GPLIwire2017: The Virtual Specialty Lens Conference
Sponsored by GPLI and ODwire.org

Watch Online, On Demand until December 1, 2017

32 COPE Approved Credits for $249

Join us for the FIRST online CE event focused exclusively on specialty contact lens education.

Earn up to 32 COPE approved CE credits from world leading eye care experts with all-new lectures and live wet labs.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to get exclusive discounts from leading specialty contact lens manufacturers and instrument companies!

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EVENT SUMMARY

About GPLIwire2017

GPLIwire2017 is the first virtual CE conference that focuses exclusively on specialty contact lenses.

It's sponsored by the
GP Lens Institute (GPLI) and ODwire.org, the largest online community for ECPs.


With up to 32 COPE-Approved CE hours online from leading speakers on a variety of specialty contact lens topics and LIVE scleral and Ortho-K workshops, at a ground-breaking price of $249 this is one event you won't want to miss!


There are two tracks focused on:

  • Sclerals
  • Ortho-K
  • Custom soft lenses
  • Presbyopia
  • Hybrids
  • Managing various ocular conditions with contacts
  • Instrumentation used in specialty contact lens fitting

Included are two wet labs, covering Scleral lens and Ortho-K fitting.

There is also a special session focused on billing & coding for your specialty contact lens fittings!

 


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Watch on your own schedule!

Watch the recorded courses on-demand from your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone until December 1st, 2017.

View each course as many times as you like. Pause, rewind, or even watch on your phone in between patients.

There is no more convenient, inexpensive, or relaxing way to pick up your required CE hours!



Profits to GPLI (Gas Permeable Lens Institute)

The GP Lens Institute (GPLI) is the educational division of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA).

The GPLI is dedicated to providing practitioners with educational and practice-building resources to enable them to fully benefit from the many advantages of GP (oxygen permeable) and custom specialty soft contact lenses.

The profits will benefit developing additional specialty contact lens educational workshops for the North America Optometric universities and developing additional specialty contact lens resources.



Exhibit Hall

GPLIwire2017 also features a virtual exhibit hall, where industry leading specialty contact lens manufacturers and instrument companies will be demoing their products and be on hand to answer questions.

Learn about many of the great specialty lens products offered by your CLMA (Contact Lens Manufacturers Association) members!

Many vendors are offering exclusive show discounts, so don't miss it!



Pricing

 

  • $249 for all 32 COPE-Approved Credit Hours  
  • Students can register at no-charge

The registration includes all 32 hours of COPE approved credits.


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Learn More

GPLIwire2017 is brought to you by GPLI (Gas Permeable Lens Institute), the most established educational resource for customized contact lenses and ODwire.org, the largest online community exclusively for eye care professionals.

Learn more about the GPLI and various educational resources we offer!

Visit ODwire.org and discuss the event with our 20,000 OD members.

Still have questions? Contact us!

SESSIONS



Welcome

 
 


Welcome

 
 


Contact Lens Management of Keratoconus

Greg DeNaeyer, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Marsha M. Malooley, OD, FAAO
Advances in contact lens design and manufacturing have improved the success and management of the keratoconus patient. This lecture will focus on discussing modern contact lens options including soft, gas permeable, hybrid, and scleral lens designs. It will discuss fitting considerations and strategies including lens design selection to maximize success. Case examples will highlight key discussion points, fitting methodologies, and trouble shooting.


The Who, Why and How of Scleral Lens Fitting

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Many of us have heard about scleral lenses. What are scleral lenses, and why are they becoming so popular? Who can benefit from a scleral lens and how do you fit them?

This two hour course will answer all those questions and more, as Dr. Barnett and Dr. Lee delve into the art and science of scleral lenses. After starting with a comprehensive discussion of scleral lens design, nomenclature, and fitting philosophy, the course will identify those who can benefit from scleral lenses and guide the practitioner through every step of the fitting process.


