CEwire Encore: The Best of CEwire 2017 & 2018
Available on demand: through May 1, 2018
50 COPE-approved Credits
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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.
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Andrich, OD, FCOVD
Let the games begin! Sports vision therapy is one of the best kept secrets in all of sports. With the advancement in technology for therapy procedures and activities, optometrists are poised to be the leaders in the field of performance enhancement. Specific activities will be discussed along with demonstrations.
Eiden, OD, FAAO
Keratoconus impacts our patients in profound ways. The prevelance of the disease is far greater than ever thought before. Today we have developed technologies that can halt progression and resulting loss of vision. Additionally, we have means to provide enhanced vision and comfort for our patients with clinically significant keratoconus. This course will take us through the importance and methods of early detection all the way to reviewing technologies to halt progression, reduce disease severity and provide optimized vision.
Hall, OD, FAAO
A series of grand round cases are used to discuss the relationship between systemic and neuro-ocular disease. Appropriate diagnostic work up based on neuro-ophthalmic findings are reviewed. The ocular side effects of various medications used in the treatment of systemic disease and the recommendations for monitoring for adverse effects are covered.
Hall, OD, FAAO
This course will review common systemic diseases and the ocular pathologies they cause. Systemic and ocular management of each disease will be reviewed. Clinical studies reviewing both past and current management of the systemic disease, as well as the ocular pathology associated will be presented. Cases will be discussed to highlight the current management of each ocular disease.
Steinberg, OD, JD
You will learn about the physiology of the meibomian glands in health and disease. Emphasis is placed on understanding the natural history of obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction and its relationship to dry eye disease. In addition, a systematic and long-term program of Eyelid Margin Hygiene is presented as the basis for treatment.
Holistically and scientifically devise your treatment plan, whether incorporating traditional or advanced treatments, according to patient presentation and etiology. Without a formula, the success of ocular surface treatments can be hit or miss, but utilizing a systemic approach creates outcome predictability and clinical confidence. This course offers a broad overview on where to start in creating an algorithm that works for your office.
Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS
In this course, the current state of the GP lens industry is presented. The emphasis will pertain to new GP lens materials and designs including those pertaining to sclerals, orthokeratology, and presbyopia. GP educational resources are also presented.
Although generally straightforward to diagnose and treat, sometimes glaucoma management can go awry and sub-optimal outcomes can occur. This lecture will discuss the areas of misadventure in glaucoma that can result in litigation, highlight the main glaucoma masqueraders to watch out for, and provide strategies on how to minimise clinical errors.
At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to:
- identify the three main causes of litigation in glaucoma
- recognise glaucoma masqueraders that can confound diagnosis
- incorporate strategies to minimise errors in glaucoma management
A number of systemic and ocular risk factors are associated with both the development and progression of glaucoma, some more significantly than others. This lecture will provide a detailed overview of the major genetic systemic and ocular risk factors in glaucoma and allow the practitioner to properly consider risk factor analysis in glaucoma management.
At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to:
- correctly identify systemic and ocular risk factors for glaucoma
- apportion relative risk in glaucoma management
- recognise that risk factors vary between glaucoma diagnosis and glaucoma progression
With the cosmetics and beauty industries thriving, doctors are also seeing dramatic increases in patients with dry eye and ocular surface disease, even in younger patients. Through this course you will be introduced to common cosmetics and beauty procedures, their potential ocular side effects, and strategies for educating and managing ocular surface disease side effects.
Sherman, OD, FAAO
Myriad technologies exist to measure structure and function of the eye and visual system to detect ocular as well as systemic disease. In addition to OCT and OCT-A, FAF, UBM, objectiveField, LIV, VEP, Hand Carotenoid Scanner, Rabin Cone and NeuroVision imaging will be explored with exemplary cases.
Brandon Or, OD
If either you are a practice owner looking to hire an ideal associate or you are an OD looking to join your dream practice then this is the course for you. Listen from the perspective of both sides. Dr. Justin Bazan had been in practice for over 5 years and wanted to hire an ideal associate. He will share his process from making the decision to hire one, to attracting the right candidates, to evaluating them, to hiring them and implementing them into the practice. Dr. Brandon Or was a new grad of becoming an associate at a practice that had what she was looking for. Hear her process of how he was able to market herself and ultimately land her dream job.
