OD Courses 


The GLEC Exhibit Hall will be open Thursday 10:00am - 6:30pm & Friday 10:00am - 4:10pm.

7:00 - 8:30 AM
  Registration - Location TBD
     
7:30 - 8:20 AM   Manufacturer's Breakfast (DeVos Place, River Overlook Rooms A/B & C/D)
     
8:30 - 10:10 AM
 

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Update (45070-PS)
HANDOUT
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

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.
     
10:10 - 11:10 AM
  Break in Exhibit Hall (DeVos Place, Ballrooms A & B)
     

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Ocular and Periocular Pain Causes and Coping Strategies      (53708-PH) HANDOUT
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. It may be sharp or dull. Pain may come and go, or it may be constant. This course presents the pathobiology, causes, proper diagnosis, and management of ocular and periocular pain.
     
12:00 - 1:30 PM
  Lunch in Exhibit Hall (DeVos Place, Ballrooms A & B)
     
1:00 - 4:00 PM   MOA Annual Meeting (DeVos Place, River Overlook Rooms E & F)
     
1:30 - 3:10 PM
 

Ensure Your Patient's Safety: Prevention of Medical Errors (44080-EJ) HANDOUT
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

Stunningly high rates of medical errors resulting in deaths, permanent disability, and unnecessary suffering are simply unacceptable in a medical system that promises first to do no harm. This course lays out a strategy by which health care providers can reduce preventable medical errors. A root cause analysis approach is detailed, and several case examples are presented.
     
3:10 - 4:10 PM
  Break in Exhibit Hall (DeVos Place, Ballrooms A & B)
     
4:10 - 5:00 PM
 

SECO Presents the Eye in Neoplastic Disease (50595-SD)
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

This course presents an overview of tumors of the eye, adnexa, and visual pathway. Clinical cases are used to illustrate diagnostic guidelines, work-up, and treatment and management strategies.
     
5:00 - 6:30 PM   GLEC Exhibit Hall 'Pub Crawl' (DeVos Place, Ballrooms A & B)
     
6:30 - 11:00 PM   MOA President's Reception - Honoring incoming MOA President, Jennifer Lintz, OD (Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Pantlind Ballroom)

Track one will take place at the DeVos Place in Monroe Meeting Rooms A-D


 

 

7:00 - 8:30 AM
  Registration - Location TBD
     
8:30 - 10:10 AM
  

VT for Primary Care - What's New for CI and Amblyopia 
(53815-FV) HANDOUT

Mark Swan, OD, FAAO, MEd

This course will review the pathophysiology of amblyopia and convergence insufficiency and demonstrate how proven traditional therapies and new technologies directly address the pathologic process and lead to improved clinical outcomes.

     
 10:10 - 11:10 AM
  Break in Exhibit Hall (Ballrooms A & B)
     
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM  

Reading Dysfunction for the Primary Care Optometrist
(53816-FV) HANDOUT
Mark Swan, OD, FAAO, MEd

This course will provide an overview of the developmental stages that children progress through as they develop speech and reading skills.  It will address common causes of delayed development emphasizing the visual factors that optometrists need to be aware of.  Clinical procedures that are used to determine a patient’s reading ability and therapeutic options for optometrists managing patients with reading difficulties will be reviewed.
     
 12:00 - 1:30 PM
  Lunch in Exhibit Hall (Ballrooms A & B)
     
1:00 - 4:00 PM   MOA Annual Meeting (DeVos Place, River Overlook Rooms E & F)
     
 1:30 - 3:10 PM
 

The Pediatric Eye Disease - Differential Diagnosis of Disease that Typically Presents in Childhood
(43961-SD)
 • Mark Swan, OD, FAAO, MEd

This course will give a general overview of disease conditions of the eye that commonly affect the pediatric population. Examples will emphasize specific diagnostic and treatment factors for pediatric patients that differ from standard adult care.
     
 3:10 - 4:10 PM
  Break in Exhibit Hall (Ballrooms A & B)
     
 4:10 - 5:00 PM
 

Coding Conundrums of Posterior Segment Disease:
You Gotta Know How to Code It
(51979-PM) HANDOUT
Jennifer Schad, OD

This course investigates commonly encountered coding dilemmas of primary care optometric practices in a case report format. Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services coverage guidelines are reviewed to support code selection.
     
5:00 - 6:30 PM   GLEC Exhibit Hall 'Pub Crawl' (DeVos Place, Ballrooms A & B)
     
6:30 - 11:00 PM   MOA President's Reception - Honoring incoming MOA President, Jennifer Lintz, OD (Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Pantlind Ballroom)

Track two will take place at the DeVos Place in River Overlook Rooms C & D


 

7:00 - 8:30 AM
  Registration - Location TBD
     
7:30 - 8:20 AM
  Manufacturer Breakfast
     
8:30 - 10:10 AM
 

True Ocular Emergencies
(53464-SD) HANDOUT

Carlo Pelino, OD

This course will be presented in a grand rounds fashion. It will review the true ocular emergencies that present to an optometric office.
     
10:10 - 11:10 AM
  Break in Exhibit Hall
     
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
 

Acquired Optic Neuropathies
(43046-NO) HANDOUT
Carlo Pelino, OD

This course will discuss the acquired optic neuropathies and their association to systemic disease.
     
