CEwire2023

The Largest Virtual Optometric Conference:
60 COPE Approved Credits
4 Live Events
1 Low Price
Featuring ALL NEW LECTURES for 2023!

LIVE Online:
February 25 & 26 [view schedule]
April 29 & 30
June 3 & 4
September 9 & 10

.. and ON DEMAND through December 1, 2023.
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The $199.00 $169.00 Early Bird Conference Pass gives you access to all 60 Credits, Live Events, and On Demand Content.

Pay ONE PRICE to access:
  • ALL four live events
  • Interactive Lectures & Real-Time Chat Text with Speakers
  • The Private CEwire2023 Discussion Forum, where attendees can securely interact with speakers and other conference goers before, during and after the live events and discuss each talk
  • Exclusive Vendor Discounts
  • On Demand Lectures through December 1st, 2023

... and don't forget to watch the CEwire2023 Livestream Interview Show which runs during the live events, and features eye care industry leaders, lectures, and other special guests at the event!

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About CEwire2023

Join us for the largest online CE event in optometry and see why over 18,000 ODs have chosen to participate over the past eight years!

Earn up to 60 COPE-approved CE credits from leading eye care experts with all-new lectures, without leaving home.

Use your conference pass to Watch LIVE online these dates:

February 25 & 26, 2023
April 29 & 30, 2023
June 3 & 4, 2023
September 9 & 10, 2023

... OR watch ON DEMAND at your own pace and on your own schedule through December 1, 2023.

Register to receive exclusive discounts from leading vendors, and tune in to the CEwire2023 Livestream, where we'll chat with optometric thought leaders and eye care industry executives.

60 Hours of COPE-Approved CE: Watch LIVE or ON DEMAND!

Your registration to CEwire2023 gives you access to the lectures when they are given LIVE online.

Come to as many or as few live events as you'd like: your single conference pass gives you access to ALL the live events.

Each event features all 60 credits, so if you miss one, you can easily catch what you missed at the next live event.

Can't make it live? No problem!

Each time we do a live performance, the lectures are recorded and placed & online for you to view on demand through December 1, 2023.

Watch each archived course as many times as you like. Pause, rewind, or even watch on your phone in between patients.
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The CEwire2023 Private Forum: 24-7 Interactivity

All registrants will receive immediate access to the CEwire2023 Private Forum, where attendees and speakers can interact with each other round-the-clock. The posts in the forum provide an ongoing conversation about each lecture, throughout the year and beyond.

The forum provides you with a private and secure space where you can:
  • Ask questions before, during, and after the event
  • Interact with & get to know your fellow attendees
  • Peruse vendors discounts, and discuss their products and services with experts from each company
The forum acts as a permanent repository that you can always return to in the future -- even months or years after the conference has concluded!

No other conference gives you this sort of long-term access to information. REGISTER NOW

CEwire2023 Livestream!

As in prior years, during the live weekends we will broadcast from CEwire HQ.

CEwire staff will give participants the latest updates on the conference in real time, including current discounts being offered at the show, and interviews with leaders in eye care.

Come join the fun!

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Taking CE Has Never Been Easier

Receiving your COPE credits is incredibly simple:

1. Register for CEwire2023 (and if it is your first time with us, remember to give us your ARBO OE Tracker # when you register, so we have it on file.)

2. Login and watch a live performance online! You can interact with the speakers via text chat at the live shows!

...OR you can watch lectures on demand after February 27 through December 1, 2023

3. If watching on one of the "LIVE" days, no quiz is required to gain credits. Simply watch an entire course, and it will be added to your transcript as an "Online Interactive" credit. If watching on demand, complete a short quiz after each hour of class (take the quizzes as many times as you need to in order to pass)

4. We transmit your credits to ARBO automatically, using your ARBO OE Tracker number that you gave when you registered.

We also provide you with a digital certificate after you complete each course, which are permanently archived in the ODwire.org Transcript Center should you need to look it up in the future.

There is no better education value in eye care!

CEwire2023 Course List

  • All courses (60 hours) will be presented online at each event as ONLINE INTERACTIVE COPE credits.
  • The first live event is on February 25 & 26, 2023. [view schedule]
  • All courses will also be available ON DEMAND from February 27, 2023 through December 1, 2023 as ONLINE ENDURING COPE credits.
  • Your CEwire2023 login will work at ALL LIVE and On Demand sessions - there is no need to re-register or pay again if you've already signed up. One pass gives you full access!

Total COPE Hours: 60
MANAGING COMPLEX CORNEAS WITH OD & MD COLLABORATIONS
Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO and Brandon Ayres, MD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Various real-life patient cases with common but complex corneal pathologies are presented. This course will utilize clinical images and videos to highlight the clinical processes of disease diagnosis and the corresponding pharmaceutical and/or surgical treatment strategies. The speakers will also share their clinical experiences on the importance of interdisciplinary care.
YOU USED TO BE SO SENSITIVE, NOW YOU ARE JUST A PAIN! SIGNS, SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT FOR NK
Marc R Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will delve into the underdiagnosed corneal disorder properly termed neurotrophic keratitis. Although considered a rare disease, current thinking has detailed an earlier diagnosis may avert more disastrous outcomes. Gain insight into diagnosing and managing this 'painless' pain for your patients.
THE OSD PIPELINE: NOW AND LATER
Crystal M Brimer, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Ocular surface Disease has gained significant momentum over the past two decades. Despite the intent and ambition, research takes time. During the next 24 months we will see many of these ideas come to fruition, putting long awaited products in the hands of both clinicians and patients. Meanwhile, there are newly introduced treatments and technologies that are ready to be explored and some best kept secrets that should be embraced.
DEBUNKING TEN OF THE MOST COMMON MYTHS ABOUT OCULAR TELEHEALTH
Michael Brown, OD, MHS-CL, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

When it comes to ocular telehealth, myths abound. This lecture tackles ten of the most common misperceptions regarding ocular telehealth and shows how optometric acceptance and involvement will benefit both patients and eye care practitioners.
RULE THESE OUT BEFORE YOU DIAGNOSE IT AS DRY EYE
Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Although dry eye can be a debilitating condition for some, it can be virtually asymptomatic for others. Additionally, there are several things that can be highly symptomatic that are not dry eye. This course will discuss those critical things that need to be ruled out before starting a dry eye treatment regimen for patients complaining of dry eye symptoms.

