CVS 2019: Doctor Program

July 12 - 21, 2019

Denver Marriott Tech Center

4900 S Syracuse St
Denver, CO 80237

July 12-14, 2019

Exceptional Education. Professional Camaraderie. The Unique Colorado Experience.

A continuing education program for optometrists, paraoptometrics, and vision therapists.

Our Vision: The Colorado Vision Summit is a forward thinking professional gathering for optometrists and paraoptometric professionals providing innovative education, exhibits and camaraderie. We exceed the expectations of our attendees and provide an exceptional, enjoyable experience in the beautiful Rocky Mountain region.

Please note: Online registration is now CLOSED. On-site registration will be available starting Friday, July 12th at 11:30am.

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(by May 31, 2019)


(by June 30, 2019)

Doctor - Member   $499  $549  $619 
Doctor - Life Member  $169  $219  $289 
Doctor - Non-Member  $730  $780  $850 

Student / 2019 Grad / OD in Residency 

(NOTE: in exchange for the very low registration fee, registrants assist the conference committee by performing small tasks during the conference)

$78 $78  $78 
Grad - 5 Years or Less - Member $399 $449 $519



Time  Lecturer  Topic  Credit Hours  Course Outline 
1:00-3:00 PM  Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO 

The Today Show: Retinal Consultation Hour

The care and diagnosis of retinal diseases is in constant state of evolution. This contributes to variability in what is defined as standard of care. This course will set forth to educate the participant on the most up-to-date evidence-based medicine EBM in addition to the spectrum of real-world retina practice protocols and methodologies. 

3:00-5:00 PM  Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO 

OCT OCTA The What, When, and How

Using a case-by-case lecture presentation style we will emphasize interpretation and value of both OCT and OCTA. Focus will be on when to use it, how to interpret the scans and what are the general findings associated with the specific cases presented. 

3:00-5:00 PM  Bradley Sutton, OD, FAAO 

Don't Let Swollen Optic Nerves Make You Nervous

Optic nerve swelling can be intimidating to even the most experienced practitioners. This course covers several conditions that lead to true or presumed optic nerve head swelling. An emphasis is placed upon the systemic ramifications of these conditions. The diagnosis and management of papilledema, ischemic optic neuropathy, optic neuritis, optic nerve head drusen, compressive optic neuropathy, papillophlebitis and others are discussed in detail. 

3:00-5:00 PM  Jason Clopton, OD 

The Neurology in Strabismus and Amblyopia

This course will discuss the pathways and brain processing in different types of Strabismus and Amblyopia. 


Celebrating Colorado Optometrists 6:00-9:00 PM 


Time  Lecturer  Topic  Credit Hours  Course Outline 
8:00-10:00 AM  Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO  Practical Approach Diagnosing Fundus Lesions  TBD 
8:00-10:00 AM  Bradley Sutton, OD, FAAO 

Headache Applications for Clinical Practice

This course covers many different types of headaches arising from various etiologies. An emphasis is placed upon relating headache disorders to optometric practice. Covered entities include, but are not limited to, migraines, cluster headaches, IIH, TMJ, meningitis, tension headaches, hypertensive headaches, stroke related headaches, and cranial neuralgias. 

8:00-10:00 AM  Jason Clopton, OD 

Vestibular Processing - A Key Component to Visual Function

Detailed review of how the vestibular system interacts with eye movements and functional vision. 

9:00-10:00 AM Jay Binkowitz 

Lost Revenue Opportunities and How to Reclaim Them

ABOC Credit Given

Within the operation of any business we make decisions every day to support growth. Managing staff, patient care, vendor relations and working with vision care and insurance plans has created many lost revenue opportunities. This course will focus on identifying and understanding how to re-capture them. 

1 View
10:00 AM-Noon  Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO 

What Should I Do with This RETINAL Case, Doc?

The care and diagnosis of retinal diseases is always evolving. This course will set forth to educate the participant on the most up to date evidence-based medicine EBM in addition to a real-world retina care approach. Emphasize will be on proper use of diagnostic modalities and todays management of a variety of retinal cases. 

10:00 AM-Noon  Jason Clopton, OD 

Nystagmus - Defined, Causes, Diagnosis and Optometric Treatment Strategies

This course will help take the mystery out of Nystagmus diagnosis. We have to understand the underlying causes neurology of nystagmus. We will present easy to understand information on how to determine, define, and what Optometry can do about certain types of Nystagmus. 

10:00 AM-Noon  Bradley Sutton, OD, FAAO 

Pharmacology Rounds

This course covers multiple topical and oral pharmaceutical agents utilized in eye care, as well as commonly encountered ocular side effects of oral medications. Topical agents discussed in detail include anti-allergy agents, IOP lowering medications, antibiotics, steroids, NSAIDs, anti-virals and others. Oral agents include antibiotics, anti-virals, steroids and others. The ocular side effects of Plaquenil, Topomax, Flomax, amiodarone, and others are discussed. The goal is to provide both basic information regarding the medications themselves and information regarding clinical uses and applications in eye care. 

