Now Accepting Registration for the 33rd Annual Continuing Education Symposium on February 4-6, 2022 at the Dothan Country Club in Dothan, Alabama.

Now Accepting Registration for the 33rd Annual Continuing Education Symposium on February 4-6, 2022 at the Dothan Country Club in Dothan, Alabama.

Now Accepting Registration for the 33rd Annual Continuing Education Symposium on February 4-6, 2022 at the Dothan Country Club in Dothan, Alabama.


John Mcgreal, OD

Leo Semes, OD, FAAO

Dr. John A. McGreal, Jr., is a graduate of Albright College and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He was Chief of Eye Services at Greater Atlantic Health service in Philadelphia, where he also had a private practice. He was a founding partner in Vision Care Consultants, a managed eye care company in Pennsylvania.

He was Center Director and Vice President for Vision America Incorporated for seven years. Currently, he is Director of the Missouri Eye Associates, a medical and surgical private practice in St. Louis. He is adjunct faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the University of Missouri. He is internationally recognized for his educational endeavors. He served on the continuing education committee for the North Central States Optometric Council and is past member of the Congress continuing education subcommittee of the American Optometric Association. He was the 42nd Peter’s Memorial Lecturer at the University of California. He was the Nussenblatt Lecturer at the University of Houston in 2004.

He was the 1998 Missouri Optometrist of the Year. He was the 2005 University of Missouri, School of Optometry - Educator of the Year. He is Director of Education of OD Excellence, a practice improvement company.

Leo Semes, OD, FAAO

Leo P. Semes, OD, earned his OD from PCO and completed a residency at The Eye Institute of PCO. He currently holds an appointment as Professor Emeritus of Optometry and Vision Science at UAB.

Dr. Semes has authored over 250 articles, book chapters, and posters. He is a fellow of the AAO. Dr. Semes is a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and a founding fellow of the Optometric Retina Society. In 2015 he received the Educator of the Year award from the Alabama Optometric Association. He has also been recognized with the Dean’s Distinguished Service award (2016).

Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Diplomate

Dr. Sowka is a Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where he serves as Chief of The Advanced Care Service and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the College’s Eye Institute. He is the Program Coordinator and Supervisor for the Ocular Disease Residency. He is the longest-tenured faculty member at the College. Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Sowka is a Glaucoma

Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a partner and co-owner of Optometric Education Consultants.

Ron Melton, OD, FAAO

Dr. Ron Melton has lectured nationally and internationally at over 800 continuing medical education meetings with a goal of educating optometrists around the world in ocular disease. He was honored as a co-recipient of the “Pioneer in Optometry” recognition by the Editorial Board of Primary Care Optometry News in April 2015 for contributions in optometry education. Dr. Melton was named co- recipient of the American Academy of Optometry 2014 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award for outstanding and sustained contributions to the Academy’s Lectures and Workshops program.

He sits on the editorial boards of Optometric Physician and Primary Care Optometry News and is a contributing editor to Clinical and Refractive Optometry. Dr. Melton has authored or co-authored over 100 papers on optometry and is the co-author of the popular annual “Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs” for Review of Optometry. Dr. Melton has acted as an investigator in more than 50 clinical research trials. Currently he is a member of the adjunct faculty at Salus University (Pennsylvania College of Optometry) and Indiana University (School of Optometry). He is certified as a Diplomate with the American Board of Optometry.

He is in a group practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has staff privileges at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.

Randall K. Thomas, OD, MPH, FAAO

Dr. Thomas is a 1981 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and a 1976 graduate of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. He is in full-time clinical practice in Concord, North Carolina. He was presented the “Glaucoma Educator of the Year” award by the American Academy of Optometry in 1997. He and Dr. Ron Melton co-author Review of Optometry’s “Annual Drug Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs”, now in its sixteenth year.

He is on the Professional Staff at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast where he also serves on the teaching faculty of the Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Thomas has served as a consultant to the American Optometric Association on its Council on Clinical Optometric Care and Hospital Privileges Committees. He has served as an ophthalmic drug principal investigator for the FDA. Dr. Thomas has lectured world-wide with Dr. Melton on the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. He and his wife Cheryl have two daughters.

Attendee Disclaimer - COVID-19

In the event of cancellation or postponement of the event due to The COVID-19 pandemic, EEF will refund attendees the full amount of any registration or sponsorship fees within 60 days of the cancellation announcement. Travel fees will not be reimbursed in any circumstance. Refund requests due to COVID-19 illness or quarantine will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Do not attend the event if you have had a recent close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of COVID-19, including, but not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. If you fall ill during the event, you will be asked to leave the event immediately.

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