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  • Minimizing Risks: Records, Audits and HIPAA (47552-PM)
    As health care providers we are all required to comply with a variety of rules and regulations, and there is significant risk from failure to do so. Penalties for non-compliance often exceed $100,000. This course will provide an overview of the most important rules to help ensure you are complying with various regulations related to medical records, third-party billing, and HIPAA. Understanding these rules will enable you to minimize the risk you'll be subject to fines or penalties, or even potential lawsuits. The course will focus on rules related to medical and vision plan billing, audits, and HIPAA privacy regulations.
  • Avoiding Falls in the Home From assessment to prevention (47290-GO)
    This course relates the most common vision and systemic causes and risk factors to falls in the home. Assessment and prevention for falls is an ideal avenue for optometrists to impact overall aged adult health.
  • Update on refractive cataract surgery (47150-RS)
    This course will be a comprehensive overview of the advance in cataract surgery. The course will start with a brief history of refractive cataract surgery and then the current efficacy of cataract surgery will be presented. New technology that improves surgical outcomes by increasing the accuracy and safety of the procedure will be presented. The importance of ocular surface disease and astigmatism management in cataract will be highlighted. Finally, new technology such as intraoperative aberrometry, femtosecond laser cataract surgery, multifocal IOLs and MIGS procedures will be discussed.
  • Blue Light and Carotenoids – From Protection to Performance (47576-PB)
    Indoors LED lighting, cell phone and computer displays all emit “bad blue” radiation. While lens manufacturers have embraced “bad blue” light protection with new tints, it is dietary lutein and zeaxanthin that offers decisive protection. The dietary carotenoids uniquely improve visual performance thru optical and non-optical biological ocular and cerebral mechanisms – all without disruption of our precious human circadian rhythms.
  • Anterior Segment OCT Applications in Contact Lens Evaluation (47245-CL)
    Successful management of the patient with irregular corneas with contact lenses can sometimes be a frustrating process for both the patient and the practitioner. The fitting and evaluation process involves numerous visits to our offices, out of pocket expenses as well as the hassle of billing medical and vision insurances. As a result of newer, more-complex lens designs, such as scleral and hybrid, the game has changed when it comes to the science of fitting and evaluating those lenses. Anterior segment OCT allows the optometrist to view a cross-sectional image of the contact lens on the eye in real time and to monitor the health of the cornea in the presence of the contact lens. This lecture discusses everything the practitioner needs to know about implementing anterior segment OCT for evaluating and planning treatment for complex contact lens patients.
  • Life on the Edge Part 2 (47373-AS)
    Critical evaluation of the eyelids, lid margins and eyelashes is an essential step in the diagnosis and management of ocular surface dysfunction. Lash loss, misdirection and fragility and alteration of the lid margin architecture all are clue to underlying disease processes. Understand the role of biofilms in lid disease. Learn how to take a closer look and appreciate the subtle signs of a challenged ocular surface in this one hour course.
  • Infections of the Ocular Adnexa (47228-SD)
    Effective treatment of peri-ocular infections based on accurate history and physical exam will be emphasized. Understanding application of medical treatment beginning with broad spectrum antibiotics and refining drug choice if culture/sensitivity results are obtainable will be discussed. Recognition of typical patterns of disease presentation and appropriate medical management will be discussed. Participants will understand when referral for surgical management is appropriate when progression, abscess formation or failure to respond to medical therapy occur.
  • Advanced Cataract Co-Management (47185-PO)
    Recent advances in cataract and intraocular lens technologies require the co-managing optometric physician to be familiar with these new developments. This course will cover a wide range of topics including femto-laser cataract surgery, new IOL designs, contemporary therapeutic management of post-op complications and combined cataract/glaucoma procedures.
  • The Harsh Reality of Posterior Segment Disease in a Healthy Patient Practice (47329-PS)
    The Course Is Going to Review Common Posterior Segment Pathologies that Can Affect the Presumed Healthy Patient and Emphasize the Value of the OCT Technology In A Healthy Patient Practice.
