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2018 KOA & NSUOCO Expanded Therapeutic Course

2018 KOA & NSUOCO Expanded Therapeutic Course2018-04-18T15:06:01+00:00

The Kentucky Optometric Association and the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry will present “Surgical Procedures for the Optometric Physician and Laser Therapy for the Anterior Segment” courses on July 26-29 in Lexington, KY at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (401 West High Street, 40507).  The 32 Expanded Therapeutic (ETP) course will be presented by both lecture and workshops.  The course topics covered are listed below.

The Minor Surgical Procedure course will be covered on the 26th & 27th.  The Laser course is covered on the 28th & 29th.  The tentative schedule has the course on Thursday, the 26th beginning around Noon, and the course would be finished by 1:00pm on Sunday, July 29th.  Lexington is in the eastern time zone.   Both courses will be COPE approved.

Minor Surgical Procedures course topics will include (Cope approved):

  • Structure & Function of the Periocular Skin / Common Skin Lesions
  • Local Anesthesia: Techniques & Complications
  • Surgical Instruments, Asepsis, & OSHA: Overview
  • Chalazion Management
  • Introduction to Epiluminesence (ELM) Microscopy
  • Introduction to Radiofrequency Surgery
  • Post-Operative Wound Care
  • Approach to Various Pericular Skin Lesions
  • Coding & Billing for the Anterior Segment
  • Introduction to Suturing
  • Anaphylaxis and other Office Emergencies
  • Panel Discussion
  • Hands-on Laboratory will cover:
    – Utilization of Radiofrequency Surgical Handpiece
    – Injections / Venipuncture
    – Suture Techniques

Laser Course topics will include (COPE approved):

  • Laser Physics, Hazards & Safety
  • Laser Tissue Interactions
  • Clinical Workshop: Intro to Therapeutic Lasers
  • Gonioscopy: How to Interpret What You are Seeing
  • Laser Therapy for the Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Laser Therapy in Angle Closure
  • Posterior Capsulotomy
  • Common Complications – Lids, Lashes, Lacrimal
  • Medicolegal Aspects of Anterior Segment Procedures
  • Hands-on Laboratory will cover:
    – Posterior Capsulotomy
    – Peripherial Iridotomy
    – Gonioscopy and Laser Lenses
    – Laser Trabeculoplasty

The course will have limited seating, so be sure to reserve your spot now.  A $500 deposit is due when you register for the course.  The total course costs $2000 (includes food functions over the four days).  Course handouts will be provided.

The KOA has a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for $149 a night.  You can make a reservation by either calling 800-233-1234 or to book online click here.  The rate is only available until July 5th or when the block sells out.

If you have any questions about the course, please call Sarah Unger at the KOA office at 502-875-3516 or email

Look forward to seeing you in July!

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