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  • Ezell Fellows Present: A Sampler of Current Low Vision Research

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/14/2014

    Ezell Fellows Present at Academy 2014 Denver

    This session showcases three investigators at different stages of their careers, who each pursued doctoral research training, during which they received and were encouraged by Ezell Fellowship support. Learn about meaningful measures of low vision interventions, about plasticity of the visual system with central retinal lesions, and about factors that contribute to road safety in bioptic drivers.

  • Sugar - More than Meets the Eye

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/14/2014

    Ocular Nutrition SIG Symposium from Academy 2014 Denver

    50 years of dietary guidelines have emphasized "low fat" and "low cholesterol" eating. Manufacturers have obliged by creating foods with increasing sugar and wheat/gluten content, while promoting exercise and widespread use of statins to lower cholesterol. Yet Americans have become heavier and less healthy at an alarming rate. Our panelists do a fast-paced "root cause evaluation" of the science of sugar with respect to: 1) Diabetes/Cardiovascular Disease, 2) Alzheimer's Disease and 3) Cancer.

    Dennis Ruskin, OD, FAAO

  • Keratoconus - Lasers, Lenses & Boomerangs!

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/14/2014

    Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies Symposium from Academy 2014 Denver

    This symposium will feature a ride through the rough and tumble world of the keratoconus patient - from definitive diagnosis and management, through complex contact lens fitting of rigid and soft lens designs, to the newest corneal procedures, including corneal crosslinking (CXL) procedures. And finally, we look at some quandaries about the disease itself - is the tissue slipping or splitting, and does keratoconus recur, and if so, how?

    Jan PG Bergmanson, OD, PhD, FAAO


    Dr. Jan P.G. Bergmanson received his optometric training and PhD at the City University, London. In addition, he obtained a Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Currently, Dr. Bergmanson is Professor of Optometry at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), where he is the founding Director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center (TERTC). He has extensively researched and lectured internationally on subjects of corneal morphological response to contact lens wear, tear and ophthalmic solution effects on the ocular surface, histopathology of ocular tissues damaged by ultraviolet radiation, and the effects of the Excimer Laser on the cornea. In addition to private optometric practice, Dr. Bergmanson, certified in Texas as a Therapeutic Optometrist and as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist, has provided patient care in several hospital and university clinics. Dr. Bergmanson is a Foundation Fellow of the College of Optometry in United Kingdom, where he remains licensed to practice, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, where he is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association (TOA), American Optometric Association (AOA), Association of Contact Lens Educators, and International Association of Contact Lens Educators. He is a council member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and a lifetime honorary member of the Swedish and Dutch Optometric Associations, to which he also serves as a consultant. Dr. Bergmanson is the recipient of the 1998 British Contact Lens Association Gold Medal Award, the 2002 Texas Optometric Association's Educator of the Year Award, the University of Houston College of Optometry 2003 Cora and J. Davis Armistead Faculty Teaching Award and the 2005 Swedish Optometric Association's Mark of Honor Award.

  • Primary Care of the Posterior Segment

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/13/2014

    Primary Care Section Symposium at Academy 2014 Denver

    This 2 hour symposium is a rapid-fire exchange of up-to-date information regarding the management of posterior segment ocular disease. The topics are: Vitreo-retinal disease, retinal vascular occlusion update, AMD pathobiology and prevention, evidence-based management of posterior segment disease, posterior segment imaging, plaquenil screening guidelines, diabetic retinopathy, and a retina surgery co-management update.

    Christopher W Lievens, OD, MS, FAAO

  • 2014 Lawrence Gray Symposium in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/12/2014

    Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry SIG Symposium from Academy 2014 Denver

    Learn about the latest developments regarding idiopathic intracranial hypertension, the expanding spectrum of optic neuritis, including the clinical diagnosis and management of Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), and the role of vision in walking and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease.

    Leonard V Messner, OD, FAAO

    Vice President for Patient Care Services at ICO

    Leonard V. Messner, OD, FAAO, is the Vice President for Patient Care Services of the Illinois College of Optometry and serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois Eye Institute. 

    Dr. Messner holds the rank of Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry. He currently serves as the chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Optometry, co-chair of the Chicago Concussion Coalition and steering committee member of the AAO Fellows Doing Research Special Interest Group. He is a member of the Vision and Concussion Research Committee of the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society. 

    His principle area of research involves the study of vision, visual-motor and ocular structural abnormalities with concussion.

  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Expert Perspectives on Diagnostic and Therapeutic Considerations of One of the Most Common Pathologies in Eye Care

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/12/2014

    Anterior Segment Section Symposium from Academy 2014 Denver

    This course reviews information related to MGD and its effect on patient's dry eye symptoms and performance. Updated research from a consortium of individuals has given us new and insightful knowledge about this disease state.

    Walter O Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO

    Director of Optometric Services

    Walter Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO serves as the Director of Optometric Services and Residency Program Supervisor at Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, Virginia where his practice encompasses ocular surface disease, glaucoma, surgical co-management, clinical research and the supervision of an extensive referral network. Dr. Whitley is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on topics ranging from ocular disease, surgical co-management and practice management topics. He serves as Co-Chief Medical Editor for Collaborative Eye and contributing editor for the Review of Optometry and Optometry Times. Dr. Whitley is actively involved with the local, state and national optometric associations serving as the president elect and the education co-chair for the Virginia Optometric Association. In 2012, he was named the Young OD of the Year for the Virginia Optometric Association.

