CEwire2024

The Largest Virtual Optometric Conference:
75 COPE Approved Credits
4 Live Weekend Events Online
1 Low Price
Featuring ALL NEW LECTURES for 2024!

LIVE Online:
February 3 & 4
April 27 & 28 [view schedule]
June 8 & 9
September 7 & 8

.. and ON DEMAND through December 1, 2024.

NEW: Meet your ENTIRE 8-Hour DEA Opioid Requirement!
NEW: Meet your ENTIRE NJ Orals Requirement!
NEW: Meet your ENTIRE CA 10-hour Glaucoma Requirement!
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Your $219.00 All-Access Season Pass gives you access to all 75 Credits, Live Events, and On Demand Content!

Pay ONE PRICE to access:
  • ALL four live events and all on demand content!
  • Interactive/Synchronous Lectures including Real-Time Chat Text with Speakers
  • The Private CEwire2024 Discussion Forum, where attendees can securely interact with speakers and other conference goers before, during and after the live events and discuss each talk
  • Exclusive Vendor Discounts
  • On Demand Lectures through December 1st, 2024

... and don't forget to watch the CEwire2024 Livestream Interview Show which runs during the live events, and features eye care industry leaders, lectures, and other special guests at the event!
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About CEwire2024

Join us for the largest online CE event in optometry and see why over 18,000 ODs have chosen to participate over the past eight years!

Earn up to 75 COPE-approved CE credits from leading eye care experts with all-new lectures, without leaving home.

Use your conference pass to Watch LIVE online these dates:

February 3-4, 2024
April 27-28, 2024
June 8-9, 2024
September 7-8, 2024


... OR watch ON DEMAND at your own pace and on your own schedule through December 1, 2024.

Register to receive exclusive discounts from leading vendors, and tune in to the CEwire2024 Livestream, where we'll chat with optometric thought leaders and eye care industry executives.

75 Hours of COPE-Approved CE: Watch LIVE or ON DEMAND!

Your registration to CEwire2024 gives you access to the lectures when they are given LIVE online.

Come to as many or as few live events as you'd like: your single conference pass gives you access to ALL the live events.

Each event features all 75 credits, so if you miss one, you can easily catch what you missed at the next live event.

Can't make it live? No problem!

Each time we do a live performance, the lectures are recorded and placed & online for you to view on demand through December 1, 2024.

Watch each archived course as many times as you like. Pause, rewind, or even watch on your phone in between patients.
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The CEwire2024 Private Forum: 24-7 Interactivity

All registrants will receive immediate access to the CEwire2024 Private Forum, where attendees and speakers can interact with each other round-the-clock. The posts in the forum provide an ongoing conversation about each lecture, throughout the year and beyond.

The forum provides you with a private and secure space where you can:
  • Ask questions before, during, and after the event
  • Interact with & get to know your fellow attendees
  • Peruse vendors discounts, and discuss their products and services with experts from each company
The forum acts as a permanent repository that you can always return to in the future -- even months or years after the conference has concluded!

No other conference gives you this sort of long-term access to information.
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CEwire2024 Livestream!

As in prior years, during the live weekends we will broadcast from CEwire HQ.

CEwire staff will give participants the latest updates on the conference in real time, including current discounts being offered at the show, and interviews with leaders in eye care.

Come join the fun!

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Taking CE Has Never Been Easier

Receiving your COPE credits is incredibly simple:

1. Register for CEwire2024 (and if it is your first time with us, remember to give us your ARBO OE Tracker # when you register, so we have it on file.)

2. Login and watch a live performance online! You can interact with the speakers via text chat at the live shows!

...OR you can watch lectures on demand after February 5 through December 1, 2024

3. If watching on one of the "LIVE" days, no quiz is required to gain credits. Simply watch an entire course, and it will be added to your transcript as an "Online Interactive" credit. If watching on demand, complete a short quiz after each hour of class (take the quizzes as many times as you need to in order to pass)

4. We transmit your credits to ARBO automatically, using your ARBO OE Tracker number that you gave when you registered.

We also provide you with digital certificates after you complete each course, which are permanently archived in the ODwire.org Transcript Center should you need to look them up or download them in the future.

CEwire2024 Course List

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Course Title Hours Sync ID Async ID speaker names keywords category
CREATING THE IDEAL OPTICAL TEAM
Kayla Ashlee

Being short staffed is devastating to your success. Stop the revolving door of new staff and learn to rethink how you can intentionally structure a team to allow your optical and everyone in it to thrive.

Learn to identify common shortfalls in the hiring process; how to interview with intent; how to present an attractive business to potential hires, and how to develop a plan for new hires to succeed.
1 88364-PM 88365-PM Ashlee staffing,kayla,ashlee,practice managment PM
PREOP FOR THE PREOP: THE OPTOMETRIST'S ROLE FOR SUCCESSFUL SURGICAL OUTCOMES
Marc R Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO

With all the advances in refractive technology most often the greatest visual limiting factor can be the ocular surface. Therefore, the old adage an ounce of prevention should be utilized prior to any surgical referral. This course is designed to prepare the optometrist to prepare their patient for the pre-operative evaluations for refractive surgery.
1 88366-TD 88367-TD Bloomenstein preop,cataract,surgery,bloomenstein TD
ABOUT FACE: DIPPING YOUR TOES INTO AESTHETICS
Crystal Brimer, OD, FAAO

Aesthetics can be a natural progression when delivering advanced dry eye care treatments. Learn the best first steps to take in paving the way for this expansion and how to prepare your patients for the transition. If done wisely, patients will see this as an answer to their call for recommendations versus a selfish strive toward your financial fortitude.

Learn about the best advanced dry eye treatments that will help you cross over, as well as how to create the ideal environment to market and elevate the patient experience.
1 88368-GO 88369-GO Brimer aesthetics,dry eye,ipl GO
TEN INNOVATIONS IN EYE CARE THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Eye care is experiencing rapid innovation which will improve patient care. This course will review new diagnostic and therapeutics and how they will play a critical role in clinical care.

This course will help you understand new anterior segment technologies and new posterior segment technological applications.
1 88551-TD 88553-TD Brujic technology,anterior segment, posterior segment,diagnostics TD
ANTERIOR SEGMENT OCT UPDATES
Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Anterior segment technologies continue to provide us opportunities to care for our patients in new, innovative ways. This course will review anterior segment OCT, it’s role in managing ocular surface conditions, and its use in specialty lens management.
1 88554-TD 88556-TD Brujic oct,sclerals,contact lenses, technology,anterior segment TD
OPTIMIZING THE TOPICAL MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF GLAUCOMA
Pinakin G. Davey, OD, PhD, FAAO, FARVO

This course deals with various classes of glaucoma medications and when to consider and when not to consider certain agents. Understanding side effects, contraindications and factors that influence persistence and adherence to intraocular pressure lowering agents.
1 88652-GL 88935-GL Davey glaucoma,pharmacology,iop GL
NARCOTICS AND DRUG DIVERSION
Benjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO

Narcotic analgesics certainly have their place in primary eye care. However, prescribing these potent and potentially addictive medications comes with great responsibility on the part of the prescriber.

This course will update the clinician on proper prescribing protocol for narcotic analgesic medications, including common indications, contraindications, and typical dosage amounts and frequencies. There will be case presentations for audience participation interspersed within.
1 88370-PH 88371-PH Casella narcotics,addiction,diversion,pharmacology PH
OPTOMETRY'S ROLE IN THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Benjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO

The opioid epidemic of the 2 decades has impacted nearly every American family in some way, shape, or form. Optometry’s nearly universal authority to prescribe addictive opioid medications brings with it the responsibility to understand how these medications may be abused, how they may be illicitly handled, and how they lead to addictions with the potential to devastate families.

This course will review some of the more commonly prescribed opioid medications in a primary eye care setting. It will also go over contemporary guidelines authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help curb opioid addiction in a health care setting.
2 88864-PH 88926-PH Casella narcotics,addiction,pharmacology PH
HOW TO MANAGE ALL TYPES OF GLAUCOMA SUSPECTS
Michael A. Chaglasian, OD, FAAO

Glaucoma suspects come in all shapes and sizes, with a wide variety of clinical findings and risk factors. Some with high IOP, other without; some with large cup/disc ratio, others without. This course will focus on the best practice tips for identifying glaucoma at the earliest possible stage.
1 88372-GL 88374-GL Chaglasian glaucoma,iop,medical GL
OCT INTERPRETATION: A NEW AND EASY METHOD FOR ALL USERS
Michael A. Chaglasian, OD, FAAO

Accurate interpretation of an OCT imaging report from a Glaucoma Suspect is a critical skill. Unfortunately, the summary reports from all OCT devices can be confusing and misleading. This can lead to incorrect and misdiagnosis.

