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Manitoba Association of Optometrists

Inn at the Forks
75 Forks Market Road

October 25-26, 2019


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Schedule & Course Outlines

Friday, October 25 2019

8:00 am - 8:45 am   Buffet Breakfast

8:45 am - 10:45 am   OCT Grand Rounds - Dr. Jeff Miller
A case by case review of commonly encountered retinal conditions that will aid the practitioner in choosing the correct diagnosis and management plan as well as tips to avoid commonly encountered artifacts.

10:45 am - 11:00 am   Coffee Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm   Vision Loss Rehabilitation and CNIB Foundation Services - Anne Freitas & Tracy Garbutt
Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) and CNIB Foundation work together to assist visually impaired Canadians with rehabilitation services and additional programming to reach clients at any level of need. From triage to magnifiers and support groups and guide dogs there are a wide variety of programs and services to assist any Canadian experiencing vision loss.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm   Lunch

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm   Potpourri of Ocular Disease - Dr. Jeff Miller
You choose the diagnosis and treatment as we look at challenging cases from the clinics of the Oklahoma College of Optometry, ranging from anterior segment disease to neurological manifestations.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm   Coffee Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm   The Power of Vision Therapy - Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis
Sponsored by Hoya

Have you examined children that cannot stay still and are easily distracted? Have you heard children complain of headaches or eyestrain, or become terrified at the prospect of reading out loud in a classroom? Have you ever experienced a child confuse their b’s and d’s? You may be surprised that these can all arise from underdeveloped visual systems. This presentation will reveal why children may experience these symptoms and how you can help, including: demonstrations to reveal what children with vision-related learning issues are experiencing; what is Vision Therapy and how can it help children with these issues; how to effectively screen for these children in your practice; how and when to refer; and how to grow your practice.

6:00 pm   MAO Trivia Night & Dinner

Saturday, October 26 2019

7:30 am - 8:00 am   Buffet Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am   Common Eye Disorders: Diagnosis and Approach for Frontliners - Dr. Gdih Gdih
This lecture will help frontliners identify an eye pathology, determine the seriousness of the condition, and select the best clinical approach. Photos of common eye disorders will be used to demonstrate pattern recognition to reach the correct diagnosis. We will discuss how to manage each case effectively.

9:00 am - 10:00 am   Visual Field Interpretation: Is It Glaucoma or Something Else? - Dr. Gdih Gdih
This lecture will discuss differentiating between glaucomatous visual field loss and other types of visual field loss; help clinicians understand the minimum criteria of VF changes to be considered for glaucoma diagnosis; and help clinicians to stage glaucoma disaease and determine progression rate based on VF loss.

10:00 am - 10:15 am   Coffee Break

10:15 am - 12:15 pm   Ocular Trauma & Case Comanagement - Dr. Lorne Bellan

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm   Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Role of the Orthoptist and Non-Surgical Treatments - Cailin Sheridan, OC(C) and Liz Carson, OC(C)

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm   Surgical Intervention - Dr. Ian Clark

Featured Speakers

Dr. Jeff Miller, OD, FAAO, is a Professor of Optometry at NE State University of Oklahoma College of Optometry. He is director of the NSUOCO Glaucoma Clinic and serves in the Acute Care and Special Procedures Clinics. Dr. Miller teaches Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Glaucoma and Uveitis, and Differential Diagnosis of Ocular Disease. He has lectured in the US and Canada on topics such as glaucoma, retinal imaging, and ocular nutrition. Dr. Miller is married to Terri Miller, OD, a private practising optometrist in NW Arkansas. They have a daughter, Maia, who is a Siberian Husky. When not talking about eye care, Dr. Miller enjoys talking about dogs, gardens, and wines.

Anne Freitas, BA Hons (Psych), CLVT, graduated from University of Manitoba in 2005 with a BA in Psychology. She completed a Certificate in Applied Counselling at University of Manitoba in 2010. Anne began working at CNIB in 2005 as Intake and Triage Coordinator and in 2009 became Coordinator of Client Support Services. In 2012 she began working in the Low Vision Clinic as a Specialist in Low Vision and in 2017 she completed her certification with the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) to become a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT).