There are several clinical conditions whose symptoms can masquerade those seen with dry eye and will follow very different treatment paths. Floppy eyelid syndrome, anterior blepharitis, incomplete lid closure, epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, mucous fishing syndrome, thyroid eye disease and advancing wavelike epitheliopathy are only some of the conditions that can mimic the symptoms of dry eye.
MANAGING COMMON & UNCOMMON PIGMENTED LESIONS
Benjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This one-hour course will highlight some common and not so common pigmented lesions of the retina. Pathophysiology and methods of treatment, if indicated, will be discussed for different lesions presented in an interactive grand rounds format.
KEY POINTS FOR DIAGNOSING GLAUCOMA LIKE AN EXPERT
Michael Chaglasian, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Deciding when and how to diagnose glaucoma in a suspect or ocular hypertensive patient can be challenging. Multiple data points must be analyzed and often they point in different directions. This course will provide essential clinical tips for assessing: IOP, Corneal Thickness, Optic Disc, Visual Fields and OCT, that can guide clinicians to the best decision.
GLAUCOMA TREATMENT OPTIONS: BEST PRACTICE TIPS
Michael Chaglasian, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Case based presentations are utilized to examine the role of several new treatment options for patients with ocular hypertension and glaucoma. New treatments will focus on the emerging new classes of glaucoma medications and potential new drug delivery systems. Clinical trial outcomes and related experience with these new treatments will be reviewed. Best practice tips are provided via case examples.
DOCUMENTING AND CODING LASER PROCEDURES
Thomas R. Cheezum, O.D, CPC, COPC

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Many states are now allowing ODs to perform certain laser procedures for their patients. This course will review the documentation required to show medical necessity and coding criteria for ALT/SLT, LPI and YAG capsulotomy so providers are paid properly for these services and are able to pass a formal insurer record audit related to these procedures.
THE YIN AND YANG OF PRIVATE EQUITY ACQUISITIONS – A VIEW FROM BOTH SIDES
Benjamin S. Chudner, OD, FAAO and Craig S. Steinberg, OD, JD

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: PENDING

Private equity transactions in Optometry have increased steadily over the past several years. As large players enter the market, many optometrists are evaluating whether or not this is the right time to sell their practice. This course will cover a general overview of private equity, how to prepare your practice for a sale, the sale transaction and what to expect once you sell.
MANAGEMENT OF DIGITAL EYE STRAIN : A NUTRITIONAL APPROACH
Pinakin G. Davey PhD, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Digital eye strain affects millions, and people suffer in silence. Latest research suggests it may be much more an oculo-systemic syndrome than previously understood and nutraceuticals have a real role in ameliorating its effects. This course will discuss comprehensive strategies that can be incorporated in an eye exam and nutraceuticals that benefits patients.
CURRENT THINKING ON KERATOCONUS FROM EARLY DIAGNOSIS THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT, WORKING OUT OF SILOS!
S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Keratoconus (KC) can have dramatic impact on a patient’s visual function and overall quality of life. New studies suggest that KC is far more prevalent than previously thought. We have developed treatments that can halt disease progression. As such, it is imperative that we diagnose KC as early as possible and implement treatment. The eye care professions often work in silos and fail to take a comprehensive approach to KC management. This course will review the most up to date information on the diagnosis and treatment of KC that can ensure optimization and preservation of our patients vision.
NEW IDEAS IN GLAUCOMA
Murray Fingeret OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Recent advances in diagnostic technologies and therapeutic modalities have changed the way that glaucoma is diagnosed and managed. This lecture reviews some of the new technologies, medications, and surgeries and how they impact glaucoma care.
CONTROVERSIES IN GLAUCOMA
Murray Fingeret OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

The diagnosis and management of glaucoma is not always clearcut with many areas being controversial. Topics to be discussed include the role of nutraceuticals in glaucoma care, is genetic testing appropriate for glaucoma diagnosis, is Goldmann tonometry still the method of choice, should we be measuring 24-hour IOP, is there a role for Virtual Reality (VR) perimetry and is SLT the best primary therapy for open angle glaucoma. This course will review these areas, explaining both sides of the discussion.
"YOU SMELL" AND OTHER TRICKY STAFF CONVERSATIONS
Bethany Fishbein, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

In this course, you will learn to handle the dreaded difficult conversations with your staff. We’ll cover hiring, performance management, financial concerns, personal hygiene, termination, and everything in between with real-life dialog that you can use immediately.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO NEXT TO SOLVE OR TREAT THIS CASE?
Mark Friedberg, MD

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: PENDING

In this course, I will present cases that were referred to me in the year 2022 and will then ask the audience what they would do next? I will present four options and then go through each one indicating why or why not that would be my next step. I will discuss the keys to diagnosis and treatment where applicable.
MODERN DAY DIABETES
Jeffry D. Gerson, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will discuss diabetes not only from the ophthalmic perspective, but also the systemic. The importance of systemic diabetes will be discussed and how it relates to the optometrist.
THOUGHTFUL CHARTING
Richard Hom, OD, PhD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will prepare participants to understand the value of medical necessity in charting and submitting claims for reimbursement.

Both beginning to advanced users will gain insight on supporting initial medical visits, follow up care, and potential audits or post-payment reviews. Lastly participants will distinguish between the best approach of supporting medical and routine vision clinical encounters. Case examples will support the didactic component of the course.
CONTACTS AND THE KID... INCORPORATING PEDIATRIC CONTACTS INTO PRIMARY CARE PRACTICE
Viola Kanevsky, OD

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: PENDING

Pediatric examinations are often believed to be challenging in a primary eye care setting. Many doctors shy away from children in general and pediatric contacts in particular. In fact, children can be fun to examine and are often more compliant lens wearers than many adults.

This course will provide the clinical and practice management tools the primary care optometrist needs to incorporate pediatric contacts into routine practice.
ILLUMINATING IPL: HOW INTENSE PULSED LIGHT TREATS DRY EYE DISEASE
Cory J. Lappin, OD, MS, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Dry eye is a multifactorial disease with several contributing factors that must be treated to properly manage the condition. This makes IPL a uniquely powerful treatment option as it addresses several elements of dry eye in a single treatment modality. IPL has been shown to improve meibomian gland structure and function and meibum quality, destroy proinflammatory telangiectatic blood vessels associated with ocular rosacea, lessen the bacterial and Demodex burden on the lids and lashes, and reduce ocular surface inflammation. However, the manner in which IPL affects each of these areas differs as it functions through varied and complex mechanisms including direct and indirect energy delivery and photobiomodulation.

