Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel

Saturday, June 20, 0800-1715


0800-0900 Diagnostic tests for dry eyes · Marc D. Lafontaine, BSc, COMT, COP
This course will demonstrate the various diagnostic techniques involved with testing patients with dry eyes.
0900-0930 Patient discussions: Helping patients understand what the doctor told them about Premium IOLs · Kristen Oldford, BSc, OC(C), COMT
0930-1015 Expect the unexpected · Craig Simms, COMT, CDOS, ROUB, COP
“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” A quote from Alexander Pope’s poem “An Essay on Criticism” in 1711 spells out that as humans we do make mistakes. But times have changed since 1711 and ophthalmic technicians appear to be scrutinized more and more lately. With added pressures of increasing patient numbers and barely increasing staffing, today’s ophthalmic technician is faced with doing more with less. This inherently leads to working faster and increasing the potential for errors. This course will review errors observed by the author over a 20 year career during charting or while performing ophthalmic testing and offer some suggestion to help reduce the chances of error in an eye clinic.
1015-1030 Break
1030-1115 Wide-field angiography · Dr. Vikram Lehki
1115-1200 Glaucoma management · Dr. David Neima, MD
This course will provide an overview of the epidemiology and management strategies for glaucoma. Current medications and lasers used for treating glaucoma will also be discussed.
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1330 Management of glaucoma during pregnancy · Eydie G. Miller-Elllis, MD
Glaucoma management during pregnancy presents a special challenge due to the risks of therapy on the developing fetus. Treatment should be adjusted to address the concerns of each trimester and the perinatal period.
1330-1415 Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery · Eydie G. Miller-Elllis, MD
Traditional glaucoma filtering surgery diverts aqueous to a bleb or drainage implant in the subconjuctival space. MIGS is a category of glaucoma surgery that uses the eye’s traditional outflow system to enhance aqueous outflow and lower IOP. This lecture will review the various MIGS devices available and where they lie in the treatment paradigm for glaucoma.

1415-1430 JCAHPO update · Dr. Lynn Anderson
1430-1500 The technician’s role in eye banking · Gordon Carter, BSc, COMT
1500-1515 Break
1515-1600 Ocular and orbital trauma · Eydie G. Miller-Elllis, MD
Ocular trauma is a common cause of visual loss in North America. Appropriate and timely intervention by health personnel can restore a patient’s vision to previous levels. Recognition of the extent of trauma and timely referral when warranted is crucial to a positive visual outcome. This lecture will review most of the potential disorders caused by trauma and strategies to deal with them.