and topical management, including prescribing differences for children and adults. Speakers include Julie Tyler, OD, FAAO, Erin Jenewein, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53616-GO