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Expanding the Freeform Family
Start Time : 08:00
Duration : 1 hr(s).
This course will begin with an overview of lens design concepts, past and present. Attendees will be presented with various design concepts including hard/soft, mono/multi and symmetric/asymmetric. We will look at various lens parameters using topography charts and analyze the quality of design using criteria such as amount of excessive cylinder at various points of the lens. Additionally, Free Form technology will be discussed outlining the many advantages in achieving optimum visual acuity at all angles of view. The presenter will identify and explain new processes of manufacture, including” Point File” systems that aid in the improvement of visual performance in a lens. This new paradigm of lens processing will detail the improvement of optics, resulting in the best possible solution of recreating perfect vision. Helpful hints in fitting and dispensing Free-Form Progressive Addition Lenses will round out the session.

The Aging Eye: Basic Principles of Geriatric Care
Start Time : 08:00
Duration : 1 hr(s).
The average life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47 years in 1900 to over 76 years today. Between 2010 and 2030, aging baby boomers are expected to swell the older population in the U.S. by 75%, from 40 million to 70 million, while the population under age 65 will increase by only 6.5%. This lecture will provide an overview of geriatric eye care, touching on the causes, clinical features, and management of the most common or important eye conditions and discuss how these conditions affect acuity and comfort with contact lenses as well as the visual expectations of patients toward their new spectacle correction.

Anatomy of a Successful Optical Business
Start Time : 09:00
Duration : 1 hr(s).
There are many aspects to operating a successful optical business. The most important, customer service, is an ingredient to success that should not be overlooked.  As optical professionals, we need to keep up with business trends as well as optical trends if we expect to grow our business. This session will outline a model of a successful optical business, detailing specific proven strategies that made the business stand out from the rest.  Helpful tips in customer service, telephone triage, follow up and extra steps for excellence will round out the course.

New Options For The Presbyopic Contact Lens Wearer
Start Time : 09:00
Duration : 2 hr(s).
Industry statistics indicate that 100,000,000 Americans currently require bifocal correction, yet 97% of the bifocal contact lens market remains untapped. Advances in bifocal contact lens technology have resulted in a number of new lenses and fitting options for presbyopes. This course will cover patient selection, current soft and rigid bifocal designs, fitting pearls based on the lecturer's experiences in a predominantly senior citizen practice, disposable bifocal contact lenses, solving problems with near vision, distance vision, intermediate vision, comfort, and handling.

Understanding the Relationship between the Refractions and the Patient's Rx
Start Time : 10:10
Duration : 1 hr(s).
This course will begin with an overview of the objective refraction (retinoscopy) and relate this to neutralization of an Rx.  We will consider the eye’s optical system and review vergence and how it relates to the retinoscopic reflex and with/against motion. Topics will include neutralizing the meridians of the eye, ways to control accommodation during the refraction sequence, sphere, cylinder and axis refinement, binocular balancing and duochrome.  We will related these concepts to well known optical theories, in an effort to better understand the relationship between the refraction and the patient’s Rx.


Today’s Occupational Lenses
Start Time : 11:10
Duration : 1 hr(s).
This course will inform the attendees of the concept, challenges, and the optimum management of Computer Vision Syndrome. As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to: understand current research and development in the area of occupational lenses; comprehend considerations in design and production of specialty lenses; define optical characters: width of reading zone and length of corridor; define Computer Vision Syndrome; compare various types of occupational lenses; demonstrate exceptional fitting techniques based on the Rx and use.

Art And The Eye
Start Time : 11:10
Duration : 1 hr(s).
This course will look at ocular pathology, particularly that of the aging eye,through the eye of the artist. Defective vision can have a profound effect on our lives: our personalities, our interests, our careers, and the means by which we express ourselves in art and literature. This lecture will explore the vision defects of famous artists, spanning the centuries, from el Greco to Georgia O'Keeffe, and how their paintings and sculpture are a result of their visual impairments. Visual defects to be covered include myopia, astigmatism, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, xanthopsia, and dacryocystitis. Opticians, contact lens technicians, and ophthalmic medical personnel will achieve a better understanding of how these types of pathology affect vision by viewing slides of the artwork of Cezanne, Renoir, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Pissarro, Cassatt,and others before and after their sight became impaired.

Latest and Greatest: Frame Designs and Technologies
Start Time : 13:30
Duration : 1 hr(s).
There is a growing awareness that business strategies used in the fashion industry can carry over into the ophthalmic market.  Optical businesses with fashion savvy are gaining momentum in the optical dispensing arena.  Ophthalmic frames have finally been recognized by the fashion world, presenting added opportunities for multiple sales and business growth.  During this course we will discuss growing fashion trends, and how to translate fashion patterns into optical trends.  Fashion concepts such as the Fashion Pyramid will be presented to gain insight into what makes consumers purchase fashion items.

Troubleshooting Contact Lens Problems
Start Time : 13:30
Duration : 2 hr(s).

This course will cover problems that arise in contact lens wearers after they have been successfully fit and how to solve these problems.  They include:

  • Problems related to the lens fit
  • Problems related to reduced visual acuity
  • Problems related to lens care and patient non-compliance
  • Problems related to lens discomfort
  • Problems related to hypoxia
  • Problems resulting in red eyes or other pathology of the eyes and adnexa

My Top Ten Dispensing Tips
Start Time : 14:30
Duration : 1 hr(s).
Opticianry is an art and a science, melded together with business and fashion.  As we move forward with advances in technologies and fashions, it is crucial that we remember optical principles and how the new technologies affect how we dispense.  This course will begin with optical tips to save time while troubleshooting an optical problem. Topics include troubleshooting PALs, managing the Anisometropic Presbyope, identifying Latent Hyperopia, and compensation due to vertex shift.  We will round out the session with optical case studies, and tips for communication.


Checklist for Avoiding Rechecks and Redos
Start Time : 15:30
Duration : 1 hr(s).
There is nothing more frustrating (and expensive!) than when a patient is scheduled to see the doctor for a recheck when the problem was in the eyeglasses needing a specific adjustment. A typical scenario is a patient who complains that she can see in the distance and in the near of her new progressives, but has difficulty seeing at intermediate range. Because the assistant identified a visual complaint (poor intermediate vision), it is tempting to automatically book the patient for a recheck with the doctor. The result is wasted chair time (a luxury most practices cannot afford) when the solution could have been handled by the optician. We will look at some “case studies” where optical problems are hidden in the prescription, and it is up to us to find solutions BEFORE we order the lenses or book for a refraction recheck.

Identifying and Managing Complications of Soft Lens Wear
Start Time : 15:30
Duration : 1 hr(s).
Long-term success with contact lenses depends upon thorough patient education, good compliance with the wear and care regimens, and regular follow-up visits to ascertain that instructions are being followed, that the cornea, conjunctiva, and lids remain healthy, and that any problems with solution sensitivity, changes in near or distance acuity, or comfort are addressed in a timely manner. This course will cover follow-up care of patients wearing daily and extended wear soft spherical, aspheric, toric, bifocal, and tinted lenses. It will introduce the SOAP method (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) of evaluating both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.
 


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