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 VD214005Adaptive Optics: The Future of Ophthalmic Imaging and MoreYu You Jiang, COMTYu You Jiang, COMTMHCI, ROUBDescription: This course will explore the use of adaptive optics (AO) in forms of adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AO-SLO) and adaptive optics optical coherence tomography (AO-OCT) to acquire in-vivo images of the retina at the cellular level. It will show the audience the latest research in AO-SLO and AO-OCT, from the most recent advancement in capabilities to image the ganglion cells with AO-OCT to application of AO-SLO in clinical trials of gene therapy targeting inherited retinal diseases.  257409
 VD214007Advanced Echographic Imaging that Guides Surgical or Clinical InterventionKelly Babic, COAMSc, CDOSDescription: This course will discuss the utilization of advanced ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) and B-scan imaging strategies and knowledge to aid in determination of clinical differentials and when surgical intervention is required. This course will focus on coupling intake clinical presentation with an optimized imaging approach to provide an advanced differential list and cautionary tales. Basic probe positions and instrumentation will not be reviewed.  79236
 VD053005Advanced Ophthalmic PharmacologyVASUDHA PANDAYMDPrerequisite: Familiarity with practical experience and an understanding of ophthalmic pharmacology. Description: This course will take the experienced ophthalmic technician through an up-to-date review of classes of ophthalmic medications, their uses and their potential side effects. Commonly used medications of each class will be described and used to illustrate important properties of groups of medications, which should help the technician in day-to-day clinical practice.  174337
 VD153008Advanced Retinal Imaging TechniquesCraig Neil Simms, COMTCraig Neil Simms, COMTBSc, ROUB, CDOSDescription: Advanced retinal imaging techniques is a continuation of basic retinal photography. This course will cover advanced techniques including stereo retinal photography, standardized diabetic retinal field photography, peripheral wide field photography, fundus autofluorescence and indocyanine green angiography. The process of each technique and the photographic result will be described with examples.  73587
 VB214019Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Past, Present and FutureMICHAEL W. STEWARTMichael W. StewartMDDescription: This Capstone Lecture course will review age-related macular degeneration as well as past, present and future treatment options.  142534
 VD042001Anatomy and Physiology for AOPSteven J. LichtensteinSteven J. LichtensteinMD, FAAP, FACS, FAAOPrerequisite: Understanding of ophthalmic terminology and general medical knowledge. Description: This course incorporates visual aids in describing the anatomic and physiologic components present in the visual system. The visual pathway, ocular and extraocular structures, and neurologic and systemic components affecting vision will be discussed. The importance of understanding basic principles of ocular physiology in affecting exceptional patient care and work up will be discussed. Also included will be the role that major ocular structures play in physician determination of overall ocular health.  115981
 VD152013AngiographyMandi ConwayMD, FACSDescription: This course will cover traditional fluorescein angiography including definitions and examples of hyper- and hypo-fluorescence. Indications, contraindications and potential side effects of the dye injection will be covered. Examples of retinal pathology imaged with fluorescein and optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography will be presented.  37910
 VD072003Anterior Segment TraumaCristos IfantidesMD, MBADescription: The eye’s anterior segment is continually exposed to minute, mild trauma throughout the day and is protected by the tear film, corneal epithelium and conjunctival epithelium. However, significant trauma requires ophthalmic examination and treatment. We will discuss the safe work up and management of a multitude of different anterior segment traumas including blunt trauma, penetrating trauma, ruptured globes and chemical injury.  274162
 VD061002Assisting in Minor In-Office Surgery vs. Outpatient SurgeryRoel S. Chapa, Jr., COMTRoel S. Chapa, Jr., COMTOSADescription: This program will dive into the main differences between in-office vs. outpatient surgical procedures. Each instructor will demonstrate the key points necessary for the ophthalmic assistant to know when assisting in the different surgical spaces.  202402
 VD061002Assisting in Minor In-Office Surgery vs. Outpatient SurgeryMarlene Chapa, COTOSADescription: This program will dive into the main differences between in-office vs. outpatient surgical procedures. Each instructor will demonstrate the key points necessary for the ophthalmic assistant to know when assisting in the different surgical spaces.  207977
 VD153004B-Scan: A Review of Tips and Techniques for High-Quality ImagesAshley Jo-Anne Alexander, COMTAshley Jo-Anne Alexander, COMTROUB, CDOSDescription: In this course we will discuss the clinical uses for B-scan and review procedure standards. Examples of different pathologies will be used to demonstrate the importance of particular techniques that can be used to obtain high-quality diagnostic images.  205449