This lecture will present a new method, applicable to virtually all reports, that will improve efficiency and accuracy of interpretation.
1 88375-GL 88376-GL Chaglasian glaucoma,oct,interpretation,iop,medical GL
UNDERSTANDING GLAUCOMA CODING
Thomas R. Cheezum, OD, CPC, COPC

This course will provide information about documentation and coding for services provided to glaucoma patients. CPT and ICD-10 coding and patient co-management will be reviewed as well as how Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) may affect patient care, documentation and coding. Case examples will be provided.
1 88398-PM 88400-PM Chaglasian glaucoma,coding, billing,practice management PM
ADVANCEMENTS IN CATARACT SURGERY: OUR PATIENTS HAVE OPTIONS!
Ilan Cohen, MD

This one-hour course will discuss the most recent advances in cataract surgery and intraocular lens technologies. We will explain the role of femto-laser cataract surgery, its benefits, and contraindications.

We will have a detailed discussion of issues that need to be addressed to get satisfied patients when using premium IOLs and be able to identify patients who should not get these new technologies.
1 88403-PO 88405-PO Cohen iol,cataract,cataracts,surgery,femto,perioperative PO
UPDATE ON MINIMALLY INVASIVE GLAUCOMA SURGERY (MIGS)
Ilan Cohen, MD

During this one hour presentation we will review the latest advancements in Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery.

We will discuss the various options available (procedures that can be done during Cataract Surgery, and as stand alone procedures.) Advantages and common complications will be discussed. Case studies will be presented with post operative outcomes.
1 88408-GL 88409-GL Cohen migs, glaucoma, surgery GL
FOCUSING ON EYE HEALTH THROUGH THE NUTRITION LENS
Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD

This talk explores the link between nutrition and eye health, offering insights on key nutrients for preventing and managing conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.

Get practical guidelines for a holistic approach, addressing nutrition's role in diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and obesity.
1 88597-PH 88598-PH Crowley nutrition,macular degeneration,glaucoma,cataracts,obesity,heart disease PH
HOT TOPICS IN GLAUCOMA
Murray Fingeret, OD

This course will explore emerging areas that have diagnostic and therapeutic significance. Areas include genetics and artificial intelligence. Primary open-angle glaucoma is caused in part by the genetic composition but not caused by a single gene defect. Variations in a host of genes which can be measured using Polygenic risk score (PRS) to evaluate a person's risk.

With glaucoma diagnosis based upon data assessment (intraocular pressure, pachymetry, hysteresis) and technology based upon image recognition, AI may allow early recognition of optic nerve, retinal nerve fiber layer and macula damage and change.
1 88410-GL 88411-GL Fingeret glaucoma, hot topics,AI,artificial intelligence, genetics GL
PERSONALIZED CARE IN GLAUCOMA
Murray Fingeret, OD

Glaucoma has historically been managed with the doctor making the diagnosis and prescribing therapy. The patient's passive role was to return for appointments and take their medications.

New information has shed light on how the patient can be involved including issues related to diet, alcohol use, cigarette smoking, meditation, and vitamins.

Certain systemic diseases may increase risk including sleep apnea, diabetes, metabolic syndromes, and women's health issues. Home monitoring whether tracking IOP or visual fields allows the patient to be engaged in their care. This course will discuss these areas and how the patient may be involved in their care.
1 88415-GL 88414-GL Fingeret glaucoma, nutrition, diet, alcohol, apnea, diabetes GL
10 DIAGNOSTIC MISTAKES YOU WANT TO AVOID!
Mark A. Friedberg, MD

Some patients present with more challenging problems that we incorrectly perceive as routine. They can present with ocular disorders that can be associated with a more serious systemic disorder.

The purpose of this course is three-fold:
1) To aid the attendee in recognizing disorders that masquerade as more common diseases.
2) To heighten the practitioners awareness to the presence of a more serious underlying disorder.
3) To teach proper management when one of these more serious problems is being considered.
2 88546-TD 88549-TD Friedberg diagnostics, posterior segment, mistakes TD
PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF NON-EXUDATIVE AMD
Jeffry D. Gerson, OD, FAAO

Over the past 15 years, tremendous advances have been made in the detection and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers are published every month, covering a broad range of topics ranging from epidemiology to treatment. Although the expanded knowledge is welcome news, the information overload has made it difficult for clinicians to keep up with the science, much less understand the implications for patient care.

This program will address this need by outlining practical, evidence-based strategies that can be implemented in a medically-oriented practice.
1 88418-TD 88419-TD Gerson AMD,macular degenration TD
OCULAR NUTRITION CONTROVERSIES
Jeffry D. Gerson, OD, FAAO

Nutrition plays an important role in ocular health. This course will use patient cases to demonstrate how nutrition can potentially be of great benefit to patients. Both foods and supplements will be discussed to make implementation easy for the attendee.

The topics will range from A to Z (Astaxanthin to Zeaxanthin) and will focus on retinal diseases but touch on computer vision syndrome, diabetes and ocular surface as well.
1 88423-PH 88424-PH Gerson nutrition, supplements, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin,retina,diabetes PH
OPTOMETRIC CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO

More than one quarter of adults in the United States identify has having some type of disability.

This course will provide the context, language, examination techniques and presentation skills to be inclusive when caring for people with disabilities.
1 88557-PB 88558-PB Harewood disability, disabilities, public health PB
POWERBOOST LENSES: UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS AND LIMITATIONS
Michelle J. Hoff, OD, FAAO ABOM, FNAO & Isabel Kazemi, OD, FAAO

The use of powerboost lenses has significantly increased over the past years. Described as an anti fatigue lens or a “starter” progressive, this lens is often misunderstood and therefore, underprescribed. But patients of all ages can benefit from powerboost lenses.

This presentation will explore the origins of the powerboost lens, use topographic maps to analyze performance and design characteristics.

We review manufacturing product portfolios and how these lenses fit into practice. Several patient cases are outlined that follow both manufacturer suggestions and various off-label uses that have been found to be successful.

This presentation will demonstrate the ease of use and proficiency in understanding the powerboost lenses helping increase patient satisfaction and multiple pair revenue.
1 88425-GO 88426-GO Hoff, Kazemi powerboost lenses,progressives,multifocal GO
A DEEP DIVE INTO SECONDARY GLAUCOMAS
Mitchel J. Ibach, OD, FAAO

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness world-wide. Although primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) is the most common, secondary and even tertiary glaucomas will present to your office, often with a more volatile and progressive nature.

This lecture aims to cover the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the most common secondary glaucomas including; pseudoexfoliation, pigmentary dispersion, uveitic, neovascular, and steroid-response glaucoma. Attendees will leave this lecture with added confidence in the diagnosis and treatment of secondary glaucomas.
1 88438-GL 88439-GL Ibach glaucoma,secondary glaucoma GL
GLAUCOMA GAUNTLET: MANAGING CASES FROM DIAGNOSIS TO TREATMENT
Mitchel J. Ibach, OD, FAAO

Glaucoma’s chronic progressive nature necessitates pairing and leveraging multiple treatments with a goal of buying years of non-progression. Eyecare providers are currently armed with topical medications, drug delivery, laser surgeries, and intraocular surgeries to treat intraocular pressure and ultimately glaucoma.

Using patient cases, this lecture will challenge attendees to work through the glaucoma diagnostics, decide on treatment necessity, and ultimately select the treatment modality. Peer-reviewed evidence will be reviewed with an emphasis on how this research guides our day-to-day care for glaucoma patients.
1 88440-GL 88441-GL Ibach glaucoma GL
HUMAN TRAFFICKING—WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT HAS CHANGED
Lillian T. Kalaczinski, OD, FAAO, DIPL ABO

Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the US. This course will provide information on the types of human trafficking, victim and trafficker identification, crime statistics and OD reporting requirements. US human trafficking modifications and five-year data trends will be discussed.
1 88432-PB 88434-PB Kalaczinski Human Trafficking, public health PB
THE TINY TOT: TIPS, TRICKS, & TACTICS FOR THE FIRST PRESCHOOL EYE EXAM
Viola Kanevsky, OD

The first comprehensive eye examination should occur before a child enters preschool.

This lecture aims to simplify and streamline the techniques required to examine a three-year-old child presenting for their first optometric exam.
1 88442-FV 88443-FV Kanevsky pediatrics,toddler FV
DECISION MAKING IN GLAUCOMA MANAGEMENT
Graham Lakkis, BScOptom, GradCertOcTher, FACO

Clinical management of glaucoma is not always straightforward. In addition to diagnostic and treatment issues, patients do not always respond to therapy as expected.

Through a case-based presentation, a variety of glaucoma management dilemmas will be discussed. The various diagnosis and treatment options presented will give guidance that is both evidence-based and reflective of real world clinical experience.
1 88444-GL 88445-GL Lakkis glaucoma, OCT GL
OVERCOMING MITE FRIGHT: EVERYTHING EYE CARE PROVIDERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEMODEX BLEPHARITIS
Cory J. Lappin, OD, MS, FAAO

Demodex blepharitis is a common but often overlooked condition that can have a significant impact on ocular surface health. This course will cover the biology of Demodex mites, how they impact the lids, lashes, and ocular surface, as well as specific signs and symptoms that allow for diagnosis of Demodex blepharitis.

