Wednesday, November 7
Thursday, November 8
Friday, November 9

Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry Section and Vision Science SIG Symposium: Lasker / IRRF Amblyopia Initiative - Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going
1:00 to 3:00 PM
This symposium will feature speakers involved in the Lasker/IRRF Initiative: Amblyopia – Challenges and Opportunities.  The speakers will discuss recent progress on amblyopia research, the scientific hurdles that have been overcome, and what major questions now confront the field. Moderator: Susan Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO. Speakers: Kevin Duffy, PhD, Earl Smith, III, OD, PhD, FAAO, Benjamin Thompson, PhD, Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo, PhD, and Ruth Manny, OD, PhD, FAAO.

Vision Science SIG Symposium: New Approaches for Early Diagnosis of Vision Threatening Disease
3:00 to 5:00 PM
This symposium will highlight novel findings and emerging techniques which enhance detection, diagnosis and management of ocular conditions and diseases impacting the anterior segment, retina and optic nerve. Topics include refractive surgical procedures for keratoconus, presbyopia and high myopia, the impact of iridotomy placement on visual performance, OCT angiography, emerging electrophysiological techniques, and central nervous system mediation for preservation of function in glaucoma and other neurodegenerative disorders. Moderators: Jeff Rabin, OD, PhD, FAAO and Russell Woods, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO. Speakers: Richard Trevino, OD, FAAO, Carolyn Majcher, OD, FAAO, William Sponsel, MD, Laura Frishman, PhD, FAAO, and Gregory Parkhurst, MD.

Comprehensive Eye Care Section Symposium: Hot Topics in Comprehensive Eye Care
3:00 to 5:00 PM
This symposium seeks to explore current and relevant ophthalmic technologies, techniques and clinical advances in comprehensive eye care. Topics will be pertinent to all eye care providers with attention to anterior segment disease, contact lenses, ocular prosthetics, posterior segment disease, electrophysiology, neuro-ophthalmic disease, pediatrics, and vision rehabilitation. The symposium aims to address how the comprehensive eye care provider can improve patient care to prevent vision loss and blindness. Moderator: Tina Porzukowiak, OD, FAAO. Speakers: Jamie Kuhn, OD, FAAO, FSCLS, Wendy Harrison, OD, PhD, FAAO, Kelly Malloy, OD, FAAO, and Paula Luke, OD, FAAO.

Glaucoma Section Symposium: Overcoming Aggressive Glaucomas
10:00 AM to Noon
Although Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) is the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, there are many more sinister forms of the disease which can result in rapid blindness and loss of function. This symposium will highlight those conditions and reinforce the necessity of accurate diagnosis and management by the primary care optometrist. Moderator: Richard Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO. Speakers: Michael Cymbor, OD, FAAO, Daniel Roberts, OD, PhD, FAAO, and Tammy Than, OD, FAAO.

Low Vision Section Symposium: Is This Real? A Look at Non-organic Vision Loss and Conversion Disorder
10:00 AM to Noon
This symposium will review the phenomenon of non-organic vision loss in the context of the broader topic of conversion disorder (aka functional neurologic symptom disorder). Characteristics of the conditions will be discussed, as well as diagnosis, clinical management and a review of the literature. Moderator: Ava Bittner, OD, PhD, FAAO. Speakers: Heather Lewerenz, MD, David Lewerenz, OD, FAAO, and Shannon Kessler, OD, FAAO.

Academic Medical Center Optometrists SIG Symposium: The Future of Optometry: Performance Based Reimbursement
1:00 to 3:00 PM
The Academic Medical Center Optometrists Special Interest Group annual symposium will feature Dr. Richard Hom who will discuss the future of performance-based optometry reimbursement. How to avoid an audit and protect yourself from professional liability issues will also be presented. Speakers: Richard Hom, OD, MPA, FAAO.

Public Health & Environmental Vision Section Symposium: Telemedicine: The Good, the Bad and the Law
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.

Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Wellness SIG Symposium: Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Eye & Systemic Health
3:00 to 5:00 PM
This symposium will consider emerging research into the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention and amelioration of three public health epidemics: cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and age-related macular degeneration, presented by experts in each of these areas. Moderator: Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO. Speakers: George Perry, PhD, William Harris, PhD, and Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO.

International Myopia Institute White Paper Report
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.

