Wednesday, Nov. 7

Thursday, Nov. 8

Friday, Nov. 9

Saturday, Nov. 10

(PH-01) Beyond Patient Education: Health Literacy in the Optometric Setting
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Melissa Contreras
(PH-02) Accountable Care Organizations and What You Should Know
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Diane Russo

(PH-03) Improving Clinical Outcomes: Cultural Competency in Eye Care
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Matthew Pearce
(PH-04) The Fascination with Vaccination
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ruth Hyatt

(PH-05) International Mission “Tips”: Best Practices for Providing Eye Care Globally
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Matthew Pearce
(PH-06) Three Mental Health Considerations for Optometrists
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Frasier Horn


Public Health & Environmental Vision Section Symposium: Telemedicine: The Good, the Bad and the Law
Thursday, November 8 | 3:00 to 5:00 PM
This symposium will explore telemedicine’s impact on the practice of optometry. Topics will include opportunities to improve and expand care, ways to adapt to an increasing online society, the threat to traditional modes of practice, the potential for substandard care and associated complications, as well as the ethical, privacy and legal aspects of telemedicine.  An overview of telemedicine law and regulatory issues in the United States, including recent trends in public policy, will be presented as well as the public health implications. Moderator: Fred Soto, OD, JD, FAAO. Speakers: Peter J. Cass, OD, Anthony Cavallerano, OD, FAAO, Joe DeLoach, OD, and Allison Winnike, JD.

International Myopia Institute White Paper Report 
Friday, November 9 | 10:00 AM to Noon
This session will feature seven white paper reports exploring key topics of myopia to provide guidance and recommendations emanating from an evidence-based review and analysis of the literature by committees of experts tasked in their specialty areas. These white-papers will form the guidelines from which clinicians, researchers, industry and policy-makers can refer to for their decision making in clinical practice, conducting clinical trials, education and advocacy at the public health, patient and policy level. Speakers: Ian Flitcroft, Christine Wildsoet, Earl Smith, David Troilo, James Wolffsohn, Kate Gifford.