Wednesday, April 11th

Ortho-K Boot Camp for Newcomers - Part 1

( CE hours pending COPE approval )

Moderator: Thomas J. Weshefsky, OD, FIAO


7:00 am - 12:30 pm 


* Please Note - Breakfast and Lunch are not included with registration Wednesday. 

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

The Ortho-K Lens:  How and Why It Works 

Thomas J. Weshefsky, OD, FIAO

This lecture will discuss the anatomy of an Ortho-K lens and review how its shape creates the desired outcome.  And will also answer the questions - How does the design control myopia?  Is Ortho-K safe?

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm

Fitting the Ortho-K Lens Part 1 - Getting Started 

Matthew Martin, OD, FIAO

This lecture will introduce: patient selection, warning discussions, data to be collected, equipment for collection, contracts, solutions, supplies and incorporating Ortho-K into practice.  

1:45 pm - 2:10 pm

Fitting the Ortho-K Lens Part 2 - Lens On The Eye

 Matthew Martin, OD, FIAO

This lecture will introduce the three methods of fitting an Ortho-K lens, and what data is needed to evaluate any Ortho-K fit.

2:10 pm - 2:35 pm

The Ortho-K Contract: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Patient 

Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAO

A well designed informed consent contract is essential to the Ortho-K treatment process.  It insures that your patient understands all of the details as well as their role in the fitting process. 

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2:35 pm - 2:55 pm


Sponsored By The American Academy of Orthokeratology And Myopia Control

2:55 pm - 4:40 pm

Wet Lab 

Multiple Presenters:  TBD

Several lens manufacturers will video the fitting of a patient with their lens.  Participants will be shown how the initial lens is selected and then how this lens is evaluated and changed based on the fit.  They will show us how they select their initial lens based on maps, RX and other demographic variables, then they will evaluate the fit and make changes until the final lens is selected. These patients will then be re-evaluated after the first night of wear to determine the success of the fit and to make any necessary changes.

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm

The Box: Jump Out of it, Stomp on it and Kick it Down the Stairs! 

Rob Gerowitz, OD, FIAO

By doing something only a very small percentage of your colleagues around the world do, and by being on the front lines in the battle against progressive myopia, you will be able to provide for your family by keeping your practice's financial footing on solid ground.   The question is:  Are you ready to make your practice one that's centered around Ortho-K? 

Thursday, April 12th

Ortho-K Boot Camp for Newcomers - Part 2

( CE hours pending COPE approval )

Moderator:  Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAO


6:30 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast  

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast and Breakfast Seminar:

Myopia control with the OCULUS Pentacam® AXL


 Dr. Gary Gerber

Utilizing the Pentacam® AXL axial length measurements, topography and ortho-k designs.

8:00 am - 8:25 am

Corneal Topography:  How to Capture Terrific, Useful Images  


The first part of a two part session.  This is a 25 minute course on capturing the optimal pre and post treatment topographies. The various capture considerations and options will be reviewed.  

8:25 am - 10:30 am

Corneal Topography Wet Lab


Participants will break into 3 groups.  Groups will participate in capturing maps on each other.  Experts will then evaluate the maps and provide suggestions to improve the information gathered. 

This is the second part of a two part session.  This course will provide attendees with hands on training using a variety of instruments.  Each attendee will rotate through the different instrument stations in order to have a broad range of perspective on the various technologies, functions and methods available.  Instructors will guide the users through the hands on section to improve the attendees comfort level with these critical instruments in Orthokeratology treatment.  


10:30 am - 10:50 am


Sponsored by Bausch & Lomb

10:50 am - 11:40 am

Corneal Topography:  An Essential Orthokeratology Tool - Pre and Post Treatment


This course will describe the practical application of corneal topography in the Orthokeratology treatment process.  Attendees will learn to take optimal maps for lens construction, diagnose poor candidates prior to treatment and determine the optimal lens designs to dispense based on the corneal shape.  Then heavy emphasis will be placed on the post treatment analysis and how to improve outcomes.  

