Focus on Fundamentals - Agenda

Focus on Fundamentals

ATPO Member Rate: $150
Non-Member Rate: $175

Saturday, May 15, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: All listed times are in CENTRAL TIME


8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome from OPS and ATPO

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Visual Acuity Testing


Course Summary:
This presentation is intended to help enhance the understanding of ophthalmic and optometric personnel who perform visual acuity testing. The steps of "how to" perform visual acuity testing, "what if" a particular pattern or observation is noted, and "what else or other" testing should be done based on the results, will be discussed. With greater understanding, the assistant is better able to perform visual acuity testing accurately, effectively, and efficiently.

Session Outcomes:

  1. Test and record distance visual acuity
  2. Test and record pinhole visual acuity
  3. Test and record beyond optotypes
  4. Test and record near visual acuity
  5. Test and record infants and children
  6. Test and record illiterate and non-verbal adults
  7. Be more familiar with visual acuity results, patterns, and next steps to consider
  8. Have a better understanding of how to test special needs patients and the available resources.


9:15 am - 10:15 am

Get a Clue: History and Documentation Tips for Technicians

Micah White, BA, COT, ABOC, NCLEC

Course Summary:
History Taking can be tricky. Some patients may be reluctant to divulge information and others may have trouble articulating their needs, concerns, & information. The goal of this course is to provide sleuthing tools to help gather clues by asking several key questions.

Session Outcomes:

  1. Explain the Importance of history taking
  2. List at least 4 ways to gather information from the patient
  3. Explain why both family and personal health history are important for diagnosing and treating a patient
  4. List 2 social factors that may affect ocular health and function


10:15 am - 11:15 am

"You Have Some Nerve": Pearls and Pitfalls for Glaucoma Centric OCT

Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, CDOS, ROUB, FOPS

Course Summary:
This presentation will begin with a detailed descriptive anatomy review of the Optic nerve, retinal nerve fiber layer and GCC for the beginning ophthalmic OCT imager. Detailed features of the OCT unique to the glaucoma specialist will be emphasized. Use of serial OCT for detection and management of changes over time will be discussed using case studies.

Pearls and pitfalls for accurate baseline imaging and consistent reproduction of diagnostic data will be reviewed using various case studies. Studies will be vendor agnostic.

Session Outcomes:

  1. The student should have an increased knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the retinal nerve fiber layer and GCC complex as it pertains to OCT imaging.
  2. The student should have an enhanced understanding of features unique to glaucoma and how to bet utilize OCT imaging techniques and analytical reports to best support the glaucoma specialist.
  3. The student should have an increased understanding of the terms commonly used in OCT imaging such as segmentation, sector errors, RNFL thinning and GCC focal and global loss.


11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Introduction to Dye Angiography

Darrin Landry, CRA, OCT-C

Course Summary:
In this presentation we will discuss the history of fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography in ophthalmology, its clinical applications and examples of common ocular pathology imaged with both fluorescein angiography and indocyanine green angiography.

Session Outcomes:

  1. Explain the difference between fluorescein and ICG angiography
  2. Describe common findings in FA and ICG angiography
  3. Understand which disease pathologies are best imaged with either dye


12:15 pm - 12:30 pm


Visit our sponsors Local Eye Site and Notal Vision in Zoom breakout rooms during our break at 12:15 PM CT. Representatives from each company will be on hand to answer any questions.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Introduction to Ultra-Widefield Imaging

Olivia Rainey, OCT-C, COA

Course Summary:
This lecture will introduce what ultra-widefield (UWF) imaging is, how it is useful, and what instruments that can be used to image the far periphery of the eye. It will elaborate on principle features of ultra-widefield imaging and help identify how to improve imaging quality. It will discuss various imaging modalities such as fundus color photography, fundus autofluorescence, and fluorescein/indocyanine green angiography. It will help students understand how to recognize and image peripheral pathology with each modality.

Session Outcomes:

  1. Understand the advantages of ultra-widefield imaging systems
  2. Identify ultra-widefield imaging modalities and artifacts
  3. Identify pathology with ultra-widefield systems


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Introduction to Pupillary Assessments


Course Summary:
This presentation is intended to deepen technician's understanding of iris anatomy and physiology, what stimulates pupil dilation and constriction, and how to properly perform and record the results of a thorough pupillary assessment. The instructor will review the key components of a pupillary exam to enhance the technician's work-up skills and better prepare the patient for the doctor.

Session Outcomes:

  1. Review ocular anatomy related to pupiillary assessments
  2. Identify key elements of the pupil exam
  3. Demonstrate proper pupillary assessment methods
  4. List necessary components of accurate pupil exam documentation


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The Art of Test Taking with Confidence

Karen Susco, BS, COMT

Course Summary:
Test taking creates an alarming amount of anxiety in a lot of people. This anxiety frequently holds them back from taking certification exams for IJCAHPO, AOA and OPS. Preparing for certification exams at any level increases the knowledge and skill base for personnel, making certification an important part of staff development. This stress and anxiety-reducing lecture will help with identifying sources of anxiety and make suggestions for managing this anxiety. It will explain where to find the detailed content of each of the certification exams. It will help identify the learning techniques that work best for studying and participants will create their own sustainable study plan for preparing for their certification goals.

Session Outcomes:

  1. Identify symptoms of stress and anxiety related to test taking
  2. Name the three types of learners
  3. List study techniques that work well for different types of learners
  4. Locate content areas for the certification exam of their choice
  5. Create a study plan that is sustainable
  6. Identify how appropriate planning will decrease test anxiety


3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Closing remarks from OPS and ATPO


Bonus Recording

Around the Globe in Sixty Minutes: A Fast-Paced Look at Ocular Anatomy, Physiology, and the Process of Vision

Jacqueline Pullos, COMT, OSC, CTC

Course Summary:
The eye, although small in size, is a complex organ that gives us the ability to see. Familiarity with ocular anatomy and physiology is essential to understanding this organ and the visual process, but boy, is there a lot of stuff in there! So, hold on to your hat! This fast-paced tour of the eye and visual system will cover the major ocular structures, the visual pathway, and the process of vision. Normal presentation as well as common pathology will be presented, along with signs and symptoms patients may experience, in order to improve general ophthalmic knowledge as well as history taking skills.

Session Outcomes:

  1. Correctly label a diagram of the major structures of the eye and the visual pathway
  2. Explain the process of vision
  3. Names three types of ocular pathology and discuss signs and symptoms the patient may experience with each type
  4. Explain how a working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology can be helpful in good history taking.


Bonus Recording

Top 10 Common Retinal Findings

Holly Cheshier, CRA, OCT-C, COT

Course Summary:
This course is designed to join the mind of the technician and imager for improving patient evaluation. The course instructs how to use this combination of knowledge to guide scanning techniques for the top 10 most common findings in our workplace. With this knowledge, we are technicians and imagers can assist the physician by obtaining the best patient evaluation and diagnostic imaging to become more efficient and to maintain patient care.

Session Outcomes:

  1. Identify common retinal imaging findings
  2. Understand the descriptive terms used in diagnostic retinal imaging
  3. Apply the patient evaluation to direct your retinal imaging