12:00 - 1:30 PM
  Lunch in Exhibit Hall
     
1:30 - 3:10 PM
 

Essentials in Systemic Disease
(52592-SD) HANDOUT
Carlo Pelino, OD

This course will examine the ocular findings of systemic disease. It will also examine how systemic findings blood work can alter the course of ocular disease.
     
3:10 - 4:10 PM
  Break in Exhibit Hall
     
4:10 - 5:00 PM
 

The Eye in Pregnancy
(48338-SD) HANDOUT
Carlo Pelino, OD

This course will review the physiological and pathological manifestations that occur during pregnancy.
     
5:00 - 8:00 PM   MCO Welcome Reception (Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Ambassador Ballroom)

Track one will take place at the DeVos Place in Ballroom D


 

7:00 - 8:30 AM
  Registration - Location TBD
     
8:30 - 10:10 AM

 

Functional Implications of ARMD and Their Treatment
(52948-LV) HANDOUT

Sarah Hinkley, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

This course reviews age-related macular degeneration and looks at the assessment and management of the disease from a functional approach, including the use of lighting, magnification, contrast enhancement, home modification and referrals.
     
10:10 - 11:10 AM
  Break in Exhibit Hall
     
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Driving and Vision; Assessment, Education, and Action
in the Exam Room (52953-GO) HANDOUT
Sarah Hinkley, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

This one-hour course will cover the relationship between vision and driving, exam room assessment methods for assessing driving skills, non-visual factors that influence driving and techniques for counseling patients who are not legal drivers. Reporting standards will also be discussed.
     
12:00 - 1:30 PM
  Lunch in Exhibit Hall
     
1:30 - 3:10 PM

 

Contact Lenses in Today's Practice
(52663-CL) HANDOUT
Josh Lotoczky, OD, FAAO & Chad Rosen, OD, FAAO

Being up-to-date on the products and innovations taking place helps practitioners present the best options to patients. This course will cover new products that have come to market and will also try to answer so of the many questions that arise from practitioners that have been fitting these new products. We will provide insight on the various changes taking place in the contact lens industry, including daily disposables, multifocals, digital optics, scleral lenses, and more.
     
3:10 - 4:10 PM
  Break in Exhibit Hall
     
4:10 - 5:00 PM

 

An Update on Myopia Control
(52688-GO) 
• Stephanie Ramdass, OD

The rise in prevalence of myopia over the last 40 years is alarming and a cause for concern from both a clinical and public health stance. The World Health Organization projects that an estimated 5 billion people will have myopia in 2050. As the proportion of people with high myopia increases accordingly, there comes an increase in associated complications, such as retinal detachments, glaucoma, and myopic macular degeneration. This course aims to provide an overview of the evidence based medicine of the different options that can be utilized in clinic to slow the progression of myopia, describe the efficacy of each treatment modality, and discuss the reasons why myopia control may be slow to carry out in practice.
     
5:00 - 8:00 PM   MCO Welcome Reception (Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Ambassador Ballroom)

Track two will take place at the DeVos Place in Ballroom C



7:30 - 8:00 AM
  Registration - Location TBD
     
8:00 - 9:40 AM
 

Adverse Ocular Effects of Systemic Pharmaceuticals & Supplements (51751-PH) HANDOUT 
Stephanie Klemencic, OD, FAAO

This case based course reviews the latest research on adverse ocular effects from systemic pharmaceuticals and supplements. Emphasis is on the role in diagnosis, treatment and management of commonly encountered medications. The importance of co-management and patient education by eye care providers is discussed. 
     
9:40 - 9:55 AM
  Break
     
9:55 - 10:45 AM
 

Ocular Pharmaceutical and Pain Management Update (51771-PH)
HANDOUT

Stephanie Klemencic, OD, FAAO

This course discusses ocular topical and oral pharmaceutical agents, including their role in ocular pain management. Drug mechanism of action, dosing, side effects, contraindications and cost are reviewed. Case examples are utilized for clinical indications.
     
10:50 - 11:40 AM
 

Aspects OF Practice Transition (53744-PM) HANDOUT
Neil Pence, OD

Concepts relating to the typical life-cycle of a practice, having an exit strategy, and how to obtain the maximum return on investment for a practice transition will all be covered.  The basic methods of how to transfer a practice will be analyzed, and suggestions on how to plan for the optimal transition given.  Information on how to add an associate, the true cost of an associate, and how to afford an associate will be included, as well.  A discussion of practice valuation, and how to prepare emotionally for an exit from practice will also be touched on.

     
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
  Break with Refreshments and Snacks Outside of CE Room
     
12:10 - 1:50 PM
 

Aspects of Optometric Compliance (53743-EJ) HANDOUT
Neil Pence, OD

This course covers the basic pillars of a compliance program and their application to optometric practice.  Information about the 3 main areas of federal enforcement – Privacy & Security; False Claims Act; Fraud and Abuse – will all be covered with a goal of prioritizing and minimizing risk.  Case examples relating to coding/documentation, privacy and referral arrangements will be given.


Saturday CE will take place at the DeVos Place in Ballroom C