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NECO Alumni Focus on Retinal Dilemmas

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, New England College of Optometry finished its 2015-2016 Sunday Seminar Series with great success.

This final program, Retinal Dilemmas….Now What?,  featured NECO alumni Steven Ferrucci, OD ’94, Chief, Optometry Sepulveda VA, Professor SCCO/MBKY, and Baharak Asefzadeh, OD ’03, MS, FAAO, Boston, VA Healthcare System.

Drs. Ferrucci and Asefzadeh shared their experiences in managing and co-managing unique retinal cases.  They noted that the increased scope of practice, coupled with expanded use of technology in primary ophthalmic care continues to be both challenging and rewarding for practitioners.

Dr. Ferrucci and Dr. Cavallerano in front of group.

Dr. Ferrucci presented the two morning lectures. The first presentation, “Co-Management of Vitreoretinal Disorders,” addressed issues such as Diabetic Retinopathy, NPDR, CSME, AMD, AREDS, VMT, Macular Hole and Retinal Vein Occlusions.  His second lecture, titled, “Posterior Segment Disease Challenges,” explored Pigmented Fundus Lesions, an update on Diabetic Retinopathy and Age-related Macular Degeneration, and Vitreoretinal Disorders.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Asefzadeh engaged attendees with a “Retinal Grand Rounds” format, to illustrate the importance and value of OCT and other diagnostic imaging technologies. Dr. Asefzadeh emphasized the importance of taking an evidence-based approach to patient care and used case studies to illustrate current trends in diagnosis, recognizing the impact of risk factors, and applying a contemporary approach to treatment for:  Vitremacular Traction Syndrome, Pt M, PTS, DME, Autofluorescence, and Central Serous Shorioretinopathy.

Dr. Ferrucci talking to group in lecture hall.

The five hour program stressed the important role ODs serve in taking care of diabetic patients, with emphasis on patient education, dilated retinal examinations, and prompt referral to a retinal specialist for treatable retinopathy.  Over 75 optometrists participated in this all-encompassing event and offered the following reviews:

This was an outstanding program.

Excellent presentation. Cases presented were very informative and I will take back (information) to my practice.

Clinically pertinent and the right mix of academics and interactive participation.

Highly relevant information. Both speakers and sessions were very engaging.

The Sunday Seminar Series is sponsored in part by the Alumni Association. The series offers professional continuing education with expert lecturers and clinicians on a variety of optometric topics. Each Sunday program is comprised of five-six hours of COPE certified continuing education intended to augment clinical skills and promote excellence in patient care.