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  • The Glaucoma Specialist Course Complete All 30 Virtual Classroom Hours Online!


Therapeutically certified optometrists statewide can complete one of the three requirements necessary to be licensed as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist as outlined in the legislative bill, H.B. 1051, ONLINE!


Participants may view the lectures at their own pace, but all lectures must be viewed by the end of the calendar year in order to receive CE credit. Upon verified completion of the online lectures, participants will complete an online comprehensive exam while virtually proctored by a UHCO CE Team Member.

 

The recommended reading and the Skills Check-Off List are items exclusive of the online coursework and must be completed by the participant to satisfy board requirements.

 

The $1050 fee includes:

  • 30 virtual classroom hours, plus the Professional Responsibility Course for Texas Optometrists
  • Ability to contact speakers with questions via optce@central.uh.edu
  • Electronic course handouts for lectures featured in the course
  • Comprehensive online examination to be completed with UHCO virtual proctor
  • Wall certificate
  • Letter of completion to be submitted to the Texas Optometry Board with the Application for Glaucoma Specialist

 

Texas Optometry Board Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Information

We recommend course participants carefully read all the information on the TOB website pertaining to the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist License: http://www.tob.state.tx.us/optometric-glaucoma-specialist/index.html. On it you will find the Application for Glaucoma License (includes a link to the Application and Certification of Skills Form) along with Practice Guidelines. The guidelines outline the TOB rules associated with your Optometric Glaucoma Specialist License including information regarding registration requirements with the Texas DPA and U.S. DEA.

 


 

Attention Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Certification Program Participants:

Please note that the content of this program was created prior to the legislative measures passed in June of 2021. Below are details to be aware of once you are licensed as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialists.

 

Texas SB 993 improves the scope of practice for

Optometric Glaucoma Specialists

 

On June 14, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 993 into law.  Effective September 1, 2021, the following provisions of the law apply:

 

  • Licensed Optometric Glaucoma Specialists (OGS) may prescribe any oral medications needed to treat ocular conditions with the following exceptions:
    • Prescriptions for Controlled Substances Schedules 3, 4 or 5 are limited to a 3-day supply
    • Optometrists may not prescribe Controlled Substances Schedules 1 or 2

 

  • The glaucoma co-management process established in 1999 is abolished.  Optometric Glaucoma Specialists may independently diagnose, treat and manage glaucoma patients.  There are five situations where patients must be referred to an ophthalmologist:
    • The patient is younger than 16 years of age and has been diagnosed with glaucoma
    • The patient has been diagnosed with acute closed angle glaucoma
    • The patient has been diagnosed with malignant or neovascular glaucoma
    • The patient has definite optic disc, retinal nerve fiber layer or macular imaging abnormalities consistent with glaucoma and visual field abnormalities in both hemifields or list within five degrees of fixation in at least one hemifield as tested with standard automated perimetry (AAO definition of “severe” glaucoma)
    • The patient is not responding to nonsurgical intervention

 

  • The Texas Optometry Board (TOB), in collaboration with the Texas Medical Board, will adopt rules for investigating and reviewing glaucoma standard-of-care complaints filed with the TOB.  The joint review process expires September 1, 2027.

 

  • No later than December 1, 2021, the Texas Optometry Board will adopt rules necessary to implement the changes in law.

 

Complete details will be provided by the TOB.  Be sure to check their website and newsletter for updates.

 

The two requirements to be licensed as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist include:

  • Completion of a 30-hour course including passing a Comprehensive Exam with a grade of 75% or better
  • Completion of a Skills Check-Off List with an ophthalmologist or optometric glaucoma specialist

 

  •  Recommended Reading:
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology’s “2021-2022 Basic and Clinical Science Course, Section 10: Glaucoma”
      • This book may be purchased through the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Academy Store at http://aao.org/store - Product #02850101V

This 30 hour course will feature the following Topics and Speakers:

 

  • G. Richard Bennett, OD
    • Ocular Hypertension
    • Glaucoma Cases
    • Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma
    • Normotensive Glaucoma
  • Joe DeLoach, OD and Marcus Gonzales, OD
    • Glaucoma Cases
  • Danica Marrelli, OD
    • Glaucoma Medications
    • Medical Management of Glaucoma
    • Evaluation of the Optic Nerve & Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer
    • Tools for Diagnosis in Glaucoma
    • Angle Closure Glaucoma
    • Glaucoma Cases
  • Bruce Onofrey, RPh, OD
    • Identifying & Managing Medical Emergencies
    • Systemic Medications & Drug Selection Part I and II
  • Marc Piccolo, OD
    • Basics of Aqueous Production, Outflow, IOP & Glaucomatous Optic Nerve Atrophy
    • The Secondary Glaucomas
    • Glaucoma & Systemic Conditions:  Review of Systems
    • Excitotoxicity & Neuroprotection in Glaucoma
  • Padhmalatha Segu, OD
    • Epidemiology of Glaucoma
  • Fiaz Zaman, MD
    • Surgical Complications in Glaucoma