Asynchronous CE Library

Glaucoma Symposium 2020
Participants will receive up-to-date optometric education as it relates to patients with glaucoma. Leading experts will discuss the latest advancements in the diagnosis, treatment and management of glaucoma including new therapeutic agents, emerging research and micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). 

Topics and Speakers:
  • Glaucoma Update with Clinical Case Studies (2 hours) with Dr. G. Richard Bennett
  • Glaucoma Therapeutics Update and Future Diagnostics (1 hour) with Dr. Alissa Coyne
  • Glaucoma Mythbusters, Suspects, and What's on the Horizon (2 hours) with Dr. Andrew Meagher
  • Normal Tension Glaucoma (1 hour) with Dr. Carlo Pelino
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The Cough Heard Around the World: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Updates and Treatments
The Coronavirus global pandemic impacted almost every corner of the world. Those that were infected and went on to develop COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 challenged every aspect of medicine. From diagnosis to treatment it has been a race against the clock to find ways to perform mass testing and then to stabilize and treat patients with true guinea pig therapies. As the curve has begun to flatten out there is now time to focus on the future of this organism and disease by evaluating antibody testing and development of one or more vaccines. This course will discuss the pathophysiology of coronavirus treatment options antibody testing and vaccines as well as the clinical trials that are evaluating these topics worldwide. Case anecdotes and examples will be included to create an optimum learning environment for this timely topic.

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Dry Eye Updates
In the wake of COVID-19, eye care providers must strive to recoup lost revenue by maximizing medical office visits and treatments. Dry eye disease is an exceedingly common but often underdiagnosed and untreated clinical entity. This lecture reviews some of the more recent diagnostic and therapeutic advances in dry eye, which may help to improve both patients' quality of life as well as the financial health of the optometric practice. Additionally, some newer "pipeline" therapies will also be discussed.

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Glaucoma Mythbusters and IOP Adjusters
This course will bust or debunk what the current literature has to say about the following: topical CAI use in sulfa allergy & Fuch's patients, beta blocker use in low tension glaucoma patients, brimondine use for neuroprotection, prostaglandin use in current/historic iridocyclitis, cystoid macular edema or acute angle closure, demystifying steroid responders in glaucoma patients and discussing the ideal 2nd line of glaucoma therapy after a prostaglandin.

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The Ins and Outs of Strabismus Management in a Primary Care Practice
This course is an overview of a variety of strabismus topics seen commonly in a primary care setting. We will be focusing on diagnosis and management of common strabismic conditions seen in a primary care setting using cases to highlight key points. A review of primary care treatment modalities such as prism and lenses will be covered. An overview of appropriate referral for surgery, vision therapy and other specialty care will be presented. 

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Recognition and Management of Neurotrophic Keratitis
This course provides a comprehensive overview of neurotrophic keratitis, its multiple etiologies, presenting signs, classification, traditional management strategies and newest therapeutic options.

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Identifying True Ocular Emergencies of the Posterior Pole
This course presents the true ocular emergencies that present in the posterior pole. Specifically it will review clinical findings, appropriate systemic testing, as well as treatment and management of each emergency. New treatment options and specific testing will be discussed.

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Longevity Through the EYE of the Beholder
This course explores the nature of genetics vs nurture and the role of the environment in longevity. It will describe lifespan and health span and correlate ocular findings to both as well as discuss the genes found specific for necessary life steps needed to achieve longevity in order to avoid cardiovascular, neuro-degenerative and cancer risk factors.

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Double Down on Double Vision
It may be intimidating when a patient presents with a new complaint of double vision. However, with discussion of some useful examination techniques and differential diagnoses, this course aims to make encountering patients with horizontal diplopia less daunting. Through a case based approach, we will discuss how even some complicated presentations can be unfolded to reveal the underlying etiology.  

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Myopia Control Update
Myopia has been gaining emphasis as a global epidemic in eye care. There has been a lot of research already done to answer questions as to why it may occur, progress, and the impact it has on ocular health. This has led to an interest in finding ways to slow or halt progression as a means to control it and prevent the risks it may pose later in life. This course will review established information and discuss the new data in the area of myopia control, particularly the LAMP studies and information surrounding MiSight. The presentation will conclude with describing ways of applying this new information in clinical practice.

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Don't Judge an Eye by a Conventional Report: A Clinician's Role in Interpreting OCT and OCT-A
This course reviews the use of traditional optical coherence tomography (OCT) and optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) technology in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. Specific attention will be given to common mistakes made in interpreting and applying OCT reports to common pathology seen in clinical practice. Additionally, the utility of OCT-Angiography in posterior segment pathology will be reviewed to highlight cases where such imaging can be useful in understanding disease processes. A case-based approach will be employed to demonstrate specific examples where clinician’s deciphering of conventional reports is essential in understanding disease processes.

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Get to Know Your Migs
Since the advent of the first MIGS, numerous other devices have come down the pipeline to provide some healthy competition in the world of glaucoma control.This course displays several cases relating to MIGS candidates and consideration, complications entailed as well as a detailed breakdown of each procedure’s approach, efficacies, complications and device makeup when applicable. At the end of this presentation the listener should feel comfortable in understanding when to consider MIGS and some of the expected and (hopefully) unexpected results that may develop.

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Stepwise Strategy to Optimize Ocular Surface Disease Outcomes
Ocular surface disease presents a complex clinical challenge as it encompasses overlapping disease entities ranging from dry eye to neurotrophic keratitis. This lecture will highlight the latest step by step therapeutic algorithm to employ when encountering patients who are non-responsive to conventional dry eye management.

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Medical Artificial Iris Implantation: Why, When and How
Novel artificial iris implants are approved medical devices that are of different designs and with different clinical purposes than those similarly looking cosmetic iris implants. Appropriate clinical utilizations of medical artificial iris implants can lead to significant improvements to patient’s emotional health and quality of life. This lecture will review designs of these innovative iris implants, indications, surgical techniques, outcomes and patient management.

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Expanding Scope of Practice: Oct to OCT-A
This course will educate the optometrist about the mechanism and history of the OCT and the OCT-A. It will review in a case based fashion vitreal, retinal and choroidal pathology seen in everyday practice. Anomalous posterior vitreous detachment, epiretinal membrane, macular edema, age related macular degeneration and central serous chorioretinopathy will be discussed in correlation to the OCT and OCT-A. Treatment and follow up of each condition will be presented.

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Opioid Education
This course will examine and list the commonly prescribed agents used for pain management and/or end-of-life care. It will identify the ocular indications and potential side effects of commonly prescribed agents used in pain management. Tolerance and addiction from opioid agents will be covered along with opioid overdose treatment medication and plan.

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