Course and Schedule

Bay Area Ophthalmology Overview

The Bay Area Ophthalmology Course (formerly the Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology) has been offered to the vision community since 1970, presented by faculty from the four area teaching programs and recognized experts from other institutions. The course offers intensive instruction in the fundamental sciences underlying ophthalmic practice and research, including ophthalmic pathology, optics, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, orbit and oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, corneal and refractive surgery, cataract surgery, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and retinal surgery. Laboratory sessions are offered in pathology, optics, and phacoemulsification. Approximately seven and a half hours of instruction are offered each day, with corresponding handouts. Several evening receptions are included. The BAOC provides a strong and practical basis for residents in ophthalmology, vision scientists, and a review a review and update for practicing ophthalmologists. Foreign participants at every level of training are most welcome to attend.

Neuro-Ophthalmology Only Section
CME Accredited


Neuro-ophthalmology is a subspecialty that deals with vision loss, double vision, pupil abnormality, and other issues that arise from diseases of the eye-brain pathway. Common diseases that affect the eye-brain pathway include multiple sclerosis, stroke, tumors, cranial nerve palsies, diplopia, myasthenia, and functional abnormalities. The course is composed of short lectures followed by practical cases and discussions. Our focus is on common issues and discussion of diagnostic approach and treatment that are highly relevant to clinical practice.
In this two-day comprehensive course, you will learn basics of the visual pathway, eye movement control, and pupil responses. Diseases covered include neuro-ophthalmic emergencies, optic neuritis/multiple sclerosis; visual field loss due to stroke, tumor, vascular malformations, and other conditions; diplopia due to cranial nerve 3, 4, and 6 diseases, myasthenia gravis, functional abnormalities, and other important topics. You will also learn basics of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and angiography, visual field testing, electrophysiology, and visual function assessment. There will be discussion of the latest developments in these technologies.

Uveitis Only Section
CME Accredited

Essentials in Managing Uveitis and Ocular Inflammatory Diseases will provide an comprehensive overview of the principles that guide the diagnosis and management of uveitis and ocular inflammatory and immunologic diseases, limited to the eyes or as manifestations of multi-organ systemic diseases such as rheumatologic, neurologic, or dermatologic disorders. Presentation of challenging cases and discussion of imaging technology employed in uveitis management will also be integral components of the Course.  A stellar faculty comprised of leaders in uveitis at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford and other institutions will deliver live lectures and foster active discussion with course attendees.

Schedule is subject to change (minor changes)


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