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February 1st - 3rd

  • 2019 Continuing Education Seminar - Eye Education Foundation

Credit Hours: 21 Hours Approved


The Eye Education Foundation &

University of Houston College of Optometry presents

The 2019 Continuing Education Seminar

February 1-3, 2019 at Eye Center South, Dothan, Alabama



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Course Notes

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Speaker Biographies

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Continuing Education with Examination (CEE)

Twelve hours of CEE are available. Participation in examination is optional, and exam credit applies only to certain state boards that require TQ/CEE credit – check with your licensing state board for details. Participants must have attended the corresponding live course in order to receive credit for completion of the quiz. Upon successfully completing each quiz with a 70% or above, a certificate of completion will be available for you to print and send directly to your state board(s).


Florida license holders – the deadline for exam completion is February 17th. UHCO will report your CEE/TQ hours directly to Florida’s CE Broker System.


Please use the following instructions to access and complete each exam:

  1. Select the Agenda & Quizzes tab.
  2. Click the Take Quiz button next to the lecture for which you wish to complete an examination.
  3. Enter your information in the fields provided, then click Continue To The Exam.
  4. Complete the quiz in its entirety, then click Grade This Quiz.
  5. The next screen will explain how to proceed based on your score:
    • If you passed, an email will be generated to the CE Office to verify your attendance to the program. This verification process takes 24 hours. Once verified, a certificate of completion will be sent to the email address you provided at the beginning of the quiz.
    • If you failed, the screen will provide an option to retest or return to the exam listing.
  6. Repeat these steps for each exam you wish to complete.





Richard Bryant, MD

Dr. Bryant was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. He attended Birmingham Southern College graduating with a B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude), and he received his MD degree at Vanderbilt University. After completing his General Surgery Internship at Emory University and residency at University of Alabama at Birmingham, he moved to Los Angeles to complete a two year, highly specialized, surgical fellowship in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, as well as at US News and World Report top ranked UCLA medical center, Jules Stein Eye Institute, focusing on plastic surgery relating to the eyelids, browlifts, orbital, and lacrimal surgery, and thyroid eye disease. This was then followed by another surgical fellowship training under world renowned Cosmetic Surgeons in Beverly Hills, CA, in the discipline of Cosmetic surgery with focus on face lifting, necklifting, fat transfer, liposuction, laser resurfacing, chemical peeling, and many other cosmetic procedures. Dr. Bryant is one of only 500 surgeons nationwide to be admitted to the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Bryant is board certified and is a diplomate of both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Ophthalmology. His highly specialized training allows him to meticulously focus on the details of facial cosmetic surgery.



Sebastian Heersink, MD

A native of Dothan, Dr. Heersink graduated with a with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, he was inducted into the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma, and won the Padmakar P. Lele award for his senior thesis. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where he was inducted into the National Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He was a research fellow at the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD. He completed his Ophthalmology training at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Heersink’s professional memberships include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is a corneal specialist, and his primary clinical interests include the diagnosis, management, and surgical treatment of cataracts including complicated cataract procedures, refractive surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmic care.



Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD

Dr. Hitchmoth is a nationally-recognized, award-winning doctor, professor, lecturer, and educator. She has extensive ophthalmic industry, executive healthcare management, policy, clinical outcomes, and health systems data analysis experience. She retired from her position as Chief of Optometry and Director of Optometric Residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital this past summer, but will continue to see patients in her Hanover office. She is also excited to announce the opening of her New London office which will be her primary office location. She has partnered with Zeiss Meditec to create a Center of Excellence in rural New Hampshire to ensure the latest technology, research, and education reaches her home-town community. Dr. Hitchmoth also recently joined the Executive Team at Zeiss Meditec Global as a Senior Business Consultant. Dr. Hitchmoth is an avid philanthropist and patient advocate, as well. She was recently appointed to the Executive Board for the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety and travels to Washington D.C. to work with politicians and policy makers to ensure patients come first in our healthcare system. She continues to hold clinical professor appointments at several universities and continues to lecture on a national basis. She is a past state society President and has served in national leadership roles in the American Optometric Association over the past 25 years. She is VA residency trained and a Fellow of the Academy and the Optometric Retina Society. She is dual-board certified in general and medical optometric care. She is currently on the Ocular Nutrition and Wellness Society Board, as well as several other speakers bureaus and advisory boards, including her alma mater's board of Trustees at the New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA. Her publication and research interest centers on retinal biomarkers of brain and systemic disease. Dr. Hitchmoth is also recognized as the nations expert on retinal multi-spectral imaging. Over the years, Dr. Hitchmoth has received countless accolades. She was awarded the AOA Advocate of the year in 2017. Other notable awards include the Disabled American Veterans Doctor of the Year, the American Optometric Association's Young Optometrist of the year, the New Hampshire Optometrist of the Year, NECO-Alcon educator of the year, and NECO young alumnus of the year, to name a few. She is also a past recipient of the New Hampshire Union Leader's "Top Forty under 40"  for her advocacy work for citizens of New Hampshire.




