Schedule | Island Eyes Conference 2023

*All OD CE will be held in the Grande Ballroom (I-II)

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. — Exploring the Autoimmune Diseases: A Systemic Approach | COPE #Pending-SD | Dr. Blair Lonsberry

Patients present with an array of systemic disorders that have corresponding ocular complications. Autoimmune disorders are a varied group of conditions that provide a difficult challenge for both patients and clinicians. This interactive presentation will focus on the ocular complications associated with autoimmune disorders, including diagnosis, management and treatment.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Optional: Welcome Reception (Location: Coconut Grove) 

Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

7 - 8 a.m. — What the Hallucination is Going On Here ...Clinical Diagnosis Management of Visual Hallucination Related Symptoms  | COPE #Pending-NO | Dr. Breanna McGhee

This course will explore the epidemiology, prevalence, differential diagnoses, diagnostic factors, and treatment of some common and rare visual hallucinatory symptoms that patients may present to the clinic with.

8 - 10 a.m. — Legends of the Posterior Segment | COPE #Pending-TD | Dr. Blair Lonsberry

Optometric physicians are typically comfortable in the diagnosis and treatment of anterior segment conditions. However, the posterior segment is often viewed with less confidence. The following presentation will utilize the latest in interactive technology to review a variety of common posterior segment conditions in a case-based format.

10 - 11 a.m. —Optometric Management for the Patient with Autism | COPE #Pending | Dr. JP Lowery

This 1-hour course provides the optometric physician with tools for successful and effective examination of the child or adult with autism. A video-based case will be presented that allows participants to gain a unique perspective on how to modify the vision exam for the successful care of a patient with an autism spectrum disorder.

11 a.m. - Noon — Advances in Surgical Glaucoma and the OD’s Role | COPE #Pending-GL | Dr. Walt Whitley

This course will discuss optometry’s role in the peri-operative management of surgical glaucoma. Topics include an overview of advanced surgical treatment options, indications for surgery, advantages, and disadvantages of the procedure, and post-operative care.

Noon - 1 p.m. — Management of the Keratoconus Patient  | COPE #Pending-TD | Dr. Stephanie Woo

This course will review how to manage keratoconus patients from early diagnosis, surgical co-management, and specialty contact lens fitting. Optometrists play a vital role in diagnosing keratoconus, and many will be involved during the entire keratoconus continuum of eye care.

Sponsored lunch 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Location: Plaza Ballroom)

Allergan   - Topic TBD (not COPE Approved)

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

7 - 8 a.m. —  Lid Lesions: Relax or Refer  | COPE #Pending-TD| Dr. Blair Lonsberry

Patients present with a variety of lumps and bumps associated with the ocular and periocular tissues. This interactive presentation will review the various periocular lesions focusing on differentiating the benign from the malignant, the various differentials, and current treatment/management options.

9 - 10 a.m. —  Prescribing Pearls for Pediatrics | COPE #Pending | Dr. JP Lonsberry

This 2-hour course provides the optometric physician with an overview of the developmental implications of abnormal refractive error in young children, and what and when to prescribe. The course will also update the clinician on the best methods for measuring refraction and the use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents in pediatric care.

***11 a.m.  Optional: Golf outing - Francis H. I'i Brown - Mauna Lani's south course (this will be an additional cost) REGISTER here

10 a.m. - Noon — Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Ophthalmic Considerations when Prescribing for Pregnant and Lactating Patients  | COPE #Pending- PH | Dr. Breanna McGhee

This course will explore safe ophthalmic prescribing considerations for pregnant and nursing patients when managing various anterior and posterior segment diseases

Noon - 1 p.m. — Scleral Lenses, Myopia Control, and Other Contact Lens Innovations | COPE #Pending-CL / ABO Approved Pending | Dr. Stephanie Woo

Scleral lenses have become an incredibly important technology for patients with regular and irregular corneas. This course reviews some of the latest technology such as scleral topography, notching, new coatings, and higher order aberration optics. The importance of myopia management is also discussed. The implementation of advanced contact lens options in the clinic is explained.

