Thursday, October 24
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SS-01: Comprehensive Eye Care Section Symposium: Diplomates Present Grand Rounds
9:00 to 11:00 AM
This symposium seeks to highlight complex case studies presenting to the comprehensive eye care practitioner. Topics will be pertinent to all eye care providers with attention to anterior segment, posterior segment, and neuro-ophthalmic disease. The symposium aims to address how the comprehensive eye care provider can improve patient care to prevent vision loss and blindness. Fellows interested in becoming a Comprehensive Eye Care Diplomate are strongly encouraged to attend. The moderator is Hal Bohlman, OD, FAAO, and the speakers include Stephanie Klemencic, OD, MS, FAAO, Danielle Weiler, OD, FAAO, Bisant Labib, OD, FAAO, Tina Porzukowiak, OD, FAAO.

SS-02 Optometric Education Section Symposium: Engaging Students in Learning Through Cognition, Self-Regulation, and Deliberate Practice
10:00 AM to Noon
The ability to participate actively in life-long learning is an essential competency required of all future health care providers. It is necessary for students to have a clear understanding of how they can self-regulate their own learning and to critically analyze their performance. Educators are called to outline these integral skills for student success, as well as incorporate active and engaging aspects of these competencies into the classroom whether didactic, clinical or in the simulation setting. Integration and self-regulated learning techniques such as deliberate practice and metacognitive strategies are a crucial and ongoing issue for schools and colleges of optometry. Speakers include Jayne Josephsen, EdD, RN, CCCTM, Ann Butt, EdD, RN, CNE, Daniel Taylor, OD, EdD, FAAO.

SS-03: Low Vision Section Symposium: The Promises and Challenges of Electric Head-Mounted Video Devices in Vision Rehabilitation
10:00 AM to Noon
We have now had electronic head-mounted video devices for use in low vision rehabilitation for nearly 25 years. Many technological innovations have been developed as the products have evolved, yet they still make up a relatively small portion of vision assistive equipment used in the field. This session’s presenters have impressive and varied credentials and experience working with these devices. They will offer insights into the challenges of creating truly useful head-mounted technology, a look at the history and future of these devices, and share experiences of a low vision rehabilitation professional who uses head-mounted video technology himself. The moderator is David Lewerenz, OD, FAAO, and the speakers include Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO, Robert Massof, PhD, FAAO, and Thomas Theune, OD, FAAO.

SS-04: Glaucoma Section Symposium: Exploring the Intersection of Glaucoma and Dry Eye Disease
10:00 AM to Noon
Glaucoma and dry eye disease are both common and visually significant chronic diseases that have a significant impact on quality of life. Often the two conditions exist concurrently, especially when the patient with glaucoma is on multiple topical ophthalmic medications that utilize preservatives that alter the ocular surface and lead to symptoms of discomfort. This is a vicious cycle that should be considered by each primary care optometrist when managing and co-managing patients with glaucoma. There are new glaucoma medications and formulations of older medications that are becoming available to help address these issues in glaucoma patients. This symposium will highlight the intersection of dry eye disease and glaucoma and talk about ways to concurrently manage the two to improve the quality of life in patients. It will also cover some of the new glaucoma medications, including how and when to implement them. The moderator is Austin Lifferth, OD, FAAO, and the speakers include C. Lisa Prokopich, OD, Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO, and Elizabeth Muckley, OD, FAAO.

SS-05: AMCO SIG Symposium: Whoops! An Evaluation of Cases That Might Not Have Gone the Way You Wanted
1:30 to 3:30 PM
The objectives of this symposium are to identify adverse outcomes associated with medical error, to modify behavior and judgment based on previous experiences, and to prevent repetition of errors leading to complications. Conferences are non-punitive and focus on the goal of patient care. They are particularly important for identifying system issues (e.g., outdated policies, changes in patient identification procedures, arithmetic errors, etc.) that affect patient care. Speakers include Christine Sindt, OD, FAAO, Dennis Siemsen, OD, FAAO, James Hoekel, OD, FAAO, Mahsa Salehi, OD, FAAO, John Conto, OD, FAAO, Evan Kaufman, OD, FAAO, and Donna Wicker, OD, FAAO.

SS-06: Vision in Aging SIG Symposium: Neurodegeneration and the Aging Eye: Role of Eye Care Professionals in Early Management and Care for Patients with Progression
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s diseases, Parkinson’s disease and dementia are on the rise and creating a substantial public health burden. Currently, detecting these conditions requires invasive and expensive testing, and often they are detected too late after irreversible changes have occurred in the brain. Researchers are discovering that there are biomarkers in the eye, most notably the retina, that can detect neurodegenerative conditions less invasively, and at its earlier stages. Eye care professionals are on the forefront of possibly being able to detect these conditions at their earliest stages in the eye, which could lead to more effective treatment and reduced progression of cognitive impairment. The moderator is John Kaminski, OD, FAAO, and the speakers include George Jackson, MD, PhD, Jessica Alber, PhD, Albert Woods, MS, OD, FAAO, and Kelly Malloy, OD, FAAO.

SS-07: Optometric Education Section Workshop: Instructional Tools for Cognition and Self-Regulated Learning
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Participants of the paired workshop will leave with an outline of specific tools that can be used in a variety of educational settings to enhance self-regulated learning. Implementation of deliberate practice interventions and a framework for student support will be reviewed. Additionally, an opportunity to participate in hands-on application of the tools will be provided. Speakers include Jayne Josephsen, EdD, RN, CCCTM, and Ann Butt, EdD, RN, CNE.

