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Friday

1.01B Canadian Optometry: Carpe Diem 
Speaker: Dr. Richard Maharaj
1.01B Handout
Canadian optometry is at a crossroad. As business owners we see declining revenue from products and fees and increasing demand from patients for our time. We need to find legitimate ways to build our practices. The adoption of dry eye into clinical practice is an obvious opportunity, yet few Canadian optometrists are diagnosing and treating Dry Eye patients. This course will allow for an open dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of integrating Dry Eye into our practices.
Credit(s): 1 category B


1.02A Social Media Marketing for the Optometric Practice
Speaker: Dr. Jason E. Compton
1.02A Handout
In this day and age, most people recognize the importance of social media marketing for small businesses. The trick is to learn how to use it effectively. This lecture is designed to teach ECP’s not only how to get the attention of their target audience, but more importantly to know what to do with that attention when they have it.
Credit(s): 2 category A

1.03A Pharmacology Update COPE ID 62301-PH
Speaker:Dr. Patrick Vollmer
1.03A Handout
A comprehensive update on the armamentarium of topical drugs that ODs have access to ranging from glaucoma to dry eye. 
Credit(s): 2 category A

1.04A SECO Presents: Maximizing the OCT in Glaucoma COPE ID 51389-GL
Speaker:
Dr. Danica Marrelli
1.04A Handout
This two-hour course covers retinal nerve fiber layer, optic disc, and macular thickness OCT scanning utilized in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. A systematic strategy for interpretation is provided, and common pitfalls such as artifacts are reviewed. Progression detection using progression software is presented. Numerous case examples are utilized to show the clinical relevance of this technology.
Credit(s): 2 category A

1.06A Role of the Optometrist in the New Era of Cataract Surgery COPE ID 59745-PO
Speaker:
Dr. Sondra Black
1.06A Handout
The boomer population is growing and presbyopes are more active, living longer and working longer. Cataract surgery has become a refractive procedure and it is imperative that optometrists become an integral part of the surgical journey both pre and postoperatively. This course will go through the presbyopic mindset, how to work closely with the surgical center, the importance of treating the ocular surface, helping determine the appropriate lens for the individual patient and what to expect postoperatively.
Credit(s): 1 category A 

1.07A Introduction to Neuro-optometry for the Primary care OD COPE ID 61681-NO
1.07A Handout
Are your patients and colleagues talking about vision therapy? Cut through the politics, hype and mis-information with this straightforward approach to what vision therapy is, and what it isn’t. This course is a must for communicating with your patients and colleagues.
Speaker:
Dr. Cameron McCordan
Credit(s): 1 category A


1.08A The Power of Vision Therapy COPE ID 60296-FV
Speaker: Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis
1.08A Handout
Have you examined children that cannot stay still and are easily distracted? Have you heard children complain of headaches or eyestrain, or become terrified at the prospect of reading out loud in a classroom? Have you ever experienced a child confuse their bs and ds? You may be surprised that these can all arise from underdeveloped visual systems. Dr. Nikolakakis will reveal why children may experience these symptoms and how you can help.
Credit(s): 1 category A


1.10B Preservatives in Eye Medications Are Not All Bad The Evidence
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Blondeau
1.10B Handout
In recent years, preservative free ophthalmic medications have entered the market place along with suggestions that preservative free medications are all good and preserved medications are all bad. This presentation will review the available data on preservatives, toxicity and the current state of knowledge related to preserved and unpreserved ophthalmic medications.
Credit(s): 1 category B


Saturday

2.01A Femtosecond Technology Now and in the Future of Eye Care
Speaker:
Dr. David Talley
2.01A Handout
This lecture reviews the current and future use of femtosecond technology. Topics include:  Femtosecond Lenticular Extraction, Femtosecond Laser Astigmatism  Correction, Femtosecond Laser Intrastromal Correction of Presbyopia, Femtosecond Lens Surgery (FLeS), Femtosecond-Assisted Corneal Biopsy (FAB), Femtosecond-Assisted Limbal Stem Cell Harvesting, Femtosecond Glaucoma Surgery and Femtosecond-Assisted High Resolution Tissue Imaging.
Credit(s): 1 category A


