EDUCATION | UP TO 19 HOURS OF CE
15 of Clinical Management CE of which 12 are CEE/TQ | Additional 3 hours of COPE-PM or 4 hours of FL Required Courses

Friday, February 15, 2019

Essentials in Systemic Disease
Carlo Pelino, OD

Retinal Vascular Disease update
Jessica Steen, OD

Ocular Trauma

Carlo Pelino, OD

Innovations in Eye Care

Greg Caldwell, OD

Saturday, February 16, 2019

GLC, Think DPP, Not IOP, OMG!
Bruce Onofrey, OD

Maximizing Your Diagnostic Technologies: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Jessica Steen, OD, Greg Caldwell, OD, Joseph Sowka, OD

What’s My Beef with Pharmacists?

Bruce Onofrey, OD

(OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS)
Florida Jurisprudence / Prevention of Medical Errors
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Practice Management Workshop

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Neuro-ophthalmic Update
Joseph Sowka, OD; Greg Caldwell, OD

Do You Want Steroids with That?!!
Bruce Onofrey, OD

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT TRACK

Essential in Systemic Disease

Carlo Pelino, OD
This course will examine the ocular findings of systemic disease. It will also examine how systemic findingsblood work can alter the course of ocular disease.

Retinal Vascular Disease update

Jessica Steen, O.D., FAAO
This course will provide an analysis of common retinal vascular diseases including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion. It will emphasize current and emerging therapies, imaging strategies and trends in treatment and management.

Ocular Trauma

Carlo Pelino, OD
There are approximately 2.5 million ocular and orbital injuries in the US per year. This course covers the four main mechanisms that cause ocular trauma and specific ocular trauma to the adnexa, anterior segment, posterior segment, optic nerve and orbit. Treatment for trauma and pain control mechanisms including the use of oral and topical medications will be discussed.

Innovations in Eye Care
A Rapid-Fire Presentation What’s Here, What’s Coming, and What You Need to Know

Gregory Caldwell, OD
This course will reveal, feature, and spotlight innovations in eye care that will impact every optometrist. Technologies, pharmaceuticals, products, services, and processes that advance eye care will be discussed in a rapid-fire presentation. This course will keep you in the know for delivering advanced patient care.

GLC, Think DPP, Not IOP, OMG!

Bruce Onofrey, OD
POAG is a major cause of blindness. Its proper management requires a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease and the pharmacology of the drugs used to treat this condition. It is imperative that the clinician be familiar with the most recent studies that are used to determine the risk of developing the disease and the risk of progression of the disease. These issues will be covered in this evidence based presentation.

Maximizing Your Diagnostic Technologies: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Instructor: Joseph Sowka O.D.
Co-Instructors: Jessica Steen, OD, Greg Caldwell, OD

The OCT has become an important diagnostic instrument in eye care. The visual field is still equally important in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. Advances in software and visual field testing have clouded the waters. This course reviews how to use the visual field in your office with proper and efficient techniques. Learn which test is fitting and increase your confidence in interrupting the visual field. Numerous visual fields will be reviewed via a case presentation style. The role of OCT and OCT Angiography are addressed with an emphasis in glaucoma management and neurological assessment. Additionally, proper optic disc analysis and use of fundus photography is discussed and case examples are presented where imaging technology contrasted with clinical anatomy.

What’s My Beef with Pharmacists?

Bruce Onofrey, OD
The job of a pharmacist is not easy. They are charged with protecting the patient and acting as a source of drug information to both providers and patients. However, their lack of knowledge of ocular disease and specifically ocular medications can sometimes create friction with optometrists. Furthermore, the addition of 3rd party plans and the high expense of all medications sometimes limits the prescription choices of eye doctors. These issues will be discussed by an optometristpharmacist who has seen the issues from both sides.

Neuro-Ophthalmic Update

Instructor: Joseph Sowka O.D.
Co-Instructors: George Caldwell, OD

This course will detail, in a case-based format, the symptoms and clinical findings in patients with a variety of neuro-ophthalmic conditions. A diagnostic algorithm will be presented to allow the attendee to follow the clinical findings to an appropriate differential diagnosis. Current therapeutic management will be emphasized. Optic nerve disease, visual field abnormalities, pupil abnormalities, giant cell arteritis are all covered.

Do You Want Steroids with THAT!?

Bruce Onofrey, OD
Steroids are one of the most important therapeutic tools that Optometric physicians can utilize to manage the inflammatory response associated with a wide variety of ophthalmic disorders. They can do great good or, unfortunately, great harm. It is important that the clinician selects the correct drug for the proper disease. This interactive program will test the audiences knowledge of the proper use of steroids in a series of clinical scenarios that will include inflammation associated with infection, injury, glaucoma, surgery and several systemic conditions that manifest as ocular inflammation. Alternatives to steroid use are covered in detail.

FLORIDA REQUIRED COURSES

Saturday, February 16, 2018  |  1:20 pm – 4:40 pm

Florida Jurisprudence

Joseph Sowka, OD
This course discusses the Florida optometry practice act with emphasis on legal standards of practice. In addition, a detailed discussion on the new oral pharmaceutical bill with instructions on reporting adverse events is reviewed. Finally, case studies involving potential discipline against optometrists is covered. This course satisfies the requirements for license renewal in Florida.

Prevention of Medical Errors for Optometrists

Joseph Sowka, OD
There are different types of errors that can potentially occur in the optometric practice. Different types of errors occur at different levels and typically indicate a need to change the delivery of health care. Rarely are the actions of an individual responsible for medical errors. Rather, system wide breakdown is typically responsible for medical errors. This courses discusses system breakdown leading to preventable medical errors and examines the cost to society of these errors. Root-cause analysis is described in detail as well. This course satisfies the requirements for license renewal in Florida.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

Saturday, February 16, 2018  |  1:20 pm – 4:40 pm

Tips To Building A Positive Online Reputation

(Approved for one hour of COPE-PM)

Samantha Toth, ABOC
Many aspects of online communication can either help your reputation or hurt it. This course outlines specific strategies to help always hold your to the highest standards of conduct, keep your private information separate from your practice, and know what you can and can’t say as an eye care professional. Easy to implement tips for participating in Facebook and LinkedIn groups, as well as online forums will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to participate in conversations with your peers and patients! This course is ideal for anyone who wants to start building their practice’s positive online reputation as well as enhancing their own digital footprint.

Increase Patient Loyalty and Overcome Purchasing Hesitation

(Approved for two hours of COPE-PM)

Samantha Toth, ABOC
Patients have more choices for purchasing than ever before. It costs five times more to attract a new patient, than to keep an existing one, yet only 18% of practices focus on existing patient retention. For this reason, eye care providers need to focus on patient retention and overcoming purchasing hesitation to be successful. This course teaches your team how to listen and identify the most common patient purchasing objections, the skills necessary to overcome their purchasing fears, and strategies to retain and build loyal relationships with patients. Learn in-office patient experience strategies, as well as techniques to increase your average selling price (ASP) and the effectiveness of your practice’s marketing. Ideal for owners, managers, opticians, and marketing professionals.

 

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