CEwire2018: The Virtual Optometric Conference

Available on demand: through May 1, 2018
50 COPE-approved Credits
Registration: Just $179 for all 50 credit hours!

Join us for the largest online CE event in optometry and see why over 7,000 ODs have chosen to participate in CEwire events!

Earn up to 50 COPE-approved CE credits from leading eye care experts with all-new lectures, without leaving home.

Watch ON-DEMAND at your own pace and on your own schedule through May 1st, 2018.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to get exclusive discounts from leading vendors.

And tune in to the CEwire2018 Livestream, where we'll chat with optometric thought leaders and eye care industry executives.

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About CEwire2018

CEwire2018 is the virtual CE conference by ODwire.org, the largest online community for ECPs.

With up to 50 COPE-approved CE hours online from leading speakers on a variety of clinical and practice management topics, at a ground-breaking price of $179, this is one event you won't want to miss.

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Watch Live Online or On Demand

Can't make it live? No worries!

Watch from your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone, at your OWN PACE, until May 1st, 2018!

Watch 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 for Charity

Profits from the event are being shared with leading eye care charities:
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation
- VOSH International

Upon registration, you may choose which organization you'd like profits from your registration fee to go towards.

Exhibit Hall

CEwire2018 also features a virtual exhibit hall, where leading vendors will be demoing their products and be on hand to answer questions.

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

CEwire2018 Livestream!

Throughout the event, Drs. Paul and Adam Farkas will broadcast from CEwire HQ, giving you the latest updates on the conference, and interviewing leaders in eye care.

They will be joined in studio by special guest analyst Gretchyn Bailey, NCLC, FAAO, Editor in Chief and Content Channel Director at Optometry Times.



Registration: $179  for all 50 hours of COPE-approved CE, and access to the exhibit hall with exclusive discounts. 

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Macular Pigment Supplementation: A prescription for vision and cognitive health

John Nolan, PhD
In this course, you will learn about the macular carotenoids, how they are sourced, how they are optimized in the eye, how they are optimized in the brain, and what this means for visual function, visual health and cognitive function. This information will play an important role in eye care when helping patients enhance the health and quality of their vision.

Anterior Segment Disease and the Systemic Link

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO
As optometry’s role in health care increases, so does our responsibility to appropriately diagnose and appropriately educate them on the systemic link. This course will address three critical anterior segment findings along with their association with systemic conditions and appropriate action plans for the progressive optometrist.

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.

The Four Pillars Of Compliance

John Rumpakis, OD, MBA
The legalities of creating and maintaining a medical record are a complex mix of regulations, contractual requirements, and ethical obligations. Many may not understand that there are specific laws that govern how a medical record is created and maintained, and penalties associated with violations can be as significant as imprisonment and loss of license to practice. Understanding the areas of greatest vulnerability in creating the medical record and how to create and maintain one properly is essential to clinical practice today.

The Contact Lens Trilogy-Specialty Areas to Boost Your Contact Lens practice

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO
Differentiation is the key to practice survival! This course will review 3 key areas of specialty contact lens practice that will re-energize and differentiate not only your contact lens practice, but your entire practice.

We will review: Myopia Progression Management with contact lenses +. , Management of the Irregular Cornea with contact lenses and Management of Presbyopia with contact lenses.

If you feel that your practice is stagnant and that contact lenses are nothing more than a commodity then attend this course and get excited again!

The Best of Intriguing, Important, Interesting and Educational Cases Over 5 Decades

Jerome Sherman, OD, FAAO
The memorable cases include bizarre presentations such as an eye with 2 discs, heart shaped retinal tears, dramatic cases invisible to ophthalmoscopy, ICE presenting as cat’s eye pupil, brain tumors diagnosed as amblyopia, artifacts resulting in misdiagnosis, a not-so-simple red eye leading to blindness and many more.

How good is LASIK: The Myths, Misconceptions and Reality

Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD
LASIK has been a tremendous asset for patients for over 20 years by improving the vision of millions of people, including first responders and members of the military. However, there are common myths and misconceptions about LASIK including the notion that contact lenses are safer than LASIK, that LASIK increases the risk for glare and halos, LASIK has not improved over time, eye doctors would not have LASIK, and that dry eye is common after the procedure. The purpose of this lecture will be to present an evidenced based presentation on the risks and benefits of modern LASIK as well as the recent improvements and technologies on the horizon.


Richard S Witlin MD, FACS
Premium IOLs represent an exciting option for visual rehabilitation following cataract surgery. It is critical for the co-managing doctor to understand the issues associated with this technology. Areas to be covered will include: proper patient selection, pros and cons of each currently available advanced-technology will be discussed, special considerations (such as post-refractive patients) will be presented, and management of post-operative complaints and issues to be discussed.

Ocular Surface Disease: Demystifying the Diagnosis

Crystal M. Brimer, OD
Every day patients with ocular surface issues enter our exam room, with and without symptoms. Learn how to implement easy, yet compelling, screening techniques that create an opportunity to practice preventative care instead of reactive care. Discover diagnostic tips and tools to scientifically pinpoint the underlying etiology of your patient’s dry eye symptoms and prepare you to couple them with proven, diagnostic based treatments for predictable results. Without a formula, the success of ocular surface treatments can be hit or miss, but utilizing such a systemic approach creates outcome predictability and clinical confidence.