Tracy Garbutt, CVRT, is a Certified Vision Rehab Therapist and has been teaching Independent Living Skills for the past 22 years. He recently joined CNIB Foundation as Program Lead of Foundation Relations. Tracy has retinitis pigmentosa and was legally blind at 12 years old. He has just been matched with his third guide dog, the first Manitoban to be matched with a guide dog from the CNIB Guide Dog program. Tracy enjoys running and has now completed the Boston Marathon twice after training for years with the help of a sighted guide.

Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis graduated from University of Waterloo in 1996 and owns a full scope optometric practice in Etobicoke, ON that includes Neuro-Visual Training. In 2012, his son was born prematurely which led him to discover Neuro-Visual Training to improve his son’s abilities and quality of daily life. Dr. Nikolakakis was mentored in Neuro-Visual Optometry by leaders in the field Drs. Lewis, Sanet, and Collier. His clinic specializes in treating those with learning disabilities, mild TBI, amblyopia, and strabismus. He lectures at WOVS and mentors the next generation of ODs in his office. He is a member of OAO, CAO, COVT&R, COVD, and an affiliate of the OEP.

Dr. Gdih Gdih, MD, FRCSC, has been providing tertiary eye care to Manitobans since 2010. He completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Ottawa, a fellowship in glaucoma at University of Toronto, certification in manual small incision sutureless cataract surgery (MSICS) at the Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology in India, and a fellowship in Laser Refractive Surgery. He is medical director of Aqua i Laser in Winnipeg and is an attending glaucoma and cataract surgeon. He teaches Medical and Surgical Ophthalmology. His research has been published in Journal of Ophthalmology, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology, and Evidence-Based Ophthalmology. Dr. Gdih is a father of 4 children and enjoys soccer and swimiming in his spare time.

Dr. Lorne Bellan, MD, FRCSC, is a professor and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Manitoba. He is an oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in correcting lid malpositions, removing benign and malignant growths in the eye, on the lids and in the orbit, as well as correcting tearing problems. He graduated from medicine at the University of Manitoba, and from the University of BC’s ophthalmology residency program. He obtained a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery from University of BC.

Dr. Ian Clark, MBBS, FRCSC, FRSC (Edinburgh), studied neorosciences and clinical medicine at Cambridge and trained as an ophthalmologist in Birmingham, UK. After a year as a Clinical Fellow in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, he completed a second year at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He joined the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Manitoba in 2007 and is currently Director of the University of Manitoba’s Ophthalmology Residency Program, President of the Canadian Orthoptic Council, and serves on several other local, national and international committees.

Venue Details


Hotel rooms are available under the group name "Manitoba Association of Optometrists" or group number "405480" at Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg. (See Registration Form or contact MAO for information on room rates and booking deadlines).

Meals & Hospitality

CE registration includes breakfasts and lunches. Friday Dinner & MAO Trivia Night is included with Full CE.

Guest rates (all breakfasts/lunches): adults and children over 12, $100; children 12 and under, $50. Guests joining us for some meals, see prices on registration form.

Drink in the Lounge gift card for members checking in on Thursday.

Hospitality will be in the Waterfront Parlour, 5th Floor, Inn at the Forks.

MAO Trivia Night & Friday Dinner

Brush up on your ray diagrams and pharmacokinetics as we... just kidding! Hosted by Cody van Dijk, there are no eye questions allowed at this trivia night! If you’ve ever heard a song or know what Netflix is, you’re qualified to compete in this fun pop culture trivia competition where you and your team can name that tune, remember that athlete, or finish that famous movie quote all the way to glory! Let’s make sure all the useful stuff we learned during the day didn’t accidentally kick out all the useless knowledge we’ve accumulated over our entire lives. Bragging rights are better than CE hours, because they last forever!

MAO Trivia Night will be held Friday evening at 6 pm in the Forks Market South Hall. One ticket is complimentary with full CE. Tickets without full CE and/or for guests are $25. Ticket includes dinner from a local restaurant and one free drink.

CE & Meal Locations 

All Continuing Education, breakfasts and lunches will be held in the Forks Ballroom at Inn at the Forks. MAO Trivia Night & Friday Dinner will be held in the Forks Market South Hall.

Inn at the Forks

The Forks is one of Canada’s top tourist destinations. History, culture, authentic shops and local food, connect to the natural prairie lands that inspire a reinvented luxury boutique hotel experience in Winnipeg.

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