  • Obesity and Eye Care

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/25/2013

    Primary Care Section (now Comprehensive Eye Care Section) Symposium at Academy 2013 Seattle

    During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. More than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. This symposium brings the primary care optometrist up to date on the obesity epidemic as well as what they should do in their practice to intervene. 

    Christopher W Lievens, OD, MS, FAAO

    Kimberly K Reed, OD, FAAO

    Medical Lead

    Dr. Reed is the U.S. Medical Lead for Ophthalmics at Shire. Prior to joining industry, she spent 25 years in optometric education, and was a frequent CE speaker and writer.

    Gregory S Wolfe, OD, MPH, FAAO

    Clinical Director

    Gregory Wolfe, OD, MPH, FAAO is a 2001 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, then completed a residency in ocular disease & low vision rehabilitation at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago, IL). Following residency, Dr. Wolfe joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science as Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of the UIC Eye Clinic at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL. While on faculty, Dr. Wolfe earned his MPH in Health Policy & Administration from the UIC School of Public Health. In 2008, Dr. Wolfe joined the staff at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, AZ where he served as the residency coordinator for the ocular disease & low vision rehabilitation residency program. In 2015, Dr. Wolfe joined the faculty of the Southern College of Optometry as Associate Professor. 

  • Prosthetic Vision: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/25/2013

    Low Vision Section Symposium at Academy 2013 Seattle

    Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide suffer from retinal degenerative diseases that have left them with little or no vision. The FDA was considering the approval of a retinal prosthesis, making it imperative that optometrists understand this technology to better serve their patients. This symposium provides the most up to date information about the challenges of working with a degenerating retina for prosthetic vision, the different prosthetic vision projects going on worldwide, rehabilitation of patients with prosthetic vision, and psychological considerations for people who have received or are contemplating implantation of prosthetic vision devices.

    Gislin Dagnelie, PhD, FAAO

    Associate Professor

    Gislin Dagnelie, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the associate director of the Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Wilmer Eye Institute. His work over the last 20 years has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and several companies developing ophthalmic devices and visual prosthetics. Dr. Dagnelie has been the Center Principal Investigator for clinical trials of the Optobionics Artificial Silicon Retina (2004-2007) and the Second Sight Argus™ 2 retinal implant (2007-present). Since the clinical introduction of the Argus II in early 2014, Dr. Dagnelie has been managing the retinal implant program at Johns Hopkins, and acted as the Center PI for several follow-up studies of Argus II use in patients’ daily lives. His principal research effort is in understanding and measuring to what extent individuals with minimal vision can make effective use of that vision. In addition, he studies signals in the retina of retinal prosthesis patients and spearheads an effort to convert standard personal computers into precise tools for visual function measurement in the community and at home. 
    Dr. Dagnelie is a native of the Netherlands, where he earned a Ph.D. in medical physics at the University of Amsterdam. In 1986, he came to the Wilmer Eye Institute for research in retinitis pigmentosa, an interest he is pursuing to this day. He is an amateur vocalist and violinist, is married to Dr. Brenda Rapp, professor of cognitive science at Johns Hopkins University, and has a 23-year old son. 

    Brian Jones

    Duane Geruschat

    Frank Lane

  • Blended Learning in Clinical Optometric Procedures Education

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/25/2013

    Optometric Education Section Symposium at Academy 2013 Seattle

    Symposium focused on blended learning.

    Robert B DiMartino, OD, MS, FAAO

    Rebecca L Kammer, OD, PhD

    Denise Goodwin, OD, FAAO


    Dr. Goodwin is a Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry. She is the Coordinator of the Neuro-ophthalmic Disease Referral Service at Pacific University. She also advises third year students in primary care clinic and works one day per week in a private practice. In addition to clinical duties, she teaches Functional Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology, Ocular Anatomy, Optic Nerve Disease, and Ophthalmic Imaging. She has lectured nationally and internationally and authored numerous publications in the area of Neuro-ophthalmic Disease.

    Len Hua

  • Highlights and Achievements in Ocular Drug Delivery Systems

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Anterior Segment SIG Symposium from Academy 2013 Seattle

    This symposium focuses on current and future advancements in ocular drug delivery systems. The discussion includes the impact these technologies have on the management of various anterior segment conditions.

    Lyndon W Jones, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO

    Lyndon Jones graduated in Optometry from the University of Wales in 1985 and gained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Biomaterials Research Unit at Aston University, Birmingham, UK in 1998. He holds three of the higher clinical awards granted by the UK College of Optometrists, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, in which he is a Diplomate in Cornea and Contact Lenses, and is also a Fellow of both the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). His research interests primarily focus on the interaction of novel and existing contact lens materials with the ocular environment, dry eye and ocular drug delivery. 

    He has authored over 350 refereed and professional papers, one text-book and given over 750 invited lectures at conferences worldwide, in over 30 countries. He has been awarded over 20 national and international awards, including the 2014 “Glenn Fry Award” from the AAO, 2014 “Donald Korb Award” from the American Optometric Association, 2013 “Max Schapero Award” from the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the AAO and the 2011 “George Giles Memorial Lectureship” from the UK College of Optometrists.

    Kenneth W Eakland, OD

    Professor, Bio-engineering & Ophthalmology