Noon-1:00 PM  Jay Binkowitz

Building Sales Without Selling

ABOC Credit Given

TMI is a selling strategy that doesn't sell, yet we all do it.  We do not have to be salespeople to sell, we must be credible and trusted.  Our patients want a special journey of interactions, information and engagements that excite their desire to make a purchase.  What are you saying and doing to deliver it?  This course will look at the many ways we communicate with our patients and how we talk our way out of sales. 


Exhibit Hall Noon-3:30 PM 

3:30-5:30 PM  Rich Castillo, OD, DO 

Benign and Malignant Lesions of the Eyelids

A survey of benign and malignant tumors of the eyelids and adnexa. Common and uncommon presentations, etiology, risk assessment, medical and surgical management will be discussed. 

3:30-5:30 PM  Robert Fox, OD, FCOVD 

Synontics for the TBI Patient

Patients with brain injuries present unique challenges to optometric practitioners. Tools currently include lenses, prisms, tints, and selective occlusion. In addition, these patients have a high prevalence of binocular deficits and visual field issues. Optometric vision therapy, including the use of syntonic phototherapy, has proven to be a useful tool in management of TBI cases. This course will provide a brief overview of the theory behind syntonic phototherapy and use case reports to illustrate how it is used in the clinical setting. 

3:30-4:30 PM  Jay Binkowitz

Profiting with Vision Care Plans

ABOC Credit Given

Vision care plans are confusing and frustrating. Understanding how plans work and how to maximize profitability continues to elude us. Profiting with managed is not just about knowing the plans. It is about the combination of products, pricing, knowledge and how we present it to our patients. 

4:30-5:30 PM  Jay Binkowitz

The 5 Best Business Lessons

ABOC Credit Given

All too often we spend a lot of time on initiatives that have very little benefit to our overall business goals. This course will assess the strategic and organizational thought process necessary to get the most out of your efforts by concentrating on those initiatives that will bring you the best results.  We all know it is better to succeed at less than to fail at more, so let's grab the low hanging fruit from within.  This course will take a close look at those areas of your business that are most important to embrace to come. 


Trivia Bowl & Happy Hour 5:30-6:30 PM 



Time  Lecturer  Topic  Credit Hours  Course Outline 
8:00-10:00 AM  Rich Castillo, OD, DO 

Office-Based Procedures Video Grand Rounds

A video based 2-hour Grand Rounds-style introduction to optometric office-based surgery. Discussion will center on common in-office surgical procedures performed in the primary eye care setting including dermatologic excisions, biopsies, lacrimal procedures, and office-oculoplastics for lid malpositions. 

10:00 AM-Noon  Rich Castillo, OD, DO 

Surgical Pathology: How to Interpret and Act on a Biopsy/Pathology Report

Ruling out neoplasia and properly following up on the biopsy report is the optometric surgical practitioners primary responsibility following lesion removal. This course reviews the pertinent aspects of the periocular skin anatomy and its pathological correlates with regards to common lid lesions and interpretation of the biopsy report. Standards of care with regards to management of eyelid lesions will be discussed. 

10:00 AM-Noon Robert Fox, OD, FCOVD 

VT for Adults: Vision Therapy is Not Just for Children

Many optometrists think of vision therapy as strictly a pediatric specialty. In reality, a large number of adults can benefit from VT services. This can include anyone with high amounts of computer or paperwork, athletes, and post-concussion patients. In addition, there are many adults with strabismus and amblyopia who are interested in improving their own binocular vision conditions. This lecture will give an overview of the opportunities available to provide VT to adults and use cases to illustrate the role VT can play in helping these patients. 

2 View
10:00-11:00 AM  Jay Binkowitz

The Do's and Don'ts of Retail Strategies

ABOC Credit Given

As a business manager your role is primarily to keep the day to day operations of your practice running smoothly. This interactive session will provide you with the information needed to assess the right strategies for your optical and to deploy new strategies to support your long-term goals for profitable growth. 

11:00 AM-Noon  Jay Binkowitz

The Mathematics of Board Management Collection Driven Merchandising

ABOC Credit Given

Buying the right products and creating successful assortments has become more challenging in today's environment of shifting consumer tastes, increasing price sensitivity and growing shopper diversity. We need to take a strategic approach with the fundamental objective of maximizing patient satisfaction while minimizing our costs and providing quality products. This course explains a detailed methodology to setting up a board management philosophy based on principles and a clear look at how to present products. 


Annual Business Meeting Noon-2:00 PM 


Jay Binkowitz, ABOC, ABO

Jay Binkowitz

Over the last 35 years, Jay has had extensive experience in retail operations, merchandising & marketing, manufacturing & distribution, technology development, national sales, and on-site interactive consulting. With the development of GPN's EDGEPRO he created a unique company that provides independent practitioners with business management tools, processes and consulting. Together with Dr. Ben Gaddie, Jay founded Total Eye Care Partners in 2017.  He served 2 years as the Benedict professor at the Houston College of Optometry and remains an adjunct professor. Along with publishing articles in many eye care industry magazines Jay is a key note speaker at many industry events, both domestically and international. 