2.02A An Update on Oral MedicationsCOPE ID 62299-OP
Speaker:
Dr. Patrick Vollmer
2.02A Handout
Discover new and current oral prescribing trends for your every-day practice as a clinician.
Credit(s): 1 category A

2.03B Dynamic Developments in AMD Diagnosis and the Importance of Macular Carotenoids 
Speaker: Dr. Jerome Sherman
2.03B Handout
AMD is the most common cause of blindness in the Western World. OCT, FAF, cone contrast, dark adaptation and genetic testing allow for early diagnosis. Without genetic testing, 80 mg zinc in the AREDS formulations is problematic for nearly 20% of cases and has been demonstrated to result in faster progression. This lecture will discuss the importance of using macular carotenoids and treating AMD patients as you would family members.
Credit(s): 1 category B


2.05A Interpretation of Retinal Disease as Seen with SDOCT Imaging - A Comprehensive Review COPE ID 62175-PD
Speaker:
Dr. Jay Haynie
2.05A Handout
OCT technology allows clinicians to localize retinal pathology to tissue of origin. The art of interpretation aids in providing specific differential diagnosis for the clinician.  OCT angiography is now FDA approved and may aid in retinal referral process, clinical cases will be presented.
Credit(s): 2 category A


2.06A Management of Optic Nerve Edema
Speaker:
Dr. Trenton Cleghern
2.06A Handout
This course covers the practical management of patients with optic disc edema. The lecture is divided into unilateral and bilateral optic nerve edema. Imaging and coordination with other specialists will be discussed. The goal for the attendee is gain confidence in managing the most common forms of optic nerve edema.
Credit(s): 2 category A


2.07A The Continuum in Care in Keratoconus: From Spectables to Contact Lenses to Surgery COPE ID 55960-AS
Speaker:
Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino
2.07A Handout
Care for the keratoconic patient has evolved incredibly rapidly over the past 10 years.  With vastly more options for spectacles, contact lenses, and surgery, many practitioners are finding themselves puzzled over which strategies to employ at which stage of disease.  The author first presents a literature-supported and clinically-based staging classification.  Then, spectacle, contact lens, and surgical considerations for each stage are discussed with case-based examples.
Credit(s): 2 category A


2.09A The Glaucoma Grab Bag: Practical Guidelines for Effective Glaucoma Therapy COPE ID 61296-GL
Speaker:
Dr. Danica Marrelli
2.09A Handout
This course reviews all of the major drug classes used in the management of open and closed angle glaucoma. Clinical pearls and tips aid the practitioners clinical decision-making.
Credit(s): 1 category A


2.10A Corneal Options for your Presbyope...Please Get Rid of my Glasses COPE ID 52482-RS
Speakers:
Dr. Sondra Black and Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein
2.10A Handout
The presbyopic population is growing as the baby boomers are aging. Our presbyopes are more active, working longer and trying to avoid showing signs of aging. There are now multiple corneal inlay options to reduce the dependence on reading glasses. This course will help educate the practitioner on these options, on candidacy for each and postoperative expectations.
Credit(s): 1 category A


2.11A Concussions and Vision COPE ID 61682-NO
Speaker:
Dr. Cameron McCrodan
2.11A Handout
Has your patient had a concussion and has visual symptoms? Tired of not being able to find the problem? This is for the OD who wants to go beyond ocular health and refraction to help diagnose the problem. Make sure your patient’s post-concussion vision problems don’t go overlooked.
Credit(s): 1 category A


2.13A  Unraveling Uveitus COPE ID 52301-AS
Speaker:
Dr. Trenton Cleghern
2.13A Handout
This lecture focuses on the clinical diagnosis and treatment of uveitis. The primary emphasis is placed on managing anterior uveitis. Current and future treatment options will be covered. Appropriate laboratory testing will also be discussed. The goal for the attendee is to be more equipped to handle challenging uveitis cases.
Credit(s): 2 category A


