The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Summer Conference (formerly OEI)

June 12-13, 2021

The Annual Summer Conference (formerly OEI) hosted by The Ohio State University College of Optometry will be held virtually June 12-13. Historically, the Summer Conference has taken place in July, and the college plans to resume offering the Summer Conference in July 2022. Due to the ongoing pandemic and both state and university limitations on the size of gatherings, the college has decided to hold the 2021 Summer Conference via LIVE interactive Distance Online CE. The Ohio Vision Professionals Board has temporary rules in place that allow this format to be accepted as LIVE In-Person CE through June 30, 2021

We will offer eight hours in a live webinar format, with four hours offered on Saturday, June 12, and four hours on Sunday, June 13.

All hours will be COPE approved. 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 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 to allow for processing and distribution of links for attendance. Please make use of one of the three registration options:


Registration for this conference is now closed.


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

Live captioning will be provided for every webinar. If you require any other accommodations (such as interpretation) to participate in this event, please contact us at Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Synchronous Live Webinars

Saturday, June 12, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Advances in Technology for Low Vision Rehabilitation: Present and Future (72705-LV)
Bradley Dougherty, OD, PhD

Tremendous recent advances in technology, including in mobile devices, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and other assistive technology, may allow for new devices and strategies to improve the lives of people with vision impairment. Familiarity with current devices and knowledge of research in the development of future technology is useful for optometrists have patients with low vision. This course will review current options and discuss ongoing research and future possibilities for the use of technology in low vision rehabilitation.


10:05 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Controversies in Corneal Disease Management (72746-AS*)
Christine Martinez, MD

This course will review cornea and anterior segment disease management in scenarios where there may not be a singular right way to do things. These scenarios will include steroids for herpetic eye disease, the timing of surgery for patients who require both corneal transplantation and cataract surgery, surgical treatment of limbal stem cell deficiency, IOL selection for cataract surgery in patients with keratoconus, medical versus surgical treatment of ocular surface squamous neoplasia, conjunctival biopsy for mucus membrane pemphigoid, amniotic membrane versus conjunctival autograft for pterygium excision, monotherapy versus multiple medications for acanthamoeba keratitis, management of Conjunctivochalasis, and subconjunctival Kenalog for peripheral ulcerative keratitis.


11:10 a.m. - noon

Recent Results From Clinical Trials in Children with Symptomatic Convergence Insufficiency and Amblyopia (72667-FV)
Marjean Kulp, OD, MS

This course will review recent findings from the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial - Attention and Reading Trial and a Randomized Controlled Trial of Binocular Treatment for Amblyopia


12:15 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Determining the Urgency of Retinal Referrals (72732-PS*)
Barbara Mihalik, OD

As optometrists, we serve as the frontlines in primary eye care and often encounter retinal eye conditions that may need surgical intervention. However, although we often know when a patient needs referred, it is a bit more of a grey area to know which conditions and under which circumstances a patient may need seen same day, next day, within a week, within a month, or can wait until the next available appointment with ophthalmology. This lecture will help serve as a guide to navigating which retinal conditions are emergent, urgent, or okay for next available appointments to ophthalmology with accompany retinal imaging to help you make these important referrals.

Sunday June 13, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. 

Acute Retinal Necrosis: The Optometrist’s Role to Promptly Identify and Initiate Treatment (72678-PS*)
Andrew Crist, OD & Julie Golinski, OD, MS

We will review the quickly progressing and potentially visually debilitating condition known as acute retinal necrosis (ARN). The clinical presentation and management of ARN will be discussed along with laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis. Furthermore, other inflammatory and infectious causes of posterior uveitis will be compared to ARN. Lastly, the role of optometrists to identify the classic signs of ARN with immediate initiation of treatment and referral will be discussed.