SS-08: Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Symposium: New Game with New Rules: Interpreting the ISO Guidelines to Safeguard Our Contact Lens Practice and OSD Patients
8:00 to 10:00 AM
The eyecare practice is home to many pathogens and it is our duty to protect our patients. We will discuss these invaders and how to prevent transmission. The release of the updated ISO guidelines may bring challenges to many but our panel has deciphered, debated, and developed a plan to guide the prescriber so that they can implement these standards. This information is critical for the trial lens fitting of our most challenging patients in the specialty lens practice. We will conclude with our role in preparing patients for ophthalmic surgery to prevent infection and an update on the RAPID study for the management of EKC. The moderator is Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS, and the speakers will be Ed Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, Christine Sindt, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Jennifer Harthan, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Carole Lakkis, PhD, FAAO, and Laura Periman, MD.

SS-09: Retina SIG Symposium: State of Macular and Retinal Degenerative Disease
10:00 AM to Noon
This course discusses various macular diseases commonly encountered, such as age related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, central serous chorioretinopathy, vitreomacular macular traction, epimacular membrane, macular holes and more. Learners will be presented with information in regards to diagnosis, management, and follow-up protocols. Utilization and application of imaging and diagnostic technologies such as optical coherence tomography and OCT angiography (OCT-A) and other diagnostic techniques will be discussed.  A review of emerging treatments is covered as well. Speakers include John Randolph, MD, Richard Hamilton, MD, Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO.

SS-10: Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry SIG: The Lawrence Gray Memorial Symposium: Clinical Neuro-ophthalmic and Neuroradiologic Correlates
10:00 AM to Noon
This program will utilize the skills of an optometrist, neuro-ophthalmologist, and neuro-radiologist to examine patients needing neuro-imaging with insight into the proper testing needed, how to optimize the management through imaging, and interpretation of the ordered testing. Blind cases will be presented and a neuro-radiologist will interpret the neuro-imaging on the spot. The moderator is Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, and the speakers include. Erin Draper, OD, FAAO, Eric Eggenberger, DO, and Daniel Broderick, MD.

SS-11: BVPPO Section and NDPW SIG Joint Symposium: Beyond the Basics: Vision Disorders and Wellness Factors in Patients with Concussion
2:00 to 4:00 PM
This symposium will feature speakers involved in the cutting-edge concussion research that impacts the visual system including topics of vestibular-ocular disorders, convergence insufficiency, and other eye movement disorders.  Additionally, the symposium will dedicate time to current research on issues concerning the overall health and wellness of our patients with concussion. The moderators are Tawna Roberts, OD, PhD, FAAO, and Christine Winter-Rundell, OD, FAAO. Speakers include John Leddy, MD, Anne Mucha, DPT, MS, NCS, Tara Alvarez, PhD, and Gerald Grant, MD.

SS-12: Anterior Segment Section Symposium: Rosacea, Ocular Rosacea, and MGD: A Review and New Treatments
2:00 to 4:00 PM
The ocular manifestations of rosacea and MGD share many characteristics.  This course will review the similarities in pathophysiology and treatments including new procedural treatments such as IPL, Lipiflow, iLux, and TearCare. The moderator is Scott Han, OD, FAAO, and the speakers include Yolanda Rosi Helfrich, MD, Kelly Nichols, OD, PhD, FAAO, and Whitney Hauser, OD.

SS-13: Vision Science SIG Symposium: Augmented and Virtual Reality for Vision Science
4:00 to 6:00 PM
In addition to being a powerful tool for gaming and entertainment, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) hold promise as exciting tools for learning more about the visual system, helping us function in the everyday world, and potentially assisting patients with visual and cognitive disorders. While it is now possible to use AR/VR to explore new research directions beyond those that could be accomplished using traditional psychophysical techniques, current AR/VR instruments also pose challenges associated with vision, human and engineering factors. The goals of this session will be to discuss some of these challenges and present current research and technological advances in AR/VR. Invited speakers from academia and industry will present their work and provide their perspectives on visual, human, and engineering factors to consider when developing and using AR/VR, as well as new opportunities for its application to the visual system. The moderators are Jason Porter, PhD, FAAO, FARVO, and Bradley Dougherty, OD, PhD, FAAO. Speakers include Martin S. Banks, PhD (UC Berkeley), Ben D. Sawyer, PhD (University of Central Florida), Marina Zannoli, PhD (Facebook Reality Labs/Oculus VR), and David Luebke, PhD (NVIDIA Corporation).

SS-14: Joint Public Health and Environmental Vision Section and the World Council of Optometry Symposium: International Optometry: Public Health, Education and Personnel Issues
1:00 to 3:00 PM
This symposium will explore the impact of organized optometry on the ability of specific countries and regions around the world to reduce vision impairment and prevent vision loss among their citizens. We will discuss the education and personnel resources necessary to affect such improvements, as well as the legal and professional hurdles that need to be overcome. Following a brief presentation from each presenter, the audience will be invited to participate with questions and comments. The moderators will be Karl Citek, OD, PhD, FAAO, and Bina Patel, OD, FAAO. Speakers include Kovin Naidoo, OD, PhD, FAAO, Shehzad Naroo, MSc, PhD, FAAO,Hector Santiago, OD, PhD, FAAO, Peter Hendicott, MAppSc, Sandra Block, OD, MPH, FAAO, and Meng Meng Xu, OD, FAAO.

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