Principles of Systemic Therapy and Prescription Writing 
COPE #84267-PH
Event #126035


Optometry’s scope of practice continues to expand including the prescribing of systemic medications in the management of ocular conditions. A crucial part of that privilege is the responsibility to understand how systemic medications act on living cells (pharmacodynamics) and what the body does to the drugs (pharmacokinetics). The following presentation will explore the various properties of drugs, their routes of administration, and how the body reacts to the drugs when administered. In addition, proper prescribing of medications will be reviewed.

  • The attendee will be familiar with how the body regulates its response to drugs.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the main routes of drug administration and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the various techniques to administer medications in optometric practice including parenteral, topical, and oral.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the current opioid epidemic and the importance of responsible prescribing.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the basics of how drugs interact with receptors to influence biological properties.
  • The attendee will be familiar with the crucial components required when writing a medication prescription.
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Getting to know our speakers

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.