11:40 am - 12:05 pm

Ortho-K Studies 

Rob Gerowitz, OD, FIAO

A survey of the science supporting the efficacy of Ortho-K 

12:05 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall 

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

Myopia Control Protocol

Thomas J. Weshefsky, OD, FIAO

2:20 pm - 3:10 pm

Troubleshooting the Orthokeratology Fit

Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAO and Matthew Martin, OD, FIAO

Learn how to recognize and deal with adverse physiological responses and less than optimal lens positions that can present during the process of fitting an Ortho-K lens. 


3:10 pm - 3:30 pm


Sponsored By Paragon Vision Sicences

3:30 pm - 3:55 pm

Ortho-K Eye-Q

Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAO and Matthew Martin, OD, FIAO

Show off your newly acquired lens knowledge with a rapid fire series of Ortho-K cases. 

3:55 pm - 4:45 pm

Integrating Orthokeratology for Dummies 

Nick Despotidis, OD, FIAO

Orthokeratology is not a contact lens fit; treating it as such can have negative effects on your practice and ultimately lead to frustration.  Lean the intricacies of integrating this powerful service into your practice, optimizing your efforts and overall practice fulfillment.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall 

Sponsored by Coopervision Specialty Eyecare Division

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7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 Evening Party

Sponsored by the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control

Friday, April 13th

VBD Friday - Sunday 

VBD Main Session - Day 1

CE hours pending COPE approval )


6:30 am - 7:30 am

Registration and Breakfast 

7:00 am - 7:20 am

Breakfast and Breakfast Seminar

The five non-negotiable steps you must take to get the most from VBD

Dr. Gary Gerber


7:20 am - 7:50 am

Breakfast and Breakfast Seminar

Is it Possible to Achieve 96% Fitting Success with an Ortho-K Lens?

Maria Liu, OD,PhD, MPH. MBA, FAAO
Peter Chen, MD,

Two of the industry’s top opinion leaders share their experiences and success rates fitting patients in high-volume environments.


7:50 am - 8:00 am

Introduction and State of the Union / Welcome Address

Scientific Session - Part 1 (8:00 am - 9:15 am)

Chair:  Sami G. El Hage, OD, PhD, DSc, FIAO, FAAO, FAAOMC, FAAAS

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Professor Donald T.H. Tan, FRCSG, FRCSE, FRCOphth

Myopia Control with Atropine – The ATOM Trials and Beyond

This lecture will discuss on the use of atropine eyedrops to reduce myopia progression in children, with a focus on the long term efficacy and safety of this mode of myopia control therapy.

9:15 am - 9:35 am


Sponsored By Paragon Vision Sciences


Scientific Session - Part 2 (9:35 am - 11:40 am)  

Chair:  Sami G. El Hage, OD, PhD, DSc, FIAO, FAAO, FAAOMC, FAAAS

9:35 am - 10:25 am

Visual Regulation of Refractive Development: Implications for Myopia

Earl L Smith III, O.D., Ph.D.

This presentation will summarize the operating characteristics of the vision-dependent mechanisms that regulate emmetropization, discuss their implications for slowing myopia progression and address how outdoor and indoor scenes could influence refractive development.

10:25 am - 11:15 am

Evidence-based Updates on Management of Progressive Myopia

Yue (Maria) Liu, OD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FAAO, FIAO

A scientific update on the evidence-based treatment options for myopia control will be discussed in this course, with focus on novel contact lens based treatments.

11:15 am - 11:40 am

Orthokeratology of Children with Myopic Anisometropia

Professor Peiying Xie, MD, PhD, FIAO & Helen Changmin Duan, OD, FIAO, M.D., M.S.

This lecture will give the attendees some information that  the value of use Orthokeratology for  children myopic anisometropia. Before and after the orthokeratology the  UVA and BCVA, the change of diopter and binocular vision were observed.

