2022 Ophthalmic Medical Technology Meeting

In-Person Meeting!

We are meeting in person in 2022! This meeting will also be live streamed.


March 11, 2022
World Forestry Center
2022 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97220

Proof of Vaccination Required

OAO is committed to your safety at the 2022 Post Graduate Convention. Therefore, our Board of Directors has determined that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for everyone attending the meeting in person at the World Forestry Center

All 2022 attendees — OAO members and staff, our contractors, exhibitors and guests — will all be required to show proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter the conference area.

SAVE TIME – provide proof of vaccination when you complete your online registration.


Click here to register for the OAO 2022 Ophthalmic Medical Technology Meeting.

In-Person Materials

2022 Tech Program
2021 Tech Handouts coming soon
2021 Course Evaluation coming soon

Live Stream Materials

2022 Online Course Evaluation (required to receive CEC Certificate)coming soon
2022 Course Evaluation PDFuse to take notes only, must complete online
2022 Course Quizzes – must receive 80% or higher to receive CEC Certificatecoming soon
2022 Tech Video/Quiz Checklist – keep track of videos and quiz scorescoming soon

Target Group

This program is designed for ophthalmic medical personnel, including assistants, technicians, technologists and registered nurses.  Education methods employed will include lecture, demonstration and audio/visual aids.


This meeting is being considered for 7.5 continuing education credits. If you have questions about accreditation, please contact Shelley Shirley at 503-222-3937.


  • #1 Glaucoma Update | Alex Walters, MD
  • #2 Metformin and AMD | Kim Nguyen, MD
  • #3 SMILE | Carlos Torres, MD
  • #4 Genetics in Ophthalmology | Justin Grassmeyer, MD
  • #5 Scleral Contact Lenses | Reid Wilson, MD
  • #6 Pupils/Nerves | Noah Simon, MD
  • #7 Coding Updates in Ophthalmology | Joy Woodke, COE, OCS, OCSR
  • #8 Fundamentals of Retinal Imaging | Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, FOPS, CDOS
  • #9 Corneal Hysteresis | Christopher Rosenberg, MD
  • #10 Ocular Motility Disturbances | Clair Mueller, MD
  • #11 Neuro-ophthalmology | Amy Pohodich, MD
  • #12 Ultrasound with the Ellex Eye Cubed | Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, FOPS, CDOS

2022 Faculty

Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, CDOS, FOPS
Sutter Health

Justin Grassmeyer, MD
1st Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Claire Meuller, MD
3rd Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Kim Nguyen, MD
2nd Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Amy Pohodich, MD
2nd Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Christopher Rosenberg, MD
1st Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Noah Simon, MD
2nd Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Carlos Torres, MD
2nd Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Alex Walters, MD
4th Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Reid Wilson, MD
2nd Year Resident
OHSU/Casey Eye Institute

Joy Woodke, COE, OCS, OCSR
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Course Descriptions & Learning Objectives

#1 Update on Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty | Alex Walters, MD

Course Description: This presentation will discuss the use of newer, minimally invasive interventions to control glaucoma. It will compare and contrast the different treatment options and common side effects and complications of these interventions.


  • Understand a broad range of treatment options for treating glaucoma.
  • Discuss common questions that may arise when offering minimally invasive glaucoma interventions.
  • Apply your understanding to determine ideal patients for each treatment option.

#2 Metformin and AMD | Kim Nguyen, MD

Course Description: This presentation will discuss clinical trials that show a relationship between the use of Metformin and Age-Related Macular Degeneration.  It will discuss pros and cons of this medication and other alternative options that may inhibit disease progression.


  • Understand the basics of AMD.
  • Understand the relationship between Metformin and AMD.
  • Counsel patients with AMD on the potential ocular effects of Metformin use.

#3 SMILE: The New Kid on the Block | Carlos Torres, MD

Course Description: This presentation will describe SMILE refractive surgery and how it compares to LASIK and PRK. It will describe who’s a great candidate for SMILE surgery. It will identify pros and cons and common side effects and complications in SMILE surgery. 


  • Identify surgical candidates for SMILE surgery.
  • Review benefits and risks of SMILE surgery.
  • Compare and contrast SMILE, LASIK and PRK.

#4 Genetics in Ophthalmology | Justin Grassmeyer, MD

Course Description: Provide insight to the newest research in treatment options for inherited eye disease of the retina and other parts of the eye. Address the Crispr technology for Congenital Optic Atrophy.


