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The 34th annual Berkeley Practicum is a three-day virtual continuing education event in January 2023. Topics include the latest news on infectious disease, new developments in glaucoma, focus on diabetes, and more! Up to 12 CE hours are available in this program.


Dates: January 14 – 16, 2023

Speakers and Topics

Please see below for our Berkeley Practicum 2023 schedule of speakers and topics (subject to change).

Saturday, January 14, 2023 (8:00 - 11:50 AM PT)

Karen Walker-Brandreth Keynote

COVID-19 and MPX: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Peter Chin-Hong, MD
University of California, San Francisco

This lecture will review COVID-19 and monkeypox (MPX) epidemiology, review current and emerging diagnostic, treatment and prevention options, and discuss what we all need to do to keep on living productive and healthy lives in the future.

The OD’s Role in Diabetes

Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO
NSU Florida College of Optometry

This course will provide up-to-date information on diabetic retinopathy (DR). Emphasis will be on the OD’s role in diabetes by incorporating the latest in diagnostic modalities and therapeutic advances for vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy (VTDR), proliferative DR, and diabetic macular edema (DME).

Under Pressure: The New Hypertension Guidelines

Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO
NSU Florida College of Optometry

Hypertension is on the rise. With the new guidelines, nearly half of U.S. adults (46%, up from 32%), could be classified with high blood pressure. Detecting early retinal findings can prevent vision loss and, more importantly, disability and premature death from this disease. This course will provide the latest information on hypertension (HTN) and hypertensive retinopathy (HTR). Emphasis will be newest HTN guidelines.

Fight Against Antibiotics Resistance: Are We a Victim or Accomplice?

Kuniyoshi Kanai, OD, FAAO
Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science

Optometrists frequently prescribe antibiotics to treat ocular infection and surface diseases. Optometrists empirically institute therapies in the absence of culture and sensitivity data. Meanwhile, resistance is well-recognized consequence of inappropriate and regular use of antibiotics. This lecture explores the mechanism of resistance and optimal prescribing habit for optometrists.

Sunday, January 16, 2022 (8:00 - 11:50 AM PT)

Eyelid Ptosis: Make the Right Diagnosis

Susan Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS
First Sight Vision Care

In this lecture, Dr. Gromacki will discuss recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of acquired ptosis. She will review what constitutes an urgent referral; a non-urgent referral; and when and how optometrists can manage the condition themselves. The latter includes the important history questions; the causes of acquired ptosis; how to perform the clinical testing needed for documentation and diagnosis; a review of the literature; and a pharmacological treatment that can be performed by ODs in-office.

Infectious Retina

Raman Bhakhri, OD, FAAO
Illinois College of Optometry

Infectious retinal diseases can be devastating as they can to lead permanent vision and field loss. This course will review common causes of infectious retinal disease, such as bacteria and viruses, in immunocompetent and immunocompromised patients.

The Corneal Dystrophies: Pearls for Diagnosis and Management

Susan Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS
First Sight Vision Care

Corneal dystrophies have both systemic and genetic components, and we are learning more about them each day. What is that abnormality in your patient’s cornea and what should you do about it? You will learn via a layer-by-layer review of corneal dystrophies, utilizing the presenter’s own clear images. Special emphasis will be placed on each condition’s association with systemic disease. The newest development—in-office genetic testing for over 70 mutations of the TGFBI gene, commercially available in 2021—will be discussed in great detail.

Watch Out! Ocular Effects of Systemic Drugs

Raman Bhakhri, OD, FAAO
Illinois College of Optometry

Although most systemic drugs are safe when used as indicated, many can result in ocular effects in acute or chronic settings. This course will discuss the common and rare ocular effects of established and newer drug therapies.

Monday, January 17, 2022 (8:00 - 11:50 AM PT)

New Developments in Glaucoma: Diagnosis and Treatment

Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO
Illinois College of Optometry

The glaucoma “space” is busy with many developments in the diagnosis, treatment and management of glaucoma. New technologies offer improved ways to identify and diagnosis glaucoma suspects, while new medications and less risky treatment interventions (MIGS) offer safer treatment options. This course will highlight these evolving changes and discuss how they might fit in to current practice patterns.

Anti-VEGF and the Eye: Past, Present, and Future

Anthony DeWilde, OD, FAAO
VA Kansas City Health Care

Anti-VEGF medication has caused a paradigm shift in the maintenance of retinal vein occlusions, diabetic retinopathy, and wet age-related macular degeneration. This course highlights the diagnosis, treatment, and referral of these conditions now that Anti-VEGF is the standard treatment.

Is My Glaucoma Patient Progressing?

Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO
Illinois College of Optometry

This course will discuss all the important aspects of progression detection and management in follow up care for patients with ocular hypertension glaucoma. Appropriate use of visual field testing and OCT imaging with progression analysis software is covered in details via numerous case presentations. Distinguishing between true progression and artifact is emphasized.

What a Pain! An Optometrist’s Guide to Headaches

Anthony DeWilde, OD, FAAO
VA Kansas City Health Care

Many patients come to the eye doctor concerned that headaches are related to their eyes. This course is designed to highlight important diagnostic strategies for optometrists to diagnose and manage patients with headaches: to help determine which headaches originate from ocular conditions and which headaches can have ocular manifestations.


Online registration for this program is OPEN. Registration will close on Thursday, January 12, 2023, or when capacity is filled, whichever comes first.

Attendance Options

You can receive a discount if you register for the full, 3-day program (12 CE hours) or you can choose to register for individual days (4 CE hours on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday).

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Register on or before November 30, 2022:

Full Program: $300
A La Carte Per Day: $110

Register on or after December 1, 2022:

Full Program: $350
A La Carte Per Day: $120

Continuing Education Credits

12 COPE-accredited CE hours will be available for the full, 3-day virtual program (COPE credit is pending). These high-quality, interactive lectures will be offered via Zoom webinar.

COPE Activity #TBA

Saturday, January 14: 4 CE Hours

Sunday, January 15: 4 CE Hours

Monday, January 16: 4 CE Hours

COPE CE Guidelines

This program will take place via Zoom webinar. Attendees will be able to interact with the speaker and ask questions in real-time via Zoom video conference. The program is considered Interactive Distance Learning per COPE’s “Transition Period for Interactive Online CE” guidelines listed on the ARBO website.

However, this activity falls outside the currently documented transition period, which ends on December 31, 2022. We will update this page when we receive updated guidance from COPE on whether post-course tests will be required for COPE-accredited Interactive Distance Learning in 2023.

California Board of Optometry CE Guidelines

This program meets the live, interactive CE coursework requirements of the California State Board of Optometry listed at Per the “Optometrist Continuing Education Requirements” documentation, interactive courses offered live over internet platforms such as Zoom, or courses being offered by COPE, count towards the 30 hours required of live continuing education course credits in California (i.e., they are NOT considered “self-study” courses).


View our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on registration, CE credit guidelines, certification letters, cancellations, and refunds.