10:05 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Scleral Lens Grand Rounds: Using Advanced Fitting Techniques to Manage Challenging Cases (72699-CL)
Stephanie Pisano, OD & Chantelle Mundy, OD

Management of various ocular conditions with scleral contact lenses is a growing area with rapidly changing fitting techniques. Incorporating these techniques to customize the scleral lens to maximize ocular health and monitoring over time is essential for success. Advanced scleral lens design and fitting allows for a high degree of specificity to the underlying condition and ocular health considerations. This lecture will present cases that highlight complex diseases managed with scleral lenses, the fitting designs indicated, and what is necessary to manage for long term success.


11:10 a.m. - noon

Contrast sensitivity: The Pelli-Robson Chart and The (New) Ohio Contrast Cards (72655-LV)
Angela Brown, PhD

The Pelli-Robson Chart, can add important information to the examination of a low-vision patient. However, to provide the best possible information, the Pelli Robson chart should be used at a distance of 0.5 meters or less. Currently under development at Ohio State University, the Ohio Contrast Cards provide an even better measure of a patient’s contrast sensitivity, and it can be used on patients who cannot read an eye chart.


12:15 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Co-management of Anterior Segment Procedures (72656-PO)
Abigail Menner, OD

Description of various anterior ocular surgical procedures and conditions as well as their co-management strategies including complication management, follow-up schedule, and referral recommendations.

*Treatment and management of disease / pharm credit

All times are Eastern Daylight Time

The Ohio State University College of Optometry – Winter Conference (formerly OEI)

December 5 & 6, 2020

The Annual Winter Conference (formerly OEI) hosted by The Ohio State University College of Optometry will be held virtually in December due to current State of Ohio COVID-19 restrictions.

We will offer a total of 13 hours of continuing education. Of these, eight hours will be offered in a live webinar format, with four hours offered on Saturday, December 5, and four hours on Sunday, December 6. The remaining five hours will be offered as asynchronous online lectures that you can “attend” anytime.

All hours will be COPE approved. To gain COPE approved credit, a short quiz must be completed at the end of the non-live lectures (online) 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 $30. Attendance is free for anyone with current College of Optometry faculty status. Eligible faculty should refer to a seperate email to recieve their discount.

ALL registration must be done online only and registration will close on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 to allow for processing and distribution of needed links for attendance. Please use the following link for registration:

As always, any income from the conference will be used to fund several College initiatives. Thank you for your support of our college!

New online registration platform

We are launching a brand new online platform. The online registration will require multiple transactions. We made attempts to avoid this, but at this time the system is rather inflexible. Courses will be available individually or bundled as Saturday and Sunday courses. If you have any issues with registration please email us at

Synchronous Live Webinars

Saturday, December 5, 2020


*9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Corneal Transplantation: Overview and Updates (1 Hour, AS)

Christine Martinez, MD

This talk will review the various types of corneal transplants (PKP, DALK, DSEK, DMEK, DSO), indications, management, current research, and future horizons.


*10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia: Is Surgery Necessary? (1 Hour, AS)

Christine Martinez, MD

This talk will review risk factors, pathogenesis, diagnosis, medical management, surgical management, and outcomes of Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia (OSSN).


*Noon – 1:00 p.m. The Bad Break-Up: When PVDs Go Wrong. (1 Hour, PS)

Jill Showalter, OD

Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a normal aging change that our patients experience. But what happens when the vitreous does not separate properly from the retina? This course discusses pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of the resultant disorders of the vitreomacular interface.


*1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Recurrent Corneal Erosion: Strategies to Facilitate Corneal Healing (1 Hour, AS)

Jill Showalter, OD

Recurrent corneal erosions (RCE’s) often present a clinical challenge that can be frustrating to both patients and practitioners. Understanding the process of corneal healing allows clinicians to provide effective treatment in order to prevent recurrences. This course discusses the pathophysiology of RCE’s as well as causes and current evidence-based guidelines on therapeutic options.