  • Understand the general mechanism of CRISPR gene editing technology.
  • Describe the general approach for delivering gene therapy to the retina.
  • Understand the current state of genetic therapies for a variety of inherited and non-inherited eye conditions.

#5 Scleral Contact Lenses: When Nothing Else Works | Reid Wilson, MD

Course Description: An overview for the use of Scleral Contact Lenses in multiple conditions including ocular surface disease, irregular astigmatism, including corneal ecstasies such as keratoconus, post-radial keratectomy, post-penetrating keratoplasty, aphakia, and others.  Case studies and examples will be presented.  A brief description of scleral lens fitting will also be provided, and contraindications to scleral lens use will be discussed.


  • Identify ocular diseases that can benefit from treatment with scleral contact lenses.
  • Explain the different parameters of scleral contact lens and how they are fit.
  • Explain possible complications and contraindications to scleral contact lens use.

#6 Pupils/Nerves | Noah Simon, MD

Course Description: A thorough overview of neuro-ophthalmic and cranial nerve disorders and examination and treatment options will be provided.  Pupil assessment and exam techniques will be discussed.


  • Describe twelve cranial nerves and specify which nerves innervate the extraocular muscles. Also, be able to describe the innervation to the pupil.
  • Perform a thorough pupillary exam, including evaluation for a relative afferent pupillary defect.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of cranial neuropathies, specifically those affecting extraocular motility and pupillary function.

#7 Coding Updates & Tips for the Extraordinary Technician | Joy Woodke, COE, OCS, OCSR

Course Description: This presentation will provide an overview for coding changes coming up in 2022. It will also provide an update on Evaluation and Management and Eye Exam codes and other relevant topics impacting the ophthalmic technician.


  • Understanding the documentation guidelines for E/M and Eye visit codes.
  • Discover resources for appropriate code selection.
  • Apply new guidelines to ophthalmic case studies.
  • Review other 2022 coding changes relevant to ophthalmology.

#8 FUNdamentals of Retinal Imaging | Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS, CDOS

Course Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of commercially available ophthalmic imaging technologies and their clinical applications. Case studies and examples of fluorescein angiography, color fundus, indocyanine green angiography, OCT and OCT-A will be provided.


  • Increased understanding of the many modalities of retinal imaging.
  • Able to name three most common retinal imaging modalities.
  • Able to explain the difference between light based SLO imaging and fundus photography.

#9 Corneal Hysteresis | Christopher Rosenberg, MD

Course Description: This presentation will discuss abnormal eye alignments or eye movements and diseases associated with the abnormalities. Causes of strabismus, amblyopia and nystagmus, and treatment options for these ocular motility disturbances will be discussed.


  • Differentiate between corneal hysteresis and central corneal thickness.
  • Understand the relationship between each of these characteristics and glaucoma risk and progression.
  • Explain how they may affect treatment response as well as the interpretation of IOP measurements.

#10 Ocular Motility Disturbances | Claire Meuller, MD

Course Description: This discussion will cover the different types of intravitreal injections that are currently available for some of the most common diagnostics conditions, such as AMD, DM and other retinal pathology.


  • Accurately test each extraocular muscle using the motility exam.
  • Identify cranial nerve palsies based on the motility exam.
  • Identify the “do not miss” causes of motility disorders.

#11 Neuro-Ophthalmology: Brain Tumors & Strokes | Amy Pohodich, MD

Course Description: This presentation will discuss the relationship between strokes and brain tumors and how that may cause double vision.  An overview of visual field defects and the relation to pathology in the visual pathway will be provided. Spasms of the face and lids, and treatment options will be identified.


  • Localize lesions that can cause binocular diplopia.
  • Identify the likely field defect produced by a given visual pathway lesion.
  • Identify which patients with facial/lid spasms require further imaging.

#12 Overview of Ophthalmic Diagnostic B Scan with a Side of Ellex Specificity | Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS, CDOS

Course Description: This presentation will give a brief overview of the principles, techniques and indications for echographic examination of the eye with specific attention paid to use of the Ellex diagnostic ultrasound unit.


  • Describe the basic technique of ophthalmic echography to include probe positioning and 3D thinking.
  • Able to list three common conditions that might benefit from application of diagnostic B scan.
  • Demonstrate an increased understanding of the features unique to the Quantel Medical Ellex V series ultrasound instrument.