EDUCATION 15 hours of CE of which 12 are CEE/TQ

Courses

All courses pending COPE, AZ, and FL approval.
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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


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Neuro-ophthalmic Update
Joseph Sowka, OD; Greg Caldwell, OD
Do You Want Steroids with That?!!
Bruce Onofrey, OD

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Greg Caldwell | Optometric Education Consultants

Greg Caldwell, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Greg Caldwell, O.D., is a 1995 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a one-year residency in primary care and ocular disease at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).

He currently works in Duncansville and Johnstown, Pennsylvania as an ocular disease consultant. Dr. Caldwell’s primary focus is the diagnosis and management of anterior and posterior segment ocular disease and he has been a participant in multiple FDA investigations. Dr. Caldwell has lectured extensively throughout the county and over twelve countries internationally. In 2010 he served as President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) and served on the AOA Board of Trustees 2013-2016. He is President of the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind.

Courses

Innovations in Eye Care


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


Neuro-ophthalmic Update

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Joseph Sowka, O.D., F.A.A.O., Diplomate

Dr. Sowka is a Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where he serves as Chief of The Advanced Care Service and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the College’s Eye Institute. He is also Chair of the Department of Optometric Sciences. He is the longest tenured faculty member at the College.

Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Sowka is a Glaucoma Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry. He is the lead author of the annual Handbook of Ocular Disease Management published by Review of Optometry.

Courses

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


Neuro-ophthalmic Update

 

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Bruce E. Onofrey, OD, RPh

Bruce E. Onofrey, OD, RPh is a 1982 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and residency at the Albuquerque Veterans Administration  Medical Center. He also has degrees in chemistry and Pharmacy. He recently retired from the Lovelace Medical Center Eye Dept after 25 years where he served as the Chief of Optometry and Vice-chairman of eye services. His most current position is as a clinical professor at the University of Houston and the Exec. Director of continuing education programs. His special interests include lectures in general and ocular pharmacology and clinical drug research.

Dr. Onofrey is a frequent contributor to ophthalmic literature. He is the current editor of “Clinical Optometric Pharmacology and Therapeutics”, and the author of “The Ocular Therapeutics Handbook-A Clinical Manual”, both published by Lippincott. He also serves as a contributing editor to “Primary Care Optometry News”. He is an internationally recognized lecturer on the management of ocular disease and the use of pharmaceutical agents.

Courses

GLC, Think DPP, Not IOP, OMG!


What’s My Beef with Pharmacists?


Do You Want Steroids with That?!!

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Carlo J. Pelino OD, FAAO

Carlo J. Pelino, OD, is a 1994 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In 1995 Dr. Pelino completed a PCO ocular disease residency at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, where he concentrated in retina and neuro-ophthalmic disease. Dr. Pelino is currently a full time Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is director of the optometric retina service at The Eye Institute. He recently completed a one year retinal fellowship emphasizing medical and surgical treatments under the direction of vitreo-retinal surgeons at Crozier-Chester and Riddle Memorial Hospitals in suburban Philadelphia. Dr. Pelino is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. He regularly lectures in domestic and international programs.

Courses

Essentials in Systemic Disease


Ocular Trauma

 

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Jessica Steen, O.D., FAAO

Dr. Steen is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where she serves as an attending optometric physician and instructs ocular pharmacology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, and serves as Secretary on the Palm Beach County Optometric Association.

 

 

 

Courses

Retinal Vascular Disease Update


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

 

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Samantha Toth, ABOC

Samantha is a professional speaker and marketing rockstar for Innereactive, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She grew up in an optical practice with multiple family members in the industry. An ABO certified optician herself, Samantha worked as a dispensing optician for eight years, as well as managed an independent optometric practice. In 2003, she started Innereactive, a full service marketing company that specializes in the optical industry. Her experience as a certified optician, along with her formal marketing education has given her a unique perspective on marketing, design, and website solutions for the optical industry.

Samantha is an ABO, NCLE, AOA, JCAHPO, and COPE approved speaker and she lectures across the country teaching optometrists and opticians best practices for marketing their practices. Her niche expertise led her to be named one of the “Most Influential Women in Optical,” and her company was named one of Michigan’s Top 50 Companies to Watch in 2016. She and her team work with laboratories, frame and lens manufacturers, and eye care practices all across the country.

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

The Invisible Truth about UV Protection (Approved for one hr of ABO and NCLE Credit)

Samantha Toth, ABOC
UV light is the most harmful challenge to long-term eye health. It is always around and invisible, but the harmful effects are cumulating over time. Many lenses claim to protect against UV, but in reality, they do not. Some clear ophthalmic lenses can miss 40% of the harmful UV radiation.

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.</div><p class=” description”=””>Here you can create the content that will be used within the module.