2022 OAO Symposium and InfoMart

April 1-3 at Niagara Falls Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Your health and safety is our top priority. As part of this commitment, we’ve taken proactive steps to help support a safe experience. Everyone in attendance, including delegates, vendors and staff, must be fully vaccinated (except those with a medical exemption), wear a face mask and comply with provincial COVID-19 public health measures. For further information, please read our Duty of Care document. 

Our Partners

Speakers

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry.

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Andrew G. Lee, M.D

Andrew G. Lee, M.D. is chair of the Blanton Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology at Houston.

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Dr. Anthony Litwak

Dr. Anthony Litwak is the Program Director for Ocular Therapeutics Continuing Education (OTCE).

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Bobby Saenz, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Saenz graduated summa cum laude with a dual OD/MS degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry.

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Dr. Glen Steele

Dr. Steele is a professor at the Southern College of Optometry Paediatric Service emphasizing the vision care needs of the infant and young child during development.

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Dr. Jessica Steen

Dr. Steen is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, serving as Director of the Glaucoma Service and attending optometric physician at the College’s Eye Care Institute.

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Dr. Julie Rodman

Dr. Julie Rodman is the Chief of the Broward Eye Care Institute in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her interests include OCT/OCTA and Vitreoretinal Disease.

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Robin Elliott

Robin Elliott is President of Consulting. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Communication.

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Bess Ogden

Bess Ogden is the Director Operations and Education at Williams Group. She has been part of the Williams Group consulting team since 2006.

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Dr. Roshni Echharam

Dr. Echharam, originally from Durban, South Africa, completed her Undergraduate degree in Optometry at the University of Durban-Westville.

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Dr. Brad Sutton

Dr. Brad Sutton is a Clinical Professor at the Indiana University School of Optometry and is the Chief of Service at the Indianapolis Eye Care Center.

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Dr. Jason Compton

Dr. Jason E. Compton graduated from the SUNY State College of Optometry and completed his residency at the Wilmington Delaware VA Medical Center.

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Program

  • Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022

6:30-7:30 a.m.
Breakfast buffet
7.30-8:30 a.m.
Sponsored Plenary Lecture
8:45-10:45 a.m.Current Concepts in Glaucoma
Dr. Anthony Litwak
COPE ID 75831-GL
Advanced Dry Eye Diagnosis and Management
Dr. Mile Brujic
COPE ID 72363-AS
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.How to Determine Glaucoma Progression

Dr. Anthony Litwak

COPE ID 74300-GL
Dry Eye Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Pearls from the Trenches

Dr. Mile Brujic
COPE Pending
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
TYidoctors logo
Lunch and Lecture sponsored by FYidoctors
1:30-4:30 p.m.
InfoMart trade show
4:30-5:30 p.m.
OAO/UW reception
6:00-9:30 p.m.
Alcon Logo
Alcon presents PRECISION1® for Astigmatism Launch & Dinner Celebration

Note: ODs may select from the "Regular Stream" or the "A Day with Williams Group Stream" but not both.
7:00-8:00 a.m.
Breakfast buffet
Regular OD Stream
A Day with Williams Group Stream for OAs and ODs
8:00-10:00 a.m.Therapeutic Innovations The Game Changers

Dr. Jessica Steen

COPE Pending
Five Neuro-Ophthalmic Triage Decisions That Can Save a Life in the Optometric Clinic