2.14 How to Make Google Work for Your Practice
Speaker:
Dr. Jason E. Compton
2.14 Handout
Google is arguably the most powerful tool an ECP can have to help grow its practice. Whether you want to learn the basics or you are interested in taking your website to the next level, this lecture will help outline the steps required in getting your practice found online.
Credit(s): 2 category A


2.15A Optometry in the Age of Disruption: How Good Doctors Compete with Bad Companies
Speaker:
Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino
2.15A Handout
The field of optometry faces unprecedented disruption from companies outside of the profession. Regulatory agencies either have little enforcement dollars or have made commitments to reduce barriers to new unproven technologies. Therefore, educating patients about the importance of solid eyecare that meets the standard of care falls on the shoulders of optometrists. This lecture teaches the optometrist how to use the latest technologies in positive ways to recapture the hearts and minds of your patients.  
Credit(s): 2 category A 


2.17A Intravitreal Injections What You Need to Know COPE ID 61721-PS
Speaker:
Dr. Jay Haynie
2.17A Handout
Intravitreal injections have revolutionized the management of retinal disease and every year new options become available to our patients.  Optometry is likely going to be getting more involved with the before and after care of these patients and for this reason it is important to stay current on what we must know so that we can educate our patients on expectations and options they may have.
Credit(s): 2 category A


2.18A SECO Presents: Visual Field Interpretation in Glaucoma COPE ID 51263-GL
Speaker:
Dr. Danica Marrelli
2.18A Handout
This one-hour course will cover a variety of topics related to visual field interpretation in glaucoma,including understanding the printout, staging of the disease, and determining progressive visual field loss.
Credit(s): 2 category A


2.19A Strategies for the Post-RK Patient
Speaker:
Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino
2.19A Handout
Radial keratotomy (RK) was a widely performed refractive surgical procedure in the 1980s and 1990s for the correction of myopia. In long-term follow care of the patients who underwent this procedure, visually severe complications have become apparent and widespread. As optometrists, we are likely on the front line of trying to provide improved vision and quality of life for these patients. This discussion centers on what we know about post-RK eyes and how to help these patients, from both a surgical and contact lens perspective.
Credit(s): 2 category A


2.21A Expert Insights on Dry Eye a Multifactorial Disease COPE ID 61341-AS
Speaker:
Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein
2.21A Handout
This course will define dry eye disease, the multiple factors that contribute to this disease, the prevalence, the effects on patients and treatment options available.
Credit(s): 1 category A


2.22A Clinical Grand Rounds COPE ID 
62298-AS
Speaker:
Dr. Patrick Vollmer
2.22A Handout
Strengthen your diagnostic and management skills with a wide variety of clinical and emergent cases. These common presentations will help fine-tune and solidify your current knowledge. 
Credit(s): 1 category A


2.23A Quick and Easy Primary Care Screening for Learning Related Vision Problems COPE ID 52246-FV
Speaker:
Dr. Cameron McCrodan
2.23A Handout
Learn how to utilize a pediatric learning related vision problem screening that can be done in under 5 minutes. Increase patient satisfaction and retention.
Credit(s): 1 category A


2.25A Nutritional Supplementation for Ocular Conditions COPE ID 61149-PH 
Speaker:
Dr. Elizabeth Steele
2.25A Handout
Multivitamins are the most commonly used dietary supplements, accounting for almost 6 billion in annual sales in 2015 according to the NIH. This lecture will review the ocular conditions for which nutritional supplementation has been suggested, and will discuss safety as well as efficacy for each.
Credit(s): 1 category A 


2.26A  Unleashing the Power of Facebook Marketing 
Speaker:
Dr. Jason E. Compton
2.26A Handout
When marketing your practice, you always need to find effective ways to get in front of your potential patients. Facebook provides a method to market your target audience, but you must play by their rules. This lecture will teach you tips on how to effectively market your practice on Facebook.  
Credit(s): 1 category A


