Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease: Anterior Segment


Wednesday, October 11


AS-02: Rapid Fire: Refractory Ocular Surface Disease, Beyond First Line Therapy
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This course will illustrate advanced practice techniques and provide a clinical pathway to manage recalcitrant ocular surface disease. By using Sjogren’s syndrome as a template, the clinical decision tree of diagnosis, the initial systemic and ocular management will be addressed. Subsequent second line treatment options including autologous serum, compounding pharmaceuticals and scleral lens applications for the severe sequelae of OSD, such as persistent corneal defects and filamentary keratitis, will be highlighted. Additional tertiary adjunctive surgical treatment modalities of conjunctival flaps and autograft transplantation will be included as part of the multidisciplinary approach. Speakers include John Conto, OD, FAAO, ABCMO, Casey Hogan, OD, FAAO, Jennifer Harthan, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Timothy Wells, MD, MS. COPE ID: 53532-AS

AS-03: Ocular Emergencies
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This course will utilize multiple case presentations and audience participation to discuss challenging visually-threatening emergencies in the optometric practice. Speakers include Ahmad Fahmy, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53533-AS

AS-01: Rapid Fire: What's New in Cornea and Contact Lenses?
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This fast-paced course will provide a summary of key findings in the recent peer-reviewed cornea and contact lens literature and guide practitioners on how to advance their practice today and what to watch out for down the road. Topic areas include corneal crosslinking, risk of contact lens complications, myopia control and new contact lens technologies. Speakers include Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, FAAO, David Berntsen, OD, PhD, FAAO, Ryan Patel, OD, FAAO, Eric Ritchey, OD, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53531-AS

AS-04: Pain and Photophobia in Ocular Surface Disease
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
We will examine symptoms of pain and photophobia in dry eye and ocular surface disease, as well as changes in neuroanatomy and function. The use of clinical diagnostic tool and management strategies will be discussed. Speakers include Scott Hauswirth, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 52114-AS


Thursday, October 12


AS-06: Lid Lesions: Relax or Refer?
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Patients’ present with a variety of lumps and bumps associated with the ocular and periocular tissues. This interactive presentation will review the various periocular lesions focusing on differentiating benign from the malignant, differentials and current treatment/management options including when to refer. Speakers include Blair Lonsberry, OD, MEd, FAAO. COPE ID: 53534-AS

AS-10: A Grand Rounds Series
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Optometrists play a key role in diagnosing and managing anterior segment disease. When a red eye case falls out of the typical ones seen, the doctor must utilize higher-level diagnostic skills to solve the patient’s problem. The following cases provide the clinician with useful tools to aid in the diagnosis and management of anterior segment disease. Speakers include Anne Mika Moy, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 49278-AS

AS-11: Rapid Fire: Advanced Therapeutic Treatment in Clinical Practice
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Optometry’s ever expanding scope of practice necessitates that optometrists continue to expand their knowledge in a variety of new and exciting clinical areas. This interactive and rapid-fire presentation explores cutting edge clinical care in advanced therapeutic treatment options including lasers, minor surgical procedures and oral/topical therapeutic agents. Speakers include Blair Lonsberry, OD, MEd, FAAO, Carl Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO April Jasper, OD, FAAO, Tammy Than, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 53979-AS

AS-05: An Optometrist’s Guide to Corneal Crosslinking
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Disease stabilization with corneal crosslinking is one of the emerging key concepts in anew era of keratoconus management.This course will discuss crosslinking treatment techniques, patient selections, expected outcomes, and post-operative management. Speakers include Clark Chang, OD, MSA, FAAO. COPE ID: 52486-AS

AS-09: Anterior Uveitis: Beyond Wills
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Anterior Uveitis is caused by a diverse group of problems that are often conceptually lumped into one clinical entity. This course will teach you how to identify diagnostic clues in both clincial presentation and patient setting to enable you to break up the diagnosis of anterior uveitis into more clincially appropriate and diagnostically useful groups with the goal of improving your diagnostic accuracy and comfort in managing this sometimes confusing group of conditions. Speakers include Aaron Bronner, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53536-AS

