CEwire2017: The Virtual Optometric Conference

Available Online, On Demand until May 1, 2017
40 COPE-Approved Credits -- $179

Join us for the largest online CE event in Optometry and see why over 5,000 ODs have chosen to participate in our events.

Earn up to 40 COPE-approved CE credits from leading eye care experts with all-new lectures.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to get exclusive discounts from leading vendors.

And tune in to the CEwire2017 Livestream, where we'll chat with optometric thought leaders and eye care industry executives.

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About CEwire2017

CEwire2017 is the virtual CE conference by ODwire.org, the largest online community for ECPs.

With up to 40 COPE-Approved CE hours online from leading speakers on a variety of clinical and practice management topics, at a ground-breaking price of $179 this is one event you won't want to miss!

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Watch On-Demand, on your OWN schedule

Watch from your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone, at your OWN PACE, until May 1st, 2017!

Watch each course as many times as you like. Pause, rewind, or even watch on your phone in between patients.

There is no more convenient, inexpensive, or relaxing way to pick up your required CE hours!

Profits to Charity!

Profits from the event are being distributed to leading eye care charities:
The American Optometric Foundation
- VOSH International

Upon registration, you may choose which organization you'd like profits from your registration fee to go towards.

Exhibit Hall

CEwire also features a virtual exhibit hall, where leading vendors will be demoing their products and be on hand to answer questions.

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Intro to the Pediatric Eye Examination for the Primary Care Optometrist (51671-FV)

Tamara V.  Petrosyan, OD
This course will perform an overview of testing procedures for examining pediatric patients to be used in the primary care setting.

Hi Tech Procedures That Improve Patient Care (51944-GO)

Jerome  Sherman, OD, FAAO
Myriad devices have become available in the last decade or so. Those that clearly have improved patient care are explored by case presentation and include SD OCT, OCT-A, ultra-widefield color, AF, FA, ICG, in office VEPs and ERGs, Hand Carotenoid Scanner, Rabin Cone (simultaneous color and contrast) , and eSight as the next generation low vision device.

Anterior Segment OCT Applications in Contact Lens Evaluation (51818-AS)

Jeffrey  Sonsino, O.D., FAAO
Successful management of the patient with irregular corneas with contact lenses can sometimes be a frustrating process for both the patient and the practitioner. The fitting and evaluation process involves numerous visits to our offices, out of pocket expenses as well as the hassle of billing medical and vision insurances. As a result of newer, more-complex lens designs, such as scleral and hybrid, the game has changed when it comes to the science of fitting and evaluating those lenses. Anterior segment OCT allows the optometrist to view a cross-sectional image of the contact lens on the eye in real time and to monitor the health of the cornea in the presence of the contact lens. This lecture discusses everything the practitioner needs to know about implementing anterior segment OCT for evaluating and planning treatment for complex contact lens patients.

Opening a myopia control center of excellence (51674-GO)

Steve  Silberberg, OD
The field of Myopia control has now reached the mainstream of Optometry. This course will chart the road map for the private practitioner in this growing area. Concentration will include how to organize and market this specialty care in your practice as well as go over basic principles of myopia control.

The Assessment of Sadness and Depression in Primary Care (51726-GO)

Richard  Hom, OD, MPA
This course fulfills a performance gap that can exist when optometrists examine general and low vision patients. The relationship between these variables can impact the nature and outcome of the clinical encounter. This course is suitable for basic to advanced practitioners.

Guide To Vision Care Insurance (51785-PM)

Steven  Wilson, O.D.
This course will allow the provider to better understand the managed vision insurance model in those 12 states that allow the provider to prepare and supply frames, lenses, eyeglasses, and contact lenses from the provider's own inventory and the provider's own optical lab rather than being required to use the vision insurance optical fulfillment system.

The Future of Dry Eye (51676-AS)

Charissa D.  Young, OD, FAAO
David L. Kading, OD, FAAO
This course reveals the latest innovations in dry eye disease management. From a handheld tear stimulator to pharmacological breakthroughs, "The Future of Dry Eye" will help practitioners stay on the cutting edge of dry eye diagnosis and treatment.

Understanding the Basics of Eyelid Surgery (51756-SP)

James P  Milite, MD
To allow the clinical optometrist to gain insight into the process of eyelid surgery, focusing on how patient selection, preoperative planning, careful surgical technique and proper postoperative care are essential to desirable outcomes.

Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome: Review, Update and Correlations with Ocular Surface Disease (51844-SD)

Katherine M.  Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO
Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome (PXF) is a chronic, systemic disorder. Its hallmark in the eye is the accumulation of abnormal, fibrillar, ameloid-like deposits on anterior segment tissues. Review the impact of PXF on glaucoma, cataract surgery, OSD and the many other systemic associations of PXF in this one hour course.