While this has made IPL one of the most significant advancements in dry eye treatment in recent years, many are unsure of how exactly intense pulsed light treats dry eye from a mechanistic standpoint. This lecture will explain the multiple mechanisms of action of IPL in detail and how each mechanism specifically addresses several underlying causes of dry eye.
LASER THERAPY IN OPTOMETRY: THE NEXT FRONTIER
Nate Lighthizer, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: PENDING

The use of laser energy to treat anterior segment conditions, including posterior capsular opacification (PCO), angle closure glaucoma, and open angle glaucoma, has been used by optometric physicians in certain states for over a decade now. This interactive presentation will update these ophthalmic laser procedures.

We will review the conditions for which lasers are indicated, as well as contraindications, treatment protocols, and follow-up with procedurs such as YAG laser capsulotomies, peripheral iridotomies (PI), peripheral iridoplasties (ALPI), argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT), and selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)
INDIVIDUALIZED GLAUCOMA MANAGEMENT
Richard J. Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

The use of new and novel pharmaceutical agents, drug delivery systems, SLT, and MIGS procedures allows practitioners to individualize treatment for each patient like never before. Case presentations underscore best practices in maximizing treatment efficacy while minimizing adverse effects, drug administration, and cost.
CORNEAL SCLERAL PROFILOMETRY/SOFTWARE-BASED SCLERAL LENS DESIGN
Charles A. McBride, OD and Shaina Sullivan, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will cover the different technologies used to obtain corneal-scleral profilometry and how to incorporate the data into various software platforms to design freeform scleral lenses.

We will review the latest imaging technologies, and describe their advantages and uses when fitting scleral lenses. We will also explore the latest advancements in freeform scleral lenses.
DECODING KERATOCONUS AND PROGRESSION INSIDE THE MATRIX
Beeran Meghpara, MD and Clark Chang, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Keratoconus is one of the most encountered irregular corneas in clinical practices. The newly evolved keratoconus management paradigm strongly focuses on early disease detection to prevent unnecessary loss of quality of life and vision. This course will showcase different keratoconus detection technologies and risk assessment tools to guide your clinical management algorithm.
CHALAZIA AND BEYOND: MEDICAL AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT OF COMMON EYELID LESIONS
James P Milite, MD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Due to a density of glandular and adnexal structures, a wide variety of lesions affect the eyelids. This spectrum includes inflammatory and infectious entities as well as neoplasms, both benign and malignant. This course will cover appropriate antimicrobial treatment of infections, medical and surgical treatment of chalazia, and clinical assessment of eyelid lesions with an emphasis on recognizing malignancy.
THE PSYCHOLOGY AND SCIENCE OF MYOPIA CONTROL
Thuy-Lan Nguyen OD, FAAO, FSLS

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Recent studies reveal a correlation between myopia and mental health, especially in terms of anxiety. Therefore, can controlling the progression of myopia help to control anxiety and improve a patient’s quality of life? This lecture will review the psychological effects of myopia in children and adolescents as well as the mental health status of the parents of myopic children. During this lecture, we will also discuss myopia control techniques including multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology and atropine therapy.
MACULAR PIGMENT AND VITREOUS NUTRIENTS: KEEPING AN EYE ON VISION
John Nolan, PhD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Using published scientific evidence-based outcomes, this course will guide the eye-care specialist on how to optimize macular pigment and vitreous nutrition, in order to enhance visual function for patients from young to old. Also, novel data confirming specific mechanisms responsible for these improvements will be presented, for the first time.
PHARMACOLOGY REVIEW: SYSTEMIC MEDICATIONS
Bruce Onofrey, OD

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: PENDING

The goal of this presentation is to review the pharmacology and clinical applications of systemic medications in the management of ocular disease. Indications, contraindications and proper dosing in normal adults and special populations, will be presented. There will be special emphasis on “drug of choice” selection and special dosing formulas. Anti-infectives, analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs are covered in detail.
THE SYSTEMIC BENEFITS OF CATARACT SURGERY
Carlo Pelino, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course reviews the research and literature on the systemic benefits of cataract surgery. The course will review the neuroanatomy pathways responsible for vision, the pupillary light reflex, the accommodative response and the circadian rhythm. The hypothalamic, epithalamus, spinal cord, hippocampus and adrenal gland anatomy will be highlighted. The course will conclude with why cataract surgery has an effect on longevity and health span.
MECHANISMS OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Tamara Petrosyan, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) evaluation and treatment is a growing field within optometry. This course will discuss the various causes of acquired and traumatic brain injury and their sequelae.
PAIN MANAGEMENT: WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
Joseph J. Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. It may be sharp or dull. Pain may come and go, or it may be constant. This course presents the pathobiology, causes, proper diagnosis, and responsible management of ocular and periocular pain.

The goal of this course is to provide current and accurate information about diagnosis and responsible management of ocular and periocular pain, with an emphasis on judicious prescribing of opioid analgesics.
WHEN GLAUCOMA AND RETINA CONVERGE
Joseph J. Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Glaucoma and retinal disease frequently present in combination. Diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma isn't always straightforward, especially when retinal pathology is present. This course will use a case-based format to examine several clinical scenarios as a framework for discussion of glaucoma management in patients with retinal disease.
HOW TO IDENTIFY AND TREAT CORNEAL DYSTROPHIES AND DEGENERATIONS
Christopher J. Rapuano, MD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Corneal dystrophies and degenerations are conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice. Appropriate diagnosis is critical for optimal management. Many of these conditions present with classic clinical histories and slit lamp appearances.

This course will review the clinical signs and symptoms, imaging techniques, along with treatment options, of most frequently encountered corneal dystrophies and degenerations.
TOTS TO TEENS: A GUIDE TO PEDIATRIC CONTACT LENSES
Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

As primary eyecare professionals, initiating and managing contact lens fitting and care for children plays a vital role in comprehensive clinical practice.

This talk will cover a variety of indications for pediatric contact lenses including congenital aphakia, challenging refractive errors, enhancing athletic performance and myopia management. Considerations for lens selection and design will be discussed. Guidance on clinical strategies will be based on current published studies.

Implementing and growing pediatric contact lens services boosts professional satisfaction and is a proven strategy for optometric practice building.
OCT ANGIOGRAPHY: MAXIMIZING PATIENT CARE
Julie Rodman OD, MSc, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography is a new method of analysis based on high-resolution imaging techniques whereby the retinal and choroidal circulation can be visualized simultaneously without injection.

