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    Glaucoma 360 approaches disease from every angle

    Annual three-day event celebrates, innovates, educates in quest for a cure

     

    Afternoon session

    On Saturday afternoon, a medical education session introduced to the program in 2016 and geared toward optometrists will be held. “This will cover a variety of topics on diagnostics and screening, as well as the implications of how our medications and surgeries can impact an optometric practice,” Dr. Iwach said.

    The optometry event’s faculty will come primarily from the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry.

    Registration at the Saturday educational events is complimentary.

    “This (free registration) is possible because we have been awarded unsolicited grants, based on the quality of our morning meeting over the past 20 or so years, which was a pleasant surprise, but validates the work that we do,” he said.

    Added topics of focus

    An increasing number of glaucoma practitioners are seeing patients who also have surface disease and dry eye, Dr. Iwach noted.

    These topics will be included in the New Horizons Forum as well as the two educational forums on Saturday.

    “There are many new drugs available for helping patients with dry eyes,” he said. “Patients who take glaucoma drops for extended periods of time can really suffer from this, and the good news is that there

    are ways we can help this population. We want to provide our attendees with the tools to do this.”

    Dr. Iwach said organizers’ goal is to “hit glaucoma from all sides.”

    “You can have great innovations, but unless eye-care professionals know about it, they won’t be able to implement it and help patients,” he said. “That’s what we’re all about— helping patients.”

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