Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

  • Iowa Eye Nurse/Technician Conference

    Ophthalmic Healthcare Education

    Coordinator: Sarah C. Smith, RN, MA, CRNO, COA
    Nurse Manager/Eye Clinic
    Department of Nursing
    Ambulatory Care Services

    Contact: Pat Zahs at 319-356-4475 or email patricia-zahs@uiowa.edu. 

    please see brochure (pdf)

    June 20, 2014


    Holiday Inn & Convention Center, 1220 1st Avenue, Exit #242  (Adjacent to Hampton Inn), Coralville, Iowa 52241, 319-351-5049


    The purpose of this program is to provide current information on a variety of topics related to ophthalmology.  The conference content will be of particular interest to nurses and technicians who work with ophthalmic patients.  An overview of current research efforts at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology will start the morning.  A comparative presentation of ophthalmic healthcare in Sweden from a professor here at Iowa follows.  The afternoon begins with normal age-related ocular changes and subjective patient complaints.  The day ends with an exciting overview of current pediatric ophthalmic genetics.


    1. Describe participation in various clinical trials at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa.
    2. Compare similarities and differences in ophthalmic healthcare in Stockholm, Sweden, and in Iowa.
    3. Discuss normal age-related ocular changes.
    4. Define the status of current ophthalmic pediatric genetics.


    JCAHPO credits applied for: 5.0 CECs. // Nursing: 0.6 CEUs will be awarded by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing (IBN approved provider #34).  Participants must attend the entire program to receive full credit.

    NOTE: 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.



    9:10  Welcome and Introductions, Sarah C. Smith, RN, MA, CRNO, COA

    9:15 Ophthalmic Research at UIHC, Barbara Taylor, BBA, COA, CCRC & Jean Walshire, AAS

    10:30  BREAK

    10:45 The Stockholm Connection, Richard C. Allen, MD, PhD

    12:00  LUNCH

    1:00 p.m. Growing Older and Good Vision, Sarah C. Smith, RN, MA, CRNO, COA

    2:15  Pediatric Genetics: What, Why, and How, Wanda Pfeifer, COMT, CO(C)


    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order participate in the program, please contact Larry McGranahan, Administrator, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, at 319-356-2866 to discuss your needs.

    Fee (must be received by June 14, 2014):  $85

    Please see program brochure for registration information and program details