This course will review this technology as well as provide pertinent clinical examples. The participant will become familiar with standard OCTA terminology in order to accurately assess OCTA features.
RETINAL POTPOURRI: IT’S NOT RARE IF IT’S IN YOUR CHAIR!
Julie Rodman OD, MSc, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will highlight a variety of challenging posterior segment cases emphasizing clinical presentation, differential diagnoses, and management patterns. Topics will include posterior uveitis, macular telangiectasia, congenital retinal dystrophies and degenerations, infectious retina, and retinal oncology. Preferred Practice recommendations including guidelines for diagnosis and management will be discussed
WHEN GOOD THINGS GO BAD: TAMING CONTACT LENS COMPLICATIONS
Christine Sindt, OD, FAAO and Clark Chang, OD, MSc, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Contact lenses are important medical devices that also provide refractive corrections to our patients. Improper patient compliance increases the clinical risks of both common and uncommon complications related to suboptimal contact lens wear. This course will use clinical images and cases to illustrate differential diagnoses and management options including newer therapeutic modalities.
PRESBYOPIA DROPS: HOPE OR HYPE? INITIAL REPORTS
Steve Silberberg, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will review the process of accommodation in the human eye. As an adjunct the anatomy and physiology of the causes of Presbyopia will be reviewed using the latest evidence-based research.

Topical Treatments for Presbyopia on the near term, intermediate term and long term will be reviewed with updated information of how the new drugs are working in eye care now that we have some experience. The course will give the viewer a working knowledge of the many drugs in the pipeline and analyze their individual potential benefits and advantages and disadvantages
ORAL MEDS UPDATE
Steven Sorkin, OD, FSLS

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will review oral medications used in the treatment of ocular disease and provide updates in new research and applications with these medications. Medications to be discussed include antibiotics, antivirals, pain medications and oral anti-inflammatories.

The goal is to be able to use oral medication in various eye conditions for treatment and pain.
NEURAL PEARLS
Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course details in a case-based format the symptoms and clinical findings in patients with numerous clinical neuro-ophthalmic entities including Horner syndrome, pupil abnormalities, pituitary apoplexy, and giant cell arteritis.

This course identifies the true neuro-ophthalmic urgencies and emergencies and provides numerous clinical pearls that practitioners can use to navigate through patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders.
LET’S TALK ABOUT VSP AUDITS
Craig S. Steinberg, OD, JD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

VSP’s propensity to aggressively monitor and audit providers, leading to recovery of millions of dollars, is well-known. This course will educate providers on what leads to being audited, what VSP is looking for when they audit optometrists, and why optometrists commonly fail VSP audits.
SPORTS VISION TRAINING: SEE FASTER, PLAY FASTER
Jennifer Stewart, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Sports vision is one of the largest growing specialties in eye care. Working with athletes of all ages is extremely rewarding, and a great opportunity for a practice to differentiate itself and generate additional revenue.

Attendees of this course will learn how to turn their dream of starting a sports vision practice into a reality by learning about athlete evaluation, training plan design, marketing strategies, and current sports eyewear safety standards. The need for sports vision training in youth and adult populations will be discussed, along with the different visual and cognitive skills used, what technology is available today, and how best to formulate a sports vision training program.
OPTIC NERVE EDEMA IN THE PEDIATRIC PATIENT
Shaina Sullivan, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will cover how to differentiate between papilledema and pseudopapilledema in the pediatric patient, including which tests to order and perform and any related systemic conditions.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SPORTS VISION BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK!
Don Teig, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: PENDING

This course will provide a comprehensive description of effective testing, training and marketing strategies utilized by the speaker as a Performance Vision Coach with athletes throughout the world. It will detail the components of a visual-motor skills evaluation as well as review the training to remediate and enhance these skills.

The attendee will be better versed in how to implement comprehensive sports vision training with athletes and describe the techniques available.
CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF CHALLENGING ANTERIOR SEGMENT CASES
Richard Witlin, MD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: PENDING

Using actual cases, audience participants will be actively involved in making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions in handling complex cases including refractive surgical cases, unusual situations in cataract patient management and therapeutic challenges in handling glaucoma patients. The course will allow the clinician the working knowledge to handle complex surgical cases.

Speakers

Brandon Ayres, MD attended Eastern Nazarene College for undergraduate education and then went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed an internship through University of Pennsylvania Health System, Presbyterian Medical Center and then completed his Ophthalmology Residency at UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Ayres then went on to complete a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital.

Having worked at Ophthalmic Partners since 2007, Dr. Ayres is board-certified in ophthalmology and specializes in all forms of corneal transplantation and complex cataract surgery. He was the first physician at Wills Eye Hospital to perform a Descemets' membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). In addition to corneal transplantation, Dr. Ayres also has experience in the repair of traumatic eye injuries, implant complications and iris repair.

For over ten years, Dr. Ayres has been on staff at both the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital, where he is the co-director of the Fellowship Program, and at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. During his first year as an Attending Physician on the Cornea Service, he became the youngest recipient of the Golden Apple Award at Wills Eye. He given lectures and instructed courses nationally and internationally, including the annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons, among others.
Marc R. Bloomenstein, OD is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology. He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998.

Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Modern Optometry, Optometric Management and a frequent contributor to other various optometric journals.

Dr. Bloomenstein served as the Chairman of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and served on the board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO), as well as a founding member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society (OCCRS). Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 1500 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.
Crystal Brimer, OD, FAAO is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Southern College of Optometry, and a Fellow of the AAO. In Wilmington, NC, she owns a private boutique practice and Dry Eye Center, that she also uses for clinical investigations. Dr. Brimer is devoted to the development of equipment and protocols that help doctors differentiate the underlying causes of ocular surface disease and ensure successful outcomes.

Dr. Brimer enjoys publishing articles as well as the extensive travel, both nationally and internationally, to lecture and consult within the field. In her down time, she enjoys life on the water and being a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Michael Brown, OD,MHS-CL, FAAO received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (1990) and a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership from Duke University School of Medicine (2017). He has over 30 years of patient care and teaching experience in various settings, most notably the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has authored over 50 articles, served on the editorial and advisory boards of several ophthalmic publications, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. In 2019, he began performing ocular telehealth exams with DigitalOptometrics.

Away from work, he enjoys traveling with his wife, reading, writing creative nonfiction, cycling, and both watching and playing basketball.
Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. He is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful three location optometric practice in Northwest Ohio.