OMG Grandpa, is that an STD in your eye?

Agustin Gonzalez, OD, FAAO
From HIV to syphilis, seniors are contracting STDs at an alarming rate. Potent little pills "coupled" (pun intended) with estrogen and progesterone creams, no pregnancy concerns and active senior communities adds up to a whole lot of "senior spring break" fun BUT with lots of sex comes the possibility of lots of STDs. This sex case-based lecture will cover all you wanted to know about sex, and would never ask grandma! Wink!


Dr. Graham Lakkis
Although significant developments have occurred in the structural analysis of glaucomatous optic neuropathy using OCT scans, research into functional visual field testing continues with the development of new techniques and refinements of existing strategies to maximise efficiency of testing and accuracy of progression analysis. Practical guidance will be given that can be applied during encounters with glaucoma patients.

The Zen of Dry Eye Mastery: A Simple System for Clinical and Practice Success

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO
Our understanding of the ocular surface has evolved dramatically over the past few years. Growing interest in dry eye and tear dysfunction has increased interest in this practice segment. We present an evidence-based approach with extensive clinical examples, to integrate novel concepts into a unified perspective of the ocular surface environment with direct practical and clinical diagnostic and therapeutic application. We then explore the practical considerations of successfully incorporating care for this patient population in need within the contemporary eyecare practice.

Chronic Dry Eye Disease: 80s Dance Party Style

Laura Periman, MD
Review the latest concepts and organizational constructs to enhance your understanding of CDED. Easy summaries and fun analogies will be used to condense the best recent literature into a ready-to-use form.


Dr. Graham Lakkis
Traditional glaucoma education tends to focus on the details of the disease such as primary and secondary glaucomas, diagnostic testing and drug treatment etc. This lecture will take the participant through the patient’s journey with glaucoma, through different stages of the disease and irrespective of the type of glaucoma. This course is particularly suited to practitioners who are not currently managing their own glaucoma patients.

Systemic Disease and the Retinal Vasculature

Richard Zimbalist, OD, FAAO
This course will discuss the pathophysiology, clinical characteristics, and the systemic associations of various retinal and systemic vascular disease. The course will help optometrists identify the retinal features of common vascular conditions. The course will also present several uncommon conditions and discuss differential diagnoses.

The Continuum of Care of Keratoconus

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO
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. Following this discussion, attendees should understand a clear model for providing state of the art care to their keratoconic patients.

Essentials of Orthokeratology

Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO
With the recent interest and developments in myopia in the ophthalmic research community there is a resurgence in the clinical ophthalmic community in the area of orthokeratology. This course will describe a novel, step-by-step approach to fitting orthokeratology lenses in clinical practice.

Using Body Weight to Manage the “at risk” patient for Type 2 Diabetes

Richard Hom, OD, MPA
This course introduces the concept of using a single parameter as a proxy that can be manipulated to reduce the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes. This creates a potential role for optometry in collaborating with primary care medicine in lifestyle coaching in prediabetic and diabetic self-management and education.

Contact Lens Management of the Challenging Patient

Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO
This course will take a systematic approach to managing unique ammetropia’s, certain disease states and post-surgical outcomes with contact lenses for successful visual and physiologic result. Cases histories will be presented that demonstrate the use and integration of contact lenses in management of the patient.

Just When You Thought You Were Sure of the Diagnosis

Mark Friedberg, MD
We see some ocular disorders on a regular basis and can often diagnose the problem in a matter of seconds. On rare occassions, a more serious disorder will masquerade as the more commonplace condition and fool some of us as to the true cause. This course will help keep the eye care provider mlndful of some of the more serious disorders and aid in distinguishing the benign from the more treacherous.

Pupil Testing: Back to the Basics

Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD
Pupil testing is One of few objective reflexes that detect and quantify abnormalities of the retina, optic nerve, optic chiasm, optic tract, midbrain, and/or peripheral nerves. This course will review the anatomy, physiology, and testing of pupillary function as well as how to interpret different pupillary defects.

Don’t Let Mange Dog You (or Your Patients)

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO
Mange is a class of skin diseases caused by parasitic mites.

Mites that cause mange in mammals either embed themselves into the skin or the hair the follicles of the host, depending upon their genus. Sarcoptes spp. burrow into skin, while Demodex spp. live in follicles. In humans, these two types of mite infections , which would otherwise be known as "mange" in furry mammals, are instead known respectively as scabies and demodicosis.

What role does Demodex play in eyelid (blepharitis) and ocular surface disease? How can we identify and manage demodex overpopulation?

Learn what we know about these tiny critters in this one hour course.

Turning Denials into Dollars

Shane Shepherd
This course is designed to educate Optometrists about the process of identifying, correcting, and reducing denied medical claims. This presentation will be geared toward denials from the OD’s perspective.

Evaluation of the Autistic Patient

Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD
This course will review the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and perform an overview of testing procedures for examining pediatric patients with ASD.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Update

Joseph  Pizzimenti, OD
A growing body of evidence suggests that both genetic and nutritional factors contribute to the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). To some extent, AMD prevention and management may be nutrition-responsive. This course discusses the epidemiology, risk factors, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of AMD with an emphasis on clinical application of new knowledge. Case examples are used to illustrate clinical applications.

