Friday, September 29, 2017




Retinal Grand Round When to Manage, Who to Refer, How to Co-Manage   COPE ID: 51972-PS   With the exponential growth of burden of treatment of common retinal conditions, most notably but not limited to macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, tertiary care referral practices are facing difficult logistical scenarios. On one hand the trend in sharing the care of these patients with primary care providers is a natural progression. On the other hand, the paradigms of treatment of these condition are on a continuous change. In order for primary-care optometry to avoid any practice gaps, optometrist should stay abreast of these developments and formulate their practice patterns as when to manage, who and when to refer, and how to co-manage, these patients. To review current trends in management of common retina conditions such as but not limited to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion. Instructors: Mohammad Rafieetary O.D. & Roya Attar, OD


ArOA Board Meeting


Exhibitors and BREAK


Management of Central Serous Retinopathy  COPE ID: 54337-PS Central Serous Retinopathy CSR of or chorioretinopathy is a common disease of the posterior segment can result in significant functional vision loss. Although in most cases this may present as a single episode with spontaneous resolution with satisfactory visual recovery, chronic and recurrent cases are challenging from the management stand point. There are a number of treatment options for these latter cases which are reviewed in this lecture. Optometrists should keep abreast these available management options for better delivery of care to their patients suffering from this potential depilating disease. Risk, benefit and potential outcome of each treatment options with case examples are reported in this lecture. Instructor: Mohammad Rafieetary, O.D.


Membership Meeting (lunch served, members only)


AR Jurisprudence


Exhibitor Visits and BREAK


Vision Arkansas Board Meeting


Management of Ocular Injuries  COPE ID: 52230-AS This course reviews the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of chemical and mechanical injuries to the eye and the ocular adnexa. Pathologic sequelae of various injuries are reviewed. Proper management of each condition is discussed as well. Instructor: Roya Attar, O.D.




Forensic OCT Examination COPE ID: 49551-PS This lecture delves in using OCT cross sectional and thickness map analysis as investigational tools in evaluating a variety of vitreo retinal diseases. Morphologic changes in vitreous and retina and choroidal tissue is examined in different phases of many conditions including but not limited to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal artery and vein occlusion, peripheral retina and optic nerve diseases. Instructor: Mohammad Rafieetary O.D.

Saturday, September 30, 2017




Design Matters COPE ID: 44436-PM Digital has been a buzzword in the spectacle lens field for the past few years. This course will explain the mysteries of digital lenses. The importance of using the proper progressive design and digital processes will be explored. Examples of this technology in practice will be discussed.  Instructor: Ryan Parker, O.D.


The Evolution of Lenses, Blocking Blue Light COPE ID: 50364-GO.  The interest in protection against blue light has increased exponentially, especially over the last few years, due to its direct relationship with the need for overall health and well-being. Our exposure to blue light continues to increase so our spectacle lens options must adapt. This course will explore blue lights role in age related macular degeneration progression and look at different spectacle lenses that reduce blue light exposure. Instructor: Ryan Parker O.D.


Patient Handoff - Collaborative Patient Care COPE ID: 48712-PM.  In today’s climate, there are more choices for the patient/consumer to meet their eyecare needs. Independent Practices inherently set a level of expectation from the patient/consumer and need to do more than meet that need. Through incorporating a practice wide collaborative patient/consumer experience which exceeds expectations will clearly differentiate the practice from the other options available to the patient/consumer for their eye care and eye wear needs.  Instructor: Ryan Parker O.D.


Keeping Up with the Millennials COPE ID: 52697-GO.  Millennials are a large segment of the population and their visual demands are different than any demographic our industry has seen. Their use of technology is creating issues that we must address in our optical dispensaries. This class will cover how digital devices can impact the visual system and the product evolutions that can manage those impacts.  Instructor: Ryan Parker O.D.


Roya Attar, OD, MBA is the director of professional relations and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO). She received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated in the top tier of her class and was the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her academic, professional, and service achievements. Currently she is an active member of a number of professional organizations and is involved in the Pikeville Rotary Club. Dr. Attar is Board Certified in Optometry in the states of Kentucky and Texas. Prior to her appointment at KYCO, Dr. Attar was a practicing Optometric physician serving patients in San Antonio, TX.

Ryan Parker, OD graduated from the Oklahoma College of Optometry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah Oklahoma in 2004.  While in school he was honored to be elected as President of The American Optometric Student Association and greatly enjoyed his time serving the national student association.  He opened Parker Family Vision Center in 2007 and is president and co-founder of eyeSPORT vision performance and international sports vision training company.  He is proud to be among a select group of Optometrists in the state of Oklahoma that have completed the training to become licensed to perform PRK eye surgery.  Dr. Parker works as an optometric consultant in professional relations for Essilor of North America and lectures for Essilor nationwide. He has lectured on practice management topics at many of the schools and colleges of Optometry and has presented numerous lectures to opticians and optometric physicians on a variety of spectacle lens related topics. 

 Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary is a consultative optometric physician who has been is in practice at the Charles Retina Institute  (CRI) since 1996. Dr. Rafieetary is a graduate of Boston University and has received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has completed a residency in Primary Care Optometry and Ocular Disease at the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) and the Memphis Health Center. Before joining CRI, Dr. Rafieetary was on faculty and served as an Associate Professor the Chief of Advanced Ocular Disease Service and at the Southern College of Optometry where he currently serves as Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Rafieetary has received several awards including the SCO Faculty of the Year, American Diabetic Association’s National Achievement of Distinction Award, and the Tennessee Associations of Optometric Physician’s Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Rafieetary has served on the board of several professional  organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Optometric Retina Society. He is board certified by the American Board Optometry as well as the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. Dr. Rafieetary is published in numerous professional publications and lectures extensively on the subject of diseases of the eye with emphasis on conditions of the retinal and vitreous.