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We are excited to announce that our Online Continuing Education Library has gone global! SCO accepted the invitation from WCEA (World Continuing Education Alliance) to create an SCO Portal on their site to reach other optometrists and optometric organizations not only in the United States, but also around the world who are in need of excellent continuing education to assist in the care of their patients.

Please go to http://sco.wcea.education to create an account or to access your account at any time (once you have created a login and password) to review your previous course hours and certificate of attendances.

Once you click on the link to access one of SCO’s Online CE Courses, you will be directed to the above portal and asked to create a login and password which will provide you the ability to do a few of the following:

  • Re-access courses at your convenience that you did not have the opportunity to complete due to patient emergency, etc. (access allowed for 7 days);
  • Request Course Completion Certificates be resent to your email on file.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Sincerely,

Jeanie Snider, Program Manager
Southern College of Optometry
Department of Continuing Education


Online CE Course Library

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Amblyopia Diagnosis and Treatment Made Simple

Marie Bodack, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, Dipl BVPPO
COPE ID: 47340-FV 2 HRS

Course Description: This course will present a review of amblyopia diagnosis and treatment. Attendees will become familiar with the different types of amblyopia. Participants will become comfortable in performing an examination on a child with reduced vision, and will learn what examination techniques are helpful in arriving at a diagnosis of amblyopia. Current treatment options, including occlusion, pharmacological penalization and vision therapy will be discussed. A review of the Amblyopia Treatment Studies (ATS) and other research will be included.

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Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Update

Christopher Borgman, OD, FAAO
COPE ID: 47341-NO 1 HR

Course Description: Optometrists are often the first doctors to recognize this potentially visually devastating disease in patients presenting with complaints of headaches and/or changes in vision. This course aims to update the optometric clinician on the latest findings and current thinking in the management of patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). This course will review the necessary criteria for diagnosis of IIH, the associated signs and symptoms to be aware of during the ocular examination sequence, the appropriate co-management team, and the available treatment options including both medical as well as surgical interventions in this day and age of treating this disorder.

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Neovascular Glaucoma Update: A Serious Secondary Condition

Christopher Borgman, OD, FAAO
COPE ID: 47343-GL 1 HR

Course Description: Optometrists are often the doctors detecting the first signs of patients with neovascular glaucoma (NVG). This course aims to update the practicing optometrist’s knowledge of NVG by reviewing the underlying ischemic processes that can result in NVG development, how to recognize the earliest signs of NVG, and how to select the best management options available for NVG. A review of the latest thinking on surgical management options is also discussed. Lastly, an update on the latest research as well as the potential future treatment options of NVG are discussed, specifically, topical anti-VEGF agents and the role of pigment epithelial derived factor in NVG.

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What’s “New” in Amblyopia Research

Patricia M. Cisarik, OD, PhD, FAAO
COPE ID: 47344-FV 1 HR

Course Description: Recent results from clinical trials and studies using animal models have challenged the traditional view that amblyopia is untreatable in adulthood due to insufficient cortical plasticity. This course will review several of the biological and behavioral manipulations that have demonstrated restoration of neural plasticity in the human brain that may eventually be incorporated into safe and feasible amblyopia treatment.

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Sickle Cell Disease and its Ocular Manifestations

Lindsay Elkins, OD, FAAO
COPE ID: 47346-PS 1 HR

Course Description: This course will give an overview of the systemic condition of Sickle Cell Anemia, its associated hemoglobinopathies and their ocular manifestations.<

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Injection Procedures for Primary Eye Care

Michael Scott Ensor, OD, MS, ’01 and Jennifer Anne Sanderson, OD, FAAO
COPE ID: 47370-IS 1.5 HRS

Course Description: This two hour lecture will introduce attendees to the most common injection procedures performed in optometric primary care. Emphasis will be placed on legal and safety standards, equipment needed, and the proper technique of each injection. Commonly used injectable medications will also be covered. 

NOTE: This online course does NOT meet the requirements for SCO’s Injections Certification Course. Please contact Southern College of Optometry at ce@sco.edu for information regarding SCO’s Injection Certification Course scheduling.

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Rational Prescribing and Drug Diversion

Michael Scott Ensor, OD, MS, ’01
COPE ID: 45388-EJ 2.0 HRS

Course Description: This course will review the various aspects of prescription writing to include the required elements of a prescription and information regarding controlled substances. The course also will discuss the acquisition of a DEA number and prevention of diversion. Finally, an overview of common prescribing errors will be presented and the course will conclude with suggestions to enhance patient compliance. This course meets the latest Tennessee state requirement designed specifically for two hours of prescribing practices.

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Ocular Surface Disease: Innovations in Clinical Care

Whitney Hauser, OD
COPE ID: 47345-AS  2 HRS

Course Description: Ocular Surface Disease presents a complex diagnostic challenge for even seasoned clinicians. A comprehensive assessment is critical in differentiating the diagnosis and treatment strategies. This course provides a step by step review of current and emerging technologies available and recommendations on how these can be incorporated into practice to improve patient care.

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Baby Steps to Eye Care for Infants and Young Children

Glen T. Steele, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
COPE ID: 47349-FV  1 HR

Course Description: This course addresses recommended equipment, office setup, examination and management of the infant and young child. It includes pearls for making the examination easier for the child, parent and doctor. It also emphasizes the assessment and diagnosis of eye and vision conditions most likely encountered in the examination of an infant. Differential diagnosis will be used to guide the optometrist into the appropriate treatment plan.

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Hyperhomocysteinemia: Ocular Implications and Systemic Presentation

Daniel A. Taylor, OD, MS, FAAO, Diplomate, American Board of Optometry
COPE ID: 47350-SD 1 HR

Course Description: A discussion of hyperhomocysteinemia, its causes, ocular implications, systemic presentation, and clinical importance. Relates to the growing role of genetic testing in optometry.

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