2.27A The Lens and the Brain COPE ID 61680-NO
Speaker:Dr. Cameron McCrodan
2.27A Handout
Have you ever had a person cry when they put their glasses on? The lenses you put on a person can change how they process vision, impacting balance, headaches, migraines and more. The RX is more than the subjective, but what are some of the tricks to ensuring it’s employed properly?
Credit(s): 1 category A

2.29A The Patient-Optometrist Relationship:  Regulatory Considerations from Beginning to End
Speaker: Dr. David Wilkinson 
2.29A Handout
This presentation of the College of Optometrists of Ontario will address several questions that optometrists commonly ask about the patient-practitioner relationship. Issues to be discussed include:  When does a person become a patient, how long must the record be maintained and how may the optometrist communicate with patients? When does the patient-optometrist relationship end, what is the proper way to discontinue services to a patient, what happens when a practice breaks up or an optometrist retires?   


Sunday


3.01A Imaging Interpretation for the Comprehensive Eye Care Professional COPE ID 49741-PD
Speaker:
Dr. Blair Lonsberry
3.01A Handout
This interactive course will focus on OCT interpretation using clinical cases. It will provide an overview of interpretation and diagnostics in retina and glaucoma management using OCT and perimetry. Structure and function will be discussed in detail. 
Credit(s): 1 category A


3.02A  The Power of Your Story COPE ID 62021-PM
Speaker:
Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis
3.02A Handout
Be a part of this interactive session and learn the power of your story to drive your practice to a higher level of performance Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis will lead you through an energized and empowering session guaranteed to inspire you with practical tips that you can immediately use in your practice. 
Credit(s): 1 category A

3.03B The Refractive Surgery: Today and the Future
Speaker: Dr. Raymond Stein
3.03B Handout
Critical evaluation of the various refractive options available to patients based on clinical findings, specifically: current and future intraocular lens options for the correction of presbyopia; comparison of current laser vision correction procedures; treatment of high degrees of myopia and astigmatism using phakic intraocular lenses; introduction of corneal photovitrification procedures for improvement of vision in patients with age-related macular degeneration and other conditions with central visual loss.
Credit(s): 1 category B


3.04A Retinal Complications of Obstructive Sleep Apnea COPE ID 61722-PS
Speaker:
Dr. Jay Haynie
3.04A Handout
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that is more common and grossly underdiagnosed in the medical community.  It is typically diagnosed after complications (systemic) however ocular complications of OSA have raised the awareness and I believe that ophthalmic providers are in a unique position to aid in diagnosis.  This course will review common retinal complications of OSA and when you should consider formal testing to confirm or deny the presence of sleep apnea in your patients.
Credit(s): 1 category A

3.05A Pharmaceutical Agents Under Development in Eye Care
Speaker:
Dr. David Talley
3.05A Handout
This lecture provides an overview of medication in the pipeline for the treatment of Cataracts, Conjunctivitis, Keratitis, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Presbyopia and Uveitis. A discussion of Drug Delivery Devices will also be included.
Credit(s): 1 category A 


3.06A Under Pressure Know the Hypertensive Guidelines COPE ID 60134-SD
Speaker:
Dr. Elizabeth Steele
3.06A Handout
Nationally recognized standards for the care of hypertensive patient care were recently updated. In addition to reviewing key features of current best practices, this lecture will summarize the new guidelines.
Credit(s): 1 category A


3.07B Surgery for High Myopia and Aberration Analysis for IOLs
Speaker: Dr. Sheldon Herzig and Dr. Kashif Baig 
3.07B Handout
Dr. Sheldon Herzig will discuss the many options for correcting high myopia with special consideration for assessing corneal biomechanics with the Corvis ST for performing LVC. Dr. Kashif Baig will discuss the role of aberration analysis and how it helps us achieve optimal cataract and refractive outcomes.
Credit(s): 1 category B