Artificial “Tears” Intelligence: Finding the Right Chemistry

Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Artificial tears and ocular surface lubricating agents comprise a large segment of the ophthalmic over the counter market. Understanding the components of available products will aid practitioners in choosing the most effective therapeutic regimen. This course will give a detailed overview of the chemical and physical properties of the most commonly prescribed artificial tears and a rationale for clinical application.

Ordering Blood Work: Back to the Basics

Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD
Medical laboratory testing is an important tool in preventing, diagnosing, and managing systemic as well as ocular disease. As primary eye care providers, it is important for optometrists to feel confident in utilizing this tool and be able to order, analyze, and communicate the information to the patient’s multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Gas Permeable, Hybrid, and Scleral Multifocal Fitting and Problem-Solving

Stephanie L. Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS
The presbyopic population is increasing each year, and many patients desire to see clearly without glasses. This course reviews the fitting techniques and strategies for gas permeable (GP) multifocals, hybrid multifocals, and scleral multifocals. Aspheric, concentric, and translating designs arediscussed. Contact lens fitting of corneal GP multifocals are reviewed in detail, including contact lens fitting evaluation. Hybrid multifocal lens design and fitting characteristics are discussed. Scleral multifocal design options are reviewed. Troubleshooting of each lens design is adddressed. Learn how gas permeable lens designs can help your patient achieve great vision at all distances!

The 5 Best Business Lessons

Jay Binkowitz
All too often we spend a lot of time on initiatives that have very little benefit to our overall business goals. This course will assess the strategic and organizational thought processes necessary to get the most out of your efforts by concentrating on those initiatives that will bring you the best results. We all know it is better to succeed at less than to fail at more so let's grab the low hanging fruit from within. This course will take a close look at those areas of your business that are most important to embrace to come.

New Advances in Pharmacology in Eye Care

Steve Silberberg, OD
A summary of new drugs and treatments recently approached or in the final pipeline affecting the practicing Optometrist. This course will also include mechanism of actions as well as potential uses in Optometry. The course will not be limited to Ophthalmic drugs but include Systemic drugs in related fields such as Diabetes and Herpes Zoster. The new vaccine for Herpes Zoster will also be introduced and what the Optometrist’s role is in giving advice to patients on systemic disease and coordinating care with Primary Care physicians

Interpretation of Lab Values Used in Clinical Practice a combined prospective from an Optometrist and Cardiologist

Kerry Gelb, OD
Jeffrey Gold DO,FACC
To review commonly ordered labs; interpretation of results; evaluation of case histories as it applies to lab values and clinical conditions seen in an optometric office.

DEWSII in Clinical Practice

Whitney Hauser, OD
Dry eye as been redefined by the recently publish Dry Eye Workshop (DEWSII) report, but what does that mean to clinical practice? This course breaks down the report and presents the information it contains in a clinically relevant manner. Pearls for practice are highlighted as well as how to utilize innovative diagnostic and therapeutic equipment within your dry eye pracfice.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Muscle Anomalies

Jeffrey S. Cooper, OD, MS, FAAO
This course will provide the PCP with the skills to diagnosis common accommodative/vergence anomalies both functional and pathological,e.g. myasthenia, thyroid, diabetes, 3rd, 4th, and 6th, etc. Optometric treatment including lens prescription, prism, vision therapy, surgery will discussed. In addition, management with primary care doctors, neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists will be discussed

Essential Clinical Record Keeping in Medical Optometry

Craig S. Steinberg, OD, JD
At the heart of all good clinical care are good medical records. This course will survey and describe essential record keeping skills and expectations for a variety of common optometric tests and procedures to ensure that your patients are receiving the level of care they expect, and that your records will survive scrutiny, and even impress, if you are audited, sued, or subject to review by your State Board.

Multi-Spectral Retinal Imaging: Risk Management through Early Detection

Craig Thomas, OD
You will learn about the clinical indications and clinical applications of multi-spectral retinal imaging. Emphasis is placed on the early diagnosis of insulin resistance, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and choroidal nevi.

Contemporary Keratoconus Treatment Strategies

Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO
Keratoconus (KCN) carries devastating visual consequences. Therefore, it is imperative for optometrists to assist patients in navigating through new treatment recommendations to maximize clinical outcome. This course will discuss the most current KCN management paradigm including disease stabilization and other adjunctive treatment technologies.

New Frontiers in the Detection & Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, CDE
Craig Thomas, OD
This course will consider both the vascular and neurodegenerative components of diabetic retinopathy. Technologies applicable to early detection of both will be considered, along with specific strategies designed to prevent or mitigate each.


Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS

Edward S. Bennett, O.D., M.S.Ed. received his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry and his M.S.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology from the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Bennett is currently Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Services and Alumni Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

Dr. Bennett is currently Executive Director of the Gas Permeable (GP) Lens Institute, the educational division of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA) and is past Chair of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE). He currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council of the American Optometric Association(AOA). He is also the past President of the MD-OD Contact Lens Foundation of St. Louis. He is a Diplomate and is a past Chair for the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Education Society and recently inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. He has authored over 200 publications including 13 texts and lectured at over 250 scientific and continuing education symposia.

