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FALL 2014

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T his year's Cornea Day at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting will take place on Saturday, October 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:25 p.m. in Chicago. W. Barry Lee, MD, in practice at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, medical director of the Georgia Eye Bank, and scientific program chair of Cornea Day, discussed the program and why it is important to attend. Dr. Lee said that the mission of the 2014 Cornea Day is "to provide comprehensive ophthalmologists and anterior segment specialists with interests in cornea, glaucoma, refractive surgery, and cataract surgery a multidis- ciplinary discussion of current and evolving trends and techniques for providing ideal treatments for cornea and anterior segment diseases." The program for this year will feature case discussions, groundbreak- ing research, and clinical pearls for treating a variety of ocular surface diseases, infectious and inflammatory diseases, and corneal dystrophies and degenerations. "Cornea Day will expand on surgi- cal conundrums for the treatment of various corneal diseases with a count/ counterpoint session, as well as 'Top Five Tips' for combined anterior seg- ment diseases that must be dealt with during cataract and refractive surgical procedures," Dr. Lee said. The day will conclude with world- renowned experts discussing some of their most interesting cases of the year, he said. Some of the hot topics scheduled to be addressed during this year's pro- gram include corneal collagen crosslink- ing and endothelial keratoplasty. The "Top Five Tips" that Dr. Lee referenced will feature challenging anterior segment surgeries and surgical conun- drums; experts will give their opinions on how to handle these challenges. Not to be missed There will be a number of new topics covered at this year's Cornea Day. According to Dr. Lee, there will be a new session that deals with combined surgical treatments for conditions such as cataract surgery and glaucoma, cataract surgery with corneal disease, and cataract surgery in challenging situations. "We will also discuss new technology and new diagnostic and treatment paradigms for various ocular surface diseases," he said. The "Cornea Controversies" session and the "Corneal Surgical Quandaries" session are new this year and will cover different opinions on how to treat common cornea and anterior segment conditions. "In addition, the case presentation session at the end of the day will have an interactive faculty with lively discussion of some of the most interesting and challenging cases of the year," Dr. Lee said. The "Cornea Controversies" session moderated by Elmer Tu, MD, Chicago, will highlight some of the groundbreak- ing studies on treatments for infectious keratitis. The session will also discuss preoperative antibiotics, new intracam- eral combination medications, and whether postoperative antibiotics will be a thing of the past. Additionally, Francis Price, MD, Indianapolis, will speak on the conun- drum of cornea disease and glaucoma and which surgeries work best when both conditions need to be treated. Reay Brown, MD, Atlanta, will discuss cataract surgery in combination with MIGS. In the afternoon sessions, Friedrich Kruse, MD, Erlangen, Germany, and Mark Gorovoy, MD, Fort Myers, Fla., will battle over whether DMEK or DSAEK is better, followed by Mark Mannis, MD, Sacramento, Calif., and Shigeto Shimmura, MD, PhD, Tokyo, arguing over whether PK or DALK is a better keratoplasty option for patients. "Cornea Day assembles some of the brightest minds in corneal research, teaching, and clinical experience to provide an action-packed day of learn- ing through one of the most innovative and interesting subspecialty day meetings offered at AAO," Dr. Lee said. "Don't miss it or your cornea toolbox may not be stocked appropriately!" CN Editors' note: Dr. Lee has no financial interests related to his comments. Cornea Day ready for AAO 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 4 V o l 1 0 , N o . 4 W. Barry Lee, MD

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