Different treatment and management strategies for the condition including prescription drops, lid hygiene, and advanced in-office procedures will also be discussed.
1 88446-TD 88447-TD Lappin demodex,mites,blepharitis TD
A GUT FEELING: DIGESTING THE POTENTIAL MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS IN THE GLAUCOMA-GUT AXIS
Austin R. Lifferth OD, FAAO

Just as each patient is unique, so is their gut microbiota. This intestinal ecosystem is dynamic and can become imbalanced due to unhealthy (but potentially modifiable) lifestyle choices. Such conditions potentially lead to gut dysbiosis and the associated effects of systemic bacterial dissemination, neuroinflammation, and obesity. These mechanisms are potentially shared in the development or progression of glaucoma.

In this talk, we'll review the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for glaucoma, and attempt to understand the relationship between gut dysbiosis and ocular disease, specifically glaucoma.
1 88448-GL 88449-GL Lifferth glaucoma, microbiome, risk factors GL
THE GLAUCOMA COMPASS
Nathan Lighthizer, OD, FAAO

Clinical and scientific evidence supports the use of numerous tests to help in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of glaucoma.

This lecture will review some of the classic tests for glaucoma and also introduce and give participants the opportunity to get hands-on with the newer technology including OCT, OCT-A VEP and pERG.
2 88450-GL 88451-GL Lighthizer glaucoma, OCT,OCT-A,VEP,pERG GL
ADVANCES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF GLAUCOMA
Richard J. Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO & Anupam Laul, OD, FAAO, DIPL ABO

Recent advances in glaucoma management trend toward reducing reliance on patients instilling drops and more aggressive use of laser trabeculoplasty and MIGS procedures. This course discusses these trends within the context of interventional glaucoma management.
1 88452-GL 88453-GL Madonna, Laul glaucoma, OCT,OCT-A, trabeculoplasty, MIGS GL
DIAGNOSE THIS DISC EDEMA!
Carolyn E. Majcher, OD, FAAO, FORS

Using primarily a case-based presentation format this course will cover some common and some not-so-common causes of unilateral and bilateral disc edema including papilledema and pseudopapilledema, ischemic optic neuropathy and optic neuritis.

Case discussions will include interpretation of ancillary imaging diagnostic tests, systemic investigation, and generation of management plans using evidence-based medicine
1 88559-NO 88560-NO Majcher edema, optic nerve, disc NO
FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY: A CASE BASED REVIEW OF ANGLE CLOSURE GLAUCOMA
Carolyn E. Majcher, OD, FAAO, FORS

Using primarily a case-based presentation format this course will cover the fundamentals of both primary and secondary forms of angle closure glaucoma.

Diagnostic testing, especially gonioscopy, and evidenced-based management options will be discussed.
1 88561-GL 88562-GL Majcher glaucoma, gonioscopy,secondary,primary GL
GROWING WITH SPECIALTIES
Samantha Hornberger, OD

The practice of optometry is expanding from primary care and routine exams into specialty areas of practice. This course describes the many areas of optometric specialty that exist and gives a low overview of each along with how they can be used in practice.
1 88458-GO 88459-GO Hornberger specialties, specialty GO
CONNECTING THE EYE AND BRAIN WITH NUTRITION IN OPTOMETRY
John Nolan, BSc, PhD

This course will cover the main aspects of macular health and function and how these measures can be used as a marker of brain health and function. The attendees will gain knowledge of how measurements of carotenoid nutrition in the optometry clinic, now possible by assessing skin carotenoids, can be used to improve visual function and brain function, with positive outcomes for patients and practice.
1 88461-TD 88463-TD Nolan nutrition,supplementation,supplements,macula TD
A PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE FOR PATIENTS WITH DIABETES
Paula R. Newsome, OD, MS, FAAO, FAARM, CHC

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the US and in the last 20 years, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled. The implication for most optometrists is that we are and will see these patients.

Using case presentations, this course will shed light on the role of the optometrists in identifying patients suspicious for diabetes and with diabetes and how we can impact their quality of life.

Using the AOA Standards of Care, we will discuss the role of optometrist in managing patients with diabetes to minimize ocular complications. Finally, we will discuss successful ways the optometrist can assist in the care of this patient and sorne strategies to get the optometrist being an integral part of the Diabetes Care Team.
2 88465-SD 88466-SD Newsome diabetes, nutrition,primary care, systemic disease SD
MANAGEMENT OF OCULAR PAIN IN THE ERA OF THE OPIATE/FENTANYL EPIDEMIC
Bruce Onofrey, OD, RPh, FAAO

Management of pain with controlled substances has become more challenging within the context of the devasting effect on society of the opiate/fentanyl epidemic. This epidemic has affected the wellbeing and lives of thousands of people.

To ensure that prescribers do not add to this problem via the legal prescription process, the DEA has mandated that all DEA licensees participate in regular training, prior to renewal of their DEA license to prescribe controlled substances. This lecture will cover strategies to avoid diversion of these drugs as well as alternatives to their use. Case management examples are used to illustrate proper drug selection and use. Addiction mechanisms, behavior and resources to aid the addicted patient and provider are included.

The complete pharmacology of these agents is covered including indications, mechanism of action, side-effects, adverse effects, dosages and contraindications.
2 88814-PH 88923-PH Onofrey opioids,narcotics,DEA,pain PH
UNDERSTANDING CENTRAL RETINAL ARTERY OCCLUSION
Carlo J. Pelino, OD, FAAO

The goal of this course is to provide information about central retinal artery occlusion (a true ocular emergency) that can present in an optometric practice. Specifically, it will review clinical findings, appropriate systemic testing, as well as treatment and management of this emergency.

New treatment options and specific testing will be discussed. This course will be presented in a grand rounds fashion.
1 88469-SD 88470-SD Pelino CRAO, central retinal artery occlusion, systemic disease SD
WHEN TOPICALS JUST DON'T CUT IT: ORAL ANTIBIOTICS IN EYECARE
Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD

This lecture aims to deepen eyecare professionals' understanding of the oral antibiotics frequently used in eyecare. The course will demystify the five main classes of oral antibiotics—beta-lactams, sulfonamides, macrolide, tetracyclines, and fluoroquinolones—highlighting their respective mechanisms of action, advantages, and disadvantages.

The lecture will also equip attendees with the skills to manage common ocular diseases requiring oral antibiotic treatment. By the end of the course, participants will have gained valuable insights into selecting appropriate treatment protocols, ensuring optimal patient outcomes.
1 88471-PH 88472-PH Petrosyan oral pharmaceuticals, fluoroquinolone,tetracycline,macrolide,sulfonamides,antibiotics PH
GLAUCOMA DETECTION: TOOLS, TECHNIQUES & BEST PRACTICES
Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD

This course aims to equip primary care optometrists with the essential knowledge and skills needed for the early detection of glaucoma and glaucoma progression.

Covering key aspects of ocular anatomy and physiology related to glaucoma and the practical application of various clinical and imaging tools.

Participants will leave with a thorough understanding of glaucoma diagnosis, enabling them to provide timely and effective care to their patients.
2 88473-GL 88474-GL Petrosyan glaucoma, diagnosis GL
GLAUCOMA TREATMENT: OPTIONS AND BEST PRACTICES
Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD

This course aims to equip primary care optometrists with the essential knowledge and skills needed for glaucoma management. Covering key aspects of topical, surgical, and innovative treatment, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of glaucoma management options.
1 88475-GL 88476-GL Petrosyan glaucoma, treatment GL
A GUIDE TO SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL PAIN MANAGEMENT
Joseph J. 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 responsible management of ocular and periocular pain, with an emphasis on safe drug prescribing.

The goal of this course is to provide current and accurate information about diagnosis, and responsible management of ocular and periocular pain
1 88478-PH 88479-PH Pizzimenti narcotics, pain, pharmacology PH
CONVERSATIONS IN GLAUCOMA
Joseph J. Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

This course will use a case-based format to examine several clinical scenarios as a framework for discussion of glaucoma diagnosis and management. Attendees will learn how to interpret the results of imaging technology to diagnose glaucoma at an early stage.

Emphasis will be on making appropriate decisions about when to use laser and micro-invasive procedures as a primary treatment for glaucoma versus more traditional glaucoma therapies.
1 88480-GL 88481-GL Pizzimenti glaucoma, diagnosis, treatment, OCT GL
THE PITFALLS AND PEARLS OF TOPICAL MEDICATION USAGE
Yuna Rapoport, MD, MPH

Topical medications have unique challenges with compliance, and instillation issues that aren't applicable to other routes, which can be frustrating to both patients and clinicians.

This course will help you understand measures of adherence, the blockages to compliance, what an incorrect instillation is, and how to improve patient compliance with topicals. We will also review future innovations in topical medications.
1 88563-GO 88564-GO Rapoport topicals, instillation,compliance GO
4 INTERESTING AND INSTRUCTIVE ANTERIOR SEGMENT CASES
Christopher J. Rapuano, MD

Eye care professionals treat patients with a large variety of anterior segment conditions. Certain conditions are seen much more commonly in clinical practice than others although it is important to be aware of less common entities too. Three somewhat common diagnoses and 1 very common condition causing an unusual symptom were selected due to the great importance of making the correct diagnosis and rapidly beginning appropriate management.

