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Target Audience: Optometrists/Ophthalmologists

Instructor: Y. Grace Oh, MD 
After receiving an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Andrews University, Grace Oh went on to the University of Michigan School of Medicine and received her doctorate in medicine in 1986. From 1986-87 she interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Internal Medicine and Neurology, Residency Training from 1987-1990 in Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a Fellowship in Glaucoma from 1990-91 at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelpia. After all of her training she was the Director of Glaucoma Services for six years at LLUSM, Department of Ophthalmology. She then worked for Doheny Eye Institute for six years and in 2003 began working at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veteran’s Hospital as a Glaucoma Consultant. She is currently working as a Glaucoma Consultant for Jackson Eye Associates in Jackson, Mississippi and also serves as clinical associate professor at both Loma Linda University and at the university of Mississippi Medical center. Click here for Curriculum Vitae.

Lecture I: Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Procedures 

Course description: ​Participants will learn various types of MIG procedures and description of surgical technique, and indication for each procedure. The intraoperative and postoperative complications, surgical outcome in comparison to conventional glaucoma procedures will be discussed. Review of collaborative study on various MIG will be presented.  At the end of the course, surgical tips to minimize postop complication of tube shunt procedures will be discussed.

Course objectives: 
At the end of the course, each participant is expected to:
  1. Recognize the indication for MIGS in glaucoma patients, based on their age, race, types and severity of glaucoma and   other risk factors.
  2. Know the benefits and the disadvantages of MIGS
  3. List all common types of MIGS
  4. Describe surgical technique of each MIGS
  5. Know the indication, the benefits and the complications for each MIGS
  6. Describe the expected outcome of each MIGS based on previous clinical studies
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Lecture II: Managing Complications of Trabeculectomy Bleb

Course description: Trabeculectomy has been the main stay of glaucoma surgical procedure during the last several decades.  Even though MIGS is taking over the field of surgical management of mild to moderate glaucoma, patients at the advanced stage, with high risk for failure, require trabeculectomy for optimal surgical outcome.  The presence of thin conjunctival filtering bleb predisposes patients to postoperative complications such as hypotony, infection, wound leak, or scarring of bleb. The risk factors and management for bleb related complications will be discussed.

Course objectives:
By the end of this course, each participant is expected to:
  1. List the risk factors for bleb failure from scarring
  2. Know how to prevent or manage fibrosis of bleb
  3. Describe the surgical technique of bleb needling and bleb revision
  4. Recognize bleb leaks and learn how to manage them
  5. Recognize the signs and symptoms of infectious blebitis and the common pathogens
  6. Describe the each stage of blebitis and appropriate treatments for each stage with topical, intravitreal or oral antibiotic
  7. List the indications for intervention for hypotony
  8. Describe medical and surgical management of hypotony
References:
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Lecture III: Lifestyle Change for Patients with Ocular Disease

Course description: The participants will review the latest findings on the impact of lifestyle for prevention and treatment of ophthalmic diseases. The pathophysiology of optic nerve damage and retinal disease and their risk factors will be discussed. The effect of life style changes on the optic nerve and other ocular diseases will be presented. Specific suggestions on introducing life style changes to patients will be open for discussion.

Course objectives:
By the end of this course, each participant should be able to:
  1. List ocular diseases that are related to systemic condition
  2. Explain the pathophysiology of each ocular disease presented
  3. List and describe the impact of life style modification on systemic and ocular diseases
  4. Describe the benefit from each component of life style, especially diet and exercise
  5. Describe effective approach to educate and convince each patient for life style change in the clinic
References:
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Lecture IV: Mental and Emotional health for Medical Professionals

Course description: Ophthalmic professionals, as in any other medical professions, are susceptible to mental and emotional health issues because of microscopic tasks in daily practice, intraoperative and postoperative challenges, and emotional stress of dealing with patients with high expectation. After brief review of neuroanatomy and physiology, practical guideline in life style will be discuss to optimize emotional and mental health of ophthalmic professionals.

Course objectives:
At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Explain neuropathology of cognitive and emotional dysfunctions
  2. Recognize the susceptibility of ophthalmic professional to mental and emotional problems
  3. List the predisposing risk factors
  4. Describe the benefit of each component of life style on mental health
    1. Exercise
    2. Sleep
    3. Sunlight
    4. Social Connection
    5. Cognitive therapy
    6. Productive activities
References:
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