Full program description
December 4 & 5, 2021
The Annual Winter Conference (formerly OEI) hosted by The Ohio State University College of Optometry will be held in person at the Fawcett Center at 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210.
All courses – COPE approval pending. To gain COPE-approved credit, attendance will be monitored for the live hours.
The cost per hour will be $30. Attendance is free for anyone with current College of Optometry faculty status. Eligible faculty should refer to a separate email to receive their promotion code.
ALL registration must be done online only and registration will close at noon on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
As always, any income from the conference will be used to fund several college initiatives. Thank you for your support of our college! If you have any issues with registration please email us directly at If you have registration questions or problems or you experience any issues with this course, please contact us via email at CE@optometry.osu.edu.
Saturday, December 4, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Say it ain't diplopia
This course will review the most common causes for acute onset binocular diplopia. Cases will highlight how to appropriately assess and diagnose these often difficult presentations and discuss appropriate management plans.
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Pathophysiology of RPE Cells *
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Using State and National Health Surveillance Data to Understand the Influences and Impact of Vision Impairment
The collection and use of use of health-related data have become important drivers of public health interventions and ultimately, health-related policy decisions. Vision health data are collected through several national and state-specific health surveillance systems. The state of Ohio has been particularly proactive in the collection of these data. This has allowed us to quantify the prevalence of vision impairment, with additional insight into underlying determinants, risk factors, and co-morbidities. This lecture will present information on the methods used to collect information related to vision health, both nationally and in the state of Ohio, and will describe what we have learned from these data over the past several years. The lecture will conclude by describing newly available interactive dashboards that allow broad access to vision health surveillance data to promote vision care.
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
You Won’t B-leed Your Eyes: The Wild and Wonderful Tales of Retinal Vasculature *
This course provides the attendees a review of the ocular vascular supply and will focus on the abnormal clinical appearance of this supply. Numerous cases will be reviewed “clinically” with retinal photography followed by the clinical diagnosis, treatment and recommended management.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Scleral lenses troubleshooting: Minimizing Midday Fogging
Scleral lenses can make an amazing impact on the lives of patients with irregular corneas or dry eye disease. Unfortunately, many wearers have to frequently remove and re-insert their lenses due to debris trapped in the tear film reservoir between the eye and the lens. This lecture will discuss various sources of the particulate, the reasons for increased debris in the eyes, and various methods that can help to minimize the occurrence of midday fogging.
2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Pediatric Ocular Disease: Common Pediatrician Referrals *
This course will focus on common referrals generated by pediatricians due to patient complaints/observations made during routine well visits and problem focused examinations. The conditions covered will be those that primarily affect the anterior segment, but will occasionally have implications or considerations for the posterior segment and overall optical quality of the visual system. Case examples will be used to highlight the differential diagnoses that could be considered based on complaints/observed abnormalities. Examination technique, diagnostic criteria, and management options will be included in the case examples.
3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Blunt Ocular Trauma: Evaluation & Management of Closed-Globe Injury *
This course will review the clinical presentation and management of patients presenting due to blunt force ocular trauma. We will focus on management of the eyelids, orbits and non-penetrating globe injury. Cases will be used to highlight exam findings and special testing that help to determine necessity of surgical referral.
Sunday December 5, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Lasers, Lid Lesions, and Injections for the Optometrist *
This course is designed to inform the optometrist of the current privileges that their fellow colleagues can perform in various states across the United States. Fundamental laser principles and safety will be discussed as will the common laser procedures performed by optometrists, such as Nd:YAG capsulotomy, laser peripheral iridotomy, selective laser trabeculoplasty. Common optometric injections such as intravenous, intramuscular, intradermal, and subcutaneous injections will be discussed as will their applications for benign lid lesion removal. Common laser lenses, injectable medications, and basic surgical instruments will be discussed.
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Understanding Race and Bias to be Better Optometrist
During the summer of 2020, various organizations declared that racism (not race) was a public health crisis. This course will explore why racism and implicit bias is responsible for the public health crisis and its effect on health care and vision health. Participants will learn about their own biases, and will be taught ways to mitigate biases.
10:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Unraveling Intraocular Inflammation *
Uveitis is a serious and potentially destructive intraocular inflammation. It can often be the presenting clinical manifestation of underlying systemic disease. This course will highlight the clinical approach for the proper diagnosis and management of uveitis. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing vision-threatening complications and the laboratory testing needed to identify common etiologies associated with anterior uveitis. Interesting and challenging patient cases will be highlighted throughout the course that will illustrate key concepts and advanced treatment strategies.
11:40 - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
So you have a patient with an Inherited Retinal Disease (IRD), now what? *
We all have patients with IRDs and thanks to recent medical innovations, a gene therapy is now available for treatment and will hopefully lead to more in the near future. We will discuss how best to manage these patients through work-up, imaging, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and low vision referrals.
2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Unique Applications of Specialty Contact Lenses
Many practitioners are comfortable with the use of specialty contact lenses for the management of refractive error, including irregular astigmatism. There are numerous other opportunities to prescribe specialty contact lenses that do not relate to refractive error. This course will review some of these applications by discussing tinted, colored, and prosthetic lenses. Additionally, this course will discuss the inclusion of prism in specialty lenses and the role of contact lenses in ocular surface disease management.
2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Myopia and Glaucoma *
Myopia, specifically and with degenerative myopic features, makes determining, following, and managing glaucoma progression of these patients difficult for practitioners. This lecture will present myopic glaucomatous case, literature, and the trials we face as caregivers to a sight threatening disease in already difficult to assess patients.
*Treatment and management of disease / pharm credit
All times are Eastern Daylight Time