He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment, contact lenses and glaucoma. He is active at all levels of organized optometry.

Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 250 articles and has given over 1400 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.
Benjamin P. Casella, OD is a third-generation optometrist who owns and operates Casella Eye Center in Augusta, GA, which was established in 1948 by his grandfather, Victor. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and completing his residency at State University of New York College of Optometry, Dr. Casella joined the family practice in 2008, continuing the tradition of providing quality care to the local community alongside his father.

In addition to managing the family practice, Dr. Casella serves as the chief optometric editor of Optometry Times®. He is very active within the professional optometric community, holding many positions within the Georgia Optometric Association, serving on the AOA Evidence Based Optometry Committee, and having been named the Young OD of the South by SECO International in 2014.
Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO is an associate professor at ICO and chief of staff of the Illinois Eye Institute. He is a graduate of State University of New York College of Optometry and completed a residency in primary eye care/ocular disease at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Dr. Chaglasian is in charge of the Glaucoma Service at the Illinois Eye Institute, providing patient care while instructing residents and students.

He is a founding member and treasurer of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and has a number of published articles and has contributed chapters to several popular textbooks on the topics of glaucoma and visual fields.
Clark Y. Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO is both Director of Cornea Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital - Cornea Service and Director of Clinical Services at TLC Vision. After finishing his residency, he further completed a fellowship in cornea and contact lenses. He has taken part in numerous clinical studies on corneal cross-linking and has authored extensively on keratoconus management involving both surgical and/or contact lens innovations.

He is an advisory board member at International Keratoconus Academy (IKA), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), and Optometric Cornea Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS). In addition, Dr. Chang is also the immediate past president of New Jersey Academy of Optometry and the current vice chair of the membership committee at the American Academy of Optometry.
Thomas R. Cheezum, O.D., CPC, COPC is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He was in private practice for 35 years. After selling his practice in 2013, he worked in a multi specialty medi-cal practice providing medical eye care to a high risk Medicare aged patient base until 2018 when he retired from clinical practice.

He is a past member of the Virginia Board of Examiners in Optometry and past recipient of both the “O.D. of the Year” and “Distinguished Achievement" awards of the Virginia Optometric Asso-ciation.

He currently does consulting work in the areas of record keeping, billing, coding and practice compliance with various government programs. He is also an AAPC Certified Professional Coder and is the first optometrist to attain the Certified Ophthalmology Professional Coder credential.
Benjamin S. Chudner, OD, FAAO is the Vice President of Eyecare and Chief Medical Officer for AEG Vision, a private equity backed company based in Dallas, Texas with about 70 locations throughout the US.

A 1997 graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, Dr. Chudner completed a residency in ocular disease at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.

He practiced for over 13 years in the Pacific Northwest, owning his own private practice for 10 years before joining Bausch + Lomb to manage their learning and development department. After moving to professional strategy for B+L, he joined LensCrafters in 2015 and managed eyecare operations for 180 locations in the US and Canada. He was promoted to Senior Clinical Director for Luxottica in 2016, overseeing eyecare for over 2300 locations across LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and Sears Optical. In June of this year he joined Acuity Eyecare group and now oversees eyecare strategy and operations.
Pinakin Davey, OD, PhD, FAAO is a tenured full Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. He holds Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from Southern College of Optometry and a Ph.D. from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. His post-doctoral research fellowship at University of Louisville for three years was focused on improving imaging techniques in glaucoma.

His research is focused on retinal physiology and glaucoma particularly improving visual function in disease states. He has authored over 75 international publications and has given over 300 conference and invited presentations both nationally and internationally. His research work is funded in past and present by the National Institute of Health and industry sponsored FDA trials. He serves as the Vice President of Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society.
S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a multi-specialty group practice with 2 locations in the Chicago area. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals, an organization providing education and research to the eye care professions. Dr. Eiden is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field.

Dr. Eiden is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, and UMSL Colleges of Optometry.

He is on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and frequently publishes in the professional literature. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Eiden is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.
Murray Fingeret, OD, FAAO is Chief of the Optometry Section, Brooklyn/St. Albans Campus, Department of Veterans Administration New York Harbor Health Care System.

Dr. Fingeret is a Clinical Professor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Fingeret was induced into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2019 and sits on the Board of Directors of the Glaucoma Foundation. He is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the American Optometric Association, and the National Academies of Practice.

Dr. Fingeret is a founding member and past-president of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and currently the president of the Optometric Glaucoma Foundation.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award from the American Academy of Optometry, 2008 Distinguished Service Award Optometric Glaucoma Society, 2005 Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal from the American Academy of Optometry, 1999 AMSUS Federal Service Optometrist of the Year award and 1996 Otsuka Glaucoma Educators Award from the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Fingeret sits on the annual meeting program committee, Glaucoma Section, Association in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the editorial boards for the Journal of Glaucoma, International Glaucoma Review, Glaucoma Today, Primary Care Optometry News, Optometry Times and Review of Optometry and has authored numerous articles and co-authored the texts "Atlas of Primary Eyecare Procedures" and "Primary Care of the Glaucomas".
Bethany Fishbein, OD is the CEO of the Power Practice and host of the Power Hour Optometry Podcast.

She is co-owner of two practices in New Jersey and is passionate about helping practice managers and owners build the leadership skills they need to build strong teams and great office cultures.
Mark Friedberg, MD graduated with top honors from Brown University Undergraduate and was selected to the medical honor society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Friedberg was also chosen to be one of 12 residents at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital where he did his training.

He was then selected to be the coveted, sole retinal trainee for the Washington National Eye Center located at the Washington Hospital Center.

He is the co-founding editor and original lead author of the best selling book in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease. Dr. Friedberg has also published numerous articles on eye surgery, has given dozens of lectures to societies of eye doctors, and has been a reviewer for eye journals in the past. He has served as a consultant to over 100 eye doctors and has performed thousands of eye operations.
Jeffry Gerson, OD graduated from Indiana University school of optometry in 1997. He then went on to complete a residency at the VA medical center in Kansas City concentrating on ocular disease and low vision. Immediately after leaving the VA, he became faculty at the University of Kansas school of medicine in the department of ophthalmology. Dr. Gerson was responsible for staffing clinics as well as some resident education and development of a low vision clinic.

Before entering private practice, he was in several different settings, including 2 ½ years in a retinal referral center where he had access to numerous diagnostic technologies as well as participation in numerous clinical trials.

