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Specialty Symposium 2018

Specialty Symposium 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel & Suites

9005 Leslie Street Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2 


ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE. The onsite registration price is $100 (+HST) for members and $125 (+HST) for non-members.  Payment available by credit card only.  Cash and cheques will NOT be accepted.

Register online until October 15, 2018 at 11:59pm. Registration via email/fax is now closed.

The OOA Specialty Symposium has been a fall favourite for Ontario opticians and we have seen the attendance grow substantially over the last few years.  With featured presentations by Amy Chow (What’s New With Scleral Lenses?) and Dr. Ryan Quinn (Concussions, Binocular vision and the optician’s role), this year’s Symposium is a “must-attend” event.


Up to 6 accredited & 2 self-directed credits!


FREE REGISTRATION* will be given to all members who attend Specialty Symposium and register before September 9, 2018.

*Payment will serve as a deposit and is required upon registration.  Fees will be refunded after the event.  Attendance is mandatory for refunds.

Non-members are eligible for a discounted early bird rate of ONLY $75 for all registrations received prior to September 9, 2018.

Speaker Lineup:

Concussions, Binocular vision and the optician’s role: an opportunity to change lives.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. Quinn received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1999 and moved to Ontario to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an optometrist. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Waterloo and moved to Vancouver to explore the West Coast.

He spent 8 years as the director of professional development for one of the largest eye care providers in Canada, is on the Seneca Opticianry advisory committee and strongly believes in working closely with opticians and ophthalmologists to provide a complete level of care to patients.

Back in Ontario since 2009, Dr. Quinn has chosen to focus his practice on binocular vision training, paediatric optometry, concussion rehabilitation and sports enhancement services.

What’s New With Scleral Lenses? 

Scleral lenses are one of the fastest growing sectors of the specialty contact lens market today. Scleral lens technology has improved over the years to provide a comfortable and safe alternative to corneal RGPs and soft toric lenses for both regular and irregular corneas. Learn about all the vast applications of the next generation scleral lens and how it fits into your practice.

Amy Chow is a licensed dispensing optician and sales and marketing professional in the specialty contact lens and eye care equipment sector. Having been immersed in the eye care industry for over a decade, she has experience fitting specialty lenses in a private practice setting as well as with optical dispensing. With degrees in both science and broadcast journalism, she brings to the eye care industry her penchant for communications and experience with specialty contact lenses which include RGP, Orthokeratology/Myopia Control and Scleral Lens fitting

How to refract and stay alive

Dr. Gornshtein presents, describes and discusses the theoretical knowledge and special considerations to be taken prior and during the process of refraction. This includes the importance of history taking, addressing previous prescriptions, the use of phoropter Vs. trial frame,  assessing accommodation, and applying “environmental Rx”.

Shay was born and raised in Israel.  He is an optometrist by trade, with specialty in treating patients with low-vision caused by degenerative diseases of the retina. Shay is holding a Master of Healthcare Management degree; he is healthcare administration executive with expertise in change leadership, project management and concept development, in both the public and private sector.

Based of Calgary, AB, Shay is currently educating new generations of healthcare providers at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

Don’t you wish that when someone walked through your door you could tell what type of progressive to put them in? We will discuss some general tips on how to help you discover the ideal progressive for your patients and then offer suggestions on how to make the lenses better. Some refining questions will be offered along with compensation explanation and enhancement

3D Digital Patient Data & the Future of Opticianry – Dr. Milan Madhavji

The evolution of digital tools has enabled the digital capture of facial dimensions through low cost, easy to use equipment. Learn how various consumer level digital equipment is being used for the acquisition of optical measurements and the impacts on opticians in a clinical setting.

For low vision patients, is technology the new black ? – Eric Beauchamp, Low Vision Product Manager at HumanWare and Yaiza Garcia-Sanchez PhD, MSc, OD, Optical Product Specialist at HumanWare

For the last 30 years, HumanWare, a Canadian company, has designed, manufactured and marketed products for people living with vision loss. In this presentation we will explore low vision and how it can be detected, summarise the typical cases and approaches to serve low vision patients, compare optical and electronic magnification aids, review market trends and have a sneak peek of the up and coming technologies.


Triggers To Visual Discomfort And Misperception…and what you can do to helpKaren Monet

Attendees will obtain knowledge on how the environment we live and work in plays a key role in our visual comfort and perception. Attendees will discover how the movement, patterns, contrast, and colours around us affect our brain and can contribute to the visual discomfort and misperception. This can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging in severity, in a large percentage of their patients. Attendees will learn how to identify these triggers in their environment and to help patients to do the same in theirs, so these triggers can be removed, reduced, or neutralized with filters so they no longer have the same effect.

Questions for the College? – Fazal Khan, RO

College of Opticians of Ontario registrar, will be updating attendees on what’s happening at the COO and will also be answering your questions in this one-hour workshop.

Refraction Workshop- Dr. Shay Gornshtein, OD

Dr. Gornshtein’s workshop will cover the art of using hand held lenses and trial frames for performing over-refractions. Over-refracting is a daily task performed by opticians in order to refine the power of a contact lens, and figuring out the lenses needed for various focal distances, such as computer screens. Are you controlling accommodation while over-refracting? Don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your over-refractions skills.

Workshops have very limited seating. Be sure to register early to reserve your spot.


Don’t miss your opportunity to display your products and services at one of Canada’s largest Opticians event of the year

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