Treatment and Management of Ocular Pain: NSAIDs and Opioids
(Covers: Pain Management, Opioid Management, Opioid Misuse and Addiction )
COPE #84265-PH
Event #126039

Course Description:
Ocular pain is an important reason why patients seek care, especially on an emergent basis. The following interactive presentation will use a case-based approach to explore the most effective means to manage pain in optometric practice including the importance of understanding addiction and the current opioid abuse epidemic. Topical and oral pain management will be discussed with particular emphasis on the appropriate steps in prescribing oral pain medications. **This course meets the requirements for the Alaska Board of Optometry for opioids, pain management, and addiction

  • Learning Objectives:
  • The attendee will be familiar with the pathway in which pain is generated in the eye.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the common over the counter pain management medications and their appropriate dosing.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the commonly prescribed prescription pain medications in optometric practice and their appropriate dosing.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the opioid epidemic and how to potentially identify patients seeking opioid medications.
  • The attendee will be familiar with drug addiction and how it can develop in their patients.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the common ocular conditions that may require pain management.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the appropriate steps to be taken in prescribing controlled substances (e.g. opioid medications) and the necessary patient education on potential complications.
  • The attendee will be familiar with how NSAIDs help manage inflammation and pain.
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Dr. Blair Lonsberry

Dr. Lonsberry grew up in Rossburn, Manitoba (Canada).  He obtained his Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 1996 after completing a Master of Science in Physiology from the University of Manitoba. He completed his residency in Primary Care Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1997, then joined the faculty at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. During his time at SCO, he completed a Masters in Education degree with an emphasis in adult learning.

Currently, Dr. Lonsberry is a Full Professor with Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon.   Dr. Lonsberry is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Optometric Retinal Society, the Optometric Glaucoma Society, and the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.