Brujic, OD, FAAO
As technologies have evolved, so has our ability to utilize them to improve our understanding of ocular conditions that we manage in our practices. This is certainly true in the realm of the insights that anterior segment imaging with OCT (AS-OCT) has provided us. This course will help the clinician understand the applications of AS-OCT and how to apply this information to manage anterior segment disease and complex contact lenses.
Madonna, OD, FAAO
For a very long time, glaucoma has been described as a sick eye in a sick body. This course explores the relationship between the most common systemic conditions that appear to influence the onset and progression of glaucoma. Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, sleep apnea, and neurodegenerative diseases are all investigated.
Witlin MD, FACS
Most of our patients take Oral systemic medications for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes, the prescribing doctors are unaware of the ocular side-effects of these medications. It behooves the optometric physician to be the provider who both can recognize and treat the ocular complications of these drugs and supplements. This course is a comprehensive overview of this topic
Zimbalist, OD, FAAO
The lecture will discuss how optometrists should structure their practice’s website to maximize the patient experience, encourage on-line interaction, and improve their ranking with Google search results.
Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO
This course focuses on promotion of health within the 21st century optometric practice. Health promotion requires a shift in our thinking from only describing pathology and symptomatology, to focusing on well-functioning physiology at the level of the cell, tissue, organ and system. It embraces the new science of epigenetics.
Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Survival rates among patients with blood cancers continue to improve but, unfortunately, the success of treatment brings with it the increased prevalence of chronic graft vs. host disease. This course will detail the ocular complications and guide the primary eye care clinician in managing the challenges of this devastating condition.
Epstein, OD, FAAO
This course shares wisdom and insight garnered from years of practice limited to dry eye and ocular surface disease in one of the driest places on earth. Clinically focused, it provides the foundation and specific approaches to developing a successful dry eye practice segment.
Jeffrey Gold DO,FACC
An inside look how cardiology and optometry can work together to prevent the onslaught of this deadly disease
Sonsino, O.D., FAAO
The field of optometry faces unprecedented disruption from companies outside of the profession. Regulatory agencies either have little enforcement dollars or have made commitments to reduce barriers to new unproven technologies. Therefore, educating patients about the importance of solid eyecare that meets the standard of care falls on the shoulders of optometrists. This lecture teaches the optometrist how to use the latest technologies in positive ways to recapture the hearts and minds of your patients.
"Why haven’t I heard about this before?” It’s a question parents routinely ask that has stymied hundreds of doctors and put many more myopic kids’ vision at risk.
While myopia management should be a viable part of most optometry practices, lack of awareness by consumers continually frustrates doctors who try to build this part of their practice. Based on years of practice management and consulting experience and using that experience to build the country’s only practices exclusively dedicated to myopia management, Dr. Gary Gerber shares the tips, techniques, strategies and secrets he’s used to build Treehouse Eyes – practices that only do myopia management. These practices have no primary case base to draw from, accept no insurance and don’t sell eyeglasses. Yes – it can, and IS being done!
Hom, OD, MPA
A basic course in plain language on the impact of private equity group (PEG) participation for optometry and the vision marketplace. Using the concepts of game theory and portfolio analysis, the audience may anticipate their outcomes with PEG investments. 10 Tips to survive.
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.
This course will discuss recommendations on where and how to perform community outreach regarding the importance of comprehensive pediatric vision evaluations as well as review how to discuss ocular and visual dysfunctions which may lead to learning related difficulties with parents and teachers.
Visual perceptual deficits can have a devastating impact on a child’s interaction with the world as well as his / her reading and academic performance. This course will review the signs and symptoms of different visual perceptual disorders and introduce how to evaluate for them.
Carol M. Nelson
After years of in-depth clinical research conducted at neurology centers nationwide, a new link between optometry and neurology has been discovered. Results from a series of clinical studies on headache patients revealed that symptomatic patients shared a common trait: a misalignment in their vision that caused specific symptoms when using digital devices, reading or doing near work. Patients studied were found to share a common trait: a misalignment in their vision that was believed to put continual stress on the trigeminal nerve – the largest and most complex nerve connected to the brain, and the one responsible for head, eye and neck sensations. A further review of optometric literature revealed complaints of similar symptoms documented throughout history, predating the use of digital devices. You will gain an understanding of the optical neurological mechanism triggering headaches and how it relates to neck pain/tension and eye fatigue. You will also gain new insights into how to identify and treat patients suffering from a misalignment in their vision.
Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO
Custom refractive cataract surgery can significantly improve your patient’s vision and life. This course will discuss the various ocular conditions that can interfere with patients’ clinical outcomes. Speakers will share pre-operative management strategies required to control these diseases, and help you deliver the clinical results that will optimize patient satisfaction.
A summary of basic genetics, gene therapies now being utilized presently as well as ongoing studies being attempted. The course will give the audience a working knowledge of the status of gene therapies, problems and advances expected in the near future. Hopefully the course will motivate the audience to refer out patients for possible inclusion in the latest therapies now approved and research presently being conducted. The lecture will also give the practitioner the ability to discuss with patients their condition and how Gene Therapy may help presently or in the future.
Chudner, OD, FAAO
With private equity spending millions of dollars buying up independent practices throughout North America, it is important to understand if this opportunity is right for you and your practice. This course will review several private equity groups, how optometric practices are valued, and what you can expect from the beginning of the process through the close of the sale.
Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is a disease characterized by recurrent complete or partial upper airway obstructions during sleep. Risk factors for SAS include obesity, male sex, upper airway abnormalities, alcohol use, snoring, and wide neck girth. Reported ophthalmic findings in patients with SAS include floppy eyelid syndrome, glaucoma, keratoconus, and non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). This course provides clinically relevant information on sleep apnea syndrome and it ophthalmic implications.
Some eye cancers, such as retinoblastoma, present very early in life, while others are more common in adults. Ocular and orbital tumors may be primary or metastatic to the eye from a distant site. The goal of this course is to provide current and accurate information the eye in neoplastic disease. Clinical cases are used to illustrate diagnostic guidelines, work-up, and treatment and management strategies.
Majcher, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Recent advances in optical coherence tomography imaging technology now include angiography which allows for quantification of vascular density and flow within the retina and choroid. These advancements have led an explosion of research regarding the clinical utility of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in various retinal diseases. This course will provide a review of this emerging technology including its advantages and limitations as compared to conventional fluorescein angiography. Additionally, the role of OCTA in the diagnosis and management of a variety of retinal conditions including diabetic retinopathy, retinal occlusive disease, and age-related macular degeneration will be explored.
Cooper, OD, MS, FAAO
This course assumes a knowledge of the risk factors of myopic progression and development. We will review the literature of myopia control in regard to current treatment, i.e. progressive (bifocal) lenses, ortho keratology (OK), multifocal contact lenses, outside exposure and atropine. We will then develop a clinical guideline of use, e.g. when to use progressive, lenses, atropine and what strength, ortho K, etc. In addition, we will discuss the additive effects of each treatment; monitoring the patient for progression; and what to do; and when or if we should stop treatment.
This course will teach how to distinguish retinal detachments that need prompt attention and treatment. Conditions that masquerade as retinal detachment will be presented and risk factors for retinal detachment and when these risk factors need treatment will be reviewed. Systemic causes of retinal detachment and the treatment of such will also be included.
This course discusses how to understand and profit from the lab “opt-out” process. Alternative lens sourcing and sales strategies are also explained in detail. Profitability examples and brief case studies highlight the role of alternative sourcing in maximizing profitability in both opt-in and opt-out offices. This course is valuable to anyone looking to increase profit in their optical, regardless of whether they practice in an opt-out state or not.
Not all red, irritated eyes are dry eye. This rapid fire course will present five anterior segment cases that were initially misdiagnosed as Dry Eye Disease. Attendees will be offered case history, exam data and diagnostics testing results to interactively arrive at the proper conclusion. Each case reviewed are conditions commonly seen in optometric practice and offer clinical application.
There’s a lot of targets to hit when planning comprehensive treatments for the DryEye/MGD patients. With a playful slant, we will explore the science and published literature on Intense Pulsed Light therapy as well as the adjuncts in a comprehensive treatment plan.
This course will introduce optometrists to the pathophysiology and risk factors for diabetes type 2. They will also become familiar with the interventional measures which have been shown to reduce the risk for developing or even reverse diabetes. They will learn what optometrist can do to prevent and manage diabetes in our patients.
Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO
Christopher Rapuano, MD
keratoconus (KCN) may severely limit all aspects of our patients’ lives. It’s imperative for primary eye care providers to guide patients through treatment recommendations that can best maintain their quality of life. This course will discuss the most current KCN management protocols including disease stabilization as well as a diverse range of adjunctive surgical and non-surgical innovations.
The optometrist will be taught the common causes of error in measuring blood pressure and how to obtain accurate readings in their patients. They will also learn the proper interpretation of this readings in order to make a proper diagnosis in their patients.
They will also learn to properly identify and manage hypertension urgencies and emergencies. They will also learn the lifestyle interventions shown to lower blood pressure in order to counsel their patients.
Padula OD SFNAP FAAO FNORA
Ayra Sayyed OD
Persons who have a neurolgical event such as a TBI, concussion, cerebrovascular accident (CVA), etc. often have difficulty with balance, posture binocularity and spatial orientattion. A visual processing dysfunction caused by the neurological event often cause symptoms such as: headaches, eyestraiin, diplopia, visual fatigue, inability to tolerate busy environments, photophobia, to name several. Research regarding neuro-visual processing has documented spatial visual processing dysfunction that causes Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS) and Visual mMidline Shift Syndrome (VMSS). These syndromes often interfere with clinical tretment and rehabilitation.
This presentation will discuss the implications of PTVS and VMSS as well as the means to affect the spatial visual processing dysfunction causing these syndromes through Neuro-Visual Processing Rehabilitation (NVPR) and Neuro-Visual Postural Therapy (NVPT). Research by Padula, et. al. demonstrates that a neurological event affects the organization within bi-modal visual processing interfering with binocularity, spatial oritntationbalance, posture and balance. Visual rehabilitation will be discussed using prisms and NVPT to affect the dysfunction and reduce the symptoms.
Padula OD SFNAP FAAO FNORA
Ayra Sayyed OD
Tick-borne diseases are emerging vector-borne infectious diseases that are highly prevalent in several U.S. regions including the Northeast, Upper Midwest and Northern California. The incidence of tick-borne diseases has increased the last two decades with approximately 25,000 confirmed cases reported annually. However, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating the actual number of cases may be closer to 300,000 each year. Although ocular complications have been previously reported, discussion about vision problems associated with tick-borne disease is sparse in the literature. It has also been reported that many persons begin to experience symptoms of blurring, double vision (diplopia), photophobia, distortion of space, visual strain and headaches when performing near vision activities, difficulty with balance, dizziness, difficulty with convergence and focusing, to name several.
This presentation will discuss the fundamentals of Lyme related disease and the consequences of visual processing dysfunction. In addition, Discussion will be presented about the affect on spatial visual processing compromise and the means to improve vision though prism lenses to affect balance, posture, reduce eyestrain and improve function and performance.
This course will focus on concussion and concussion management with an emphasis on vision. Whether optometrists provide vision rehabilitation or primary care services, concussions can affect all of our patients. Practical ideas and tips to help student athletes function at the highest level will be provided.
Dunbar, OD, FAAO
The OCT has emerged as a critical tool in diagnosis and management of glaucoma. Not only can it help differentiate normal from abnormal optic nerves but it can help diagnose pre-perimetric glaucoma and document progression before it is seen on a visual field. This course will discuss 10 key tips and tricks for using the OCT in managing glaucoma.
Shidlofsky, O.D., FCOVD
This course is designed to discuss the various aspects of sports and performance vision from general concepts, to testing and ultimately to treatment. Special attention will be given to one of the more visible issues in regards to sports performance and vision: concussion
Steinberg, OD, JD
If you are a VSP provider you may be surprised to find out that, no matter where you practice, your VSP contract is controlled by California law. In 2018, at the request of VSP, California passed a new law specifically addressing VSP audits and the rights of doctors being audited. This course will address VSP audits generally – how to avoid being audited, what VSP looks for in their audits, how to respond when audited, and how to win if you are audited – and will specifically address changes to the VSP auditing and hearing process that take effect in 2019. Where helpful, VSP auditing will be compared with Medicare auditing procedures and rights.
Revenue from insurance claims is a big part of your practice’s profits, but a lack of expertise and inefficient processes can slow down your insurance engine. This course will cover principals of claim management including top tips for pulling different types of benefits, reviewing and submitting claims, a comparison of industry averages, and operational strategies to improve your reimbursements.