Two and a half days of education and trade show exhibits. This program will feature COPE approved CE Sessions, the Annual Banquet, Member's business meeting, networking, and unique connections with our preferred sponsors. Check out the PRELIMINARY Program listed below.

Earn up to 15 hours of COPE approved CE!

Saturday, October 19

Time Activity
10:00am - 12:00pm Attendee Registration
12:00pm - 1:00pm  Welcome Ceremony and Attendee Lunch
1:00pm – 4:45pm General Session  (DETAILS BELOW)
5:00pm - 6:30pm  Reception
7:00pm - 9:00pm Annual Gala (Semi-Formal Dinner, Awards & Presentations)
9:00pm - 11:00pm  Gala "After Party" Celebration & Dancing


  Category:  General Optometry    
Time  Title Presenter 
 1:00pm - 2:45pm  “What Would Larry Do?”  Dr. Semes
Description: As a tribute to a pioneer in optometric education, Dr. Larry J. Alexander, this session focuses specifically on the posterior segment, this lecture will feature cases that are enigmatic and offer a logical, pragmatic approach to solving them.

Category: Trt/Mngmnt
Posterior Segment
Time Title Presenter
3:00pm - 4:45pm
“Nutrition and Genetics For Retinal Health” Dr. Semes 
Description: This course will parse the staging of dry AMD as well as dissect the morass of the OTC supplement market. Also, a discussion of appropriate supplement recommendations for patients at risk for developing AMD will be offered. Finally, provide resources for the practitioner confronted by patients who have questions regarding new or obscure supplements.

Sunday, October 20

 Time  Activity
7:30am – 8:30am Coffee and Breakfast
8:00am – 11:50am Morning General Session and Breakouts
1:30pm -  Buffet Lunch, Designated Exhibit Hours and Appointments
1:30pm - 3:00pm Members Business Meeting, Installation of new board members
2:30pm – 3:00pm “Minute to Win It!”  Must be present to win prizes
3:00pm - 4:50pm Afternoon General Session and Breakouts
4:00pm - 5:00pm Retail Brand Meetings by Invitation Only
5:15pm - 6:45pm Attendee "Happy Hour" in Exhibit Hall
NOTE: Free evening for scheduling dinners   


 Category: Trt/Mngmnt Posterior Segment    
Time Title Presenter
8:00am – 8:50am
“A New Look at AMD”
 Dr. Semes
Description: The burden of macular degeneration is as multi-faceted as its risk factors. This course will explore the risk factors, the burden of treatment for the neovascular form as well as the staging clinical manifestations of AMD. Also, it will propose the gold standard biomarker for pre-clinical AMD.

 Category: Oral Pharmaceutical    
 Time Title  Presenter
9:00am – 10:45am   “Nutraceuticals for Skin and Eyes”  Dr. Banyas 
 Description: A review of clinically relevant nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals their indications, mechanisms, contraindications, and safety profiles.

 Category: Glaucoma    
 Time  Title  Presenter
 11:00am – 11:50am  “Glaucoma Update”  Dr. Madonna
Description: This course updates the attendee on the state of new and emerging glaucoma pharmaceutical and surgical treatment options, new approaches to IOP measurement, and current and future approaches to measuring structure and function.

 Time  Title  Presenter
 11:00am – 11:50am  Breakout Session with an expert: How to utilize technology to grow your corporate practice one diagnosis code at a time  Dr. Botts 
Description: This is a small group session (non-CE) with Dr. Eric Botts, OD of OBC.  It is for ODs that would like to learn more about building a better practice in a corporate location.  This session will include an overview of practice metrics that will help doctors determine what technology to invest in. 

 Category: Glaucoma    
 Time  Title  Presenter
 3:00pm – 3:50pm  “Systemic Diseases and Glaucoma”  Dr. Madonna
Description: For a very long time, glaucoma has been described as a sick eye in a sick body. This course explores the relationship between the most common systemic conditions that appear to influence the onset and progression of glaucoma. Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, sleep apnea, and neurodegenerative diseases are all investigated.

Category: Practice Management     
Time Title Presenter
3:00pm – 3:50pm Breakout: “Professional Writing for Optometrists: A Primer” Dr. Bowling
Description: Writing for optometric trade journals is a challenging yet rewarding endeavor and a great avenue for raising your profile and connecting with your peers. This course provides some quick tips, advice, and encouragement to spur optometrists to get their message out to the optometric community.

Category: Glaucoma    
Time Title Presenter
4:00pm – 4:50pm “Using Visual Fields and OCT to Monitor Glaucoma Progression” Dr. Madonna
Description: Identifying the presence of and rate of progression in glaucoma patients is often diagnostically challenging but is essential to the care of these patients. Using case presentations, this webinar discusses the current methodology available to assist the clinician in making decisions about whether patients have progressed.

Monday, October 21

Time Activity
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00am - 10:00 Meet with Exhibitors & Appointments
9:45am – 12:30pm Morning General Session & Breakouts (DETAILS BELOW)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch and Closing Remarks
1:30pm – 3:15pm Afternoon General Session (DETAILS BELOW)

Category: Neuro-Optometry    
Time Title Presenter
9:45am – 10:40am “Botulinum Toxin for Head and Neck” Dr. Banyas
Description: the science behind botulinum toxin is reviewed as well as its history in medicine. The conditions it is approved to treat are then reviewed, along with potential co-morbidities.

Category: Practice Management    
Time Title Presenter
10:45am – 12:30pm ”Anterior Segment Coding and Billing” Dr. Botts
Description: This course will explain how to accurately code and document claims to medical insurance carriers. Using detailed patient examples it will demonstrate how to code for dry eye, cataract co-management, epilation, FB removal, and conjunctivitis. It will also explain when to use 92000 and 99000 exam codes as well as supplementary test codes. A detailed description of ICD-10 codes will also be included.

Category: Practice Management    
Time Title Presenter
10:45am – 11:40am "I Am Still Not Selling Glasses: How to Practice Clinical Based Optometry in a Commercial Lease Setting Dr. Wilson
Description: This course will discuss equipment choices, insurance participation, contact lens fitting strategies, nutrition, and patient communication.

Category: Practice Management    
Time Title Presenter
1:30pm – 3:15pm “Posterior Segment Coding and Billing” Dr. Botts
Description: This course will explain how to document the examination and supplementary tests, choose correct diagnosis and procedures codes as well as demonstrate how to submit medical claims to medical insurance carriers.

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October 19-21, 2019
Alexandria, VA

Celebrating six years, a schedule designed with only Corporate Optometrists in mind. The ultimate event to network with—and learn from—your corporate optometry peers. We invite you to join us for the celebration!

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Thank you to our 2019 Diamond Level Title Sponsor