Concussion: Biomarkers & Therapy

Concussion is a public health epidemic. Approximately 7.8 million people experience concussions each year, and those are just the ones that are reported. Optometry is the profession to help with both diagnosing and treating concussions. A more integrated team approach among healthcare practitioners is needed to manage and improve outcomes for patients experiencing concussions.

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Dacryocystitis “Taken Oestridae”

This course reviews a case of an atypical eyelid mass which is determined to be orbital myiasis caused by an oestridae (botfly) larvae. This unique case presentation contains multiple images over a one month span from initial symptoms to diagnosis and treatment. Differential diagnoses will be reviewed. Focus on orbital myiasis causation, typical course, and treatments with be discussed. Psychological repercussions of this unique diagnosis will be considered.

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It’s Not Rare if it’s in Your Chair: Recognizing and Managing Ocular Paraneoplastic Syndromes Affecting the Visual System

This course defines paraneoplastic syndromes. Clinical features of paraneoplastic syndromes that impact the visual system are described and differentiated from primary ocular malignancy, metastatic cancer to the eye and other ocular conditions that manifest in a similar fashion. A case is presented and the differential diagnosis is discussed. The choice of appropriate diagnostic tools and their interpretation is highlighted. Management strategies are also presented.

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Optical Coherence Tomography: Revolutionizing Vitreoretinal Disease

This course will cover recent advances in OCT technology such as enhanced depth imaging and angiography. Features and clinical applications will be explored for common diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and AMD.

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Opioid Education

New course will be available starting 11/12/23

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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Act 31 Mandated Child Abuse Awareness, Recognition and Reporting

This 2-hour lecture provides the required training for Pennsylvania license renewal for healthcare providers. The attendees will learn how to define child abuse, differentiate between acts and failure to act and the risk factors for child abuse.

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Is it Really All About That Base? Vision Loss in Stroke Patients

This course discusses examination techniques, neuroanatomy, and management for patients with a presenting homonymous hemianopia. There will be an emphasis on low vision devices in regards to homonymous hemianopias. There will be a discussion of integrating examination findings and neuroimaging.

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First Line Therapy Update in Glaucoma Management

Topical ophthalmic medication has historically been first line therapy in the management of glaucoma. With the benefit of new information from disruptive studies, selective laser trabeculoplasty and intracameral sustained-release implants have altered evidence-based treatment of open angle glaucoma. Minimally-invasive glaucoma surgeries, both implants, and procedures, have also changed our first line treatment strategy. These updated clinical practices will be reviewed in addition to clinical application of study data.

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Case Based Review of Systemic Side Effects of Oral Medications

Systemic medications can have a variety of ocular manifestations, some with profound effects on the visual system. Identifying patients who are at risk for complications and correlating clinical findings with a patient’s current medications is challenging and requires a thorough review and understanding of a patient’s medical history.

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