Sunday December 6, 2020


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Gateway to the Brain: Using the Retina as a site to detect Traumatic Brain Injury (1 Hour, NO)

Philip Yuhas, OD, PhD

The retina is an easily accessible extension of the central nervous system. As such, it holds great potential as a site to noninvasively and inexpensively detect neurodegeneration associated with traumatic brain injuries. This discussion will focus on how traumatic brain injuries alter neurons, how we might detect those alterations in the retina, and how current research is working to make the diagnosis and management of traumatic brain injury more objective and patient- and doctor-friendly.


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Major Visual Pathways (1 Hour, FV)

Angela Brown, PhD

The neural pathways followed by visual signals, from the retina to higher areas in the cerebral cortex, are now much better understood thanks to recent advances in Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the white matter. This course will review these pathways and their visual functions in health and disease.


Noon – 1:00 p.m. The Intermittent Exotropia Conundrum: What is the Best Management for my Patient (1 Hour, FV)

Ann Morrison, OD, MS

Intermittent Exotropia (IXT) is one of the most common forms of childhood strabismus. Currently, there is no gold standard treatment for IXT. This lecture will cover the current management options and most recent research in the field to help you navigate which clinical management might be best for your patients.


*1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Avoiding Retinal Artery Occlusion Confusion (1 Hour, PS)

Libby Lemos, OD

This course focuses on the four types of central retinal artery occlusions, as well as a review of differentials, including hemi-retinal artery occlusions and branch retinal artery occlusions. The course details several case presentations and the associated symptoms, ophthalmic examination, systemic work-up, and ultimate prognosis of each patient. Both ocular and systemic etiologies are reviewed. Asynchronous Online Lectures

Asynchronous On-Line Lectures (1 hour each)


Hot Topics in Scleral Lenses (1 Hour, CL)

Jennifer Fogt, OD

Scleral lenses have become a great tool since the availability of high Dk gas permeable materials. As with all specialty lenses, there are challenges to fitting them. Developments in lens materials, coatings, and solutions – as well as technology – have been rapidly changing as this modality evolves. We will discuss difficulties, troubleshooting and methods to optimize fit and wear experience for patients.


*Advanced Dry Eye Management: Focus on LipiFlow and IPL (1 Hour, AS)

Tatevik Movsisyan, OD, MS

This course will review diagnostic dry eye testing and management options. Specifically, Lipiview for meibography, and LipiFlow and IPL for MGD treatment.


Non-Adherence (1 Hour, PM )

Jay Lytle, OD

For many doctors, one of their greatest frustrations is patient nonadherence. This one-hour lecture reviews evidence-based reasons for patient nonadherence, as well as helpful best practices to improve treatment and management compliance.

Special COVID-19 Pandemic Lectures


Epidemiology of COVID-19 and the Science behind the Interventions to Control the Spread (1 Hour, PB)

Zachary Weber, MS

The Ohio State University College of Public Health

This course will discuss the epidemiology of SARS-Cov-2 and the associated disease COVID-19. The focus will be on the most up-to-date scientific information. This disease is unique in that everything we know of the disease is approximately 6 months old and the research landscape has been dominated by non-peer reviewed preprints. Discussion will focus on case fatality rates, reproduction rates (R0), comorbidities that confer higher risk of disease, possible routes of transmission, and the science of interventions used to limit spread. Case studies will be used to help illustrate the differing spread from observed outbreaks and epidemiological investigations.


*COVID-19 Epidemic Turned Pandemic (1 Hour, SD)

Michael Oglesbee, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Director, The Ohio State University Infectious Disease Institute

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is caused by a second SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), but we still hear the term COVID-19 applied to both the disease and the virus and the confusion does not stop here. Why did we go from an epidemic in China to a worldwide pandemic so quickly? How do you explain the myriad symptoms, what is the rationale for treatment strategies and why do so many people die from COVID-19? There appears to be confusion regarding how the virus is transmitted and how best to limit transmission, but should there be? What do we really know? And when can we expect and end to the pandemic and what does the road look like? All of these questions will be addressed, and it starts with a basic understanding of the virus and the disease it causes.

*Treatment and management of disease / pharm credit