Myopia Control: You Too Can Do It

Steve Silberberg, OD
Learning the general concepts in myopia control and the three clinical methods in office: The practitioner will be exposed to the general theory of how a comprehensive approach, using all methods, slows myopia progression. Emphasis will be placed on the newest research in three Myopia control areas Orthokeratology, Atropine therapy and Soft Multifocal lenses and how to institute a program in a private office.


Simplifying Scleral Lens Care, Application and Removal

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Scleral lens application and removal is one of the most common causes of scleral lens dropout. Patience, persistence and proper education is key to mastering this skill. Equally important to the long term success of your patient is proper lens care and solution use. This one hour course will showcase various equipment and real life tips and tricks that can help your patients who struggle with scleral lens application and removal. Lastly, this course will conclude with a review of scleral lens friendly solutions.


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Advancements in Materials & Coatings

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO
Successful management of the patient with irregular corneas with contact lenses can sometimes be a frustrating process for both the patient and the practitioner. In most cases, advanced contact lenses are not curing the underlying condition for why they are being used. For example, in ocular graft-versus-host disease, we use scleral lenses to protect the ocular surface. But, we are not changing the functioning of the injured Meibomian glands. So, we are just exchanging the surface where there are problems, from the cornea, to the front surface of the lens. So, we are reliant on industry to provide us with constant research and development into better materials and coatings. This lecture covers many of the exciting advancements in materials.


Pre and Post Fit Corneal Topography in Orthok Practice

Randy Kojima, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIAO
This course will supply new and established orthokeratologists with the know how to master corneal topography application.  The fundamentals of the capture process will be reviewed to optimize both the pre and post fit map acquisition.  Then the pre-fit analysis of candidacy and lens construction will be discussed followed by a comprehensive understanding of the post fit topographical outcomes and how to refine the treatment when necessary.


Scleral Lenses for Dry Eyes

Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO, FSLS
This course is designed to help attendees understand how scleral lenses can help patients with dry eyes. The course will introduce attendees to the history of scleral lenses, as well as a description of different ocular surface diseases in which scleral lenses can be an effective treatment. Appropriate fitting techniques of scleral lenses will be reviewed, as well as tips and clinical pearls applicable to patients with ocular surface disease. Common troubleshooting points and recommended care products related to utilizing scleral lenses for eyes with ocular surface disease will be discussed. The course will also cover how long term scleral lens wear can affect corneal and lacrimal gland function.


Orthokeratology "How To" Wet Lab

Bruce W.  Morgan, OD, FAAO
Stephanie Ramdass, OD, MS, FAAO
The use of Orthokeratology as a modality to correct refractive error has gained heightened interest over the last 50 years. Otherwise known as Corneal Reshaping in its modern-day form, this process of using gas permeable contact lenses to temporarily alter the shape of the corneal surface is a common form of management of refractive error. The place of orthokeratology contact lenses in today’s marketplace will be reviewed as well as the various FDA approved designs. This workshop will provide you with the tools needed in order to: determine ideal candidates for orthokeratology lens wear, how to fit patients via three liveformatted fits, when to schedule follow-up visits and what to expect during these examinations, how to troubleshoot, and tips and tricks for incorporating corneal reshaping into your practice.


Scleral Lens Fitting for Healthy Eyes

Melanie Frogozo, OD, FAAO, FSLS
This course will provide an overview of the role of scleral gas permeable lenses in normal corneas. This includes indications, the fitting process, and appropriate protocol for progress evaluations. Additionally, specific regular cornea cases in which scleral lenses are beneficial will be reviewed including high astigmatism, presbyopia, and high refractive error. At the conclusion of this course, all attendees will be familiar with identifying and prescribing scleral lenses to patients with normal corneas.


Scleral Lens Fitting: Understanding Scleral Shape

Sheila Morrison, OD, FSLS, MS
This course is designed to orient practitioners to scleral topography and modern corneo-scleral mapping tools. The course will review currently proposed knowledge about scleral/conjunctival shape and its application to lens design. There will be an emphasis on utilizing topographical data of the anterior eye beyond the limbus to optimize scleral lens design. The rationale for understanding each patient’s unique scleral shape will be discussed, as will advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies for measuring scleral/conjunctival shape. A brief orientation to nomenclature will also be provided to assist practitioners in communication. Several novel case reports will be presented.


