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Time is running out to select the sessions of your choice at Optometry’s Meeting®

June 10, 2012

From 3-D symposiums to interactive sessions, from breakfast and lunch educational sessions to hours of continuing education, Optometry’s Meeting® 2012 sets a new standard for cutting-edge presentations and events. So it should be no surprise that interest in these programs has been exceptionally high — and with seats being limited, many are already close to capacity.

That’s why now is the time not only to register for Optometry’s Meeting® attendance and housing, but also for the sessions that interest you most. While there will be on-site self-registration kiosks available starting June 27 at the Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton hotels and starting June 28 at McCormick Place, some sessions may already have reached seating capacity by then.

Complimentary Breakfast Symposiums

Our popular breakfast symposiums are rapidly filling up, so you’ll want to reserve your seat as quickly as possible.

Space is still available in the following courses you won’t want to miss. Register now to join our generous sponsors for these free-to-attend events:

  • Course B101 – “Creating a Comfortable Eye Care Experience for a Diverse Patient Base.” This symposium provides strategies that eye care professionals can use during each stage of the eye care experience to enhance patient communication and comfort, and to demonstrate their commitment to culturally appropriate vision care. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Transitions.
  • Course B102 – “Daily Disposable Contact Lenses: Offering Patients the Ultimate in Comfort & Convenience.” Daily disposable lenses represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the contact lens market in the United States. Gain a clear understanding of the benefits of daily disposable lenses and how to present this valuable option to patients in a compelling way. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bausch + Lomb.
  • Course B103 – “Innovations in Sight: Electronic Lens Technology.” You will learn about the latest technologies in optical, including electronic optics. The history of development, how the technologies work, optimal patient selection, what to present to patients, and how to best implement these new technologies will be discussed. Electronic eyewear has the potential to revolutionize how we practice, and gaining knowledge of these technologies could greatly benefit your practice and your patients. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pixel Optics.
  • Course B201 – “The Role of NSAIDs in Ocular Therapy.” Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) play a vital role in the management of pain and inflammation. This course will help you to understand their history, applications, and how to most effectively treat various ocular diseases where NSAIDs play a key role in the management of pain and inflammation. This insightful lecture will help you know which therapeutics to use in various disease processes and when NSAIDs may or may not be an ideal accompaniment or essential therapy. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from ISTA Pharmaceuticals.
  • Course B202 –“Clinical Pearls for Managing Glaucoma and Retinal Disease Using OCT.” Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an exciting imaging technology that has revolutionized our understanding of macular disease and has emerged as an important tool in the management of glaucoma. Spectral domain technology has taken us to even greater heights. This lecture will provide a nuts and bolts approach using cases to understanding and interpret the OCT as well as provide an update on the latest in spectral domain technology. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Carl Zeiss Meditec.
  • Course B203 – “Doctor-Driven Dispensing.” This symposium assists the optometrist with prescribing and recommending the vision corrections that will meet each patient’s vision and lifestyle needs. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Transitions.
  • Course B301 – “Corneal Staining: Fact or Fiction in the Contact Lens Practice and Beyond.” What are you really looking at when you put a stain on a contact lens patient’s eye? Is it a real disease or is it an artifact? Can it give me insights into the fitting of the contact or confuse matters? This course will shed light on the fluorescence of the corneal stain on contact lens patients. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bausch + Lomb.
  • Course B302 – “Fundus Autofluorescence and its Practical Applications.” This course will discuss the basics of fundus autofluorescence and how it can be used. Examples of patient images will be shown and compared to more traditional forms of imaging, including widefield imaging and OCT. Discus-sions of the findings will demonstrate why this now accessible technology is practical and will change patient management. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Optos.
  • Course B303 – “Medical Management of Ocular Surface Disease.” This course reviews the differential diagnosis of various presentations of ocular surface disease. This progressive condition can be managed with targeted treatment for the underlying causes of dry eye. Strategies for effective clinical decision-making and treatment will be discussed. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Allergan.

Learn while you lunch

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy lunch with some of our sponsors during Thursday’s Lunch Symposiums.

  • Lunch Symposium – “Medical Management of the Presbyopic Patient.” Sponsored by Alcon. Noon – 1 p.m. – McCormick Place West (Register for 0140)

The baby boomers are here! And their arrival means your practice has tremendous opportunities if you can properly manage the needs of these presbyopic patients. This course is designed to provide a better understanding of what these needs are and how to solve them. Presented by Chuck Aldridge, O.D., and Melanie Denton, O.D.

  • Lunch Symposium – “Overview of Lastacaft® (alcaftadine ophthalmic solution) 0.25%.” Featured speaker: Mark Dunbar, O.D.

“Overview of Restatis® (Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion) 0.05%.” Featured speaker: Marc Bloomenstein, O.D. Sponsored by Allergan Noon – 1 p.m. – McCormick Place West (register for 0150).

