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Dry Eye Symposium

Australia's only dedicated Dry Eye Conference

“It’s time to step out of the Dry Eye Ghetto.”  
International thought leaders will join local experts to challenge the way you think about dry eye disease, diagnosis and managing patients out of the vicious cycle. 

24th - 25th March 2018 - Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, NSW 

Registrations from $99 - Up to 32TP


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Key Note Speaker

Dr David KadingDr David Kading, O.D (USA)
Dave Kading has a referral based dry eye practice in Seattle, Washington. He has been recognized as one of the 250 leading innovators in the field of optometry and was recognized in 2017 as having one of the top 10 eyecare practices in the United States. He hosts a dry eye and contact lens post graduate residency program and has an active clinical research center.  Dr. Kading looks to alter the face of healthcare education through social media, youtube and engaging video content creation. His consulting companies work with educational, healthcare, and technology companies to innovate and alter the future of healthcare.

Other Guest Speakers

Louise VeenhuisLouise Veenhuis (UK)
BOptom PDM(BA) MCOptom 
With a keen interest in business and entrepreneurial ventures, Louise qualified in both Optometry (in UK & South Africa) and business (PDM). Louise’s career journey has led her through specialised contact lenses (fitting, training & manufacture), a brush with pharmaceuticals (optical & nutritional), medical device trials, and finally focussed on ophthalmics including laser refractive eye surgery, lens replacement, technical IOLs, retinal tamponading and MGD. 

Stephanie HyamsDr Stephanie Hyams 
Medical Practitioner & Rosacea Specialist
BMedSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), DipCosMed, FACAM, FRACGP
Dr Hyams is a Sydney-based medical practitioner with close to 20 years medical experience. Her early career was mainly hospital-based with extensive experience in critical care & emergency medicine. In 2008 she entered the exciting field of aesthetic medicine and completed a Dip. of Cosmetic Medicine which then led her to obtaining her fellowship with the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine. One of her specialties includes IPL laser treatments for rosacea and pigmentation and aging skin.

Dr Freny KalapesiDr Freny Kalapesi
Oculoplastic & Ophthalmic Surgeon
Dr Kalapesi undertook resident work at Westmead & Prince of Wales Hospitals in Sydney. She trained as an Ophthalmology Registrar based at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick and then undertook two years of further fellowship experience in the UK (Royal United Hospital, Bath & Bristol Eye Hospital). She gained vast surgical experience in lid, lacrimal & orbital conditions. She has published 14 articles on various topics in ophthalmology and is a staff specialist ophthalmologist at Westmead public Hospital.

Adele JefferiesAdele Jefferies (NZ)
B.Optom(Hons) Cer. Oc. Pharm (Therap)
Adele is an optometrist in independent practice in Auckland with special interests in contact lenses, ocular surface disease & therapeutics. Her career has predominantly been in full scope independent practice, incl. practice ownership for eight years. She holds a position on the CPD Accreditation Committee and Competence Review Committee for the NZ Optometrists & Dispensing Opticians Board.

Jason HollandJason Holland (QLD)
B.App.Sci (Hons)(Optom) PGOT, CASA CO
In 2001 Jason commenced work with Ophthalmologist & Anterior Eye Specialist, Dr Andrew Apel, and has been providing pre & post-operative assistance to this day. In 2002 he became the National Director of Optometry for the Optical Superstore Group with 90 Optometrists at 65 locations across Australia. He now runs a busy Glaucoma and advanced Dry Eye Clinic. He is currently a Director & Treasurer for Optometry Australia, QLD & NT, and sits on the Optometry Australia National Board and the Deakin Advisory Board.

Mark KoszekMark Koszek (NSW)
B.Optom (Hons) M.Optom Therapeutically endorsed
Mark completed his B.Optom from the University NSW in 1995, his M.Optom in 2002 and Ocular Therapeutics in 2012. He is a founding partner of EyeQ Optometrists and has a large full scope practice in Ramsgate (southern Sydney). He has a special interest in contact lenses, ocular diseases, and behavioural optometry. He has been a fourth year clinic supervisor at UNSW since 2002 and has lectured extensively throughout Australia and Asia on contact lenses and dry eye management.

