NSUOCO & Arkansas Optometric Association

Advanced Procedures


February 6-9, 2020


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32 hours of COPE approved continuing education


 Day One (Thursday, February 6-9, 2020)

Noon – 1pm       Check-In/Registration

1:00-2:00 p.m. Intro to Optometric Surgery and Ophthalmic Surgical Instruments by Dr. Castillo

2:00-3:00 p.m. Review of Surgical Anatomy of the Face by Dr. Castillo

3:00-4:00 p.m. Oculofacial Surgical Asepsis by Dr. Castillo

4:00-5:00 p.m. Review of Eyelid Anatomy & Eyelid Lesions by Dr. Lighthizer

5:00-6:00 p.m. Dinner Provided

6:00-7:00 p.m. Office-based Local Anesthesia by Dr. Castillo

7:00-8:00 p.m. Radio Frequency Surgery in Optometric Practice by Dr. Lighthizer

8:00-9:00 p.m. Introduction to Oculofacial Biopsy by Dr. Castillo



 DAY Two (Friday, February 7, 2020) 

 7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast provided in Atrium for those staying at hotel.  (If you are driving in, breakfast will be on your own.)

8:00-9:00 a.m. Chalazion Management by Dr. Lighthizer

9:00-12:00 p.m. Video Grand Rounds & Surgical Concepts by Drs. Lighthizer & Castillo
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00-2:00 p.m. Intro to Suturing by Dr. Castillo

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Suture Techniques Lab by Drs. Castillo, Lighthizer, Shetler & Penisten

Lab Rotations
Injection Techniques by Drs. Shetler & Penisten
Radiosurgical Techniques by Dr. Lighthizer
Oculofacial Biopsy by Dr. Castillo


DAY Three (Saturday, February 8, 2020) 

 7am-8am       Breakfast provided in the atrium

 8:00-9:00 a.m.  Laser Physics, Hazards & Safety by Doug Penisten, O.D., Ph.D.

9:00-10:00 a.m. Laser Tissue Interactions by Nate Lighthizer, O.D.

10:00-12:00 p.m. Clinical Workshops: Intro to Therapeutic Lasers by Drs. Castillo, Lighthizer, Shetler & Penisten

12:00-1:00 p.m.  Gonioscopy: How to Interpret What You Are Seeing by Doug Penisten, O.D., Ph.D.

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch 

2:00-4:00 p.m. Laser Therapy for the Open Angle Glaucomas: ALT & SLT by Nathan Lighthizer, O.D.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Laser Therapy in Narrow Angles/Angle Closure: LPI and ALPI by Nathan Lighthizer, O.D.

5:00-6:00 p.m. YAG Laser Posterior Capsulotomy by Joseph Shetler, O.D.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Managing Potential Laser Complications by Richard Castillo, O.D., D.O.

7:00-8:00 p.m. Medicolegal Aspects of Ante- rior Segment Laser Procedures: Panel Discussion
Dr.’s Castillo, Lighthizer, Penisten & Shetler


 DAY Four (Sunday, February 9, 2020) 

 6am-7:30am                   Breakfast provided in atrium

 7:30-11:30 a.m. Lab Rotations
  • YAG Capsulotomy by Dr. Shetler
  • Laser Peripheral Iridotomy by Dr. Castillo
  • Gonioscopy & Laser Lenses by Dr. Penisten
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty: ALT & SLT by Dr. Lighthizer
11:30 a.m-1:00 p.m.. Review & Final Exam by Dr. Nathan Lighthizer
Register now, pay in 2020
Attendance limited to 50 persons per class
$1,700 registration fee for ArOA Members, $3,400 non-members
Reserve you Room February 6-9 @ Crowne Plaza| $94/night
click here to reserve your room or call 501-223-3000 and ask for group code: Arkansas Optometric Association - APC
address:  201 S Shackleford Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211