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Understanding VKC: Not “Just an Allergy”

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a seasonally recurring, bilateral, and severe form of allergic inflammation affecting the ocular surface. This relatively uncommon type of allergic eye disease can cause severe damage to the ocular surface, leading to corneal scarring and vision loss if not treated properly. The disease happens in children as well as adults with a male preponderance in children.

Join us for a great discussion, with leading experts Dr. Susan Resnick and Dr. Susan J. Gromacki as we dive into a comprehensive overview of VKC, its impact on QoL of patients, management and addressing treatment gaps in Adult VKC.

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OCT Angiography: Age Related Macular Degeneration with Dr. Julie Rodman

In this practice building with OCTA webinar, Dr. Julie Rodman expands on her most recent webinar, “OCT Angiography: How to apply the data clinically for diabetes management,” to discuss Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and the outer retina.

She will present a step-by-step guide to assessing the outer retina with OCTA, applying the data clinically, and incorporating AngioAnalytics to monitor disease progression over time.

Attendees of this course will explore:

• How to assess the outer retina with OCTA
• How to apply OCTA data clinically for AMD
• How to monitor retinal disease over time

This webinar is ideal for clinicians and practice owners looking to learn how to utilize OCTA to assess Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and outer retinal disease.

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More Efficient Field Testing Using VR with Dr. Paul Karpecki


Like any test that has evolved over time, today’s visual field tests have grown more accurate and reliable, but legacy systems have remained cumbersome for patients and practices alike.

In this ODwire.org webinar, Paul Karpecki, OD, explores how advancements in technology can help your practice overcome the limitations of legacy visual field tests.

He will discuss how the combination of Virtual Reality headsets with advanced, time-tested software, will lead to more efficient and accurate testing with a positive patient experience.


Attendees of this course will learn:

* How new technology can increase comfort and decrease anxiety for the patient, technician and practitioner

* How features like Active Eye Tracking provide reliable visual field results

* Why new testing modalities will improve testing speed and clinic efficiency


About Paul Karpecki, OD:

As a practicing Optometrist and Medical Director of KEPLR Vision, Dr. Karpecki leverages his expansive clinical expertise and business acumen to elevate the role of Optometry.

He is committed to innovation and collaborates to bring new technologies and innovative treatments to the Optometric space. He serves as Director of Cornea Services at Kentucky Eye Institute in Lexington, KY, Gaddie Eye Centers in Louisville, KY and Center for Sight in Carmel, IN.

In addition to completing a full year Retina Fellowship at one of the top 20 US practices, Retina Associates of Kentucky, he is the Associate Professor at the University of Pikeville Kentucky of Optometry.

In addition, Dr. Karpecki serves as Chief Medical Editor for Review of Optometry and has authored 30+ peer reviewed articles, 400+ non-peer reviewed and 7 book chapters.


About the featured technology:

The Smart System | VR Headset by M&S Technologies is a programmable VR Headset with Surface Pro 7 tablet that is powered by time-tested software for fast, accurate and convenient visual field testing.

This portable device includes Active Eye Tracking Functionality, QuickScreen Visual Field testing with full Threshold testing in 3 minutes per eye, and an intuitive interface for ease of use.

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OCT Angiography: How to Apply the Data Clinically for Diabetes Management with Dr. Julie Rodman

Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography, or OCTA, is new, non-invasive approach to visualizing retinal vasculature that is transforming the way physicians see diabetes.

In this practice building with OCTA series, recognized thought leader Dr. Julie Rodman discusses how to see retinal vasculature without having to refer patients out, visualize signs of disease earlier, make more intelligent referrals, manage more pathology, and elevate the practice with state-of-the-art imaging technology.

Attendees of this course will explore:
• The difference in time domain OCTspectral domain OCT, and OCTA
• How OCT Angiography works
• How to apply the data clinically for inner retinal disease management

This webinar is ideal for clinicians and practice owners looking to learn more about the clinical impact of OCT Angiography for inner retinal disease, specifically diabetic eye disease.

Discuss this webinar & ask questions in this thread

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Introducing the Wellness Exam Scan with Dr. Julie Rodman

The Wellness Exam is a proprietary scan that provides an invaluable snapshot of a patient’s ocular health prior to the patient examination.

Recognized thought leader and CEwire speaker Dr. Julie Rodman facilitates a practice growth webinar series starting with a comprehensive review of the Optovue Wellness and AngioWellness features and discusses how the data can be used as an assessment tool that uncovers the need for more extensive, problem-specific imaging.

Attendees of this course will explore:

* How to incorporate the Wellness program into their practices to diagnose and manage more diseases
* How to interpret scans including retina, glaucoma, and anterior segment
* How to integrate advanced OCT imaging into their daily workflow

This webinar is ideal for clinicians and practice owners looking to enhance the patient experience, discover disease and grow their business through the implementation of Wellness.

