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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Lumps and Bumps: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Removal Techniques
Nate Lighthizer, OD, FAAO

Optometrists have been able to remove benign eyelid lesions in various states for many years now. When cutting into the eyelid to remove a benign lesion, it is imperative that one understands the eyelid anatomy. This interactive presentation will review the anatomy of the eyelids in relation to ophthalmic eyelid surgery. It was also thoroughly cover all eyelid lesions, from the benign to the malignant. It will also review, update, and instruct the audience on the how’s and why’s of performing radiofrequency surgery in the optometric practice.

  • Thursday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
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New Testing and Treatment for Retinopathy
Nate Lighthizer, OD, FAAO

This course will provide an update and thorough understanding of the flash flicker electroretinogram (ffERG), proper indications and protocols, and how to interpret the results. Diabetic retinopathy has historically been evaluated and followed with structural tests (DFE’s, OCT’s and fundus photos), this lecture will explore functional testing (ERG) and newer OCT testing (OCT-A) that helps in the evaluation of diabetic patients, and will also discuss the newest literature in regards to supplementation of diabetic retinopathy patients.

  • Thursday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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How To See 50 Patients Per Day
Peter J. Cass, OD

Most practices have the ability to see more patients and increase profits without increasing workload on the staff.  Simple strategies to increase efficiency through training, process engineering, and delegation will be explained.

  • Thursday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 General/CPO
  • Sponsored by: Practice Compliance Solutions
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OCT-Angiography What You Need to Know with this New Technology
Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO

OCT Angiography OCT-A is a non-invasive in office procedure using an OCT instrument to visualize the individual layers of the retina vasculature.  This course will introduce you to this new OCT-A technology. This course will show how OCT-A will be
fundamental in diagnosing, following, and treating the patient with diabetes, glaucoma, and patients with endothelial diseases.

  • Thursday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Sponsored by: Optovue
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Grand Rounds: a String of Pearls
Nate Lighthizer, OD, FAAO

Recognizing and treating ocular disease cases can be one of the most rewarding aspects of our profession. This interactive grand rounds course will feature actual anterior segment and posterior segment encounters seen at the NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry.

  • Thursday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
OCT and OCT Angiography in Glaucoma
Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO

Optical Coherence Tomography OCT has established itself as a must have imaging technique in any optometric practice setting due to its exceptional anatomical and structural information.  Using OCT for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of glaucoma is indispensable.  OCT Angiography OCT-A was recently introduced to the optometric market, and using OCT-A is becoming equally important in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of glaucoma.  This course will show how to interpret and integrate OCT and OCT-A in glaucoma diagnosis, treatment, and management.

  • Thursday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Sponsored by: Optovue
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Ocular Surface Disease 101 Workshop (limited attendance – must pre-register)
Seema Nanda, OD, FAAO

Ocular Surface Disease (OSD) commonly occurs from increased screen time on computers, use of allergy medications, or through hormonal changes seen in menopause.  Therefore, clinicians need to understand the differences between aqueous, lipid, or mixed deficient dry eye disease in order to help identify the cause of the problem.  This workshop will teach the practitioner to apply the tools and techniques needed to aid in the diagnosis and management of dry eyes seen in clinical practice.

  • Thursday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
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CPOA/CPOT/COA Certification Self Assessment Part 1
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This course will cover all the required topics from the AOA/CPC’s CPOA/CPOT Review Outline. Anatomy, equipment, terminology, disease, will all be discussed.  The PowerPoint presentation has over 350 slides with questions.  Those in attendance will have access to 20 practice tests through “Dropbox” and the presentation for preparation.

  • Thursday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
IPL in the Optometric Practice
Nate Lighthizer, OD, FAAO

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a longstanding treatment in the dermatologic world for many skin conditions. Accidentally it was discovered to have ocular benefits as well.  Over the past 2-3 years, it has become an emerging treatment for numerous ocular
conditions including dry eye, meibomian gland dysfunction, ocular rosacea, chalazion, among other conditions.  This interactive one hour lecture will review and update IPL therapy in the optometric practice.

  • Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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Dry Eye Overview
Crystal Brimer, OD, FAAO

This course is designed to give the attendee and overview of what it would look like to give dry eye treatment a stronger presence in their office. The listener will learn how the background contributors to ocular surface disease and how to approach it
clinically. They will also see what preparation needs to take place in the office in order to transition more seamlessly.

  • Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
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The Deep Dive Into Cornea Ulcers
Zanna Kruoch, OD, FAAO

Corneal ulcers may be a result of an infectious etiology or could be associated with a non-infectious process resulting in sterile inflammation.  This 2-hour course reviews etiologies, pathophysiology, diagnostic assessment, and treatment and management
of both types of corneal ulcers. Emphasis is made on the key elements that may aid a practitioner in the differentiation of a sterile versus infectious corneal ulcer.  Cases are utilized to demonstrate key concepts discussed in this lecture.

  • Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
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CPOA/CPOT/COA Certification Self Assessment Part 2
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This course will cover all the required topics from the AOA/CPC’s CPOA/CPOT Review Outline.  Anatomy, equipment, terminology, disease, will all be discussed.  The PowerPoint presentation has over 350 slides with questions.  Those in attendance will have access to 20 practice tests through “Dropbox” and the presentation for preparation.

  • Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
Late Night CE: Avenging the Anterior Segment
Seema Nanda, OD, FAAO

This course analyzes the latest advances in the treatment of KeratoConjunctivitis Sicca (KCS), Persistent Epithelial Defects (PED), and other corneal conditions.  The tools for treatment will be presented in a step-wise approach. First discussing treatment options with lifitegrast and cyclosporine, then with cryo-preserved amniotic membrane, followed by recombinant nerve growth factor for treatment of PED, neurotrophic keratitis and ulcers. Lastly, a novel modality of a repository corticotropin injection will be
discussed as an option for severe recalcitrant cases of keratitis and uveitis.

  • Thursday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
Targeted Nutrition for the Macula: Optometry’s Role in a New Era of Visual Function
John Nolan, PhD

In this course, attendees will learn about the beneficial visual, cognitive, and systemic health and performance effects of lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin supplementation.

  • Friday, 7:00am – 8:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: MacuHealth
Hospital Based Neuro Vision Rehabilitation
Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD

Neuro-Vision Rehabilitation is an emerging concentration for many Optometrists throughout the world.  Most colleges of Optometry now have this as part of their curriculum and many have hospital based clinics (including University of Houston and University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry). This course is meant to introduce the participant to the world of hospital-based care for acquired brain injury.  Included in this lecture, we will introduce you to many members of the treatment team and discuss how we work together to improve patient activities of daily living and overall overcomes.

  • Friday, 8:00am – 9:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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Myopia Management: Why and How to Implement Myopia Management
Brianna Rhue, OD

As one of the most common medical conditions that we will encounter in clinical practice, it is critical to have an understanding of contemporary thoughts of diagnosing and treating this condition. This course will allow the attendee to do that.

  • Friday, 8:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
Using Functional and Structural Testing to Monitor the AMD Patient
Claudio Lagunas, OD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic, progressive disease that affects almost 200 million people globally.  Current standard of care, which relies on the subjectivity of clinical evaluation and structural testing, has led to historically poor outcomes.  With AMD being missed by clinicians at least 25% of the time and 78% of patients reporting vision loss prior to their first intravitreal anti-VEGF injection, the addition of functional dark adaptation testing to monitor AMD progression represents
an opportunity to improve outcomes for our patients. This course aims to increase understanding of the use of dark adaptation testing, in conjunction with clinical evaluation and retinal imaging, to better detect, monitor and manage AMD.

  • Friday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: Maculogix
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Patient Workup: Beyond the Basics
Peter J. Cass, OD
  • Friday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Sponsored by: Practice Compliance Solutions
What Every Optician and Tech Should Know About Ocular Emergencies
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

Presents an overview of how phone triage and walk-in office visits should be handled from an assistance’s perspective.  Key elements of triage, and the difference between an emergency and urgent care and testing procedures required before treatment by
the optometrist.

  • Friday, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
Patient Care in the Digital Age
Brianna Rhue, OD

This lecture will discuss how to provide patient care now and into the future, what it means to be truly patient centric, and how to keep the doctor patient relationship front and center to keep caring for your patients to your fullest capabilities.  We will explore
technology and how to modernize your clinic to take care of your patients so your clinic can survive and thrive.  We will discuss website design elements and technology that your staff and patients are asking for and need.  We will also discuss telemedicine
pitfalls and how to overcome them and how investing in technology is not only a necessity, but how it is beneficial for all parties including you as the doctor, your staff and most importantly your patients.