This course will discuss the four clinical diagnoses of conjunctival squamous tumor, infectious crystalline keratopathy, ocular chemical injury and chalazion as an unusual cause for irregular astigmatism. A case-based approach including clinical presentation and follow-up examinations will be used as learners often retain material better when associated with a specific case. A technical description of the condition and its treatment options will be discussed.
1 88653-TD 88922-TD Rapuano anterior segment, squamous tumor, chemical injury TD
ELEVATE YOUR CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF BLEPHAROPTOSIS
Susan A. Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS

This course will focus on the significance of blepharoptosis in the primary eyecare setting. Our discussion will impart an understanding of the anatomical structure and neurophysiologic function of the lids to guide the optometrist in the differential diagnosis, management, and treatment options for acquired blepharoptosis.
1 88482-TD 88483-TD Resnick blepharoptosis, lids, droop TD
MYOPIA MANAGEMENT- THE NEXT GENERATION
Brianna C. Rhue, OD, FAAO, FSLS

This course will explore proposed mechanisms behind the development and progression of myopia, identify known risk factors, and provide an evidence-based update on therapies aimed at helping the practitioner to understand why it is important to treat myopia, how to identify patients that are at risk for progression and how to choose a treatment strategy based on research to slow down the progression of myopia in children.
1 88484-GO 88485-GO Rhue myopia management,children,pediatrics GO
AMD: THE PATH TO DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT
Julie A. Rodman, OD, MSc, FAAO

This course will provide an overview of Age-Related Macular Degeneration including epidemiology, pathophysiology, and risk factors. A detailed analysis of the various stages of AMD will be introduced and illustrated via case examples. This course will highlight the use of SD-OCT in the categorization of AMD.
1 88486-TD 88487-TD Rodman AMD, age-related macular degeneration,OCT TD
THE ROLE OF MULTIMODAL IMAGING IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF GA
Julie A. Rodman, OD, MSc, FAAO

This course will review the advanced stages of Age-Related Macular Degeneration including the exudative form and non-exudative forms of the disease. Emphasis will be placed on the use of multimodal imaging including OCT, Fundus Autofluorescence, Color Fundus Photography and Near-Infrared Imaging. New treatment and management options for Geographic Atrophy will be discussed.
1 88488-TD 88489-TD Rodman AMD, age-related macular degeneration,geographic atrophy, autofluorescence, OCT TD
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN EYE CARE: A ROAD MAP FOR THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
Steve Silberberg, OD

A comprehensive summary of how Artificial Intelligence is beginning to enter all aspects of eye care. The course will cover both the clinical as well as the business uses of AI.

We explain what AI is, and how it has developed over the past several yars. We examine how the technology is being implemented in diagnostic devices, and give a brief review of current AI platforms. Finally we will look at what is coming in the near future.
1 88490-PM 88491-PM Silberberg AI,Artificial Intelligence PM
ORAL MEDICATIONS IN ANTERIOR SEGMENT DISEASE
Steven L. Sorkin, OD, FSLS, Dipl. ABO

Oral Medications play a vital role in the treatment and management of anterior segment disease. Various classes of oral medications will be discussed with the use of case studies. Indications and contraindications of antibiotics, antivirals, pain medications and antihistamines will be discussed in this course.
2 88492-PH 88493-PH Sorkin orals, oral, pharmacology, medicines, antibiotics, antivirals, pain, narcotics PH
PRESCRIBING DANGEROUS AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IN EYE CARE
Steven L. Sorkin, OD, FSLS, Dipl. ABO

This course will review the contemporary state of the opioid epidemic in the United States and its effect on society in general. Specific impacts on optometric practice will be discussed.

The roles of topical and oral pain management in eye care will be reviewed and new approaches to the management of ocular pain will be highlighted during this course. Public health ramifications of addiction and proposed government intervention/ possible remedies will also be covered.
2 88815-PH 88925-PH Sorkin orals, oral, pharmacology, DEA, pain, narcotics PH
PHONE A FRIEND: THE GREATEST CASES THAT I NEVER SAW
Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO

In a case-based format, several entities are discussed which presented in consultation, not in person, but via text, phone call, and email.

In each case, despite limited diagnostic information and distant clinical examination, pertinent details are identified, confounding information is dissected, and key diagnostic clues and considerations are emphasized leading to proper management in each situation.

This lecture emphasizes the value of secondary consultation and opinion through distant means for the betterment of patient care and improving patient outcomes.
2 88496-NO 88497-NO Sowka neuro, cases, consultants NO
SLEEP APNEA: MORE THAN JUST SNORING
Shannon L. Steinhäuser, OD, MS, FAAO

Sleep apnea is synonymous with snoring, but it has far more detrimental effects to patients than just a poor night's sleep.

This course will discuss the different types of sleep apnea and which patients are at risk for the condition. The ocular, systemic, and mental health comorbidities of sleep apnea will be reviewed. The extent of the social impact that sleep apnea complications cause will be discussed, as well as how eye care providers can assist in caring for this population.
1 88498-SD 88499-SD Steinhauser apnea, sleep, sleep apnea, systemic, comorbidities SD
PRECISION VISION: PRESCRIBING FOR ATHLETES
Jennifer L. Stewart, OD

Catering to the unique needs of our athlete patients is extremely important for optometrists. Understanding the types of correction that are available and appropriate including contact lenses, glasses, refractive surgery options and sports safety eyewear is essential to optimizing visual performance.
1 88500-GO 88501-GO Stewart sports vision, athletes,safety eyewear GO
TRAINING THE VISUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE ATHLETE: A STRUCTURED PROGRAM AND USEFUL DRILLS
Donald S. Teig, OD, FAAO

A step by step approach to enhancing and/or remediating the visual-cognitive-motor skills of athletes at all skills levels. Learn the 12 week in-office, on-the-field and at-home program as exemplified with a major league baseball pitcher.

Attention will also be given to specific “on-the-field” training drills in a variety of many other sports as well.
1 88506-FV 88507-FV Teig sports vision, athletes,safety eyewear, training, drills FV
THE MIND'S EYE: HOW TO IMPLEMENT POSITIVE IMAGERY TO GET INTO THE "ALPHA ZONE"
Donald S. Teig, OD, FAAO

Learn the secrets of Dr. Teig's unique visualization program that he has successfully taught to a virtual “who's who” of high-profile athletes in the game of sports as well as the game of life! This course will help you to navigate the hills and valleys of your own personal and professional lives as well by not only being physically fit but mental fit as well!
1 88508-FV 88509-FV Teig sports vision, alpha, athletes, drills FV
LOVE YOUR EYELIDS: HOW TO PROMOTE AND PRESERVE EYELID HEALTH
Craig Thomas, OD

In this course, we learn about common eyelid pathologies and how to treat them. Emphasis is placed on screening and risk assessment, patient education, eyelid hygiene procedures and treatment interventions. We will review the structure and function of the eyelid in health and disease, and the scientific principles of photobiology, bioenergetics, and photobiomodulation. Finally we will discuss energy-based treatment options for inflammatory eyelid disease
1 88855-TD 88924-TD Teig eyelids, photobiomodulation,bioenergetics FV
WHEN IT'S NOT… MACULAR MASQUERADERS
Shaina M. Sullivan, OD

This course will cover how to use the newest technology to help differentiate macular pathologies that are commonly misdiagnosed.

We will review signs of various macular pathologies, learn to recognize common and uncommon types of macular pathology, and learn to utilize technology to differentiate various macular pathologies. We will also detail the proper management guidelines for various macular pathologies
1 88510-TD 88511-TD Sullivan macula, macular pathology, technology TD
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) FOR OCT SCAN ANALYSIS
Maria A. Znamenska, MD, PhD

This course will cover how to use the newest technology to help differentiate macular pathologies that are commonly misdiagnosed.

We will review signs of various macular pathologies, learn to recognize common and uncommon types of macular pathology, and learn to utilize technology to differentiate various macular pathologies. We will also detail the proper management guidelines for various macular pathologies
1 88599-GO 88601-GO Znamenska AI,Artificial Intelligence, OCT, pathology GO
THE ONLY GUIDE TO IOLS YOU'LL EVER NEED
Oliver C. Kuhn-Wilken, OD

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are ubiquitous little devices that change our patients' lives forever. 500 million have been implanted since their invention 75 years ago, and their design has been subject to intense refinements and improvements.

Learn what your surgeon thinks about when they think about IOLs, including the details of their materials, how IOLs have been designed to reduce posterior capsular opacification, their role in the creation of unwanted visual phenomena known as dysphotopsias, and how they affect the worsening of macular degeneration.