You Spin Me Right Round: Understanding the Vicious Circle of OSD (52156-AS)

Laura  Periman, MD
Over the last several years, doctors have been trained to view DED and MGD as separate entities. Recent scientific research and consensus work tells us a different story. Instead, the two diseases overlap significantly, each fueling development of the other in a process now described as a Vicious Circle. Explore new scientific developments and apply these concepts to clinical care in order to gain a deeper understanding of the inflammatory processes present in the patient sitting in your examination chair. Therapeutic regimens viewed through the lens of peer reviewed literature take on a fresh spin.

Partnerships and Associate Doctors: What You Need to Know (52155-PM)

Craig S.  Steinberg, OD, JD
Most practices eventually grow from one doctor to two or more. That means you’re adding or becoming a partner or an associate doctor. This course is designed to help you become familiar with the issues that you need to be prepared to address in taking on a partnership or an associate doctor. It will discuss the pros and cons of the various forms a multi-doctor practice can take on, and key the considerations each doctor should consider when a practice retains an associate doctor such as employee versus contractor, and non-compete agreements.

Vault Into Sclerals: A Primer for Success (51773-CL)

Susan  Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Rigid contact lenses which rest beyond the limbus are being used with ever increasing frequency. This versatile modality offers practitioners the opportunity to manage a vast array of refractive, anatomic and physiologic conditions. This course will enable the attendee to incorporate scleral lens fitting into everyday practice. The clinical indications for scleral contact lenses, as well as fitting goals and patient management will be discussed.


Dr. Graham  Lakkis
With increased scanning speed and improved accuracy of retinal localisation, it is now possible to image the blood flow in retinal vessels via OCT scanning. This lecture will discuss how OCT angiography works, its clinical applications, potential diagnostic benefits and current limitations. Case reports will be presented showing the utility of OCT angiography in optometric practice.

Not All Glaucoma Suspects Are Created Alike (51766-GL)

Michael Sullivan  Mee, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Which glaucoma suspects truly have disease?

As primary eyecare providers, one of the main duties of Optometrists is to identify visually-threatening conditions. For glaucoma, this process begins with identification of specific findings that are consistent with the disease. Because of considerable overlap between physiologic and pathologic findings in early disease, however, most patients with suspicious findings do not actually have glaucoma. This course will discuss clinical factors that are useful for differentiating which glaucoma suspect truly has glaucomatous disease.

Glaucoma Management: Tips from the trenches (51770-GL)

Michael Sullivan  Mee, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Because glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness that is largely preventable if identified early and managed appropriately, Optometrists are in a unique position to substantially reduce morbidity associated with this disease. There are, however, many challenges to achieving this objective and this course is designed to provide evidence-based guidance for clinical decision-making for patients with glaucoma. Factors such as whether treatment is effective in an individual patient, frequency and type of functional and structural testing required to establish disease stability, and considerations involving aggressiveness of management will be covered.

Color Vision in Health and Disease (52020-GO)

Craig  Thomas, OD
You will learn about the anatomy and physiology of color vision. Emphasis is placed on genetic color vision defects, acquired color vision defects, color vision examination techniques, interpretation of test results and medical decision-making.

VSP, Your Obligations and Your Opportunities (52052-PM)

Craig S.  Steinberg, OD, JD
Being a contracted VSP provider carries with it certain obligations, along with opportunities. Knowing VSP’s rules will allow you to maximize those opportunities, such as providing medically necessary contact lenses and using your own lab instead of a VSP lab, while eliminating the risks of a bad outcome if you’re audited. This lecture will explain those rules so that you can feel confident you’re not missing opportunities and help ensure that you’re not vulnerable to punitive VSP audits.







The Independent Practice In The World Of Health Care Reform (52053-EJ)

John  Rumpakis, OD, MBA
The world of healthcare is undergoing a major transformation unlike any that has been seen within the last generation. Yet opportunities exist; sound optometric practices are able to capture and retain income from many different sources. This 2-hour interactive program will help the ECP to not only understand the gravitational forces that are pulling their practice in multiple directions, but know how to posture their practice for success in the healthcare system of the future (which means today!).

Visual Issues Associated with Concussion/mTBI (51673-FV)

Leonard J.  Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
Many individuals experience visual problems following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). While this is obvious for patients involved in car accidents or having neurovascular events such as TIA, it is less obvious regarding concussions. Attention has recently been focused on sports activities, and even mild concussions can interfere with returning to play as well and returning to learn (school work). This course will emphasize binocular vision and eye tracking problems that you can identify with this population, and review options available for treatment.

The External tumors Considerations in Ocular Oncology (51943-AS)

Agustin  Gonzalez, OD, FAAO
This course will consist of presentations and clinical discussions on external ophthalmic oncology most important for optometrist. These include classic but distinctive lesions, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma both benign and malignant. The presenter will emphasize clinical diagnosis and management.

