2019 Minnesota Contact Lens Symposium Program


7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 AM Contact Lenses for the Next Generation
Tom Quinn, OD, MS, FAAO
 

Course Description: Many new developments in technology will allow contact lenses to serve patients as more than simple refractive correction devices.  Come learn how new technology and the digital revolution is changing the paradigm of what contact lens wear can offer patients.

9:00-10:00 AM

TRACK 1: Understanding Corneal Topography
Sheila Morrison, OD, MS, FSLS

 

Course Description: This course is designed to instruct practitioners on basic to advanced corneal topography. The course will begin with an overview of corneal and scleral topographers. It will then cover selection of topographical maps and interpretation of topographical data. Basic uses of corneal topography for contact lens design and anterior segment disease management will be outlined.  A review of clinical considerations for capturing and optimizing images will be provided, as well as an orientation to scleral mapping tools to image the topography of the eye beyond the limbus.

9:00 - 10:00 AM

TRACK 2: Scleral Lens Options: Why use that one?
Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA

 

Course Description: Scleral contact lenses provide unique therapeutic and vision rehabilitative properties that overcome the therapeutic gaps encountered with conventional contact lens therapies. The advancement in lens design and manufacturing techniques of these products gives the scleral lens fitter many different options. This course will discuss the differences and similarities of scleral lenses in the management of irregular corneal surface disorders and ocular surface disease.

10:00 - 10:15 AM BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS
10:15 - 11:15 AM

TRACK 1: Identification and Management of the Odd Shaped Cornea (Prescribing for Astigmatism)
Tom Quinn, OD, MS, FAAO

 

Course Description: Nearly half the population has at least 0.75D of astigmatism in at least one eye.  This course will lay out a strategy for contact lens management that will improve lens performance and patient satisfaction.

10:15 - 11:15 AM

TRACK 2: Contact Lens Fitting for the Ever-Growing Market: The Presbyopic Patient
Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO, FSLS

 

Course Description: This course will teach attendees about the multifocal contact lens market. It will cover the market opportunity, patient selection and education, optimizing the patient experience, as well as the initial fitting process for soft, gas permeable and hybrid lenses. Lastly, available technology that can be utilized to improve lens performance and design will be covered.

11:20 - 12:10 PM

Scleral Lens Fitting: Understanding Scleral Shape
Sheila Morrison, OD, MS, FSLS

 

Course Description: This course is designed to orient practitioners to ocular surface topography and using ocular shape beyond the limbus to optimize scleral lens fitting, including toric and quadrant specific haptic scleral lens designs.

12:15 - 1:30 PM  LUNCH WITH EXHIBITORS
1:30 - 2:25 PM

Fastest Finger First: Identify this Pathology
Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA 

 

Course Description: The slit lamp may be the most important tool in the practice. Proper use of the various techniques is essential to fully utilize it in the clinical setting. This course will challenge the attendees through active participation to identify and describe various corneal findings using static images and videos. A discussion of each corneal finding that is identified will be presented.

 2:30 - 3:20 PM

Incorporation of Myopia Control into Clinical Practice
Sheila Morrison, OD, MS, FCLSA

 

Course Description: This course is designed to educate the general optometrist on myopia control, and introduce current theories and treatment options. It will cover the implementation of basic myopia control into clinical practice and discuss challenges faced when translating an academic perspective to a clinical perspective.

 3:20 - 3:30 PM

BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS

 3:30 - 4:40 PM

Rapid Fire Cases

 

Panel Discussion
Course Description: This course will cover a variety of cases to educate the audience on the latest in contact lens technology, surgical management and lens care. The course is designed to instruct attendees on the importance of evaluating the ‘big picture’ when dealing with infection management, using technology to vision complaints and how scleral lenses can help patient symptoms in unique cases.  Lastly, we will review some of the latest information in scleral lens design.

 4:45 - 6:30 PM Social Hour in Hotel Lobby

7:00 - 8:00 AM Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:45 AM

Be a Contact Lens Hero: Problem Solving Specialty Contact Lenses
Tom Quinn, OD, MS

 

Course Description: Learn how to employ scleral lenses to help patients with  Keratoconus, granular corneal dystrophy, and dry eye. Using case studies,  learn how to successfully fit specialty lenses and problem-solve contact lens complications by employing a wide variety of proven strategies.

9:45 - 10:00 AM

BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Decision Making for Keratoconus
Sheila Morrison, OD, MS, FSLS

Course Description: This course is designed to provide practitioners with an overview of management strategies for patients with keratoconus. Practitioners will be provided with information about contact lens decision making to ensure that patients with keratoconus achieve the best visual and health outcomes. Quality of life implications of keratoconus will also be discussed, with a focus on how contact lenses can ensure patient needs are met.

11:00 - 11:30 AM

MCLS Business Meeting

11:15 - 12:00 PM LUNCH WITH EXHIBITORS
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Corneal GP Lenses: The Forgotten Tool
Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA

 

Course Description: This course will include discussion as to how to interpret fluorescein patterns to aid the fitter as to how to properly fit a rigid corneal contact lens. This art is essential to determine why a lens fits well and why it does not fit properly. Static slides and on eye videos will be used to demonstrate examples.

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Contact Lenses and Dry Eye: Do They Hurt or Do They Help?
Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO, FSLS

 

Course Description: This course is designed to teach attendees about what happens to the ocular surface during contact lens wear. The effect of contact lenses on meibomian glands, goblet cells and tear quality will be covered. It will also cover the importance of contact lens solution used. Lastly, we will cover the contact lens options for patients with dry eye, and those that would not be good candidates for contact lenses.

2:00 - 3:45 PM

He Said, She Said: Contact Lens Case Management

 

Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA
Course Description: This course is designed to encourage attendees to think about the full management of the cases and ideas presented, and evaluate the pros and cons of each management idea.  We will cover management of chronic discomfort in scleral lenses, using technology to diagnose and treat chronic diplopia and discuss how scleral lenses may be affection intraocular pressure, and what we as contact lens practitioners can do to best manage our patients.


7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:55 AM

Best Practices, Technology and Your Patient’s Lifestyle
Karen Michaelson, ABOC

 

Course Description: Best practices ensure your patient experience is consistent and accommodating.  Creating and using best practices are the key to success to any practice.

8:55 - 9:45 AM

UV vs. Blue
Todd Hasselius, ABOC

 

Course Description: Health concerns related to blue light exposure are increasing within the eye care community among consumers but with 4 out of 5 lenses not providing sunglass level UV protection, should we be focusing on giving everyone proper UV protection since there is no debate about the issues associated with UV?

9:45 - 10:00 AM BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Computer Lens Demystify

 

Todd Hasselius, ABOC
Course Description: 
With all the lens choices for small environments which one do you choose?  We will cover who you should discuss this technology with as well as give you the tools to be comfortable in fitting.

11:00 - 11:30 AM MCLS Business Meeting
11:15 - 12:00 PM LUNCH WITH EXHIBITORS
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Cirque de Customer Service

 

Karen Michaelson, ABOC
Course Description: A day in eye care can be like a circus some days. Learn how how to tame the animals, have fun and create the best customer experience.

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Optical Jeopardy

 

Todd Hasselius, ABOC
Karen Michaelson, ABOC
Course Description: This is a fun and interactive course that will review the day’s education.  It is a fun way to review and confirm what you can implement immediately in to your day.


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