Dr. Andrew Lee

COPE ID 71990-NO
Teams Work

Ms. Bess Ogden
COPE Pending
10:15-11:15 a.m.Overview of Injections in Eye Care

Dr. Brad Sutton

COPE Pending
What to Expect Pregnancy and the Eye
Dr. Jessica Steen
COPE Pending
Lead and Create Accountability Within Your Team
Ms. Bess Odgen
COPE Pending
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Taking the Mystery Out of Oral Medications
Dr. Brad Sutton
COPE Pending
Herpetic Eye Disease Acyclovir to Zoster
Dr. Jessica Steen
COPE Pending
Patient Schedule Optimization
Ms. Robin Elliott
COPE Pending
12:45-2:15 p.m.
President's luncheon and OAO Awards
2:30-3:30 p.m.Overview of Corneal Dystrophies
Dr. Brad Sutton
COPE Pending
Am I a Candidate for Refractive Surgery?
Dr. Bobby Saenz
COPE Pending
Is Your Doctor-To-Optician Baton Pass Effective?
Ms. Robin Elliott
COPE Pending
3:45-4:45 p.m.Scleral Lenses - Advanced Fitting Strategies/Complicated Cases
Dr. Jason Compton
COPE Pending
Cataract Surgery: Lasers and Lenses
Dr. Bobby Saenz
COPE Pending
Keys to Your Success
Ms. Robin Elliott
COPE Pending
5:00-6:00 p.m.Myopia Management - Decision Making
Dr. Jason Compton
COPE Pending
Crosslinking
Dr. Bobby Saenz
COPE Pending
Tour Our Dream Practice
Ms. Bess Ogden and Ms. Robin Elliott
COPE Pending
7:00-9:30 p.m.
Sponsored social events TBD

7:00-8:00 a.m.
Breakfast buffet
8:00-10:00 a.m.Retinal Vascular Occlusive Disease

Dr. Julie Rodman

COPE Pending
Children and Their Devices

Dr. Glen Steele

COPE ID 75705-FV
10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
AGM
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Sponsored lunch and lecture
2:00-3:00 p.m.OCT, OCTA, the What, When, How

Dr. Julie Rodman

COPE Pending
Baby Steps: Eye Care for Young Children

Dr. Glen Steele

COPE ID 74809-FV
3:15-4:15 p.m.Marketing for Specialty Lenses

Dr. Jason Compton

COPE Pending
Cosmetics, Esthetics and the Ocular Surface: Today's Dry Eye Disease is a Lifestyle Disease!