Break

 
 


Break

 
 


The Optics of Myopia Control

Patrick J. Caroline, FAAO, FCLSA
Recent research has suggested that axial eye growth in children may be controlled through modification of the child’s peripheral refractive error. This lecture will review the unique corneal optics created following orthokeratology and how the resulting peripheral myopic defocus may aid in controlling axial myopia in children.


Scleral Lens Fitting "How To" Wet Lab

Maria K. Walker, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS
Sheila Morrison, OD, FSLS, MS
This live-formatted course is designed to instruct practitioners on basic to advanced techniques to handle and assess a scleral lens in practice. The course will begin with instruction and demonstration on how to apply, remove and evaluate a scleral lens on the eye. The viewers will see a live application of the lens, both by a practitioner as well as a live self-application of the lens. Removal will also be outlined in the same manner. Lens handling pearls will be addressed and demonstrated. Several lenses will be evaluated on the same eye using bio microscopy, so that viewers can appreciate the changes in the fitting relationship between different lens parameters on the same eye. Once the basic slit lamp examination is demonstrated, the course will progress to more advanced evaluation of the scleral lens using advanced technologies such as Ocular Coherence Tomography and non-invasive surface analysis using topography. In addition, pearls of management strategies based on potential complications will be discussed, and proper follow-up and management schedules will be outlined.


Troubleshooting Orthokeratology

Roxanne Achong-Coan OD, FAAO, FIAO
Orthokeratology is an alternate treatment from refractive surgery, contact lens usage during the day and as a method to control the progression of myopia in children. This course will review the criteria that are important when selecting patients, the ideal fluorescein pattern of an orthokeratology lens needed for a good outcome, and the importance of topography in addressing decentration, central islands, and undercorrection. Adverse physiological responses such as 3 and 9 staining, dimple veiling, lens binding, surface deposit induced staining, giant papillary conjunctivitis, and infiltrates and ulcers will also be discussed.


Welcome

 
 


Welcome

 
 


The Optometrist's Guide to Corneal Crosslinking

Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO
Significant impairments can result if cornea ectatic diseases, such as keratoconus, are left untreated. Thus, it is imperative for optometrist to know the most current treatment recommendations. Disease stabilization with corneal crosslinking is a new emerging key concept in this new era of keratoconus management. This course will discuss crosslinking treatment techniques, patient selections, expected outcomes and ongoing clinical investigations.


Clinical Case Management in the ICD-10 Era: Contact Lenses

John Rumpakis, OD, MBA
Using case examples, lecturer will present common and not so common specialty contact lens cases seen within optometric practice and ways we can improve our clinical skills from the case history, examination to medical decision making. Additionally, this course will discuss how contact lens related clinical care will be impacted by ICD-10.


Conquering The Keratoconus Contact Lens Challenge

Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO
Contact lens management in keratoconus patients can be complex. On the other hand, it is also a rewarding process for both clinicians and patients as well-fitted contact lenses can achieve significant improvements in patients’ visual functions and quality of life. Modern contact lens technologies have further enhanced the therapeutic properties and clinical success of these treatment modalities. This course will review a wide spectrum of contact lens options and their applications in managing the irregular cornea population.


Contact Lens Fitting for the Pediatric Population

Louise A. Sclafani, OD, FAAO
This course is designed to improve the comfort zone for practitioners who are involved in the treatment of infants and the pediatric population. Emphasis on medical necessity, anatomy, and refractive error.


New Options for Irregular Corneas

Renee E. Reeder OD, FAAO
Traditionally the irregular cornea has been fit with corneal GP lenses. This course will give a basic overview of scleral, specialty soft and hybrid lenses the newer options for the irregular cornea. It will introduce goals and concepts needed for success with soft specialty lenses. It will review starting points and evaluation of sclerals as well as introducing newer hybrid offerings. It will conclude with a cases series.


