In 2011, the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology recognized the need for a quality, recurring ophthalmic education meeting for technicians and office staff. In 2012, the first annual Technicians Conference debuted to a standing room only audience. We are proud to continue this vital meeting with updates each year!
Join us for the 13th Annual NOAO Technicians’ Conference (In-Person Only), Friday, February 2, 2024, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel!
Hotel Information Click here to make your reservation at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel (500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA). It is recommended that reservations should be made well in advance, as there may be limited room availability after December 1, 2023.
For our 12th Anniversary, our Technicians’ Conference faculty are expert-level teachers and deeply committed to making this meeting worth your time. We want every attendee to leave this meeting feeling more confident about providing better patient care. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this course in a virtual format. Here are a few of our faculty for this meeting:
The Academy offers several activities to the benefit of its members. One of the more popular activities is our ongoing series of dinners. The dinners feature speakers of national renown on a variety of topics.
Special thanks to all of our generous supporters and speakers for their time and effort!
Dinner Series – April 2021
4/01/21 Dr. Rolando Toyos presented “CEQUA 0.09% An Innovating Treatment Option for Dry Eye Disease.” The lecture and dinner were sponsored by Sun Pharmaceuticals.
Dinner Series – December 2019
12/05/19 Dr. Michael Singer presented “Eyelea for the Treatment of Wet AMD, Diabetic Macular Edema, and Diabetic Retinopathy.” The lecture and dinner were sponsored by Regeneron.
Dinner Series – June 2019
6/13/19 Dr. Richard Adler presented “Designed to Perform When the Pressure in On.” The lecture and dinner were sponsored by Allergan.
Dinner Series – August 2018
8/16/18 Dr. Fiaz Zaman presented “Introducing Rhopressa netarsudil ophthalmic solution.” The lecture and dinner were sponsored by Aerie Pharmaceuticals.
Dinner Series – October 2017
10/26/17 Dr. Paul F. Palmberg of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute presented “The Coming Paradigm Shift in Glaucoma Management – MIGS and Beyond.”
Dinner Series – May 2017
5/18/17 Dr. Mark S. Milner of Yale University presented “The Growing Presence of Dry Eye.” The lecture and dinner were sponsored by Allergan.
Dinner Series – October 2016
10/6/16 Dr. Davinder S. Grover of Glaucoma Associates of Texas presented “The Role of Corneal Hysteresis in
Glaucoma Management.” The lecture and dinner were sponsored by Reichert Technologies.
Dinner Series – November 2015
11/5/15 Dr. Michael Singer, Managing Partner of Medical Center Ophthalmology Associates in San Antonio, TX, presented “Developments in the Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema.” The lecture and dinner were sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
Dinner Series – May 2015
5/7/15 Dr. Bret Fisher, Medical Director, Eye Center of North Florida and Southeast Laser Services presented “The Latest Advances in Cataract Surgery: Advanced Technology IOLs, Femtosecond Lasers and Intraoperative Aberrometry.” This lecture and dinner were sponsored by Alcon Laboratories
Dinner Series – November 2014
11/13/14 Dr. L. Jay Katz, Director of Glaucoma Service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, presented “Evaluating a Next Step Adjunctive Option.” This lecture and dinner at Ralph’s on the Park was sponsored by Allergan.
Dinner Series – May 2014
5/8/14 Dr. Mark Milner, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine presented “Dry Eye: A Disease that May Progress.” This lecture and dinner at Le Foret was sponsored by Allergan.
Dinner Series – October 2013
10/3/13 Dr. Shree Kumar Kurup, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine presented “Retinal Disease Insights: Wet AMD and Macular Edema following CRVO.” This lecture and dinner at Le Foret were sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
Dinner Series – October 2012
10/11/12 Dr. Matthew Benz, in private practice at the Vitreoretinal Consultants of Houston, presented “Efficacy and Safety of Lucentis in Diabetic Macular Edema.” The lecture and dinner were held at Restaurant August in New Orleans and sponsored by Genentech.
Dinner Series – September 2012
09/6/2012 Dr. William Lahners, Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at University of South Florida, presented “Essentials for Working with Amniotic Membrane: Principals & Practice.” A hands-on wet lab followed the conclusion of the dinner and lecture at the National WWII Museum. The dinner, lecture, and wet lab were sponsored by IOP Ophthalmics.
Dinner Series – June 2012
06/14/2012 Dr. John Samples, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Oregon Health and Science University, presented “Perspectives in the Management of Elevated IOP.”
Dinner Series – April 2012
04/12/2012 Ralph’s on the Park, New Orleans
David Richardson, M.D. presented “Multifocal and Toric Intraocular Lens in Clinical Practice.”
Generously supported by Marco.
Dinner Series – June 2010
06/03/2010 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Metairie.
Dr. Arvin Neelakantan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, presented “New Insights in Glaucoma Management”
Dinner Series – April 2007
04/05/2007 7 on Fulton, New Orleans
Dr. Julie Summers Lee presented on “Treating the Late Phase of the Allergic Reaction of the Eye.” Generously supported by Medpointe Pharmaceuticals
Dinner Series – December 2006
12/14/2006 Don Budenz, M.D.
Generously supported by Alcon Laboratories
Dinner Series – August 2006
8/16/2006 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse was the site of a delicious dinner and informative presentation by Dr. Richard Parrish, III, of Bascom Palmer, on August 17, 2006. The lecture, “What Does the Medicare Drug Benefit Mean for Dual Eligible and Low Income Beneficiaries,” was supported by Pfizer.
Dinner Series – February 2006
02/08/2006 On February 8, 2006, the NOAO members were reunited after a 6- month evacuation to a terrific dinner at Bacco Restaurant in the French Quarter. Alcon hosted Dr. Matthew McMenemy, who gave a fascinating lecture on “Medical Therapies of Glaucoma.”