35th Annual Scientific Session and Grand Rounds

EyeCAN 2020

Save the date for the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO) Eye Career Advancement & Networking (Eye CAN) Conference, to be held on October 3-4, 2020 in an interactive virtual environment. Eye CAN 2020 will deliver actionable information and training activities that allied ophthalmic professionals can put into practice immediately.

The first 250 Members of ATPO who sign up will be able to do so for FREE!

ATPO is pleased to welcome Iqbal (Ike) K. Ahmed, MD who will deliver the keynote presentation, “Challenging Norms - Combatting Pressure through Innovation & Intervention.” This dynamic session will explore the paradigm shift in glaucoma management, driven by the field of interventional glaucoma through minimally invasive surgery, and will highlight the important difference and connection between research and innovation through the lens of Dr. Ahmed, as a world renowned glaucoma thought leader.

“Dr. Ahmed has a true passion for discovery – his unrelenting curiosity has transformed ophthalmology and patient care,” said ATPO President-elect and Eye CAN 2020 Program Chair Jacqueline Pullos, COMT, OSC, CTC. “We are thrilled to welcome such an inclusive, innovative, and inspiring leader. Dr. Ahmed’s presentation will be a perfect fit for the Eye CAN 2020 Conference, as the entire event is designed to challenge outdated paradigms and create new opportunities for success for allied ophthalmic professionals.”

About Ike Ahmed, M.D.

ike ahmedDr. Ahmed has been a leader in novel treatments for glaucoma, cataract, and lens implant surgery. His pioneering work in innovative glaucoma surgery includes coining the term Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS). He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Professor at the University of Utah, a Research Director at Kensington Eye Institute, and Director of the Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery (GAASS) fellowship, which trains surgeons from around the world. Additionally, is the head of the Ophthalmology Division at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, Ontario.

Dr. Ahmed is recognized as one of the most experienced complex eye surgeons in the world and has performed surgery on 4 continents, published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, authored several books, and has given over 1000 scientific presentations including 40 international visiting professor’s lectures. His award list is long, and includes the Binkhorst Medal Award at ASCRS, the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Innovator of the Year Award, and the inaugural Ophthalmology Innovation Summit Clinical Innovator Award. Dr. Ahmed was named in Canada's Top 40 under 40 in 2010, and more recently recognized as the 3rd most influential ophthalmologist in the world by the industry leading magazine “The Ophthalmologist.”

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Scientific Session: Health, Research and Technology

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Keynote Presentation: Challenging Norms - Combatting Pressure through Innovation & Intervention

Ike Ahmed, MD

This webinar will explore the paradigm shift in glaucoma management driven by the field of interventional glaucoma through minimally invasive surgery. It will highlight the important difference and connection between research and innovation through the lens of world glaucoma leader Dr. Ike Ahmed.

11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 11:45 am

Concurrent Session Room A: Automated Eye Tracking for Assessment of Brain Injury

Uzma Samadani, MD

This course will review how automated eye tracking reveals deficits in ocular motility associated with brain injury.

11:45 am - 12:15pm

Concurrent Session Room A: The Burden of Treatment in Patients with Glaucoma

Brian Stagg, MD

Treatment burden can be defined as the workload of healthcare for patients. Excessive treatment burden can lead to negative outcomes such as reduced quality-of-life, non-compliance and wasted resources. This presentation will discuss a qualitative research project that was conducted to evaluate how patients with glaucoma experience treatment burden.

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Concurrent Session Room A: Introducing the Diaton Tonometer and its Use in Ophthalmology

Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC, CTC, (f)ATPO

This course will introduce the ophthalmic technician to the Diaton Tonometer and a new way to measure intraocular pressure. An overview of the pros and cons of various well known tonometers will be reviewed. Patient selection criteria for use of the Diaton Tonometer will be discussed. A step by step description and demonstration will be provided to measure IOP with the Diaton Tonometer.


Concurrent Session Room B: Ergonomics in Ophthalmology

Allison Early, MD

Eye care providers spend much of our time examining patients in uncomfortable positions that can take a toll on the neck, back, and spine over time. We will discuss posture modifications for better neck and spine alignment in the clinical setting as well as stretches and ways to combat the strain.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Concurrent Session Room A: Development of Gene-Directed Therapies for Early Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Greg Hageman, MD

Doctors have long characterized age-related macular degeneration as a single disease with two stages: The development of drusen (early stage), and the degeneration of the macula with or without neovascularization (later stage). Recently, however, Dr. Hageman and his research team at the Steele Center for Translational Medicine in Salt Lake City have produced a Galileo moment for ophthalmology: AMD is not one biological disease. It is at least two!

This presentation will outline our current understanding of the biology, genetics, and clinical manifestations of AMD, and how these genetic discoveries are being turned into treatments.


Concurrent Session Room B: Orbis International: Sustainable Global Ophthalmology Outreach

Daniel Neely, MD

This program will introduce the attendee to Orbis International, a global eye health NGO serving low- to middle-income countries.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Concurrent Session Room B: Let's Talk TED

Andrew Harrison, MD

This session will discuss the diagnosis and management of patients with thyroid eye disease including the latest in medical and surgical treatments.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Grand Rounds Cases, Pathology and Practice

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Kenneth E Woodworth, Jr., Fellow Lecturer: Where Have I Been? Where are YOU Going?

Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC, CTC, (f)ATPO

What does it take to be a successful ophthalmic assistant? This presentation will describe my ophthalmic assistant journey. My goal is to inspire participants to reach their highest potential. Believe me, if I can, you can! Get ready to be inspired!!!

11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 11:45 am

Grand Rounds Room: What You Say Matters - How to Communicate with Your Ophthalmologist

Jennifer Boush, COMT

Do you struggle to communicate with your ophthalmologist? Are you even afraid to approach them? This is all too common, but there is hope! We will look at your dynamic relationships and learn to use the proper oral presentation techniques to make day-to-day interactions much easier.


Panel Discussion Room: Biometry Panel


Administrative Track: Administrative Panel

11:45 am - 12:15pm

Grand Rounds Room: Grand Rounds Cases and Discussion

Andrew Boush, MD

Up to 3 interesting ophthalmology cases will be presented. In this interactive presentation, participants will have the opportunity to consider and discuss options for medical and/or surgical treatments.


Panel Discussion Room: Outreach Panel

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Grand Rounds Room: The Patient Experience

Veronica Plessinger, BA, COT

This course will provide the attendee with a good foundation for providing an excellent patient experience.


Panel Discussion Room: Contact Lens Panel

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Grand Rounds Room: Professional Boundaries for Ophthalmic Personnel

Lisa Rovick, CO, COMT

We love our patients and want the best for them. How much is too much? How much is too little? What should I do if a patient wants to give me a gift? Professional boundaries are important to establish and follow for patients to receive the best care. This presentation will cover the principle of the "Zone of Helpfulness". Discussions about clinical examples will be encouraged among attendees.


Panel Discussion Room: Imaging Panel

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Grand Rounds Room: Medical House of Horrors: Grand Rounds

Ilia Kennan, COT and Brad Katz, MD

Through a grand rounds style presentation, technicians will gain a better understanding of the physician's expectations when working up patients with systemic diseases that affect the eye.