Mississippi Association of Dispensing OPticians

16383 South Swan Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

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MADO Conference Agenda

Friday, April 7th

  • Welcome Reception: Maritime & Seafood Museum

Saturday, April 8th

  • REGISTRATION and Continental Breakfast
    2nd Floor Ballroom Foyer
  • Basic Optical Optics, I, II, III
    Jerry Himes
  • The Dark Side of Blue Light
    Jackie O'Keefe
    ABO Technical
    Our ophthalmic world has been closer attention to blue light lately. Whether artificial or from the sun, blue light can actually cause harm to the human eye, and has an effect on our daily rhythms. And with the increased use of electronics, like smart phones, tablets and laptops, our exposure to blue light is intensifying. Discover the mysteries of this powerful light and learn how to prevent prolonged exposure for you and your patients.
  • Advances in Designing GPN Lesnes
    Michael Gzik
    NCLE Technical
    The participant will be able to evaluate the different types of corneal astigmatism and what strategies are used in correcting each. The astigmatism conditions include, but are not limited to: with the rule; against the rule; residual; and irregular, such as post-op, PKP, PTK, PRK, lasik and trauma. The lens designs used include, but are not limited to: spherical; toric; aspheric, reverse geometry GPs.
  • Polarizeed Lenses, The Technology and Benefits
    Candace O'Keefe Culp
    ABO Technical
    This one-hour course begins with the discovery and nature of polarized light and demonstrates how unpolarized light waves become polarized light. Participants will be introduced to the technology and science behind polarized lenses and visualize the structures of both the polarized film and polarized lens construction. The harmful effects of polarized light will be discussed, including the four types of glare that affect our eyesight. Realizing the growing need for protective sunwear, we will review ways to communicate these features and benefits while overcoming price sensitivity and other objections.
  • Soft Contact Lens Fitting, What could Be Simpler
    Michael Gzik
    NCLE Technical
    Single vision contact lenses make up 50% of all soft lenses prescribed in the US. Because prescriptions with cylinders of less than -0.75 are considered to be the easiest to fit. Many practitioners "mail in" the lens type prescribed and give out a box of solutions based on nothing more than what is on the shelf at the time. This course is designed to help participants review the strategies used to prescribe a silicone hydrogel or hydrogel material with appropriate system of disinfection based on patient needs and lifestyle.
  • My Top Ten Dispensing Tips
    Candace O'Keefe Culp, Jackie O'Keefe, Laurie Pierce
    ABO Technical
    Dispensing prescription eyewear is an enjoyable and challenging process. Many times the optician must troubleshoot optical problems quickly and effectively. Often the dispenser must act to solve an optical problem in front of the client, and the importance of maintaining a professional optical image must not be underestimated. This course will detail common optical problems and solutions that will save the eyecare pfoessional valuable time. I will share my own personal "moments of truth" experiences, those that made me think "If I only knew then what I know now." We encourage attendees to share their great moments, too. We will round out with the unique optical tips that increase the quality of experience for the client / patient.
  • Eye Disorders
    Michael Gzik
    NCLE Technical
    The course will identify signs and symptoms of various material related adverse responses and their management. This course will instruct the participant on the various strategies and designs that may be utilized to help a practitioner continue to fit the appropriate design, modality, and material on a patient. The course will identify signs and symptoms of various solution related adverse responses and their management.
  • The Freeform Revolution
    Laurie Pierce
    ABO Technical
    This course will start with an overview of the lens design concepts, both past and present. It will describe the different freeform technologies available on the market and how to choose the appropriate optical solution lens choice as well as how to position it within your practice. This course will explore the opportunity to control corridor length and personalize progressives based upon lifestyles of the patients. The position of wear will be discussed and how to incorporate personalized measurements into the lens design, including helpful tips in adjusting and measurements. Finally, we will discuss ways to communicate freeform lens options to our clients and patients in a simple, user-friendly way.
  • Private Label Products are the Really Generica
    Michael Gzik
    NCLE Technical
    This course will instruct the participant about the differences and similarites between brand name care systems and generic private label systems. It will include, but is not limited to, the cleaning, rinsing and storage instructions for the different systems. The lecture course will identify signs and symptoms of various solutions related problems and their amanagement. This course will instruct the participant on the various strategies utilized to help increase patient compliance with care systems.

Sunday, April 9th

  • Breakfast Buffet
  • MADO Business Meeting (members only)
  • Ask, Share, Learn - Optical Round Table
    Jackie O'Keefe
    ABO Technical / NCLE
    There are days when we, as eyecare professionals, wish we had a room full of experts to help us out during our day. Whether the assistance you desire is help with conflict, compliance, communication, selling, fully understanding the technology you are providing and a plethora of other concerns, we are here to help you. The goal of this interactive course is to allow the audience to direct the discussion, and present what is most troubling / conerning to their own situations. The panel will be available to answer any questions that arise. For privacy, just text your question, comment, or concern via cell phone to participate. Attendees are encouraged to interact by sharing their own concerns and success stories in a round-table format, too.
  • AR Treatments . . . The Journey
    Jackie O'Keefe
    ABO Technical
    Just when you begin to think that AR treatments have fully evolved, another develompent is born. Where did it all begin and where are we today? This course offers a great opportunity for eyecare professionals to catch up with today's technological advancements in AR treatments adn present this to the patient in a langauge s/he can understand.