Bruce Onofrey, RPh, OD

Dr. Onofrey is a 1982 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and completed his residency at the Albuquerque Veterans Administration  Medical Center. He also has degrees in Chemistry and Pharmacy. He retired from the Lovelace Medical Center Eye Department after 25 years where he served as the Chief of Optometry and Vice-Chairman of eye services. Dr. Onofrey currently serves as a clinical professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry and is the Executive Director of Continuing Education Programs. His special interests include lectures in general and ocular pharmacology and clinical drug research. Dr. Onofrey is a frequent contributor to ophthalmic literature. He is the current editor of "Clinical Optometric Pharmacology and Therapeutics", and the author of “The Ocular Therapeutics Handbook-A Clinical Manual,” both published by Lippincott. He also serves as a contributing editor to “Primary Care Optometry News." He is an internationally recognized lecturer on the management of ocular disease and the use of pharmaceutical agents.




Jack Parker, MD, PhD

Dr. Parker is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the treatment of keratoconus and Fuchs dystrophy. He is currently the only U.S. eye surgeon fellowship trained at NIIOS, the Dutch Institution, that developed modern corneal lamellar surgery (DMEK, DSEK, and Bowman layer transplantation). His PhD thesis, Recent Innovations in Minimally Invasive Anterior and Posterior Lamellar Keratoplasty, was co-promoted by Dr. Gerrit Melles and Dr. Martine Jager and was accepted by Leiden University on July 4, 2017. Dr. Parker currently serves on the board of Directors of NIIOS USA.




Harsha Sen, MD

Dr. Sen received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to complete his Internship in Internal Medicine at his alma mater. He served his Residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Virginia and his Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Duke University. Dr. Sen has extensive clinical, surgical, research, and teaching experience as a faculty member of Duke University and the University of Kentucky, and is a past Director of the Retina Service at the University of Kentucky. He has been published in numerous medical journals and collaborated in the development of the first intraocular sustained-release drug implant. He is a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and has received professional recognition in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Sen joined Eye Center South as a successful retinal surgeon and published researcher. He has always dedicated himself to the care of his patients, striving for the best possible medical and surgical outcomes while incorporating the latest innovations and surgical techniques. 




Joseph Sowka, OD

Dr. Sowka is a Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where he serves as Chief of The Advanced Care Service and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the College’s Eye Institute.  He is also Chair of the Department of Optometric Sciences. He is the longest tenured faculty member at the College. Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Sowka is a Glaucoma Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry, and he is the lead author of the annual Handbook of Ocular Disease Management published by Review of Optometry. He is a partner and co-owner of Optometric Education Consultants. 



Will be held @

Eye Center South

2800 Ross Clark Circle Ste 1
Dothan,AL 36301

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Friday, February 01, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:05 AM Announcements & Introductions
8:05 AM - 9:45 AM Management of Infectious Eye Disease – The Next Generation of Treatments
by Bruce Onofrey, RPh, OD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60318-AS
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Break & Visit Exhibits
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM AREDS II and U
by Bruce Onofrey, RPh, OD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60320-PH
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch & Visit Exhibits
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Cardiovascular Risk and the Eye
by Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60505-SD
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Break & Visit Exhibits
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Can We Change the Course of Diabetic Eye Disease
by Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60511-SD
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Case Based Management of Pain
by Bruce Onofrey, RPh, OD
Credit Hours: 1.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60322-PH
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner & Visit Exhibits

Saturday, February 02, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:05 AM Announcements & Introductions
8:05 AM - 8:55 AM Clinical Research Update
by Sebastian Heersink, MD
Credit Hours: 1.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60587-GO
8:55 AM - 9:45 AM Cornea Surgical Update
by Jack Parker, MD, PhD
Credit Hours: 1.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60405-PO
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Break & Visit Exhibits
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Rules and Exceptions in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease
by Joseph Sowka, OD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 49232-NO
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch & Visit Exhibits
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Oculofacial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery
by Richard Bryant, MD
Credit Hours: 1.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60653-PO
1:50 PM - 2:45 PM Eyelids and Periocular Lesions
by Richard Bryant, MD
Credit Hours: 1.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60655-AS
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Florida Jurisprudence
by Joseph Sowka, OD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / General
Cope ID: 60400-EJ
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Break & Visit Exhibits
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Rapid Fire Grand Rounds
by Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, Bruce Onofrey , RPh, OD and Joseph Sowka, OD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60503-PD

Sunday, February 03, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:05 AM Announcements & Introductions
8:05 AM - 9:45 AM Clinical Discussions in Glaucoma
by Joseph Sowka, OD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60518-GL
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM Retina 2019: Fundamentals of Grading, Management of Decision Making and Treatment Update
by Harsha Sen, MD
Credit Hours: 2.0 / D/T
Cope ID: 60744-PS