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FALL 2013

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News A C o r n e a S o c i e t y p u b l i c a t i o n F a l l 2 0 1 3 V o l . 9 , N o . 4 Cornea Subspecialty Day back at AAO T his year's Cornea Subspecialty Day at AAO, titled, "Through the Looking Glass – Where We Are, Where We're Headed," aims to give participants a look at the past, present, and future of the field. Program directors Kathryn A. Colby, MD, PhD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston; Elmer Y. Tu, MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago; and William Barry Lee, MD, Eye Consultants of Atlanta, and co-medical director, Georgia Eye Bank, expect an impressive program with a variety of speakers and interesting topics. Cornea Subspecialty Day, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, aims to give attendees an updated and comprehensive review of anterior seg- ment topics by utilizing a number of national and international faculty, Dr. Lee said. The hope is that the attendees "can apply many of the lessons learned from this educational day to their everyday practices for prevention of corneal blindness." "Cornea Subspecialty Day will be filled with anterior segment pearls from experts around the world," Dr. Lee said. "We have an action-packed day of lectures including case studies, reviews, and groundbreaking research in cornea, external diseases, and refractive surgery." "The goal of Cornea Subspecialty Day is to give participants a taste of where the field was in the past, where it is now, and where it's going to be in 10 years," Dr. Colby said. Dr. Tu said that one of the main goals of the day is "not only to intro- duce drugs and practical new tech- niques but also how best to use them as described by the experts that devel- oped them." This year's Cornea Subspecialty Day will be divided into six sessions, three in the morning and three in the afternoon. The first session will explore medical treatment of corneal diseases. That will be followed by a look at infec- tious diseases of the cornea and possi- ble management strategies. The final morning session will focus on Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy and will include medical and surgical treatments for the condition. Following a break for lunch, the first afternoon session will feature an update on corneal surgery, including pearls for traditional penetrating ker- atoplasty, anterior lamellar keratoplasty, endothelial keratoplasty, and artificial corneal transplantation. The second afternoon session will look at corneal crosslinking, with discussions on epithelium-on and epithelium-off tech- niques. The final session of the day will be titled "Cornea Grand Rounds" and will feature short case presentations of challenging medical and surgical cases of the anterior segment. Dr. Colby said this year's format is a bit different from previous years. Among the changes are an entire ses- sion focused on a single topic, Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy. She said there is a lot currently going on with the topic, especially with surgery and potential medical treatments. "The other thing that's new that will be interesting and help keep peo- ple's attention at the end of the day is the 'Cornea Grand Rounds' where we'll have short, focused case presentations by people who we've chosen for their excellent speaking abilities," Dr. Colby said. Presenters will discuss challenging cases from their practices, followed by an interactive group discussion with the presenters and program directors. "This year's program is an exciting one," Dr. Tu said. "The highlight will be a keynote lecture by Claes Dohlman, MD, on the past, present, and future of keratoprosthesis, a life's work, which has brought the gift of sight to so many people around the world." Other topics will look at the value of testing and surgical prophylax- is for MRSA, epithelial-on vs. epithelial- off collagen crosslinking, and the importance of the availability of compounded drugs over commercially available medications. The schedule and topics for Cornea Subspecialty Day are designed to appeal to cornea specialists as well as general ophthalmologists. "We have tried to create a vast overview of topics for the comprehensive ophthalmologist to learn a variety of anterior segment pearls from the meeting while also providing some focused talks in each session to stimulate the curiosity and interest of the pure cornea subspecial- ist," Dr. Lee said. "This Cornea Subspecialty Day will provide the same great content and knowledge that has been characteristic of all the previous Subspecialty Days, but this will without question be a more dynamic program than in past years," Dr. Tu said. "We believe that we have enlisted the very best minds and most engaging speakers and given them challenging topics for which they can provide nuances and preferences that can only be gained through their research and experience." CN Contact information Colby: Lee: Tu:

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