Dr. Gerson has authored several articles in journals such as “Review of Optometry” and “Optometric Management”, and continues to do so. He also lectures frequently on the topics of retinal disease and systemic disease both here in the US and abroad. He is on numerous advisory boards which often times allows him early access to technology. He is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Kansas optometric association which named him their 2008 Young OD of the Year. He is a fellow of both the Academy of Optometry and Optometric Retina Society.
Richard Hom, OD, PhD, FAAO, Dipl PHEV recently earned his PhD from Salus University where he studied the function of environmental factors on vision impairment and disability.

He received his OD from the University of California at Berkeley and his MPA from San Francisco State University.

In 2017, he was awarded the Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Vision from the American Academy of Optometry. He is also serving on the Board of Trustees of the California Optometric Association and is a member of the American Diabetic Associationa (ADA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Association in Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Viola Kanevsky, OD is a pediatric optometrist specializing in custom contact lenses, who has practiced on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for almost 30 years.

An émigré from the former Soviet Union, Dr. Kanevsky lived in Netanya, Brussels, and Miami, until her family settled in New York City in 1979. Many years later, having earned a BS from Pace University and a Doctorate from SUNY State College of Optometry, she works and lives with her husband, daughter, and son in the neighborhood that she loves best.

. She is the immediate past President of the New York State Optometric Association and has served on its board in various capacities for several years; she has served as director of the Optometric Society of the City of New York. She is the president of the NY chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) and has joined VOSH on medical missions to orphanages in Mexico, Peru and Guatemala.

In 2022, Dr. Kanevsky ranked #1 on Newsweek’s list of America's Best Eye Doctors.
Cory J. Lappin, OD, FAAO is a native of Northeast Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Honors with Distinction.

He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he concurrently completed his Master of Science degree in Vision Science. At the college he served as Class President and was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.

Following graduation, Dr. Lappin continued his training by completing a residency in Ocular Disease at the renowned Cincinnati Eye Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Lappin has been recognized for his clinical performance, receiving the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Practice Excellence Award. He has also been actively engaged in research, being selected to take part in the NIH/NEI T35 research training program and receiving the Vincent J. Ellerbrock Memorial Award in recognition of accomplishments in vision science research.

Dr. Lappin practices at Phoenix Eye Care and the Dry Eye Center of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona, where he treats a wide variety of ocular diseases, with a particular interest in dry eye and ocular surface disease. Additionally, he has authored numerous articles and lectures on topics related to ocular surface disease.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Association, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Optometric Association. He also volunteers with the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program. In his free time, Dr. Lappin enjoys weight lifting, trail running, and exploring the world through hiking and new culinary experiences.
Nate Lighthizer, OD, FAAO is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry. Upon graduation, he completed a residency in Family Practice Optometry with an emphasis in Ocular Disease through Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO).

Dr. Lighthizer has since joined the faculty at the Oklahoma College of Optometry and serves as the Chief of Specialty Care Clinics and the Chief of Electrodiagnostics Clinic. In 2014, he founded and now heads the Dry Eye Clinic at the College of Optometry. Also in 2014, he was named the Director of Continuing Education as well as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Care Services at the Oklahoma College of Optometry.

Starting in 2020, he was named the Associate Dean of the NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry. He is a founding member, and currently serves as President, of the Intrepid Eye Society which is a group of emerging thought leaders in optometry.

He was named a member of PCON 250 – A list of the top 250 optometrists in the country who practice progressively, provide innovative patient care, conduct optometric research or excel in academia and share what they have learned with other optometrists to advance the profession. Dr. Lighthizer lectures nationally and internationally on numerous topics, most notably advanced ophthalmic procedures, electrodiagnostics, and ocular disease.
Richard J. Madonna, OD, FAAO is Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Education and Director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the SUNY College of Optometry. Clinically, his practice at the College’s University Eye Center is limited to glaucoma.

He lectures nationally and internationally on glaucoma and ophthalmic imaging. Among many professional activities, he currently serves as Vice President of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.

He has received a number of awards, most recently the American Academy of Optometry’s 2017 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician-Educator Award. Dr. Madonna was formerly Director of the Optometric Residency Program at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System and Chief of the Optometry Section at the VA Medical Center in Castle Point, New York.
Charles McBride, OD is a 1995 graduate of the Pacific University College of Optometry, and has run his private practice in Beaverton, OR since gratuation.

He started working with contact lenses at a young age under the guidance of his father and grandfather (both optometrists), and remains passionate about contact lens fitting. His full-scope practice has a large specialty lens component, and he frequently he consults with instrument manufacturers and labs to improve scleral lens design.

Dr. McBride is a member of the AOA, Oregon Optometric Physicians Assocation, Scleral Lens Society, and the Glaucoma Special Interest Group.
Beeran Meghpara, MD is a member of the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in cornea, cataract, and laser refractive surgery.

Dr. Meghpara performs all forms of corneal transplantation, including partial thickness DMEK and DALK. He has extensive experience with the latest technology in cataract surgery including the femtosecond laser and advanced technology intraocular lens implants that correct astigmatism and presbyopia. He also specializes in blade-less customized LASIK, advanced surface ablation, and phakic intraocular lens surgery to help patients reduce their dependence on glasses and contacts. As a corneal specialist, Dr. Meghpara also treats corneal infections and ocular surface diseases like dry eye.

Dr. Meghpara graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine. After residency, Dr. Meghpara completed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the University of Colorado. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and has a faculty appointment at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He has authored numerous articles and delivered lectures at local and national meetings. He is actively involved in teaching ophthalmology residents on the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital and also covers trauma call at the Wills Eye Emergency Room.
Thuy-Lan Nguyen, OD, FAAO received her Bachelors of Science Degree from James Madison University in 1997. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2002 with a Doctor of Optometry Degree. She completed a Residency in Primary Care with Emphasis in Cornea and Contact Lenses at NSU in 2003. Dr. Nguyen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society.

In August 2015, Dr. Nguyen joined the Nova Southeastern University Faculty on a full time basis. She is Chief of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor. She teaches in the contact lens clinic and practice management course.

Dr. Nguyen volunteers with Vision Service Plan’s mobile eye clinics and serves as VSP’s state professional representative (SPR) for South Florida. Dr. Nguyen is a member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association, Broward County Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Society.
John Nolan, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) in the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (www.nrci.ie) in Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. His research group studies the role of eye nutrition for vision and prevention of blindness, and current studies are investigating the link between nutrition and brain health and function.