  • The role of Inflammation in systemic and retinal disease (47577-SD)
    Inflammation, an essential part of the systemic immune system nonetheless becomes deleterious in auto-immune disease(s) and modern living. We identify the environmental stressors and suggest how to protect the body and retina against inflammation inducing assault(s).
  • Medical Therapy Is Not Enough - What's Next? (47219-GL)
    Medical therapy is the standard first-line treatment for most cases of glaucoma. But it is not always sufficient to treat our glaucoma patients. Other options and therapies are often required. This course will cover existing and new treatments including role of laser surgery in glaucoma (SLT, ALT, and iridotomies). New surgical treatments including MIGS (iStent), ECP, filtering surgery and tube shunts will be discussed and their proper role in glaucoma management presented.
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Binocular Anomalies- A Practical Approach (47493-FV)
    Accommodative and vergence anomalies are extremely common and account for most of the asthenopic complaints. This course will review the physiology of accommodation, vergence, and its interaction as it pertains to clinical problems. The course will provide a quick and easy method for diagnosis and treatment of accommodative anomalies.
  • The Future of Eye Care Delivery (47308-GO)
    What will the future bring to the profession of eye care How will the delivery of healthcare in general effect our live and the life of our consumers As healthcare delivery changes with technology, social expectations, and financial pressures, will you be ready Join us as we look at what the next two decades may bring to the eye care industry. Be prepared and dont miss this look into our future.
  • Cry Me a River - Diagnosis and Treatment of Epiphora (47644-AS)
    You will learn about the Lacrimal Functional Unit and how it maintains normal tear production and outflow. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation between epiphora and hyperlacrimation, and the treatment of anatomical lacrimal pathway obstructions.
  • Complications of Ocular Surgery and Their Management (47289-PO)
    A variety of problems, many of which are vision threatening and must be recognized promptly, can present in the postoperative period. Some of these conditions are unique to certain operative procedures and others are nonspecific. This course will teach the eye care provider to recognize the earliest symptoms and signs of trouble and how to manage these complications.
  • DRY EYE: The Past, Present, and Future (47244-AS)
    There’s more than meets the dry eye. Scientists and clinicians around the world regularly gather to discuss the evolving discoveries related to this condition, and new products are constantly created to keep up with our understanding of the disease. The Dry Eye: Past, Present and Future course reviews historical methods of diagnosis and treatment, today’s current practice, and emerging technologies. We will review cutting-edge diagnostic measures such as interferometry, blink analysis, and lacrimal gland imaging. Additionally we will cover new ways to treat dry eye, from tear-compatible contact lens selection to electronic tear stimulants. Through the proper diagnosis and treatment, dry eye can become a preventable disease.
  • Key to Retinal Assessment: Making Visible what is Invisible(47515-PS)
    The vast majority of fundus abnormalities are invisible to standard ophthalmoscopy in the early stages of the disease. Myriad technologies which make the invisible visible include OCT, AF, FA. MSI, ERGs, Color/Contrast, Adaptive Optics and Dark Adaptation. This course reviews 25 cases invisible w/o advanced diagnostic procedures . Included are AMD, CSR, RP, AZOOR, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Stargardt, and rod monochromatism. Included are cases where early diagnosis leads to successful intervention.
  • Blepharitis, MGD and Ocular Surface Disease (47247-AS)
    This course will review the common clinical picture of blepharitis and meibomian gland disease. New consensus based guidelines will be used to formulate treatment and management strategies as the condition impacts ocular surface health and comfort.
  • Carotenoids: The Eye and Beyond (47513-PS)
    Of the 700 carotenoids in nature, about 15 are found in the human blood stream but only 3 in the retina: Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin.- which form the protective macular pigment. AREDS2 demonstrated that adding these can reduce the risk of progression from intermediate AMD to advanced disease. But how about high dose zinc and genetic testing? Both important considerations beyond the 3 carotenoids. But carotenoids go well beyond the eye. A novel non-invasive hand scanner can measure overall carotenoid levels in 30 sec. High scores reduce the incidence of cancer,Alzheimers and other systemic diseases as well as AMD. According to a 10 study out of Yale, low scores predict future health problems. This course includes what the optometrist should know and do about these colorful carotenoids.
