Technicians and Nurses Sunday Highlights | ASCRS
Technicians & Nurses Program

Sunday Highlights

Sun
Apr 24, 2022

Session A
TN-301 Pyramidal Model and Role of AOP in Eye Care Delivery
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Prashant Garg, MBBS, MS
Level: Intermediate Synopsis & Educational Value: Most developing countries have suboptimal health care systems. Health care is concentrated in major cities and urban areas. There is a shortage of trained human resources and health care is almost non-existent in rural areas. To make health and eye care available in rural areas and effective utilization of human resources requires out of the box thinking. This course will explore these challenges along with the concept of task sharing and the need for allied ophthalmic personnel in eye care delivery.
TN-302 Antimicrobial Resistance and Innovative Drug Delivery Systems
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Prashant Garg, MBBS, MS
Level: Intermediate Synopsis & Educational Value: Infectious diseases are significant causes of morbidity and mortality. Antibiotics play a crucial role in the management of these diseases. However, disease causing bacteria have a tendency to develop resistance. The problem of antibiotic resistance is growing at an alarming pace. The situation is made worse by slow pace of discovery of new molecules. Therefore, scientists are exploring the option of re-purposing existing molecules by achieving very high drug concentrations at the site of the infection. This course will review the implications of antimicrobial resistance in eye infections and the innovative drug delivery systems to overcome it.
TN-303 Serial Biometry Prior to Cataract Surgery
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Craig Simms, BSc, COMT, CDOS, ROUB
Level: Intermediate Synopsis & Educational Value: Course will use lecture and case presentations to show the impact of the ocular surface and measurement variability on biometry and cataract surgery outcomes. Simply repeating biometry can reduce much of this variability. The logistics, challenges, and pearls of performing serial biometry in a busy real-world cataract and refractive practice will be discussed.
TN-304 Assessing Ophthalmic Clinical Skills
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Craig Simms, COMT, ROUB
Level: Intermediate

Synopsis & Educational Value: Whether you are responsible for evaluating ophthalmic technicians or you are looking for ways to assess your own skills, this course will discuss principles and practical tools for clinical skill assessment.
TN-305 The Developing Trend Toward Appropriate and Sustainable Single-Use Ophthalmic Surgical Instrumentation
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Jessica Raab
Level: Intermediate Course will discuss opportunities for the utilization of single-use instruments and products in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on efficiency pathways and environmental stewardship.
TN-306 Testing for Amblyopia
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Maria Gema DeCain, MD
Level: Introductory

Synopsis & Educational Value: Course will explain the importance of detecting amblyopia and discuss screening modalities and recommendations.
Session B
TN-307 Corneal Crosslinking
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Francis Mah, MD
Level: Intermediate Synopsis & Educational Value: This course will review the indication for corneal cross-linking, the basics of the procedure, the regular post-operative course, possible complications, and management essentials of those complications.
TN-308 Posterior Segment Complications of Anterior Segment Surgery
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
William Mieler, MD
Level: Advanced Synopsis & Educational Value: This course will review posterior segment complications arising in conjunction with anterior segment surgery, which may limit visual recovery, or require additional medical and/or surgical treatment. These problems may arise acutely during the surgery itself or develop days to weeks later. Conditions to be discussed include endophthalmitis, subluxated lenses or lens particles, development of suprachoroidal hemorrhage, postoperative hypotony, anesthetic complications from the surgery itself, postoperative cystoid macular edema (CME), and retinal detachment. Preventive measures will be discussed, along with treatment of the conditions, and outcomes. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.
TN-309 Mystery Retina 2022
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
William Mieler, MD
Level: Intermediate

Synopsis and Educational Value: Course will discuss diagnostically challenging “mystery retina” cases. Most presentations will include interpretation of fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography (OCT) test results. When indicated, other studies will be shown, including indocyanine green angiography, echography, autofluorescence, electrophysiologic studies, CT and/or MRI. The cases will be presented as unknowns followed by discussion.
TN-310 Microbes in the ASC
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Elethia Dean, RN, PhD
Level: Intermediate Synopsis & Educational Value: Infection prevention and control is paramount to the success of every ambulatory surgery center. A successful infection control program involves understanding microbes and their behaviors in the ambulatory surgery center setting. This course will discuss types of microbes and breaking the chain of infections in the ambulatory surgery center setting.
TN-311 COVID-19 in the ASC
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Elethia Dean, RN, PhD
Level: Intermediate Synopsis & Educational Value: COVID-19 is a valid threat to the success of the ambulatory surgery center. This course will identify actions each ASC can implement in preventing COVID-19 from entering the ASC. The course will also include actions that must be implemented when a COVID019 case has been confirmed in the ASC setting.
TN-312 Artificial Corneas: What’s New and When to Use
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Bennie Jeng, MD
Level: Intermediate

Synopsis & Educational Value: Artificial corneas have been used for decades, but their use is limited to specific indications. Additionally, complications can result in untoward outcomes. In this course, the currently available types of artificial corneas, along with their indications and outcomes, will be reviewed. New devices that are on the horizon will also be described.