Do IOLs improve your sleep? Does your pseudophakic patient see better than you do? Will they ever invent an IOL that can truly accommodate? Learn the answers to these questions and more.
1 88512-PO 88513-PO Wilken IOL, cataract, surgery,guide PO
INTERVENTIONAL GLAUCOMA: A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE MANAGEMENT OF GLAUCOMA
Richard S. Witlin, MD, FACS

Open angle glaucoma has been thought of as a medical disease. Patients have glaucoma laser therapy or surgery after they fail maximal medical therapy. Interventional therapies such as selective laser trabeculoplasty in all its forms, the development of MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery) Procedures and sustained release drug depot implants are changing all this. This course will present practical tips for incorporating SLT into your practice, discuss stand alone MIGS therapies and stimulate the attendee to look at the management of glaucoma in a new light.
1 88816-GL 88927-GL Witlin glaucoma,SLT GL
SHEDDING LIGHT ON NEW KERATOCONUS MANAGEMENT - PART 1
Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc

Kertoconus (KCN) is one of the most encountered forms of irregular corneas in clinical practices. Early detection of KCN can allow optometrists to deliver significantly larger impact to patients’ disease course and quality of life. This course will showcase keratoconus detection tools to guide your clinical management algorithm.
0.5 88514-TD 88515-TD Chang kcn, keratoconus TD
SHEDDING LIGHT ON NEW KERATOCONUS MANAGEMENT - PART 2
Beeran Meghpara, MD

Keratoconus (KCN) is a progressive corneal disease. When left undetected and untreated, it may result in severe visual impairment. Early disease detection combined with timely interventions can prevent unnecessary loss of vision and quality of life for KCN patients. This course will discuss modern KCN management paradigm with medical and surgical treatment options.
0.5 88516-TD 88517-TD Meghpara kcn, keratoconus TD
ORAL MEDICATIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF OCULAR PAIN
William Tullo, OD, FAAO & Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc

A review of commonly used medications used in clinical practices in successfully treatment ocular pain. Focusing primarily on oral medications, this course will highlight dosage, efficacy, safety and other clinical variables to guide your decision-making process in prescribing these medications.
1 88518-PH 88519-PH Tullo, Chang pain,drugs,medicine,narcotics,orals PH
HIGHER ORDER ABERRATIONS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc & Christine Sindt, OD, FAAO

Correcting residual higher order aberrations is a new frontier that clinicians have been waiting on to expand the refractive therapeutic effects in our clinical tool belt - both for our irregular and regular cornea patients. This lecture will highlight current advancements in wavefront guided optics and corresponding contact lens fitting process. Speakers will share patient cases to demonstrate their evolving fitting concepts and clinical outcome management.
1 88520-CL 88521-CL Chang, Sindt higher order aberrations, HOAs, contact lenses CL
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN TO NEW PRESBYOPIC IOL ADVANCEMENTS
Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc & Brandon Ayres, MD

As presbyopic patient population grows, so has their visual demands. Their needs for visual independence will continue to revolutionize our clinical management. This course will highlight novel surgical treatments, both recent and in pipeline, to help elevate clinical care for your presbyopia patients.
1 88522-PO 88523-PO Chang, Ayres IOLs, presbyopia, surgery PO

Speakers

Kayla Ashlee is the founder of Spexy, an international optometric speaker, a certified optician, and an optometric renegade. Her direct and relatable approach to training has set her apart in the optical industry. Kayla took her knowledge of industry coaching and adapted it to reach any eyecare office that is hungry to grow by putting her training in an online video learning platform called Spexy® The result, she and her team train opticals how to give a sensational experience to their patients and it is transforming the patient relationship with their optical in a powerful way.

She also created a tool called FrameTurn® for independent opticals. It allows opticals to have access to frame inventory coaching and guidance based upon each optical’s unique sales numbers and has proven to be a massive profit builder for the independent! To learn more about her visit www.beSpexy.com.
Brandon Ayres, MD attended Eastern Nazarene College for undergraduate education and then went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed an internship through University of Pennsylvania Health System, Presbyterian Medical Center and then completed his Ophthalmology Residency at UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Ayres then went on to complete a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital.

Having worked at Ophthalmic Partners since 2007, Dr. Ayres is board-certified in ophthalmology and specializes in all forms of corneal transplantation and complex cataract surgery. He was the first physician at Wills Eye Hospital to perform a Descemets' membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). In addition to corneal transplantation, Dr. Ayres also has experience in the repair of traumatic eye injuries, implant complications and iris repair.

For over ten years, Dr. Ayres has been on staff at both the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital, where he is the co-director of the Fellowship Program, and at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. During his first year as an Attending Physician on the Cornea Service, he became the youngest recipient of the Golden Apple Award at Wills Eye. He given lectures and instructed courses nationally and internationally, including the annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons, among others.
Marc R. Bloomenstein, OD is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology. He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998.

Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Modern Optometry, Optometric Management and a frequent contributor to other various optometric journals.

Dr. Bloomenstein served as the Chairman of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and served on the board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO), as well as a founding member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society (OCCRS). Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 1500 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.
Crystal Brimer, OD, FAAO is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Southern College of Optometry, and a Fellow of the AAO. In Wilmington, NC, she owns a private boutique practice and Dry Eye Center, that she also uses for clinical investigations. Dr. Brimer is devoted to the development of equipment and protocols that help doctors differentiate the underlying causes of ocular surface disease and ensure successful outcomes.

Dr. Brimer enjoys publishing articles as well as the extensive travel, both nationally and internationally, to lecture and consult within the field. In her down time, she enjoys life on the water and being a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. He is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful three location optometric practice in Northwest Ohio.

He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment, contact lenses and glaucoma. He is active at all levels of organized optometry.

Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 250 articles and has given over 1400 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.
Benjamin P. Casella, OD is a third-generation optometrist who owns and operates Casella Eye Center in Augusta, GA, which was established in 1948 by his grandfather, Victor. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and completing his residency at State University of New York College of Optometry, Dr. Casella joined the family practice in 2008, continuing the tradition of providing quality care to the local community alongside his father.

In addition to managing the family practice, Dr. Casella serves as the chief optometric editor of Optometry Times®. He is very active within the professional optometric community, holding many positions within the Georgia Optometric Association, serving on the AOA Evidence Based Optometry Committee, and having been named the Young OD of the South by SECO International in 2014.
Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO is an associate professor at ICO and chief of staff of the Illinois Eye Institute. He is a graduate of State University of New York College of Optometry and completed a residency in primary eye care/ocular disease at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Dr. Chaglasian is in charge of the Glaucoma Service at the Illinois Eye Institute, providing patient care while instructing residents and students.

He is a founding member and treasurer of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and has a number of published articles and has contributed chapters to several popular textbooks on the topics of glaucoma and visual fields.
Clark Y. Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO is both Director of Cornea Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital - Cornea Service and Director of Clinical Services at TLC Vision. After finishing his residency, he further completed a fellowship in cornea and contact lenses. He has taken part in numerous clinical studies on corneal cross-linking and has authored extensively on keratoconus management involving both surgical and/or contact lens innovations.

He is an advisory board member at International Keratoconus Academy (IKA), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), and Optometric Cornea Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS). In addition, Dr. Chang is also the immediate past president of New Jersey Academy of Optometry and the current vice chair of the membership committee at the American Academy of Optometry.
Thomas R. Cheezum, O.D., CPC, COPC is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He was in private practice for 35 years. After selling his practice in 2013, he worked in a multi specialty medi-cal practice providing medical eye care to a high risk Medicare aged patient base until 2018 when he retired from clinical practice.

He is a past member of the Virginia Board of Examiners in Optometry and past recipient of both the “O.D. of the Year” and “Distinguished Achievement" awards of the Virginia Optometric Asso-ciation.

He currently does consulting work in the areas of record keeping, billing, coding and practice compliance with various government programs. He is also an AAPC Certified Professional Coder and is the first optometrist to attain the Certified Ophthalmology Professional Coder credential.
Ilan Cohen, MD is the president and medical director of the Cohen Eye Institute, with locations in New York and New Jersey. He is fellowship-trained in cornea and refractive surgery.

In the last 25 years, he has performed more than 75,000 vision correction procedures including on more than 1000 doctors. Dr. Cohen performed the first implantable contact lens procedure (ICL), in the Tri-state area. Dr. Cohen’s vast surgical experience includes a large number of complex cataract and LASIK surgeries that are referred to him by other ophthalmologists seeking his unique skill set with such delicate operations.

Dr. Cohen is a graduate of Tufts University School of medicine and did his cornea fellowship at the Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD is an advocate for effective communication, patient-centered approach, and improved access to care for people with obesity. After 16 years as dietitian and Program Coordinator with Medical University of South Carolina’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program, she has recently joined seca's Medical Body Composition and Bioimpedance Analysis Division as the Professional Affiliations and Education Manager. Nina partners with health care providers and organizations to provide education and support for using body composition analysis as an outcome.

Nina holds her doctorate in Health Psychology from Walden University, her MS in Health Care Policy and Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and her BS in Nutrition Science from Cornell University.

Dr. Crowley has published 11 peer-reviewed articles, presented 36 abstracts/posters at professional meetings, and given over 120 invited presentations over the past decade on psychological variables like quality of life and eating behaviors, long-term outcomes and optimized patient care through better communication, patient-centered care, and motivational interviewing, and reducing weight bias and obesity stigma.

She’s served in several leadership positions for all of the local, regional, and national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric surgery, and serves on the board of directors for the patient advocacy group, the Obesity Action Coalition.
Pinakin Davey, OD, PhD, FAAO is a tenured full Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. He holds Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from Southern College of Optometry and a Ph.D. from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. His post-doctoral research fellowship at University of Louisville for three years was focused on improving imaging techniques in glaucoma.

