2019 SCOPA Spring Meeting

Start Time/Date: 4:00 PM Friday, March 29, 2019
End Time/Date: 10:00 AM Sunday, March 31, 2019
ADDRESS: Westin Poinsett
120 S. Main Street
CITY: Greenville, SC 29601

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SCOPA Spring Meeting - March 29-31, 2019
Westin Poinsett
10 hours of CE available
(8 pending COPE approval)
FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019:  Dr. Daniel Apple                                                                                               
4:00 - 5:00 pm:     Registration
5:00 - 6:00 pm:      Tips for a Good Retinal Examination
6:00 - 7:00 pm:      Vascular Occlusions and How to Handle Them 
7:00 - 8:00 pm:      Cocktail Reception (Beer, Wine and hors d'oeuvres)
SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019:  Drs. Ron Melton and Randall Thomas
7:00 – 8:00 am:      Breakfast Visit with Vendors!
8:00 - 10:00 am:     Eye Care Update Part 1 (58061-PH)

10:00am-Noon:       Eye Care Update Part 2 (59645-PH)

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019:  Dr. Sean Smolenyak
7:00 – 8:00 am:     Breakfast Visit with Vendors!
8:00 am Noon:       Grand Rounds Lessons in 7 Days (51267-PD)
                              Grand Rounds Challenging Cases in Primary Optometric Practice (50376-PD)
                              Everything you Wanted to Know about Cataract Surgery )57671-PO)

Featured Lecturers 

Dr. Daniel Apple was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He first moved to Upstate South Carolina to attend Bob Jones University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree.  After college, Dr. Apple obtained his medical degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. After completing an internal medicine internship at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Dr. Apple completed his ophthalmology training at the University of Minnesota.  He then moved back to his home state of Michigan to complete a two year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, MI, where he obtained extensive experience in diagnosis and management of complex and advanced vitreoretinal diseases.



Dr. Ron Melton is an optometrist who specializes in eye exams & routine eye care and optical & contacts in Charlotte, NC. He received his undergraduate degree from Greensboro College and his medical degree from the Integrated Biological Sciences Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He became an adjunct faculty member of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1981. He also served as a captain in the US Army as a clinical optometrist at Hawley Army Hospital. In 1999 he received a second undergraduate degree from UNC School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, the North Carolina Optometric Association, and the Optometric Glaucoma Society.

Dr. Randall Thomas is a 1981 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and a 1976 graduate of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina.  He is in full-time clinical practice in Concord, North Carolina.  He was presented the “Glaucoma Educator of the Year” award by the American Academy of Optometry in 1997.  He and Dr. Ron Melton co-author Review of Optometry’s “Annual Drug Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs”, now in its sixteenth year.  He is on the Professional Staff at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast where he also serves on the teaching faculty of the Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program.  Dr. Thomas has served as a consultant to the American Optometric Association on its Council on Clinical Optometric Care and Hospital Privileges Committees.  He has served as an ophthalmic drug principal investigator for the FDA.  Dr. Thomas has lectured world-wide with Dr. Melton on the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.   He and his wife Cheryl have two daughters.


Dr. Sean Smolenyak:  a native of Great Falls, Virginia. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, and received his Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2001. Since then Dr. Smolenyak has specialized in the medical management of eye diseases. His interests include dry eye disease, conjunctivitis, uveitis, ocular emergencies, macular degeneration and glaucoma. He also works closely with local physicians to help manage diabetic patients.  He also has extensive experience in the post-operative management of cataract surgery.  Dr. Smolenyak is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the North Carolina State Optometric Society.  

South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association
2730 Devine Street
Columbia SC 29205
803-799-6721 or 877-799-6721
FAX 803-799-1064