Eclipses, Climate Change, and the Eye Course # 40084

Instructor:

James Kundart OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Section:

General Optometry

COPE Course ID:

Expiration Date:

November 30, -0001

Qualified Credits:

Course has expired


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course covers the effects of infrared and ultraviolet radiation on the ocular surface like pingueculae and pterygia, media changes, and retina, and well as consequences to visual function such as erythopsia and central scotoma.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Review causes and consequences of solar retinopathy, including erythropsia and prognosis from specific exposure times
  • Diagnosis of solar keratopathy, including snow blindness and welder’s flash
  • Diagnosis of climate-based conjunctival changes, including the difference between environmental pingueculae and pterygia
  • Discuss evidence-based treatments to prevent phototoxicity, including the AREDS formula and ISO filters
  • Know the effects of climate change on cataracts, including anterior cortical and infrared radiation (glassblowers’ cataract)

STEPS TO TAKE COURSE:

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Upon completion and payment you will be issued a certificate.
Please send any questions or comments to kundart@pacificu.edu.

Climatic Droplet Keratopathy. Image source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/aos.12628