Sponsored lunch 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  (Location: Plaza Ballroom)

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

7 - 8 a.m. — Amniotic membranes - What are they and how do they fit into eyecare? | COPE #Pending-TD | Dr. Stephanie Woo

Amniotic membranes have been used for decades in modern medicine for countless areas within the human body. Come discover the power of amniotic membranes, and how they can help treat a variety of ocular surface conditions. Good and poor candidates for this device are discussed. Insertion and removal of both dehydrated and wet amniotic membranes are reviewed. Tips and troubleshooting on amniotic membrane use are discussed. The billing and coding of the device are outlined. Several case reports are presented showing the healing power of amniotic membranes.

8 - 9 a.m. — Clinical Ocular Grand Rounds  | COPE #Pending-TD | Dr. Blair Lonsberry

Critical to a clinician’s practice is the ability to diagnose and manage unique and interesting presentations of “typical” ocular conditions or to be able to diagnose a previously un-encountered condition. This lecture will present patient cases with unique presentations of ocular conditions, including special testing. The course will focus on the clinician’s ability to analyze and interpret the unique case presentation and provide appropriate management and treatment options.

10 - noon — 2023 Refractive Update: Advances in Presbyopic and Corneal Procedures  | COPE #Pending-TD| Dr. Walt Whitley

This course will review current and future cataract, cornea, and presbyopic corrective solutions for our patients. From advances in advanced IOL technologies to corneal inlays to corneal crosslinking to drops, presenters will provide tools to take your clinical practice to the next level.

noon - 1 p.m. — Pain Management in Optometric Practice in an Era of Opioid Abuse  | COPE #Pending-PH |Dr. Blair Lonsberry

Pain Management in Optometric Practice in an Era of Opioid Abuse Ocular pain is an important reason why patients seek care, especially on an emergent basis. The following interactive presentation will use a case-based approach to explore the most effective means to manage pain in optometric practice including the importance of understanding addiction and the current opioid abuse epidemic. Oral pain management will be discussed with particular emphasis on the appropriate steps in prescribing oral pain medications.

Sponsored lunch 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  (Location: Plaza Ballroom)

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Optional: Dean's Dessert Reception  

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 - NO CLASSES

Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

7 - 9 a.m. — Rapid Fire Referral Grand Rounds | COPE #Pending-PS| Dr. Walt Whitley

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

9 - 10 a.m. —  Maximizing Blood Laboratory Diagnostics for Ocular and Systemic Diseases | COPE #Pending | Dr. Breanna McGhee

This case-based presentation will provide an overview of ordering and interpreting blood labs when investigating possible underlying systemic and ocular etiologies 

10 - 11 a.m. — 2023 Ocular Pharmacology Update | COPE #Pending | Dr. Walt Whitley

This lecture will discuss ocular diseases seen in the optometric practice and will take an in-depth look at the treatment options. 

11 - 1 p.m. —  Treatment and Management of Glaucoma  | COPE #Pending-GL | Dr. Blair Lonsberry

Glaucoma is one of the most common vision-threatening disorders that optometrists are likely to encounter in clinical practice. The challenge for the clinician is determining which patients are at risk, making a diagnosis of glaucoma, and then determining an appropriate management plan that minimizes further progression. This interactive presentation will review the various testing used in the diagnosis of glaucoma and what is available for management focusing on the available topical and oral medications used for treatment.

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

7 - 8 a.m. — Mental Health Considerations for the Optometrist  | COPE #Pending | Dr. Fraser C. Horn

This course will review common mental health conditions that an optometrist may find in practice. We will review common mental health conditions and related diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition DSM-5. We will discuss common presenting symptoms in a primary care optometric setting and how to manage these patients in an interprofessional manner.

8 - 9 a.m. — Innovations in Ocular Surface Disease  | COPE #Pending-TD | Dr. Walt Whitley

This lecture will discuss current and future diagnostic and treatment options for the ocular surface disease. Using case examples, participants will be provided with a perspective on managing various ocular surface conditions. Implementation pearls, as well as best practices, will be covered to take your practice to the next level.

9 - 10 a.m. —  Integrating Myopia Management into Practice | COPE #Pending| Dr. Stephanie Woo

This course will provide will discuss how to integrate myopia management into your practice.

10 - 11 a.m. — Tales from the Grove - Clinical Cases | COPE #pending| Dr. Fraser C. Horn & Dr. William Hefner

Cases from various aspects will be highlighted in this presentation. Participants will hear clinical pearls, evidence-based information, and the latest in optometric education. The course will give clinically relevant information you can use when you return to your practice. Audience participation will be encouraged.

*Course schedules are subject to change


*All Para courses will be held in Plaza Ballroom