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Manitoba Association of Optometrists

Continuing Education
Keystone Centre
1175  18th St, Brandon

September 21-23, 2018


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Schedule & Course Outlines

Friday, September 21 2018

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm   Ocular Trauma: A Manitoba Perspective - Dr. Victor Penner
This presentation will review basic strategies on how to assess and categorize ocular trauma; tips and tricks on how to manage minor ocular injury; an overview of how the on-call ophthalmology service in Manitoba functions and how to best integrate your care. There will be a discussion on long term complications of ocular trauma and what practitioners need to know.

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm   Coffee Break

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm   CNIB/Vision Loss Rehabilitation Manitoba’s Role in the Vision Health Continuum - Niki Harper & Brenda Trommelen
We will review programs and services with special emphasis on MB’s Low Vision Clinic and Access Technology; the referral process to ensure your patient receives the appropriate supports; and we’ll discuss adjusting to vision loss and different patient reactions you may encounter. A patient will share their experiences.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm   Visual Field Basics - Dr. Victor Penner
This case-based presentation will review the interpretation of visual fields. The discussion will cover when to order fields, which type of field to request, a review of the different parameters on visual field printouts, and interpretation of common visual field patterns.

6:00 pm   Drinks Reception followed by Dinner

7:30 pm   Brandon Wheat Kings Hockey Game - 2018/19 Home Opener

Saturday, September 22 2018

8:00 am - 8:30 am   Buffet Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:00 am   Controlling the Myopia Epidemic - Dr. Debbie Jones & Dr. Jill Woods
Myopia has been described as a worldwide epidemic. This presentation will discuss the prevalence and impact of myopia and current strategies for myopia control. Results of clinical trials will be presented to compare efficacy of treatment options.

10:00 am - 10:15 am   Coffee Break

10:15 am - 11:15 am   Technology & Contact Lenses: Looking into the Future - Dr. Jill Woods
Advances in technology have provided a platform for contact lenses to provide many more functions than straight-forward vision correction. New and future developments will be presented, exploring the areas of biosensing, disease detection, disease management, vision enhancements and more.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm   Pediatric Examinations - Dr. Debbie Jones
Examining children can be challenging. This presentation will guide practitioners on the most suitable tests to choose when examining young children. Particular attention will be paid to visual acuity testing, refraction and ocular health examination. Various examination methods will be demonstrated.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm   Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Pediatric Prescribing - Dr. Debbie Jones
Prescribing during the early years can have a significant impact on visual development. It’s important to know when and what to prescribe. Building on the 11:15am lecture, this presentation will outline strategies for managing pediatric patients and will discuss refractive error correction and amblyopia management strategies.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm   Challenging the Contact Lens Recommendation - Dr. Jill Woods
In these days of online sales, it’s important to convey to patients that the contact lens prescribed to them has been chosen based on clinical evidence. Most clinicians have a firmly-established contact lens fitting routine involving a set of tests. This presentation will examine the evidence supporting using these tests for patient-specific contact lens recommendations.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm   Coffee Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm   What Went Wrong? - Dr. Debbie Jones & Dr. Jill Woods
This interative case-based presentation will cover some interesting clinical presentations. Differential diagnosis, decision-making and management strategies will be discussed.

6:00 pm   Drinks Reception (Dinner on your own)

Sunday, September 23 2018

8:00 am - 8:30 am   Buffet Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am   Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Presentation - Dawnis Kennedy

9:30 am - 10:30 am   Update on Angle Closure: When should we consider lens extraction? - Dr. Raageen Kanjee

10:30 am - 11:30 am   Trab vs. Tube: Tripping over letters! (TVT, PTVT, ABC, AVB) - Dr. Raageen Kanjee

11:30 am   Bag Lunch

Featured Speakers

Dr. Victor Penner, MD, FRCSC, OD, BSc(Med), recently completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Manitoba. Born and raised in Manitoba, he began his undergraduate training in biosystems engineering at the U of M. He went on to complete his optometry degree at the University of Waterloo. After practicing optometry in Brandon, Morden and Winnipeg for two years, Victor began medical school at the U of M in 2009. He is currently completing his clinical glaucoma fellowship at the University of Manitoba.

