2019 Ophthalmic Medical Tech Meeting

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World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, Oregon 97221
March 8, 2019
8:00am to 5:00pm


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Registration Fee

$250 Early-Bird Registration (before 2/15/19)
$300 Registration (after 2/15/19)

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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.


The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) has awarded 7.5 Group A Continuing Education Credits.

*These courses are not sponsored by JCAHPO; only reviewed for compliance with JCAHPO standards and criteria and awarded continuing education credit accordingly; therefore, JCAHPO cannot predict the effectiveness of the program or assure its quality in substance and presentation.


Friday, March 8, 2019

7:15 – 8:00 AM REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST – Miller Hall
8:00 – 8:30 AM Ophthalmic Minor Procedures – Sarah Glass, MD
8:30 – 9:15 AM Coding Updates for Ophthalmic Techs – Joy Woodke, COE, OCS, OSCR
9:15 – 9:45 AM Retinal Biomarkers to Identify Alzheimer’s with Current Ophthalmic Imaging – Joel Kaluzny, MD
9:45 – 10:15 AM Why am I so Blue? – Joseph Simonett, MD
10:15 – 10:30 AM BREAK (Exhibitors Visits – Cheatham Hall)
10:30 – 11:00 AM Vision 20/20 a Public Health Worldwide Initiative – Miles Greenwald, MD
11:00 – 11:45 AM Advances in Retinal Gene Therapy – Ian Danford, MD
11:45 – 12:45 PM LUNCH (Exhibitor Visits – Cheatham Hall)
12:45 – 1:15 PM Eye Injuries and What to Do – Nathan Lambert, MD
1:15 – 1:45 PM Photography with Ultra-Wide Imaging – Connie McKeehen
1:45 – 2:15  PM Glaucoma Under Pressure – Nathan Law, MD
2:15 – 2:45 PM Double the Fun in Double Vision Exams – Caitlin Kakigi, MD
2:45 – 3:15 PM Ocular Melanoma – Michal Gutowski, MD
3:15 – 3:30 PM BREAK (Exhibitor Visits – Cheatham Hall)
3:30 – 4:00 PM Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology – Kishan Gupta, MD, PhD
    4:00 – 5:00 PM Formula to Success: The Influence of Cataract Outcomes Based on
Biometry & Calculations
 – Kellyn Smith, MD
    5:00 PM President’s Reception – Discovery Museum

2019 Faculty

Ian Danford, MD
2nd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute/OHSU

Sarah Glass, MD
2nd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute/OHSU

Miles Greenwald, MD
2nd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute/OHSU

Kishan Gupta, MD, PhD
4th Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute/OHSU

Michal Gutowski, MD
2nd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute/OHSU

Caitlin Kakigi, MD
3rd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute/OHSU

Joel Kaluzny, MD
2nd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute/OHSU

Nathan Lambert, MD
3rd Year Ophthalmology Resident
OCasey Eye Institute/OHSU

Nathan Law, MD
3rd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute/OHSU

Connie McKeehen
Carl Zeiss Meditec

Joseph Simonett, MD
3rd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute

Kellyn Smith, MD
3rd Year Ophthalmology Resident
Casey Eye Institute

Joy Woodke, COE, OCS, OCSR
Oregon Eye Consultants LLC

Course Descriptions & Learning Objectives

#1 Ophthalmic Minor Procedures | Sarah Glass, MD

Discuss the proper steps of pre-operative and post-operative care for the scope of the ophthalmic technician. Give examples of cases that are frequently seen in ophthalmology practice and how to maintain aseptic technique during minor procedures.

Learning Objectives:    

  1. Understand the principles of aseptic technique when assisting with minor ophthalmic procedures
  2. Gain an understanding of the indications for, general steps, and set-up for common ophthalmic procedures
  3. Be able to educate patients about post-procedure expectations and standard post-procedure care

#2 Coding Updates | Joy Woodke, COE, OCS, OCSR

Learning Objectives:    

  1. Understand essential principles of coding, including modifiers
  2. Identify the current Medicare policies and how this relates to documentation
  3. Review current coding changes

#3 Retinal Biomarkers to Identify Alzheimer’s with Current Ophthalmic Imaging | Joel Kaluzny, MD

This lecture will inform technicians on the possibilities of how retinal imaging can potentially identify Alzheimer’s. PET scans, OCT-A, UWF and research data will be cross-referenced as evidence on the potential of ophthalmology techniques being able to grade Alzheimer’s.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Betterunderstand disease that affects anatomy
  2. Exposure to the variety of ophthalmic imaging sources
  3. Gain a broader understanding of other cognitive diseases that may be seen in ophthalmology patients

 #4 Why am I so Blue? | Joseph Simonett, MD

Blue light from electronic sources including our smart phones, TVs, tablets, computers and laptops continue to be a source of patient confusion and controversy. This lecture will shed “light” on the visual spectrum of blue light and how it can impact sleep patterns, vision, and potentially retinal disease. The controversy of if blue light truly impacts the retina will be discussed with recent data and if filters on devices or lenses impact blue light.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Better informed on the physics of blue light and the visual light spectrum
  2. Able to better educate patients on blue light
  3. Understand the controversies surrounding health and blue light
  4. Become familiar with the available data on blue light and the eye

#5 Vision 20/20 a Public Health Worldwide Initiative | Miles Greenwald, MD

With the year 20/20 coming in the near future the initiative by the IAPB starting in 1999 was to help prevent world blindness. This topic will explore the top reasons for world vision impairment and share examples of how close the goal for vision 20/20 is in the year 2019.