Dr. Nolan has secured over €5 million in research funding to date to support these studies.

He has presented at over 100 international scientific conferences and has published 89 peer-reviewed scientific papers, which have been cited 3,317 times. His H-index is 37.

He is co-editor of Carotenoids and Retinal Disease published by Taylor and Francis in 2013 & is a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society. He is currently serving his third term as Chair of the International Brain and Ocular Nutrition (BON) Conference, and is an editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Bruce Onofrey, OD, RPh is a 1982 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and residency at the Albuquerque Veterans Administration Medical Center. He also has degrees in chemistry and Pharmacy. He recently retired from the Lovelace Medical Center Eye Dept after 25 years where he served as the Chief of Optometry and Vice-chairman of eye services. His most current position is as a clinical professor at the University of Houston and the Executive Director of continuing education programs. His special interests include lectures in general and ocular pharmacology and clinical drug research.

Dr. Onofrey is a frequent contributor to ophthalmic literature. He is the current editor of “Clinical Optometric Pharmacology and Therapeutics”, and the author of “The Ocular Therapeutics Handbook, A Clinical Manual”, both published by Lippincott. He also serves as a contributing editor to “Primary Care Optometry News”. He is an internationally recognized lecturer on the management of ocular disease and the use of pharmaceutical agents.
Carlo J. Pelino, OD, FAAO is a 1994 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In 1995 Dr. Pelino completed a PCO ocular disease residency at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, where he concentrated in retina and neuro-ophthalmic disease. Dr. Pelino is currently a full time Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is director of the optometric retina service at The Eye Institute.

He recently completed a one year retinal fellowship emphasizing medical and surgical treatments under the direction of vitreo-retinal surgeons at Crozier-Chester and Riddle Memorial Hospitals in suburban Philadelphia. Dr. Pelino is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. He regularly lectures in domestic and international programs.
Tamara Petrosyan, OD is an associate clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry in the Primary Care, Ocular Disease, Pediatrics, and Vision Therapy departments.

Dr. Petrosyan lectures internationally and has published articles and book chapters on various topics. Dr. Petrosyan helped implement free pediatric exams for over 30,000 children through the Armenian Eyecare Project, developed over a dozen vision therapy workbooks, and helped start and previously worked with Anteo Health where she developed all of the vision therapy content.

She is the InfantSEE liaison for New Jersey, head of the clinical care committees for pediatrics and vision therapy, and previously on the board of directors for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP). Dr. Petrosyan has received the Young Optometrist of the Year and Optometrist of the Year from NJSOP and the Young Optometrist of the Year award from the AOA.
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD is a full-time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO). He received his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry, and completed a residency in Low Vision and Ocular Disease at the University of Houston. Dr. Pizzimenti is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS), serving as ORS President from 2012-2014.

Dr. Pizzimenti’s areas of research interest include diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreomacular adhesion, and low vision. His scientific articles have appeared in a host of peerreviewed journals. Dr. Pizzimenti was awarded a Fellowship by the World Council of Optometry in 2006, resulting in an appointment to teach and evaluate optometric education programs in Central Europe. He is involved in the both the didactic and clinical education at UIWRSO and the UIW Eye Institute.
Christopher J. Rapuano, MD is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in corneal diseases, and is the Chief of the Wills Eye Cornea Service. He is also a Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Rapuano is the author of several books, numerous book chapters and more than 150 articles in the peer-reviewed literature on corneal diseases, refractive surgery, and excimer laser PTK surgery.

During his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Rapuano co-authored the best-selling textbook in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual. He is also the series editor for the Wills Eye Color Atlas Series; Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Ophthalmology; and actively serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals, including Cornea, Expert Review of Ophthalmology and Current Opinion in Ophthalmology.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr Rapuano has received the Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, and Secretariat Award (three times) from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Dr Rapuano has served on many committees of the AAO including chairing the Refractive Surgery Basic and Clinical Science Course book and Preferred Practice Patterns committees.
Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS is the president and managing partner of Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates, a contact lens and anterior segment specialty practice with locations in New York City and Long Island.

Having received her Doctor of Optometry from The State University College of Optometry in New York, Dr. Resnick has devoted her clinical career of over thirty years to specialty contact lens fitting, ocular surface wellness, and refractive surgery co-management.

Dr. Resnick, a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of specialty lenses and practice management. She has participated in numerous clinical trials for the contact lens and pharmaceutical industry. She is devoted to mentoring aspiring and newly minted optometrists.
Julie Rodman, OD, MSc, FAAO is the Chief of the Broward Eye Care Institute in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her research interests include Optical Coherence Tomography/Angiography and Vitreoretinal Disease. Dr. Rodman has authored over thirty publications with an emphasis on retinal disease. She recently published “Optical Coherence Tomography Atlas: A Case Study Approach”, the first reference book on this topic written by an optometrist. Dr. Rodman is a member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, Florida Optometric Association, Optometric Retina Society and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Dr. Rodman is a member of the Optovue Advisory Board where she serves as a lecturer and consultant. She holds her Oral Pharmaceuticals Certification and is Laser/Surgical Certified as well.

Dr. Rodman has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Clinical Precepting, and Preceptor of the Year. She was recognized as a Primary Care Optometry News “Top 300” Optometrists recognizing excellence in innovation and furthering of the profession. FYI: In her free time, Dr. Rodman loves spending time with her husband and two daughters….just doing anything with them!!!!
Steve Silberberg, OD is the founder of a group practice, An Eye to the Future. He has always branded his practice using the latest technologies.

Dr Silberberg is a frequently published journal author and editor of eye care journals. He is a consultant speaker for Bausch and Lomb pharmaceuticals and Cooper vision.

Most recently he spoke at the American Academy of optometry along with two university deans on Myopia control. Dr. Silberberg speaks locally, and nationally on the subject of Myopia control. His main thrust is to allow the beginning private practitioner confidence in getting into this exciting field.

His Myopia control Center in his private practice has treated over 1000 patients with any and all methods available today. He is VP of MOSOP and one of the original trustees of the AADO. Dr Silberberg graduated as departmental valedictorian from SUNY at Stony brook before attending MIT on full scholarship in Planetary Astrophysics.

He decided to pursue a career in Optometry, attending SUNY college of Optometry. He graduated class valedictorian along with winning the Beta Sigma Kappa award for vision science, the Fredrick Brock award for excellence in Vision Therapy and the Ester Werner award for academic excellence. Most recently he became partners with Adam and Paul Farkas as owner and coordinator of CEwire and now is one of the principle coordinators of GPLIWire along with them.
Steven Sorkin, OD earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry. He has received multiple clinical honors and has participated in many contact lens related studies.