He was named one of the 50 most influential optometrists in America by Optometric Management and recently was honored as one of the 30 most influential in contact lenses in the last 30 years by Contact Lens Spectrum. He was selected as one of Primary Care Optometry News(PCON) 250. He is on the Education Committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He is the Clinical Features Editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, an Editorial Review Board member for Review of Optometry, and an Editorial Board Member for Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses.

Jay Binkowitz

Over the last 30 years, Mr. Binkowitz has had extensive experience in retail operations, merchandising & marketing, manufacturing & distribution, technology development, national sales, and on-site interactive consulting. With the development of GPN™, he created a unique company that provides independent practitioners with business management tools and processes and is the founder of The EDGE.

He is currently the Executive Vice President of Business Strategy and Field Operations for Total Eye Care Partners. Together with Dr. Ben Gaddie as the Chief Medical Officer, this new platform provides a shift by creating a collaborative shareholder based relationship for Independents. Total ECP will provide best in class medical model services along with full time business management support and infrastructure allowing the doctors to focus on full scope comprehensive patient care.

Mr. Binkowitz served 2 years as the Benedict professor at the Houston College of Optometry. He has published articles in many eye care industry magazines and is a key note speaker at many industry events, both domestically and internationally. Jay's personal passion include scuba diving , under water photography, international travel and most importantly time with his wife Bettina as well as his family and friends.

Crystal M. Brimer, OD

Dr. Brimer is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Southern College of Optometry, and a Fellow of the AAO. In Wilmington, NC, she owns a private boutique practice and Dry Eye Center, that she also uses for clinical investigations. Dr. Brimer is devoted to the development of equipment and protocols that help doctors differentiate the underlying causes of ocular surface disease and ensure successful outcomes. Dr. Brimer enjoys publishing articles as well as the extensive travel, both nationally and internationally, to lecture and consult within the field. In her down time, she enjoys life on the water and being a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. He is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful three location optometric practice in Northwest Ohio. He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment, contact lenses and glaucoma. He is active at all levels of organized optometry. Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 250 articles and has given over 1400 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.

Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO

Dr. Clark Chang is Director of Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital (Cornea Service), and Director of Clinical Services at TLC Laser Centers. He is also the host of popular podcast show “Chang Reaction”.

After residency training, Dr. Chang completed a 2-year cornea fellowship under guidance of Peter Hersh, MD. With over a decade of research experiences in corneal cross-linking (CXL) and other advanced corneal treatments, Dr. Chang publishes extensively in keratoconus management, innovative contact lens technologies, and modern refractive surgeries. Given his unique academic, research and clinical background, Dr. Chang is invited to lecture in numerous U.S. and international scientific symposiums.

In addition to serving as adjunct faculty at Salus University, he is also an advisory board member for International Keratoconus Academy (IKA), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), and Optometric Cornea Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS).

A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, CDE

Dr. Paul Chous was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus at age five. He completed his undergraduate education at Brown University and UC Irvine, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and then received his Masters and Doctorate of Optometry degrees with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Paul has a private practice specializing in diabetes eye care and education in Tacoma, WA. He is the author of Diabetic Eye Disease: Lessons From a Diabetic Eye Doctor (Fairwood Press, Seattle, 2003), which was included in the “Top 12 Diabetes Books” by Diabetes Update magazine in 2004. He is a feature writer for the web sites dLife.com and diabetesincontrol.com, editorial advisor to Review of Optometry and Optometry Times, American Optometric Association representative to the National Diabetes Education Program, Primary Investigator for the Diabetes Visual Function Supplement Study (DiVFuSS), and an adjunct instructor at NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Chous has authored more than one hundred articles on diabetes and diabetic eye disease, and frequently lectures on these topics in the US and internationally.

Jeffrey S. Cooper, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Jeffrey Cooper is a Clinical Professor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry.

He graduated from the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1971, later that year he completed a special post-graduate training program in Vision Therapy. He served as the assistant chief of the Vision Therapy Services from 1972-1978. Dr. Cooper received a Masters of Science in physiological optics. He has authored over 60 research papers that have appeared in numerous prestigious ophthalmological and optometric journals. Currently, he is on the editorial board of Binocular Vision and Eye Muscle Surgery and the Journal of Behavioral Optometry. He is a reviewer for numerous professional publications.

Dr. Cooper, under the auspices of Bausch and Lomb, served as a consultant to the USA Olympic Team. He has provided peer review for research grants submitted to the National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute. Dr. Cooper presently teaches in both the professional and residency programs – strabismus and amblyopia.He developed both the Computer Orthopter and the HTS therapy systems. Both of these treatment systems are used by more than 6,000 optometrists and ophthalmologists worldwide. He serves as a consultant to Vision 3D, and maintains practices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD

Eric Donnenfeld, MD, is a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Connecticut. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1977 and first in his class at Dartmouth Medical School in 1980. He was a resident and Chief Resident at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and he completed a Cornea Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in 1985. He is a trustee of Dartmouth Medical School and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at NYU.

