Paraoptometric Program*


Thursday, May 31, 2018

7:30-8:50am   Keynote Presentation - "Start with Why" with Heath Slawner
     
8:50am   Exhibits Open
     
9:20-11:00am    Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
with Lynn Lawrence, CMSgt(ret), USAF, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
This course is designed to teach and understanding of the eye and how it works. The course is designed to identify the basics of how the eye works from the source to the brain. This includes all the structures, muscles and their cranial nerves, a tear film breakdown, and the visual pathway to the brain.
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Pre-screening Techniques and Hands-On Skill Workshop
with Lynn Lawrence, CMSgt(ret), USAF, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
This lecture is designed to aid the assistants in understanding the prescreening process. The course will provide scenarios to provoke conversation among the attendants to answer the question of "what next" when screening patients. This lecture will cover, case history, visual acuity, pupillary response, cover testing, Muscle-H testing.
     
11:00-11:10am   Break
     
11:10am-12:00pm   Frame Adjusting - The Basics! 
with Mary Schmidt, ABOC, CPO
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the perfect system for adjusting frames?  Would you love to know what to do to make a frame fit and when to do it?  Attend this course and develop greater confidence and efficiency when dealing with patients who demand that perfect fit. After attending this workshop, those participating will understand the basics of frame alignment and understand the steps necessary to improve fit, patient comfort and satisfaction.
     
12:00-1:10pm   Lunch and Exhibits
     
1:10-2:00pm    Frame Styling - Choosing the Right Frame for your Patient
with Mary Schmidt, ABOC, CPO
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
Do you know which frame shape is best for your patient face?  How can you be confident about exactly what that shape should be?  Or do you simply choose your favorite?  We’re here to help.  This course will teach techniques that will enable them to assess face shapes and discern which frames will most complement patients’ features.  We’ll also show you how you can determine just the right fit and maximum patient comfort. This course is designed to improve the confidence and comfort level of new staff members performing frame selection and styling.  Attendees will learn techniques to assess face shapes and which frames most complement those features.  Fitting parameters for patient comfort and maximum visual clarity will also be covered.  Additionally time saving methods will be discussed.
     
2:00-2:20pm   Break and Exhibits
     
2:20-4:00pm    Screening Children/Children Eye Exams 
with Lynn Lawrence, CMSgt(ret), USAF, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
This course will discuss the ocular development and growth of young children. The discussion will cover issues dealing with the pre-screening and preparation of young children. It will go over scenarios and possible outcomes.  It will discuss set-up, testing, and concerns in treating young children and dealing with parents. 
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What Every Tech Should Know About Ocular Emergencies
with Lynn Lawrence, CMSgt(ret), USAF, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
Presents an overview of how phone triage and walk-in office visits should be handled from a assistance's perspective. Key elements of triage, and the difference between an emergency and urgent care and testing procedures required before treatment by the optometrist.
     
4:00-5:30   GLEC Hall Exhibit Pub Crawl (Exhibits close at 5:30)
     
5:30-10:00pm   Double Vision Bash featuring the Eye Docs of Rock, Bad Habits
McKay Tower
(across the street from the Amway)

Exhibit hours:
Thursday, May 31 - 8:50 AM-5:30 PM


 

Friday, June 1 2018

7:00am   Exhibits Open
     
7:20-8:10am   Manufacturer's Breakfast
     
8:30-10:10am    What is Blood Pressure All About?
with Lynn Lawrence, CMSgt(ret), USAF, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
This lecture will cover taking a blood pressure and the techniques used in taking a manual blood pressure. The lecture will also include a demonstration on taking a manual blood pressure and an open discussion on when, how, and where you should take a blood pressure.
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Pharmacology for Opticians and Technicians
with Lynn Lawrence, CMSgt(ret), USAF, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
This lecture is designed to cover five primary areas of pharmacology for familiarity. Mydriatic, Miotics, Beta blockers, antibiotics and anesthetics will be covered. The different categories and functions of these medications and their purpose, along with common names currently on the market will be discussed. 
     
10:10-10:30am    Break and Exhibits
     
10:30-11:20am    Professionalism - Be the Best at Your Job 
with Mary Schmidt, ABOC, CPO
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
Become more confident in presenting yourself to patients. Set a performance expectation for yourself and others in the practice. Create a sense of responsibility and responsiveness to the needs of patients and the practice. The goal of this workshop is to improve patient relations and increase professionalism and pride in staff members. After completion of this course, attendees will be more confident in communicating information to patients and increase their level of professionalism. Each attendee will learn how to exceed the expectation of patients and how to prevent problem situations. Staff will better understand their role in patient retention and practice growth.
     
11:20am-12:30pm   Lunch and Exhibits (Exhibits close at 1:00pm)
     
12:30-1:20pm    Manager's Must! How to be a Great Leader - Part 1
with Mary Schmidt, ABOC, CPO
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved) >> Download Handout <<
There are so many things to learn for the first-time manager. You must manage different personalities, help your staff to perform to their maximum potential and evaluate schedules, duties and responsibilities. We will help you with a no-nonsense approach to the most important aspect of the practice: staff. Attendees will receive the basic skills necessary to manage staff successfully and increase decision-making skills. The ability to hire more effective staff members, and provide on-target performance appraisals and positively impact the work environment will be covered in this course.
     
1:20-1:35pm   Break
     
1:35-3:15pm    Manager's Must! How to be a Great Leader - Part 2 
with Mary Schmidt, ABOC, CPO
(AOA CPC Approved; ABO Approved)
There is no additional handout for Part 2, information is included in Part 1 handout.

Exhibit hours:
Friday, June 1 - 7:00 AM-1:00 PM


*Paraoptometric Program updated 2/21/18. Program is still subject to change