Dr. Roshni Echharam

COPE Pending

Lecture Descriptions and Handouts

  • Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • A Day with Williams Group Consulting
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022
TimeSpeakerTitleSession DescriptionHandout
7:30-8:30 AMTBDSponsored Plenary Lecture
8:45-10:45 AMDr. Anthony LitwakCurrent Concepts in GlaucomaThis course provides the clinician with the latest advances and technologies in glaucoma diagnosis and management. Topics will include when to initiate glaucoma treatment, how to identify glaucoma damage to the optic nerve, how to interpret OCT RNFL, GCA and visual field findings, and how avoid misinterpretations of the OCT findings. Case examples will be used to demonstrate state of the art glaucoma diagnosis and management.
8:45-10:45 AMDr. Mile BrujicAdvanced Dry Eye Diagnosis and ManagementDiagnostic and therapeutic strategies for dry eye has advanced tremendously over the last several years. This course will overview new contemporary strategies for dry eye management emphasizing its clinical utilization.
11:00 AM-12:00 PMDr. Anthony LitwakHow to Determine Glaucoma ProgressionThe most arduous process of glaucoma management may be determining when a patient has progressed with their disease and requires additional treatment. This course will review the various techniques to monitor a glaucoma patient for progression. Topics will include optic nerve and retinal nerve fiber layer photography, OCT progression analysis, and serial visual field interpretation. Cases will be presented to highlight pros and cons of each technique.
11:00 AM-12:00 PMDr. Mile BrujicDry Eye Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Pearls from the TrenchesWith the amount of current information available regarding dry eye disease, it can sometimes become overwhelming to assimilate into clinical meaningful ways. This course will highlight clinically applicable diagnostic and treatment pearls to optimize the outcomes for your dry eye patients.
TimeSpeakerTitleSession DescriptionHandout
8:00-10:00 AMDr. Jessica SteenTherapeutic Innovations The Game ChangersThis course will discuss the most recent therapeutic advancements in management of ocular disease with an emphasis on first in class medications and alternative routes of medication administration. Clinical applications and impact will be highlighted using case examples.
8:00-10:00 AMDr. Andrew LeeFive Neuro-Ophthalmic Triage Decisions That Can Save a Life in the Optometric ClinicIn a case-based format, this presentation will examine several neuro-ophthalmic entities with potential for significant morbidity ad mortality. Conditions discussed include giant cell arteritis, pituitary apoplexy, aneurysmal third nerve palsy, Horner syndrome and carotid dissection. Key features are presented to enable the clinician to correctly identify these conditions.
10:15-11:15 AMDr. Brad SuttonOverview of Injections in Eye CareOptometrists are legally permitted to utilize injections in the delivery of eye care services in many states. This overview of injections covers basic injectable concepts as well as injection types specific to the eye. Intralesional, peribulbar, sub-conjunctival, sub-tenon's, and intravenous injections are discussed in detail.
10:15-11:15 AMDr. Jessica SteenWhat to Expect Pregnancy and the EyeThis course discusses the necessary considerations for optometrists while managing patients who may be pregnant or breastfeeding. The treatment of acute and chronic ocular conditions using oral and topical medications will be highlighted, with a focus on risk-benefit evaluation. The role of the FDA in evaluating the safety and efficacy of medications in pregnant and nursing individuals will be evaluated. Additionally, maximizing the utility of available key resources for prescribers will be presented.
11:30 AM-12:30 PMDr. Brad SuttonTaking the Mystery Out of Oral MedicationsThis course covers the common oral medications prescribed by eye care practitioners including antibiotics, antivirals, pain medications and steroids. Emphasis is placed upon both pharmacological principals, and helping ODs to get comfortable with the clinical use and prescribing of each category of medication.
11:30 AM-12:30 PMDr. Jessica SteenHerpetic Eye Disease Acyclovir to ZosterThis course will provide an overview of the clinical aspects of herpetic eye disease including herpes simplex and herpes zoster. The diagnostic challenge of herpetic eye disease, current treatment trends and clinical pearls will be emphasized through case presentations.
2:30-3:30 PMDr. Brad SuttonOverview of Corneal DystrophiesThis course presents an overview of many inherited corneal dystrophies. Covered conditions include the following dystrophies: EBMD, Meeseman's, Reis-Buckler's, Granular, Macular, Lattice, Avellino, Fuch's, PPD, CHED, and others.
2:30-3:30 PMDr. Bobby SaenzAm I a Candidate for Refractive Surgery?This course will discuss the most up-to-date surgical co-management with an emphasis on the growing role of the optometrist. We will discuss how optometrists can more involve themselves in both the pre and postoperative care of their patients with regards to LASIK, SMILE, ICLs, and refractive lens exchange. Interactive cases, through electronic audience polling, will provide instantaneous feedback to optometrists as they are involved in surgical planning.
3:45-4:45 PMDr. Jason ComptonScleral Lenses - Advanced Fitting Strategies/Complicated CasesScleral lenses can be both rewarding and challenging for practitioners. Thankfully, improvements in designs and materials have made what would have previously been considered a challenging case much more manageable. This lecture will review various strategies to address some of your more complicated cases.
3:45-4:45 PMDr. Bobby SaenzCataract Surgery: Lasers and LensesThis course will discuss the most up-to-date surgical co-management with an emphasis on the growing role of the optometrist. The discussion will be focused on the latest lasers and lenses used in cataract surgery. Tips will be given on how successful education will lead to happier patients. Interactive cases, through electronic audience polling, will provide instantaneous feedback to optometrists, as they are involved in surgical planning.
5:00-6:00 PMDr. Jason ComptonMyopia Management - Decision MakingAs myopia management options become more common place in our practices, we find ourselves with multiple options to offer our patients. While this is beneficial, it can complicate the decision-making process. This lecture will review available options and help refine your personal myopia management algorithm.
