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Technician and Allied Health Professional Program

This Conference for Allied Health Professionals will provide an update for ophthalmic personnel at the assistant, technician, technologist, skilled nurse, or photographer level and will run concurrently with the physician conference. Applications have been made for Joint Comission on Allied Health Professionals in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and nursing credit.

Topics will include:

  • Ophthalmic surgical procedures
  • Pediatric eye disease
  • Retinal disease
  • Corneal disease
  • Diagnostics and imaging
  • Common patient examination techniques

Course Objectives

  • Describe retinal diseases and their medical and surgical treatments
  • Match the correct use of diagnostic technologies with clinical presentations of ophthalmic disease
  • Describe the role of nursing and ophthalmic technicians in the medical and surgical treatment of eye disease
  • Describe best practices for performing biometry and lens calculations in cataract surgery
  • List uses of corneal topography in diagnosing eye disease
  • List common examination techniques used by technicians and ophthalmic nursing staff for working up patients
  • Describe the use of scleral lenses in treating eye disease

Program Schedule

                             Friday, May 19, 2023 

7:00 am to 8:00 am

In-person and vistual check-in, continental breakfasts for in-person and exhibits

8:00 am to 8:10 am

Welcome and Announcements

8:10 am to 8:40 am
Daniel Savage, MD, PhD
8:40 am to 9:10 am Topography: The surface is telling you something. Are you listening?
Kenneth Dickerson, OD
9:10 am to 9:40 am Understanding the incredible tool of biometry
Ashley Dunn, COT
9:40 am to 10:00 am Break and Exhibits
10:00 am to 10:30 am  Scleral lenses
Michael Depaolis, OD
10:30 am to 11:30 am Basic exam techniques for techs & nursing staff
Christine Coward, MD
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm Key points when taking a history of a patient complaining of diplopia
Natalie Brossard, MD
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Pediatric eye injuries
Matthew Haynie, MD
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Components of a diabetic eye exam
Robert Ryan, OD
2:00 pm to 2:20 pm Break & Exhibits
2:20 pm to 2:50 pm Corneal transplants
Lorena Montalvo, MD
2:50 pm to 3:50 pm Common Retinal Pathologies and Procedures: A Primer
Vamsi Gullapalli, MD, PhD
3:50 pm  Wrap-up and announcements