Dr. Donnenfeld has served as Resident Instructor at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and as Program Director at North Shore University Hospital. He is a National Medical Director of TLC and Surgical Director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island. Dr. Donnenfeld served as president of many professional societies including the Nassau Surgical Society, cornea section of ASCRS, the Ophthalmology Division of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, and the International Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. He is the immediate past president of ASCRS. Dr. Donnenfeld is the editor-in-chief of EyeWorld and the editor in chief emeritus of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.

He has written over 190 peer review papers on cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery, and 30 book chapters and books. He is on the editorial board of 9 journals and has participated in over 60 FDA studies. He was a primary investigator of both the excimer laser and femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has received its Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Life Time Achievement Award, and Secretariat Award.

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO

Dr. Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a multi-specialty group practice with 2 locations in the Chicago area. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals, an organization providing education and research to the eye care professions. Dr. Eiden is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field.

Dr. Eiden is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, and UMSL Colleges of Optometry.

He is on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and frequently publishes in the professional literature. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Eiden is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, DPNAP is a native New Yorker who graduated from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. After relocating to Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Epstein co-founded Phoenix Eye Care, PLLC and The Dry Eye Center of Arizona, PLLC and serves as the Director of Cornea - External Disease, Clinical Research and The Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Disease Center. He also heads Ophthalmic Research Consultants of Arizona.

Dr. Epstein is a highly regarded educator and popular speaker. He serves as Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at the Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry and has presented in excess of 1000 invited lectures throughout the world. He is also a prolific author who has published hundreds of articles, scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Epstein is a reviewer for numerous clinical and scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and American Board of Clinical Optometry, a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and admitted to the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry.

A Contributing Editor for Review of Optometry and Executive Editor of Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses he founded, and serves as Chief Medical Editor of Optometric Physician™, the first E-Journal in optometry.

Mark Friedberg, MD

After graduating with top honors from Brown University Undergraduate and being selected to the medical honor society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Friedberg was chosen to be one of 12 residents at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital where he did his training. He was then selected to be the coveted, sole retinal trainee for the Washington National Eye Center located at the Washington Hospital Center. He is the co-founding editor and original lead author of the best selling book in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease. Dr. Friedberg has also published numerous articles on eye surgery, has given dozens of lectures to societies of eye doctors, and has been a reviewer for eye journals in the past. He has served as a consultant to over 100 eye doctors and has performed thousands of eye operations.

Kerry Gelb, OD

Kerry Gelb is a graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry. Upon graduation he received his Doctorate at the Illinois College of Optometry and garnered his Residency at the St. Albans Extended Care Center where he focused on the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. He also held a staff position as Assistant Clinical Professor at the SUNY College of Optometry.

Dr. Gelb is in private practice in New York and New Jersey, where he is a sub lease holder at five LensCrafters locations, and is also the current President and a Board Member of ALLDocs, the Association of Lenscrafters Leasholding Doctors. Kerry is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the New Jersey Optometric Society.

While active on the lecture circuit, Kerry speaks on topics ranging from the diagnosis and treatment of external eye disease, corneal refractive therapy, and clinical ophthalmic procedures, to contact lenses, nutrition related to ocular disease, diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is a Clinical Investigator for Abbott Medical Optics and for the Ciba Vision Contact Lens Ev4-04 Trial, and has been published in the Academy of Optometry and Optometry Times.

Dr. Gelb has also volunteered in the “OneSight” program, helping to restore and preserve vision for people in need internationally. He enjoys exercising, traveling, playing softball, and currently resides in Scotch Plains, New Jersey where he lives with his wife and children.

Jeffrey Gold DO,FACC

Dr. Gold is a board certified cardiologist who has been in private practice for over 20 yrs. After graduating from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine he did a 1 year rotating internship. He performed his internal medicine residency at Long Island Jewish Medical center and Cardiology fellowship at the Manhattan VA/NYU medical center. He spent an additional year at the University of Massachusetts medical center as an interventional fellow.

Dr. Gold has expertise in clinical cardiology and has spent the majority of his career in the cardiac catheterization lab performing invasive cardiac procedures. Over the past decade Dr.Gold has focused on preventive cardiology with a keen interest in vascular biology, lipids and has taken advanced training in metabolic cardiology. He resides in Westfield NJ with his wife Vivian and 3 children

Agustin Gonzalez, OD, FAAO

Graduated in 1987 as a doctor of Optometry from Inter American University school of Optometry and recipient of the Bausch & Lomb research award, he started working as a faculty member at his alma matter where he later became Dean of Clinical affairs at IAU.

Dr. Agustin L. Gonzalez currently practices as a Texas Licensed Optometrist in the Dallas area specializing in Medical Optometry with primary interest in ocular surface, cornea and conjunctival disorders and a special interest in Visual Evoked Potentials. Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, he studied at Jacksonville University in Florida where he received a B.A. in Biology.

His interest in social media and internet based marketing lead him to serves as part of the editorial staff for Primary Care Optometry News as editor of the Social Media and the OD column. He is a recognized ophthalmic industry expert in the patterns of adoption and usage of ophthalmic medications by optometrist and a well known promotional speaker on various ophthalmic medications.

As a CME speaker and ophthalmic pharmaceutical consultant, he has lectured extensively to optometry, medical and other health care groups in the United States and South America, presented scientific posters at mayor optometry meetings and authored multiple peered reviewed articles in scientific and education publications

A COPE lecture and reviewer, Dr Gonzalez was the recipient of Inter American University school of Optometry Alumni of the year award and holds an Adjunct Faculty member position with IAU School of Optometry.

