21st Annual Cornea and Contact Lens Residents Symposium

September 02, 2019 Posted by GPLI


On August 1-4, the GPLI provided a four-day combination seminar and workshop program to a record 40 cornea and contact lens residents, fellows, and graduate students.  The program was held for the 11th time (i.e., every other year) at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.  As a result of the support of Dr. Nicky Lai, Chief of the Contact Lens Service, and Dr. Kim Weisenberger, graduate fellow who coordinated the workshop program, the symposium was very successful. There were no less than 18 presentations and workshops held on every conceivable topic pertaining to custom contact lenses including spherical, multifocal, toric, irregular cornea, scleral, orthokeratology, and custom soft lenses. The faculty included Maria Walker, Tom Quinn, Craig Norman, Randy Kojima, Greg DeNaeyer, Nicky Lai, Daniel Deligio, Chris Smiley, and Chantel Mundy.  In addition, optometry icon, Dr. Joe Barr, moderated a career opportunities panel. There were also  presentations on public speaking, writing for publication, and how to be an effective clinical preceptor in addition to presentations on billing and coding, and corneal topography assessment.
The residents were very complimentary in their survey results and comments. 100% of the residents commented that the program increased their skills and knowledge with 92% indicating that they strongly agreed that their skills were increased. Representative comments included the following:

"This has been the best meeting I've been to.  The skills gained from this symposium provide an excellent foundation to begin fitting specialty contact lenses for the rest of my career."

"The GPLI website is a great resource and I'm forever grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this conference."

"I am so grateful to have been a part of GPLI 2019.  It was an amazing experience learning CL clinical pearls and reviewing key foundational information from CL experts.  Really enjoyed the workshops greatly!"

"This educational experience was amazing.  It was so valuable to meet the industry representatives and experts and learn about different lens options.  I feel better prepared for patients."

This program would not be possible without the support of CLMA member laboratories and companies. A number of representatives provided invaluable assistance as it pertained to both arrangements - including transportation of the residents - as well as providing their expertise on specialty lenses. They included Erik Anderson (Art Optical), Dede Reyes (ABB OPTICAL), Manoel Carvalho (BostonSight), John Hibbs (Contamac US), MaryAnn Kail, (Essilor), Kelsey Roberts (Valley Contax), John Belliveau (Visionary), Kemberly Grizzaffi (Visionary Optics LLC), Tony Caporali (X-Cel Specialty), Brett Cochran (AccuLens), Daniel Bell (Acuity Polymers), Keith Parker (Advanced Vision Technologies), Jennifer Root (Euclid Systems Corp.), David Slater (EyePrint Pro), Dr. Randy Sakamoto (Menicon), Lora Castle (Metro Optics) Deborah Antener (SynergEyes) and George Mera (TruForm Optics). In addition, CLMA President Kurtis Brown and Contact Lens Spectrum Managing Editor, Lisa Starcher, also attended the meeting. www.gpli.info

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