As part of Specialty Eye Care’s commitment to provide ongoing educational opportunities for eye care professionals (ECPs), a new series of workshops focused on scleral lens fitting, consultation, and practice management will launch in September. The Beyond the Limbus (BTL) dual-tracked series offers master’s training for intermediate and advanced scleral lens fitters, as well as basics training for support staff and ECPs who have not been exposed to scleral contact lenses.
The workshops—which are available to ECPs in the U.S. and Canada—are aimed at enhancing ECP confidence with the Onefit™ family of scleral contact lenses. Each workshop will consist of a single-day intensive training session geared for varying skill levels.
The master’s training will cover advanced troubleshooting and design options, case reports, practice management tools and support, and practice efficiency and workflow. Attendees who complete this course will be certified as Master Scleral Lens Fitters.
The basics training will run concurrently, providing support staff, opticians, technicians, or new scleral lens fitters with a foundational understanding of scleral contact lenses. Attendees will learn what a scleral lens is, how to identify patients who can benefit from scleral lenses, application and removal, care and handling, practice workflow, and what patient educational resources are available.
“Through our research, we’ve found that one of the major hurdles holding ECPs back from fitting scleral contact lenses is a lack of confidence,” said Justine Siergey, OD, Manager of Professional Affairs, Irregular Cornea, CooperVision Specialty EyeCare. “As an industry partner, it is a goal of ours to continuously build or enhance ECP’s knowledge and fitting experience to confidently prescribe our lenses and grow their practices. The Beyond the Limbus workshops will provide ECPs with the tools, resources, and education they need to successfully expand their specialty lens capabilities.”
Each workshop will be presented by some of the industry’s leading scleral lens experts, including Dr. Siergey, Tom Arnold, OD, Regional Vice President for Corporate Development, AEG Vision, and Renee Reeder, OD, Professor and Department Chair, Clinical Affairs, University of Pikeville. To view a full list of workshop speakers, please click here.
The series will consist of five BTL workshops starting on September 18, 2022. The full timeline of workshops is as follows:
- Sunday, September 18, 2022, Detroit, MI
- Sunday, October 9, 2022, San Francisco, CA
- Sunday, October 16, 2022, Boston, MA
- Sunday, November 6, 2022, Toronto, ON, CAN.
- Sunday, November 13, 2022, Los Angeles, CA
To learn more about Beyond the Limbus, or to register for one of the workshops listed above, please visit https://2604005.hs-sites.com/beyondthelimbusfall2022.
The Onefit™ family of scleral contact lenses are fully customizable lenses that give ECPs complete control of the lens design and fit for patients with highly irregular or medically indicated corneas, as well as normal corneas.
CooperVision Specialty EyeCare develops, manufactures, and provides access to an unmatched portfolio of industry-leading soft custom and rigid gas permeable lens designs, including orthokeratology and scleral lenses to address segments such as myopia management, irregular cornea management, and presbyopia management. Its steady voice, ongoing research, and innovative products and services play a leading role in expanding care worldwide. The group’s brands include Blanchard, GP Specialists, Paragon, Procornea, Soflex, and No7.
CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of contact lenses. The company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week and monthly soft contact lenses that feature advanced materials and optics, and premium rigid gas permeable lenses for orthokeratology and scleral designs. CooperVision has a strong heritage of addressing the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, childhood myopia, and highly irregular corneas; and offers the most complete portfolio of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.
CooperCompanies (“Cooper”) is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE:COO). Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of women, babies, and families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on medical devices and fertility & genomics. Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., Cooper has a workforce of more than 12,000 with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.