Glaucoma Lectures


Wednesday, October 11


GL-01: Current Topics in Glaucoma
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course will examine current topics in glaucoma such as medications currently under development, sustained delivery devices and their implications in glaucoma management, and issues in imaging with OCT technology. Additionally, there will be discussions on challenges in glaucoma medical adherence. Speakers include Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 51859-GL CEE


Thursday, October 12


GL-04: Glaucoma Progression
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
An important area in the management of glaucoma is the detection of change. This course will discuss which individuals are at greatest risk to progression. Methods to detect change will be described including how to the assess of the optic nerve, macula and retinal nerve fiber layer in watching for change using the OCT and fundus photographs. Also signs of visual field progression will be discussed and which instruments are most useful to detect change based upon the stage of the disease will be described. Speakers include Murray Fingeret, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53996-GL CEE

GL-05: Nocturnal Considerations in Glaucoma Management
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Glaucoma patients with disease progression despite well-controlled IOPs present a management dilemma. Recent studies have shown that nocturnal IOP may be higher than pressures measured during normal office hours. Nocturnal hypotension in combination with over-night IOP spikes can place susceptible patients at increased risk for glaucomatous damage. The role of sleep position, perfusion pressure, and sleep quality on glaucoma will be discussed. Speakers include Edward Chu, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 49357-GL 

GL-02: Rapid Fire: Gonioscopy's Critical Role in Glaucoma
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Gonioscopy is a critical, yet underutilized, tool in the diagnosis and management of the Glaucomas. Recent technologies have evolved to assess the angle, necessitating in depth analysis of current and future practice patterns. Ultimately, Gonioscopy remains the standard and must be embraced universally by Optometrists managing the Glaucoma. Speakers include Lauren Ristin, OD, FAAO, Anthony DeWilde, OD, Rex Ballinger, OD, FAAO, Sarah MacIver, OD. COPE ID: 53581-GL

GL-03: Diagnosis and Management of the Secondary Glaucomas
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness world-wide. Although primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) is the most common, secondary and even tertiary glaucomas will present to your office, often with a more volatile and progressive nature. This lecture aims to cover the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the most common secondary glaucomas including: pigmentary, pseudoexfoliation, uveitic, neovascular, and steroid-response glaucoma. Attendees will leave this lecture with added confidence in the diagnosis and treatment of secondary glaucomas. Speakers include Mitchel Ibach, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53582-GL


Friday, October 13


GL-06: When Glaucoma Is Not Glaucoma
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course discusses cases of optic nerve pallor and other abnormalities in patients diagnosed with or suspected to have glaucoma. It is imperative to recognize and properly manage optic nerve pallor especially when presenting simultaneously in glaucoma patients and suspects. Key features to identify compressive tumors and other neurological lesions as well as retinal disease are presented to assist in accurate diagnoses. Utilizing ancillary testing including: fundus photography, visual field testing, and optical coherence tomography can provide additional diagnostic information to aid in the diagnosis of these patients. Speakers include Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Leticia Rousso, OD. COPE ID: 53583-GL

GL-07: Keys to Preventing Vision Loss in Glaucoma
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Diagnosing and managing glaucoma is both a science and an art. This interactive, informal, and in-depth discussion will highlight three evidenced-based, clinically-relevant topics that still causes some people to go blind from glaucoma: Insufficient Awareness (by the provider and the patient), Insufficient Action (by the provider), and Insufficient Adherence (by the patient). Those who attend will learn to improve in each of these respective areas and apply the associated principles personally as providers as well as with their patients. Speakers include Austin Lifferth, OD, FAAO, Andrew Rixon, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: Pending

GL-08: Clinical Decision Making Following Diagnosis of POAG
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
A review of the decision-making that follows a diagnosis of open-angle glaucoma, including establishing baseline data, staging disease severity, setting target pressures, selecting initial treatment, detecting progression, and altering treatment. Speakers include Derek MacDonald, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53663-GL


Saturday, October 14


GL-09: Management of Corneal and Anterior Segment Disease in Glaucoma
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course expands on the complicated treatment and management of corneal disease and glaucoma and their intrinsic relationship with one another. The course overviews how glaucoma drops may affect the cornea, how corneal disease may lead to secondary glaucoma, how glaucoma surgeries may affect the cornea, and the role of contact lenses in both disease entities. Speakers include Karen Lee, OD, FSLS, FAAO, Jane Kuo, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53585-GL

GL-10: Top 10 Things I Learned When We Became A Glaucoma Referral Center
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
In the fall of 2016, Mike Cymbor, OD, FAAO, a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, joined with a glaucoma fellowship-trained ophthalmologist to start the Glaucoma Institute of State College. This talk will review the "Top 10" things learned in the first several months of this new endeavor. This course will discuss both surgical and non-surgical management of glaucoma. The speaker will also share insight on his experiences that should allow practitioners to become better glaucoma clinicians. Speakers include Michael Cymbor, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53586-GL