AS-07: Demodex: Reflections, Connections and Misconceptions
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
For 175 years, the scientific community has recognized the human facial mite, Demodex. Yet only in the last 5-10 years has optometry really begun to acknowledge its significance. This lecture provides evidence-based information on the life habits of Demodex and its role in ocular surface disease, clarifying a multitude of misconceptions and establishing a clinical rationale for detection and management. Speakers include Alan Kabat, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53535-AS

AS-08: Rapid Fire: New Considerations in MGD Management
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This rapid-fire session will look at new thoughts on the management of MGD including but not limited to new imaging techniques, devices and grading methods while also examining the effect of make up and digital device use on the presence and exacerbation of MGD. The session will finish with thoughts on where the treatment and management of MGD patients may go in the future. Speakers include Leslie O'Dell, OD, FAAO, Clare Halleran, OD, Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO, Scott Schachter, OD. COPE ID: 53539-AS


Friday, October 13


AS-13: HSV Epithelial Keratitis: Avoiding the Initial Misdiagnosis
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Prompt diagnosis and effective therapy in HSV epithelial keratitis can be complex. This course offers pearls in first-time diagnosis as well as treatment, and management of HSV, drug resistance to anti-virals and adjunct therapy with fluoroquinolones. Cases are presented in a grand rounds format to solidify the participant’s understanding of the covered material. Speakers include Anne Mika Moy, OD, FAAO, Christina Wilmer, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 49289-AS

AS-14: Grand Rounds of the Anterior Segment
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This one hour course will review various cases of the anterior segment and specific treatment and management options. Each case will be supported by clinical photographs and / or videos to enhance the learning and discussion, along with audience participation using an interactive digital polling process. Speakers include Nicholas Colatrella, OD, FAAO, Jeffrey Varanelli, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 54220-AS

AS-15: The Clinical Use of Ophthalmic Point-of-Care Diagnostic Lab Tests
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
There is growing use of point-of-care (POC) lab testing within the ophthalmic sector, and will continue to expand as more tests are developed and more clinicians adopt them in their day-to-day diagnostic regimen. This course discusses the five current POC tests available to optometrists, their indications and clinical uses and examples of their use in an optometric clinic. Speakers include Ernest Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 47546-PD

AS-16: Anterior Chamber Angle: Assessment and Anomalies
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The anterior chamber angle is vital but often overlooked. These structures are integral to IOP regulation and can be damaged from a variety of causes. Optometrists must understand angle anatomy, gonioscopy, and anterior segment imaging to make accurate diagnoses and reduce the risk of glaucoma and vision loss. This presentation will contain numerous case examples with supportive photos along with substantial references from the literature. Speakers include David Hicks, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 49261-AS

AS-12: Anterior Uveitis: An Organized Approach to Diagnosis and Management
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This course will review the diagnosis and management of anterior uveitis. The common systemic etiologies will be reviewed along with salient symptoms and signs of each disease. Using case based examples, the lecturers will present how to tailor laboratory testing and imaging based on patient presentation. Speakers include Tammy Than, MS, OD, FAAO, Gay Tokumaru,  OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53538-AS


Saturday, October 14


AS-17: The Herpes Group
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
The herpes family of viruses can present in various ways. It's important for clinicians to make a timely diagnosis and treat appropriately. The course will focus on rapid fire topics including the differential of dendritiform lesions and their masquerades, the need and importance of vaccination as a preventive measure, diagnosing co-infection and combatting the ravages of zoster (PHN and ARN), and defining resistance and reducing recurrence in herpetic disease. Treatment strategies for a resultant neurotrophic state will be offered. Speakers include Joseph Shovlin, OD, FAAO, Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO, Michael DePaolis, OD, FAAO, Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53995-AS CEE