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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OCT and OCT Angiography in Retinal Disease
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. The evolution of OCT technology has resulted in the development of non-invasive OCT Angiography OCT-A which provides high-resolution three-dimensional visualization of the ocular microvasculature. This course will discuss OCT and OCT-A for retinal disease by reviewing anatomy and structure then emphasizing the numerous clinical applications via case-based presentations.

  • Thursday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Sponsored by: Optovue
  • Lone Star Ballroom
OCT and OCT Angiography in Wellness and Disease Management – Can’t Have One Without the Other
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 Angiography (OCT A) is not as well known for its medical application.  OCT and OCT A used as “Wellness” is underutilized in the optometric practice.  This course will show how OCT and OCT A are used to find, manage, and follow ocular diseases.  This program will illustrate how OCT Angiography is becoming as essential as OCT in diagnosis and management of ocular diseases like diabetes and macular degeneration.

  • Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Sponsored by: Optovue
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Cybersecurity
Peter J. Cass, OD

This lecture will familiarize doctors with the data security risks facing practices. An overview of rules and regulations regarding protection of patient data will be discussed. Practical advice will be given on how to secure networks, computers, patient records, and data.

  • Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/General
  • Sponsored by: Practice Compliance Solutions
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Managing Unforeseen Non-Ocular Emergencies
Kumar Patel, OD

The lecture will educate eye care professionals on how they can prepare / take control of a non-ocular emergency crisis, handle it with confidence and communicate with other medical professionals properly in a timely fashion.

  • Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Managing the Risks and Benefits of Pain Management and 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 overuse 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.

  • Thursday, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Late Night CE: 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.

  • Thursday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom
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Beyond 20/20:  A Look at the Science Supporting Macular Nutrition and Its Impact on Visual Performance, Cognitive Function, and Macular Degeneration
Ryan Powell, OD

This 1-hour CE course will review the body of independent research evaluating carotenoids and their impact on visual performance, contrast sensitivity, glare discomfort and cognitive function, A thorough understanding of the evidence-based benefits, will help you when communicating with your patients about incorporating macular nutrition.  A clinically practicing primary care optometrist will share with you the methods he uses to educate his patients about the importance of carotenoids to their vision and long-term health.

  • Friday, 7:00am – 8:00am
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: MacuHealth
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Controlled Substances and Judicious Prescribing
Joe DeLoach, OD, FAAO

This course covers the following pertinent issues:

  1. Overview of the controlled services act – Federal and State
  2. History of complications with controlled substances
  3. Opioid narcotics
  4. Non-opioid narcotics
  5. Preferred practice applications of controlled substances in eye care
  6. Alternatives to certain controlled substances
  7. Opioid narcotics
  8. Non-opioid narcotics
  9. Judicious prescribing issues with controlled substances
  • Friday, 8:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: Practice Compliance Solutions
  • Lone Star Ballroom
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Authenticity: How to Get Potential Patients to Choose You
Joel Jenkins,

When you meet a new patient in your office do you greet them by telling them where you went to school and when you graduated? Neither should your website. Are all of your patients and staff glowing stock photography models? Then why is your website filled with stock photography? Your website should be an accurate reflection of who you are. That’s authenticity, and that’s how you attract new patients. By showing them your true authentic self.

  • Friday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • CE: 1 CPO
  • Sponsored by: 460
  • Griffin Hall
Glaucoma Medications
Charles Connor, OD, PhD, FAAO

This course describes glaucoma pathophysiology in terms of accurate diagnosis, selection of appropriate medication and management of the disease in light of the current ophthalmic literature.

  • Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA/CPO
  • Lone Star Ballroom
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Dealing With Difficult Patients – How to Prevent Problems
Mary E. Schmidt, ABOC, CPO

How can you deal with the impossible- to-please patient, what about the staff member who gives the lion’s share of the workload?  Or can we add the doctor, who may have a last-minute task that takes a half-day to complete?  This course will prepare staff members to deal effectively with difficult people within the practice.  We will offer you a step-by-step guide to increasing your effectiveness with real-world situations within your office.

  • Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
  • Griffin Hall
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10 Ways to Lose A Patient & Not Even Know It
Mary E. Schmidt, ABOC, CPO

In today’s market, patients can be very demanding.  If you are lucky, they tell you when you don’t measure up.  But if you’re unlucky, they just walk away, without giving you the chance to succeed and they tell others.  This course will allow you to assess your standard practices to ensure you are handling all the basics.

  • Friday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Griffin Hall
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Diagnosing and Monitoring AMD in Optometric Practices

Over the past several 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.

  • Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Sponsored by: Maculogix
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Nutrition and the Eye
Charles Connor, OD, PhD, FAAO

This course describes current thinking on nutritional supplements used to promote ocular health. Emphasis is placed on the most proven use of nutritional supplements to prevent or treat ocular conditions.

  • Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Building Patient Loyalty – How to Over Deliver Service
Mary E. Schmidt, ABOC, CPO

In today’s competitive environment, it’s simply isn’t enough to exceed the expectations of patients.  You have to OVER-EXCEED.  The workshop is designed to help you create a patient for life!

  • Friday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
  • Griffin Hall
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Wine Tasting CE Event: “Come Taste the Education (must pre-register)
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. This session will explain the benefits of wine and how it can help your patients.

  • Friday, 8:30pm – 9:30pm
  • CE: 1 TPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom
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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 2021 course covers monitoring and reporting illegal contact lens sales, recommendations from the state board, and professional ethics.

  • Saturday, 7:00am – 8:00am
  • CE: 1 Ethics
  • Sponsored by: University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Lone Star Ballroom
I Object (Overcoming Patient Objections)
Mary E. Schmidt, ABOC, CPO

It’s hard to argue with frugality.  However, quality should win out over price.  Proper eye care should fall in the “quality” category.  This course will prepare you teach patients to make educated decisions based on a greater understanding of what they are getting for what they are paying.  Learn to respond effectively when a patient objects about the price of products or services.  Learn these skills, educate your patient, and grow the business.

  • Saturday, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
  • Griffin Hall
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HOUSE of DELEGATES, Part Two: Business and Optometry Update
Jennifer Deakins, OD, FAAO Tommy Lucas, JR, OD

The 2021 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 2021 legislative session.

  • Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 2 General
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Insurance Isn’t Everything
Mary E. Schmidt, ABOC, CPO

Quality eyecare should always win over price.  But these days, it’s harder to argue with frugality; however, with information and knowledge, proper eye care will fall in the “quality” category.  This course will help you prepare how to differentiate your practice services and products from the herd.  Once you learn these skills, the patient will walk away from your practice feeling as though they now know more about the importance of quality and eye care.  And they will.

  • Saturday, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Griffin Hall
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Teambuilding – More Than Just Getting Along
Mary E. Schmidt, ABOC, CPO

It’s valuable to have a mix of personalities in the office.  While it can be, a rich and rewarding team experience.  It can also be a significant challenge.  Learn how to create an atmosphere where ideas, experiences, and differences are valued.  Make your office an environment where a team effort means more than just getting along.

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 2 CPO/ABO
  • Griffin Hall
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The Eye in Sleep Apnea
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

Sleep apnea syndrome SAS is a disease characterized by recurrent complete or partial upper airway obstructions during sleep. The majority of patients with SAS demonstrate this obstruction either at the nasopharynx or the oropharynx. Risk factors for SAS include obesity, male gender, upper airway abnormalities, alcohol use, snoring, and wide neck girth. Reported ophthalmic findings in patients with SAS include floppy eyelid syndrome FES, glaucoma, keratoconus, and non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy NAION. This course provides clinically relevant information on sleep apnea syndrome and it ophthalmic implications

  • Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Eye Cancers Across the Lifespan
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

This course covers, in detail, tumors of the eye, adnexa, and visual pathway. Clinical cases are used to illustrate diagnostic guidelines, work-up, and treatment and management strategies.

  • Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • CE: 1 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Telephone Techniques – 19 Must Have Skills for Staff
Mary E. Schmidt, ABOC, CPO

One of the most powerful tools for practice growth is at arm’s length:  It’s the telephone.  Learn how to maximize your ability to use this important instrument to explain your services, discuss quality products, and demonstrate what makes your practice unique.  We will discuss scripts for effective communication of services, optical products, and fees.

  • Saturday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Griffin Hall
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Our Top Topical Meds
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

The ability to prescribe pharmaceutical agents has enabled Optometrists to become true primary health care providers. This includes the use new and established drugs that are topically applied. This course reviews the indications, mechanism of action, contraindications, adverse effects and dosage of these topical therapeutic agents.

  • Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 2 TPA/DPA
  • Lone Star Ballroom
Making Work Fun – No Kidding
Mary E. Schmidt, ABOC, CPO

Everyone wants to make a difference on the job.  Creating an upbeat environment goes a long way in making work fun.  Positive morale equals a positive impact on your bottom line.  This course is design to give managers the ability to improve working conditions, motivate, and inspire staff to give their all. 

  • Saturday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CE: 1 CPO/ABO
  • Griffin Hall
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