Ordering and understanding Lab Results a New Frontier for Optometry (51772-GO)

Kerry  Gelb, OD
The primary eye-care physician must be knowledgeable about ordering and the interpretation of a patient's blood work. This course will reinforce such knowledge and how the Optometrist can properly educate patients on such results to continue to play a vital role in the patient's overall health management.

What OCT Has Taught Us About The Eye (51667-PS)

Mile  Brujic, OD, FAAO
From new metrics for detecting and determining glaucomatous changes, to updates in the way we manage anterior segment disease, this technology has revolutionized the way we care for our patients. Learn what we now know about the eye because of this technology and its clinical applications.

Amniotic Membrane Therapy: “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” (51961-AS)

Craig  Thomas, OD
You will learn about regenerative therapy using amniotic membrane allografts. Emphasis is placed on the wound healing response of the ocular surface, indications for therapy, patient selection, allograft application techniques and postoperative complications.

You’ve got some Nerve! (51675-NO)

Richard  Zimbalist, OD, FAAO
This grand rounds format course will present several different cases with optic nerve head edema of various etiologies. The course will discuss the funduscopic clinical characteristics of optic nerve edema and the use of optical coherence tomography to aid in the diagnosis. Each case with include pertinent pathophysiology, systemic associations, and potential treatments (where applicable).

The Zen of Dry Eye Mastery: A Simple System for Clinical and Practice Success (51794-AS)

Arthur B.  Epstein, OD, FAAO
Our understanding of the ocular surface has evolved dramatically over the past few years. Growing interest in dry eye and tear dysfunction has increased interest in this practice segment. We present an evidence-based approach with extensive clinical examples, to integrate novel concepts into a unified perspective of the ocular surface environment with direct practical and clinical diagnostic and therapeutic application. We then explore the practical considerations of successfully incorporating care for this patient population in need within the contemporary eyecare practice.

Alternative Treatment Options to Common Ocular Disease What Works and What Doesn’t (51986-AS)

Scot  Morris, O.D.
This course will explore alternative treatments to many of the common ocular diseases including environmental changes, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical alternatives as well as surgical and other non-conventional approaches to disease management.

Forgetfulness and Memory Loss - An Introduction (51669-GO)

Richard  Hom, OD, MPA
Forgetfulness and memory loss are two of the most common problems in the aged population. Recognizing and differentiating between age and disease is essential to improve rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The case definition and epidemiology of forgetfulness is introduced followed by assessment tools. The doctor will be able to distinguish between the two.

Understanding Corneal Neuropathic Pain (51910-AS)

Agustin  Gonzalez, OD, FAAO
Patients often come to our offices with superficial ocular pain associated attributed to the corneal surface, and no signs of surface damage. Welcome to the world of corneal neurotrophic pain. Clinicians faced with a patients complaining of surface eye pain have numerous concerns. This course will review the role of corneal nervous innervations and present current information on diagnosing pain of neurotrophic origin and the multiple management options.

Corneal Crosslinking and Topographic Ablations (51650-RS)

Eric D.  Donnenfeld, MD
This Course will discuss the recent FDA approval of riboflavin UV crosslinking and the use of topographic ablations to improve ectatic corneas

20 Malpractice Cases: Don't Make These Same Mistakes (51668-EJ)

Mark  Friedberg, MD
We are taught to learn from our mistakes, but in the case of malpractice, it is better to learn from the mistakes of others. 20 malpractice cases will be presented and the proper and improper management of each case will be discussed.

Keratoconus – A Paradigm Shift in Management has taken place (51757-AS)

S. Barry  Eiden, OD, FAAO
Keratoconus is a potentially progressive corneal disease that can result in significant loss of visual function. Today technologies have been developed that can halt the progression of the disease. Thus if early diagnosis is possible prior to the disease reaching a stage where it impacts vision we have the ability to preserve a patient’s vision. This course will review the most current thinking on the nature of the disease, its earliest diagnosis and management options to control progression. A review of the natural history, demographics and genetic influences of keratoconus will be discussed. The most advanced technologies that allow for early diagnosis including topography, tomography, corneal biomechanics and aberrometry will be covered. Finally a review of the current state of corneal cross linking will be presented.


Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. He is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful three location optometric practice in Northwest Ohio. He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment, contact lenses and glaucoma. He is active at all levels of organized optometry. Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 250 articles and has given over 1400 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.

Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD

Eric Donnenfeld, MD, is a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Connecticut. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1977 and first in his class at Dartmouth Medical School in 1980. He was a resident and Chief Resident at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and he completed a Cornea Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in 1985. He is a trustee of Dartmouth Medical School and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at NYU.

Dr. Donnenfeld has served as Resident Instructor at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and as Program Director at North Shore University Hospital. He is a National Medical Director of TLC and Surgical Director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island. Dr. Donnenfeld served as president of many professional societies including the Nassau Surgical Society, cornea section of ASCRS, the Ophthalmology Division of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, and the International Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. He is the immediate past president of ASCRS. Dr. Donnenfeld is the editor-in-chief of EyeWorld and the editor in chief emeritus of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.

