When Topical Just Isn’t Enough: Oral Medications
COPE #71669-OP
Event #121263


Many ocular pathologies can be treated with topical medications, but what happens when that topical agent just isn't enough. This course will cover a variety of ocular pathologies, that at times, need not only topical pharmaceutical agents to treat the condition, but also oral pharmaceutical agents. Case reports will be incorporated and include glaucoma, herpes simplex keratitis, herpes zoster, and infectious diseases of the cornea (bacterial and fungal).
  • Gaining knowledge regarding dosage and indications for a variety of oral medications.
  • Gaining knowledge about when to use oral medications either in combination with topical medications or as standalone for a variety of ocular disease presentations. Also, to gain knowledge on when to initiate treatment with an oral medication for a variety of ocular disease presentations.
  • Gaining knowledge in side effects, contraindications, and adverse events that may occur with oral medications and how to manage them if one occurs.
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Getting to know our speakers

Dr. Justin Schweitzer

Dr. Justin Schweitzer specializes in advanced glaucoma, refractive surgical clinical care, and anterior segment pathology at Vance Thompson Vision.  He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR.  In 2012 he pursued his dream to focus on glaucoma, advanced anterior segment surgery care and pathology, joining Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Dr. Schweitzer is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at The Illinois College of Optometry and regularly lectures on glaucoma, anterior segment pathology, refractive surgical clinical care, and surgical management.   

Dr. Schweitzer is a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society, American Optometric Association, Intrepid Eye Society, Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society, and South Dakota Optometric Society and has had multiple articles published in scientific journals.  Dr. Schweitzer has research interests in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and biomechanical properties of the cornea as it relates to glaucoma.