Section and SIG Symposia

Academy Sections and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) each create a symposium session each year focused on topics of pertinence to their group's interests. These are large theater-style sessions. Advanced registration is not usually required (unless specified) and seating is first come, first seated.


Wednesday, October 11


2017 OGS/AAO Joint Symposium: Perspectives In Glaucoma Management
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The Joint Symposium of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and the American Academy of Optometry at the Academy's annual meeting in Chicago this year highlights some insights and advances in the etiology and management of glaucoma. The symposium will provide attendees with two hours of continuing education credit. The moderator will be Richard Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO and the speakers include David Friedman, MD, MPH, PhD, Robert Fechtner, MD, John Berdahl, MD. COPE ID: 55129-GL

Glaucoma Section Symposium: MIGS: Emerging Technologies in Glaucoma Surgery
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Evolving technologies in the field of micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) have set the stage for a shift in treatment approach for qualifying patients with open angle glaucoma. It offers a welcomed new option for patients intolerant to medical management who lack the severity that necessitates the high risks of traditional surgical procedures. Optometrists must be prepared to accurately identify and selectively refer those candidates who would benefit most from this new technology. Speakers include Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Brett Bence, OD, FAAO, Sarah Wood, OD, FAAO, Madhu Gorla, MD. COPE ID: 54055-GL

Joint Vision in Aging and Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Wellness SIGs: Aging and Nutrition in Modern Eye Care
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Nutrition in eye care has become an integral part of modern eye care practice. Eye care practitioners increasingly make nutrition supplement recommendations for their older patients. There are many considerations unique to older adults with general and ocular nutrition needs along with relevant clinical information beyond AREDS. Speakers include John Kaminski, OD, FAAO, Stuart Richer, OD, FAAO, Emily Chew, MD, Billy Hammond, PhD. COPE ID: 54373-GO


Thursday, October 12


Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry SIG: The Lawrence Gray Symposium: Neuro-ophthalmic Top 10 Lists
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evaluating neuro-ophthalmic disorders can be perceived as being difficult and intimidating. This symposium helps you learn how to avoid the most common mistakes when evaluating diplopia, visual fields, and unexplained visual loss. In this fast-paced program focusing on Neuro-ophthalmic Top-10 lists, world renowned neuro-ophthalmologists provide clinically applicable tips to increase your comfort level in dealing with these concerning presentations. Speakers include Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Jonathan Trobe, MD, Cherie Farkash, OD, FAAO, Valerie Purvin, MD. COPE ID: 54172-NO

Academic Medical Center Optometrists SIG Symposium
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The symposium will consist of two parts focusing on two different topic areas. The first hour will be a profession component on mentorship for optometrists in academic medical centers, presented by Timothy McMahon, OD, FAAO. The second component will be presented by Thomas Freddo, OD, PhD, FAAO, and will cover: "Board Certification, the politics of credentialing/privileges at a medical institution." Speakers include Ellen Shorter, OD, FAAO, Timothy McMahon, OD, FAAO, Thomas Freddo, OD, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54261-GO

Joint Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry and Low Vision Sections: Cortical/Cerebral Vision Impairment (CVI): An Overview of the Attributes, Range of Clinical Presentation, Research Findings, and Challenges to Rehabilitate and Educate this Burgeoning Population
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Cortical/cerebral vision impairment (CVI) is the leading cause of pediatric vision impairment in the developing world. There is a lack of consensus regarding what CVI is, the necessary findings required for diagnosis, who should make the diagnosis, and who should be involved with the delivery of services to these patients/students. The goal of this symposium is to increase the awareness of this condition to optometry. An overview of the condition and a general approach to clinical decision making will be followed by a riveting talk revealing the latest functional imaging studies pertaining to ocular versus brain based visual impairment on the developing brain. With this neurophysiologic underpinning, the next talk focuses on dorsal stream dysfunction that leads to the final talk about educational considerations for children with CVI. Speakers include Barry Kran, OD, FAAO, Corinna Bauer, PhD, Gordon Dutton, MD, Amanda Hall Lueck, PhD. COPE ID: 54860-NO

Public Health & Environmental Vision Section: The Politics, Challenges, Innovations and Opportunities of Healthcare Reform
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
(Section Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 12, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

