During this 14 credit-hour program, participants will have a comprehensive and systematic overview of the mechanisms and applications of myopia management options. An interactive and integrative clinical grand rounds will also be provided to allow practitioners to effectively apply knowledge learned from the didactic and clinical settings into real-life patient management. The program is taught by world-leading experts in both basic and clinical myopia research, who will present the latest evidence-based information on the clinical management of progressive myopia. The course provides a unique opportunity for anyone who is eager to get a full-scope understanding of myopia from bench to bedside.

2020 Academy Dates

To Be Announced

Location

 Sessions will be held in Lecture Hall 489 in Minor Hall at the School of Optometry on the UC Berkeley Campus.

Early Registration Discounted Price
March 1 to March 31: $1,800

Late Registration
April 1 to April 19: $2,000

Contact matthieu.kaminski@berkeley.edu past the registration date.

Cancellation requests:
- All cancellations received by Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm are eligible for a full refund.
- Cancellations received by Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm are eligible for a 50% refund.
- No refunds after Saturday, April 11, 2020.
- All requests must be made in writing by email to matthieu.kaminski@berkeley.edu.

Registration

Registration for this program is now OPEN. Registration closes on April 19.
Contact matthieu.kaminski@berkeley.edu past the registration date.

Registration Closed

CE Credits

14 CE hours are available for the full two day program and will be COPE approved.

Daily CE Breakdown

Day 1 (7 CE Hours)
Myopia Management

Day 2 (7 CE Hours)
Myopia Management

Speakers

Celia Gong, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor
UC Berkeley School of Optometry

Sarah Kochik, OD, Phd
Assistant Clinical Professor
UC Berkeley School of Optometry

Maria Liu, OD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry and Vision Science
UC Berkeley School of Optometry

Karen Molina, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor
UC Berkeley School of Optometry

Christine Wildsoet, OD, Phd
Professor of Optometry and Vision Science
UC Berkeley School of Optometry

Program Outline

Day 1: First Morning Session

2 CE Hours

RETHINKING WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT MYOPIA (2 hours)
Speakers: Dr. Maria Liu, Dr. Chris Wildsoet

Despite consistent evidence supporting the efficacy of myopia control, the majority of eye care practitioners do not routinely use myopia control in their clinical practice. This introduction will cover the foundation of myopia management from the perspective of experimental models, introduce the complex effect of the optical environment on eye growth and refractive development, and introduce clinical myopia research, including ongoing studies.

Day 1: Second Morning Session

2 CE Hours

EVIDENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT OF PROGRESSIVE MYOPIA (1 hour)
Speakers: Dr. Maria Liu, Dr. Sarah Kochik

This course will provide an overview of the evidence-based approach to myopia therapy in clinical practice, including a review of the safety and efficacy of current treatments, indications and considerations in patient selections for myopia management options, patient recruitment and marketing strategies, exam flows, necessary instrumentation, and patient educational materials.

MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES FOR MYOPIA CONTROL (1 hour)
Dr. Karen Molina

This course will provide an introduction to the use of multifocal contact lenses for myopia control and discuss available lens options, what add power to prescribe, whether to use GP or soft multifocal lenses, distance-center or near-center lenses, as well as MiSight lenses and the future of the patient/parent/doctor team approach to myopia control.

Day 1: Afternoon Session

3 CE Hours

PHARMACEUTICAL MANAGEMENT OF MYOPIA (1 hour)
Speakers:Dr. Sarah Kochik

This course will cover the use of atropine for myopia control, including the recommended dosing strength and frequency and what we know from human clinical trials. Ongoing US clinical trials will be reviewed, and there will be a discussion about how early we should initiate atropine therapy (e.g. should we treat pre-myopes?). Finally, alternative pharmaceutical treatments that have been explored will be reviewed, including 7MX, caffeine, and alternative antimuscarinics (cyclopentolate, tropicamide).

ORTHOKERATOLOGY FOR MYOPIA CONTROL (2 hours)
Speakers: Dr. Maria Liu, Dr. Celia Gong

This course will begin with the basic principles in orthokeratology lens design. The differences in CRT vs VST designs will be reviewed, along with common pitfalls in conducting and interpreting topographical results in orthokeratology treatment. The key factors for initial lens parameter selection will be discussed along with trouble shooting tips from our clinical experience. In addition, we will share our exam flow and special testing for orthokeratology patients, when to washout of treatment, and optical principles behind lens designs for this purpose.

LENS FITTING WORKSHOP (1 hour)
Speakers: All instructors

We will be fitting pre-selected patients into orthokeratology lenses and multifocal contact lenses.

Day 2: Morning Session

4 CE Hours

LENS FITTING WORKSHOP (2 hours)
Speakers: All instructors

During this session, myopia control clinic patients will be examined. Types of patients will include 1-day orthokeratology lens follow-ups, longer-term orthokeratology lens follow-ups, multifocal GP follow-ups, multifocal soft contact lens follow-ups and atropine follow-ups.

GRAND ROUNDS (2 hours)
Speakers: All instructors

A grand rounds session will explore unique cases from our clinical experience including consultations, patients with low myopia and low astigmatism, patients with moderate myopia and low astigmatism, very high myopia with retinal degeneration, progressive myopia with moderate to high astigmatism, early onset myopia without strong motivation for contact lens treatments, combinations of treatments, congenital and/or syndromic myopia, and monocular myopia control.

Day 2: Afternoon Session

2 CE Hours

ORTHOKERATOLOGY TROUBLESHOOTING WORKSHOP (2 hours)
Speaker: Dr. Maria Liu

This workshop will be a continuation from the previous day’s fitting session. In this workshop, student volunteer patients will be fit with various lens designs and the subtle differences in lens fit will be explored.

PANEL DISCUSSION (1 hour)
Speaker: All speakers

The program will conclude with a moderated panel discussion about myopia clinical practice with an option for audience questions.

Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions!

matthieu.kaminski@berkeley.edu

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