2020 SCOPA Spring Meeting

Start Time/Date: 4:00 PM Friday, March 20, 2020
End Time/Date: 10:00 AM Sunday, March 22, 2020
ADDRESS: Westin Poinsett
120 S. Main Street
CITY: Greenville, SC 29601

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SCOPA Spring Meeting - March 20-22, 2020
Westin Poinsett
10 hours of CE available
(Pending COPE approval)
FRIDAY, MARCH 20th:  Drs. Felix Barker and Katie Davis                                                                          
4:00 - 5:00 pm:     Registration
5:00 - 7:00 pm:      The Prevalance, Clinical Impact and Management of Visual Dysfunction Associated                                   with Traumatic Brain Injuries
7:00 - 8:00 pm:      Cocktail Reception (Beer, Wine and hors d'oeuvres)
SATURDAY, MARCH 21st:  Dr. Paul Ajamian
7:00 – 8:00 am:      Breakfast Visit with Vendors!
8:00 - 10:00 am:     Avoiding Malpractice:  Your Call
10:00am-Noon:       The Future of Cataract Surgery

10:00am-Noon:       My (Latest) Favorite Cases

SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd:  Dr. Nicholas Green
7:00 – 8:00 am:     Breakfast Visit with Vendors!
8:00 - 9:00 am:     The Good, the Bad and the Gross Tales from the Ocular Emergency Room
10:00am-Noon:      A Brief How-To Guide on Optomeric Laser Procedures
10:00am-Noon:      Selected Topics on Systemic Causes of Retinopathy

Featured Lecturers  

Dr. Felix Barker is Associate Director of Research of the Rehabilitation and Reintegration Directorate of the VA/DoD Vision Center of Excellence (VCE). Dr. Barker is a Graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry, and has a Master of Science in Visual Science from the University of Houston and served as a US Army Optometrist. He is Emeritus Professor at Salus University, having served at Salus as the Director of Clinical Education, Dean of Research and Interim Dean of Optometry. He is a founding Professor of the Kentucky College of Optometry where he currently heads the Laser Surgery Educational program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. He is a medical staff member at the Hefner VAMC, Salisbury, NC. In his VCE role, Dr. Barker works to facilitate clinical practice recommendations and the prioritization, development, and funding of vision care and vision rehabilitation research efforts within the VA, DoD and non-Federal Communities. These efforts have a special emphasis in the area of combat eye injury and the visual effects of combat-relate traumatic brain injury.


Dr. Katie Davis was raised in Columbia, SC. She graduated with Honors from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 2014. Dr. Davis serves as the new member director on the Membership Board for SCOPA and the Vision Rehabilitation Committee Chair. In 2017, she became a board-certified Fellow in the College of Vision Development. She is currently working on her board certification from the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. She is passionate about helping those struggling with vision problems in school, work or life whether while growing up and learning or after a traumatic brain injury. Some of Dr. Davis’ additional awards and recognitions include the following:  The Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence, 2014, The Good-Lite Pediatric Equipment Award, 2014 and the Optometric Horizon Award given by the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA), 2016.


Dr. Paul Ajamian is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the New England College of Optometry. He completed a two-year Fellowship at the renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. He was instrumental in starting the nation’s first true co-management practice in 1982, then called the VEF Educational and Diagnostic Center. Since 1984 he has served as Center Director of Omni Eye Services of Atlanta, and has mentored many doctors that have started centers modeled after Omni. He is a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, the national organization dedicated to disseminating the latest research and clinical knowledge on glaucoma.

He currently serves as General Chairman of the Education Committee for SECO International, sponsor of the largest educational meeting in the country.  He also serves the profession as a Founding Board Member of the American Board of Optometry (ABO), the organization charged with creating a Board Certification process that will allow Doctors of Optometry to demonstrate lifelong learning.  Dr. Ajamian himself is Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry. He completed his term as Chairman of the ABO in November of 2013.

In 1995, Dr. Ajamian was chosen as the “Optometrist of the South” by his peers, and in 2000 was voted one of the ten “Optometrists of the Decade” by Optometric Management magazine and its readers. In 2014, Dr. Ajamian received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement bestowed by the American Optometric Association.


Dr. Nicholas Green is an optometrist specializing in primary eye care. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Connecticut and his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. Afterwards, he completed a Family Practice and Ocular Disease residency at the Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

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Columbia SC 29205
803-799-6721 or 877-799-6721
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