Optometric Education Section Symposium: Creating, Implementing and Sustaining a Culture of Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Schools and Colleges of Optometry
10:00 AM to Noon
In 1997, the Center for Advancement of Inter-professional Education (CAIPE) defined inter-professional education as occasions when students from two or more professions in health and social care learn together during all or part of their professional training with the object of cultivating collaborative practice. In the ensuing 20 years, educational institutions in the health professions have initiated and/or rededicated efforts in interprofessional education (IPE). IPE is a vitally important and contemporary issue for schools and colleges of optometry. In this symposium, members of the 2017 – 2018 Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Committee of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry will share their strategies, experiences, and recommendations for effectively incorporating interprofessional education into optometric curricula. Members of the campus community from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio will share their perspectives on IPE from the important standpoints of students and administration. Moderators: Daniel Taylor, OD, EdD, MS, FAAO and Linda Casser, OD, FAAO. Speakers: Richard Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO, Elli Kollbaum, OD, FAAO, Valerie Quan, OD, FAAO, Donnie Akers, OD, Melissa Zarn, OD, FAAO, Denise Doyle, PhD, and Candice Turner, OD.

Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies Symposium: The U.S. Military Approach to Treating Corneal and Ocular Surface Disease and Refractive Surgery in the Armed Forces
10:00 AM to Noon
San Antonio has been home to a consistent U.S. military presence for nearly 300 years. It’s why it’s called Military City USA®. It’s also home to the Department of Defense’s largest medical center at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston.  The Section on CCLRT has invited the nation’s top cornea and contact lens military specialists and surgeons to present how cornea and ocular surface disease and refractive surgery is practiced in their hands and on our armed forces. Moderator: Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO. Speakers: Gary Legault, MD, Anthony J. Johnson, MD, Maj. Christopher Alferez, OD, FAAO, Lt Col Matthew Caldwell, MD.

Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry SIG and Lawrence Gray Symposium: Neuro-ophthalmic Pitfalls, Presentations, and Life-Saving Tips
10:00 AM to Noon
This symposium gives you tips and helpful hints that you can immediately apply to your practice. You will learn about common neuro-ophthalmic pitfalls, assessment and management of adult diplopia/strabismus, and important triaging decisions. This symposium will not only increase your comfort level with neuro-ophthalmic disorders, but will give you useful tips that can be used to save your patients’ vision and their lives! Moderator: Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO. Speakers: Denise Goodwin, OD, FAAO, Martha Schatz, MD, and Andrew Lee, MD.

Retina SIG Symposium: Retinal 911: Urgencies, Emergencies and Retinal Repair
10:00 AM to Noon
The first part of this symposium will explore retinal urgencies and emergencies.  A litany of retinal conditions that must be handled expediently in order to avoid catastrophic vision loss or visual morbidity will be reviewed, triage instructions with timeliness emphasized and medical treatment and medical follow up will be discussed. The second part delves into new advances in retinal tear and retinal detachment (RD) repair.  All new techniques for tear and RD repair will be reviewed with emphasis on new advances including scleral buckles, pneumatic retinopexy, 27G needle vitrectomies, laser retinoplexy, cryotherapy, perfluorocarbon C3F8 injection, air/gas tamponade, etc. Speakers: Jerimiah Brown, Jr., MS, MD and Stephen Huddleston, MD.

Anterior Segment Section Symposium: Biologic Therapy: Applications in Anterior Segment Disease
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Biotherapeutics (or biologics), the fastest-growing sector in the pharmaceutical industry, are transforming medicine. These agents are instrumental in the management of autoimmune disorders and certain cancers, but also have multiple and increasing applications in eye care. This course provides an orientation to this class of medications, a discussion of the most commonly prescribed agents in medicine, and applications in ocular disease with a particular emphasis on disorders of the anterior segment. Moderator: Walt Whitley, OD, FAAO. Speakers: Casey Hogan, OD, FAAO, Laura Periman, MD, and David Scales, MD.

Fellows Doing Research SIG Symposium: The Importance of Observational Research in Optometry: Overview and Examples from the FDR SIG
4:00 to 6:00 PM
This symposium teaches practitioners about observational research, why it’s important and how it can add to their practice. It will give an overview and follow real life examples from several FDR studies. Moderator: Robin Chalmers, OD, FAAO. Speakers: Barbara Caffery. OD, PhD, FAAO, Gregory Nixon, OD, FAAO, Danielle Leong, OD, PhD, Jennifer Harthan, OD, FAAO, Muriel Schornack, OD, FAAO, and Andrew Pucker, OD, PhD, FAAO.

Joint Low Vision Section and Vision in Aging SIG Symposium: Not Just Another Driving Symposium: How Automated Vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies Might Benefit Our Aging Patients
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Eye care providers often face the challenge of advising patients to stop driving when they can no longer meet their state licensing requirements.  Although older adults face a multitude of visual and non-visual reasons to stop or limit driving, there are many options on the horizon to safely assist or meet their transportation needs. This symposium will discuss an interdisciplinary approach, including future prospects for automated vehicles (AV) and implementation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), to help manage drivers in an aging society. Moderators: John Kaminski, OD, FAAO and Ava Bittner, OD, PhD, FAAO. Speakers: Elin Schold-Davis, OT, Ching-Yao Chan, PhD, Neil Charness, PhD, and Amitai Bin-Nun, PhD.

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