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SUM 2015

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News Summer 2015 Vol. 11, No. 3 A Cornea Society publication Cornea Subspecialty Day at AAO will go "back to basics" This year's subspecialty day to focus on evidence-based practice T his year's Cornea Subspecialty Day on Saturday, November 14 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting is titled "Show Me the Evidence! Back to Basics and Beyond." The program directors are Shahzad I. Mian, MD, Ann Arbor, Mich., Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, New York, and Bennie Jeng, MD, Baltimore. Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Jeng shared why it's important to attend this year's Cornea Subspecialty Day at AAO and what sessions they are especially looking forward to. The goal The goal of Cornea Subspecialty Day is to provide attendees with the latest information from experts about new or commonly misunderstood medical and surgical treatments of cornea and anteri- or segment disorders, Dr. Kaufman said. "We want everyone who attends Cornea Subspecialty Day to leave the meeting with practical information that they can use today in their clinical practice." The idea of what the program directors are trying to put together this year is reflected in the title, Dr. Jeng said. "We're trying to go back to the basics to talk about the evidence that guides us in what we do," he said. "The major overly- ing theme is evidence-based practice." He added that he's also particularly excited about bringing up some of the controversies in ophthalmology. Why should people attend? Cornea Subspecialty Day is usually at- tended by cornea specialists and com- prehensive ophthalmologists, but there are also other subspecialists who simply want to update their cornea and anterior segment knowledge base, Dr. Kaufman said. "We have assembled an impressive list of experts who will cover a vast array of useful, clinically relevant topics," he said. "Each session will include didactic lectures with case studies to illustrate practical points." There is a lot of information that physicians may not be up to date on just by reading the literature, Dr. Jeng said. "This is an excellent cross section of what is hot now in cornea," he said. "If you have missed anything in the last year, it should all be covered here." Major theme There are so many new, revised, and misunderstood topics in cornea and the anterior segment that it can be difficult for physicians to obtain current, clear, and accurate information, Dr. Kaufman said. "At this year's Cornea Subspecialty Day, we will look at these topics with an emphasis on evidence-based infor- mation," he said. "We will separate the hype and hard-sell from the evi- dence-based facts." The idea, Dr. Jeng said, is to present the data, not necessarily to say what's right, but at least to get the data straight. Not to be missed Dr. Kaufman said that he often receives questions about herpes simplex and varicella zoster viruses. "Our first session of the day will cover prevention, diagnosis, and treatments and will dis- cuss and clarify new concepts and treat- ment techniques for these common viral infections," he said. Case presentations on the topic will also show physicians how to implement these concepts into clinical practice, including a discussion of the VZV vaccination. There will be a session on new treatment paradigms for autoimmune and inflammatory conditions commonly encountered in the office, Dr. Kaufman said, as well as a session to address controversies in the treatment of corneal continued on page 3

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