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Dr. Ken Purdue Optometric Review

DateBox EventDetailTime EventDetailLocation
Apr 10, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:50 PM
La Crosse Campus
La Crosse, WI

The purpose of this conference is to offer eye care providers an update on patient management issues, strategies, and treatment plans.

Registration Details

The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Registrations will not be accepted after this date. Advance registration is required. Registration fees include dinner and certificate. An email will be sent the week of the conference with parking information and other details about the conference.

Fees & Payment

  • $0 Fellows/Residents/Students/Emeritus
  • $45 Gundersen Health System and Non-Gundersen Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, and others


Dr. Ken Purdue Optometric Review
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5-8:50 p.m.
Overholt Auditorium
Gundersen Health System
1900 South Avenue
La Crosse, Wis.

The Annual Optometric Review Course has been renamed to honor and memorialize our colleague, Dr. Ken Purdue, who passed away on September 17, 2014, at the age of 61.

Intended Audience and Purpose: This program is designed for clinicians practicing optometry and ophthalmology. The purpose of this conference is to offer eye care providers an update on patient management issues, strategies, and treatment plans.

Continuing Education Credits: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

An application has been submitted for continuing education approval to the Optometric Boards of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Certificates: Certificates will be emailed to attendees within four weeks of completion of the online evaluation.

Agenda Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5 p.m. Dinner and Social
5:55 p.m. Welcome and introduction
Paul Kuck, MD, Department Chair, Ophthalmology
6 p.m. Strabismus in the Adult Population
David Nash, MD, Ophthalmology
  • Describe etiology of strabismus in adults
  • Describe the quality of life impact of strabismus on adults
  • Discuss management options for strabismus in adults
6:30 p.m. Ocular Manifestations of Sleep Apnea
Marty Williamson, Resident OD, Medical Education
  • Cathy Qin, Resident OD, Medical Education
  • Discuss pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea as it pertains to ocular physiology
  • Summarize how ocular pathology is affected by untreated obstructive sleep apnea
  • Identify how to better manage patients with obstructive sleep apnea
7 p.m. Management of Acute Retinal Ischemia
Jordan Thompson, MD, Ophthalmology
  • Review the signs and symptoms of acute retinal ischemia and associated etiologies
  • Discuss the work-up and treatment for patients with acute retinal ischemia
7:30 p.m. Break
7:45 p.m. Management of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects
Ramunas Rolius, MD, Ophthalmology
  • Identify the most common causes of persistent epithelial defect
  • Review the common treatments for persistent epithelial defect
8:15 p.m. Current Management of Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION)
Steven Whitford, MD, Ophthalmology
  • Identify the disease by recognizing common risk factors and its classic presentation
  • Interpret the clinical picture and discern anterior and posterior sub-types
  • Devise a plan for laboratory and in-office testing to corroborate diagnosis and set patient expectations
  • Predict the course of the disease and then explain the risk of recurrence or contralateral involvement
  • Assess comfort for self-management or referral of NAION patients
8:45 p.m. Closing comments and questions
Paul Kuck, MD, Department Chair, Ophthalmology
8:50 p.m. Adjourn

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be requested via email or phone prior to April 3, 2019. A refund minus a $25 administration fee will be issued. No refunds will be made after April 3, 2019.

If the Dr. Ken Purdue Optometric Review is postponed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund of registration fees will be provided. Gundersen Medical Foundation Inc. will not be responsible for any related travel costs to the conference.

ADA: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gundersen Medical Foundation Inc. seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability requiring special accommodations, please email your needs to or call (608) 775-6909.

Contact Information: If you have questions, need additional information or have special dietary needs, please email your needs to or call (608) 775-6909.

Dr. Ken Purdue Optometric Review: The planning committee has no affiliation/financial relationships to disclose.

Special Thank You: This conference is underwritten in part by the Eye Institute Fund of Gundersen Medical Foundation.


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Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Wed, April 10 5:00 PM to 8:50 PM La Crosse Campus

Location Details

  • La Crosse Campus
    1900 South Avenue
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Main: 608-782-7300

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