  • Friday, 10:00am – 11:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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Utilizing Technology to Maximize Specialty Lens Success
David Dinh, OD, FAAO

Learn about the corneal and systemic conditions where specialty lenses play a role in maximizing a patient’s vision and comfort as well as how best to utilize the latest diagnostic and imaging technology to help ensure fitting success.

  • Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO
Scleral Topography – Why it Matters
Brianna Rhue, OD

This course will discuss the importance of corneoscleral topography and the factors that measuring the sclera plays on the success of fitting a scleral lens.  This course will help the practitioner understand the importance of corneoscleral topography, how to
identify problems caused by irregularities on the sclera and how to modify the scleral landing zone to improve the outcomes of their scleral lens fittings to give patients better vision, better comfort and help with the overall success of the scleral lens fitting process.

  • Friday, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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My Last Nerve
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This course is designed to identify the cranial nerves that impact the ophthalmic system.  It will assist attendees in connecting the dots of nerve innervations and function for the basic structures of the ocular system.  This is a more advanced course; basic anatomy would be helpful.

  • Friday, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
Managing the Risks and Benefits of Pain Management with Opioid Analgesics
Peter J. Cass, OD

This course is required for any optometrists that prescribe opioids.  The course will cover the history of opioid analgesic agents, issues with opioid over-use and addiction, the definitions and mechanisms of pain, and assessing patients in pain.  You will learn how to create an effective pain management plan including, non-pharmacologic management, non-opioid analgesic management, and management with opioid analgesics.

  • Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/Opioid
Staff Misadventures and What To Do About Them
Craig Thomas, OD

You will learn how to identify and manage various staff misadventures in an optometric practice. Emphasis is placed on teaching the staff how to manage themselves to produce a good working environment and if necessary, how to manage their doctor to achieve the same goal.

  • Friday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO
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Anatomy and Physiology
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This course is designed to teach an understanding of the eye and how it works.  The course is designed to identify how the eye works from the source to the brain.  The three layers of the eye, and the three chambers in the eye.  This includes all the structures, muscles and their cranial nerves innervations, a tear film breakdown, and the visual pathway to the brain.

  • Friday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
Human Trafficking
Rebecca Jowers,

This course is approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and completes the requirement all optometrists need to renew their license.  This in-person course allows for Q&A opportunities not available when taken online.

  • Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • CE: 1 General/Human Trafficking
Billing and Coding
Craig Thomas, OD

You will learn how to report medical services performed by optometrists. Emphasis is placed on understanding the patient care process and how it is related to the coding process. Examples of Local Coverage Determinations and Medical Clinical Policy Bulletins are presented.

  • Friday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
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Culture Shock
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This course is designed to assist the attendees in understanding the value of change and the requirements for establishing change within a practice.  The course will cover the key and critical elements on how change can have a positive or negative impact on the culture within a practice, hence adding to or detracting from the momentum of the organization.

  • Friday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
Professional Responsibility Course
Joe DeLoach, OD, FAAO

The 2022 Professional Responsibility Course for Texas Optometrists provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the legal and ethical practice of optometry, including compliance with specific state laws, as well as, judicious prescribing regulations.  This course is mandated by state law for Texas optometrists for license renewal.

  • Saturday, 7:00am – 8:00am
  • CE: 1 Ethics
  • Sponsored by: University of Houston College of Optometry
Screening for Diabetic Eye Disease: What Every Optician and Technician Should Know
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This lecture will focus on what happens when a diabetic patient comes into an ophthalmic practice.  Questions and answers, signs and symptoms, things that are important to document for a complete ocular assessment and what to listen for during the visit. How the staff should prepare the patient for the doctor’s examination.  The different test, documentation and results for diabetics will be discussed.  Considerations for diabetic patients from check-in to check-out.

  • Saturday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
LV – From Magnifiers to Electronic Aid
Stephanie Schmiedecke, OD, FAAO

Low Vision devices are changing rapidly with the advancement of technology.  This course will bring the attendee up to date on low vision devices including electronic and video magnifiers, and other technologies available. We will look at the levels of
visual impairment and the solutions for patients.