This symposium brings together the leaders of the Chicago area healthcare policy makers. They will discuss the path to sustainability and good outcomes in the changing strategy of the repeal and replace events of post-election 2016. What are the expectations of healthcare reform as it pertains to private insurance, hospitals, and government programs? What is the role of managed vision care? There will be a focus on the politics, challenges, innovations, and opportunities of Healthcare Reform. Strengthening operations, quality, safety and business development for the health system will be discussed. Speakers include Fred Soto, OD, JD, FAAO, Jana Hirschtick, PhD, MPH, Karen C. Teitelbaum, MBA, Anthony T. Lo Sasso, PhD, Jeff Smith, OD. COPE ID: 54165-PB

Joint Comprehensive Eye Care Section and Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Wellness SIG: Nutritional Influences on Eye Health
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This symposium seeks to explore how nutritional factors influence systemic and ocular health down to the cellular level resulting in disease. Epigenetics, metabolomics, and functional integrative medicine will be discussed. This symposium aims to address how the comprehensive eye care provider can improve patient care to prevent vision loss and blindness. Speakers include Tina Porzukowiak, OD, FAAO, A. Paul Chous, OD, MA, FAAO, Stuart Richer, OD, FAAO, Kim Allan Williams, MD, Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54211-PB


Friday, October 13


Retina SIG: Posterior Segment Inflammatory Diseases and Malignancies
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Diagnostic dilemmas of the posterior segment will be discussed. Speakers will bridge the gap from diagnosis to treatment in posterior uveitis and choroidal melanoma. Speakers include Carlo Pelino, OD, FAAO, Pauline Merrill, MD. Eugene Shildkrot, MD. COPE ID: 54166-PS

Anterior Segment Section: New Perspectives in Dry Eye Neuropathic Corneal Pain
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This course presents an overview of the etiology and present understanding of corneal neuropathic pain and ocular surface disease. A review of the anatomy and physiology, pathological alterations to nerve morphology, recognition of symptoms, as well as diagnosis and management strategies will be included. Speakers include Katherine Mastrota, OD, FAAO, Scott Hauswirth, OD, FAAO, Anat Galor, MD, Leslie Small, OD. COPE ID: 54018-AS

Vision Science SIG: Blood Flow in Retinal Disease and Glaucoma Measurement, Understanding Tissue Oxygenation, and Clinical Applications
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reduced blood flow through the vasculature can drive retinal disease and glaucoma. Using adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy or OCT techniques, blood flow through the fundus can be mapped noninvasively (e.g. without the injection of fluorescein). Both drop-out of blood vessels and vascular proliferation can be seen and related to a patient's prognosis. The oxygen supply to the inner and outer retina are probed with an even wider variety of methods, providing a better understanding diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Speakers include Ann Elsner, PhD, FAAO, Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD, FAAO, Robert Linsenmeier, PhD, Hao Zhang, PhD, Mahnaz Shahidi, PhD, David Huang, MD, PhD, Brett King, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54053-PS

Optometric Education Section: Assessment Techniques In and Out of the Clinic
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Workshop from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (No CE)
Participants in the symposium will be able to describe how assessment fits within the educational cycle. You will be able to write learning objectives in the different learning domains (knowledge, skills, and attributes) within Bloom's heirarchy. You will also be able to choose assessment tools for each domain considering Miller's 4 levels of assessment in healthcare. Speakers include Daniel Taylor, OD, EdD, FAAO, Patricia Hrynchak, OD, MScCH, FAAO, Rebecca Kammer, OD, PhD, FAAO, Shilpa Register, OD, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54054-GO

Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies: Ocular Surface Disease and Irregular Cornea Grand Rounds: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Generously sponsored by Bausch + Lomb
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
(Section Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 11, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

Ocular surface disease with or without corneal irregularity is challenging to treat both optically and physiologically. This expert "all-Chicago" panel will present challenging cases and treatment approaches including medical, surgical, and contact lens management of corneal disease. The multidisciplinary approach to management of these patients will be evident as Academy Diplomates and Fellows present cases shared with internationally recognized corneal surgeons. Speakers include Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO, Timothy McMahon, OD, FAAO, Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO, Dmitri Azar, MD, Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, Ann Laurenzi-Jones, OD, FAAO, Marian Macsai, MD. COPE ID: 54982-CL