Rich Castillo, OD, DO

Rich Castillo, OD, DO

Ophthalmic Surgeon, Professor and Assistant Dean for Surgical Training & Education, Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Jason Clopton, OD

Jason Clopton, OD

Jason Clopton is a 1999 graduate of Southern College of Optometry. He is the director of the Center of Vision Development, Pllc. and managing partner of the Centers of Development, Pllc. referral centers for pediatrics and neuro re/habilitation in Cookeville, Tennessee, USA. Dr. Clopton has presented numerous lectures worldwide on the Optometric subjects of neurological pathways for vision, neuro-optometry, visual function with brain injury, vestibular interactions with visual function, practice management in a therapy office, pediatrics, strabismus, amblyopia, nutrition and vision, and coding and billing for vision therapy and neuro-re/habilitation. 

In 2002 he was awarded the Tennessee - "Young Optometrist of the Year". Dr. Clopton has attained Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2006 and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry in 2013.  He is a former board member of the College Of Optometrists in Vision Development and Tennessee Brain Injury Association.  He is currently the Chairman of the Vision Re/habilitation Committee for the American Optometric Association (AOA).  Along with 5 others, he is authoring the AOA Concussion Manual (to be released) and co-wrote the AOA Guidelines for - Coding and Billing for Vision Therapy and Neuro-re/habilitation.  He has co-authored chapters Optometric Management of Functional Vision Disorders and The Optometric Practice in the book "Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs" - First Edition.  He is also U.S. Patent holder for- System and Method for Real Time Monitoring and Dynamic Treatment of Oculomotor Conditions.  US Patent # 8,845,099 granted September 30, 2014.

Rob Fox, OD, FCOVD

Robert Fox, OD, FCOVD

Robert S. Fox, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the SUNY-State College of Optometry.  He completed a residency in Rehabilitative Optometry at the Northport V.A. Medical Center in 1986.  A Fellow of the College of Optometry in Vision Development, Dr. Fox's practice in Latham, NY, is limited to developmental and rehabilitative optometry.    Dr. Fox is a frequent speaker on the topics of vision therapy and vision rehabilitation. 

More specifically, he lectures on the prescribing of developmental lenses and on the use of lenses and prisms in vision therapy. He also lectures on the optometric approach to the visual rehabilitation of the brain-injured patient.  Dr. Fox has held many positions in COVD, most recently he chaired the COVD International Examination and Certification Board. 

Diana Shechtman

Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO

Dr. Diana Shechtman is a board-certified Optometric Physician who obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 1998. In 1999, she completed a one-year ocular disease residency at Fox Medical Center in Miami, Florida.  She then joined Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where she was promoted to the rank of Professor and served as a full-time faculty member for 18 years. 

Among her many roles, she served as Coordinator of the Diabetes & Macula Service and the Director of Interdisciplinary Education. In 2016, she completed a 6-month retinal sabbatical in Miami, Florida. She is currently the Consultative Optometric Physician at Retina Macula Specialists of Miami.  Dr. Shechtman is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retinal Society (ORS).  She continues to serve as a member of numerous professional committees. She is also on various Advisory Boards and Professional Speakers Bureaus for a number of companies. Dr. Shechtman is on the Editorial Review Board of a number of journals, including the new digital journal collaboratEYE. She continues to participate in numerous journal publications and various research grants. She is currently the co-author of Retinal Dilemmas for Review of Optometry. Dr. Shechtman has lectured expensively at a local, national & international level in the area of vitreo-retinal disease & is the chair of the TRIOD Conference. 

Bradley Sutton, OD, FAAO

Bradley Sutton, OD, FAAO

Dr. Brad Sutton is a Clinical Professor at the Indiana University School of Optometry and is the Chief of Service at the Indianapolis Eye Care Center. Dr. Sutton's main areas of clinical interest include ocular disease and surgical co-management. He has given over 375 continuing education lectures on topics related to ocular disease at the local, state, national, and international level, and has published extensively. He was named the Young OD of the year in both Tennessee and Indiana, and he has served as the President of the Optometric Retina Society. 



Our course outlines can be found on our website prior to the conference and can be downloaded onto your smartphone, tablet, or computer. There will be free Wi-Fi available in all the conference rooms. A printing station will not be provided this year. Please print course outlines ahead of time if you would like copies for each lecture.


The OD program offers 36 hours of education - 14 hours obtainable. The paraoptometric program offers 37 hours of education - 10 hours obtainable. CVS does not guarantee that any courses are accepted for credit by a licensing board. Attendees are responsible for being thoroughly familiar with the licensing requirements of their individual states.

CE credit is applied in the following manner:

One 50-minute lecture equals (1) hour of CE credit (i.e., 8:00 to 8:50 = 1 credit hr)


Optometrists must enter the course within the first ten (10) minutes of the lecture to receive CE credit.  At the completion of the lecture, monitors will scan your badge to be sent to ARBO for uploading to OE Tracker.  Paper CE slips with attendance stamps will be provided upon request. Note: A $75 service fee is charged per request for copies of CE credit slips.


CVS does not maintain individual attendance records. It is the responsibility of the doctor to maintain all attendance records. Colorado doctors do not need to submit records to the Colorado Board of Optometry unless requested to do so.