Discuss this webinar & ask questions in this thread

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TOTAL30® Contact Lens with Drs. Erich Bauman and Jessica Crooker


In this ODwire TV episode, we discuss the TOTAL30® contact lens, including the science and technology behind the lens, how to use it in clinical practice, and why reusable lenses are still important in 2022.

Today’s guests are Dr. Jessica Crooker and Dr. Erich Bauman. 

Ask any follow-up questions about the lens in this discussion thread.

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Using Integrated Telehealth to Expand your Reach

What role does telehealth play in Optometry?
What can a practice owner do to provide on-demand, patient-centric care?

In this ODwire.org Webinar, Rasa Tamulavichus, OD — the founder of Big City Optical with over 16 years of practice experience and 16 locations to date — will present a practice owner’s point of view on new technology investment and how she utilizes the latest innovations to grow and scale her business while enhancing the patient experience.

She will describe how the right technology combination allows her to provide exceptional patient care as the primary care doctor for the eye.

We will explore how today’s most advanced and highly automated technologies will empower owners and eye care professionals to evolve their practice and elevate the complete customer experience.

We’ll also dive into how implementing Visionix® solutions has also allowed her to be an effective educator and patient advocate.

The webinar will explore:

* How Dr. Tamulavichus reimagined patient care during a pandemic
* How to reimagine the role of the Optometrist
* How to reimagine the patient experience

This webinar is ideal for clinicians and practice owners looking to enhance the patient experience and grow their business through the implementation of telehealth.

Discuss this webinar & ask questions in this thread

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Contact Lens Innovations: Improving Patient Outcomes with Dr. Pamela Lowe

In this ODwire.org Webinar, Pamela Lowe, OD, FAAO of Niles, IL discusses the latest in contact lens materials and designs.

The focus of the talk is on how this new tech is used in Alcon’s contact lens product line; we’ll review the technology, and how each lens can work for different patients and lifestyles.

Click here to watch the show and join the discussion with your peers.

Dr. Lowe is the Past President of the Illinois Optometric Association and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at ICO. She has been in private practice since 1992.


Dr. Lowe was compensated by Alcon for her participation in this webinar.

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Growing your “Middle Age” Practice to $1MM and Beyond – Dr. Kevin Henne [#R051]

Fewer than 5% of optometric practices ever get past the $1 million dollar a year revenue landmark.

Indeed, according to Dr. Jerry Hayes in his book, getting past the $900k barrier is one of the most daunting challenges a practitioner faces.

The Challenge:
How can a solo practitioner, in practice for 30 years with mostly static growth, ramp up his practice to crack the $1MM barrier?

In this on-the-road episode of ODwire.org Radio, we take a trip to Jacksonville, FL to speak with Dr. Kevin Henne and Dr. Tim Petito.

We first talk to Dr. Henne about how he’s transformed his “mature” practice to accelerate its growth in an attempt to crack the million-dollar revenue barrier.

We specifically cover:

  • Why Dr. Henne decided to “go for it” and accelerate the growth of his practice with new technology, after years of stable growth
  • What tech he decided to implement, including automated refraction systems (the EPIC system) and automated patient recall systems
  • How it altered his workflow
  • Whether or not his staff resisted (or mutinied!)
  • How his gross and net have improved
  • How the perception of his office has changed with patients
  • What some of the challenges were in the implementation phase
  • …. and whether or not he’s made it to $1MM!

Dr. Petito also tells us about his practice which is demographically very different from Dr. Henne’s (ie, more elderly), but still benefitted from new technology.

Dr. Henne and Dr. Petito can take your questions in this thread.

(Thanks to Marco for inviting me into their corporate HQ and providing us with a nice quiet space for us to record the interview! I confess that I totally littered their place with cables, microphones, etc… and I didn’t even have Paul around to blame!)

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Biologic Therapies and PROKERA with Dr. Nick Colatrella [#R038]

Biologic therapies (using substances made from living organisms to treat disease) are the latest cutting-edge tool that you can implement in your practice to improve patient outcomes.

In this ODwire.org Radio show, we sit down with Nick Colatrella, OD, FAAO to discuss:

  • What biologic therapies are
  • How he uses them in his private practice in Minnesota
  • How clinicians who want to get started with biologic therapies can do so & build them into their practices.

We also talk more in-depth with Dr. Colatrella about PROKERA®, a biologic corneal bandage composed of preserved amniotic membrane tissue.

Docs who want to provide leading-edge care to their patients & differentiate themselves should take a listen to this show!

Please discuss your experiences with biologic therapies in the thread below, Dr. Colatrella can answer any follow-up questions here!

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