Learning Objectives:    

  1. Understand the top reasons for vision impairment around the world
  2. Identify main barriers to eliminate major cause of vision impairment and efforts to combat them
  3. Understand practical ways to participate in eliminating blindness and preventing vision threatening diseases locally and globally

 #6 Advances on Retinal Gene Therapy | Ian Danford, MD

Mutations in RPE65 is the gene responsible for Leber’s congenital amaurosis or retinitis pigmentosa. This talk will present the mechanisms of how gene therapy can potentially halt the mutated RPE65 with a healthy gene, the protocol for the injection, how studies determined FDA approval and what some of pros or cons of this therapy for patients.

Learning Objectives:    

  1. Gain a better understanding of a mutation in the RPE65 gene that causes blindness
  2. Efficacy of gene therapy treatment
  3. Learn emerging therapies in ophthalmology

#7 Injuries and What to Do | Nathan Lambert, MD

Examples of the most common eye injuries that a typical ophthalmology office will receive as a triage call. This lecture will present how to direct patients via triage when encountering injuries, how to examine patients with different injuries for the ophthalmologist, and the most vital questions to ask for their medical record.

Learning Objectives:    

  1. Recognize red flags for ophthalmic emergencies
  2. Understand how to appropriately triage and document ocular complaints
  3. Develop differential diagnosis for common ocular complaints

#8 Photography with Ultrawide Imaging | Connie McKeehen

This talk will discuss ultra-wide imaging. The functions and ability to take un-dilated ultra-wide photography will be shared.

Learning Objectives:    

  1. Review retinal photography and its place in the diagnostic process.
  2. Understand the clinical applications and advantages of Ultra-Wide photography
  3. Learn how and why different filters are used
  4. Review retinal pathology as it appears in an Ultra-Wide Image

#9 GlaucomaUnder Pressure | Nathan Law, MD

This talk will cover the different types of glaucoma and the normal ranges of glaucoma. Which diagnostic(s) or imaging arehelping track progression on ocular hypertension, glaucoma suspect, low tension and familial risk will be discussed. Different pharmacological and surgical techniques to help control glaucoma will be presented.

Learning Objectives:    

  1. Learn updates on pharmacology, surgeries and imaging of glaucoma
  2. Understand the basic classification of different types of glaucoma
  3. Understand the tools used to assess for glaucoma and progression of glaucoma
  4. Understand some of the different pharmacological and surgical techniques used to help control glaucoma

#10 Double the Fun in Double Vision Exam | Caitlin Kakigi, MD

This lecture will cover or uncover the reasons patients complain about double vision. Techniques on how to best uncover what is causing the doubling vision in a tech work-up and howto best document findings. Motility cover/uncover and how to measure deviations will be presented.

Learning Objectives:    

  1. Apply practical knowledge with motility exam techniques
  2. Accurately document findings for an ophthalmologist
  3. Discuss reasons patients complain about double vision
  4. Techniques on how to evaluate what is causing the double vision
  5. How to perform an cover/uncover test

#11 Ocular Melanoma | Michal Gutowski, MD

Melanoma of the eye is not as well known as melanoma of the skin to most patients. This type of cancer has recently been seen as a cluster in the southeastern United States. Risk factors for patients will be described to better understand the potential causes of ocular melanoma. This talk will discuss how melanoma is managed through imaging, blood-work, and referrals and what the role of the ophthalmic technician when seeing these types of patients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a better perspective of what type of lab work an ophthalmologist needs
  2. Determine the types of imaging needed
  3. Prepare patients on what to expect for treatment

 #12 Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology | Kishan Gupta, MD, PhD

Update on this new and emerging technology in Ophthalmology and how it relates to ophthalmologists potentially utilizing this technology. Examples of applications with regards to imaging technology and how this technology may better serveareas where there is a lack of ophthalmic care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the possibility of new technology in ophthalmology and how it may help impact patients who are underserved
  2. Understand the basic concept of a neural network
  3. Understand how neural networks have been used to create scores for disease states and for Cataract Surgery Preparation
  4. Understand how to apply certain screening tools in their practice

#13 Formula to Success: The Influence of Cataract Outcomes Based on Biometry & Calculations | Kellyn Smith, MD

The first half of this talk will dive deep into the biometry that technicians capture for cataract surgeons and the theory of how formulas are used today to calculate IOLs and which formulas are better for hyperopic, myopic eyes and when to utilize more advanced Holladay II versus Barrett formulas. The second portion of this talk will discuss the technician’s role in obtaining the most accurate biometry, keratometry, white to white, lens thickness and when should immersion or b-biometry be employed as well as techniques on obtaining the best accuracy and when to question findings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify components of IOL biometry and calculations
  2. Acquire high-quality biometry data and troubleshoot common pitfalls
  3. Describe the process of IOL lens selection based on biometry data and patient factors