He has written over 190 peer review papers on cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery, and 30 book chapters and books. He is on the editorial board of 9 journals and has participated in over 60 FDA studies. He was a primary investigator of both the excimer laser and femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has received its Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Life Time Achievement Award, and Secretariat Award.

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO

Dr. Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a multi-specialty group practice with 2 locations in the Chicago area. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals, an organization providing education and research to the eye care professions. Dr. Eiden is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field.

Dr. Eiden is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, and UMSL Colleges of Optometry.

He is on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and frequently publishes in the professional literature. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Eiden is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, DPNAP is a native New Yorker who graduated from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. After relocating to Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Epstein co-founded Phoenix Eye Care, PLLC and The Dry Eye Center of Arizona, PLLC and serves as the Director of Cornea - External Disease, Clinical Research and The Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Disease Center. He also heads Ophthalmic Research Consultants of Arizona.

Dr. Epstein is a highly regarded educator and popular speaker. He serves as Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at the Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry and has presented in excess of 1000 invited lectures throughout the world. He is also a prolific author who has published hundreds of articles, scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Epstein is a reviewer for numerous clinical and scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and American Board of Clinical Optometry, a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and admitted to the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry.

A Contributing Editor for Review of Optometry and Executive Editor of Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses he founded, and serves as Chief Medical Editor of Optometric Physician™, the first E-Journal in optometry.

Mark Friedberg, MD

After graduating with top honors from Brown University Undergraduate and being selected to the medical honor society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Friedberg was chosen to be one of 12 residents at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital where he did his training. He was then selected to be the coveted, sole retinal trainee for the Washington National Eye Center located at the Washington Hospital Center. He is the co-founding editor and original lead author of the best selling book in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease. Dr. Friedberg has also published numerous articles on eye surgery, has given dozens of lectures to societies of eye doctors, and has been a reviewer for eye journals in the past. He has served as a consultant to over 100 eye doctors and has performed thousands of eye operations.

Kerry Gelb, OD

Kerry Gelb is a graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry. Upon graduation he received his Doctorate at the Illinois College of Optometry and garnered his Residency at the St. Albans Extended Care Center where he focused on the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. He also held a staff position as Assistant Clinical Professor at the SUNY College of Optometry.

Dr. Gelb is in private practice in New York and New Jersey, where he is a sub lease holder at five LensCrafters locations, and is also the current President and a Board Member of ALLDocs, the Association of Lenscrafters Leasholding Doctors. Kerry is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the New Jersey Optometric Society.

While active on the lecture circuit, Kerry speaks on topics ranging from the diagnosis and treatment of external eye disease, corneal refractive therapy, and clinical ophthalmic procedures, to contact lenses, nutrition related to ocular disease, diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is a Clinical Investigator for Abbott Medical Optics and for the Ciba Vision Contact Lens Ev4-04 Trial, and has been published in the Academy of Optometry and Optometry Times.

Dr. Gelb has also volunteered in the “OneSight” program, helping to restore and preserve vision for people in need internationally. He enjoys exercising, traveling, playing softball, and currently resides in Scotch Plains, New Jersey where he lives with his wife and children.

Agustin Gonzalez, OD, FAAO

Graduated in 1987 as a doctor of Optometry from Inter American University school of Optometry and recipient of the Bausch & Lomb research award, he started working as a faculty member at his alma matter where he later became Dean of Clinical affairs at IAU.

Dr. Agustin L. Gonzalez currently practices as a Texas Licensed Optometrist in the Dallas area specializing in Medical Optometry with primary interest in ocular surface, cornea and conjunctival disorders and a special interest in Visual Evoked Potentials. Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, he studied at Jacksonville University in Florida where he received a B.A. in Biology.

His interest in social media and internet based marketing lead him to serves as part of the editorial staff for Primary Care Optometry News as editor of the Social Media and the OD column. He is a recognized ophthalmic industry expert in the patterns of adoption and usage of ophthalmic medications by optometrist and a well known promotional speaker on various ophthalmic medications.

As a CME speaker and ophthalmic pharmaceutical consultant, he has lectured extensively to optometry, medical and other health care groups in the United States and South America, presented scientific posters at mayor optometry meetings and authored multiple peered reviewed articles in scientific and education publications

A COPE lecture and reviewer, Dr Gonzalez was the recipient of Inter American University school of Optometry Alumni of the year award and holds an Adjunct Faculty member position with IAU School of Optometry.

Richard Hom, OD, MPA

Dr. Hom is currently a PhD graduate student at Salus University where his studying the function of environmental factors on vision impairment and disability. He received his OD from the University of California at Berkeley and his MPA from San Francisco State University. In 2017, he was awarded the Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Vision from the American Academy of Optometry. He is also serving on the Board of Trustees of the California Optometric Association and is a member of the American Diabetic Associationa (ADA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Association in Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

David L. Kading, OD, FAAO

Dave Kading owns a 4 doctor 2 location practice in Seattle Washington. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry before being accepted to their prestigious Cornea and Contact Lens Residency.

