2018 WAEPS Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Program 
(Tech Program)

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March 30, 2018


Meydenbauer Center 
11100 NE 6th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

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We are pleased to present this exciting opportunity to expand your knowledge, enhance your clinical skills and advance your career at one of the largest American Academy of Ophthalmology award-winning and nationally recognized continuing education programs in the field of ophthalmology! 

Be a part of the future of eye care
Join over 500 of your fellow colleagues and peers from across the Pacific Northwest to see what everyone is talking about! Learn about the latest advances and trends in ophthalmology through thirty unique lectures from our highly skilled and dedicated faculty of ophthalmologists. 

Grow your knowledge and stay ahead of the curve as these leaders in ophthalmology share vital new clinical information, the latest research and study results, and the key changes coming to ophthalmology in 2018 that will affect your clinical practice. Come get connected, inspired and prepared!

Meet the experts
Matthew Parker, PhD, LSSMBB, COMT, CST, OSCThis year we are excited to have Matthew Parker, PhD, LSSMBB, COMT, CST, OSC, Vice-President of ATPO and founder and chief executive of PACT MATTERS, LLC join us from Durham, NC to present three exclusive training courses to further develop and refine your patient evaluations and diagnostic testing outcomes:

  • Basic Retinoscopy: “Too Easy and Ready for the Test”
  • Mastering Refinement: “Sometimes, It’s What You Don’t See”
  • Dynamics of Tonometry

Mr. Parker has over 30 years of experience in the areas of ophthalmic medical assisting, surgical assisting, and strategic planning and development and is part of the faculty for ATPO’s popular “Train the Trainer” program. Don’t miss this chance to learn from a nationally recognized instructor and leading ophthalmic trainer as he shares valuable insights from his many years of speaking and authoring on ophthalmic technology subjects with IJCAHPO and ATPO.

Also make sure to take advantage of the immediate availability of ophthalmic industry clinical application specialists from across the United States and find answers to your questions, trouble-shoot technical issues, and experience direct, specialized hands-on diagnostic equipment training through eighteen clinical workshops.

Experience the new
Come experience our new venue at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue! Enjoy a spacious layout, efficient and courteous staff, energizing continental breakfast, delicious buffet lunch, relaxing evening hors d'oeuvres, and numerous other amenities provided for your comfort and ease while you attend the program.

In addition, check out our many new courses, designed to cover all skill levels and specialties in ophthalmology. Classes fill up quickly, so be sure to register early to secure your preferred courses! And be sure to take advantage of the early bird discount that is available until March 2, 2018!

We hope that you will not miss out on this premier event in eye care education! We look forward to seeing you there with your friends and colleagues on March 30th!

Anndrea Grant, COMT, OSC





Anndrea Grant, COMT, OSC
Northwest Eye Clinic, Inc
Program Chair, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Program

 2018 Schedule
2018 Lecture Descriptions
2018 Workshop Descriptions

Registration Fee Per Person

  On or Before March 2 After March 2
Member Practice



Non-Member Practice



Student / Military Tech



More about the Ophthalmic Personnel Program:

Target audience

Nurses, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (All levels of certified and non-certified assistants, opticians, contact lens personnel), and health care students.

Workshop prerequisites

The prerequisite for each workshop is to already possess a basic knowledge of that particular skill. The workshops are designed to help ophthalmic medical personnel further hone the skill and, through hands-on instruction, demonstrate the best clinical applications of that skill.

What’s included

Your registration includes a full day of course instruction, e-syllabus, educational credits, continental breakfast, coffee breaks, delicious hot buffet luncheon, access to exhibits, and a hosted reception.

Watch for your e-syllabus link

There will be no printed handouts for this meeting. One week prior to the meeting, you will receive an email with a link for access to your e-syllabus. We encourage you to use it to access important information before you arrive, including printable/downloadable speaker handouts, an updated schedule, and driving and parking directions.

Attendance verification and credit:

Note: this course has been submitted to JCAHPO for consideration of CE credit. This course is not sponsored by JCAHPO; only reviewed for compliance with JCAHPO standards and criteria and awarded continuing education credit accordingly; therefore, JCAHPO cannot predict the effectiveness of the program or assure its quality in substance and presentation. 