His research is focused on retinal physiology and glaucoma particularly improving visual function in disease states. He has authored over 75 international publications and has given over 300 conference and invited presentations both nationally and internationally. His research work is funded in past and present by the National Institute of Health and industry sponsored FDA trials.
Murray Fingeret, OD, FAAO is Chief of the Optometry Section, Brooklyn/St. Albans Campus, Department of Veterans Administration New York Harbor Health Care System.

Dr. Fingeret is a Clinical Professor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Fingeret was induced into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2019 and sits on the Board of Directors of the Glaucoma Foundation. He is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the American Optometric Association, and the National Academies of Practice.

Dr. Fingeret is a founding member and past-president of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and currently the president of the Optometric Glaucoma Foundation.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award from the American Academy of Optometry, 2008 Distinguished Service Award Optometric Glaucoma Society, 2005 Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal from the American Academy of Optometry, 1999 AMSUS Federal Service Optometrist of the Year award and 1996 Otsuka Glaucoma Educators Award from the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Fingeret sits on the annual meeting program committee, Glaucoma Section, Association in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the editorial boards for the Journal of Glaucoma, International Glaucoma Review, Glaucoma Today, Primary Care Optometry News, Optometry Times and Review of Optometry and has authored numerous articles and co-authored the texts "Atlas of Primary Eyecare Procedures" and "Primary Care of the Glaucomas".
Mark Friedberg, MD graduated with top honors from Brown University Undergraduate and was selected to the medical honor society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Friedberg was also chosen to be one of 12 residents at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital where he did his training.

He was then selected to be the coveted, sole retinal trainee for the Washington National Eye Center located at the Washington Hospital Center.

He is the co-founding editor and original lead author of the best selling book in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease. Dr. Friedberg has also published numerous articles on eye surgery, has given dozens of lectures to societies of eye doctors, and has been a reviewer for eye journals in the past. He has served as a consultant to over 100 eye doctors and has performed thousands of eye operations.
Jeffry Gerson, OD graduated from Indiana University school of optometry in 1997. He then went on to complete a residency at the VA medical center in Kansas City concentrating on ocular disease and low vision. Immediately after leaving the VA, he became faculty at the University of Kansas school of medicine in the department of ophthalmology. Dr. Gerson was responsible for staffing clinics as well as some resident education and development of a low vision clinic.

Before entering private practice, he was in several different settings, including 2 ½ years in a retinal referral center where he had access to numerous diagnostic technologies as well as participation in numerous clinical trials.

Dr. Gerson has authored several articles in journals such as “Review of Optometry” and “Optometric Management”, and continues to do so. He also lectures frequently on the topics of retinal disease and systemic disease both here in the US and abroad. He is on numerous advisory boards which often times allows him early access to technology. He is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Kansas optometric association which named him their 2008 Young OD of the Year. He is a fellow of both the Academy of Optometry and Optometric Retina Society.
Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO is the Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY College of Optometry, where she also holds the title of Associate Clinical Professor. She is a graduate of Berkeley Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at SUNY College of Optometry.

Dr Harewood spent most of her career working in city hospitals in medically underserved areas of New York City, and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics in ocular disease management and culturally responsive care.

She has been a leading voice in the push for equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the profession of optometry.
Michelle J. Hoff, OD, FAAO ABOM, FNAO became a licensed optician in 1987 and has 3 degrees from the University of California Berkeley, a BA in Marine Biology, a BS in Vision Science and Doctor of Optometry.

She started her career as a staff optician in 1990 at UC Berkeley School of Optometry and progressed to associate professor. Dr. Hoff's area of education is Ophthalmic Optics but has taught Clinical Examination of the Eye, as well as a clinical instructor in the Eye Wear Center, Primary Care, and Binocular Vision clinics.

She also has several years of experience in high end retail optical sales and management, private practice, and finishing laboratory work.

In addition to her teaching position, Dr. Hoff is one of three founding partners of Sightline Ophthalmic Consulting, LLC. The company is committed to helping vision care professionals through education and training to elevate their patient care and business revenue.
Samantha Hornberger, OD graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2005. She was born and raised in Indiana and is a Hoosier through and through, loving Bloomington so much that she remained there to complete residency training with a focus on cornea disease and contact lenses.

Dr. Hornberger owns a practice in Dearborn County, Indiana she opened cold in fall 2013 that she recently expanded in order to serve more of her hometown community. Dr. Hornberger is the President of her local Indiana Optometry Association society and is actively working to advocate for optometry. She also enjoys speaking on practice management and teaching continuing education classes along with speaking on behalf of products and companies she strongly believes in.

Dr. Hornberger’s passion is sharing knowledge with and promoting her fellow eye care professionals in able to help them be more successful and is grateful to also be providing high-tech but approachable eye care to her hometown community.
Mitchel J. Ibach, OD, FAAO is a residency trained optometrist at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Ibach attended the Pacific University College of Optometry where he graduated summa cum laude. Mitch completed his residency training at Minnesota Eye Consultants with a concentration on cornea, refractive surgery, external disease and glaucoma.

In September of 2014, he joined Vance Thompson Vision to focus on advanced anterior segment surgery care and pathology. Mitch is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an Intrepid Eye Society member, a member with the American Optometric Association, Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS), and the South Dakota Optometric Society. Dr. Ibach is the residency co-coordinator at Vance Thompson Vision, and is also an adjunct clinical faculty for the Illinois College of Optometry and the Pikesville College of Optometry
Lillian T. Kalaczinski, OD, FAAO, DIPL ABO is an associate professor at Ferris State University and Chief of Primary Care Servies at University Eye Center.

She is a 1998 MCO graduate following three years in the Pre-Optometry program at Ferris.

She served as director of vision services at a Grand Rapids-area community health center before joining the MCO faculty in 2015.

Dr. Kalaczinski was named Michigan Optometric Association's 2021 Educator of the Year, and in 2022 was named as interim Assoicate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at Ferris.
Viola Kanevsky, OD is a pediatric optometrist specializing in custom contact lenses, who has practiced on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for almost 30 years.

An émigré from the former Soviet Union, Dr. Kanevsky lived in Netanya, Brussels, and Miami, until her family settled in New York City in 1979. Many years later, having earned a BS from Pace University and a Doctorate from SUNY State College of Optometry, she works and lives with her husband, daughter, and son in the neighborhood that she loves best.

. She is the immediate past President of the New York State Optometric Association and has served on its board in various capacities for several years; she has served as director of the Optometric Society of the City of New York. She is the president of the NY chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) and has joined VOSH on medical missions to orphanages in Mexico, Peru and Guatemala.

In 2022, Dr. Kanevsky ranked #1 on Newsweek’s list of America's Best Eye Doctors.
Isabel Kazemi, OD, FAAO practiced for almost two decades in a private practice in San Francisco, after graduating from UC Berkeley School of Optometry, where she returned to as a full-time faculty member and clinical instructor at the school's Eyewear Center and as an attending instructor at a Community Clinic.

Dr. Kazemi embraces her role as an educator and patient care provider, lecturing locally to students, faculty, community optometrists, and nationally at the American Academy of Optometry Meetings.

Dr. Kazemi's commitment to education, community service, and patient care is evidenced by awards, such as a Certificate of Honor for Outstanding Service presented by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the City of San Francisco as well as a Certificate of Recognition for Continued Support Assisting Businesses presented by the U.S. Senate.
Oliver C. Kuhn-Wilken, OD practices as a staff optometrist at Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in Tualatin, Oregon, primarily doing pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery.

He received his doctor of optometry degree from Pacific University, and completed a residency in geriatric optometry, low vision, and ocular disease at the American Lake VA Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.

Away from work, Oliver enjoys trail running, rowing, reading, hiking, and having adventures with his wife and two kids.
Graham Lakkis, BScOptom, GradCertOcTher, FACO owns a private practice in East Victoria, Australia, with a clinical focus on ocular disease management and glaucoma treatment.

Graham also holds positions as a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Optometry and Vision Science, and Lead Optometrist at the University of Melbourne Glaucoma Clinic.

He is a member of the Optometry Board of Australia’s Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee, Optometry Australia’s Glaucoma Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Glaucoma Communities of Practice. Graham has lectured at both local and international conferences on the topics of glaucoma, ocular disease and advanced clinical instrumentation.
Cory J. Lappin, OD, FAAO is a native of Northeast Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Honors with Distinction.

He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he concurrently completed his Master of Science degree in Vision Science. At the college he served as Class President and was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.

Following graduation, Dr. Lappin continued his training by completing a residency in Ocular Disease at the renowned Cincinnati Eye Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Lappin has been recognized for his clinical performance, receiving the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Practice Excellence Award. He has also been actively engaged in research, being selected to take part in the NIH/NEI T35 research training program and receiving the Vincent J. Ellerbrock Memorial Award in recognition of accomplishments in vision science research.

