The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Winter Conference (formerly OEI)

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.

We will offer 7 hours of COPE approved CE each day along with tea and coffee in the morning and a boxed lunch in the afternoon. For your convenience, we are offering a variety of registration options: Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday all day, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Sunday all day and All conference

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.  

University and City of Columbus guidelines require all attendees wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

ALL registration must be done online only and registration will close at noon on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.


Registration for this conference is now closed.



Course Schedule

Saturday, December 4, 2021


8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Say it ain't diplopia (75453-NO)
JP Maszczak

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.

Physiology and pathophysiology of retinal pigment epithelium (75408-PS) *
Shigeo Tamiya

Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) plays a critical supportive role in the maintenance and well-being of retinal neurons, in particular the photoreceptors. As such, dysfunction of RPE often results in photoreceptor death and blindness. This lecture will review key physiological functions of RPE, and how loss of such critical functions, via genetic mutation, exacerbated age-related changes, and/or trauma result in retinopathies.


10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Using State and National Health Surveillance Data to Understand the Influences and Impact of Vision Impairment (75456-PB)
Dean VanNasdale

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 (75411-SD) *
Jacqueline Hallauer

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.

Minimizing Midday Fogging in Scleral Lens Wear (75536-CL)
Jennifer Fogt

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 (75435-AS) *
AJ Peiffer

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 (75434-AS) *
AJ Peiffer

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 (75467-LP) *
Aaron Zimmerman

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 (75618-PB)
Vondolee Delgado-Nixon

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 (75452-AS) *
Erich Hinel

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? (75661-PS) *
Barbara Mihalik

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 (75433-CL)
Kelsy Steele

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.


3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Myopia and Glaucoma (75455-GL) *
Carissa Janczak

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

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