5:00-6:00 PMDr. Bobby SaenzCrosslinkingThis interactive course will discuss the most up-to-date surgical treatment options for keratoconus. We will discuss how Optometrists can involve themselves more in both pre and post-operative care of keratoconus patients who are undergoing corneal cross-linking. Interactive cases, through electronic polling, will provide instantaneous feedback to optometrists, as they are involved in surgical decision planning.
12:30-1:45 PMSponsored lunch and lecture TBD
2:00-3:00 PMDr. Julie RodmanOCT, OCTA, the What, When, HowOCT has revolutionized our understanding of retinal disease. This lecture will provide a nuts-and-bolts approach using clinical cases to understand and interpret OCT. An introduction into OCTA including image acquisition, interpretation and clinical utility of this technology will be presented.
2:00-3:00 PMDr. Glen SteeleBaby Steps: Eye Care for Young ChildrenThis course addresses history and examination protocols for examining infants and young children. Clinical testing and pearls for examining and managing eye and vision conditions of children ages newborn to three years. The conditions most frequently encountered will be the primary focus.
3:15-4:15 PMDr. Jason ComptonMultifocal Contact Lenses - Fitting and Selling Strategies
3:15-4:15 PMDr. Roshni EchharamAesthetics
This program is open to both Optometric Assistants (OAs) and ODs. ODs may register for this series of lectures as a standalone or as part of a three-day symposium package.
TimeSpeakerTitleDescription
8:00-10:00 AMBess OgdenTeams Work COPE PendingMost new employees describe their training as “being thrown to the wolves”. Let’s change that! We will spend this session setting up an EFFECTIVE and CONSISTENT onboarding and training plan for each role in your office.
10:15-11:15 AMBess OgdenLead and Create Accountability Within Your Team COPE PendingWouldn’t it be refreshing if each of your team members trusted you to complete your business tasks in a timely and complete manner and YOU trusted them to do the same? Accountability is not out of reach! We’ll review nine simple systems in this session that you can implement as soon as you return to the office. Together they will improve accountability immediately, leading to a more enjoyable and effective work day for everyone.
11:30 AM-12:30 PMRobin ElliottPatient Schedule Optimization COPE PendingBecome a master in the art of schedule management. Take a deep dive, and learn what experts embrace to successfully manage the patient schedule from day to day, because… “Nothing else matters without patients.” Your schedule is the heartbeat of your practice. Let us give you the guidance to build a schedule that relieves the day-to-day stress and brings back the joy.
12:45-2:15 PMPresident's Luncheon and OAO Awards
2:30-3:30 PMRobin ElliottIs Your Doctor-To-Optician Baton Pass Effective? COPE PendingExceptional patient outcomes and an incredible experience hinge on whether a patient complies with the treatment plan you prescribe, especially in the optical. In this session, we’ll discuss key strategies for effectively transitioning the patient throughout the entire practice, with significant emphasis on the optician baton pass, culminating in a higher capture rate and greater patient satisfaction.
3:45-4:45 PMRobin ElliottKeys to Your Success COPE PendingLearn the 5 commonalities of successful optometrists, and the top 5 mistakes to avoid to keep the joy of being a part of this amazing industry in your life.
5:00-6:00 PMBess Ogden and Robin ElliottTour Our Dream Practice COPE PendingWilliams Group Consulting has enjoyed over 30 years of working with private optometric practices, so we’ve seen it all! What if we could take all the lessons we’ve learned from YOU and put them together into one ideal practice that exists in the near future?? In this final session, we will go through eight essential elements of our dream practice. YOUR task is to jot down your thoughts about your OWN ideal practice. We’ll wrap up our day by helping you create a map that will get you from HERE to THERE!
TimeSpeakerTitleSession DescriptionHandout
8:00-10:00 AMDr. Julie RodmanRetinal Vascular Occlusive DiseaseThis course will provide a general review of retinal vascular occlusive disease including the clinical manifestation. An understanding of who may be at risk for this disorder will be discussed. The lecture highlights the method for making the proper diagnosis, the management and follow-up schedule of RVO and RAO. Appropriate treatment and preferred practice guidelines will be presented.
8:00-10:00 AMDr. Glen SteeleChildren and Their DevicesThis course will address all issues of device use and present guidelines for helping parents manage childrens device use. Digital device use is exploding through the world. This generation that has grown up using devices is very new to our society. As adults, we use our phone and the internet for many everyday activities that most recently required a phone call and physically talking with a person. We view podcasts as preparation for or participation in a meeting. Information is available immediately available through search engines. Products and services, including food can be ordered and delivered in record speed through a phone app. The issues are starting young and prolonged use of such devices for gaming and social media. Guidelines for managing a young population who use devices for long periods at a time.
12:30-1:45 PMSponsored lunch and lecture TBD
2:00-3:00 PMDr. Julie RodmanOCT, OCTA, the What, When, HowOCT has revolutionized our understanding of retinal disease. This lecture will provide a nuts-and-bolts approach using clinical cases to understand and interpret OCT. An introduction into OCTA including image acquisition, interpretation and clinical utility of this technology will be presented.
2:00-3:00 PMDr. Glen SteeleBaby Steps: Eye Care for Young ChildrenThis course addresses history and examination protocols for examining infants and young children. Clinical testing and pearls for examining and managing eye and vision conditions of children ages newborn to three years. The conditions most frequently encountered will be the primary focus.
3:15-4:15 PMDr. Jason ComptonMarketing for Specialty LensesWe are very fortunate to have multiple marketing options for our specialty contact lens practices. This lecture will review how to market to your existing patients as well as how to find new ones. We will review traditional marketing strategies as well as review the new effective marketing trends for 2022.
3:15-4:15 PMDr. Roshni EchharamCosmetics, Esthetics and the Ocular Surface - Today's Dry Eye Disease is a Lifestyle Disease!This course will provide an overview of the various cosmetic and esthetic beauty trends seen today, from make-up ingredients to application to elective medical and non-medical procedures, societal and cultural challenges and the impact these have on dry eye disease. Key tips will be provided to help identify these multifactorial aesthetic risk factors and how to holistically manage these dry eye patients.