3.08A Referral Center Grand Rounds
Speaker:
Dr. Trenton Cleghern
3.08A Handouts
This course is a grand rounds style lecture format consisting of anterior segment, glaucoma, retina, and neuro-ophthalmic cases. Diagnosis, treatment and differential diagnoses will all be discussed. The goal of this lecture is to better prepare the attendee to handle complex cases in the primary eye care setting from a referral center point of view.
Credit(s): 2 category A


3.09A An Update on Clinical, Medical and Technological Advances in Retina
Speaker: Dr. Fatimah Gilani & Dr. Shaheer Aboobaker
A review of current classification and management of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration including an update of new and emerging management options and evolving technologies.
Credit(s): 2 category A 
3.09A Handouts


3.10A In-Office Urgencies and Emergencies Are You Ready? COPE 61149-GO
Speaker:
Dr. Elizabeth Steele
3.10A Handouts
In-office urgent and emergent situations are common, and more importantly can threaten vision andor life. Readiness and confidence in handling such situations are crucial. This course will cover a myriad of situations through case examples, including ocular conditions such as optic neuritis and corneal burns, as well as systemic conditions such as cranial nerve palsies, hypertensive crisis, seizure, hyperhypoglycemia, and sycope.
Credit(s): 2 category A


3.11A The Anomalous Optic Nerve
Speaker:
Dr. David Talley
3.11A Handouts
This lecture reviews how to differentiate a swollen optic nerve from a benign “anomalous” optic nerve, or from a congenital optic nerve anomaly. Emphasis will be placed on identifying key points in the history and examination, and through the use of ancillary tests.
Credit(s): 1 category A 


3.12A Refractive Surgery Treatments COPE ID 61378-RS
Speaker:
Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein
3.12A Handouts
As options improve, refractive surgery continues to be a popular option for many. In this one-hour refractive session, three top refractive specialists will discuss the latest in refractive surgery technology. Topics will include LASIK, PRK, inlays, SMILE and more. As patients choices expand, so too does the optometrists role as an advisor and comanagement specialist. This course will arm ODs with the necessary knowledge on the growing list of surgical options.
Credit(s): 1 category A 


3.13A Uveitis Systemic and Ocular Approaches to Management COPE ID 59152-SD
Speaker:
Dr. Blair Lonsberry
3.13A Handouts
Diagnosing and managing a patient with a uveitis is much like finding a needle in a haystack. The various presentations of uveitis combined with the numerous underlying etiologies makes the diagnosis and ultimate treatment of the patient a clinical jigsaw puzzle. The following presentation utilizes the latest in interactive technology to examine common presentations of a patient with uveitis including sarcoid, HLA-B27, and certain infectious etiologies like lyme disease. Diagnosis, management and an exploration of common etiologies that underlie uveitis will be discussed.
Credit(s): 1 category A


3.14A Anisocoria or Pupil Pathology 
Speaker:
Dr. David Talley
3.14A Handouts
This lecture reviews how to recognize simple anisocoria from pathology affecting the pupil. Specific disease entities to be discussed are Horner Syndrome, Pseudoexfoliation, Aberrant Reinnervation of Cranial Nerve III, Argyll-Robertson Pupil, Adie Pupil, Pharmacologic Miosis, Iritis, Migraine-Associated Anisocoria and Tadpole Pupils.
Credit(s): 1 category A


3.15A Straight Outta Tears Treating and Managing MGD, Lid Bugs and Other Lid Thugs COPE ID 61377-AS
Speaker:
Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein
3.15A Handouts
This course will focus on the eyelids and all the nasty and unsavory creatures that affect the eyes health. The advent of new diagnostic equipment has enabled clinicians to make point of service differentiating. Treatment options can range from over the counter management, to prescription medications, as well as in office procedures. Getting the lids right will make the vision tight.
Credit(s): 1 category A


3.16A Eyelid Lesions COPE ID 49269-AS
Speaker:
Dr. Blair Lonsberry
3.16A Handouts
Patients present with a variety of lumps and bumps associated with the ocular and periocular tissues. This interactive presentation will review the various periocular lesions focusing on differentiating the benign from the malignant, the various differentials and current treatment/management options.
Credit(s): 1 category A