 VD151006Basic Fundus PhotographyCraig Neil Simms, COMTCraig Neil Simms, COMTBSc, ROUB, CDOSDescription: Basic fundus photography will serve as a beginning point for the ophthalmic technician who is venturing into the field of ophthalmic photography. Starting from the basics, this course will review basic anatomy of the eye, define a fundus camera and discuss the fundamental differences between mydriatic and non-mydriatic cameras. This course will review how to perform fundus photography, from patient preparation through taking photos and managing the photographs.  73587
 VD062004Best Practices in Ophthalmic Anesthesia: The Team ApproachCarl S. WilkinsMDDescription: Eye surgery may be performed under topical, local, or general anesthesia. This course will describe the pros and cons of each type of anesthesia, which are best suited for ophthalmic procedures, emphasizing patient comfort and safety. A framework for the best team-based approach will be discussed, focusing on practicality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  297602
 VD112004Cataract Surgery Preoperative Evaluation for Standard and Premium LensesFRANCIS S. MAHFrancis S. MahMDDescription: Course will discuss considerations to optimize the ocular surface and confirm accuracy of biometric measurements. It will also review how to anticipate lens selection/intraoperative aids and anticipate cataract surgery in combination with other procedures during the patient evaluation for cataract surgery using standard versus premium IOLs.  169423
 VD112004Cataract Surgery Preoperative Evaluation for Standard and Premium LensesElizabeth ViriyaMDDescription: Course will discuss considerations to optimize the ocular surface and confirm accuracy of biometric measurements. It will also review how to anticipate lens selection/intraoperative aids and anticipate cataract surgery in combination with other procedures during the patient evaluation for cataract surgery using standard versus premium IOLs.  291947
 08SU35Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Certification Exam Prep CourseFaith Moscato Race, COTFaith Moscato Race, COT Prerequisite: None Participants should have a basic knowledge of eye anatomy, physiology and comprehension of the COA examination content areas. A minimum of 6 months work experience in ophthalmology is helpful. Description: This course is designed to prepare the attendee for the IJCAHPO COA multiple-choice certification exam. This prep course will provide a general review of all content areas covered in the COA certification examination. Disclaimer: Course material is based on the instructor’s interpretation of the content areas outlined in the IJCAHPO “Criteria for Certification,” and the instructors of this review course have no direct knowledge of the specific certification questions.  141980
 07SU46Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) Certification Exam Prep CourseKENT C. ROSE, COMT Prerequisite: COT certification or proof of enrollment in an accredited COMT program and verification from the program director will be required. Description: This course is designed to prepare the attendee by providing a general review of the content areas for the IJCAHPO COMT multiple-choice certification exam and the following clinical skills: versions and ductions, pupil evaluation, fundus photography and fluorescein phases, ocular motility and manual lensometry. An introduction to the simulation component will be provided. Disclaimer: Course material is based on the instructor’s interpretation of the content areas outlined in the IJCAHPO Criteria for Certification and Recertification Handbook. The instructors of this review course have no direct knowledge of the specific certification exam questions.  98088
 06SU46Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Certification Exam Prep CourseBarbara T. Harris, COTPA, MBA, OSCPrerequisite: COA certification or proof of enrollment in an accredited COT program and verification from the program director will be required. Description: This course is designed to prepare the attendee by providing a general review of the content areas for the IJCAHPO COT multiple-choice certification exam and the following clinical skills: retinoscopy, refinement, ocular motility, cover and alternate cover testing, keratometry, lensometry, tonometry and visual fields. An introduction to the simulation component will be provided. Disclaimer: Course material is based on the instructor’s interpretation of the content areas outlined in the IJCAHPO Criteria for Certification and Recertification Handbook. The instructors of this review course have no direct knowledge of the specific certification exam questions.  98135
 VB214010Challenging Cases in CorneaBennie Hau JengMDDescription: Challenging cornea and ocular surface cases will be presented as unknowns followed by discussion.  152017
 VD172008CIRRUS OCT Best Practices DemonstrationConnie LeAnn McKeehen, CCOAConnie LeAnn McKeehen, CCOA Description: This course will demonstrate clinical applications of the Zeiss CIRRUS OCT, review proper operation of the instrument and how to read reports. This course will focus on overcoming obstacles and operator techniques. The latest software will also be reviewed. Disclaimer: This is proprietary information presented to allow students to master a specific task or process. Alternatives to this technology may exist and a well-informed technician should have knowledge of those alternatives.  69057