Pharmacology


Wednesday, October 11


OP-01: Systemic Medications Affecting Your Eye Examination
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This course will discuss systemic medications with potential ocular side effects, including a brief review of the associated systemic diseases. Additional indicated adjunctive testing will be reviewed. Illustrative case examples will be provided. Speakers include Michelle Marciniak, OD, FAAO, Megan Hunter, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54012-PH CEE

OP-02: FDA Approved Pharmaceuticals - New Agents and Updates
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Every year the FDA approves numerous pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diseases in various medical therapeutic areas. This course will review the recently approved pharmaceuticals that are pertinent to optometric patient care. Pharmaceuticals covered will include but not limited to endocrinology, cardiology, vascular disease, infections, neurology, optometry, psychology, and urology. Indication of use, mechanism of action, and/or ocular side effects will be reviewed. This course is given by an optometrist and a Doctor in Pharmacy. Speakers include Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO, Tracy Offerdahl, PharmD. COPE ID: 53676-PH

OP-03: IV Meds in Eyecare: Case Based Learning
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This lecture will survey the utilization of intravenous medications in a hospital-based optometric setting, highlighting the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to care. Indications, contraindications, and common side effects of various IV medications will be discussed and taught through clinical grand rounds format. Speakers include Brandon Runyon, OD, FAAO, Valerie Sharpe, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53677-PH


Thursday, October 12


OP-05: Biologic Therapies in Eyecare
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Biologic Therapies in Eye Care will review many of the common biologic-based treatment modalities that optometrists use for different clinical conditions. The class will focus on the benefits, indications, contraindications, and risks associated with each treatment. Case examples will supplement the lecture. Interactive polling may be used to help enhance learning and audience participation. Speakers include Jeffrey Varanelli, OD, FAAO, Nicholas Colatrella, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 52393-PH

OP-06: Prescribing Oral Antivirals in Eye Care
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This course reviews the usage of oral antivirals for ocular infections. Practical information regarding the identification of adverse allergic reaction, dialysis, pregnancy, and maximum daily doses are discussed, which are prerequisites before prescribing oral pharmaceutical agents. This course is presented by an optometrist and a Doctor of Pharmacy. Speakers include Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO, Tracy Offerdahl, PharmD. COPE ID: 53753-OP

OP-07: Top 10 Deadliest Prescription Drugs in America
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Drug overdose claimed more than 47,000 and 52,000 Americans in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The majority of the deaths is caused by a prescription or illicit opioid. This course provides a discussion of the top 10 deadly drugs of abuse and an overview of the mechanisms underlying drug dependence and addiction. Optometrists as primary eye care providers with prescribing privilege can play a role in mitigating the devastating impact of this drug abuse epidemic. Speakers include Len Koh, OD, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53654-PH


Friday, October 13


OP-04: Innovations in Ocular Drug Delivery Systems
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Patient adherence with topical medications is less than desirable, and this course will discuss how to get the bottle out of the patients hands. This course will focus on current and future advancements in ocular drug delivery systems. This discussion will include the impact these technologies have on the management of various ocular conditions. Topics will include drug vehicles, pharmaceutical contact lenses, punctal plugs, surgical devices and delivery, and nanotechnology. Speakers include Justin Schweitzer, OD, FAAO, Walter Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO, Derek Cunningham, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54002-PH CEE

OP-08: Amniotic Membranes: Current Uses, Future Considerations
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Amniotic membranes are more prevalent in primary care optometry practices as more products are available. This talk will go over the history of amniotic membranes, their uses in other specialties, and the science behind them including gaps in our knowledge. Differences between cryopreserved and various freeze dried brands as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each will be highlighted. New and future eye drops using amniotic fluid or membranes will be highlighted including cost and business models. Future considerations in membranes such as quality control will be discussed. Author has no financial relationship with any companies discussed. Speakers include Anne Mika Moy, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53667-AS


Saturday, October 14


OP-09: My Doc Told Me to Get an Eye Exam Because...
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Many non-ophthalmic medications can produce visual side-effects. Some of these drugs have the potential to produce devastating loss of vision or ocular side-effects that can lead to loss of visual function. This lecture will discuss the most important of these drugs and what the clinician needs to know to prevent these visually dangerous side-effects. Speakers include Bruce Onofrey, OD, RPH, FAAO. COPE ID: 54003-PH CEE