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SSP 2024

Visit SECO’s Surgical and Aesthetics Skills Education Pavilion in Optometry’s Marketplace™ Exhibit Hall to learn how these procedures could be incorporated into your practice. Feature areas, hands-on interaction and educational presentations will include topics such as laser procedures, cryosurgery, Botox, anesthesia, Suturing, and Lateral Canthotomy and Cantholysis. Hear from industry experts how expanded scopes of practice may include these new opportunities to benefit patients through greater access to care.


 Michelle Cooper, OD

SECO International President

“As several SECO member states either have or are achieving advanced scope of practice, the demand for this type of specialized education is increasing. SECO continues to lead the way in providing these timely and necessary educational resources to SECO attendees.”


Richard Castillo, OD, DO

ASOS President

"With the increased interest from the optometry community and new states coming on nationally, we have experienced unprecedented demand for exposure and training. This partnership with SECO allows access and exposure to the doctors to learn in a dynamic setting.”

Friday, March 1, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Developed in partnership with the American Society of Optometric Surgeons, this dedicated pavilion Optometry’s Marketplace Exhibit Hall will feature a variety of presentations designed to familiarize or update attendees with a variety of surgical and advanced procedures.

The SECO Surgical and Aesthetics Skills Education Pavilion will be open Friday, March 1, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and on Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. In addition to the interactive stations, the pavilion will also include multiple short presentations from leading experts in their fields.

Ophthalmic Lasers

YAG/SLT combo lasers will be on display along with high-fidelity eye models whereby attendees may simulate performing three of the most common optometric laser procedures,

  • Laser Station 1. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty for Open-angle Glaucoma is the most common optometric laser procedure performed today and is considered first-line therapy for most forms of open-angle glaucoma.
  • Laser Station 2. Laser Peripheral Iridotomy is a true emergent procedure that can be effectively performed in the office setting.
  • Laser Station 3. YAG Capsulotomy is the standard way of managing posterior capsular opacification and has been performed in optometric practices since the late 1980s.

Lateral Canthotomy and Cantholysis

This Emergent Procedure should be a part of every eyecare professional’s repertoire, or at least knowledge base.  In the event of an emergency, such as a retrobulbar hemorrhage following trauma (including office surgery), this 15-second procedure can save the day and preserve someone’s vision!  Stop by and learn how to diagnose a retrobulbar hemorrhage and, more importantly, how to manage one!

BOTOX Simulation

Learn how to treat conditions such as blepharospasm by letting our instructors show you how to prepare and deliver BOTOX injections in optometric practice. Then, take a moment to practice on our injection demonstration model.


Managing visual problems and eye diseases may require administering certain types of injections in specific situations. Medical knowledge and practices evolve over time, so stay up to date with the latest developments in injection techniques, medications, safety protocols, and best practices. Our team is here to help you hone your injection skills!


Anterior chamber paracentesis is a specialized procedure common in the post-operative care of cataract patients and in an emergent setting. Paracentesis involves a balance between theory and hands-on practice, and we are ready to explain and demonstrate the procedure and give you the confidence to practice in our skills transfer wet lab!

Radiofrequency Surgical

Radiofrequency (RF) surgical refers to a medical procedure that utilizes radiofrequency energy to address various skin-related concerns. This minimally invasive technique has gained popularity in optometric practice for its ability to improve skin and remove many benign lesions along the periorbita with little trauma and downtime.


IPL is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-intensity light pulses to target and treat various skin and eye conditions. It works by delivering specific wavelengths of light energy to the targeted area, which can be absorbed by certain tissues, leading to various therapeutic effects. View an IPL demonstration and see how easy it is to utilize this treatment for your patients!


Unlike other IPL devices on the market, this revolutionary light platform delivers synergistic pulses of energy through an ergonomically designed handpiece to establish pathways for deeper penetration, resulting in a safe, eective, and more comfortable treatment experience for patients of all skin types. From addressing skin discoloration and acne to vascular inflammation and hair removal, iProX is a diverse system designed to maximize treatment outcomes for a wide range of conditions.


Let our instructors demonstrate how to place a simple suture on a suture simulator model. We will guide you as you place a stitch and tie surgeon’s knots.


Cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen is a time-honored method of lesion removal and a practical way to begin incorporating optometric surgical procedures into your practice. It is minimally invasive and requires no prior anesthetic injection. Let us show you the basic principles involved!

Gonioscopy for Laser Procedures

Practice visualizing the angle in preparation for laser trabeculoplasty.

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