  • Ophthalmic Drug Delivery Systems (47279-PH)
    Delivery of ophthalmic drugs in tissue is perhaps one of the most interesting and challenging area of research for pharmaceutical scientists. The treatment of both anterior and posterior segment diseases has witnessed advances in drug development and mechanisms of drug delivery yet many hurdles remain. This lecture aims to review the development of various mechanisms of drug delivery to the front and back of the eye and acquaint the practicing clinician to the various drugs that can be delivered with these new methods.
  • ICD-10 Basics (47278-PM)
    This course is designed to give doctors an introduction to ICD-10 coding basics. At the end of this course, doctors should have a basic understanding of the structure of ICD coding as well as having resources to allow them to implement this change into their medical coding in their practices.
  • Scleral Contact Lenses – The Basics (47165-CL)
    This one-hour course will focus on the basics of scleral rigid gas permeable contact lens evaluation and fitting. Topics include selecting the best patient type, insertion and removal of lenses, and follow up and care of scleral contact lenses.
  • In-depth Review of Amblyopia and the Amblyopia Treatment Studies (47700-FV)
    The goal of the lecture is to provide an in-depth review of the identification and diagnosis of amblyopia being sure to account for masqueraders. We will also provide an update on the amblyopia treatment trials with review of the findings of all currently published PEDIG studies and overview of unpublished and upcoming studies.
  • Custom Soft Lenses: Designs and Applications (47220-CL)
    There has been a continuous influx of new designs offered by custom soft lens manufacturers over the past several years. Gaining an understanding of the clinical indications and applications of specialty soft lenses enables practitioners to take advantage of the versatility and problem solving benefits these lenses offer. This course will review the principles of fitting various corneal and refractive conditions with custom designed soft contact lenses.
  • How to be a Hero: The Eye and Systemic Disease (47284-SD)
    Many medical problems can first present as an eye disorder. The patient and his or her internist may be unaware of the condition and the eye care provider may have an opportunity to be the first to recognize the underlying disorder. In many cases, an eye care provider can direct the medical team toward a baffling diagnosis. Occasionally, the patients life can be saved. This course will highlight ocular manifestations of both common and serious medical conditions. The medical work-ups that should be implemented will be presented. The ocular treatment, emphasizing the use of oral medication, will be reviewed.
  • The Occlusion Confusion of Vascular Disasters (47221-PS)
    This course will discuss clinical characteristics, pathophysiology, and the systemic associations of retinal arterial and venous occlusive diseases. The course will help optometrists identify retinal features of acute and chronic occlusions and review recent evidence based literature to examine retinal occlusive treatment options for patients.
  • Improving Outcomes and Efficiencies in Optometry Through Technology (44792-PD)
    In this course we will discuss the importance of improving outcomes in optometry. Specifically we will discuss why and how to improve refractive outcomes and review the technologies that are critical to achieve improved outcomes. We will discuss best practices in strategies to utilize technologies. We will review key elements needed in patient care and communication to achieve improved outcomes as well.
  • The Use of Off Label Drugs and Treatments in Optometric Care (47314-PH)
    A comprehensive overview of the use of off label drugs that optometrists can use In keeping with the medical legal definitions of off label use. Included in this lecture is a description of the OD’s legal requirements as put forth by the FDA.
  • Top 10 Reasons To Measure Macular Pigment (47746-PS)
    Beyond high-risk AMD patients, there are many patients where you will want to measure their macular pigment optical density. These include athletes, patients with photophobia, diabetes, non-refractive reading /driving or cognitive issues to name a few reasons.