Dr. Lappin practices at Phoenix Eye Care and the Dry Eye Center of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona, where he treats a wide variety of ocular diseases, with a particular interest in dry eye and ocular surface disease. Additionally, he has authored numerous articles and lectures on topics related to ocular surface disease.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Association, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Optometric Association. He also volunteers with the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program. In his free time, Dr. Lappin enjoys weight lifting, trail running, and exploring the world through hiking and new culinary experiences.
Anupam Laul, OD, FAAO, DIPL ABO has been clinical faculty at SUNY Optometry since 2016. Prior to SUNY, he served as clinical faculty at Johns Hopkins, School of Medicine and the Ohio State University, College of Optometry where he was the Chief of the Ocular Disease Service. He graduated from the Michigan College of Optometry, followed by a residency in Ocular Disease at the Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston/New England College of Optometry.

He is an attending in the Primary Eye Care Service and the Glaucoma Service and also teaches ocular disease clinical procedures labs. He is the instructor of record of the Ophthalmic Lasers and In-Office Surgical Procedures course and The Role of the Optometrist in Surgical Care elective.

He is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, the Optometric Glaucoma Society and is board certified by the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Laul is also the Chair of the Environmental Safety and Infection Control Committee and runs the Glaucoma Micro-Credential Program at the College.
Austin R. Lifferth OD, FAAO graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2003 and completed a post-graduate residency in ocular disease at the Huntington, West Virginia Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2003-2004.

Since that time, he has practiced in an ophthalmology co-management center for several years at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers, a hospital-based setting at The Villages, Florida Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, and is now back home again in Indiana as a consultative optometrist with an emphasis in glaucoma management at Center for Sight in Carmel, Indiana.

Dr. Lifferth is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Glaucoma Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry, Chair of the Glaucoma Section of the American Academy of Optometry, and is a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.
Nate Lighthizer, OD, FAAO is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry. Upon graduation, he completed a residency in Family Practice Optometry with an emphasis in Ocular Disease through Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO).

Dr. Lighthizer has since joined the faculty at the Oklahoma College of Optometry and serves as the Chief of Specialty Care Clinics and the Chief of Electrodiagnostics Clinic. In 2014, he founded and now heads the Dry Eye Clinic at the College of Optometry. Also in 2014, he was named the Director of Continuing Education as well as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Care Services at the Oklahoma College of Optometry.

Starting in 2020, he was named the Associate Dean of the NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry. He is a founding member, and currently serves as President, of the Intrepid Eye Society which is a group of emerging thought leaders in optometry.

He was named a member of PCON 250 – A list of the top 250 optometrists in the country who practice progressively, provide innovative patient care, conduct optometric research or excel in academia and share what they have learned with other optometrists to advance the profession. Dr. Lighthizer lectures nationally and internationally on numerous topics, most notably advanced ophthalmic procedures, electrodiagnostics, and ocular disease.
Richard J. Madonna, OD, FAAO is Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Education and Director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the SUNY College of Optometry. Clinically, his practice at the College’s University Eye Center is limited to glaucoma.

He lectures nationally and internationally on glaucoma and ophthalmic imaging. Among many professional activities, he currently serves as Vice President of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.

He has received a number of awards, most recently the American Academy of Optometry’s 2017 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician-Educator Award. Dr. Madonna was formerly Director of the Optometric Residency Program at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System and Chief of the Optometry Section at the VA Medical Center in Castle Point, New York.
Carolyn Majcher, OD, FAAO is a Doctor of Optometry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Optometric Retina Society. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and completed an ocular disease residency at the Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Following completion of her residency, Dr. Majcher served as Chief of the Retinal Disease Clinic and an Assistant Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry for 8 years.

In 2019 she joined the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry as an Associate Professor and the Director of Residency Programs. Dr. Majcher's research interests include retinal disease and OCT angiography.
Beeran Meghpara, MD is a member of the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in cornea, cataract, and laser refractive surgery.

Dr. Meghpara performs all forms of corneal transplantation, including partial thickness DMEK and DALK. He has extensive experience with the latest technology in cataract surgery including the femtosecond laser and advanced technology intraocular lens implants that correct astigmatism and presbyopia. He also specializes in blade-less customized LASIK, advanced surface ablation, and phakic intraocular lens surgery to help patients reduce their dependence on glasses and contacts. As a corneal specialist, Dr. Meghpara also treats corneal infections and ocular surface diseases like dry eye.

Dr. Meghpara graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine. After residency, Dr. Meghpara completed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the University of Colorado. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and has a faculty appointment at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He has authored numerous articles and delivered lectures at local and national meetings. He is actively involved in teaching ophthalmology residents on the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital and also covers trauma call at the Wills Eye Emergency Room.
Paula R. Newsome, OD, MS, FAAO, FAARM, CHC is the first African American female to establish a private practice of optometry in the state of North Carolina. Dr. Newsome, is the president and CEO of Advantage Vision Center, a multi-million dollar practice located in uptown Charlotte that has 6 exam operatories in a state of the art facility where first in class service along with first in class care are core values.

Dr Newsome earned her OD and MS concurrently from UAB School of Optometry followed by a residency in Primary Care at The Eye Institute. After a brief teaching stint as a former assistant professor at UMSL she opened her practice solo HOT in Charlotte. She is an adjunct professor with SCO, UMSL, UAB, and Salus.

In 2017, she was the first optometrist in the country to establish a nationally certified Diabetes Self Management Program, KNOC out Diabetes, that is still in existence.

Dr. Newsome is an experienced lecturer and key opinion leader in the industry in the United States. She also is the first African American female in the country to become a member of the prestigious American Academy of Optometry.
John Nolan, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) in the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (www.nrci.ie) in Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. His research group studies the role of eye nutrition for vision and prevention of blindness, and current studies are investigating the link between nutrition and brain health and function.

Dr. Nolan has secured over €5 million in research funding to date to support these studies.

He has presented at over 100 international scientific conferences and has published 89 peer-reviewed scientific papers, which have been cited 3,317 times. His H-index is 37.

He is co-editor of Carotenoids and Retinal Disease published by Taylor and Francis in 2013 & is a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society. He is currently serving his third term as Chair of the International Brain and Ocular Nutrition (BON) Conference, and is an editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Bruce 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 Executive 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.
Carlo J. Pelino, OD, FAAO 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.
Tamara Petrosyan, OD is an associate clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry in the Primary Care, Ocular Disease, Pediatrics, and Vision Therapy departments.

Dr. Petrosyan lectures internationally and has published articles and book chapters on various topics. Dr. Petrosyan helped implement free pediatric exams for over 30,000 children through the Armenian Eyecare Project, developed over a dozen vision therapy workbooks, and helped start and previously worked with Anteo Health where she developed all of the vision therapy content.

She is the InfantSEE liaison for New Jersey, head of the clinical care committees for pediatrics and vision therapy, and previously on the board of directors for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP). Dr. Petrosyan has received the Young Optometrist of the Year and Optometrist of the Year from NJSOP and the Young Optometrist of the Year award from the AOA.
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD is a full-time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO). He received his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry, and completed a residency in Low Vision and Ocular Disease at the University of Houston. Dr. Pizzimenti is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS), serving as ORS President from 2012-2014.

Dr. Pizzimenti’s areas of research interest include diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreomacular adhesion, and low vision. His scientific articles have appeared in a host of peerreviewed journals. Dr. Pizzimenti was awarded a Fellowship by the World Council of Optometry in 2006, resulting in an appointment to teach and evaluate optometric education programs in Central Europe. He is involved in the both the didactic and clinical education at UIWRSO and the UIW Eye Institute.
Yuna Rapoport, MD, MPH is a board-certified ophthalmologist with extra fellowship training in refractive, corneal, and cataract surgery.

Having trained at Mass Eye and Ear of Harvard Medical School and having participated in the Accelerated Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern, and Vanderbilt, she has accumulated a fund of expertise that she now brings to each patient.

As Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, Dr. Rapoport is actively involved in resident and fellow education. She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of New York State Ophthalmological Society and of American Society of Cataract and Refractive surgery. Dr. Rapoport has been named a Castle Connolly’s Top Cataract and Cornea Doctor by her peers and colleagues.

Her work regarding advances in eye care and surgery has been published in leading peer-reviewed medical journals and presented at major ophthalmology meetings. She is the Founder and Director of Manhattan Eye, a boutique private practice in Manhattan.
Christopher J. Rapuano, MD is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in corneal diseases, and is the Chief of the Wills Eye Cornea Service. He is also a Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Rapuano is the author of several books, numerous book chapters and more than 150 articles in the peer-reviewed literature on corneal diseases, refractive surgery, and excimer laser PTK surgery.

During his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Rapuano co-authored the best-selling textbook in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual. He is also the series editor for the Wills Eye Color Atlas Series; Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Ophthalmology; and actively serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals, including Cornea, Expert Review of Ophthalmology and Current Opinion in Ophthalmology.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr Rapuano has received the Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, and Secretariat Award (three times) from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Dr Rapuano has served on many committees of the AAO including chairing the Refractive Surgery Basic and Clinical Science Course book and Preferred Practice Patterns committees.
Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS is the president and managing partner of Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates, a contact lens and anterior segment specialty practice with locations in New York City and Long Island.

Having received her Doctor of Optometry from The State University College of Optometry in New York, Dr. Resnick has devoted her clinical career of over thirty years to specialty contact lens fitting, ocular surface wellness, and refractive surgery co-management.