Emma FurnessEmma Furniss (NSW)
Emma completed her BSc majoring in nutrition before going on to study optometry. After graduating with honours and therapeutics from the University of Auckland Emma worked in private practice with a special interest in dry eye management. She ran a successful Dry Eye Clinic until she relocated to Sydney. Emma is the principle optometrist at Sydney’s Dry Eye Institute as well as supporting ophthalmology clinics with a focus on cataract and refractive surgery.

Program Summary

Saturday Lecture Program (14TP)

  • Are you stuck in the Dry Eye Ghetto? The thoughts around dry eye disease have come a long way. Are you still thinking about it as a symptomatic condition or a chronic progressive pathology? Dr David Kading
  • Contact lenses - friend or foe? How do you manage the patients whose contact lenses are the problem and when do you reach for contact lenses as the dry eye solution? Adele Jefferies
  • What to do when there just isn't enough water in the lake. So much focus on MGD but it's important not to forget the aqueous layer. But are we ignoring it because we don't know how to fix it? Mark Kozsek
  • Prescription & Autologous drops - it's time. Sometimes aritficial tears and hot compresses are just not enough. Discover your guide for when to reach for compounded and autologous solutions. Dr David Kading
  • The ghetto fight club: MGD management debate. (Optimel vs. LipiFlow vs. IPL vs. Neutriceuticals vs Oral Antibiotics) There are multiple therapies available for meibomian gland dysfunction but is there one that you just simply cannot and should not do without? Multiple speakers
  • MGD & Blepharitits - It's time to step out of the Ghetto. If Dry Eye disease is a chronic progressive pathology how does this belief change the way we manage common conditions like MGD and blepharitis? Dr David Kading
  • You want to laser my eyes? What the….????? Going from OTC eye drops to IPL may seem like a shock to patients. Understand why some patients simply must take the leap of faith and how you take them on the journey Jason Holland
  • Get out of the ghetto case studies. As practitioners we all have to start somewhere. Go on the journey of dry eye management evolution with our key note speakers. Dr Kading, Mark Koszek, Jason Holland
  • Thinking outside the glands - surgical intervention. A good blink is essential for maintaining a good tear film however sometimes patients need a little surgical help to achieve this. Dr Frenny Kalapesi

Saturday Dinner

  • The 120 minute dry eye work up (just kidding...) A good management plan starts with an accurate diagnosis. With so many tests available and more to come, what does good look like? Emma Furniss
  • Artifical tear technology - the innovation continues. Artificial tears still remain the most common solution prescribed for dry eye. Can new innovation provide even more relief for patients? Dr David Kading

Sunday Workshop Program (18TP)

IPL workshop: Understand patient identification, treatment protocols and clinical implementation. Complete your skin-typing questionniare and take the opportunity to receive and perform M22 treatments during the workshop.

LipiFlow workshop: Understand patient identification, treatment protocols and clinical implementation. Review meibomian gland evaluation and LipiView2 and how these state of the art diagnostic tools help to understand the pathophysiology and therefore management of meibomian gland dysfunction. Take the opportunity to receive and perform LipiFlow treatments during the workshop.

Diagnostics workshop: In pairs undergo a full dry eye work-up including meibography, osmolarity, inflammaDry, MGE and diagnostic stains. Understand how to put all the pieces together to formulate a structured dry eye management program.

8.30am - 10.30am: Group 1 Dry Eye Workshop Rotations  
11.00am - 1.00pm: Group 2 Dry Eye Workshop Rotations
1.45pm - 3.30pm: Rosacea - complete patient management inside & out + The Great Dry Eye Debate: High Tech vs Low Tech


Sunday ophthalmology lecture program: The annual personalEYES Scientific PEACE Conference program includes:

Scientific Program Session 1: Anterior Segment & Paediatrics

Speakers: Prof. Bala; Dr Meades, Dr Rose, Dr Kalapesi


Scientific Program Session 2: Posterior Segment

Speakers: Prof. White, Dr Jennings, Dr Quereshi, Dr Polya


Registrations from $99

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