Wednesday, May 15th - Staff Session Part 1

Staff Session -

Ortho-K Boot Camp for Newcomers - Part 1

(No Continuing Education Hours Included)

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. 

Staff and Doctors Attend the Same Sessions Today

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

Hands-on instruction on how to use the Oculus and Medmont topographers

Thursday, May 16th - Staff Session Part 2

Staff Session

Ortho-K Boot Camp for Newcomers - Part 2

(No Continuing Education Hours Included)

Moderator:  Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAOMC

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast  

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

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Myopia management is NOT about stopping a kid’s glasses from getting stronger

Speakers: Gary Gerber, OD and Kevin Chan, OD

7:30 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast Seminar


Bausch + Lomb’s Commitment to Eye Care

Speaker: Patrick Marsalek

8:00 am - 8:30 am (Staff and Doctor Session)

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 (Staff and Doctor Session)

Oculus Highlights

Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FCLSA

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 (Staff and Doctor Session)

Corneal Topography:  How to Capture Terrific, Useful Images  


This course will describe the corneal topography capture process and the considerations necessary to acquire good quality images. Orthok lenses require a degree of accuracy that most other contact lenses do not. How do we capture micron accurate images and of as much of the corneal surface as possible. Additionally, what do we look for once the images are taken? How do you determine a good from bad topography?

9:25 am - 10:15 am (Staff Only Session)

What’s In It For Me?

Nick Despotidis, OD, FIAOMC, FAAO, FCOVD, Amy Colarocco and Laurel Whitehead

Orthokeratology is rewarding to staff and their doctors when compared to most other services provided by eye care professionals. This course describes the step-by-step implementation of Orthokeratology within your practice, including the how and the why. It also addresses the intrinsic work and resultant benefit to staff and their office. This is a must attend for those interested in truly making their practice “happiness based” through the use of this unique specialty.  

10:15 am - 10:35 am

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Break  - Sponsored by Paragon Vision Sciences

10:35 am - 11:00 am (Staff Only Session)

Dealing with Cultural Differences 

Nick Despotidis, OD, FIAOMC, Amy Colarocco and Laurel Whitehead

The Chinese population has a very different culture and as such presenting the Ortho-K option as well as managing Asian Ortho-K families presents a unique challenge. Learn how to recognize these challenges and make your Asian families more comfortable in your office.

11:00 am - 11:25 am (Staff Only Session)

Ortho-K Dispensing and Lens Care

Monica Allison, OD, FIAOMC and Kiana Sampson, CPO

Ortho-K lenses are unique and require more careful instruction regarding insertion, removal and care. Particular attention will be given to the challenges of the pediatric population.

11:25 am - 11:50 am

Myopia Control Protocol Part 1 (Staff and Doctor Session)

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.  

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by Paragon Vision Sciences

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm (Staff and Doctor Session)

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 (Staff Only Session)

Answering Tough Patient Questions

Monica Allison, OD, FIAOMC and Kiana Sampson, CPO

Patients ask some of the most challenging questions and staff are often the first member of the team to get a query. Learn how to handle these questions with confidence and ease.

3:10 pm - 3:35 pm

Break - Sponsored by iMatrix

3:35 pm - 4:00 pm (Staff and Doctor Session)

Ortho-K Eye-Q

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

Attendees will test their newly acquired OrthoK and myopia control knowledge with a rapid fire series of cases.  Challenging questions will be presented and the correct and incorrect answers will be discussed.  . 

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm (Staff and Doctor Session)

Integrating Orthokeratology for Dummies 

Nick Despotidis, OD, FIAOMC, FAAO, FCOVD

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

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Welcome Reception Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall  - Sponsored by Paragon Vision Sciences