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The 82nd Middle Atlantic
Optometric Congress 

The Middle Atlantic Optometric Congress operates under the auspices of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF) and is hosted locally by the Behavioral Vision Project (BVP) Study Group.


This year’s program will be delivered in a hybrid format virtually through I HEART VT or onsite in Pittsburgh, PA.


Establishing the VISUAL in Rehabilitation and Trainings

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82nd Middle Atlantic Optometric Congress


Mehrnaz Green, OD; Paul Graham, Optometrist; Meredith Graham, Optometrist;

Paul Harris, OD; Harvey Richman, OD; Rima Bakhru, OD; Kristin Adams, OD;

Renee Wheelock; Gregory Kitchener, OD; Steve Gallop, OD.

Under the Auspices of OEPF





Sponsored by: Bernell, Nikon, and Vivid Vision

Congress Schedule

Friday – November 4th

SESSION 1: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM (US ET) 


WORKSHOP: Wachs Analysis of Cognitive Structures and Primitive Reflexes

Mehrnaz Green, OD 

Dr. Green will be discussing Piaget, neuroplasticity, and vision development, including videos and take-home points for exams and therapy.  This lecture will also include a workshop on performing the WACS test.

Saturday – November 5th


SESSION 1: 9:00 AM – 10:40 AM (US ET)

VO Star Workshop & Roundtable

Steve Gallop, OD & Gregory Kitchener, OD

The Cheiroscopic Testing routine provides a quick and efficient look at a variety of visual abilities.  The VanOrden Star (VOS) is an integral part of that sequence. This workshop will discuss and demonstrate the positioning of the VOS in the testing sequence, instructional sets, cheiroscope optics, expected outcomes and common variations, and more.  Participants in our roundtable discussion will bring many years of experience to share with you and answer questions you might have.  

SESSION 2: 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM US ET  

Paul Harris, OD


SESSION 3: 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM (US ET)

Practical Approaches for the Patient Post Brain Injury

Kristin Adams, OD

SESSION 4: 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM (US ET)

Lens Applications

Renee Wheelock, BDM

SESSION 5: 4:00 PM – 4:50 PM (US ET)

Defining Hyperopia – More than a Distance Refractive State

Paul Graham, Optometrist

As a profession, the dialogue has well and truly swung towards myopia management, yet Paul Graham believes there is still much to discuss about managing the needs of the hyperopic patient. Paul Graham


SESSION 6: 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM (US ET)

Classic VT Procedures – With a Twist

Meredith Graham, Optometrist

When a patient doesn’t progress as we expect in vision therapy, it can be hard to know where to go next. So often though, the answers lie in looking at our patient’s performance, not at the procedure write up, or even looking for a new procedure. In this session Meredith Graham will explore how she uses some classic (and perhaps not so classic) vision training procedures in her clinic to help patients develop better visual solutions.

Sunday – November 6th

SESSION 1: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM (US ET)

Vision & Brain Injury: The Optometrist's Role in Post-Concussion Treatment 

Rima Bakhru, OD

As optometrists, we are on the front line of concussion/ mild TBI management.  A few small modifications to the primary care exam can make a world of difference for this patient population. This course will review best practices in examination, treatment, and management - from asking the right questions, to high-yield testing, to prescribing tips, to making the proper interdisciplinary referrals. 


SESSION 2: 10:00 AM – 11:40 PM (US ET)

Telehealth and Remote Care- What is Possible and What is NOT! It Is a Brave New World!

Harvey Richman, OD


SESSION 3: 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM (US ET)

Optometrist’s Guide to Developmental Delays

Mehrnaz Green, OD



Congress Details


Single day - Friday only: $95 USD

Single day - Saturday only: $170 USD

Single day - Sunday only: $110 USD

Full Congress - $325 USD

Optometry students: No charge - Registration required


  • Payment can be made by Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal Account

  • Refunds will not be available once the Congress begins. 

  • Registration includes attendance certificate for live hours attended, attendance hours submitted to ARBO, access to the live Congress sessions, and access to the Congress recordings for 90 days.


  • This event is appropriate for Optometrists, Optometry Residents & Students, and Vision Therapists.

  • This seminar is presented in English

  • Open to participants around the world

  • This year’s Congress is a hybrid event with limited registration available for in-person attendance. All registration, in-person or virtual, must go through this registration page.


Technical requirements for virtual attendance:

  • Stable internet connection

  • Zoom account


Once you complete the registration and payment process you will receive a PayPal receipt confirming your payment as well as a confirmation email from I HEART VT with instructions on how to access the connection links for the Congress sessions. You do not need an I HEART VT subscription to participate, but you will need to create an account on the I HEART VT website. There is no additional cost in setting up your I HEART VT account.

In-Person attendance information:

Springhill Suites
2950 South Water Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203  
Phone: 412-488-8003


Mention Middle Atlantic Congress Room Block: $129/night + tax

  • All meals are on your own

  • In-Person attendees will also receive online access

  • Registration includes attendance certificate for live hours attended, attendance hours submitted to ARBO, access to the live and online Congress sessions, and access to the Congress recordings for 30 days through I HEART VT. 

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