Winter and Summer CE Conferences

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:


Registration for live courses ended December 2, 2020


Registration still open for online course till Dec 29, 2020 *


*All Winter CE online courses must be completed by December 31, 2020.


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

Annual Summer OEI Conference

July 25-26, 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.

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.

Registration link:

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