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Current Programs

Our programs are designed to provide a platform for clinicians and researchers to share the latest ideas, outcomes, and emerging practices.

Sharing Ideas

CE Programs and Lecture Series

Finding Keratoconus Before it Finds You: Keratoconus Certification CE Series

This CE series will review best practices for the treatment of keratoconus, the most commonly encountered form of irregular cornea, which has evolved over the last decade to include early detection and the use of collagen crosslinking and scleral lenses as treatment options. Experts in the field will share their management experiences and present new research findings in the keratoconus arena.

This will be an interactive webinar-based series that gives participants the chance to ask questions and engage with the instructors. Attendees will be awarded a certificate upon attendance of all four webinars.

Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays | 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm ET | Zoom

8 CE Credits | COPE Pending 

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10/19 – Detection and Progression of Keratoconus

  • Clark Chang, OD, MSc, FAAO, FSLS
  • Anita Gulmiri, OD, FAAO, FSLS

11/2 – Surgical Management with Keratoconus

  • Jason Brenner, MD
  • Samir Melki, MD, PhD
  • Vivian Yao, OD

11/16 – Contact Lens Management with Keratoconus

  • Brittney Mazza, OD
  • Jennifer Liao OD, FAAO, FSLS
  • Clark Chang, OD, MSc, FAAO, FSLS
  • Anita Gulmiri, OD, FAAO, FSLS

11/30 – Putting it all Together: Understanding the Legal Nuances of Keratoconus Management + Case-Based Journey of Patient Management

  • Gloria Chiu OD, FAAO, FSLS
  • Eric Conley OD, FAAO

VA Healthcare Lectures

Our VA Healthcare System Lectures are presented by VA/ NECO optometry residents. It is a partnership between NECO, VA Boston Healthcare System, and other VA Medical Centers.

Winter VA Residency CE Lectures 

Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Nov 4

“Thyroid Eye Disease” – Dr. Tiffany Pasqua, OD

“Skull Base Basics: Diplopia & Other Considerations” – Dr. Jaclyn Lopez, OD

Nov 11 – No Rounds (Veterans Day)

Nov 18

“Neurotrophic & Microbial Keratitis” – Dr. Adam Provost

“Shock-Associated Ischemic Optic Neuropathy” – Dr. Iva Hohxa

Nov 25 – No Rounds (Thanksgiving)

Dec 2

“Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency” –  Dr. Divya Pillai

“A Disappearing Act: Acute Vertical Diplopia” – Dr. Muna Mohamed

Dec 9

“Squamous Cell Carcinoma” –  Dr. Pratima Gautam

Topic TBD – Dr. Alexandra Goralski

Dec 16 – Dr. Asha Meloottu and Dr. Adam Provost

Past lecture topics have included:

Limbal Cell Deficiency                                                                                                                      Jacqueline Kowal, OD

Review of Anterior Scleritis                                                                                                              Jasmin Geevarghese, OD

Cystoid Macular Edema                                                                                                                           Olivia Turner, OD

Prostate Cancer and the Eye                                                                                                               Sean Dennis, OD

Varicella-Zoster Virus Neuropathy                                                                                                    Emily Laga, OD

Macular Microvascular Ischemia                                                                                                          Allyx Beaulier, OD

Pachychoroid Neovasculopathy                                                                                                            Raymond Farmer, OD

Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy                                                                                            Michaela Temple, OD

Myasthenia Gravis and its Ocular Manifestation                                                                                  Tommy Cung, OD

When Ocular Disease Becomes Low Vision: Misconceptions and Management                      Lauren Thamel, OD

Anterior Uveitis & Ciliary Body Melanoma
Michaela Temple, OD and Allyx Beaulier, OD

Retinal Arterial Occlusive Disorders & Ophthalmic Complications of Herpes/Herpes Mimickers Sean Dennis, OD and Jacqueline Kowal, OD

Contact Rachel C. Druckenbrod, OD, FAAO, Tak Chau, OD, or Kevin Toolin, OD.

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Diabetic Macular Edema: How Frontline Providers Can Become Instrumental in Enhancing Access to Treatment for Every Patient

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is the most common cause of vision loss in patients with diabetes. There is a growing need for people with diabetic eye disease to obtain appropriate screening, prompt diagnosis, and access to treatment. Join us for this free CME program produced in partnership with PlatformQ Health is designed to ensure optometrists recognize the negative implications of delayed treatment and the burden that DME places on patients and caregivers.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET

This session will be available for on-demand viewing immediately following the live session.

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Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Apply current evidence-based screening recommendations for DME
  • Describe multidisciplinary approaches to help patients access eye examination for DME detection and wholistic diabetes care with a focus on strategies to improve access and care for under-resourced communities
  • Discuss the rationale and urgent need for optometrists to work collaboratively with ophthalmologists to confirm a diagnosis of DME early and facilitate access to treatment
  • Recognize the promise of the growing pipeline for management of DME to maintain or improve visual acuity and reduce the need for frequent injection                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Featured Speakers:
  • Pamela A. Lowe, OD, FAAO, Dipl. ABO
    Past Chair, AOA Contact Lens Cornea Section
    Diplomate, American Board of Optometry
    Vision Source Medical Director, Chicago
    Director, Professional Eye Care Center, Inc.
  • Rishi P. Singh, MD
    Staff Physician, Cleveland Clinic Florida
    President, Cleveland Clinic Martin North and South Hospital
  • Nita Patel Sinha
    Director, Public Health
    Prevent Blindness
  • Serena Valentine, MBA-HCM
    Executive Director at CORE initiative and Diabetes Peer Educator
    Patient Presenter

Research Lectures

In our Research Lecture Series, vision scientists  present their latest research and engage in open discussions. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to open the series to the public.

Past lectures have included:

Test-enhanced learning in continuing health sciences education
Meghan McConnell

Binocular rivalry
Jan Skerswetat

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Taylor or Drew Briggs.