Systemic/Ocular Disease


Thursday, October 12


SD-01: Parkinson's Disease and Vision
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This course will explore our current understanding of Parkinson’s disease. It will review the most recent findings that represent a paradigm shift in our understanding of how a person develops Parkinson’s disease. It will focus on how Parkinson’s disease affects the visual system at each phase of the disease. It will also review some of the newest therapeutics and treatments that are being used to treat Parkinson’s disease such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), and their common side effects. Speakers include Vondolee Delgado-Nixon, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53627-SD

SD-02: Rapid Fire: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Caring for Patients on the Autism Spectrum
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
With the increasing prevalence of autism, it is critical that optometrists are aware of the characteristics of the condition and how these characteristics may impact the examination. During this lecture, we will discuss autism and its range of presentations and optometric concerns. We will also discuss proactive strategies that will aid the practitioner in providing the highest level of care. Speakers include Todd Peabody, OD, MBA, FAAO, Erin Peabody, MA, CCC-SLP, Don Lyon, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 49573-SD

SD-04: Your Microbiome: What We Need to Know
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
As knowledge in the area of our microbiome expands, we are learning the importance of bacteria and other micro-organisms on health. Bacteria are not all bad, and in fact some are crucial for good health. This course will discuss the importance of both the gut microbiome and the ocular microbiome and their importance to overall systemic and ocular health. Ways to try to affect our microbiome will be discussed in a way that will be clinically relevant and applicable. Speakers include Jeff Gerson, OD, FAAO, A. Paul Chous, OD, MA, FAAO. COPE ID: 53640-SD

SD-03: What Can an OD Learn from an Allergist?
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Both allergists and ODs see numerous patients with ocular allergy. We can make our diagnosis and treatments more effective with lessons learned from an allergist. Lessons include: Allergy = itch…or does it?; Why Immunotherapy matter; Pay attention to plant life; Hidden dangers of make-up; Vaping: safe or sorry?; Myth: Ice and snow means no allergy and The caruncle conundrum. Speakers include Milton Hom, OD, FAAO, FACAAI(Sc). COPE ID: 53643-SD

SD-16: How Powerful a "HAART" Can Be: Understanding HIV/AIDS in a Primary Care Setting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of patients with HIV/AIDS as it relates to the role of optometrists. It will deliver clinical application to the average optometrist who lacks comfort in dealing with the HIV/AIDS population in their office. The course will directly impact younger clinicians who have no exposure to ocular or retinal findings related to HIV/AIDS patients because of medical treatment options available today, despite millions of individuals living with the condition. It will focus on providing an in depth look at the history of the disease from its first discovery to our present time. It will deliver content on the current trends across the US, from epidemiology to new treatment and management options for both systemic and ocular manifestations of the disease. The course will discuss the full spectrum of ocular manifestations and provide an evidence-based approach through the use of interactive case examples. It will incorporate audience-polling questions to test knowledge and challenge public health awareness of those patients at greatest risk for vision loss. Speakers include Daniel Bastian, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53617-SD


Friday, October 13


SD-05: Diabetes Update 2017: What's New and What Will Change the Way We Practice
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
This course considers the latest evidence regarding prevention and treatment of diabetes and diabetes-related eye disease, with an emphasis on developments that are expected to significantly change optometric care. Speakers include A. Paul Chous, OD, MA, FAAO, Jeff Gerson, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53628-SD

SD-06: Wake Up - Sleep Disorders and Eye Care
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Part 1: Restful and rejuvenating sleep plays a pivotal and under-appreciated role in systemic health as well as a range of eye conditions. The clinical implications and profile of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and its' differential diagnosis are discussed. Besides preventing disease, good sleep (initiation and maintenance) is the foundation of high alertness and attention, good mood, high-quality performance and sharp vision. Poor sleep is implicated in poorer ocular health. Part 2: Data on sleep apnea and Floppy Eyelids, COAG / LTG, NAION, CRVO, DM, CSR and AMD. Speakers include Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, Alexander Golbin, MD, PhD. COPE ID: 54346-SD CEE

SD-10: Lab Testing in Optometric Practice: The Basics
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The following interactive presentation will explore the various lab testing used in the diagnosis of systemic conditions that have associated manifestations in the eye and ocular structures. Common ocular conditions and the associated systemic diseases will be reviewed with an emphasis on what tests should be ordered and what the optometric physician should know once the results are back. Speakers include Blair Lonsberry, OD, MEd, FAAO. COPE ID: 53983-SD CEE

SD-12: Effective Perimetry
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This course will review the underlying principles and key concepts of automated perimetry to better understand how the instrument (HFA) interprets data and presents the findings. Usefulness of reliability indices and when to override will be covered. Discussion of which tests are appropriate for various conditions including recommendations for test point pattern and strategy selection. Interpretation of defects including the recognition of artifacts versus true disease will be covered. Multiple case examples of anterior and posterior chiasmal diseases that mimic glaucoma are presented. Lastly, the challenge of identifying progression versus long term fluctuation is reviewed. Speakers include Peter Lalle, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53621-SD

