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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

 

COPE ID: 51700-GO

Course Title: The Aging Eye
Instructor: Christopher Lievens O.D., MS, FAAO
Format: Live
Category: General Optometry
Total CE Hours: 1

Description: Patients are living longer and optometrists are seeing aging eyes in their practices more than ever before. The demographic shift is creating an age wave of such proportions it has been dubbed the Silver Tsunami. Led by 78 million Baby Boomers the demographics reveal this startling fact- 36 percent of the population , 115 million people, are over age 50, with over 65 and over 85 being the two fastest growing segments of our population. Living longer, working longer, retired longer. Age diminishes the eyes ability to control light and the hand-held technology of the 21st century complicates it. This group represents our greatest opportunity for growth. The aging eye challenges the primary care optometrist in nearly all aspects. In addition to refractive changes, the health changes are numerous. The following ocular structures and aging effects will be covered ocular adnexa, ocular surface changes including tear components, cornea, lens, vitreous and retina. This course will cover the ocular health challenges of aging as well as optimal methods to interact with this group of patients. This are well informed patients who are also our consumers and a full understanding of how to engage them medically and with refractive recommendations is critical.

 

COPE ID: 49689-NO

Course Title:  New perspectives in the Evaluation of the Non-Glaucomatous Optic Nerve
Instructor: Patricia Cisarik O.D., PhD
Format: Live
Category: Neuro-Optometry
Total CE Hours: 1

Description: Course Description Funduscopic observation of the optic nerve in routine examination or in the presence of symptoms may yield uncertainty about the presence of pathology. In the current climate of health care finance, provision of additional evidence of pathology before expensive neurological testing may be required. This course will review some newer technologies and enhancements of current technologies that may prove helpful in differentiating the apparently anomalous optic disc.

 

COPE ID: 48687-CL

Course Title:  Evidence-based Fitting of Scleral Contact Lenses
Instructor: Daniel Fuller O.D., FAAO, FSLS
Format: Live
Category: Contact Lenses
Total CE Hours: 2

Description: Scleral contact lenses are growing in use as newer manufacturing processes allow us to full advantage of the increased oxygen permeability of fluoro-silicone acrylates. Their application is principally in the area of irregular corneas, post-surgical fits and severe ocular surface disease. Manufacturers are suggesting overlapping applications for otherwise normal corneas who would be candidates for soft toric contact lenses. Notwithstanding this interest much remains unknown regarding optimal fitting approaches, prevalence of complications and risks of adverse events. Numerous scientific papers, posters and presentations are being delivered to provide evidence-based approaches for their use. This lecture provides a survey of contemporary thinking and translates this evidence into clinically relevant approaches through presentation of actual cases.

 

COPE ID: 48308-PH

Course Title: Ocular Pharmacology A Conglomeration of New Ideas, New Uses, Old Drugs and Old Topics
Instructor: Christopher Borgman O.D., FAAO
Format: Live
Category: Pharmacology
Total CE Hours: 2 CEE Course - Continuing Credit by Examination

Description: New drugs will come out, old drugs are used in new ways off-label drugs are used for old topics, new uses of old drugs are found. This lecture will provide a review of interesting new drugs coming into our practice and reviewing potential new off-label uses of older drugs as well as some miscellaneous topics questions the author has had in his career.

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

 

COPE ID: 48307-PS

Course Title:  Retina Brainteaser Cases
Instructor: Christopher Borgman O.D., FAAO
Format: Live
Category: Trt/Mngmnt Posterior Segment
Total CE Hours: 2 CEE Course - Continuing Credit by Examination

Description: The course will review and discuss the pathology behind 14 retinal pathology cases that are unique to everyday optometry new and old thoughts will be presented in the management and treatment of these cases.

 

COPE ID: 44090-AS

Course Title:  Evidence for Technology in the Treatment of Advanced Dry Eye
Instructor: Christopher Lievens O.D., MS, FAAO
Format: Live
Category: Trt/Mngmnt Anterior Segment
Total CE Hours: 2

Description: Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Disease pose a challenge to the patients who suffer from the conditions and to even the most experienced clinician. This field is ever-expanding and the understanding of the many facets of OSD is just beginning to be understood. New technologies for assessment, identification, assessent and management have come to market in recent years. This course will bring the primary care optometrist and the dry eye provider up to date with current information on the myriad of technologies available. These providers will then be apt to bring a newfound focus on these conditions to their practice and their patients.

 

COPE ID: 49731-SD

Course Title:  Neurodegeneration in Diabetes Mellitus (Lunch & Learn)
Instructor: Patricia Cisarik O.D., PhD
Format: Live
Category: Systemic/Ocular Disease
Total CE Hours: 1

Description: The aim of this course is to review the effects of diabetes mellitus on neural tissue of the eye and brain. The role of the neurovascular unit in diabetic retinopathy, the effects of DM cornea, retinal ganglion cells, and cognition, and information obtainable from pupil responses will be examined. Research findings from new technologies will be discussed, and recommendations for early detection and monitoring in primary eye vision care will be offered. 

 

COPE ID: 42302-GO

Course Title:  Complicated Refractive Cases and their Management
Instructor: Kristin Anderson O.D., FAAO
Format: Live
Category: General Optometry
Total CE Hours: 1

Description: This course highlights common refractive issues that still challenge primary care optometrists today. Detailed patient cases with specific areas of need will offer a canvas for the subsequent management. Cases will involve high refractive error astigmatism, binocular dysfunction, vergence issues and accommodative disorders.

 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

 

COPE ID: 52560-GO

Course Title: Update on Corneal Cross-Linking and Myopia Control Options
Instructor(s): Daniel G. Fuller, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Format: Live
Category: Glaucoma
Total CE Hours: 2 CEE Course - Continuing Credit by Examination

Description: This course will provide and guidance on the role of contact lens practitioners in the management of corneal cross-linking and myopia control patients while updating them on these emerging technologies. Topics discussed will include discussion of the underlying principles; a critical review of the scientific literature; review of available technologies; regulatory issues; selection of suitable candidates; evidence-based management strategies; monitoring approaches; adverse events; and practice management concepts for integration into a primary care practice. Actual cases will be presented.

 

COPE ID: 46913-GL

Course Title:  Diagnostic Considerations in Contemporary Glaucoma Management
Instructor: Christopher Lievens O.D., MS, FAAO
Format: Live
Category: Glaucoma
Total CE Hours: 2

Description: This course covers the landmark glaucoma clinical trials to explain current treatment paradigms in managing glaucoma. In-depth analysis of visual fields are described and real patient cases are covered in an interactive format.

 

COPE ID: COPE 52489-EJ

Course Title: Optometric Medical Errors: Analyzing Causes and Risks (Lunch & Learn)
Instructor: Christopher Lievens O.D., MS, FAAO
Format: Live
Category: Ethics/Jurisprudence (Medical Errors) 
Total CE Hours: 2

Description: Landmark optometry and ophthalmology patient cases will be discussed as they relate to current practice challenges. Each of these cases starts with a common issue: Medical Errors.  Errors will be discussed in an interactive format as they apply to most eye care practices.  The legal obligations and responsibilities of the optometrist as a health care practitioner are the backbone of this lecture specifically relating to test selection, proper procedures in testing, record keeping, informed consent, malpractice, and other clinical aspects of practice.  Each case discussed will be highlighted by a focus on the root-cause, analysis, error reduction, prevention, patient safety with a corresponding discussion.