Wednesday, May 15th - Boot Camp Part 1

Ortho-K Boot Camp for Newcomers - Part 1

(3.5 CE Hours Pending Approval)

Moderator: Thomas J. Weshefsky, OD, FIAOMC

8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Registration - You can pick up your badge anytime before session starts - session begins at 12:00 pm

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

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

The Ortho-K Lens:  How and Why It Works 

Thomas J. Weshefsky, OD, FIAOMC

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

12:50 pm - 1:40 pm

Fitting the Ortho-K Lens Part 1 - Getting Started 

Matthew Martin, OD, FIAOMC

Learn about Ortho-K specific equipment required, candidate selection, data to collect and schedule integration.

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

 Matthew Martin, OD, FIAOMC

This lecture will introduce the three methods of fitting an Ortho-K lens, and what data is needed to evaluate any Ortho-K fit. How will you fit your lenses? Through trial fitting, topography-based design or the empirical method? Learn how to use NAFL and other date to evaluate the fit.

1:40 pm - 2:05 pm

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

Linh Dang, OD, FIAOMC

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. 

2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

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

Rob Gerowitz, OD, FIAOMC

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? 

3:20 pm - 5:00 pm

Manufacturers Presentations

Multiple Presenters:  TBD

Highlights of each manufacturers lens and how to fit.

Thursday, May 16th - Boot Camp Part 2

Ortho-K Boot Camp for Newcomers - Part 2

(5.5 CE Hours Pending Approval)

Moderator:  Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAOMC

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast  

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast Seminars - Presenters TBD

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Medmont Highlights


Most newcomers to Ortho-K and myopia control do not own a topographer.  Trying to decide which one to purchase is daunting.  Learn about all the features the Medmont topographer has to offer.

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Oculus Keratograph Highlights

Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO

Hear about the unique features that the Oculus Keratograph has to offer.   You can’t go wrong with either topographer, it just depends which “bells and whistles” you value.

9:00 am - 9:25 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.  

9:25 am - 10:15 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.  

10:15 am - 10:35 am


10:35 am - 11:00 am

Topography EyeQ

Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO

A fast-paced review of what you have just learned about how to take maps, which maps to use and how to interpret the data.  You will be presented with a slide, a question and several answers.  Chose the best answer and see if you are right. 

11:00 am - 11:25 am

Topography Q + A Panel Discussion  

Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO, Randy Kojima FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIAOMC and Matthew Martin, OD, FIAOMC

Topography is essential to the design and outcome of Ortho-K.  After this morning’s lectures you are bound to have questions.  This panel of experts will be there to answer every question you have.  This will be an interactive session, so don’t be shy – there are no silly questions.

11:25 am - 11:50 am

Myopia Control Protocol Part 1

Thomas J. Weshefsky, OD, FIAOMC

The myopia epidemic is serious.  Learn about its prevalence and increase world-wide.  The physical, social and emotional impact on patients will be discussed.  

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall 

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

Myopia Control Protocol Part 2

Thomas J. Weshefsky, OD, FIAOMC

Learn how to integrate myopia control procedures into your examination. Control methods using lenses, behavioral and environmental changes and pharmaceuticals will be detailed.

2:20 pm - 3:10 pm

Troubleshooting the Orthokeratology Fit

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

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 - 3:35 pm


3:35 pm - 4:00 pm

Ortho-K Eye-Q

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

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

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

Integrating Orthokeratology for Dummies 

Nick Despotidis, OD, FIAOMC

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 Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall 

Thursday, May 16th - Pre-Conference Session

Myopia Management Symposium
(Pre-Conference Session)

(3.5 CE Hours Pending Approval)

Moderator:  Dr Langis Michaud optométriste, M.Sc. FAAO (Dipl)

2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

What Do You Need In Your Practice To Manage Myopia Successfully?  

Andrew Morgenstern, OD

A real-life scenario lecture where we explore the basic information practitioners need to understand about myopia control. Discussion will also include what kind of instrumentation, setting, staff training, documents, parents’ information, etc. practitioners need to start/upgrade their myopia control clinic.  

2:25 pm - 3:15 pm

The Montreal Experience: A Look At What Is Working, What Is Not Working, For Whom and When?

Dr Langis Michaud optométriste, M.Sc. FAAO (Dipl)

This is a retrospective analysis of the 650 charts of patients enrolled and followed at Université de Montréal for the last 5 years. Data includes success rate by gender (M/F), ethnical background (Asian/Caucasian), methods (OK, soft, multifocal, atropine) and myopia level (low-moderate-severe). Lessons learned from these experiences and how to improve our myopia management based on these findings will be discussed.

3:15 pm - 4:05 pm

My Best Cases: A Myopia Control Grand Round

Dr Langis Michaud optométriste, M.Sc. FAAO (Dipl) and Andrew Morgenstern, OD

Each speaker will briefly present reports of their best cases and will explore how we can manage the most challenging patients.

4:05 pm - 4:55 pm

The Business of Myopia Control Business

Alan Glazier, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall 

Friday, May 17th - General Session Day 1

VBD Main Session - Day 1

(CE Hours TBD)

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast 

7:00 am - 7:30 am

Breakfast Seminars - Presenter TBD

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Introduction and State of the Union / Welcome Address

Scientific Session - Part 1 (8:00 am - 12:05 pm)

(COPE hours TBD)

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

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Cynthia Roberts, PhD

Corneal Biomechanics and Orthokeratology

8:45 am - 9:30 am

Trends and Future in Corneal Refractive Surgery

Yanis Aslanidis, MD

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Topic TBD

Earl L. Smith, OD, PhD

10:00 am - 10:30 am

The Analysis and Practice of National Strategy of Student Myopia Control

Lu Fan MD. OD. Prof. Wenzhou Medical University

The high prevalence of student myopia, as a growing tendency, is a worldwide story; however, this phenomenon is particularly significant in China. The year of 2018 sees the strategy of student myopia control be incorporated into the national work plan, followed by related projects and advocates. These questions are to be answered: what is it, and how to implement.

