Greg Caldwell, O.D., is a 1995 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a one-year residency in primary care and ocular disease at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO), member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS), and member of the Optometric Wellness and Nutritional Society (OWNS). He currently works in Duncansville, Pennsylvania as an ocular disease consultant. Dr. Caldwell’s primary focus is the diagnosis and management of anterior and posterior segment ocular disease, and he has been a participant in multiple FDA investigations and trials. Dr. Caldwell has integrated nutrition, prevention, and wellness into his patient care. He practices integrative optometry. Dr. Caldwell is a co-founder of Optometric Education Consultants and co-administrator of OCT Connect on Facebook. Dr. Caldwell has lectured extensively throughout the county and over thirteen countries internationally. In 2010 he served as President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) and served on the AOA Board of Trustees 2013-2016. He is President of the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind.
Title: Nutrition and the Eye
Greg A. Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO), member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS), member of the Optometric Wellness and Nutritional Society (OWNS)
Carotenoids are nutrients that have been proven to protect the eye from light damage and several ocular pathologies. Their antioxidative protection is at the molecular level and are most recognized in age related macular degeneration. Many ocular and retinal diseases are linked to low levels are carotenoid levels. However, the retina is a highly metabolic tissue under constant assault. This course will review carotenoids and the comprehensive nutritional antioxidant network needed, how to assess their levels, and identify the patients that would benefit from diet, lifestyle, and macula and full retina supplementation. This course will provide patient cases to the audience.
Ocular Nutrition – Tying, Structure, Function, and Molecular All Together in the Changing World
Early detection, prevention, and wellness is not only trending but is now expected by our patients. Oxidative stress and damage are the hallmarks of chronic disease which is easily identified with our current and new instruments and technologies. This course will introduce and review concepts of integrative and complementary medicine and provide clinicians with clinical pearls, diagnostic interpretation and approaches, present-day and recently approved nutraceutical and therapeutic opportunities, and guidance on becoming a great Integrative Optometrist.