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Here’s why you shouldn’t miss EOE’s first-ever in-person meeting

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Preparations are underway for Eyes On Eyecare’s first-ever in-person event for eyecare professionals (ECPs): INSIGHT, which kicks off April 19 and 20, 2024.

First off: EOE is known for its virtual events … so why host in person?

That’s the million-dollar question we wanted answered as well.

To get your answer, Glance President Jaclyn Garlich, OD, FAAO, went straight to the source by speaking with EOE’s co-founder and CEO Matt Geller, OD.

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Ah, gotcha. Now give me a rundown on this meeting.

This two-day event promises to deliver a triple threat of in-person networking, virtual access, and hands-on skills transfers—including ocular surface labs and demonstrations—for attendees.

And did we mention a live Exhibit Hall with top-tier industry companies plus complimentary breakfast and lunch?

Plus, career development and education are at the center of the agenda, with topics focusing on:

  • Powerhouse practice tips
  • Comanagement conversations
  • Malpractice case studies

Where is it being held?

(Viva) Las Vegas, Nevada! And we have to add: during perfect Spring Break season as well, if you’re interested in combining work with play and making a week out of it.

However, the meeting itself is being held at the Oquendo Campus—a 70,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility designed and built specifically for medical education—located just 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

Nice! Now on the education side, what’s being offered?

A total of 12 in-person COPE-accredited continuing education (CE) units will be available over the course of 15+ hours of curated education and programming.

Note: All sessions were developed with EOE’s strategic partner, Visionary Medical Education, a CE/CME hybrid medical education company led by Michael S. Cooper, OD.

Any expert presenters I know of?

Most likely…

  • Optometry
    • Aaron Werner, OD
    • Amy Czyz, OD
    • Ashley Tucker-Wallace, OD, FAAO, FSLS
    • Cory J. Lappin, OD, MS, FAAO
    • Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO
    • Joshua Hanen, JD, OD, FAAO
    • Mitch Ibach, OD, FAAO
    • Selina R. McGee, OD, FAAO
  • Ophthalmology
    • Brian M. Shafer, MD
    • John C. Affeldt, MD
    • Michael A. Singer, MD

And the session topics?

Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Next-gen contact lens technologies
  • Mastering a collaborative-care approach to MIGS
  • What today’s ODs need to know about keratoconus
  • Simplified strategies to enhance NK diagnosis and management
  • Co-management pearls essential for patient-centric care
  • New innovations in ocular aesthetics
  • Overcoming digital impacts on patient ocular comfort and vision
  • Navigating medical malpractice challenges

See here for the complete schedule.

As a bonus, hands-on labs and skills transfers will also be offered.

What makes these sessions a ‘must’ to attend?

Let’s hear from a few of the presenters:

Per Michael Singer, MD, who will be presenting Getting An Early Start: Detecting AMD, GA, and DR in 2024, his session will cover all current FDA-approved treatments available to treat patients today, as well as a look at the research studies behind their approval.

According to Ashley Tucker-Wallace, OD, FAAO, FSLS, whose presentation Updates on Myopia Management is one of the meeting’s final sessions, her talk will “review myopia, a potentially sight threatening disease, discuss the most effective myopia management options, and journey into the future of myopia management,” she told Glance.

And what about this meeting in general?

INSIGHT is designed to accommodate ECPs who prefer in-person learning and networking,  or who wish to fulfill their educational requirements through a mix of virtual and hands-on modalities.

Dr. Singer noted that even within the short period of time, ECPs will be able to get a thorough overview of all aspects of eyecare.

“This meeting focuses on the highlights that have occurred in the last year, as well as giving you real information you can bring back to the clinic on Monday,” he told Glance.

Go on …

Per Dr. Tucker-Wallace: “Nowadays, practitioners are looking to provide unique services in their practices beyond what is typically discussed at most conferences.”

She added that, with INSIGHT full of innovative topics and speakers, “I am confident the attendees will leave this conference with novel ideas and be inspired to elevate their practices to a new level.”

Sounds amazing! But what if I can’t attend in person?

Not to worry! While INSIGHT was originally designed for exclusive in-person attendance, EOE has since opened the meeting to a hybrid format.

Translation: Virtual attendance is welcome!

I’m listening …

For ECPs who can’t make the in-person event, a virtual option is available, where up to 10 units of COPE-accredited CE can be obtained, and $1,000 in raffle prizes will be up for grabs.

Even better: there will still be sponsorship opportunities for interested companies who wish to become leaders in the eyecare space.

So, how much does it cost to register?

For in-person attendance:

  • Standard registration (through April 17) = $299 per person.
  • If registering on-site, (April 18-20) =  $399 per person

Note: No half-day or one-day registration rates are available.

Also: Hands-on (optional) labs are an extra $100 per person.

And for virtual attendance?

Get ready for it ….

FREE!

And where do I go to register?

Click here for in-person attendance.

Click here to attend virtually.

And if you’re a company interested in becoming a sponsor/exhibitor, there’s still time! Get in touch.