Workshops

Academy meeting workshops provide small group, hands-on education. Many sessions involve using equipment and performing procedures on fellow workshop attendees. 

Wednesday, October 11

Thursday, October 12

Friday, October 13

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
WK-01: Exploring the Angle: Building Confidence in Gonioscopy
Gonioscopy is a complex procedure that can be difficult to master. This workshop is designed to enhance the clinician's gonioscopy skills, by providing the participant with hands-on instruction for "getting and maintaining the view", correctly interpreting the view, and diagnosing anomalies of the angle. Participants will rotate through several stations including: applying the lens to the eye (using a variety of different lenses); instruction on using the corneal wedge technique (to verify angle structures); recording gonioscopic findings and therapeutic treatment of angle closure; and a videography presentation, as well as photographic presentation of normal versus abnormal angle structures.
Kelly Thompson, Matthew Hochwalt, Meaghan Horton
COPE ID: 53936-PD
Fee: $100 Full, Waitlist only. 

8:00 AM- 11:00 AM
WK-06: Laser Learning Workshop: What Every Optometrist Needs to Know

The use of laser energy to treat various anterior segment conditions, including posterior capsular opacification PCO, angle closure glaucoma, and open angle glaucoma, is now able to be performed by optometrists in multiple states. Optometrists in all 50 states manage patients pre- and post-operatively for YAG capsulotomies, laser peripheral iridotomies, and selective laser trabeculoplasties. This workshop will provide hands-on training to further enhance the understand and knowledge of the participants regarding these procedures. This workshop will also review and update these ophthalmic laser procedures.
Nathan Lighthizer
COPE ID: 53597-LP
Fee: $150

 

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
WK-12: The Art and Science of Fitting GP Scleral Contact Lenses

This workshop is for optometrists desiring to add scleral GP contact lens fitting to their practice. Scleral lens fitting utilizing the slit lamp, keratometer, trial lenses and other basic optometric equipment is discussed. Fitting issues and physiological challenges are discussed. Participants fit each other with 14mm to 18 mm scleral lenses, experiencing the fitting process from both the practitioner and the patient perspective. Lens fits are documented to include lens-cornea and lens-limbus clearance values, fitting zone alignment or bearing, and tear flow. A selection of fits will be video-recorded and discusses in grand rounds style.
Stephen Byrnes, Ronald Watanabe
COPE ID: 53601-CL
Fee: $150

 

8:00 AM -10:00 AM
WK-02: How to Conduct a Visual Perceptual Assessment
This workshop is designed to introduce practitioners to developmental-perceptual tests that evaluate visual information processing skills. The workshop provides hands-on experience in the administration, scoring and interpretation of each test.
Kristine Huang, Angela Chen, Reena Patel
COPE ID: 53668-FV
Fee: $100


 

9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
WK-07: Uncovering Demodex: The Latest in Diagnosis and Treatment

This workshop will look at new concepts for the management of Demodex blepharitis including slit lamp identification techniques, epilation and microscope evaluation of lash for demodex, treatment with tea tree oil as well as in office lid debridement and best practice for patient education. The workshop will be highly focused on building the practitioner's confidence as it pertains to identifying and treating demodex blepharitis.
Leslie O'Dell, Scott Hauswirth, Scott Schachter
COPE ID: 54759-AS
Fee: $100

 

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
WK-13: Injectable Medications in Primary Eyecare
This workshop provides hands on administration of periocular and additional parenteral injection techniques commonly utilized by the primary eyecare practitioner. It is taught by practitioners who employ these techniques on a routine basis in the daily clinic setting. There are four stations subconjunctival, intra-lesional, intravenous, and an intravitreal video station. An optional intramuscular station is available to the attendees who choose to pursue it.
Andrew Rixon, Michael Dorkowski, Scott Ensor, John Neal, Jennifer Sanderson
COPE ID: 53686-IS
Fee: $150

 

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WK-03: Maximizing Your Retinal Exam with Slit Lamp Fundus Lenses
With all the fundus lenses available today for biomicroscopy, which one is the best for you? Considering factors such as image quality, magnification and field of view, it is important to understand the benefits of each lens. In this workshop, attendees will become familiar with options of lenses for biomicroscopy and their uses in clinical practice. Patient preparation, procedure and interpretation of the fundus examination will be covered. Participants will gain experience with a variety of non-contact and contact fundus lenses. Standards of care are addressed and clinical pearls provided. Caroline Pate, Elizabeth Steele
COPE ID: 49600-PS
Fee: $100

 

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
WK-08: Basics of Scleral Contact Lens Fitting: It's as Easy as 1-2-3

