Friday, May 17th - General Session Day 1

VBD Main Session - Day 1

(7 Hours of Continuing Education)

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast 

7:00 am - 7:30 am - Breakfast Seminar


Maximizing Myopia Success with Euclid Toric

Speaker: Sheila Morrison, OD, MS

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Opening Remarks 

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

Moderator:  Sami El Hage, OD, PhD, DSc, FIAOMC

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Biomechanics of the Cornea

Cynthia Roberts, PhD

The corneal is a viscoelastic structure with a time-dependent response to an air puff load which can provide clinical information about not only the intraocular pressure (IOP), but also the stiffness of the response.  Two clinical instruments will be described for the assessment of the biomechanical deformation response.  Basic biomechanical concepts will be presented, including the structure of the cornea and how that is altered by LASER refractive surgery, the presence of keratoconus, and the effect of a crosslinking procedure.  The importance of corneal biomechanics on the measurement of IOP will be explained.  Current literature regarding the source of the refractive effect of Orthokeratology will be reviewed, including the stromal and epithelial response. 

8:50 am - 9:40 am

Observations Relevant to Treatment Strategies for Myopia

Earl L. Smith III, OD, PhD 

This presentation will show that refractive development is regulated by visual feedback and review the applicability of the animal results to human refractive development and the results of recent clinical trials.

9:40 am - 10:25 am

The Analysis and Practice of National Strategy of Student Myopia Control

Lu Fan, MD, OD

This course is an introduction to myopia control as a part of national work plan, launched by the China central government, describing what it is and how it will be expected to improve the work in the field of myopia control. The course also covers the specific student myopia screening program that gradually becomes An Approach. It's a well-recognized practice featuring a complete operation of 22.5 seconds on average and a fully E-enabled record database. This approach will lead to the possibility, accessibility and traceability of the national myopia control work plan.

10:25 am - 10:45 am


Break - Sponsored By CooperVision Specialty Eye Care Division

10:45 am - 11:05 am

Corneal Crosslinking (CXL)

Ahmad Kheirkhah, MD       

This lecture will discuss several corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) treatment options, including various study results and additional uses for such treatments.

11:05 am - 11:25 am

Sutureless Techniques for Pterygium Removal with Graft  

Michelle Rhee, MD 

The audience will be updated on the latest sutureless technique for pterygium excision with conjunctival autograft using fibrin glue.

11:25 am - 12:00 pm

Present and Future Applications of Crosslinking

Alexandra Nicklin, OD

To review the role of the current FDA approved crosslinking protocol in the treatment for progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery.  Followed by a review of study data evaluating high-dose & high-irradiance, transepithelial cross-linking treatments on cynomolgus monkey eyes and human eyes using a supplemental oxygen delivery system.

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Lunch in the Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by CooperVision Specialty Eye Care Division.

2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

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

Nick Despotidis, OD, FIAOMC, FAAO, FCOVD

Entrants into healthcare such as goliaths Amazon and CVS-Aetna are positioning to disrupt the way providers deliver care to their patients.  Major players within vision care like Essilor-Luxottica, are consolidating to optimize profitability through efficiencies, while companies specifically founded to deliver “telemedicine” to fulfill some patient’s desire for convenience. This course will identify how healthcare providers can take advantage of these developments to prosper, using myopia management as one such example

2:25 pm - 3:15 pm

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

Randy Kojima, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIAOMC & Patrick Caroline, FAAO, FCLSA, FIAOMC

When faced with a young progressing myopic child, we have numerous interventions we might consider. When would we consider atropine? When would we consider soft multifocal lenses? When would we consider orthokeratology? How do each of these work? This course will discuss the approach to myopia control in kids today.

3:15 pm - 3:40 pm

Small Vs. Large Treatment Zones in Ortho-K

Randy Kojima, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIAOMC & Patrick Caroline, FAAO, FCLSA, FIAOMC

When we fit orthokeratology lenses, the goal of treatment is to produce the topographical bulls-eye. This centered outcome generally ensures quality vision and is believed to be the optimal myopia control shape. However, can we slow down eye growth even more by controlling the treatment zone size? This course will discuss why we would consider it and how we do.

3:40 pm - 4:05 pm

What Decentration is a Problem in Ortho-K?

Randy Kojima, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIAOMC & Patrick Caroline, FAAO, FCLSA, FIAOMC

A perfectly centered orthokeratology outcome is more the exception than the common finding. Some decentration of the treatment zone usually exists. Is this a problem? Is the myopia control outcome better or worse with decentered treatment zones? This course will discuss how we attempt to improve lens centration and whether a decentered outcome is good or bad for myopia control in kids.

4:05 pm - 4:25 pm


Break - Sponsored by iMatrix

4:25 pm - 4:50 pm

Atropine Use in Myopia Treatment

Jeffrey Cooper, MS, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

This course will review the clinical literature of the use of both high and normal concentrations in the treatment of myopia. It will review short term, long term use risks and benefits and combination effects.

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

Awards Ceremony

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Evening Reception Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by The America Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control