Glaucoma Symposia aim to 'Educate' with 2 sessions

February 8, 2018

Glaucoma 360, a three-day event organized by the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) will move into its final day on Saturday with the Glaucoma Symposium. The focus will shift from "Innovate" to "Educate." Two continuing medical education sessions are-one for ophthalmologists in the morning and another for optometrists in the afternoon.

 

Glaucoma 360, a three-day event organized by the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) will move into its final day on Saturday with the Glaucoma Symposium. The focus will shift from “Innovate” to “Educate.”

Two continuing medical education sessions are–one for ophthalmologists in the morning and another for optometrists in the afternoon.

Andrew Iwach, MD, one of the co-founders and co-organizers of Glaucoma 360, said the speakers for both events include prominent leaders in the eye care field today.

Shaffer-Hetherington-Hoskins Lecture

At the ophthalmology session, the 22nd such event held by GRF, Alan Crandall, MD, will present the Shaffer-Hetherington-Hoskins Lecture. His topic is “The Marriage of Glaucoma and Cataract.” Dr. Crandall is director of glaucoma and cataract and senior vice chairman of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Other speakers and their topic include:

  • Ike Ahmed, MD, “Glaucoma Procedures: When to Hold, Fold, or Run;”

  • Michael Jumper, MD, “UGH: Back to the Future Again;”

  • L. Jay Katz, MD, “Non-IOP Management of Normal Tension Glaucoma;”

  • Shan Lin, MD, “New Advances in Cyclodestruction;”

  • Yvonne Ou, MD, “Glaucoma and Dry Eyes: Double Trouble;”

  • Terri Pickering, MD, “The Impaired Clinician and Protecting Patients;”

  • Sunita Radhakrishnan, MD, “When Glaucoma and the Orbit Collide;”

  • Kuldev Singh, MD, “The Glaucoma Renaissance”

  • Robert Stamper, MD, “Early Experience with OCT Angiography in Glaucoma;”

  • James Tsai, MD, “Aqueous Misdirection Syndrome: Pearls and Pitfalls;”

  • Steven Vold, MD, “Refractive Surgical Considerations in Glaucoma Patients;”

  • Ruth Williams, MD, “Mega Trends in Medicine: Effects on Ophthalmic Practice.”

  • Andrew Iwach, MD, “Glaucoma: News and Views.”
     

Optometric Glaucoma Symposium

The afternoon session, the 3rd Annual Optometric Glaucoma Symposium, also will feature a strong faculty. They include:

  • Marlena Chu, OD, “Helping Glaucoma Patients Cope with LowVision;”

  • Murray Fingeret, OD, “Glaucoma Test Results: To Believe or Not To Believe;”

  • John Flanagan, OD, “Telemedicine Update;

  • Dr. Jumper, “Glaucoma: Meet You at the Pars Plana;”

  • Dr. Katz, “Normal Tension Glaucoma;”

  • Dr. Pickering, “The Impaired Clinician: When and How to Act;”

  • Dr. Radhakrishnan, “When Glaucoma and the Orbit Collide;”

  • Dr. Stamper, “Determining Progression in Glaucoma;”

  • Dr. Williams, “Mega Trends in Medicine: Effects on Optometric Practice;”

  • Dr. Iwach, “Glaucoma: Managing the Odds.”

Dr. Iwach said the two events have different audiences and different focuses, but both are geared toward providing practical useful advice to clinicians.

 

Information to use

Dr. Iwach pointed out that one thing that makes these CME meetings useful for attendees is that speakers are asked to keep their presentations short –12 to 14 minutes-and to leave the audience with at least two or three specific clinical pearls. This encourages the speaker to choose his or her material carefully, he added.

“There is no ‘filler,’” Dr. Iwach said. “Everything that is presented is information that the attendees can take back to help their patients right away.”

Dr. Iwach noted that reviews received from past attendees have been overwhelmingly positive, and a record crowd is expected to attend this year, which is free of charge to clinicians.