Break

 
 


Break

 
 


Incorporating technology into specialty contact lens practice

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO
This course will review the utilization, application and interpretation of a number of advanced technologies used in the fitting and evaluation of specialty contact lenses. It will cover topics such as corneal topography, corneal tomography, anterior segment OCT and scleral profile measurement systems. The presenter will share clinical experiences in the utilization of these technologies in order to maximize clinical outcomes in the fitting of specialty contact lenses.


Ortho-What?!?! How To Build OrthoK Awareness

Justin Bazan, OD
This course will teach orthokeratology marketing pearls with an emphasis on digital marketing and social media.


Advanced Scleral Troubleshooting

John D. Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS
Scleral lenses have become a commonly utilized modality for patients needing visual rehabilitation for irregular corneal conditions and adjunctive therapeutic treatment for complex ocular surface disease. Scleral lenses require troubleshooting and are not without complications. This practical lecture is designed to teach all practitioners, by utilizing cases, images, and videos, to aid in identification of and how to troubleshoot issues related to complex ocular geometry, lens surface wetting, post lens tear layer fogging, induced corneal complications, etc.


Hybrid fitting strategies for the normal and abnormal cornea

Tiffany Andrzejewski, OD
This course will review the evolution of hybrid lenses as we know them today and the role they play in the management of refractive errors for the normal and abnormal cornea. The latest advancements in application, lens design, fitting, and troubleshooting will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on current lens technology for astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus, and post-surgical eyes. The use of cases will accompany the “clinical pearl” format of the presentation with the goal of demonstrating how this specific lens technology can be incorporated into the optometric practice.


Creating and Developing a Contact Lens Specialty Practice

Carmen F. Castellano, O.D., F.A.A.O
This course will look at the challenges posed by managed care in optometry and the advantages of developing a practice specializing in contact lens care. We will provide tips and techniques to differentiate your practice and discuss a fee system based on service and care and not products.


Custom Soft Lens Update

Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO
This course will highlight the Who, What, When, Where and Why of custom soft lens prescribing for both the regular and irregular cornea. The majority of soft lenses manufactured today are designed for the average cornea. This lecture will explore the dynamic relationship between corneal diameter and curvature as well as corneal irregularity.


Break

 
 


Break

 
 


GP Multifocal Fitting and Problem-Solving

Stephanie L. Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS
The greatest opportunity to build a contact lens practice as well as improve the quality of life of many of our patients is via the contact lens fitting of the presbyopic patient. There are many options available today and the patient selection, communication, fitting, and troubleshooting of GP aspheric and translating, hybrid, and scleral multifocals are discussed. The emphasis is on in-office clinical application of these designs to optimize patient success.


Myopia Control

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD
The prevalence of myopia is on the rise, and we must do something to reduce the potentially sight-threatening side effects of myopia. This lecture will discuss ineffective means of myopia control so optometrists know what NOT to implement, as well as provide information about how to use the most successful methods of myopia control, including soft multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology contact lenses, and atropine eye drops. We will discuss the mechanism of how they may work, how to optimize myopia control, and how to manage these treatments. In the end, optometrists will be more capable of educated discussions of myopia control with parents and feel more confident in providing myopia control treatments.


Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors




Contamac is a leader in the development of specialist polymers and a major global provider of biocompatible materials for implantable and medical applications to the ophthalmic industry.

Proven products & leading brands.
Contamac is the only manufacturer to offer the full range of contact lens (CL) and intraocular lens (IOL) materials, and is unique in its ability to produce both in the same environment – a clear measure of our higher quality standards. Both factors are the natural product of more than three decades’ experience, a track record of constant innovation and a dedication to customer service. Contamac always delivers more.

