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Manitoba Association of Optometrists

Continuing Education
The Fairmont, 2 Lombard Place

October 27 - 28, 2017


Online Registration is now closed. For late registration, contact the MAO office.

Schedule & Course Outlines

Friday, October 27, 2017
Continuing Education at The Fairmont Winnipeg

7:30 am - 8:00 am   Buffet Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am   Glaucoma: Where are we going? - Dr. Alberto Aguayo
This presentation will discuss where are we going regarding different medical and surgical glaucoma therapies. Different kinds of new Micro-invasive glaucoma surgeries will be reviewed.

9:00 am - 10:00 am   Changing Lives with Scleral Lenses - Dr. Vishakha Thakrar
Scleral Lenses have changed the lives of millions throughout the world. These lenses provide a more comfortable source of vision and ocular protection to patients with corneal thinning disorders, scarring, post-surgical corneas, and severe dry eye, to name a few. This presentation will discuss the indications and benefits of scleral lenses, and how to incorporate these lenses into practice.

10:00 am - 10:15 am   Coffee Break

10:15 am - 12:15 pm   Challenging Cases From Front to Back - Dr. Marc Bloomenstein
As ODs, we tend to separate the front of the eye from the back of the eye. However, there are conditions that affect the eye from the anterior to posterior. This presentation will use case examples to illustrate how, as ODs, we need to treat the whole eye. 

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm   Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Specialty Contact Lens Case Reports - Dr. Vishakha Thakrar
A series of cases involving the fitting of various specialty contact lenses will be reviewed. These cases will include those patients with corneal thinning disorders, corneal disease, severe dry eye, and post-surgical corneas.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm   Controlling Myopia with Contact Lenses in Children and Adolescents - Dr. Vishakha Thakrar
Contact lenses, including orthokeratology and bifocal lenses, provide the ability for optometrists to potentially slow or stop the progression of myopia. This lecture will discuss current contact lens options for myopia control and how to incorporate these into practice.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm   Coffee Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm   Demystifying Lid Deasease: ODs Guide to Skin Cancer - Dr. Marc Bloomenstein
This presentation will guide the OD through the appearance of malignant and benign skin lesions in and around the eye. Case examples will be used to illustrate the challenges of diagnosis and the importance of timely referrals.

Friday, October 27, 2017
Night Out with Soup Sisters
At Kitchen Sync, 370 Donald Street Lower Level

Hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening with a cash bar.

Soup Sisters has been bringing soup to the residents of Willow Place (formerly Osborne House) since 2013. Join us and the Fairmont chefs at Kitchen Sync and roll up your sleeves to make 5 batches of soup to donate. This is a great cause and a nice evening out with your colleagues. Those who don’t want to use your culinary skills can still join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks and enjoy an evening out.

Registration is limited to 80 people (60 to cook soup). First come, first served.

The Hospitality Suite at the Fairmont will also be open that evening.

For more information on Soup Sisters, click here to visit their website

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Continuing Education at The Fairmont Winnipeg

7:30 am - 8:00 am   Buffet Breakfast

8:00 am - 10:00 am   Uveitis 201: Beyond the Drops - Dr. Brandon Runyon
This presentation will discuss advanced treatment and management strategies for anterior uveitis such as subconjunctival steroid injections, oral corticosteroids, and immunomodulating therapies including the biologics. Standardization of Uveitis Nomenclature (SUN) uveitis nomenclature and Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation (OIUF) preferred practice patterns will be introduced. Several case examples will be presented which demonstrate the necessity of these advanced management strategies.

10:00 am - 10:15 am   Coffee Break

10:15 am - 11:15 am   What do I do doc? Cases from the Phone - Dr. Marc Bloomenstein
This presentation will use case examples to review commonly prescribed oral medications for ocular infections, inflammatory conditions and pain, and common side effects of oral medications. 

11:15 am - 12:15 pm   Visual Rehabilitation after brain lesion such as stroke - Dr. Behzad Mansouri
Injury to the brain from stroke, trauma or other etiologies can cause blindness, and spontaneous recovery is uncommon. A variety of traditional rehab strategies, including prisms or compensatory saccadic eye movements, have been used to improve visual function in patients with homonymous hemianopia. Recently, repetitive visual stimulation of the blind area has been reported to expand the visual field—although the available evidence does not strongly support these claims, the lack of firm supportive evidence does not preclude the potential of real benefit. 