SD-09: The Latest in Caring for your Hypertensive Patients
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Nationally recognized standards for the care of hypertensive patient care were recently updated. In addition to reviewing key features of current best practices, this lecture will summarize the new guidelines. Case reports familiar to the optometrist will be utilized to emphasize crucial points in managing patients whose blood pressure is measure at critical values. Speakers include Elizabeth Steele, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53625-SD

SD-13: Evidence Based Management of Retinal Artery Occlusions
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This course presents an evidence-based literature review for the primary care practitioner regarding the diagnosis and management of old and new retinal artery occlusions. Cases of central, branch, and cilioretinal artery occlusion will be presented. Clinical clues for identification of past artery occlusions as well as management of future stroke risk will also be discussed with emphasis on key points for patient education. Speakers include Edward Chu, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53620-SD

SD-07: Muscle It Up: Control Diabetic Retinopathy
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Optometrists play the pivotal role in educating diabetic patients to minimize micro- and macro-vascular complications. The goals of this lecture are to address updates on modifiable risks for diabetic retinopathy (DR) and examine the link between DR and other end-organ-damages: ranging from nephropathy to cognitive impairment to even mortality risk. In addition, the lecture will discuss a novel approach of "prescribing" exercise as a therapy to reduce DR risks while minimizing dangers from potential pitfalls. Speakers include Kuniyoshi Kanai, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 49576-SD

SD-08: Update on Plaquenil Testing: 2016 Guidelines and Beyond
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This course reviews the newest plaquenil testing guidelines released in 2016 and their execution in practice. It also reviews the fundamental structural and electrodiagnostic tests that aid in decision making for these patients. Rheumatology considerations are included where appropriate. Many cases of patients with and without toxicity are part of this course. Speakers include Wendy Harrison, OD, PhD, FAAO, Kaila Osmotherly, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 49872-PH

SD-11: Ocular Melanoma From Genetics to Treatment
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ocular melanoma is the second most common type of melanoma (after cutaneous) and the most common primary intraocular malignant tumor in adults. The uvea is the most frequent site of origin, while conjunctival melanoma is far less common. Recent advances in cytogenetics have enhanced prognostication, enabling clinicians to determine metastatic potential. Targeted therapy will hopefully improve the prognosis of patients with metastatic disease. This course provides an overview of the current status of ocular melanoma, with emphasis on prognostic factors, recently discovered molecular changes and contemporary treatment. Speakers include Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO, Carlo Pelino, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53624-SD


Saturday, October 14


SD-18: Optometry Quiz Show: The Rheumatologic Red Eyes
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Optometrists are faced with an almost daily presentation of patients with “the red eye.” We are all familiar with red eyes cause by infection, trauma and dry eye but what about those less common causes? The medical optometrist must be able to recognize when a red eye might be the first presentation of systemic a disorder. In this interactive course, we will discuss some of the more common of the rare rheumatologic red eyes. In addition to the review the ocular and systemic history and presentation, the speakers provide the attendee with optometric pearls for differential diagnosis and management. Speakers include Todd Peabody, OD, MBA, FAAO, Richard Meetz, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 44799-SD

SD-14: Hypertension in Office: When to Have a Talk, Send Home, and Send to ER
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Hypertension has been a growing community concern associated with significant risks of morbidities and mortality. Optometrists play significant role in detecting its vascular damages, informing patients and their managing physicians about clinical implications, and ensuring patients’ long-term success. The present lecture reviews proper blood pressure measurement protocol, and examine evidence that connect different signs of hypertensive retinopathy with the current and past blood pressure control. The discussion is expanded to various target-organ-damages predicted from retinopathy. Lastly, the lecture concludes with step-by-step management of hypertensive crises. Speakers include Kuniyoshi Kanai, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53619-SD

SD-15: Anticoagulation and the Eye
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Oral anticoagulant and antiplatelet (AC/AP) medications are indicated for the management of several conditions such as venous thromboembolism and prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and myocardial infarction. A review of established and newer therapies will be reviewed as well as potential ocular and non-ocular complications pertinent in optometry. Other topics will include AC/AP medications and ophthalmic surgery as well as ocular conditions that may require AC/AP use. Speakers include Alyon Wasik, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 45598-SD

SD-17: Crying Without Tears: Sjogren's Syndrome
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Optometrists diagnose Dry Eye Disease on a daily basis. However, did you know that 1 out of 10 dry eye patients may have Sjogren’s Syndrome? Learn how you can utilize an advanced diagnostic laboratory test called SjoTM in your practice. This course will also discuss how to diagnose Sjogren’s Syndrome. Speakers include Margarette Recalde, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 52342-SD