Fees

Optometrist (OD) Program for OAO Members*

 Early Bird Registration
by Feb. 18, 2022
Regular Registration
after Feb. 18, 2022
Full three days
April 1-3, 2022

$635$735
Friday
April 1 only

$320$400
Saturday
April 2 only

$390$470
Sunday
April 3 only

$320$400

Optometrist (OD) Program for Non-OAO Members

 Regular Registration
Full three days
April 1-3, 2022

$900
Friday
April 1 only

$500
Saturday
April 2 only

$550
Sunday
April 3 only

$500

A Day with Williams Group Consulting – open to both Optometric Assistants (OAs) and ODs

 Early Bird Registration
by Feb. 18, 2022
Regular Registration
after Feb. 18, 2022
Saturday, April 2, 2022 Optometric Assistant (OA) price$150$200
Saturday, April 2 only Optometrist price**
$390$470

**Saturday only price
ODs attending three-day symposium may choose A Day with Williams Group Consulting as an option on Saturday.

OD students – $100 (for full three days April 1-3, 2022)
InfoMart only – $75 (for Friday, April 1, 2022 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.)
AGM (for OAO members only) – free of charge

*Membership with the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) provides extensive and impactful benefits for your career including: reduced rates to attend the OAO symposium and InfoMart, access to high-quality, members-only online learning for continuing education credit, best-in-class comprehensive professional liability insurance, and personalized assistance on OHIP billing issues and government legislation. Click here for further information.

Note: Delegates must pay in full to confirm their registration and course selections. Any registrations without payment (pending) will be given 48 hours to provide payment otherwise the registrations will be removed from the system and delegates will need to re-register with payment.

Accommodations

Host Hotel

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites 
6361 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2G 3V9

Conference Venue

Niagara Falls Convention Centre (NFCC)  
6815 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2G 3V9

Click here to reserve your room at the exclusive OAO group rate

Contact Us

If you have any questions or other inquiries, please send us a message.  One of our team members will be happy to help.  

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