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm   Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Neuro-ophthalmology practice in Manitoba - Dr. Behzad Mansouri
This presentation will review the type of patients seen by Dr. Mansouri’s neuro-ophthalmology clinic and provide guidance to Manitoba optometrists in effectively referring consults.

.2:30 pm - 3:30 pm   Ocular Traumatology - Dr. Brandon Runyon
This presentation will cover the epidemiology and standardized terminology and nomenclature of ocular trauma evaluations. It will include evaluation and management strategies in the acute care setting, and appropriate neuroimaging techniques and indications. Clinical cases of severe acute trauma will be discussed.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm   Coffee Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm   The Wild, the Weird and the Worrisome - Dr. Brandon Runyon
This presentation will cover several atypical clinical cases. There will be review of neurological diseases, MRI and CT imaging, and new literature as well as open discussion about the presented cases.

Featured Speakers

Alberto Aguayo, MD, is an Eye Physician and Surgeon specializing in the treatment of Glaucoma and Cataracts. Born and raised in Chile, Dr. Aguayo graduated from Medical school at the University of Chile in 1998. After training in General Surgery and Public Health, he completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Chile. Dr. Aguayo worked as an ophthalmologist at the University of Chile’s Clinical Hospital, partly in the Glaucoma Unit, while also teaching and then becoming an Assistant Professor. He has practiced at private hospitals and clinics in the areas of Glaucoma, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgery. In 2014 he travelled with his family to Canada to begin a 2-year Fellowship in Glaucoma and Anterior Segment at the University of Toronto. He is now part of the Glaucoma Team at GEM Clinic in Winnipeg.

Marc Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO, received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. After graduation, he completed a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Bloomenstein is currently the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, AZ, and President of MRB Eye Consultants. He is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Advanced Ocular Care, Optometric Management, and a frequent contributor to various optometric journals. Dr. Bloomenstein is currently Chair of AOA’s CE Committee and has served on the boards of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO), Optometric Cornea, Cataract, Refractive Society (OCCRS), Arizona Optometric Association, and Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 500 lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and IT companies.

Behzad Mansouri, MD, PhD, FRCPC. Since 2013,Dr. Mansouri has been an Assistant Professor at the University of MB, with the Dept. of Ophthalmology and the Dept. of Internal Medicine (Section of Neurology), and an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. Prior to that, he completed his MD at The Tehran University of Medical Sciences, a PhD in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University, a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology at McGill University, a Residency (including a term as Chief Resident) with the Section of Neurology at the University of Manitoba, and a Clinical Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, mainly focusing on amblyopia and strabismus.

Brandon Runyon, OD, FAAO, completed his optometry degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 2013. After graduation, he completed a residency program in Family Practice and Ocular Disease at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry. He now serves as staff optometrist for Indian Health Services at Chinle Hospital Eye Clinic in Chinle, AZ, where he specializes in the management of ocular diseases and emergency eye care. Dr. Runyon is also adjunct clinical faculty for the Southern California College of Optometry and optometry residency coordinator at Chinle Eye Clinic.

Vishakha Thakrar, OD, FAAO, FSLS, currently has specialty contact lens practices in Vaughan, Ontario and at the Kensington Eye Institute in Toronto. Dr. Thakrar primarily sees patients with corneal and ocular surface disease who require specialty contact lens fits. She previously held the role of Director of the Contact Lens Service at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and has spoken on contact lenses throughout Canada and the US. She has been a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, Eye Care Review, and Optometric Management, and has written numerous articles for Canadian and American journals.

Venue Details


Book your room at the Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Place by Sept 29, 2017

Room rates are $169 + taxes

Phone 204-957-1350/1-866-540-4466

Quote the group name “Manitoba Association of Optometrists”


Meals & Hospitality

Breakfasts & lunches are complimentary for CE attendees

Hospitality on Friday & Saturday: Countess of Dufferin Suite, 20th Fl, The Fairmont