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SPR 2012

Cornea Society International Organization Advancing the treatment of corneal disease

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Cornea Society 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 S p r i n g 2 0 1 2 V o l 8 , N o . 2 atoplasty versus Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty," Dr. Kim said, echoing Prof. Tan's sentiments. "Immediately after that, we'll argue the virtues of limbal stem cell transplant versus keratoprosthesis." In each of the presentations, the presenter will have only 5 minutes to argue his point before a discussion period begins. "Controversy and a lively debate will be the focus of this year's pro- gram," Prof. Tan said. "These are chal- lenges for surgeons where there is no right answer." Prof. Tan added he is particularly interested in hearing about corneal challenges for the cataract surgeon, which includes presentations on cataract surgery in patients with previ- ous refractive surgery, if premium IOLs are appropriate for patients with corneal disease or corneal transplants, and how to manage iris defects. "I'm hoping to learn a lot from this session. We've got a great panel of people who can address these issues that we see every day in surgery," Prof. Tan said. Dr. Kim said he's particularly inter- ested in hearing about using the fem- tosecond laser in softening the lens for presbyopia, listening to the debate on hysteresis, getting an update on the lat- est in corneal mechanics, and learning about corneal crosslinking for infec- tious keratitis. "I can't think of a better way to kick off ASCRS than this year's Cornea Day program," Dr. Kim said. "We want to encourage everyone to attend." "This year's presentations have been balanced so there are in-depth topics for corneal specialists and ses- sions for general ophthalmologists or Cornea Day 2012 promises excitement A ttendees expecting the tried-and-true podium pre- sentations at this year's Cornea Day will be pleas- antly surprised, promised Terry Kim, MD, Planning Committee co-chair. Cornea Day, sponsored by the Cornea Society and ASCRS, is being held this year on Friday, April 20, the day before the official start of the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress. "We've done a few things this year to shake it up a bit," Dr. Kim said. "We've made a concerted effort to appeal to both the general ophthalmol- ogist and the corneal specialist." To easily differentiate the two for atten- dees, the program is including asterisks to identify those topics Dr. Kim and the rest of the committee felt were more appropriate for corneal specialists. Great debates "Other than the content, the way we're running the various programs is quite different," said Donald Tan, FRCS, president, the Cornea Society. "We'll be having some really interesting approaches—including a battle of the experts. A great example is DSEK vs. DMEK, with Mark Terry, MD, and Frank Price, MD, arguing for their techniques." Cornea Day will feature "several point-counterpoint arguments, but this year we've asked people to argue for the counterpoint of their comfort zone. So, for instance, we've asked Sonia Yoo, MD, who does not believe phakic IOLs are a more appropriate choice than LASIK in post-PK eyes, to argue for the motion, and Jose Guell, MD, who is known to be pro-phakic IOL, to argue against the motion. It's counter continued on page 2 to what people are used to seeing up on the podium, and I think it will add a dynamic we've never seen before," Prof. Tan said. Controversies in corneal and ocular surface transplantation In lieu of presentations with limited time for audience participation, both co-chairs noted the first session alone will be a "game-changer." The co-chairs invited top experts in the field to discuss penetrating keratoplasty (PK) versus deep anterior lamellar kerato- plasty (DALK), versus combined fem- tosecond PK/DALK. "Then we move right into what I think will be a heated discussion on Descemet's stripping endothelial ker-

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