Whitney Hauser, OD

Dr. Whitney Hauser received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry in 2003.

Prior to joining the SCO faculty as Assistant Professor, Dr. Hauser served as Clinical Director and Research Coordinator at an ophthalmology referral center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Hauser has authored many articles focusing on the management and treatment of ocular surface disease, the anterior segment and practice management. She has been an invited speaker across the United States and internationally.

Dr. Hauser servers as Clinical Development Consultant at TearWell: Advanced Dry Eye Treatment Center and the Advanced Care and Ocular Disease Service at Southern College of Optometry. She is, also, founder and senior consultant for Signal Ophthalmic Consulting (SOC). SOC designs premier care plans for optometry and ophthalmology practices with an emphasis on dry eye care and cataract/refractive surgery.

Dr. Hauser serves on the boards of TearLab, RySurg, Paragon BioTeck and Science Based Health. She, also, serves on the editorial board of Advanced Ocular Care.

Richard Hom, OD, MPA

Dr. Hom is currently the Optometric Director at Anthem. He holds doctorates in Biomedicine and Optometry as well as an MPA degree.  A retired LTCOL, USAR, Dr. Hom is also a Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Vision with the American Academy of Optometry and a Trustee of the California Optometric Association.

Dr. Graham Lakkis

BScOptom, GradCertOcTher, FACO

Graham graduated with his Optometry degree from the University of Melbourne in 1988 and was awarded the Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award. In 1991 he opened his private practice in the Melbourne suburb of Keilor East. The practice has a strong clinical focus on ocular disease, therapeutic management, specialised contact lens fitting, and advanced clinical equipment. Graham completed his training in Ocular Therapeutics in 2000. In 2008 the practice was selected as a clinical site for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Community Eyecare Partnership.

As well as private practice, Graham is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Optometry and Vision Science, and Lead Optometrist at the University of Melbourne Glaucoma Clinic. He is a member of the Optometry Board of Australia’s Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee and Secretary of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society in Victoria. Graham was heavily involved in the writing of the Glaucoma Guidelines for Optometry Australia.

Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO

Matthew Lampa received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. After graduation he completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Pacific University College of Optometry.

He is currently an Associate Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry where he is involved with specialty contact lens fitting, contact lens instruction, and clinical research. He has also served as a Consulting and Attending Optometrist at the Portland VA Medical Center and is currently an associate in a private practice in Silverton, Oregon.

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO, Diplomate American Board of Optometry is a 1989 graduate of SUNY Optometry. Dr. Mastrota is the Director of Optometry for the New York Hotel Employee Benefit Funds healthcare system.

Dr. Mastrota is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum, Optometry Times and the online newsletter, Optometric Physician.

She sits on the Editorial Board of Advanced Ocular Care and has authored numerous articles for these as well as other professional publications. She an advisor to a number of ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. She has lectured nationally on ocular surface disease and other topics. Dr. Mastrota was elected as the 2016 NYSOA OD of the year.

John Nolan, PhD

Professor John Nolan is a Fulbright Scholar and currently holds a Chair for Human Nutrition Research at the School of Health Science, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Prof Nolan is the Founder and Director of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) and is also the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG, a specialised research group within this centre).

His research group studies the role of nutrition for vision and prevention of blindness. In 2011, Prof Nolan won a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) research grant to study the impact of nutritional supplementation on visual function via two major clinical trials (CREST 281096; Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials). These trials identified how targeted nutrition can improve visual function for the general population, and for patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Nolan’s work has had a major societal impact for patients suffering with AMD and for enhancing vision of the general population; for recognition, the CREST project was recently selected for presentation at a high-level conference entitled ‘EU Research & Innovation in Daily Life’, which took place at the European Parliament in Brussels to highlight the impact of EU-funded research and innovation in daily life. The nutritional compounds that Prof Nolan and his team identified as essential for supporting retinal health and function now represent a standard of care for patients with AMD.

Prof Nolan has published 101 peer-reviewed scientific papers on his area of research (3982 = citations, H index = 39). In 2014, he successfully edited a CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group book publication entitled “Carotenoids and Retinal Disease.” He has also edited a special issue in the prestigious Journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research (MNF) “Nutrition for the Eye and Brain”. Professor Nolan has editorial roles at the European Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. A major career highlight is his role as Chair of the International Brain and Ocular Nutrition Conference (BON Conference), which is held at Downing College, Cambridge University (www.bonconference.org). See www.profjohnnolan.com for further details and access to the scientific publications.

Laura Periman, MD

Laura Periman, MD is a General Ophthalmologist and Ocular Surface Disease Specialist at Redmond Eye Clinic in Redmond, WA. While she was putting herself through college at Willamette University, she won the Terry Spies Memorial Scholarship at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. Here, her interests in molecular biology began.

Her interests in immunopathophysiology took root during her work in Research and Development at Immunex Corporation in the Molecular Biology Department prior to attending medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. During medical school, she received the Rex and Arlene Garrison Oncology Fellowship, the Western Medical Student Research Committee Award for Excellence and was elected to the honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Upon graduation with honors, she also received the Georgianna Kirby Award for outstanding patient dedication and compassion.

