Scottsdale 2022 Recap 

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While outstanding clinical education is important, we at OEC also feel that the experience is equally important. We design conferences to allow attendees flexibility in getting outstanding clinical continuing education and the opportunity to enjoy the facilities and surrounding area. In addition to securing golf and spa credits for attendees, we also plan lectures to ensure enough time to enjoy Scottsdale and surrounding areas, lay back and relax, and make travel home easier with an early end time.

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EDUCATION

Courses

Friday, February 25, 2022

Field Follies and Perimetry Pearls
Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Dipl. and Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
COPE# 75914-GL
Course Notes

The Glaucoma Compass
Nate Lighthizer, OD
Cope# 71804-GL
Course Notes

Swollen Nerves: Now What?
Nate Lighthizer, OD
COPE# 72814-PS
Course Notes

Carotenoid Levels in Ocular Disease and Systemic Health
Greg Caldwell, OD
COPE# 76004-SD
Course Notes (6x Slides) | Course Notes (Full Slides)

The Latest Advancements in Ocular Surface Disease
Derek Cunningham, OD
COPE# 76006-AS
Course Notes


Saturday, February 26, 2022

Going Viral:  HZO, HSV, EKC
Nate Lighthizer, OD
COPE# 75915-AS
Course Notes

Neural Pearls
Joseph Sowka, OD
COPE# 74099-NO
Course Notes

Diagnosis and Treatment of the Irregular Cornea
Melissa Barnett, OD
COPE# 73121-CL
Course Outline

Scleral Lenses: An Oasis for Dry Eye
Melissa Barnett, OD
COPE# 72558-CL
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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Thyroid Dysfunction and the Eye
Greg Caldwell, OD
COPE# 75916-SD
Course Notes (6x Slides) | Course Notes (Full Slides)

Treatment of Pain Opioid Choices and Considerations
Greg Caldwell, OD
COPE# 75917-PH
Course Notes (6x Slides) | Course Notes (Full Slides)

Prevention of Medical Errors
Joseph Sowka, OD
COPE# 74588-EJ
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Opioid Choices and Issues for Patient and Practitioner
Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
COPE# 72409-PH
Course Notes (6x Slides) | Course Notes (Full Slides)

Florida Jurisprudence
Joseph Sowka, OD
COPE# 74589-EJ
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MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Greg Caldwell | Optometric Education Consultants

Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO

Greg Caldwell, OD, is a 1995 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a one-year residency in primary care and ocular disease at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).

He currently works in Duncansville and Johnstown, Pennsylvania as an ocular disease consultant. Dr. Caldwell’s primary focus is the diagnosis and management of anterior and posterior segment ocular disease and he has been a participant in multiple FDA investigations. Dr. Caldwell has lectured extensively throughout the county and over twelve countries internationally. In 2010 he served as President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) and served on the AOA Board of Trustees 2013-2016. He is President of the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind.

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Diplomate

Dr. Joseph Sowka is an attending optometric physician at Center for Sight in Sarasota, Florida, a large medical-surgical practice where he focuses on glaucoma management and neuro-ophthalmic disease. He was formerly Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry for 28 years where he served as Chief of The Advanced Care Service and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the College’s Eye Institute. He was the Program Coordinator and Supervisor for the Ocular Disease Residency. Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Sowka is a Glaucoma Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a partner and co-owner of Optometric Education Consultants.

Nate Lighthizer, O.D., F.A.A.O

Born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota, Dr. Nate Lighthizer, O.D., F.A.A.O., is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry. Upon graduation, he completed a residency in Family Practice Optometry with an emphasis in Ocular Disease through Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO). Dr. Lighthizer has since joined the faculty at the Oklahoma College of Optometry and serves as the Chief of Specialty Care Clinics and the Chief of Electrodiagnostics Clinic. In 2014, he founded and now heads the Dry Eye Clinic at the College of Optometry. Also in 2014, he was named the Director of Continuing Education as well as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Care Services at the Oklahoma College of Optometry. Starting in 2020, he was named the Associate Dean of the NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry. He is a founding member, and currently serves as President, of the Intrepid Eye Society which is a group of emerging thought leaders in optometry. He was named a member of PCON 250 – A list of the top 250 optometrists in the country who practice progressively, provide innovative patient care, conduct optometric research or excel in academia and share what they have learned with other optometrists to advance the profession. Dr. Lighthizer lectures nationally on numerous topics, most notably advanced ophthalmic procedures, electrodiagnostics, and ocular disease.