  • Lunch Symposium – “Expert Forum: Building Successful Practices Through Patient Referrals.” Sponsored by Vistakon®. Noon – 1 p.m. – McCormick Place West (register for 0160). Panel discussion leader: Lee Ball, O.D. This program will feature optometrists who have built successful practices by having happy patients as a core foundation of their success. These optometrists will share their experiences with contact lenses to help build a successful practice with happy patients who are loyal to their practice, referring others and returning in the future.

Also new this year with limited space still available are two Saturday Lunch Symposiums that provide a convenient setting to catch up on what’s new. Space is limited, so be sure to register early for either session.

  • “Tips to Maximize your Multifocal Soft Lens Fitting Success” will describe the various multifocal soft contact lens options for presbyopic patients. There will be a discussion of the features of these multifocal designs and an explanation of how to clinically evaluate and solve problems associated with each design. Sponsored by CooperVision.
  • “New Developments in Allergic Eye Disease Management and Treatment” will provide practical clinical pearls to the effective management of seasonal and perennial allergies, giant papillary conjunctivitis, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, and atopic keratoconjunctivitis. Sponsored by ISTA Pharmaceuticals.

Focus on success at the First Practice Academy™

If you’re beginning a new practice, or looking for a helpful refresher on practice management do’s and don’ts, the First Practice Academy™ sessions are designed just for you. But they’re filling fast, so make sure you’re registered today to assure your seat. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Alcon and Essilor.

  • Course F201 – “Marketing Your Practice Through Service.” On Friday, June 29, from 10 a.m. – noon, Kelly Kersick, O.D., will explain how to understand your patients by looking at how new companies with outstanding customer service understand their customers. The course will examine how to apply these lessons toward providing the ultimate patient experience in the eye care practice.
  • Course F202 – “Managing Finances to Increase Practice Equity.” On Friday, June 29, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Mark Wright, O.D., will help you learn how to focus on both spheres of your total practice. Key metrics from the practice profile will be reviewed, as well as national norms that provide benchmarks for practice performance. This course is COPE approved.
  • Course F301 – “Best Practice in Contact Lens Management and High Performance Dispensaries.” On Saturday, June 30, from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., Mark Rothschild, O.D., will present methods for increasing the profitability of contact lens prescribing and dispensing in the practice, define how to provide the highest quality frames and lenses with the most affordable options, and explore the benefits of investing in a high-performance optical.
  • Course F302 – “Leading Staff to Excellence.” On Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. – noon, Carole Burns, O.D., will help participants learn how to identify personality types and manage staff according to how well those types match up with various tasks. All aspects of staff hiring, firing and management will be addressed. COPE approval is pending.

Proof that it’s wise to register quickly

Our closing Saturday night gala at the Field Museum, “A Celebration of Optometry” sponsored by HOYA, is already sold out. However, we have started a waitlist for those who would still like to attend.

If you already registered for this event and no longer plan to attend, let us know so we can notify those on the waitlist!

Take your CE credits home with you

This year at Optometry’s Meeting®, you’ll be able to receive your CE credits earned on the spot, at our special kiosks on Level 1 of McCormick Place Convention Center near the CE session rooms.

You can access the evaluation system at the kiosks simply by scanning the barcode on your name badge. Your name will then appear on the left corner of the screen and following a few simple steps will enable you to obtain your certificates. Note that your license number is required.

The on-site evaluation system will be available from Thursday, June 28 through Saturday, June 30. Staff members will be available on-site to assist you and answer any questions.

You can also access the online evaluation system at your convenience for three months following the close of Optometry’s Meeting® 2012 – no later than Oct. 5. Use the online CE evaluation link at www.optometrysmeeting.org. Use your registration login to access the system, and then please follow the online instructions.

The ease of e-tickets and more

New for 2012, we’ve consigned printed session tickets to join paper airline tickets in the halls of yesteryear. When you register for a session, your badge will be scanned at the entrance to verify attendance — no printout required, nothing to forget.

We are also providing attendees with a choice of how to receive registration materials. You can have them mailed in advance or pick them up on-site so there’s one less item to remember to bring to Chicago. Watch your email for your preference form, and please reply as quickly as possible.

And there are more good things in store at this year’s conference. Stop by AOA Central to pick up a complementary tote bag, available to all professional attendees. It’s filled with multiple items that will help you enjoy Optometry’s Meeting® even more and includes:

  • Wine Passport for the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
  • Coupon Book for more than 30 great deals within the Exhibit Hall
  • Raffle Tickets for the Optometry’s Meeting® prize drawings on Thursday and Friday.

There’s no time like today to finalize your plans for attending Optometry’s Meeting® in Chicago. Register today at www.optometrysmeeting.org.

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