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

Additional fees apply for CE workshops.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Thursday, Nov. 8
Friday, Nov. 9
Saturday, Nov. 10
(WK-01) Basics of Scleral Contact Lens Fitting: It's As Easy As 1-2-3
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Karen Lai Yin Lee, Melissa Barnett, Langis Michaud, Pam Satjawatcharaphong
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.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-02) Implementing Sports Vision into a Primary Care Optometric Practice

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Amar Sayani, Katherine Green, Yin Tea

This workshop serves to provide hands-on training in sports and performance vision. The course will cover basic to advanced topics pertaining to sports vision evaluations and vision therapy activities for performance enhancement, including considerations when evaluating the concussed athlete. After a brief overview, participants will rotate through two stations to receive hands-on experience with tests and techniques. One station will focus on providing a sports vision assessment. The second station covers treatment and therapy options to enhance sports vision performance.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-03) Contemporary Non-Pharmacologic Approach to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Management
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Srihari Narayanan, Charles Connor, Amber Gaume Giannoni, William Miller

This two hour presentation is an interactive, workshop format where doctors will have the opportunity to use the latest technologies available to manage MGD. A ten-minute didactic presentation will demonstrate the devices and indicate their advantages and disadvantages. A live demonstration of how to use several of the technologies / devices will occur prior to hands-on use by the participants.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-04) Fitting Peripheral Prisms for Hemianopia
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Eli Peli

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.
Additional Fee Required: $150

(WK-05) Gonioscopy and 3 Mirror Retinal Evaluation Workshop
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Edeline Lu, Tina Zheng, Benedicte Gonzalez

This workshop provides hands-on practice using 3 and 4 mirror goniolenses to evaluate the angle, and peripheral retinal evaluation with the 3 mirror goniolens.  We will also review indications for gonioscopy, angle anatomy, recording (interpretation and report), and in-office management of acute angle closure.
Additional Fee Required: $100
(WK-06) Implementing Evaluation and Treatment of Dry Eye in Your Practice
9:00 AM to Noon
Andrew McLeod, Amy Nau

Dry eye disease (DED) is extremely prevalent and is often the cause of ocular discomfort, contact lens dropout, and poor visual performance. This workshop will help the participant standardize their exam flow and to incorporate supplemental testing for the dry eye patient. Interpretation of the findings will be emphasized to ensure proper treatment is initiated. Diagnostic tests and treatments, including those done in-home and in-office, will be demonstrated. The workshop is designed to help practitioners in a primary care setting and those wishing to create a specialty care practice.
Additional Fee Required: $150

(WK-07) Hospital Based Optometric Care for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) / Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
9:00 AM to Noon
Paul Harris, Marc Taub, Melissa Zarn

Rehabilitation hospital based optometry is presented including hands-on experience working with the evaluation and treatment tools used by the instructors.  The conditions: neglect, unilateral spatial inattention, diplopia, cognitive impairment, and eye-health related issues will all be discussed.  Participants will become familiar with the tools used in the rehab hospital setting including: Bangerter filters, yoked prisms, Fresnel prisms. Participants will learn a host of bedside testing and treatment techniques.
Additional Fee Required: $150

(WK-08) GP Multifocal Lenses: A Fitting Workshop
10:00 AM to Noon
Susan Gromacki, Daniel Fuller

GP multifocal contact lenses provide our presbyopic patients with excellent vision.  However, the learning curve can be steep for both practitioner and patient, particularly with scleral GP lenses, as practitioners need to develop expertise not only in the optics but also in the evaluation of these lenses.  This workshop will provide fitting pearls from experienced practitioners and allow the participant to obtain hands-on experience in fitting corneal and scleral GP multifocal contact lenses.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-09) Angiography With and Without the Dye
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Carolyn Majcher, Richard Trevino, Joe Pizzimenti

With recent advances in optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging technology and the continually expanding scope of practice, angiography has emerged as an accessible and vital resource for the optometrist in the diagnosis and management of posterior segment disease.  This course will provide hands-on training with various forms of angiography including intravenous and oral sodium fluorescein angiography as well as OCT angiography. Experience will be gaining utilizing these angiography procedures on provided healthy and diseased eyes. Attendees will be invited to participate as subjects for oral sodium fluorescein angiography and OCT angiography on a volunteer basis.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-10) The Art and Science of Fitting Scleral GP Contact Lenses
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Stephen Byrnes, Ronald Watanabe

