Courses

Courses updated every day. Please check back often. Course handouts will be made available as they are provided by the speakers.

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Managing the Low Vision Patient in Primary Care
Nancy Amir, OD, FAAO

This course will review helpful techniques, tips and tools to manage low vision patients
in your primary care practice.

  • Thursday, 10:00am – 11:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 5
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Setting the Table: Professional Collegiality, Work/Life Balance and Turning a Profit While Working Part-Time
Matt Valdes, OD, FAAO Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO Beth Robinson, OD Kimberly Wamploer, OD Bobby Saenz, OD Kumar Patel, OD

This optometrist panel will discuss various topics such as how to maintain professionalism between colleagues, making good relationships with surrounding practices, when to refer to OD versus when to refer to OMD and the supporting of OD specialties. In addition, learn how to make a profit while job sharing or working part-time.

  • Thursday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 General
  • JW Ballroom 1-4
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Latest Technology in Low Vision
Nancy Amir, OD, FAAO

An update of the latest technology in low vision including portable CCTVs, phone applications and wearable technology.

  • Thursday, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 5
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OCT Wellness – More Than Wellness
Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO

OCT is well known for its medical application in ocular disease as in but not limited to glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and vitreomacular traction. OCT used as “Wellness” is under utilized in the optometric practice. This course will show how OCT Wellness and OCT angiography Wellness is used to benefit the patient in early detection of ocular and systemic disease. Wellness is recognized globally as is now getting traction in the USA. OCT Wellness ultimately benefits the patient but additionally elevates you in the medical community and adds financial stability to the practice. The course illustrates that an OCT is now an essential piece of equipment that is beneficial, no matter what mode of practice.

  • Thursday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Sponsored by: Optovue
  • JW Ballroom 6
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Private Equity – What You Need to Know
Peter Cass, OD Jim Greenwood,

This course will give an overview of how PE works and why they are so active in the optometry space right now. Topics covered will include different approaches of PEs, calculating true net vs traditional reported net in optometry, how contracts are structured, and what life is like after the sale.

  • Thursday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 General
  • JW Ballroom 5
Amniotic Membranes
Andrew Kemp, OD, FAAO
  • Thursday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • JW Ballroom 1-4
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What a Pain! A Guide to Headaches for the Optometrist
Anthony DeWilde, OD, FAAO

Many patients come to the eye doctor concerned that headaches are related to their eyes. This course is designed to highlight important diagnostic strategies for optometrists to diagnose and manage patients with headaches. Learn to help determine which headaches originate from ocular conditions and which headaches can have ocular manifestations.

  • Thursday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 5
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OCT and OCT-A – Something Old and New in Retina and Glaucoma
Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO

This course is designed to review OCT and introduce OCT Angiography OCT-A in eye care. This course will assist the optometrist on the use and interpretation of OCT in anterior and posterior segment disease and OCT Angiography in posterior segment disease. OCT-A is a non-invasive in office procedure using an OCT instrument to visualize the individual layers of the retina vasculature. This course includes numerous pathologies pertinent to primary care optometric practice and provides clinicians with pearls and guidance around pitfalls. The course illustrates that an OCT is now an essential piece of equipment that is beneficial, no matter what mode of practice.

  • Thursday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Sponsored by: Optovue
  • JW Ballroom 6
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Legislative Grassroot Forum
Jennifer Deakins, OD, FAAO Tommy Lucas, JR, OD

Panel discussion on all things legislative for Optometry in Texas including scope of practice, insurance/third party issues, and patient protections. Grassroots training for all levels of political involvement from first time interactions with your legislator to leadership key contact roles for optometry. Impact and highlights from the Focus Texas campaign will also be presented.

  • Thursday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 2 General
  • JW Ballroom 7-8
Chairside Assisting for SLT & YAG Procedures
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
  • Thursday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO
  • JW Ballroom 1-4
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Optometrist’s Guide to Glaucoma Surgery
Anthony DeWilde, OD, FAAO

Glaucoma surgery is a complex procedure that has evolved dramatically since its introduction. You will learn the latest techniques for surgical management of patients with glaucoma, including iStent, Ex-PRESS mini shunt, and trabectome. You will gain knowledge of how to refer for glaucoma surgery and what outcomes to expect.

  • Thursday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 5
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Premium Customer Service
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
  • Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • JW Ballroom 1-4
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Scleral Lens Fitting and Troubleshooting
Andrew J. Biondo, OD, FSLS

Scleral lenses have become the go-to option for irregular corneas in a large number
of optometric practices, but some doctors are still hesitant to adopt this breakthrough
technology. This lecture aims to breakdown scleral fitting to its simplest form utilizing the
latest data and lens design characteristics. It will also cover trouble-shooting tips for
the issues that face the scleral lens fitter in everyday practice.

  • Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Sponsored by: X-Cel
  • JW Ballroom 6
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Evidence Based Approach to Unilateral Optic Nerve Edema
Anthony DeWilde, OD, FAAO

Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy is a potentially blinding disease with serious
systemic complications. It is important that optometrists can differentiate AION from
other optic neuropathies. This course utilizes evidence to help the optometrist make this
difficult and serious diagnosis with confidence.

  • Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 5
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Dry Eye – In With the Old, Out With the New?
Brian Foutch, OD, FAAO Kyle Sandberg, OD, FAAO

This course is designed to bridge the gap between ophthalmologic history, anterior
segment anatomy and the latest trends in dry eye management. Key clinical and
professional take-home messages will be based on whether the most relevant evidence
supports new or old therapies.

  • Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 7-8
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The Importance of Teamwork in the Workplace
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
  • Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
  • JW Ballroom 1-4
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Autoimmune Disease and the Eye
Anthony DeWilde, OD, FAAO

Autoimmune disease can affect every part of the eye. It is important for optometrists
to recognize what ocular complications can manifest from autoimmune disease for
appropriate treatment, testing, and referral.

  • Thursday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 5
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AMD: Strategies for Practice
Gary L. Morgan, OD

=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.

  • Friday, 7:00am – 8:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: MacuHealth
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
It’s Getting Hot In Here
Craig Thomas, OD

You will learn about the pathophysiology of meibomian gland disease. Emphasis
is placed on treating obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction with in-office heat
therapy sessions using different types of electromechanical devices.

  • Friday, 7:00am – 8:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: MiBo
  • Lone Star Ballroom B
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More Than Patient Communication, More Than Patient Engagement: A New Era Of 
Computer Platforms For The Optometry Office
Peter Cass, OD

For almost a decade optometrists have heard about patient communication and
patient engagement from multiple sources and platforms. Things have changed and
evolved through the years making implementation easier and even more integrated.
This session will address multiple facets of these newer platforms and how the may
address previous versions that lacked full functionality.

  • Friday, 8:00am – 9:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO/General
  • Sponsored by: Weave
  • Lone Star Ballroom A
How to Turn Web Visits into Office Visits
Chris Willin,
  • Friday, 8:00am – 9:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Sponsored by: iMatrix
  • Meeting Room 402-403
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Biological Bandages: A Corneal ‘Rebirth’
Seema Nanda, OD, FAAO

This course will discuss an innovative technology to aid the practitioner in the treatment
of various corneal epithelial anomalies. Initially, the inflammatory response is reviewed.
Then current passive treatment regimens will be deliberated, leading to a discussion of
active treatment with biological bandages. A dialogue on corneal syndromes will be
studied EBMD, Neurotrophic Ulcers, HSV, RCE, and Dry Eyes. The regenerative properties
will be validated through case examples seen in clinical practice.

  • Friday, 8:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom B
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Adding Authenticity to your Website to Attract New Patients
Joel Jenkins,

Websites have been a staple in practice marketing for many years but the industry has gone a little stale on authenticity. Too much generic content and too many stock photos makes a website cold and uninviting. Come and learn about 3 new techniques you can use to breath new life into your website.

(Formerly “The 3 Golden Rules of Getting Patient Referrals in a Digital World”. Unfortunately Clay Jacobson got pneumonia and is unable to present.)

  • Friday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 General
  • Sponsored by: 460
  • Lone Star Ballroom A
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Children Eye Exams
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
  • Friday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
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Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber of Dry Eye Spells
Seema Nanda, OD, FAAO

Diagnosing Dry Eye Disease has advanced significantly over the last few years.
Understanding the tear film and the effects on the corneal surface will initially be
reviewed. Next, through the use of Harry Potter’s sorting hat, we will be dividing the
layers into lipid, aqueous, mucin, and corneal epithelium

  • Friday, 10:00am – 11:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom B
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Diamonds and Pearls
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
  • Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
Current Topics in Glaucoma
Andrew Kemp, OD, FAAO Marcus Gonzales, OD, FAAO

This reviews a few cases to highlight some of the updates in the treatment and
management of glaucoma. Topics will cover ganglion cell analysis, corneal hysteresis,
24-2C visual fields, new glaucoma medications, primary angle closure management
updates and neuroprotection in normal tension glaucoma.

  • Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom A
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Current Prescribing for Ocular Disease
Charles Connor, OD, PhD, FAAO

This course will review the latest topical and systemic medications useful in the
treatment of ocular disease. The course will emphasize the clinical indications for use of
topical and oral medications and side effects.

  • Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • Meeting Room 301-302
Meet the “Contacts” Tonight…on this Red Eye Flight
Seema Nanda, OD, FAAO

Come join us on our flight as we will diagnose and treat Contact Lens induced red
eyes encountered in clinical practice. The passengers on our journey suffer from some
common and not so common conditions, such as CLARE Contact Lens Associated Red
Eye, Acanthameoba Keratitis, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis GPC and CLPI Contact Lens
Peripheral Infiltrate. So, fasten your seat belt and get ready to take off on this voyage to
identify and manage these ocular ailments.

  • Friday, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom B
What Every Tech Should Know About Diabetic Patients
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
  • Friday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
LV Update – From Magnifiers to Electronic Aids
Stephanie Schmiedecke, OD, FAAO
  • Friday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Meeting Room 402-403
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Advances in Dry Eye Treatment
Charles Connor, OD, PhD, FAAO

This course describes current thinking on the treatment of dry eye. Emphasis is placed
on the most recent therapeutic innovations in management of the condition.