  • Saturday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO
What is Cataract?
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This lecture is designed to assist technicians on how to identify potential patients with cataracts.  Case history and testing procedures will be discussed.  You will learn techniques on how to establish a dialog with patients nervous about the procedure, and how to put them at ease about the process.  We will also review the different types of cataracts and potential hazards associated with maturing cataracts.  We will also discuss the process of cataract extraction and IOL placement.  The attendee will also learn about different lens types that are currently available in the market.

  • Saturday, 10:00am – 11:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
How to Get Along With Anyone – Anytime
Stephanie Schmiedecke, OD, FAAO

Why is it that you can work well with some people and other people make you nuts?  This course will help you understand why this happens. Harmony and success can be created with everyone you work with.  How?  By learning human behavior, your communication and personality style and identify the styles of others.  You will learn how to communicate effectively, be more productive, and enhance your work relationships.  You will also learn how to increase work efficiency by hiring the right people for the right positions, making this interactive lecture beneficial for managers and staff alike.

  • Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO
HOUSE of DELEGATES, Part Two: Business and Optometry Update

The 2022 Texas Optometric Association House of Delegates will offer optometrists and exclusive insight into the status of the profession in Texas. This session will allow attendees to hear first-hand what is planned for Texas Optometry and the upcoming legislative session.

  • Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 General
Put a Lid on It
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This course teaches anatomy of the eyelid, functional issues with the eyelid, diseases of the eyelid and surgeries associated with the eyelid.  It also covers how poor lid function can impact vision and contact lens wear.  This lecture is a graphic pictorial of
the eyelid and its function.

  • Saturday, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
Ocular Pain Management
Walt Whitley, OD, FAAO

This course will review current the understanding of ocular pain and inflammation.  Topical and oral therapies of on and off-label medications will be reviewed for primary care, trauma and post-surgical applications.

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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Updates on Glaucoma Management
Andrew Kemp, OD, FAAO

This course will focus on the current topical treatment of glaucoma and potential diet and lifestyle changes that may aide in glaucoma management.  This will aid in obtaining proper histories from glaucoma patients and aid in patient education and follow-up.  Updates regarding the recent legislative changes regarding optometric glaucoma management will also be discussed and how that applies to daily practice.

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
“Eye Know” Trivia Game
TOA Panel,

Come test your knowledge, while having fun with your colleagues. Challenging questions will be presented to the audiences and prizes awarded to the winners. A panel of experts will be there to present and explain the answers.

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
This is Us: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT

This course is designed to identify the keys in building an unbeatable team.  A discussion over what is necessary to develop an unbeatable team that is efficient and productive.

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
Advances in Surgical Glaucoma: The OD’s Role
Walt Whitley, OD, FAAO

This course will provide updates on minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries and their role in improving glaucoma patients quality of vision and life.

  • Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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Understanding the Meibomian Glands
Andrew Kemp, OD, FAAO

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the anatomy and physiology of the Meibomian gland and how dysfunction can lead to disease.  Current gland imaging systems and progressive approaches to the restoration and expression of Meibomian glands will be discussed.

  • Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO
First Aid
Mark Gustafson,

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, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
Sports and Performance Vision
Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD

We will discuss how to participate in a Sports Vision practice. Included in this is testing, treatment and co-management of our athletic patients.

  • Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
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Advances in Ocular Surface Disease Management
Walt Whitley, OD, FAAO

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, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
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Case History for the Paraoptometric Technician
Mary Kate Sain, OD

A well-trained ophthalmic technician plays an invaluable role in keeping a practice running smoothly.  This course will provide a thorough understanding of the various components of a case history to improve the skills of both the new and experienced  technicians as an effort to streamline and improve proficiency of patient flow within the clinic.

  • Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO
CPR: Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification
Mark Gustafson,

This class covers how to perform CPR on infants, children, and adults in a practical and fun fashion.

  • Saturday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
Rapid Fire Cornea
Walt Whitley, OD, FAAO

This rapid fire course will present both the common and not-so-common cases that are referred to a corneal specialist.  Clinical pearls will be discussed for each case presentation as well as the importance of communication among co-managing providers.

  • Sunday, 8:00am – 9:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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The Future of Eye Care Innovation
Walt Whitley, OD, FAAO

Technology is changing the way optometrists provide optimal care for our patients.  This course will provide an introduction to technologies that recently became available or are in development.

  • Sunday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
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