With recent advances in optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging technology and the continually expanding scope of practice, angiography has emerged as an accessible and vital resource for the optometrist in the diagnosis and management of posterior segment disease.  This course will provide hands-on training with various forms of angiography including intravenous and oral sodium fluorescein angiography as well as OCT angiography. Experience will be gaining utilizing these angiography procedures on provided healthy and diseased eyes. Attendees will be invited to participate as subjects for oral sodium fluorescein angiography and OCT angiography on a volunteer basis.
Additional Fee Required: $150

(WK-11) Office Based Optometric Care for Acquired Brain Injury/ Traumatic Brain Injury
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Paul Harris, Mac Taub, Melissa Zarn

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.
Additional Fee Required: $150
(WK-12) How to Conduct a Visual Perceptual Assessment
9:00 AM to Noon
Kristine Huang, Angela Chen, Reena Patel

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.
Additional Fee Required: $150

(WK-13) Everything you Wanted to Know About Punctual Occlusion
10:00 AM to Noon
Walter Potaznick, Irwin Shwom

The latest DEWS workshop has moved punctal/cannilicula occlusion from the late level III to the earlier Level II in the treatment protocol for Dry Eye. This workshop allows the review and honing of the participants plugging skills under close direction. They will have the opportunity to use temporary collagen and synthetic materials as well as semi-permanent silicone and hema materials. A quick review of the anatomy of the drainage system as well as instruments needed for these procedures will be supplied. Participants will actively plug each other to fine tune their skills.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-14) Sutureless Amniotic Membranes: How to Properly Insert and Remove Them
10:00 AM to Noon
Nicholas Colatrella, Jeanette Varanelli, Stacy Hinkemeyer, Jeffrey Varanelli

The amniotic membrane is the innermost of the three layers that form the fetal membrane.  It is a biologic tissue with antiangiogenic, antiscarring, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties that promotes healing of the ocular surface.  When applied to the cornea it helps facilitate epithelial healing and encourages re-epithelialization.  This two-hour workshop will discuss the current sutureless amniotic membranes that are available for optometric use, and discuss their current indications (including dry eye, recurrent corneal erosions and neurotrophic keratitis), while specifically showing how to properly insert and remove the tissue.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-15) Foreign Body Removal Workshop
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Walter Potaznick, Irwin Shwom

Foreign body removal has become part of optometric in many settings. This workshop provides information and hands-on experience to give the experienced practitioner the skills to safely remove non-penetrating ocular foreign bodies. Each attendee will remove a series of foreign bodies from specially prepared animal eyes using each of the methods discussed and demonstrated. Various patching techniques will be demonstrated to and practiced by the participants.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-16) Basics of Scleral Contact Lens Fitting: It's As Easy As 1-2-3
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Maria Walker, Justine Siergey, Mindy Toabe, Daniel Fuller

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.
Additional Fee Required: $100

(WK-17) Laser Learning Workshop: What Every Optometrist Needs to Know
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Nathan Lighthizer
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.
Additional Fee Required: $150

(WK-18) Advanced Examination of the Retina: Scleral Indentation & Retinal 3-Mirror
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
John Shan, Meredith Whiteside, Nimesh Patel

This workshop introduces advanced techniques on how to perform scleral indentation and retinal 3-mirror for retinal fundus evaluation. This workshop provides hands-on experience for participants by practicing these techniques on volunteer subjects. Live demonstration through video and observational teaching tubes will be provided. Didactic course material will cover instrumentation, indications of use, and proper procedural techniques.
Additional Fee Required: $100
(WK-19) Injectable Medications in Primary Eyecare
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Andrew John Rixon, John Neal, Michael Dorkowski, Scott Ensor, Jennifer Sanderson

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.
Additional Fees Apply: $150

(WK-20) Vision Therapy for Patients with Ocular Disorders Secondary to Post-Concussion Syndrome
10:00 AM to Noon
Tawna Roberts, Cynthia Bennett-Brown, Daniel Norman, Mitchell Scheiman

This workshop will present a multidisciplinary approach to the techniques used to diagnosis and treat vestibular ocular and vision disorders in patients with post-concussion syndrome. We will use a hands-on approach with stations demonstrating both diagnostic and treatment techniques that can easily be incorporated into any optometry practice.
Additional Fees Apply: $100

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