Optometric physicians should be competent and feel comfortable prescribing oral medications to control acute eye pain.This lecture will describe a sensible and safe process for managing acute ocular pain in primary care with oral medications.
While these devices and or procedures are surgical in nature, it’s imperative that the optometrist understands the potential use of each and is fully aware of their possible inclusion with cataract surgery or use of those that can be done as a stand-alone procedure as a way to further lower IOP in their glaucoma patients.This course will start with a review of the basic physiology of aqueous humor production and outflow and attempt to teach those in attendance the mechanisms by which each of these devices and or procedures effectively alter IOP; post-operative care of the MIGS patients will be reviewed as well.
A grand rounds style lecture on how to diagnose and treat ocular emergencies, when to refer, and how to order further testing such as blood work and imaging. There is an emphasis on common emergencies but also less common but important diagnoses to recognize due to their potential for sight- or life-threatening complications. This lecture aims to be open for interaction and discussion with the audience and will end with some practical tips about how to incorporate emergency care within optometric practices.
HIPAA compliance is a living culture that healthcare organizations must implement into their business in order to protect the privacy, security, and integrity of protected health information.However, many practices are only addressing parts of the regulation. In order to be fully HIPAA compliant, you must have an effective compliance program. This course will teach you how to implement the seven elements of an effective compliance program. Not only will this protect you from violations and fines, but it will also have a lasting positive impact on your organization!
As the OCT has become a common part of the ocular examination, clinicians occasionally are faced with the dilemma of the OCT findings not agreeing with visual field results. There are a host of reasons why this may occur, from unreliable OCT images or visual field results to anatomic differences in the eye compared to normative results. This course will explain reasons why differences may be seen and how the clinician may integrate the findings into their management plans.
Recent advances in diagnostic technologies and therapeutic modalities have altered how glaucoma is diagnosed and managed. This lecture reviews some of the new technologies, medications and philosophies and how they impact on glaucoma care.
The management of glaucoma requires the clinician to make an ongoing series of decisions that start with deciding if glaucoma is present and whether the initiation of therapy is needed. The decisions continue as the patient is followed over time. Using case presentations, this course reviews the clinical decisions facing the optometrist managing glaucoma and discuss alternatives for each decision.
An important area in the management of glaucoma is the detection of change or progression. This course will explain the assessment of the optic nerve, retinal nerve fiber layer and visual field in watching for change. Which instruments come into play and how they enable the clinician to monitor for progression will be described as well as the steps that are taken when progression is discovered.
New contact lens technology in specialty contact lens practice has expanded tremendously in the past few years. Review new contact lens materials, lens designs and instrumentation that has enhanced the practice of specialty contact lenses and how we are more effectively able to treat our patients with challenging corneal conditions.
This lecture will examine new developments in glaucoma therapy. Included will be a discussion on recently introduced glaucoma medications including rho-kinase inhibitors and the nitric oxide class of agents. Their mechanism of action, indications, contraindications and their role in managing glaucoma will be discussed. Also, advances in understanding how narrow angles may elevate IOP and ways to recognize when they may be clinically significant will be described and how they may be managed.
This course will discuss using case studies, the role of staff in the triage of patients that present with acute red eye symptomatology.The discussion of proper decision making by staff to appropriately schedule and direct the patient will also be part of this lecture.
When it comes to treatment for concussions one thing that is often overlooked is nutrition! As primary eye care providers it is important for optometrists and health care professionals to understand the importance of gut health, brain health and how omega 3’s have a crucial benefit to these patients.
This course will highlight the latest developments in glaucoma, including diagnostic technology, pharmaceutical development and therapeutic intervention. Special emphasis will be placed on the implementation of these advances into the primary care practice.
As medical innovation continues new technologies are being developed that will challenge traditional systems and methods of care. This course will review some of the most disruptive developments that currently available.
This course will review the common and uncommon applications of the most popular oral pharmaceuticals used in the ophthalmic arena. Special attention will be given to the indications, contraindications and side effects of these important therapeutic agents.