Dr. Kading’s area of the practice is a referral based dry eye, anterior segment and contact lens clinics are well known for utilizing the latest technology for complex or rudimentary dry eye or contact lens fits.

Dr. Kading has a one-year contact lens and dry eye post grad fellowship program. Together, he and his fellow, see complex patients and complete industry and non-industry research. His practice welcomes interns from 6 different optometry schools.

Outside of practice he co-owns Optometric Insights with Dr. Mile Brujic. Optometric Insights Inspires Success by helping emerging optometrist’s transition into the practice of their dreams as well as educating clinicians in novel and unique ways to diagnose and treat patients.

Dr. Kading enjoys conducting clinical research within his practice, he has written over a hundred articles and papers, and has given several hundred lectures in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. He works closely with industry, publications, local, state, and national organizations. He is on the editorial advisory board for several publications and medical advisory board for several companies. He has a regular column in multiple print publications, and a digital video series called Clinical Insights on Eyetube OD.

Above all things, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Kristi Kading and their two daughters (Olivia 3, and Elise 1 year old) at their Woodinville, Washington home.

Dr. Graham Lakkis

BScOptom, GradCertOcTher, FACO

Graham graduated with his Optometry degree from the University of Melbourne in 1988 and was awarded the Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award. In 1991 he opened his private practice in the Melbourne suburb of Keilor East. The practice has a strong clinical focus on ocular disease, therapeutic management, specialised contact lens fitting, and advanced clinical equipment. Graham completed his training in Ocular Therapeutics in 2000. In 2008 the practice was selected as a clinical site for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Community Eyecare Partnership.

As well as private practice, Graham is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Optometry and Vision Science, and Lead Optometrist at the University of Melbourne Glaucoma Clinic. He is a member of the Optometry Board of Australia’s Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee and Secretary of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society in Victoria. Graham was heavily involved in the writing of the Glaucoma Guidelines for Optometry Australia.

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO, Diplomate American Board of Optometry is a 1989 graduate of SUNY Optometry. Dr. Mastrota is the Director of Optometry for the New York Hotel Employee Benefit Funds healthcare system.

Dr. Mastrota is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum, Optometry Times and the online newsletter, Optometric Physician.

She sits on the Editorial Board of Advanced Ocular Care and has authored numerous articles for these as well as other professional publications. She an advisor to a number of ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. She has lectured nationally on ocular surface disease and other topics. Dr. Mastrota was elected as the 2016 NYSOA OD of the year.

Michael Sullivan Mee, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Diplomate (Glaucoma)

Dr. Michael Sullivan-Mee, the current Chief of Optometry at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center, earned his clinical diplomate credential from the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) in 2006. He serves as the glaucoma diplomate chair for the AAO Glaucoma Section, and he is also a member of the AAO’s scientific program committee. He directs an active clinical research program at his facility, and he has published numerous original several research papers in the field of glaucoma, including publications in journals such as the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, and Optometry and Vision Science. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at several academic institutions including the University of Houston College of Optometry and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He was a prior full-time faculty member at both SUNY College of Optometry and Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry.

James P Milite, MD

Dr. Milite was a summa cum laude graduate from Fordham University in 1986, earning a BS in Chemistry. He obtained his MD from NYU Langone School of Medicine in 1990 then completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 1994 at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary(NYEEI). Having been stimulated by several important mentors during his eye training, he went on to complete fellowships in Eye Pathology at NY Eye and Ear Infirmary with Steven McCormick MD and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Richard Lisman MD and Robert Della Rocca MD. His training in oculoplastics was in one of the fellowships in that discipline sanctioned by the Americann Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(ASOPRS). He has been part of the teaching faculty at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary since finishing his training; lecturing, teaching in the pathology lab and staffing surgical cases with residents and fellows. He also spent 15 years as part of that institution’s Eye Trauma Service. Since 2001, Dr Milite has been a teaching preceptor in an oculoplastic fellowship sanctioned by the ASOPRS based out of NYEEI and NYU Medical Center.

He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthamology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). He has participated on several missions as a surgeon with Volunteer Health Program, a group of physicians affiliated with Creighton University who travel to underserved communities in the third world. For more information about James Milite, visit http://www.omnieyeservices.com.

Scot Morris, O.D.

International speaker, educator, author, and management consultant, Dr. Scot Morris is well known for his experience in ocular surface disease, technology, and practice management. He is recognized for both his expertise and his enthusiasm for helping professionals optimize their practices. Dr. Morris is widely published in professional journals, books, clinical references, and web-based resources. He also serves as chief optometric editor for Optometric Management and as a consultant to many eye care companies.