For more information about Contamac and its full range of materials, please visit www.contamac.com




Specializing in corneal and scleral GP lenses, TruForm is a family owned and operated lab that always strives to provide the ECP with the best service and products available anywhere. Our patented segmented presbyopic lens options offer the best possible acuities for those patients needing bifocals and trifocals. We offer toric and quadrant specific options on all of our corneal and scleral lens designs. Our DigiForm Scleral sets come with BC and Sag values lasered on the lenses, preventing any mix ups during the trial fitting process. They also have our unique built in fit scales. We laser mark every zone change, so that if the trial lens does not provide an optimal fit, you will know exactly where to make any needed changes, this is the TruForm Diagnostic Difference.

Please visit our website, www.tfoptics.com, for fitting guides, archived webinars, and training videos on our specialty designs.

Gold Sponsors




Acuity Polymers, Inc. is a vision care company dedicated to bringing to market the highest quality GP materials for the specialty lens industry. Incorporated in early 2016, Acuity Polymers was created to provide laboratories with a trusted and reliable source for its critical raw materials, at fair prices and dedicated to never vertically integrating to produce finished lenses.

Based in Rochester (NY), Acuity Polymers is developing a full range (low to hyper Dk) fluoropolymers suitable for all types of designs and wearing modalities. These premium products are derived from chemistries that have undergone many years of successful on-eye performance. New materials are in development to bring ever better performance characteristics. All product development follows the quality management system requirements of ISO 13485:2003E.

Acuity Polymers, Inc. received USFDA clearance for Acuity 100 in December 2016 and for Acuity 18 in early 2017. Additional materials are under FDA review. Acuity lenses are available from leading specialty contact lens laboratories in North America. More information at www.acuitypolymers.com.




Specializing in custom GP and soft contact lenses for all types of refractive error, including presbyopia and unique/irregular corneal conditions, Art Optical brings 59 years of expert lens design and precision production experience to every custom lens fit. We maintain the highest manufacturing standards and lead the industry in service, quality and innovation. Our highly successful Renovation lens is the #1 GP presbyopic design on the market, and our extensive portfolio of specialty lens options includes Intelliwave, a series of advanced silicone hydrogel lathe-cut lenses featuring wavefront technology and patented aberration control with virtually unlimited parameter availability. Our latest product introduction is Ampleye, a fully vaulting scleral lens featuring advanced, independent zone control, and inherent scleral toricity for a natural, precise, and simplified scleral fitting experience. Art Optical supports specialty fitters with a large and experienced team of professionally certified consultants, comprehensive risk-free fitting programs, and extensive in-person & online training tools & resources. To browse our entire product portfolio and learn how we can serve your specialty lens practice, visit us today at www.artoptical.com.




Essilor Contact Lens Specialists is dedicated to bringing you the right products, the highest level of consulting & the best technology to fit your toughest patients. We are authorized manufacturer of all materials available in the US, giving you a wide selection to choose from. We combine this with a warranty that allows you to focus on your patients with the confidence that we stand behind you.




GPLI: Your Source for Specialty Contact Lens Education!




At Metro Optics, our mission for over 44 years is to provide eye care professionals with quality contact lens products and expert consultation services to enhance their practices’ profitability and improve the quality of life of their patients. Our comprehensive line of custom soft and GP lens designs aims to help you easily manage any refractive error, presbyope or highly irregular cornea due to surgery or keratoconus. Visit www.metro-optics.com to view our entire product line and see how you can better manage your contact lens patients.




SynergEyes is the only advanced-technology and OD-led contact lens company focused exclusively on the leading independent eye care professional, providing a complete continuum of specialty contact lens products. Brands include Duette® hybrid lenses for astigmatism and presbyopia and UltraHealth® hybrid and SynergEyes VS scleral lenses for more challenging corneal conditions.




Visionary Optics manufactures the Europa Scleral, an enhanced 2nd generation of our highly successful Jupiter Scleral lens design. The Elara Scleral lens is also available, which is a mini-scleral, designed to fit the regular cornea.

The sMap3D is the first wide field corneal and scleral elevation topographer which can map the ocular surface out to 22 mm 360° with under the eyelid scleral measurements. It offers integrated software for fitting and customizing Europa Scleral lenses.