11:40 am - 1:40 pm

Lunch Break - In the Exhibit Hall 

1:40 pm - 2:30 pm

Keynote Address / Innovations in Optometry

Fix the Gut, Fix the Brain & Fix the Body by practicing like an Orthokeratologist

Peter Wilcox, OD, FIAO

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Corneal Biomechanics As They Apply To Ortho-K

Edward Chow, OD, FIAO
Corneal biomechanics such as the hysteresis and resistance factor vary from different individuals. By understanding their nature and values, forces applied can be implemented accordingly in lens designs for effective ortho-k and myopia control effect.

Myopia Control Options

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm

Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses for Myopia Management

Sally M. Dillehay, OD, EdD, FAAO
This lecture will examine the use of soft multifocal contact lenses as one intervention for myopia management of patients.

3:45 pm - 4:35 pm

The Power of Ortho-K Simulation: SoftOK Soft Lens and In-Vivo Evaluation of Its Optics For Myopia Control

Arthur Tung

4:35 pm - 5:00 pm

Optimizing Orthokeratology for Myopia Control 

Langis Michaud O.D. M.SC. FAAO (Dipl) FSLS FBCLA FEAOO

This lecture will explore why orthokeratology (OK) contact lenses can influence myopia progression and axial length growth. It will explore what are the key factors to consider in customizing OK lens designs. Finally it will address how to evaluate and improve the clinical outcome.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall 


Sponsored by Euclid Systems Corporation





Saturday, April 14th

VBD Main Session - Day 2

( CE hours pending COPE approval )


6:30 am - 7:55 am

Registration and Breakfast 

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7:00 am - 7:30 am

Breakfast and Breakfast Seminar

Myopia Management in Your Practice with Euclid Emerald Lenses – the Treehouse Eyes Experience.

Gary Gerber, OD

Dr. Gerber will present his experience using the Emerald Lens in his practice, Treehouse Eyes. a unique setting, dedicated to Myopia Management in children. 



7:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast and Breakfast Seminar

"Scleral Lenses for Irregular Corneas and Other Challenging Visual Conditions including Ocular Surface Disease" 

Shelley Cutler, OD, FAAO

Dr. Cutler shares her experience on how to manage ocular surface disease and other challenging visual conditions with scleral lenses.  


Ortho-K Beyond Boot Camp (8:00 am - 10:30 am)

8:00 am - 8:25 am

Now that I bought a Topographer, what do I do with it?


This course will provide new and experienced practitioners alike with an understanding of how to optimize the use of their topographers in orthokeratology practice.  Recent research has created a new understanding of how we should analyze Ortho-K candidates pre-fit and what to look for post fit to maximize myopia control outcomes.

8:25 am - 9:15 am

Basic Principles of Lens Design - NAFL Pattern Analysis - Taking Trial Fitting to the Next Level

Patrick Caroline, FAAO, FCLSA, FIAO

While much has been written about the use of orthokeratology for myopia control in children, there is often confusion surrounding the actual fitting of OK lenses so as to achieve an optimum myopia control effect.  This lecture will describe techniques for designing and evaluating the initial OK lens.

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Topography Based Ortho-K Lens Design

Thomas J. Weshefsky, OD, FIAO, Marino Formenti, OD, FIAO and Jagrut Lallu, MSc

We will be presenting the principles of topography based Ortho-K lens design, the pro’s and cons.  The various types of lenses that can be designed and the two design platforms that are available in the United States.

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10:30 am - 10:50 am


Sponsored by Euclid Systems Corporation

10:50 am - 12:50 pm

Manufacturers Seminars

Attendees choose which seminar they want to attend in each time slot.