  • Friday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Meeting Room 301-302
Wrangling Your AMD Patients Texas Style
Claudio Lagunas, OD Eric Hammond, OD

Join us for an interactive session about how to implement new technology for earlier
diagnosis and management of AMD.

  • Friday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: Maculogix
  • Lone Star Ballroom B
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Shedding Light on Dark Adaption
Marcus Gonzales, OD, FAAO
  • Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom A
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Dealing with Difficult Patients
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC
  • Friday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
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Dilation & Irrigation
Marcus Gonzales, OD, FAAO
  • Friday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom A
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Come Taste the Education (Wine Tasting CE Event)
Charles Connor, OD, PhD, FAAO

Not all wines are created equal. While you’ve surely heard of the heart-healthy benefits
of red wine, prepare to be amazed by a slew of surprising other health benefits from
wine consumption. Come learn which wines are effective antioxidants and inhibit free
radical formation as well as depress the bad cholesterol LDL and inhibit the destruction
of collagen. Learn the benefits of wine and how it can help your patients.

  • Friday, 8:30pm – 9:30pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom D
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Professional Responsibility Course
Joe DeLoach, OD, FAAO

This course is a mandate of state law for license renewal in Texas. It is designed to
keep Texas optometrists up to date on issues related to professional ethics and
regulatory issues. The 2020 course covers monitoring and reporting illegal contact lens
sales, recommendations from the state board, the summary of changes to the Texas
Optometry Statute and Board Rules based on Sunset, board certification reporting,
and professional ethics.

  • Saturday, 7:00pm – 8:00am
  • CE: 1 Ethics
  • Sponsored by: University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Lone Star Ballroom D
20/20 but not 20/Happy
Stephanie Schmiedecke, OD, FAAO
  • Saturday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom B
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Unmasking the Red Eye – A Potpourri of Clinical Cases
Pat Segu, OD, FAAO
  • Saturday, 8:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 2 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom A
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What You Want = What I Need
Craig Thomas, OD
  • Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
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House of Delegates, Part II: Business and Update
Jennifer Deakins, OD, FAAO Tommy Lucas, JR, OD
  • Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 General
  • Lone Star Ballroom D
How to take a Great Patient History
Stephanie Schmiedecke, OD, FAAO
  • Saturday, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom B
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First Aid
Mark Gustafson, CPR Resources

From bumps to burns and chest pains to choking, this class shares with you important
steps that can make a huge difference in someone’s emergency. First aid steps offered
in a practical fashion that is sure to make sense.

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Meeting Room 408-409
History & Ethics of the Optician
Tim Elinski,
  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Meeting Room 301-302
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Modern Management of Superficial Corneal Injuries
Andy Gurwood, OD, FAAO Marc Meyers, OD, FAAO

Presentation of methods to recognizing, identifying, differentially diagnosing and
managing superficial corneal injuries. Mechanisms, examination techniques, and
therapeutic management of dry eye, chemical injury, contact lens complications,
foreign bodies, and abrasions are discussed.

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
TOA Eyebowl
Matt Valdes, OD, FAAO Seema Nanda, OD, FAAO Andrew Kemp, OD, FAAO Charles Connor, OD, PhD, FAAO Stephanie Schmiedecke, OD, FAAO Bobby Saenz, OD

Watch and learn while the optometry schools of Texas compete in this Jeopardy style
contest. Student teams will answer a set of questions created by a panel of optometric
experts. At the end of contest, the team with the most points will earn the bragging
rights of the Texas EyeBowl until the following year. Gain information on a broad range
of optometric education topics that include new and updated information as well as a
refresher of basic optometry knowledge in a fun and lively environment.

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: The Doctors of TSO
  • Lone Star Ballroom D
Residency/Fellowship Forum
  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • TBA
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction – From Plugged to Perfect
David Dinh, OD, FAAO
  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom A
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CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resusicitaion Certification
Mark Gustafson, CPR Resources
  • Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Meeting Room 408-409
Minor Procedures and the Technicians Role
Peter Cass, OD
  • Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom B
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Modern Management of Hyphema
Andy Gurwood, OD, FAAO Marc Meyers, OD, FAAO
  • Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
Basic Optics and Understanding Prism
Tim Elinski,
  • Saturday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Meeting Room 301-302
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When O.D.s become Emergency Docs
Andy Gurwood, OD, FAAO Marc Meyers, OD, FAAO
  • Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom C
New Apps for the “iLid”
Seema Nanda, OD, FAAO
  • Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom D
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Troubleshooting Progressive Lenses
Tim Elinski,
  • Saturday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Meeting Room 301-302
Modern Management of the Blind and Painful Eye
Andy Gurwood, OD, FAAO Marc Meyers, OD, FAAO
  • Sunday, 8:00am – 9:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 1-4
The Ground Rounds: Anterior Segment
Andy Gurwood, OD, FAAO Marc Meyers, OD, FAAO
  • Sunday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • JW Ballroom 1-4