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA

Dr. Melissa Barnett is a principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento and Davis, California. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in dry eye disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures globally and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is Chair of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry, a Fellow and Global Ambassador of the British Contact Lens Association, serves on the Board of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, International Society of Contact Lens Specialists and is Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society. Drs. Melissa Barnett and Lynette Johns authored and edited the book Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application with the unique perspectives and contributions of international experts. Dr. Barnett most recently chaired the BCLA CLEAR report on scleral lenses. She is currently serving on the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS): A Lifestyle Epidemic Ocular Surface Disease Workshop. Dr. Barnett was awarded the inaugural Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry. She was granted the Most Influential Women in Optical from Vision Monday in 2019. Dr. Barnett and Dr. Tom Arnold are co-hosts of the popular podcast GlobalEyes. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with her family, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex and Drew.

Derek Cunningham, OD, FAAO

Dr. Cunningham’s advanced research cover a vast spectrum of eye are and neuroscience including; dry eye treatments, glaucoma medications and surgeries, retinal disease, cataract and lasik surgeries, cosmetic treatments and products, vision enhancement and sports vision. His innovative research has been presented at all major meetings ranging from the American Retinal society, the Academies of Ophthalmology and Optometry, to the American College of Sports Medicine. His research has been featured in many medical journals and showcased in publications such as Sports Illustrated and Forbes Magazine.

In addition to having been an associate professor at Texas Tech School of Medicine, Dr. Cunningham also held adjunct professor status at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and University of Waterloo, University of Houston, and University of Incarnate Word.

Dr. Cunningham is an internationally recognized educator, having provided continuing education lectures to eye doctors throughout the world. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is board certified by the American Board of Optometry.  He is also the founding Chair of the Integrated Ophthalmic Task Force for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 

Dr. Cunningham is the director of the Dry Eye Institute at Dell Laser Consultants (DLC) and is well published in the areas of advanced dry eye treatments and facial aesthetics.  He has presented to and educated leading ophthalmologists, corneal specialist and optometrist in the United States and numerous countries around the world.   Many of Dr. Cunningham’s dry eye protocols are being used by academic institutions around the country and his eye disease grading scales are even research standards in other countries. 

Dry eye milestones
- Cunningham was one of the lead authors for the only peer reviewed published optometric dry eye guidelines in North America.
- Cunningham was a co-host of The Dry Eye Summit. A meeting of the top 50 leading dry eye optometry experts in North America. 

Dr. Cunningham has a special interest in Sports Vision and Performance, and is the former Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Sports Vision Section. He currently consults and provides vision training services to numerous professional and NCAA teams.  This work will often have Dr. Cunningham presenting and attending meetings such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers Association meetings. 

Dr. Cunningham is the creator of a popular line of surgical and ophthalmic instruments including:
- The Cunningham Ring Curette®
- The Cunningham Punctal Probe®
- The Cunningham Meibomian Gland Expresser®

As Director of Optometry and Research at Dell Laser Consultants (DLC), Dr. Cunningham specializes in the evaluation and management of vision correction surgery patients and coordinates DLC’s clinical research studies. He oversees the dry eye clinic, including advanced dry eye and facial rejuvenation programs.

TQ EXAMS

Friday

Field Follies and Perimetry Pearls

Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Dipl. and Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO

Swollen Nerves: Now What?

Nate Lighthizer, OD

The Glaucoma Compass

Nate Lighthizer, OD

Saturday

Going Viral: HZO, HSV, EKC

Nate Lighthizer, OD

Diagnosis and Treatment of the Irregular Cornea

Melissa Barnett, OD

Neural Pearls

Joseph Sowka, OD

Scleral Lenses: An Oasis for Dry Eye

Melissa Barnett, OD

Sunday

Opioid Choices and Issues for Patient and Practitioner

Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO