Congress Info

Everything you need to know about the 36th Biennial Congress.

Congress At-a-Glance

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Toggle

Time Activity
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Registration
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Toggle

Time Activity
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration
7:15 am – 8:20 am CE Breakfast and Opening Keynote
8:30 am – 10:30 am See below for session details
10:30 am – 11:00 am Refreshment Break
11:00 am – 1:00 pm See below for session details
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch Speaker - See below for session details

Friday, July 12, 2019 Toggle

Time Activity
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am – 8:20 am CE Breakfast
8:30 am –11:30 am See below for session details
11:30 am – 3:00 pm OPTOFAIR with Lunch
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm See below for session details

Saturday, July 13, 2019 Toggle

Time Activity
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration
7:30 am – 8:20 am CE Breakfast
8:30 am – 10:30 am See below for session details
8:30 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm See below for session details
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CAO AGM
8:30 pm – midnight CAO Social

Sunday, July 14, 2019 Toggle

Time Activity
7:00 am – 11:20 am Registration
8:30 am – 10:30 am See below for session details
10:30 am – 11:00 am Refreshment Break
11:00 am – 1:00 pm See below for session details

Who's Speaking


Lawrence Brierley, MD

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Lawrence Brierley first worked as an emergency room physician. He then trained in Ophthalmology at UBC in Vancouver, followed by a fellowship year in Jerusalem. He has had further educational appointments in Nice (France), Stanford (California) and a Detweiler scholarship to study corneal disease and surgery in Paris.

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Kenneth W. Eakland, O.D. Pacific University, 1984

Dr. Eakland currently holds the rank of full Professor and has served at Pacific University since 1984 as a faculty member with principle teaching responsibilities in the Medical Pharmacology, Biomedical Ethics, and Public Health course tracks.

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John G. Flanagan, PhD, DSc(hon), FCOptom, FAAO

John G. Flanagan is the Dean and Professor at School of Optometry and Vision Science Program, University of California, Berkeley. He was previously Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo and in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto. He was Director of the Glaucoma Research Unit, Toronto Western Research Institute and a Senior Scientist at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network.

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Blair Lonsberry, MS, OD, MEd, FAAO

Dr. Lonsberry grew up in Rossburn, Manitoba (Canada). He obtained his Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 1996 after completing a Master of Science in Physiology from the University of Manitoba. He completed his residency in Primary Care Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1997, then joined the faculty at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. During his time at SCO, he completed a Master’s in Education degree with an emphasis in adult learning.

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Dr. Cameron McCrodan OD, FCOVD

Dr. Cameron McCrodan is an optometrist, public speaker and pragmatist. He went from being anti-vision therapy to running two VT only clinics on Vancouver Island and one clinic in Brooklyn, New York. He has given a TEDx talk on the subject, and works passionately to improve public and professional awareness.

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Seema Nanda, OD

Dr. Seema Nanda practices alongside a corneal specialist at the Texas Eye Institue, a hospital-based ophthalmology group in House. At the “nJoy” Vision Center on the campus of the University of Houston Collge of Optometry (UHCO), she assists in the pre– and post-op management of iLASIK, Corneal Crosslinking, and ICL’s (Implantable Collamer Lenses).

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David P. Sendrowski, OD, FAAO

Dr. Sendrowski is a Full Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. He is presently the Chief of the Ophthalmology Consultation and Special Testing Service at the Eye Care Clinic. He was residency trained in the area of Hospital based primary care optometry in 1986 and he has lectured extensively in the area of ocular disease diagnosis and management at the college and continuing education venues.

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Lorne Yudcovitch, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Yudcovitch is lead instructor of the Ocular Therapeutics course and most Ocular Disease courses, as well as ocular disease clinic attending doctor. He served as Clinic Director of the Pacific University Northeast and Southeast Portland Eye Clinics, and is currently Chief of the Medical Eye/Ocular Disease service for the college.

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Marilyn Smith, Optician

Marilyn Smith is a retired Faculty Clinical Lecturer from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science. Marilyn has been honoured by the students of the School of Optometry with the Distinguished Clinical/Lab Instructor Award and the Distinguished Clinical Associates Award. Marilyn joined the CCOA Team as the Lead Lecturer and Workshop Instructor in 2014.

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Sonya Cheung, CCOA

Sonya Cheung grew up on the prairies and graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. She obtained her CCOA certification and since 2010 has combined her passion for teaching and optometry through her work with the CCOA program. Sonya has also been involved with her provincial optometric association, and enjoys volunteering with the CNIB.

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Trudi Charest

A licensed Optician with over 25 years of eyecare experience, Trudi Charest is the Co-Founder of 4ECPs, a business resource company for eye care professionals. Trudi is well known for designing, developing and facilitating training and marketing programs to Eye Care Professionals across North America.

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The purpose of the posters is to share knowledge of a specific or unique nature. Poster sessions provide an effective means of stimulating discussion and allow for a more personal exchange of ideas. You can design an individual poster or make it a group effort.

Poster themes can be on any issue related to optometry, including case studies, research studies or new approaches to assessment or management, but in all cases, they should include new information.

For full submission details, download the PDF.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019

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The Victoria Conference Centre

The Victoria Conference Centre (VCC) contributes to the local community by attracting business and economic wealth, supplying excellent conference services and providing sustainable, energy-efficient facilities.

Located on First Nations land, the VCC’s logo represents its mission. The image of three salmon heads, created by First Nations artist Chris Paul, celebrates sacred aboriginal iconology and represents people from across the world coming together.

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CE Schedule

See below for details on each session, listed by day and time.

Thursday, July 11 Toggle

OD-01 Meet the Contacts Tonight...on this 'Red Eye' Flight

Thursday, July 11 | 8:30 - 9:30 | Duration: 1hr

Come join us on our flight as we will diagnose and treat Contact Lens induced red eyes encountered in clinical practice. The passengers on our journey suffer from some common and not so common conditions, such as CLARE Contact Lens Associated Red Eye, A canthameoba Keratitis, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis GPC and CLPI Contact Lens Peripheral Infiltrate. So, fasten your seat belt and get ready to take off on this voyage to identify and manage these ocular ailments.

OD-02 Future of Glaucoma Diagnosis & Management Function and Pressures

Thursday, July 11 | 8:30 - 10:30 | Duration: 2hr

The course will outline the current standards of practice for the structural and functional evaluation of patients with glaucoma and discuss the future of imaging in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma.

OD-03 Vision and Concussion for the Primary Care OD

Thursday, July 11 | 9:30 - 10:30 | Duration: 1hr

Are you seeing patients after concussions or whiplash? Do your patients have visual complaints that don't seem to be explained by the refraction or ocular health testing?

This course is for the primary care OD who wants to learn how to better serve their patients who have sustained a head injury. Learn valuable tips on testing, prescribing, and co-management.

OD-04 What's my beef with Glaucoma

Thursday, July 11 | 11:00 - 12:00 | Duration: 1hr

Glaucoma medications are advancing but still have one major problem-the patient The lecturer will discuss the problems and advantages with prescribing glaucoma medications. What are some things we can do to make a better patient and better outcome for the treatment of the disease.

OD-05 Ocular Manifestations in Autoimmune Disease

Thursday, July 11 | 11:00 - 1:00 | Duration: 2hr

Patients present with an array of systemic disorders. The autoimmune disorders are a varied group of conditions that provide a difficult challenge for both patient and clinician. This interactive presentation will focus on the ocular complications associated with autoimmune disorders, including diagnosis, management and treatment.

OD-06 Headaches, dizziness and nausea in a Primary Care Setting

Thursday, July 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 | Duration: 1hr

Many of your patients will be suffering from headaches, dizziness or nausea. This course will cover the areas (visual and non-visual) that can cause these symptoms, things you can do to help, and which other professionals to refer to for co-management. We can also help make sure their prescription isn't part of the problem.

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OD-07 What's behind vision therapy?

Friday, July 12 | 8:30 - 9:30 | Duration: 1hr

From an incredible skeptic, to practicing only in the area of functional vision or vision therapy, Dr. McCrodan will take a pragmatic approach to introducing and covering a growing area of our profession. Learn about what it can be used to treat, what limits there are, evidence, and how to co-manage.

OD-08 Legends of the Posterior Segment

Friday, July 12 | 8:30 - 10:30 | Duration: 2hr

Optometric physicians are typically comfortable in the diagnosis and treatment of anterior segment conditions. However, the posterior segment is often viewed with less confidence. The following presentation will utilize the latest in interactive technology to review a variety of common posterior segment conditions in a case based format.

OA-01A / OA-01B Unusual Spectacle Measuring & Lensometry

Friday, July 12 | 8:30 - 10:00 & 10:15 - 11:45 | Duration: 1.5hr

While many optometric practices depend on their automated lensometer to neutralize or check spectacles prescriptions, knowledge of some special design lenses is very necessary. This 90 minute hands-on workshop (with manual lensometers) will go through the neutralization of unusual & more difficult lens designs such as bicentric lenses, lenses with prism, high plus with a bifocal for true add power & using the PAL template correctly for best results. This workshop will be limited to 20 participants and all participants must have a working knowledge of how to use a manual lensometer.

OD-09 Systemic and Medical Jeopardy

Friday, July 12 | 9:30 - 11:30 | Duration: 2hr

In a game show format, participants will play against one another to see how many points they can build up from their knowledge of systemic disease states and medical treatment of common disorders one may encounter in the practice setting. Questions get more difficult as the question value increase.

OD-10 New lasers for the treatment of AMD

Friday, July 12 | 10:30 - 11:30 | Duration: 1hr

This lecture will talk about the 2-RT laser for RPE revitalization. Will go over data that has been accumulating over the past year with very positive in terms of its role in preventing progression of AMD. Will also talk about the Clear-K laser which is not yet available, but which has been used on a trial basis in patients who have significant central visual loss from geographic atrophy to regain some lines of visual acuity.

OA-02 Resolving Conflict

Friday, July 12 | 3:00 - 3:50 | Duration: 50 mins

Conflict in organizations is a natural occurrence in an environment where people are working closely every day. Most business leaders or managers are not taught how to deal with conflict so it is often left unresolved. What happens when conflict is not resolved is everything from loss of productivity, staff retention issues, loss of revenue and patient satisfaction declines. Conflict affects work period. Understanding how to deal with it is an important and crucial business strategy to ensure your team is cohesive and productive.


Friday, July 12 | 3:00 - 5:00 | Duration: 2 hrs

OD-11 Cryo-preserved Amniotic Membrane: A New Hope

Friday, July 12 | 3:00 - 5:00 | Duration: 2hr

This course discusses a new technology to aid the practitioner in the treatment of various corneal epithelial anomalies. Initially, the inflammatory response is reviewed, including how a scar is formed. Then current passive treatment regimens will be deliberated, leading to a discussion of active treatment with biological bandages. A dialogue on several types of corneal syndromes will then be studied, including Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy, Neurotrophic Ulcers, Recurrent Corneal Erosions, and the management of Dry Eyes. The regenerative and healing properties will then be validated through case examples seen in clinical practice. Also, a comparison of dry versus cryopreserved amniotic membrane will be highlighted. Lastly, treatment protocols and the application and removal process of the biological membrane will be communicated.

OA-03 Tuning In – The Art of TRULY Listening

Friday, July 12 | 4:00 - 5:00 | Duration: 1hr

Truly listening is indeed an “job” both socially & in the work environment. Not only must we turn off our own “mind chatter” but we must tune into what others are telling us and sometimes read “between the lines” particularly for excellent optometric client care. This lecture will present practical ways to become an excellent listener as well as some body language signals that note when you are being heard.

OD-12 The future structure of Glaucoma

Friday, July 12 | 4:00 - 5:00 | Duration: 1hr

The clinical relevance of both structural change and the functional deficits associated with the development of glaucoma has been debated for many years. New techniques for the evaluation of visual function and high-resolution techniques for the quantification of structural change will be introduced. The scientific principles, clinical application and relevance of these techniques will be presented with particular respect to present day optometric practice. Methods to recognize change over time have been introduced trend and event analysis, and new progression software will be discussed. Finally, the concepts of integrating functional information with structural data to better recognize glaucoma loss and its progression will be discussed.

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OD-13 Clinical Challenges in Uveitis Tales from the AC

Saturday, July 13 | 8:30 - 10:30 | Duration: 2hr

The course will review the management of anterior uveitis and proper approaches to treatment and disease management. Specific types of anterior uveitis will be discussed along with specific physical signs the patient may present with along with the anterior uveitis. Laboratory testing and treatment strategies are discussed as well.

OA-04 Dispensing the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Pair

Saturday, July 1 | 8:30 - 9:30 | Duration: 1hr

Very few optometric clients can truly get by with one pair of glasses & we have SO much to offer our clients in fantastic frame & lens designs!! This 50-minute lecture will review how to be prepared to offer the 2nd, 3rd or even 4th pair of glasses with comfort & ease so the clients’ vocation & avocations are best served with their eyewear. It is the ECPs responsibility to present all aspects of ophthalmic eyewear whether the client chooses to make multiple purchases at their visit or return for new pairs at a later date. It all starts with frame selection!!

OD-15 Genetic Testing and photo...

Saturday, July 13 | 8:30 - 10:30 | Duration: 2hr

Currently 3000 clinical genetic tests are available to health care providers. This number is growing nearly exponentially annually and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. There are multiple tests that are directly related to eye care and ocular conditions seen routinely in optometric practices. This presentation will update participants on the current status of genetic testing available to optometric physicians. The presentation will overview widely held myths regarding genetic testing. Further with the rapid expansion in testing options, selecting the appropriate test based on evidence based recommendations is critical. Specific details on how to determine evidence based relevance will be provided. Detailed examination of optometric relevant genetic testing, c currently available will be discussed. The presentation will include a detailed discussion on the clinical resources currently available to optometric practitioners that can assist them through the important patient counseling and decision process.

OA-05 Dominate Digitally

Friday, July 12 | 9:30 - 10:20 | Duration: 50 mins

There is so much to learn and understand about the world of digital marketing and it is changing rapidly. We will walk you through the basics which you can implement immediately into your marketing strategy and start seeing ROI right away.

OA-06 Why Patients Leave

Saturday, July 13 | 11:00 - 11:50 | Duration: 50 mins

The average independent eyecare practice loses on average 50 of eyeglass prescriptions that walk out the office door for various reasons. This training session will discuss patient behaviours and the changing eyecare landscape. We will look at the four main reasons why a patient leaves our practice and what we can do to stop the walking RX.

OD-16 New Hope Genomics

Saturday, July 13 | 11:00 - 12:00 | Duration: 1hr

Detals coming soon.

OD-17 Oral Pharmaceuticals in Anterior Segment Disease

Saturday, July 13 | 11:00 - 1:00 | Duration: 2hr

This interactive course examines the use of oral pharmaceuticals in the treatment management of a variety of anterior segment diseases. Topical areas include HSV keratitis, herpes zoster ophthalmicus, bacterial allergic conjunctivitis, lid periocular tissues, uveitis and dry eye disease Sjogrens.

OD-18 Glaucoma Under Pressure

Saturday, July 13 | 12:00 - 1:00 | Duration: 1hr

Intraocular pressure IOPis one of the main risk factors for the glaucoma. However, more people with ocular hypertension IOP21mmHgdo not have glaucoma, and many people with glaucoma have IOP within normal limits. The relationship between IOP and systemic blood pressure BP will be discussed, with particular relevance to the development of glaucoma. The importance of ocular perfusion pressure OPP and the optic nerve will be discussed. Finally, the relationship between OPP and intra-cranial pressure ICP, and the clinical importance of the lamina cribrosa pressure differential will be introduced with particular relevance to normal tension glaucoma.

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OD-14 Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber of Dry Eye Spells

Sunday, July 14 | 8:30 - 9:30 | Duration: 1hr

Diagnosing Dry Eye Disease has advanced significantly over the last few years. Understanding the tear film and the effects on the corneal surface will initially be reviewed. Next, through the use of Harry Potters sorting hat, we will be dividing the layers into lipid, aqueous, mucin, and corneal epithelium. Once they are assessed, then we will discuss the appropriate diagnostic test, including, but not limited to MMP-9, Osmolarity, and Meibography. Enter the Secret Chamber and learn all the Dry Spells we can perform as clinical wizards.

OD-19 Optometric Glaucoma Society New Ways to Treat the Patient with Glaucoma

Sunday, July 14 | 8:30 - 10:30 | Duration: 2hr

This course will discuss new ways to treat the glaucoma patient. Included will be a discussion on advances in anterior segment imaging and surgery the role that cataract surgery has in reducing intraocular pressure and how it may be utilized with new devices to reduce the IOP and advances in structural and functional testing to allow improved monitoring of the patient with glaucomatous damage.

OD-20 Reading and learning for primary care ODs

Sunday, July 14 | 9:30 - 10:30 | Duration: 1hr

Parents often bring kids in for exams to rule out vision when there is a learning problem. This course will help to provide a pragmatic understanding of how vision relates to reading/learning, and give you quick and practical tools to use in history and testing.

OD-21 Clinical Cases in Glaucoma

Sunday, July 14 | 11:00 - 12:00 | Duration: 1hr

The lecturer will present clinical cases in which the glaucoma presentation was associated with a systemic disorder or was one in which other systemic factors were thought to play a role in the ocular disease process. Questions will be asked along with a discussion of what was done or what could have been done.

OD-22 Diagnosing & Managing Ocular Urgencies and Emergencies

Sunday, July 14 | 11:00 - 1:00 | Duration: 2hr

Utilizing the latest in interactive technology, this course will review the various presentations of ocular urgencies and emergencies; focusing on triaging, case history and key points in diagnosing various emergent conditions. Appropriate treatment and management plans will be discussed in detail, focusing on current therapeutic intervention.

OD-23 New Apps for the iLid

Sunday, July 14 | 12:00 - 1:00 | Duration: 1hr

This course discusses the latest advances and technologies in diagnosis, management and treatment of lid margin disease. Initially, anterior, posterior, and Demodex blepharitis will be discussed. Then traditional options of treatment, including lids scrubs and doxycycline will lead to a conversation on the new treatment choices with tea-tree oil lid scrubs.



What is Congress?

CAO Congress is a professional Gathering for Optometrists, OD students and Optometric Assistants.

Where is it taking place?

Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia is the site of the Canadian Association of Optometrist’s 36th Biennial Congress.

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