  • Transformational Technology… Better Diagnostics, Better Clinical Outcomes (47153-GO)
    This course presents a template for the primary care practitioner on how to efficiently and practically utilize diagnostic technologies to assess irregularities in the visual pathway. Wavefront Aberrometry, Corneal Topography, and Digital Refraction technologies are discussed and case studies presented.
  • Cracking The Code: The ICD-10 Hangover (47440-EJ)
    In today’s world of third party relationships between payer and provider, compliance is continually an issue that needs to be implemented within a practice. The ICD-10 system requires a much higher level of compliance with the medical record. Audits failure for lack of compliance are becoming increasingly more frequent and more economically impactful. Practitioners need to know how to how to create an appropriate clinical record that supports the ICD-10 codes used to protect themselves and their practices.
  • Mastery of Ocular Surface Disease: A Clinician's Guide (47375-AS)
    Our understanding of ocular surface physiology and pathophysiology has essentially exploded over the past decade. However, clinical practice has lagged behind. This course explores current thinking and scientific advances in a purely clinical manner. Algorhythms for managing routine and complex dry eye and ocular surface disease patients will be presented along with practical perspective on patient and practice flow.
  • Clinical Evaluation of Eyelid Lesions (47229-SD)
    The proper evaluation of lesions of the eyelid and periocular skin requires careful inspection of the characteristics of lesions on exam and correlation of those findings with history. Recognition of the signs of malignancy and identification of lesion features which demand biopsy will be emphasized. In addition, management of these lesions and the elements of surgical eyelid reconstruction, when appropriate, will be discussed.
  • Glaucoma Grand Rounds Diagnostic Dilemmas and Solutions (47300-GL)
    This course will review some of the newest ideas in glaucoma diagnosis and management. A review of risk profiles, IOP profiles, OCT imaging and patient management will be included and demonstrated with actual case examples. Identifying and managing progression in glaucoma cases will also be discussed.
  • Detecting Lesions with Widefield color and AF Images and Diagnosing the Detected Lesions with SD OCT (47514-PS)
    SD OC is remarkably effective in sectioning the retina and allowing us to visualize not only the 10 layers of the retina but the vitreous and choroid as well. But OCT at present can only image small retinal zones, typically 20 degrees. In contrast, Optos ultra-widefield (uwf) devices allow color and now auto fluorescent (AF) images of 200 degrees or over 80% of the entire fundus at once. This course presents 25 cases in which uwf images detected a lesion which was then sectioned with SD OCT that led to a diagnosis. The pairing of these two technologies results in better patient care than either alone as will be demonstrated in the myriad disorders, both common and rare, to be presented.
  • Using an Amniotic Membrane Contact Lens (47172-AS)
    The objective of this course is to detail the use and the indications for use of the modern amniotic membrane contact lenses.
  • The Role of VEP and PERG in Eye Care (47316-PD)
    This electrophysiology of vision course will provide fundamental knowledge about Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) and Pattern Electroretinogram (PERG). Dysfunction of the retina and optic nerve can be measured early by electrophysiological tests, and this course will deliver the tools to obtain and interpret VEP and PERG reports.
  • Applications of OCT Technology for Anterior Segment and Contact Lens Management (47420-AS)
    This course will review how optical coherence tomography can be applied in the diagnosis and evaluation of anterior segment disease and contact lens management. Utilization of anterior segment OCT (ASOCT) can dramatically enhance the clinicians ability to diagnose and document a variety of anterior segment diseases and anomalies. It can allow for the monitoring of the influence of treatment modalities on anterior segment structures.
  • Welcome to the World of Scleral Lenses (47149-CL)
    This workshop will introduce the attendee to scleral lenses, its uses, and the fitting strategies proven to optimize success. A specific focus will be on optimizing the fit of the lenses when appropriate candidates are selected and establishing the foundation for fitting scleral lenses.
  • Coding Strategies and Pitfalls with ICD-10 (47550-PM)
    This course is designed to give the practitioner a strategic way to approaching examinations to coincide with new ICD-10 changes as well as some of the common issues ODs are facing when coding their exams under the new system.
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