2018 Dallas-Fort Worth Ophthalmic Update

April 7, 2018

Thank you for attending the 2017 Dallas Ophthlamic Update

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Presbyterian Hospital
8200 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, Texas 75231

Join ASORN for this day of exciting and informative programming designed for ophthalmic nurses and technicians. 

Course registration includes all lectures, breakfast, morning break, lunch, and access to exhibits. 

Course Directors: Karen Fogelman, RN, BSN, CRNO and Susan Clouser, RN, MSN, CRNO

Target Audience: This course is designed for ophthalmic registered nurses, ophthalmic assistants, technicians and technologists and other interested in the clinical care of the ophthalmic patient.


**Pre-Registration is now CLOSED. On-Site registration will be available as space permits. 


Early Bird Registration

 January 17 - February 28 


 March 1 - April 11 

 ASORN Members 







Program Schedule, Course Descriptions and Educational Objectives*

7:00 AM - 4:15 PM  - Registration

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  - Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM - Welcome

8:10 AM - 9:10 AM - Advances in the Treatment of Corneal Disease - Aaleya Koreshi, MD 

Course Description: This course will focus on new trends in cornea surgery; Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) and Corneal Crosslinking. We will review the standard technique for treatment of endothelial dysfunction, DSEK, and compare to the newer DMEK technique. We will discuss the new Avedro system. The epithelium-off protocol will be reviewed and compared to the epithelium-on (trans-epithelial) protocol. Outcomes will be discussed. There will be a brief presentation of a few techniques on the horizon.

Educational Objectives: At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to, 1. Discuss the difference between DSEK and DMEK, 2. Discuss Corneal Crosslinking, 3. Explain several new techniques used for treatment of corneal disease and in refractive surgery

9:10 AM - 10:10 AM - Diabetic Retinopathy: Update 2017 - Sunil Patel, MD

Course Description: This course will cover basic introduction to diabetic retinopathy. The pathogenesis and pathophysiology of diabetic retinopathy. The classification schemes employed to determine its severity and its management. Finally, various treatments available to the eye professional to control this devastating disease.

Educational Objectives: At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to, 1. Describe the cause of diabetic retinopathy and the role of blood glucose, 2. Identify the basic classifications of diabetic retinopathy, 3. Recognize the advantages/disadvantages of different types of management plans for diabetic retinopathy. 

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM - Morning Break

10:40 AM - 11:40 AM - New Developments in Contact Lens Technology - Zak Rosemore, OD 

Course Description: This course will provide a basic outline for new technologies available for patients needing or wanting contact lenses. Topics discussed will include but will not be limited to soft contact lenses, RGP lenses, and scleral contact lenses.

Educational Objectives: At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to, 1. Explain the history and development of contact lens materials and the health properties of these materials, 2. Explain the different type of contact lens patients and what style of contact lenses may work the best for an individual patient, 3. Discuss the different options within specialty populations.

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM - Red Eye--Oh, my! Where do I go from here? - Megha Agrawal, MD 

Course Description: This presentation will provide an overview of common conditions causing a red eye. It will review the history, symptoms, and examination findings for these conditions. It will also provide current therapeutic recommendations based on recent literature.

Educational Objectives: At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to, 1. List at least three common causes of red eye, 2. Recall basic initial management options for a red eye.

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM - Lunch

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM - Clinical Pearls from Glaucoma Trials - Azra Idrizovic, DO

Course Description: The course is designed to review the major landmark glaucoma clinical trial studies, summarize their key findings and clinical applications in relation to glaucoma management and treatment. The later part of the course then focuses on recent updates in glaucoma surgery, in particular reference to micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). It will review the 3 most common MIGS procedures currently performed.

Educational Objectives: At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to, 1. List at least three major glaucoma landmark studies and the key findings learned from them, 2. Discuss recent surgical advances in glaucoma.

2:40 PM - 2:55 PM - Quick Break

2:55 PM - 3:55 PM - Modern Cataract Surgery: A Detailed Review of Pre-operative Evaluation, Intraoperative Technology and Intraocular Lens Implants - Joshua Zaffos, MD

Course Description: Cataract surgery has evolved over the past few decades with regard to preoperative evaluation tools, intraoperative technology, and intraocular lens implants. Patients' expectations of visual outcomes have increased to match those similar to elective refractive surgery such as LASIK. This presentation will highlight pertinent topics with regard to preoperative evaluation of the cataract surgery patient, technology used prior to and during surgery, surgical considerations, and types of intraocular lens implants used to achieve the best visual outcomes for patients today.

Educational Objectives: At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to, 1. Name 5 pertinent preoperative surgical considerations when evaluating cataracts in the clinic, 2. Describe currently available intraoperative technologies utilized during modern cataract surgery, 3. Describe how different types of intraocular lens implants may be appropriate based on preoperative evaluation and lifestyle preference.

3:55 PM - 4:10 PM - Evaluations

*subject to change

Continuing Education

Nursing: 6.25 Nurse Contact Hours

JCAHPO: 6 JCAHPO Group A Credits

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities are now available at the 2017 Ophthalmic Update.

Please review our 2017 Ophthalmic Update Prospectus for detailed information.

Cancellation Policy

Refund requests made by April 11 will be charged a 20% cancellation fee. Refund requests made by April 19 will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be granted after April 19. Refund requests must be made in writing. Please send to 

Lodging and Getting to the Meeting

Getting to the Meeting

Local Attendees - Parking is available for $2 a day at Presbyterian Hospital.

Out of Town Attendees - Presbyterian can be accessed from Dallas Love Field Airport (8 miles) or Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (24 miles). Both airports have multiple flights a day on national airlines.


The following hotels are a short drive from Presbyterian Hospital:

Courtyard Dallas Central Expressway

La Quinta Inn and Suites Dallas North Central

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Campbell Center

Hyatt House Dallas/Lincoln Park


Nursing contact hours will be provided by the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN).
ASORN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation (COA).

ASORN is provider approved by the California Board of Registered nursing CEP #16717.

JCAHPO: 6 JCAHPO Group A Credits

ASORN's accredited status does not imply endorsement by ASORN or the ANCC of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity. All presenters and the Nurse Coordinators will receive an honorarium.
This course is not sponsored by JCAHPO; only reviewed for compliance with JCAHPO standards and criteria and awarded continuing education credit accordingly; therefore, JCAHPO cannot predict the effectiveness of the program or assure its quality in substance and presentation.

Successful completion is identified as attendance at each session for the designated time. Credit for a course hour will be denied to individuals who miss more than 10 minutes of that hour.
Attendees should submit a completed attendance verification form at the end of the last session for recognition of credits.

Commercial support will be sought for this educational activity.