Vision isn’t just being able to see with your eyes. “Where Sight Meets Vision,” the theme for SECO’s 2015 congress, plays on the other definition of vision as the ability to plan for the future with imagination and knowledge. 

SECO International has crafted its upcoming congress—held in Atlanta from March 4 to 8—with just this philosophy in mind.

Can’t Miss CE
“SECO has long been known as the meeting to attend if you are looking for cutting-edge optometric education, and this year is no exception,” says optometrist James Herman, president of SECO International. “Our profession is changing rapidly, and we have designed the courses at SECO 2015 to meet today’s needs while still expanding the boundaries of optometric practice. SECO International is committed to providing a quality education to everyone in the eye care profession with courses that allow both optometrists and allied ophthalmic professionals to get ahead of the curve and focused on success.”

At SECO 2015, glaucoma specialists David Friedman, MD, PhD, and Murray Fingeret, OD, will present a special session on "New Angles on Glaucoma."

Education highlights you won’t want to miss:

• More than 250 courses, including six special sessions for optometrists, SECO’s symposium series and more than 100 additional courses.

• Special session “New Angles on Glaucoma,” featuring world-renowned glaucoma specialist David Friedman, MD, PhD, of the Wilmer Eye Institute, along with his moderator and co-speaker, one of optometry’s key leaders in glaucoma, Murray Fingeret, OD.  The duo will cover the latest news in glaucoma, including advanced diagnostic testing, the role of the central field, macular imaging and compliance.

• Cataract experts Lawrence Woodard, MD, and Brett Fisher, MD, will present on current and future advances in cataract surgery and will discuss the optometrist’s role in counseling and comanaging this large patient population during the “The Future of Cataract Surgery” special session. 

• The “Cutting Edge Cornea” special session will take a look at the latest developments in the medical and surgical management of the anterior segment from one of the nation’s leading corneal specialists, Terry Kim, MD.

• “Stay Out of the Fire: Managing Your Practice Within the Law,” will help guide you through the regulatory and legal challenges facing your practice, with solutions to help minimize liability. 

• SECO’s Learning Labs—topics for these hands-on courses include low vision, injections, fundus photography and minor surgical procedures.

• SECO’s team-centered learning courses will focus on practice management, technology and compliance. Some of the topics for 2015 are the HIPAA/HITECH Act, EHR Stage 2 and beyond, ICD-10 and low vision. 

• A jurisprudence course will be back by popular demand this year. It will review the Florida Optometric Practice Act and help Florida ODs meet the jurisprudence requirement for their state.

• The Optometry’s Marketplace Advanced Media Learning Center will showcase multimedia educational posters and the opportunity for optometrists to earn up to three hours of free CE credit. 

SECO 2015 offers nearly 400 hours of continuing education for optometrists, opticians, paraoptometrics, ophthalmic technicians and administrative staff. Education includes Special Sessions, an AOP General Session, hourly lectures, hands-on workshops, certification reviews and Team-Cnetered Learning for the entire office.

Education Like No Other
“SECO continues its tradition of creating unique learning opportunities for attendees, with special sessions from experts like Dr. Terry Kim, chairman of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Services at Duke University, who will explore the newest

Last year's Eye Dissection Workshop with instructor Thomas Griffith, OD (right).

corneal conditions and techniques that most will be hearing about for the first time,” says optometrist Paul C. Ajamian, SECO optometric education program development committee chair.  

Even before SECO 2015 kicks off, optometrists have the opportunity to gain CE credits with the recently launched SECO University ( This online resource offers up to 50 hours of COPE-approved online CE from past SECO congresses along with course recordings and other resources. Anyone who registers for the all-inclusive package for SECO 2015 will also get a year’s access to SECO University for free. 

“No other meeting provides the hospitality, Southern charm and unique fellowship opportunities like SECO does,” Dr. Ajamian says. “Staff and doctors alike are exposed to a slew of ideas and leave the meeting with renewed energy to implement them.”

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