Scot is the operating partner of the eye-care consulting service, Morris Education & Consulting Associates. He is founder and senior technology consultant of Ocular Technology Solutions, Inc. He also serves as owner and medical director of Eye Consultants of Colorado. Scot is also a founding member of the National Student Practice Management Symposium Series. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association.

Dr. Morris earned his doctorate in optometry at Indiana University in 1996 and completed his residency in ocular disease and refractive surgery at Triad Eye Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. He served as the cornea and refractive clinical director of Discover Vision Centers in Kansas City for five years before moving to Colorado in 2002. Dr. Morris practiced at a refractive surgery center in Denver for two years before acquiring Eye Consultants of Colorado.

Dr. Morris is a devoted family man. He lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Kelly and two sons. He takes pleasure in coaching his sons' sports teams and enjoys traveling with his family.

Laura Periman, MD

Laura Periman, MD is a General Ophthalmologist and Ocular Surface Disease Specialist at Redmond Eye Clinic in Redmond, WA. While she was putting herself through college at Willamette University, she won the Terry Spies Memorial Scholarship at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. Here, her interests in molecular biology began.

Her interests in immunopathophysiology took root during her work in Research and Development at Immunex Corporation in the Molecular Biology Department prior to attending medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. During medical school, she received the Rex and Arlene Garrison Oncology Fellowship, the Western Medical Student Research Committee Award for Excellence and was elected to the honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Upon graduation with honors, she also received the Georgianna Kirby Award for outstanding patient dedication and compassion.

Dr Periman completed her Ophthalmology Residency as well as Cornea/Refractive Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has nine peer reviewed publications and has written extensively on the topic of Ocular Surface Disease. Her unique and passionate perspective on OSD stems from her work in immunopathophysiology. She is an enthusiastic speaker who loves bridging the gap between basic science, clinical practice and patient compassion.

Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD

Dr. Tamara Petrosyan graduated with honors from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry in 2009 and went on to do a residency in vision rehabilitation, head trauma, low vision, and ocular disease at the Northport VA Medical Center. In 2011 she joined the faculty at the SUNY College of Optometry where she precepts third and fourth year interns in the primary care, adults with disabilities, and pediatric units. Dr. Petrosyan also supervises primary care and ocular disease interns and residents at the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Brooklyn, NY. From 2012-2014 Dr. Petrosyan was on staff at the Refuah Health Center where she performed direct care pediatric and adult exams and vision therapy training. Dr. Petrosyan is currently on the board of directors for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP) and is the chair of both the vision therapy and infant vision clinical care committees of NJSOP. She is also the coordinator of the NJSOP Young O.D. program and has helped develop NJSOP mentorship program. Dr. Petrosyan is the recipient of the 2009 William Feinbloom Low Vision Award, 2013 NJSOP Chairperson of the Year Award, 2014 NJSOP Young O.D. of the Year Award, 2015 AOA Young O.D. of the Year Award, and the 2015 NJSOP Optometric Journalism Award. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

Dr. Leonard J. Press is board certified in optometric vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry in Binocular Vision and Perception. A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he completed his Residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision, Dr. Press served as Chief of the Pediatric Unit at the Eye Institute of the College. He subsequently served for 15 years as Chief of the Vision Therapy Service at the State University of New York’s College of Optometry.

Dr. Press is a consultant on visual disabilities for the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is past-president of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians, and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He currently serves on the InfantSEE/Pediatrics Committee of the American Optometric Association, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Vision Development & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Author of three textbooks and over 100 articles in ophthalmic journals, Dr. Press presents continuing education lectures and seminars on vision nationally as well as internationally. He is Optometric Director of the Vision and Learning Center in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, one of the first sites in the country to be accredited as a private practice Residency program for vision therapy and rehabilitation.

Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Resnick is the president and managing partner of Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates, a contact lens and anterior segment specialty practice with locations in New York City and Long Island. Having received her Doctor of Optometry from The State University College of Optometry in New York, Dr. Resnick has devoted her clinical career of over thirty years to specialty contact lens fitting, ocular surface wellness, and refractive surgery co-management. Dr. Resnick, a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of specialty lenses and practice management. She has participated in numerous clinical trials for the contact lens and pharmaceutical industry. She is devoted to mentoring aspiring and newly minted optometrists.

John Rumpakis, OD, MBA

Dr. Rumpakis is currently President & CEO of Practice Resource Management, Inc., a firm that specializes in providing a full array of consulting, appraisal, and management services for healthcare professionals and industry partners. He has developed some of the leading Internet-based software applications for the medical/eye care field such as CodeSAFEPLUS.com® (www.CodeSAFEPLUS.com), the industry leading cloud-based CPT & ICD Code Data and Information Service, and offers personal medical coding consultation through JustAskJohn (www.JustAskJohn.info). He is also the founder of Opt-ED® Professional Continuing Education (www.Opt-ED.com) which creates and delivers top tier continuing education around the country as well as Opt-IN® which provides optometric marketing and promotional services.