Niki Harper, CVRT, CLVT, has a diploma from Assiniboine Community College and is a graduate of Mohawk College’s Instructor for Blind & Visually Impaired Rehabilitation program. She has worked at CNIB/Vision Loss Rehabilitation MB for 14 years. Niki is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and Certified Low Vision Therapist with the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals.

Brenda Trommelen, HBSW, RSW, graduated from Lakehead University. She has worked at CNIB/Vision Loss Rehabiltation MB for 38 years as an Intake Worker, Counsellor, and Career Employment Counsellor. She is a member of the MB College of Social Workers.

Dr. Debbie Jones, BSc, FCOptom, FAAO, is the Associate Director, Academics and a Clinical Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science (WOVS). She is also a Clinical Scientist in the Centre for Contact Lens Research. Trained in the UK, Debbie has been a faculty member at WOVS for 20 years. She is formally a partner in an award-winning private practice in the UK and has published articles in optometric journals and presented at conferences in North America and Europe. She is a Fellow of the British College of Optometrists and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Jill Woods, BSc(Hons), MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, is Clinical Research Manager and Senior Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), which she joined in 2005. Her role involves overseeing clinical research trials from concept to final report, managing the workload of research investigators and oversight of administrative and regulatory processes. Jill’s work mainly involves the fields of contact lenses and aspects of dry eye disease with particular interest in presbyopic contact lenses, contact lens comfort, and controlling myopia progression. Jill completed her Optometry degree in London, UK and has experience in her own private practice, low-vision hospital work, clinical teaching and continuing education.

Minnawaanigogiizhigok (Happy/Joyous Day Woman), aka Dawnis Kennedy, LLM, is Waabizheshi (Marten) Clan from Bigaawanishkoziibing - Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation. As Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre’s Community Connection coordinator, she draws upon her western education, her learning in the Three Fires Society, her experience as a Trudeau Foundation Scholar and her 4-year mentorship at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Centre of Excellence in Anishinabe Education, to provide culture-based community education in a diverse range of areas. She is a second degree Midewiwin (Way of the Heart) person also raised as Ojichidaakwe (Female Person of Big Heart) by the Ojichidaa Society in Bigaawanishkoziibing.

Dr. Raageen Kanjee, MD, FRCSC, is a glaucoma specialist. He received his medical degree from the University of Toronto before moving to Winnipeg for residency training in ophthalmology. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Glaucoma at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Kanjee is actively involved in education and research. He has been an invited speaker at local and national conferences and is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Outside of medicine, he enjoys photography and hiking. Dr. Kanjee has recently opened his office at the Manitoba Clinic in Winnipeg.

Venue Details


Hotel rooms are available under the group name "Manitoba Association of Optometrists" at Canad Inns Destination Centre in Brandon. (See Registration Form or contact MAO for information on room rates and booking deadlines).

Continuing Education 

Continuing Education will be on the upper level of the Keystone Centre in MNP Hall B.


Friday dinner, all breakfasts, and all lunches are complimentary for CE attendees. For guest meal prices, see the Registration Form or contact MAO.

Breakfast and Lunch will be on the upper level of the Keystone Centre in the Pioneer Lounge.

Before the hockey game on Friday, there will be drinks followed by dinner on the upper level of the Keystone Centre in CKLQ Hall. After CE on Saturday, there will be drinks in CKLQ Hall. Dinner on Saturday evening is on your own.

Brandon Wheat Kings Hockey Game

At 7:30 pm on Friday, we will attend the Brandon Wheat Kings Home Opener at the Keystone Centre Westoba Place. Tickets are $20 each for CE attendees and Guests. Be sure to get your completed Registration Form to the MAO office by Sept 7 to reserve your tickets! After Sept 7, contact the MAO office to confirm ticket availability.