This two hour presentation is an interactive, workshop format where basic principles of large diameter, rigid, scleral contact lenses are discussed. A didactic portion is followed by hands-on practice with insertion, removal, and fitting of scleral lenses. Instructors who are members of the Scleral Lens Education Society will provide hands-on fitting experience using scleral lenses from several different lens companies and instruct participants on the benefits of anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) and scleral mapping techniques.
Karen Lee, Maria Walker, Mindy Toabe, Pam Satjawatcharaphong
COPE ID: 53602-CL
Fee: $100

 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WK-14: Sutureless Amniotic Membranes: How to Properly Insert and Remove Them
The amniotic membrane is a biologic tissue that promotes healing of the ocular surface. This two-hour workshop will discuss the newer sutureless amniotic membranes available for optometric use, and discuss their current indications, while allowing the participant to insert and remove the various tissues on one another. 
Nicholas Colatrela, Jeffrey Varanelli, Stacy Hinkemeyer, Jeanette Varanelli
COPE ID: 53757-AS
Fee: $100

 

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WK-04: How to Treat Binocular Vision Disorders with Vision Therapy

This workshop introduces various vision therapy techniques and discusses appropriate sequencing of the techniques in treating patients with oculomotor, accommodative and/or non-strabismic vergence disorders. It is designed to provide hands-on experience to work with different vision therapy procedures.
Kristine Huang, Angela Chen, Angela To, Silvia Han

COPE ID: 53603-FV
Fee: $150

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
WK-09: Finding and Managing Evidence Based Resources

The participants will gain knowledge of free and individual subscription-based online health science resources that will help them manage patient care and their practices using a more targeted and time-saving strategy than using Google and sifting through multiple results of varying quality. Workshop will include a PowerPoint presentation, a handout and interactive experiences which participants can take with them to utilize in their daily practice. Workshop is suitable for all, however geared toward those clinicians and researchers who aren't affiliated with an institution which has a library or information center.
Leslie Holland, Suzanne Ferimer, Scott Johnson
Fee: $50  NO CE

 

2:00 PM- 5:00 PM
WK-15: Vision Therapy/Visual Training for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) / Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Vision Therapy for ABI/TBI is presented as a hands-on clinical workshop experience to familiarize the attendees with a minimum of 15 different vision therapy activities that are typically done with these patients. Areas of concentration include: treating Visual Perceptual - Space & Time issues, treating Unilateral Spatial Inattention and Blindsight and treating Oculomotor issues. Attendees will experience each of the VT activities in small groups and they will be given formal write-ups of each activity for use with their own patients.
Paul Harris, Marc Taub, Melissa Zarn
COPE ID: 49640-NO
Fee: $150

 

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WK-05: Basics of Scleral Contact Lens Fitting: It's as Easy as 1-2-3

This two hour presentation is an interactive, workshop format where basic principles of large diameter, rigid, scleral contact lenses are discussed. A didactic portion is followed by hands-on practice with insertion, removal, and fitting of scleral lenses. Instructors who are members of the Scleral Lens Education Society will provide hands-on fitting experience using scleral lenses from several different lens companies and instruct participants on the benefits of anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) and scleral mapping techniques.
Justine Siergey, Melissa Barnett, Langis Michaud, Daniel Fuller
COPE ID: 53604-CL
Fee: $100

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WK-10: Fitting Peripheral Prisms for Hemianopia

Theoretical basis and background information about the peripheral prism is covered. The clinical trials and laboratory experiments with the device are described. Advanced knowledge about secondary aspects and side effects of the prisms is addressed. Novel fitting options and designs is introduced. Hands-on experience in fitting the press-on version of the peripheral prisms and in fitting and ordering the permanent high power prisms is provided, as well as training patients in prisms use, measuring the field expansion. Practice with actual patients provided.
 
Eli Peli

COPE ID: 53589-LV
Fee: $150

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WK-16: The Future of Case Reports in OVS: Implications for Authors and Reviewers
The publication of case-reports is an important element of promotion and advancement for many members of our community and the number of available journals has decreased. The submission format has also created significant challenges to the Editorial Staff of the journal who traditionally have emphasized both novelty and significance within their criteria for acceptance. This workshop will discuss the challenges for the journal that case-reports create and some potential future directions for this extremely important submission format. The workshop will be of interest not only for Authors who which to publish in OVS in the future, but also Reviewers who are involved in the peer-review process. 
Andrew Mick

NO FEE   NO CE

 

 

3:30 PM- 5:30 PM
WK-11: Everything You Wanted to Know about Punctal Occlusion
Punctal plugs are a key adjunctive therapy in the relief of dry eye. This workshop trains each practitioner to insert diagnostic collagen and semi-permanent plugs. New as well as conventional plug designs are available for hands-on use. Each practitioner hones their chair-side skills in the application of these devices. 
Walter Potaznick, Irwin Shwom
COPE ID: 53858-AS
Fee: $100