Named the Chief Medical Coding Editor for Review of Optometry & Optometric Management, he has been extensively published on the topics of third party coding & billing, strategy development and execution, practice management, team building, maximizing effectiveness and profitability, including the textbook “Business Aspects of Optometry”. Dr. Rumpakis is a popular lecturer both nationally and internationally. In addition to having had a successful solo practice, Dr. Rumpakis developed the practice management curriculum at Pacific University College of Optometry and taught optometric & medical economics there for over a decade.

A 1984 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry, he served as a volunteer for the AOA for near 17 years and sits on numerous advisory boards, and board of directors for companies both in and out of the ophthalmic industry.

Jerome Sherman, OD, FAAO

Jerome Sherman, O.D.  is optometry’s most prolific author,  publishing over 725 clinical articles, research manuscripts, book chapters, two CDs, senior author of 4 books  and has delivered over three thousand lectures both nationally and internationally.  Over the past 2 years, he has conceptualized, written and organized Jobson’s Retina Revealed web site.  As of Dec 2012, Retina Revealed has hundreds of cases with over 2400 retinal images and 100 movies exhibiting all the latest retinal technologies.  All are available at no cost to everyone at www.retinarevealed.com and is supported by 13 of the major ophthalmic companies.

Having graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, he presently holds the position of Distinguished Teaching Professor at State University of New York College of Optometry and the Schnurmacher Institute of Vision Research. Concurrently, he maintains a private practice, The Eye Institute and Laser Center, in New York City. Dr. Sherman is a founding member of both the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease (IFOND) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS) and is the immediate past  President of  ORS. 


Steve Silberberg, OD

Dr Steve Silberberg is the founder of a group practice, An Eye to the Future. He has always branded his practice using the latest technologies. Dr Silberberg is a frequently published journal author and editor of eye care journals. He is a consultant speaker for Shire pharmaceuticals, Bausch and Lomb pharmaceuticals, and Cooper vision. Most recently he spoke at the American Academy of optometry along with two university deans on Myopia control. Dr. Silberberg speaks locally, and nationally on the subject of Myopia control. His main thrust is to allow the beginning private practitioner confidence in getting into this exciting field. His Myopia control Center in his private practice has treated over 1000 patients with any and all methods available today. He is VP of MOSOP and one of the original trustees of the AADO. Dr Silberberg graduated as departmental valedictorian from SUNY at Stony brook before attending MIT on full scholarship in Planetary Astrophysics. He decided to pursue a career in Optometry, attending SUNY college of Optometry. He graduated class valedictorian along with winning the Beta Sigma Kappa award for vision science, the Fredrick Brock award for excellence in Vision Therapy and the Ester Werner award for academic excellence. Most recently he became partners with Adam and Paul Farkas as owner and coordinator of CEwire and now is one of the principle coordinators of GPLIWire along with them.

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO, is a partner in a high-end specialty contact lens and anterior segment practice in Nashville, Tennessee. For over 12 years, he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eye Institute. Dr. Sonsino is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), past-chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association (AOA), executive board member of the Healthcare Alliance for Patient Safety, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, board certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO), past president of the Middle Tennessee Optometric Association, the 2017 Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) practitioner of the year, the 2017 AOA’s Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Optometrist of the Year awardee by the Tennessee Optometric Association.

Craig S. Steinberg, OD, JD

Craig S Steinberg, O.D., J.D., brings a very unique perspective and expertise to the field of Optometric Law. Dr. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Biology in 1980 from the University of Southern California, and his O.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, School of Optometry. He has been licensed to practice optometry in California since 1984. He earned his TMOD certification in 1998. In 1996, after completing law school at the University of La Verne College of Law Dr. Steinberg began his law practice. Shortly thereafter he became known among optometrists for his efforts at reining in the illegal sales of contact lenses by various out-of-state mail-order contact lens companies. Since then he has become well known across the United States as one of the few experts in optometric law, and has represented hundreds of optometrists in matters ranging from state board and VSP discipline defense, to buy-sell agreements, to business litigation. He continues to practice optometry today part-time at his offices in California, while engaged in his law practice, which focus on optometrists and healthcare litigation, on a full-time basis.

Craig Thomas, OD

Craig Thomas, O.D. has practiced continuously in Dallas, Texas for the past 32 years. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston in 1983 and was named Optometrist of the Year by the Texas Optometric Association in 2001.

Steven Wilson, O.D.

Dr. Steven Wilson is the owner of a large group practice in Valdosta, Georgia. He graduated valedictorian from UAB Optometry School in 1980 and then served as director of the Cambodian Refugee Camps Eye Clinics in Thailand. He has been in private practice for 35 years. He is a Governor appointed member of the Insurance Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Board, recipient of the Vision Monday Innovator Award, recipient of the Vision Monday Marketing Award for the only private optical home delivery system known as the "Eye Pod", recipient of the GOA "Bernard Kahn Memorial Award", recipient of the CooperVision "Best of Practice 2015", and recipient of the Primary Care Optometry News Innovator Award. Dr. Wilson is most known for the first impression case "Wilson v Spectera" that culminated in Georgia becoming the first state that allows the private provider to prepare and supply frames, lenses, eyeglasses, and contact lenses from the provider's own inventory and the provider's own optical lab rather than being required to use the vision insurance optical lab fulfillment model.

