After a three-year hiatus, the Australian College of Optometry’s (ACO) clinical workshops are making a return with a full day of anterior eye education on-site in Carlton, Victoria on Sunday 16 July.
The workshops will address current needs identified with input from optometrists, with two half day sessions dedicated to recent developments in dry eye management and the practical skills required to enhance orthokeratology management.
The expert-led workshops are designed to deliver practical, relevant insights for immediate implementation to advance practitioners’ patient care. Optometrists can choose to attend the full day or choose a half-day workshop targeting their specific area of clinical interest.
Session 1: Dry Eye
Dr Leigh Plowman, optometrist, and founder of the Dry Eye Directory, Varny Ganesalingam, Lead of the ACO Dry Eye Disease Clinic, and Laura De Angelis, optometrist and ACO Clinical Education Coordinator, will lead the morning session designed as an update on recent developments in the diagnosis, classification and tailored management of dry eye. Face-to-face lectures are complimented by a two-hour hands-on practical session to refine and develop new skills, including evaluating meibomian gland dysfunction and exploring treatment options such as the Lipiflow and Lumenis IPL treatment systems. This session attracts 4.5T (2Ti) CPD hours.
the ACO has worked in consultation with our members and leading industry experts to develop a series of clinical workshops that enable optometrists to develop their expertise and practical skills
Session 2: Orthokeratology
The afternoon session an orthokeratology will be led by speciality lens fitting expert, Richard Vojlay. Optometrists will learn how to select and fit orthokeratology lenses using the popular Paragon inventory lens fitting system and learn insights from valuable real-life cases for a successful initial fit.
Online lectures from Philip Cheng, orthokeratology and myopia expert, and Alex Petty, contact lens specialist and orthokeratologist, will be accessible in advance of the workshop to build on optometrists’ knowledge base with expert tips on patient selection, lens fitting and troubleshooting to maximise learning opportunities in the skills-based workshop. This session has been accredited for 4.5 (1.25T 2i) CPD hours.
The full course program is available: aco.org.au/dryeye-orthok-workshops.
Optometrists can register online: trybooking.com/CIBSS.
Attendance at each half-day workshop is AU$200 for ACO Members, and $AU280 for non-members. Full day tickets are available at $350 for ACO Members, and $450 for non-members. Further information can be found here.
Courses that Further Optometric Knowledge
“With growing interest in dry eye and orthokeratology, the ACO has worked in consultation with our members and leading industry experts to develop a series of clinical workshops that enable optometrists to develop their expertise and practical skills in these fast-developing areas.
These workshops are designed for optometrists seeking to further their expertise in the growing fields of dry eye and orthokeratology and will equip attendees with the knowledge and practical skills to enhance their level of patient care,” said Laura De Angelis, ACO Clinical Educator Coordinator.
The ACO also provides certificate courses and a monthly online seminar series (ACO Members only) to support optometrists to deepen their knowledge and broaden their patient eye care services.