For more information about these seminars CLICK HERE

TIME SLOT A: 10:50 am - 11:20 am
Euclid Systems Corporation - LAKE HIGHLAND A
Blanchard  - LAKE HART A
iMatrix -  LAKE SHEEN A

TIME SLOT B: 11:20 am - 11:50 am
Orthotool  - LAKE SHEEN B

TIME SLOT C: 11:50 am - 12:20 pm
EyeSpace  - LAKE HART A
Bausch & Lomb - LAKE LUCERNE
Boston Sight  - LAKE SHEEN A
Visionary Optics - LAKE NONA A

TIME SLOT D: 12:20pm - 12:50 pm
Myopia Institute  - LAKE SHEEN B
Art Optical -  LAKE HART B
Synergeyes  - LAKE NONA B

12:50 pm - 2:50 pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall 

Advanced Ortho-K

Moderator:  Paul Levine, OD, FIAO

2:50 pm - 3:40 pm

Ortho-K for Astigmatism

Jaume Paune, OD, MVSC, PhD, FIAO
This lecture will cover the advanced fitting higher than average astigmats, mixed astigmats and the undercorrection of the steep meridian in a refractive vs. corneal cylinder patient. Pearls are designed for the average orthokeratologist.

Toric Orthokeratology - Let’s do this!

Jagrut Lallu MSc Specialty Contact lenses, Bachelor of Optometry (Honours), TPA, Authorised Glaucoma Prescriber
This lecture will teach the basics of approaching toric orthokeratology. It will describe the appropriate assessment of toric patients with respect to the evidence based medicine and appropriate optics selection when designing lenses.

3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

High Myopia

Juan Bolivar, OD, FIAO
This lecture will give attendees knowledge about the features thatOrthokeratology has when fitting high myopia patients, helping them to improve their management skills, even when high myopia mixes with astigmatism.

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4:30 pm - 4:50 pm


Sponsored by The American Academy of Orthokeratology And Myopia Control

Practice Management (4:50 pm - 6:55 pm)

4:50 pm - 6:05 pm

The Business of Myopia Control Business

Justin Bazan, OD, Alan N. Glazier, OD, FAAO & Andrew Morgenstern, OD, FAAO

This lecture teaches how to market, grow and compete with a myopia specialty practice in a changing landscape where others than ODs will soon be vying for your myopia control business.

6:05 pm - 6:30 pm

Internal Marketing

John Abdella, OD, FIAO

6:30 pm - 6:55 pm

Getting them to Say Yes

Rob Gerowitz, OD, FIAO

Too often we as doctors know what’s best for our patients but have difficulty communicating it and getting the patient’s agreement. This talk will demonstrate how to talk to parents about Ortho-K.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

AAOMC Membership Meeting

Sunday, April 15th

VBD Main Session - Day 3

( CE hours pending COPE approval)


7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:40 am

Myths and Facts about Scleral Lenses

Langis Michaud O.D. M.SC. FAAO (Dipl) FSLS FBCLA FEAOO

This lecture will explore myths and facts about scleral lenses, including new findings in corneal response to hypoxic stress generated by scleral lens wear, origin and nature of residual refractive astigmatism, usage of oblate lens designs on prolate corneas, and clinical impact of customizing peripheral curve system of scleral lenses.

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9:40 - 10:00 am


Sponsored by The American Academy of Orthokeratology And Myopia Control

10:00 am - 11:40 am

What Makes a Scleral Lens Fit Physiological?  Key Important Factors to Consider 

Alan Kwok, OD, FAAO, FSLS,  Muriel Schornack, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Christine W. Sindt, OD, FAAO, FSLS and Meng C. Lin, OD, PhD
This lecture will address important aspects of scleral lens fitting that lead to physiological endpoints at the ocular surface. It will teach what parameters are important to promote ocular health. 

11:40 am - 12:10 pm

Scleral Contact Lens Fitting using the Newly Developed Corneal-Scleral Imaging Modality for the OCULUS Pentacam 

Helga Seiler

12:10 - 12:30

Closing Words

12:30 pm

Conference Ends