For workshops presented as training on the implementation of specific equipment or products, please note that this is proprietary information presented to allow students to master a specific task or process.  Alternatives to this technology may exist and a well-informed technician should have knowledge of those alternatives as well. 

Step 1: Submit attendance cards as you attend classes & workshops
JCAHPO now requires that we document each participant’s attendance at each session throughout the day. Prior to the meeting you will receive by mail your nametag, personalized schedule and a set of attendance cards (one for each of your classes). Be sure to bring these with you on the day of the meeting! As you enter each classroom, you will insert your attendance card for that hour’s class into the box next to the classroom door. These cards are collected ten minutes after the class begins. Failure to deposit your attendance card into the correct box by that time means we will not be able to verify your attendance and you will not get credit for that hour. So please help us with your full cooperation in this system!
Step 2: Complete evaluation
Following the meeting you should go back to the e-syllabus and click on the link to complete your online program evaluation.
Step 3: Receive your certificate
Within 30 days after the program, the WAEPS office will send you (via email) a certificate showing the courses you attended. Please feel free to contact us in mid-May if you have not yet received your certificate and we’ll resend it.



A delicious buffet lunch is included in your registration. If you choose to leave the building during the lunch break, please be sure to return on time for your next class.

President’s Reception

Immediately following the conclusion of the physician program at 5:15 p.m. please join us for the President’s Reception.

Reciprocal society members:

WAEPS has reciprocal arrangements with ophthalmology societies in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia. Employees of physicians who are members of their respective state and provincial societies may register at the discounted member rate. Please contact our office for details if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity: waeps@waeps.org

Hotel accommodations

A discounted room block is available at the nearby “Seattle Marriott Bellevue,” 200 110th Avenue N., Bellevue, WA. The rate is $189 per night and discounted overnight parking has been negotiated. Space is limited. Rooms can be booked until 3/7/18 or until all rooms in the block are filled. To go directly to the reservation website and receive the discounted room rate, click here. 


WAEPS encourages participation by all individuals. If you require accomodations, please notify Debra Alderman at the WAEPS office at 206-956-3650 at least two weeks prior to the conference. Advance notification is essential in order for us to serve you better. Note that our conference venue is fully accessible and ADA compliant.

Other attendee needs
Moms needing access to our “pump room” during breaks should contact WAEPS staff for access when they arrive on site.
Special dietary needs? Indicate these on your registration form or contact us via phone or email at least two weeks prior to the conference and we’ll do our best.

New Venue for 2018!!

Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
Continental breakfast will be held in the exhibit hall in Center Hall A on the entrance level of the building and the tech lunch will be held in the ballroom next to it, Center Hall B. The tech program lectures and most of the workshops will be held in classrooms on the 4th floor of the facility. A few of the workshops will be in a meeting room in the administrative suite on the 3rd floor.


Underground parking is available at Meydenbauer Center. Overflow parking arrangements are still being determined so check the e-syllabus and the WAEPS website for updates.


Our conference venue is less than a block away from the Bellevue Transit Center where many bus routes stop. For more information, visit the Metro Transit and Sound Transit websites to plan your trip by public transportation.

Fee & Registration

In order for you to register at the WAEPS member rate, the ophthalmologist you work for must be a member of WAEPS and his or her 2018 dues must be paid. Early-bird discount applies to registrations received no later than March 2, 2018.

We encourage all participants to register online on our website.  You’ll have the option to pay online or to request an invoice at the end of the registration process which you can forward to the person at your practice who pays the bills. If you need assistance or need to register via hard-copy registration form, please email waeps@waeps.org or phone 206-956-3646.


Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. There is a $50.00 fee for cancellation before March 2, 2018. There are no refunds for cancellations after March 2, 2018.

Questions regarding registration
Please contact Curt in the WAEPS office at 206-956-3646 or email waeps@waeps.org

Information about each of the other components of our annual meeting 

For information about the other programs and for printable brochures, please click on the links below:

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Ophthalmic Coding, Documentation, and Reimbursement Seminar
Physician Program
Practice Management Program