10:30 am - 10:50 am


10:50 am - 11:20 am

Topic TBD

11:20 am - 11:35 am

Sutureless Techniques for Pterygium Removal with Graft

Michelle Rhee, MD

11:35 am - 11:50 am

Topic TBD

11:50 am - 12:05 pm

Topic TBD

Speaker TBD

12:05 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

Keynote: The State of Vision Care and the Role of Myopia Control

Nick Despotidis, OD, FIAOMC

2:25 pm - 3:15 pm

Advances in Treatment Strategies for Myopia Control - What the Clinician Needs to Know

Randy Kojima, FAAO, FSLS, FIAOMC and Pat Caroline, FAAO

3:15 pm - 3:40 pm

Small Vs. Large Treatment Zones in Ortho-K

Randy Kojima, FAAO, FSLS, FIAOMC and Pat Caroline, FAAO

3:40 pm - 4:05 pm

What Decentration is a Problem in Ortho-K?

Randy Kojima, FAAO, FSLS, FIAOMC and Pat Caroline, FAAO

4:05 pm - 4:25 pm


4:25 pm - 4:50 pm


Jeffrey Cooper, OD, FAAO

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

Awards Ceremony

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall 

Saturday, May 18th - General Session Day 2

VBD Main Session - Day 2

(6.5 CE Hours Pending Approval)

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast 

7:00 am - 7:30 am

Breakfast Seminar - Topic TBD

7:30 - 8:00

Breakfast Seminar - Topic TBD

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Vendor Announcements

8:10 am - 9:00 am

Axial Length

Thomas Aller, OD, FBCLA

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Ortho-K 401 (Advanced Track)

Marino Formenti, OD, FIAOMC

Ortho-K 201 (Beginner Track)

Speaker TBD

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Manufacturers Seminars

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

For more information about these seminars CLICK HERE (Information Coming Soon!)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall 

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Fellowship Announcement

2:15 pm - 3:05 pm

Practice Management

Gary Gerber, OD

3:05 pm - 3:30 pm

Topic TBD

Oliver Woo, FIAOMC

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm


3:45 pm - 4:35 pm

Topic TBD

Jaume Paune, OD, MVSC, PhD, FIAOMC

4:35 pm - 5:00 pm

A Novel Device to Monitor Individual Visual Hygiene for Myopia Control

Helen Duan, OD, FIAOMC

Learn about a unique behavioral apparatus that can help monitor a child’s myopigenic activities. This device hooks on the temple of a child’s glasses monitoring individual behavior.  It will provide a vibration warning for poor posture and when excessive near work reaches it’s time limit.  Learn how this is being used in in China and other parts of the world. 

5:00 pm - 5:25 pm

Ortho-K and Culturally Specific Tips

Monica Allison, OD

The world is filled with people of different cultures.  They have unique needs, experiences, concerns, practices, expressions, behaviors and languages.  When presenting myopia control options you need to be sensitive to these differences and customize your approach.  Learn valuable tips that will help your patients (especially Asian) embrace myopia control.

5:25 pm - 5:50 pm

How to Present or Defend Myopia Control and It’s Options to Ophthalmology

Jeff Ward, OD, FIAOMC

Let’s face it, many of our ophthalmology brother and sisters have come to support us, but many more still harbor misconceptions about optometry, Ortho-K and myopia control.    Learn how to educate and diffuse these concerns.

5:50 pm - 6:15 pm

Topic TBD

Speaker TBD

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

AAOMC Membership Meeting

Sunday, May 19th - General Session Day 3

VBD Main Session - Day 3

(4.5 CE Hours Pending Approval)

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Free Papers Session

Scleral Sunday Session - (8:50 am - 10:10 am)

(COPE hours TBD)

Moderator:  Dr Langis Michaud optométriste, M.Sc. FAAO (Dipl)

8:50 am - 9:15 am

New Findings, New Research and New Terminology: Where is the Science?

Michael Lipson, OD

A literature review of the most interesting articles published in 2018 and a few words on terminology as adopted by the SLS (Scleral Lens Society) recently.  

9:15 am - 10:10 am

Scleral Lens Troubleshooting Grand Rounds  

Maria Walker, OD and Dr Langis Michaud optométriste, M.Sc. FAAO (Dipl)

This discussion will cover basic and not so basic issues in sclerals (fogging, visual acuity (HOA vs. residual astigmatism, lens decentration, lens behaviour on the eye, overall diameter vs. primary functional one, where the lens lands) etc.

10:10 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:20 am

Life After Scleral Lenses

Michael Lipson, OD, Maria Walker, OD and Dr Langis Michaud optométriste, M.Sc. FAAO (Dipl)

Each presenter will discuss one case where sclerals may not be considered the optimal option (low endo cell count - graft, IOP, KC with good VA in glasses, etc.) The goal is to open discussion about the risks/benefits and the limits of every technology, including sclerals.

11:20 am - 11:45 am

The Economics of Myopia Control - Everyone Wins

Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAOMC

The myopia epidemic is a serious public health issue.  Joining the fight will set you apart from other doctors providing you with practice independence.  There is a right and wrong way to implement this business strategy.  Come learn how others have avoided the pitfalls and created a winning business model.   

11:45 am - 12:10 pm

Panel Discussion

Various Presenters

12:30 pm

Conference Ends