Dr. Resnick, a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of specialty lenses and practice management. She has participated in numerous clinical trials for the contact lens and pharmaceutical industry. She is devoted to mentoring aspiring and newly minted optometrists.
Brianna Rhue, OD, FAAO, FSLS earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona before earning her Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University. She completed her residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami and is a partner at West Broward Eyecare in South Florida. Dr. Rhue is passionate about health care technology, myopia management, specialty contact lens fits and practice management. She enjoys sharing her love for technology and myopia management through speaking engagements to help optometrists understand business, technology and new areas of care to help all parties involved.

Dr. Rhue is the co-founder of Dr. Contact Lens and TechifEYE. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, playing tennis, standing on her head in yoga and traveling.
Julie Rodman, OD, MSc, FAAO is the Chief of the Broward Eye Care Institute in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her research interests include Optical Coherence Tomography/Angiography and Vitreoretinal Disease. Dr. Rodman has authored over thirty publications with an emphasis on retinal disease. She recently published “Optical Coherence Tomography Atlas: A Case Study Approach”, the first reference book on this topic written by an optometrist. Dr. Rodman is a member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, Florida Optometric Association, Optometric Retina Society and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Dr. Rodman is a member of the Optovue Advisory Board where she serves as a lecturer and consultant. She holds her Oral Pharmaceuticals Certification and is Laser/Surgical Certified as well.

Dr. Rodman has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Clinical Precepting, and Preceptor of the Year. She was recognized as a Primary Care Optometry News “Top 300” Optometrists recognizing excellence in innovation and furthering of the profession. FYI: In her free time, Dr. Rodman loves spending time with her husband and two daughters….just doing anything with them!!!!
Steve Silberberg, OD is the founder of a group practice, An Eye to the Future in Matawan, NJ, and is the Program Coordinator of CEwire.

Dr Silberberg is a frequently published author and consultant for industry. He has served as VP of the Monmouth-Ocean Counties Society of Optometric Physicians, as a member-director for IDOC alliance, an was one of the original trustees of the American Association of Doctors of Optometry (AADO). He currently serves as an administrator the Facebook group Facebook group Private Practice in Optometry, which has over 6,000 members.

Dr Silberberg graduated as departmental valedictorian from SUNY at Stony Brook before attending MIT on full scholarship in Planetary Astrophysics. He then attended SUNY College of Optometry, graduating as class valedictorian along with winning the Beta Sigma Kappa award for vision science, the Fredrick Brock award for excellence in Vision Therapy, and the Ester Werner award for academic excellence.
Christine W. Sindt OD, FAAO is a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She completed a disease-based residency at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Sindt joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 1995, where she is currently the director of the contact lens service and professor of clinical ophthalmology. She also serves as a consultant optometrist for the Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Sindt holds 7 US patents and has over 150 publications. She regularly travels to conferences, both nationally and internationally. She has had numerous funded research grants; her current research projects include elevation specific scleral lens design, higher order aberration control on contact lenses, ocular health associated with scleral lenses, and smart contact lenses.

Dr. Sindt is the past chair of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section, and the co-founder and past president of the Scleral Lens Education Society.
Steven Sorkin, OD earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry. He has received multiple clinical honors and has participated in many contact lens related studies.

He lectures extensively throughout the country and internationally on contact lenses, dry eyes, ocular allergies, ocular therapeutics and corneal disease. He has a special interest in difficult to fit contact lens patients, such as those with keratoconus and post surgical cases and manages many patients with complex anterior segment conditions.

Dr. Sorkin currently serves as President of the Essex County Optometric Society and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. He was named New Jersey Optometrist of the Year by NJSOP in 2018.
Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO is an attending optometric physician at Center for Sight in Sarasota, Florida, a large medical-surgical practice where he focuses on glaucoma management and neuro-ophthalmic disease. He is the residency education coordinator at Center for Sight. He is also Director of Optometric Business Development for US EYE.

He was formerly Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry for 28 years where he served as Chief of The Advanced Care Service, Director of the Glaucoma Service, and Program Coordinator and Supervisor for the Ocular Disease Residency.

Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Founder and former 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. In 2021 and 2022, he was ranked #4 optometrist in the US by Newsweek magazine “America’s Best Eye Doctors” list. He is a partner and co-owner of Optometric Education Consultants
Shannon L. Steinhäuser, OD, MS, FAAO is the owner of Phoenix Eye Care, a full-scope optometric practice, in Phoenix, AZ.

She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Kearney as a pre-optometry major and California State University-Fresno majoring in molecular cellular biology. She earned her bachelors of visual science and her doctor of optometry degrees from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1997 and 1999, respectively. She has been a Arizona resident since 1998.

In 2000 Dr. Steinhäuser completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Sacaton, AZ, on the Gila River Indian Reservation. She earned the distinction of Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry that same year.

Dr. Steinhäuser is an adjunct clinical instructor at Midwestern University Eye Institute in Glendale, AZ, with a focus in primary eye care and specialty contact lenses. She has participated in multiple clinical studies, published, and lectured on the topics of glaucoma and retinal disease. She serves as chief medical editor for the Optometric Physician e-journal.
Jennifer Stewart, OD is an optometrist, internationally recognized speaker, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur.

She has a passion for helping optometrists and organizations with operations, sales success, practice management and sales team training through her advisory and consulting firm, OD Perspectives. She is the Professional Editor of Independent Strong, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the New England College of Optometry and a consultant for Coopervision, MacuHealth and Zyloware.

With a deep interest in sports vision, Dr. Stewart is the Co-Founder and Chief Vision Officer for Performance 20/20, which provides services for sports and performance vision training. She is a recipient of the Theia Award for Innovation by Women in Optometry and serves on the Executive Board for the International Sports Vision Association.

Dr. Stewart is passionate about sports safety, enhancing performance, and helping business owners achieve their goals. An avid Disney fan, she lives her life by the quote “if you can dream it, you can do it.” She is inspired to help others with their dreams.
Shaina Sullivan, OD is a Pacific University College of Optometry graduate who practices in Beaverton, OR in partnership with Dr. Charles McBride.

She is the Membership Director for the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association and an active advocate for optometry across the state and nation. Dr. Sullivan enjoys bowling, camping, attending local sporting events, and spending time with her husband and son.
Don Teig, OD, FAAO is the true pioneer in the field of Visual Neurocognitive Sports Performance Training. He began his career with 15 teams in Major League Baseball in 1980 and has evaluated and trained athletes from virtually every sport in his career including 5 NBA teams, 3 NHL teams, 3 NFL Teams, Pro Tennis & Golf tours, many Olympic Teams, etc.

Currently, he is the creator of “The Training Room” Website, Podcast, Videocast, “Alpha Zone” Sports Performance Training Clubs and YouTube Channel.

He is the founder and medical director of “The A Team” – High Performance Vision Associates (a 65 member group of elite sports medicine professionals that, since its inception eight years ago, has worked with an impressively diverse array of athletes.) www.highperformancevisionassociates.com

Dr. Teig is the Executive Director of “The I Gym”, a cutting- edge Visual Performance training center in Sunrise, Florida. “The I Gym” is the exclusive vision care providers for the NHL Florida Panthers Hockey Team.
William Tullo, OD, FAAO is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Vision Group Holdings, TLC Laser Eye Centers and Laser Vision Institute. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor specializing in cornea and contact lenses and he has maintained a private practice in his hometown Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Tullo lectures extensively internationally on refractive surgery, cornea diseases and eye implications of child abuse.

Dr. Tullo is a Diplomate Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery for the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association. He is an executive board member of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals.
Richard S. Witlin, MD, FACS, of the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care, serving East Brunswick, Toms River, and Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the pioneers in refractive surgery in the New Jersey area since 1981 when he performed the first radial keratotomy procedure in central New Jersey.

Following the FDA approval of excimer laser surgery in 1996, Dr. Witlin took up both photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and LASIK surgery. One of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in New Jersey, Dr. Witlin has performed 6,000 LASIK procedures and 25,000 cataract procedures since 1997. The surgical results have been outstanding, with over 98% of his patients achieving 20/40 or better visual acuities.

A board-certified ophthalmic microsurgeon, Dr. Witlin received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he graduated with honors at the top of his class and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York, where he served as chief resident in ophthalmology.

Dr. Witlin is an enthusiastic refractive surgical educator, sharing his expertise with numerous professional and civic groups. He has trained and supervised many eye doctors and has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Witlin maintains faculty appointments at several prestigious teaching hospitals, including Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City. In 1998, Dr. Witlin established the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care, dedicated to the performance of refractive eye surgery and small incision, sutureless cataract microsurgery.
Maria A. Znamenska, MD, PhD has been working in the medical field since 2004. Maria obtained their MD and PhD from Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (NMAPE) between in the field of Ophthalmology.

Maria began their career as an Ophthalmologist at the Eye Microsurgery Centre. In 2013, they joined the Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (NMAPE) as an Associate Professor.

In 2016, they took on the role of Ophthalmologist at Smart Clinic. In 2017, they became the Chief Medical Officer at Altris AI and also became the Owner of Expert Ophthalmology.

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