Laser Procedures Program

The Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians is pleased to host the Northeastern State University Optometry College of Oklahoma’s Laser Procedures Program. The program will be held August 17 & 18, 2019 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. The course consists of 16 hours of COPE approved CME. This is the same course that other states including Kentucky, Louisiana, and Arkansas offered to their members prior to their successful legislative efforts to expand the scope of Optometry’s practice in those states to include laser procedures.

This program focuses on Laser Therapy for the Anterior Segment and includes the training and opportunity to learn the technical skills required for performing anterior segment laser procedures. Topics include laser physics, laser tissue interactions, gonioscopy, and an in-depth discussion of the most-commonly performed clinical anterior segment laser procedures including YAG laser capsulotomy, laser peripheral iridotomy (PI), green laser trabeculoplasty (GLT), selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), and green laser peripheral iridoplasty. The indications, contraindications, alternative treatment options, risks, benefits, and procedural techniques are discussed in detail during this program, as well as management of possible complications. The lecture component of this program is followed by hands-on laboratory training utilizing the Green, YAG, and SLT lasers.

The enrollment for this program is limited to 50 Optometrists because of this hands-on laboratory training that attendees will receive. The registration fee is $1,250 for TAOP/AOA members. We have arranged for a guest room block at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. The room block will be available for Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. A room rate of $139.00 has been negotiated with the hotel. Register online for a hotel room by July 26 here.

This is about the future of Optometry in Tennessee. Please contact Gary Odom at 1-800-451-2438 or email him at if you have questions.