Course and Schedule

2023 Course Schedule coming SOON ..

Bay Area Ophthalmology Ophthalmology Course

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

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.

Ophthalmic Innovation Symposium
The Ophthalmic Innovation Symposium, a part of the Bay Area Ophthalmology Course (BAOC), is open to anyone interested in learning about the process of innovation and the latest developments in the field. Centered on the theme, “From Concept to Clinic,” the event will feature presentations and panel discussions from leading ophthalmologists, business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, and vision scientists in the field who will be sharing their expert perspectives on innovation– how to effectively translate an idea into patient care. Come hear from pioneers including:

J. Fraser Wright, PhD – Inventor, Luxturna gene therapy and Founder of Spark Therapeutics

Dan Schwartz, MD – Inventor of the Light Adjustable Lens and Founder of RxSight

Karen Havenstrite, PhD – Stanford Biodesign alum and Founder/CTO of Tangible Science

Eugene De Juan, MD – Managing Partner, ForSight Labs

Victor Chong, MD, MBA – VP, Global Head of Retina, Janssen/J&J R&D

Malvina Eydelman, MD – Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Innovation Program mentor, Byers Eye Institute at Stanford

Paul Yock, MD – Founding Director, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

and many more!

Innovation Symposium access is included to those already registered for BAOC.

Those interested in attending the Ophthalmic Innovation Symposium only can sign up for the one-day event by clicking “Reserve a Spot Here” and choosing one of the Innovation registration options.

Schedule is subject to change (minor changes)


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