Innovations in Ocular Drug Delivery Systems

Recorded On: 11/21/2017

Patient adherence with topical medications is less than desirable, and this course will discuss how to get the bottle out of the patients hands.  This course will focus on current and future advancements in ocular drug delivery systems.  This discussion will include the impact these technologies have on the management of various ocular conditions.  Topics will include drug vehicles, pharmaceutical contact lenses, punctal plugs, surgical devices and delivery, and nanotechnology.

Justin Alexander Schweitzer, OD, FAAO

Dr. Justin Schweitzer specializes in advanced glaucoma, refractive surgical clinical care, and anterior segment pathology at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. He spent six years in private practice optometry and decided in 2012 to pursue his dream to focus on glaucoma, advanced anterior segment surgery care and pathology. He completed his residency at Vance Thompson Vision in 2013. Dr. Schweitzer is a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society, AOA, Intrepid Eye Society and South Dakota Optometric Association. Dr. Schweitzer has had multiple articles published and has delivered lectures on glaucoma, anterior segment pathology, refractive surgical clinical care and surgical management.

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.

Derek N Cunningham, OD, FAAO

Director of Optometry and Research

Dr. Cunningham is the Director of Optometry and Research at Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, Texas. He is a founding member and chair of the Integrated Ophthalmic Managed Eyecare Delivery Task Force by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is the chief medical editor of Optometry’s only pathology based publication – Advanced Ocular Care. He is also the author of The Surgical Minute column in Review of Optometry and the host of Innovations in Clinical Practice video series on Eyetubeod.com. Previously, Dr. Cunningham was the resident education supervisor at the Division of Ophthalmology, Texas Tech School of Medicine at El Paso.

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