He lectures extensively throughout the country and internationally on contact lenses, dry eyes, ocular allergies, ocular therapeutics and corneal disease. He has a special interest in difficult to fit contact lens patients, such as those with keratoconus and post surgical cases and manages many patients with complex anterior segment conditions.

Dr. Sorkin currently serves as President of the Essex County Optometric Society and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. He was named New Jersey Optometrist of the Year by NJSOP in 2018.
Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO is an attending optometric physician at Center for Sight in Sarasota, Florida, a large medical-surgical practice where he focuses on glaucoma management and neuro-ophthalmic disease. He is the residency education coordinator at Center for Sight. He is also Director of Optometric Business Development for US EYE.

He was formerly Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry for 28 years where he served as Chief of The Advanced Care Service, Director of the Glaucoma Service, and Program Coordinator and Supervisor for the Ocular Disease Residency.

Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Founder and former Chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Sowka is a Glaucoma Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry. In 2021 and 2022, he was ranked #4 optometrist in the US by Newsweek magazine “America’s Best Eye Doctors” list. He is a partner and co-owner of Optometric Education Consultants
Craig Steinberg, OD, JD brings a very unique perspective and expertise to the field of Optometric Law. Dr. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Biology in 1980 from the University of Southern California, and his O.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, School of Optometry. He has been licensed to practice optometry in California since 1984. He earned his TMOD certification in 1998.

In 1996, after completing law school at the University of La Verne College of Law Dr. Steinberg began his law practice. Shortly thereafter he became known among optometrists for his efforts at reining in the illegal sales of contact lenses by various out-of-state mail-order contact lens companies.

Since then he has become well known across the United States as one of the few experts in optometric law, and has represented hundreds of optometrists in matters ranging from state board and VSP discipline defense, to buy-sell agreements, to business litigation.

He continues to practice optometry today part-time at his offices in California, while engaged in his law practice, which focus on optometrists and healthcare litigation, on a full-time basis.
Jennifer Stewart, OD is an optometrist, internationally recognized speaker, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur.

She has a passion for helping optometrists and organizations with operations, sales success, practice management and sales team training through her advisory and consulting firm, OD Perspectives. She is the Professional Editor of Independent Strong, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the New England College of Optometry and a consultant for Coopervision, MacuHealth and Zyloware.

With a deep interest in sports vision, Dr. Stewart is the Co-Founder and Chief Vision Officer for Performance 20/20, which provides services for sports and performance vision training. She is a recipient of the Theia Award for Innovation by Women in Optometry and serves on the Executive Board for the International Sports Vision Association.

Dr. Stewart is passionate about sports safety, enhancing performance, and helping business owners achieve their goals. An avid Disney fan, she lives her life by the quote “if you can dream it, you can do it.” She is inspired to help others with their dreams.
Shaina Sullivan, OD is a Pacific University College of Optometry graduate who practices in Beaverton, OR in partnership with Dr. Charles McBride.

She is the Membership Director for the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association and an active advocate for optometry across the state and nation. Dr. Sullivan enjoys bowling, camping, attending local sporting events, and spending time with her husband and son.
Don Teig, OD, FAAO is the true pioneer in the field of Visual Neurocognitive Sports Performance Training. He began his career with 15 teams in Major League Baseball in 1980 and has evaluated and trained athletes from virtually every sport in his career including 5 NBA teams, 3 NHL teams, 3 NFL Teams, Pro Tennis & Golf tours, many Olympic Teams, etc.

Currently, he is the creator of “The Training Room” Website, Podcast, Videocast, “Alpha Zone” Sports Performance Training Clubs and YouTube Channel.

He is the founder and medical director of “The A Team” – High Performance Vision Associates (a 65 member group of elite sports medicine professionals that, since its inception eight years ago, has worked with an impressively diverse array of athletes.) www.highperformancevisionassociates.com

Dr. Teig is the Executive Director of “The I Gym”, a cutting- edge Visual Performance training center in Sunrise, Florida. “The I Gym” is the exclusive vision care providers for the NHL Florida Panthers Hockey Team.
William Tullo, OD, FAAO is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Vision Group Holdings, TLC Laser Eye Centers and Laser Vision Institute. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor specializing in cornea and contact lenses and he has maintained a private practice in his hometown Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Tullo lectures extensively internationally on refractive surgery, cornea diseases and eye implications of child abuse.

Dr. Tullo is a Diplomate Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery for the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association. He is an executive board member of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals.
Richard S. Witlin, MD, FACS, of the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care, serving East Brunswick, Toms River, and Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the pioneers in refractive surgery in the New Jersey area since 1981 when he performed the first radial keratotomy procedure in central New Jersey.

Following the FDA approval of excimer laser surgery in 1996, Dr. Witlin took up both photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and LASIK surgery. One of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in New Jersey, Dr. Witlin has performed 6,000 LASIK procedures and 25,000 cataract procedures since 1997. The surgical results have been outstanding, with over 98% of his patients achieving 20/40 or better visual acuities.

A board-certified ophthalmic microsurgeon, Dr. Witlin received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he graduated with honors at the top of his class and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York, where he served as chief resident in ophthalmology.

Dr. Witlin is an enthusiastic refractive surgical educator, sharing his expertise with numerous professional and civic groups. He has trained and supervised many eye doctors and has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Witlin maintains faculty appointments at several prestigious teaching hospitals, including Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City. In 1998, Dr. Witlin established the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care, dedicated to the performance of refractive eye surgery and small incision, sutureless cataract microsurgery.

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Lacrivera, a division of Stephens Instruments, offers a complete line of innovative products for the treatment of dry eye.

Our Flagship product, the VeraPlug™ FlexFit Punctal Occluder, is designed for simple sizing, easy insertion, patient comfort, and superior retention, providing a proven treatment for chronic dry eye.
Vision Equipment Inc
Vision Equipment Inc., founded by Leo Hadley Jr., is proud to offer the highest quality new, preowned, refurbished, and certified optical and ophthalmic equipment to Eye Care Professionals worldwide. With over 30 years in the eyecare business, Vision Equipment Inc. has developed a vast network of manufacturers, distributors, and equipment technicians who fully support everything we sell. When you purchase from Vision Equipment Inc, you can be assured to receive the highest level of quality and support in the industry.
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