Check out the events planned for 2021

It is with regret we have elected to forgo our annual symposium for 2020.  As of now, we are not considering a live meeting for 2021 but are monitoring the situation.   We are currently planning virtual events, and we will update our members and sponsors when we know more.  Please bear with us during this difficult season.  

A public thank you to GLAUKOS for their continued support of OCCRS.  Interested in learning more about KC, CXL, MIGS and glaucoma?  Check out the OD portal at and a lecture by our own MITCH IBACH, OD Here.  

Check out our own Clark Chang, OD, MSA at the 2020 virtual AOA Meeting.   You can see the video here.   Topic:  Fitting Contact Lenses for Keratoconus Patients.

You might have missed him on May 31st, 2020 when we represented Wills Eye Hospital with expert eye surgeons Brandon Daniel Ayres, MD and Beeran Meghpara,MD in an International virtual CE by AOE.  The program is listed online.

Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS wrote the article "The Challenge of Measuring IOP in the COVID Era for Optometry Times (August 2020) and it made the cover the OT! Check it out.  

She also got the OT cover spot in July 2020 with "Know the Ocular Effects of Tear Gas" .  Check it out here.

Josh Johnston, OD reflects on how COVID-19 changes how we practice in Primary Care Optometry News (July 2020).  Check it out here

Our own Mitch Ibach, OD and Jack Parker, MD led a repeat performance of their SECO 2020 CXL
Comanagement discussion online on May 5th, 2020.  Check out the webinar here.



Richard Hom, OD  did a webinar on "Responsible Social Distancing in the Examination for the Urgent Eye Patient during COVID-19".  Check out the video HERE.

Tracy Swartz joined a distinguished panel of speakers discussing what the future of practice might be like after COVID-19 on April 16th, 2020.  "Take advantage of this time personally and professionally."

TLC is paying it forward with FREE CE to ODs.  Special Thanks to Clark Chang, Andy Morgenstern, and Bill Tullo for amazing talks.  

Special thanks to Mitch Ibach, OD, Jack Parker, MD and GLAUKOS for a great event at SECO2020 in Atlanta, GA on March 5, 2020.  It was an amazing discussion on crosslinking comanagement.

Tracy Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO, Dipl ABO wrote an article for Optometry Times on treatment protocols for ocular surface disease.

Congratulations to our past president Andrew Morgenstern, OD, the recipient of the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS) Orion Award, the top AFOS award for 2019.  Andy was nomitated by our own Chris Freeman, OD (and Past President) Congratulations, Andy!! You deserve it. We are proud to call you a colleague serving America’s finest. Pictured with Dr. Erik Zinglerand Dr. Patti Fries.  (October 2019)

The Academy of Optomety included a story about Clark Chang's lecture on Crosslinking at the 2019 Academy Meeting in Orlando, FL.  

OCCRS representations at the 2019 Academy of Optometry Meeting:

  • Anterior Segment Section Symposium: Rosacea, Ocular Rosacea, and MGD: A Review and New Treatments.  Scott Han, Yolanda Rosi Heffrich, Kelly Nichols, Whitney Hauser 
  • Corneal Cross-linking in North America: Lessons from a Decade. Clark Chang,  Langis Michaud
  • Topography-Guided Ablation in Refractive Surgery. Phillip Brunson, OD
  • Rapid Fire: Unlocking the Potential of Refractive Surgery.  Bobby Saenz, OD, Kyle Sandberg, OD, Michael Shumski, OD
  • Microbial Keratitis: Bacterial and Non-Bacterial Update.  Paul Karpecki, OD, Joseph Shovlin, OD, Michael DePaolis, OD
  • Contemporary Keratoconus Treatment Strategies.  Clark Chang, OD
  • Rapid Fire: The Comorbidities of Dry Eye Disease and Glaucoma.  Mitchel Ibach, OD, Justin Schweitzer, OD, Scott Hauswirth, OD, Richard Mangan, OD
  • Corneal Ulcers Z to A (Zoster to Acanthamoeba).  Mitchel Ibach, OD
  • Building an Oasis in the Desert: A Case-based Approach to Sj√∂gren's Syndrome.  Whitney Hauser, OD, Scott Hauswirth, OD, Leslie O'Dell, OD, Melissa Barnett, OD
  • Global Consensus of the Management of the Irregular and Ectatic Cornea.  Andrew Morgenstern, OD
  • What's New in IOL's.  Mitchel Ibach, OD, Bobby Saenz, OD
  • Do's and Don'ts of Cataract Surgery with Coexisting Ocular Disease.  Bobby Saenz, OD, Mitchel Ibach, OD

OCCRS representations at the 2019 VisionExpo WEST in Vegas:
    • Innovation Case Studies: Have You Seen That? Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO with Ben Gaddie, OD, FAAO and Art Epstein, OD, FAAO
    • The Surgical Update 2019: What Every Optoimetrist Needs to Know, Josh Johnson, OD, Justin Schweitzer, OD 
    • Ocular Inflammation:  Rare and In the Chair.  Whitney Hauser, OD, Mark Schaeffer, OD  
    • Red Eyes:  It's Just Conjunctivitis . . . Or Is It?  Josh Johnston, OD
    • Advances in Ocular Surface Disease:  Treating MGD.  Paul Karpecki and Whitney Hauser, OD, Jack Schaeffer, OD  
    • Cataract Surgery Problem Solving, Clark Chang, OD, MBA, Jim Owen, OD
    • Advances in Ocular Surface Disease:  Treating Dry Eye. Paul Karpecki and Whitney Hauser, OD, Jack Schaeffer, OD
    • Refractive Surgery Problem Solving.  Jim Owen, OD, William Tullo, OD
    • Innovations in Dry Eye Treatments.  Josh Johnston, OD, Milton Hom, OD 

    Dr. Chang, Tullo, Morgenstern and Biden in an interview about Keratoconus:

    Rich Mangan, OD interview on iStent:

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