Summer OEI Conference Will Be Virtual for 2020

The Annual Summer Conference hosted by Optometric Educators Inc. and The Ohio State University College of Optometry will be held virtually this year.

We will offer a total of 14 hours of continuing education. Of these, eight hours will be offered in a live webinar format, with four hours offered on Saturday, July 25, and four hours on Sunday, July 26. The remaining six hours will be offered as asynchronous online lectures that you can “attend” anytime between July 25 and August 9. 

All hours will be submitted for COPE approval. To gain COPE approved credit, a short quiz must be completed at the end of the non-live lectures to verify attendance. Attendance will be monitored for the live hours, so no quiz will be required at the conclusion of those lectures.

The cost per hour will be $20. Attendance is free for anyone with current Ohio State faculty status. Register at 

ALL registration must be done online only and registration will close on Wednesday, July 22 to allow for processing and distribution of needed links for attendance. 

As always, any income from the conference will be used to fund student-centered programs at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, including scholarships, tutoring programs, big sib/little sib programs and student travel. 

Thank you for your support of our college! 


Synchronous Live Webinars 


Saturday, July 25

9 – 11 a.m.  Myopia Management: Insights and Update (2 hours) 

Donald Mutti, OD, PhD

Jeffrey Walline OD, PhD

Karla Zadnik OD, PhD

There is a world-wide increase in the prevalence and interest in myopia. The FDA recently approved the first myopia control therapy, so interest among parents and optometrists will continue to increase. The most important questions related to myopia control will be individually presented and evidence-based answers will be provided, along with a short discussion among presenters. Questions will include topics such as the measurement of axial length, the most effective method of myopia control, and when should myopia control be discussed, among a myriad of other questions considered by clinicians and research scientists. The audience will also have time to ask relevant questions of the panel.


1 p.m. Masking and Unmasking:  Challenges in Optometric Communication (1 hour)

Roanne Flom, OD

Together we will explore new challenges in optometric communications related to the pandemic and to heightened concern about health disparities.  Specific strategies will be offered for creating safe places to address patient needs, especially when emotions may be high.


3 p.m.  Scleral Lens Case Presentations (1 hour)

Abigail Menner, OD 

Scleral lenses are well known for their use in visual rehabilitation of an irregular corneal surface after corneal surgery.  These cases demonstrate scleral lens' ability to mask irregular astigmatism by creating a smooth refractive surface via a tear layer thus improving visual acuity. Cases include a post-RK patient, bilateral epikeratophakia lenticules, and lastly a patient who suffered a corneal melt and required a corneal patch graft.



Sunday, July 26


9 – 11 a.m.  *Secondary in Name Only: The Other Glaucomas   (2 hours) 

Philip Yuhas, OD, PhD

Although not as notorious as their primary cousins, the secondary glaucomas are common and contribute to irreversible vision loss in patients. This lecture will review the etiologies, clinical presentations, and best management practices for a potpourri of secondary glaucomas.


1 p.m. *Ophthalmic Oncology: A Primer (1 hour)

Samuel Gallo, MD

Clinical examples of various pathologies from the front of the eye all the way to the back of the orbit will be presented. The clinicians will gain an understood pathophysiology as well as medical and surgical treatments.


3 p.m. *Fundus Autofluorescence and its Practical Applications (1 hour)

Timothy D. Fries, OD, MBA, MPH

Fundus auto fluorescence (FAF), a relatively new imaging modality, focuses on the fluorescent properties of pigments in the retina to generate images that help us view various disease processes from a different perspective. It aids us in the understanding of the pathophysiology of different retinal disorders. FAF imaging is being used commonly to help us in the diagnosis, prognosis as well as in determining the treatment response of various retinal disorders. It generates an image based on the distribution pattern of a fluorescent pigment called lipofuscin. Knowing the distribution pattern of lipofuscin in the normal retina is key to understanding an FAF image representing a retinal pathology.


Asynchronous On-Line Lectures  (1 hour each) 


Viewable July 25 – August 9, 2020


Bilateral Retinopathy: Looking Into Diabetes and Hypertension

Jocelyn Daniels, OD

Hypertension and diabetes are two very common systemic conditions that many people have simultaneously and both conditions can adversely affect the vasculature of the retina. The vasculature changes that can occur with each condition are very similar and can sometimes be difficult to differentiate with certainty. This presentation will use case examples to differentiate the etiology and determine the severity l of diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy.


Compliance, Hygiene, and Complications: Oh my! How to Keep Contact Lens Bugs at Bay    

Kelsy Steele, OD, MS

This lecture will discuss evidence-based clinical practices and recommendations that minimize infectious and inflammatory contact lens-associated complications. The discussion will include disinfection and cleaning systems, storage cases, and lens accessories for both soft and hard contact lenses. This lecture will review some of the most common contact lens-associated complications associated with poor lens care. Finally, we will cover recommendations for handling and storage of multi-patient use diagnostic contact lenses.


Determinants of Vision Loss 

Erica Shelton, OD, MS

The purpose of this lecture is to describe the use of large population health surveillance datasets to assess the underlying determinants and burden of vision impairment in the United States. The primary health surveillance systems used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vision Health Initiative will be reviewed. The compilation of these datasets to form the CDC’s Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System will be discussed, highlighting the objective of leveraging new and existing data sources to help health professionals, researchers, policy makers, and patients understand the scope of vision problems in the United States.  The lecture will also discuss state-specific vision health surveillance and how those datasets can be used to more precisely identify populations at greatest risk for vision loss in the state of Ohio.


*MacTel, Tell Me More

Danielle Orr, OD, MS

Macular telangiectasia or MacTel is a relatively rare retinal vascular anomaly. Though it often presents unilaterally, in some cases it can be bilateral. This course will serve as a review of macular telangiectasia from a clinical perspective.


*Pediatric Ocular Disease Differentials of Common Pediatrician Referrals

Adam J. Peiffer, OD, MS

This course will focus on common referrals generated by pediatricians due to patient complaints or 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 or observed abnormalities. Examination technique, diagnostic criteria, and management options will be included in the case examples


Visual Fields and Falls

Rebecca Deffler, OD, MS

In low vision rehabilitation, visual field measurement outside of standard automated perimetry protocols can provide valuable data about a patient’s condition. This knowledge can help inform decisions about safe travel as well as fall risk. This presentation covers principles of semi-automated kinetic perimetry, case examples of patients with complex visual field considerations, and a basic review of falls prevention from a vision standpoint.


  1. Discuss rationale and basic testing procedures for kinetic perimetry
  2. Review case examples that demonstrate the use and importance of far peripheral visual field testing
  3. Describe visual field implications for mobility, with a focus on falls and a review of field enhancement strategies