Silver Sponsors




Blanchard is a leading manufacturer and designer of state-of-the-art specialty GP lenses with an array of proprietary designs, including the Onefit Scleral Lens Platform which continues to evolve and transform the industry. The Onefit Sym-Toric lens – a new front surface cylinder design – is turning heads as a game changer for scleral Astigmatic patients. In addition, another exciting Onefit lens design is coming out soon, specifically for highly irregular corneas. Blanchard remains committed to partnering with eye care professionals to offer advanced education and support to ensure their success, and to improve all aspects of the contact lens wearer experience. Learn more at www.blanchardlab.com.


As a pioneer in scleral lenses, for more than 25 years, BostonSight has been improving the quality of life for patients by transforming the understanding, treatment, and care of the ocular surface. Leveraging scleral anatomy data from approximately 7,000 eyes, BostonSight SCLERAL is the first data-driven, evidenced-based fitting system, and the first with front surface eccentricity options to improve both quantitative and qualitative vision. BostonSight SCLERAL delivers a more intuitive, efficient, and dependable fit right from the start resulting in minimal customizations and reduced chair time.

BostonSight SCLERAL’s Beyond the Fit™ program provides comprehensive support for an enhanced experience including:

  • FitConnect™: An intuitive, web-based fitting and order management system which empowers the practitioner
  • FitAssist™: A lens voucher program reducing financial barriers
  • MyFitReport™: Patient-generated health data (PGHD), with patient-specific feedback, to allow practitioners to evaluate product performance and patient satisfaction


Euclid Systems Corporation is a world leader of Myopia Management and a leading manufacturer of advanced Orthokeratology lens products. Based in Virginia, Euclid is the maker of the popular Emerald™ brand Ortho-K lens which has FDA approval in the U.S.A. as well as regulatory approval in numerous countries throughout Asia and Europe. Multiple clinical studies worldwide by prestigious independent researchers have proven the effectiveness of Orthokeratology, and specifically the Emerald™ lens on slowing the progression of myopia. The Emerald Ortho-K procedure has a unique, empirically fit lens design---no trial lenses required. With a clinically proven first fit success rate of 85% and higher, more eye care practitioners today are choosing Emerald as their Ortho-K lens of choice.


Say goodbye to the discomfort and inconvenience of contact lenses, and say hello to Tangible™ Science, a new kind of company dramatically improving the contact lens experience for eye care providers and patients. Its breakthrough contact lens coating – Tangible™ Hydra-PEG – is designed to improve wettability, lens surface water retention and lubricity, while minimizing deposits and lens fogging for custom scleral and corneal lenses. Tangible Hydra-PEG enables eye care practitioners to better satisfy patients by increasing their wear time and comfort. It also allows them to focus on building their practice, rather than refitting the same patients and dealing with lens returns due to wetting problems. The Tangible Science family of products is built around this novel coating, and will soon include the daily cleaning and monthly conditioning solutions, Tangible™ CLEAN and Tangible™ BOOST, in addition to disposable lenses. Learn more at www.tangiblescience.com.


X-Cel Specialty Contacts markets specialty disposable, custom soft, and gas permeable contact lenses. Atlantis Scleral is the easiest to fit scleral on the market and offers multifocal and reverse geometry designs. Extreme H2O lenses have outstanding hydration and water retention characteristics which contribute to unsurpassed all-day comfort. Flexlens custom soft lenses are available in virtually any parameter including extended range toric. X-Cel is dedicated to supporting Eye Care Professionals with hands-on training, in-office fitting assistance, and offers an unparalleled professionally certified team of customer service and consultants. To learn more visit us at www.xcelspecialtycontacts.com. X-Cel Specialty Contacts is an employee-owned and operated lab with a mission to enrich lives through better vision. We offer the widest selection of contact lenses in the industry to ensure proper fit, visual acuity, and all day comfort enabling Optical Professionals to succeed by improving patient satisfaction.