Dr Periman completed her Ophthalmology Residency as well as Cornea/Refractive Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has nine peer reviewed publications and has written extensively on the topic of Ocular Surface Disease. Her unique and passionate perspective on OSD stems from her work in immunopathophysiology. She is an enthusiastic speaker who loves bridging the gap between basic science, clinical practice and patient compassion.

Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD

Dr. Tamara Petrosyan graduated with honors from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry in 2009 and went on to do a residency in vision rehabilitation, head trauma, low vision, and ocular disease at the Northport VA Medical Center. In 2011 she joined the faculty at the SUNY College of Optometry where she precepts third and fourth year interns in the primary care, adults with disabilities, and pediatric units. Dr. Petrosyan also supervises primary care and ocular disease interns and residents at the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Brooklyn, NY. From 2012-2014 Dr. Petrosyan was on staff at the Refuah Health Center where she performed direct care pediatric and adult exams and vision therapy training. Dr. Petrosyan is currently on the board of directors for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP) and is the chair of both the vision therapy and infant vision clinical care committees of NJSOP. She is also the coordinator of the NJSOP Young O.D. program and has helped develop NJSOP mentorship program. Dr. Petrosyan is the recipient of the 2009 William Feinbloom Low Vision Award, 2013 NJSOP Chairperson of the Year Award, 2014 NJSOP Young O.D. of the Year Award, 2015 AOA Young O.D. of the Year Award, and the 2015 NJSOP Optometric Journalism Award. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Joseph  Pizzimenti, OD

Dr. Joseph J. Pizzimenti is a full-time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO). He received his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry, and completed a residency in Low Vision and Ocular Disease at the University of Houston. Dr. Pizzimenti is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS), serving as ORS President from 2012-2014.

Dr. Pizzimenti’s areas of research interest include diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreomacular adhesion, and low vision. His scientific articles have appeared in a host of peerreviewed journals. Dr. Pizzimenti was awarded a Fellowship by the World Council of Optometry in 2006, resulting in an appointment to teach and evaluate optometric education programs in Central Europe. He is involved in the both the didactic and clinical education at UIWRSO and the UIW Eye Institute.

Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Resnick is the president and managing partner of Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates, a contact lens and anterior segment specialty practice with locations in New York City and Long Island. Having received her Doctor of Optometry from The State University College of Optometry in New York, Dr. Resnick has devoted her clinical career of over thirty years to specialty contact lens fitting, ocular surface wellness, and refractive surgery co-management. Dr. Resnick, a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of specialty lenses and practice management. She has participated in numerous clinical trials for the contact lens and pharmaceutical industry. She is devoted to mentoring aspiring and newly minted optometrists.

John Rumpakis, OD, MBA

Dr. Rumpakis is currently President & CEO of Practice Resource Management, Inc., a firm that specializes in providing a full array of consulting, appraisal, and management services for healthcare professionals and industry partners. He has developed some of the leading Internet-based software applications for the medical/eye care field such as CodeSAFEPLUS.com® (www.CodeSAFEPLUS.com), the industry leading cloud-based CPT & ICD Code Data and Information Service, and offers personal medical coding consultation through JustAskJohn (www.JustAskJohn.info). He is also the founder of Opt-ED® Professional Continuing Education (www.Opt-ED.com) which creates and delivers top tier continuing education around the country as well as Opt-IN® which provides optometric marketing and promotional services.

Named the Chief Medical Coding Editor for Review of Optometry & Optometric Management, he has been extensively published on the topics of third party coding & billing, strategy development and execution, practice management, team building, maximizing effectiveness and profitability, including the textbook “Business Aspects of Optometry”. Dr. Rumpakis is a popular lecturer both nationally and internationally. In addition to having had a successful solo practice, Dr. Rumpakis developed the practice management curriculum at Pacific University College of Optometry and taught optometric & medical economics there for over a decade.

A 1984 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry, he served as a volunteer for the AOA for near 17 years and sits on numerous advisory boards, and board of directors for companies both in and out of the ophthalmic industry.

Shane Shepherd

Shane spent over ten years working as a manager in an eye care practice and knows first-hand the stress a practice feels when they are unable to meet a patient’s expectations and needs. During his career, he has worked at both an insurance company as well as several different types of healthcare providers. Now at VisionWeb, he and his fast-growing team are able to leverage their unique combination of experience from working on both sides of the coin to provide superior insights and benefits to VisionWeb and its clients. His hobbies include Spending time with his Wife and 5 Y/O Daughter. And when they let him, riding his motorcycle through the hill country of Central Texas while listening to Elvis and Patsy Cline.

Jerome Sherman, OD, FAAO

Jerome Sherman, O.D.  is optometry’s most prolific author,  publishing over 725 clinical articles, research manuscripts, book chapters, two CDs, senior author of 4 books  and has delivered over three thousand lectures both nationally and internationally.  Over the past 2 years, he has conceptualized, written and organized Jobson’s Retina Revealed web site.  As of Dec 2012, Retina Revealed has hundreds of cases with over 2400 retinal images and 100 movies exhibiting all the latest retinal technologies.  All are available at no cost to everyone at www.retinarevealed.com and is supported by 13 of the major ophthalmic companies.