Charissa D. Young, OD, FAAO

Charissa D. Young, OD, currently specializes in dry eye management and custom contact lenses at Specialty Eyecare Group in Kirkland, WA. She graduated with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry and received the AOF/Vistakon Contact Lens Excellence Award and Lion's Club Community Service Award. She is involved in active research in contact lenses and dry eye, particularly in the areas of scleral lens wear, keratoconus, meibomian gland dysfunction, tear osmolarity, and ocular surface inflammation. Dr. Young also leads eyecare missions regularly to rural and low-income areas in Thailand.

Richard Zimbalist, OD, FAAO

Dr. Richard Zimbalist received his optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2008. He then completed a residency in ocular disease at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to obtain fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 2012 and became Board Certified in Medical Optometry in 2017. Dr. Zimbalist is on staff at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He holds clinical adjunct appointments at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Zimbalist has authored multiple journal articles and posters for national meetings. He also serves as a reviewer for COPE, a peer-reviewer for a major ophthalmic journal, and is actively involved with teleretinal imaging and virtual medicine in his facility and region. His clinical interests include retinal disease, systemic disease, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In his free time Dr. Zimbalist enjoys staying active with weightlifting, racquetball, rooting on the Missouri Tigers. He also is the founder and owner of COMO Web Designs and Ignite Medical which specializes in website design and management.


Blythe Medical is dedicated to products and services that enhance patient care and the physician practice. Blythe Medical, since 1985, has provided surgical and diagnostic products that have allowed doctors to provide solutions to patients' conditions. These offerings make a meaningful improvement in the patients’ quality of life and improve the efficiencies and outcomes of the medical practice. The aril™ amniotic membrane is helping many practices solve what seemed to be unresolvable issues of the ocular surface. We look forward to helping implement amniotic membrane treatments into your practice.

When Seymour Marco, OD founded the company in 1967, he could not have imagined the amazing proliferation in vision diagnostic technology we are all familiar with today. We are proud that Marco has helped pioneer this evolution across five decades. We are committed to offering the finest in both classical and automated diagnostic instruments, for the complete practice. Our products are higher quality, more ergonomically designed, and deliver greater functionality–for the life of your office. Further, with ‘Marco Connect’, we make all Marco automated instruments integrate to meet your EMR/EHR requirements.

German precision since 1895.

OCULUS has been setting milestones in the eye care industry since 1895. We offer a wide range of products including the Pentacam®, visual field perimeters, Keratograph 5M corneal topographer, slit-lamp cameras, autorefractors, keratometers, trial frames and loupes. OCULUS products are 100% made in Germany and fully supported in the United States.

As the only company dedicated exclusively to OCT, Optovue has pioneered numerous innovations that have changed the way that eye care professionals care for the health of their patients’ eyes while making the technology more accessible to practices worldwide.
• First Spectral Domain OCT
• First OCT with Retina & Cornea Applications
• First Ganglion Cell Complex Analysis
• First OCT Platform Designed for Cost Effective Portability
• First OCT Angiography Imaging System

In collaboration with ophthalmic specialists, Optovue continues to pursue a single-minded vision to enhance and advance OCT technology.

Vision Systems, Inc. (VSI) is a true champion in the pre-owned optical equipment industry. Established in 2001, VSI quickly became a name recognized both nationally and internationally for delivering quality equipment, professional installation and knowledgeable tech support. Today, VSI stands alone as the largest pre-owned equipment company in the optical industry and remains one of the few companies in America that optical professionals turn to when advancing their practice while saving money.

VSI is also proud to announce that it has purchased the Burton company. Since 1947 Burton was well known for its quality and service. VSI intends on continuing this tradition with a brand new line of Burton products. This acquisition gives VSI the ability to offer the widest range of pricing and products to serve all eye care professionals.

VisionWeb pioneered the first open and neutral online order processing for spectacles, frames, and contacts in 2000. Today this platform connects eyecare practices with over 500 labs, and processes 15 million orders per year from 20,000 eyecare professionals. VisionWeb also provides an online insurance processing clearinghouse and revenue cycle management services to help eyecare practices maximize revenue from their insurance claim reimbursements. Uprise is VisionWeb’s practice management and EHR software designed to streamline office workflow, provide regulatory-compliant exam documentation, and offer insight into practice operations and performance. Uprise eliminates the cost of add-on services and server hardware, is updated monthly, and designed to meet the changing needs of all eyecare providers. Learn more at visionweb.com.