Having graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, he presently holds the position of Distinguished Teaching Professor at State University of New York College of Optometry and the Schnurmacher Institute of Vision Research. Concurrently, he maintains a private practice, The Eye Institute and Laser Center, in New York City. Dr. Sherman is a founding member of both the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease (IFOND) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS) and is the immediate past  President of  ORS. 


Steve Silberberg, OD

Dr Steve Silberberg is the founder of a group practice, An Eye to the Future. He has always branded his practice using the latest technologies. Dr Silberberg is a frequently published journal author and editor of eye care journals. He is a consultant speaker for Shire pharmaceuticals, Bausch and Lomb pharmaceuticals, and Cooper vision. Most recently he spoke at the American Academy of optometry along with two university deans on Myopia control. Dr. Silberberg speaks locally, and nationally on the subject of Myopia control. His main thrust is to allow the beginning private practitioner confidence in getting into this exciting field. His Myopia control Center in his private practice has treated over 1000 patients with any and all methods available today. He is VP of MOSOP and one of the original trustees of the AADO. Dr Silberberg graduated as departmental valedictorian from SUNY at Stony brook before attending MIT on full scholarship in Planetary Astrophysics. He decided to pursue a career in Optometry, attending SUNY college of Optometry. He graduated class valedictorian along with winning the Beta Sigma Kappa award for vision science, the Fredrick Brock award for excellence in Vision Therapy and the Ester Werner award for academic excellence. Most recently he became partners with Adam and Paul Farkas as owner and coordinator of CEwire and now is one of the principle coordinators of GPLIWire along with them.

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO, is a partner in a high-end specialty contact lens and anterior segment practice in Nashville, Tennessee. For over 12 years, he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eye Institute. Dr. Sonsino is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), past-chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association (AOA), executive board member of the Healthcare Alliance for Patient Safety, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, board certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO), past president of the Middle Tennessee Optometric Association, the 2017 Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) practitioner of the year, the 2017 AOA’s Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Optometrist of the Year awardee by the Tennessee Optometric Association.

Craig S. Steinberg, OD, JD

Craig S Steinberg, O.D., J.D., brings a very unique perspective and expertise to the field of Optometric Law. Dr. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Biology in 1980 from the University of Southern California, and his O.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, School of Optometry. He has been licensed to practice optometry in California since 1984. He earned his TMOD certification in 1998. In 1996, after completing law school at the University of La Verne College of Law Dr. Steinberg began his law practice. Shortly thereafter he became known among optometrists for his efforts at reining in the illegal sales of contact lenses by various out-of-state mail-order contact lens companies. Since then he has become well known across the United States as one of the few experts in optometric law, and has represented hundreds of optometrists in matters ranging from state board and VSP discipline defense, to buy-sell agreements, to business litigation. He continues to practice optometry today part-time at his offices in California, while engaged in his law practice, which focus on optometrists and healthcare litigation, on a full-time basis.

Craig Thomas, OD

Craig Thomas, O.D. has practiced continuously in Dallas, Texas for the past 32 years. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston in 1983 and was named Optometrist of the Year by the Texas Optometric Association in 2001.

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD PhD is the Associate Dean for Research at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, and he received his Master’s and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Walline has led several pediatric contact lens studies, and he is the Study Chair of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study, a National Eye Institute-sponsored randomized clinical trial to investigate the myopia control effects of soft multifocal contact lenses.

Richard S Witlin MD, FACS

RICHARD S WITLIN MD FACS has been a practicing ophthalmologist for 35 years and has performed over 33,000 cataract surgeries. He has extensive experience co-managing patients with referring optometrists and his office has served as referral center in New Jersey for the past 20+ years. He has specialized in cataract surgery, laser vision correction surgery and anterior segment diseases. He is a member of the speaker’s bureau for Alcon, Valeant, and Shire.

Stephanie L. Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Stephanie L. Woo was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona and graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where she was trained to fit highly irregular corneas. She was the recipient of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence and also the John R. Griffin Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy. Dr. Woo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. She authored the Gas Permeable Lens Expert column in Review of Contact Lenses. She authored several articles for the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Woo currently co-authors the GP Insights column for Contact Lens Spectrum, and she is an active GPLI advisory board member. Dr. Woo currently serves as Vice President of the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Woo enjoys lecturing around the world on the subject of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. Dr. Woo owns Havasu Eye Center, Parker Vision Care, and Blythe Vision Care.

Richard Zimbalist, OD, FAAO

Dr. Richard Zimbalist received his optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2008. He then completed a residency in ocular disease at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to obtain fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 2012 and became Board Certified in Medical Optometry in 2017. Dr. Zimbalist is on staff at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He holds clinical adjunct appointments at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Zimbalist has authored multiple journal articles and posters for national meetings. He also serves as a reviewer for COPE, a peer-reviewer for a major ophthalmic journal, and is actively involved with teleretinal imaging and virtual medicine in his facility and region. His clinical interests include retinal disease, systemic disease, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In his free time Dr. Zimbalist enjoys staying active with weightlifting, racquetball, rooting on the Missouri Tigers. He also is the founder and owner of COMO Web Designs and Ignite Medical which specializes in website design and management.


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