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SPR 2017

Cornea Society International Organization Advancing the treatment of corneal disease

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News Spring 2017 Vol. 13, No. 1 A Cornea Society publication Cornea Day returns ahead of ASCRS Cornea Day will cover a number of hot topics in the field of cornea T his year's Cornea Day is back again ahead of the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress and promises an exciting program. It will take place on Friday, May 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Cornea Day is sponsored by the Cornea Society and ASCRS Cornea Clinical Committee. The program chairs are Terry Kim, MD, and Marian Mac- sai, MD, and the Planning Committee includes Anthony Aldave, MD, Clara Chan, MD, Sophie Deng, MD, Anat Galor, MD, Preeya Gupta, MD, Barry Lee, MD, Francis Mah, MD, and Chris Starr, MD. "As usual, Cornea Day will continue to deliver a very dynamic and educa- tional format," said Dr. Kim, program co-chair, ASCRS Cornea Clinical Com- mittee, professor of ophthalmology, and division chief of Cornea, Duke University Eye Center, Durham, North Carolina. We always make an effort to invite a variety of faculty on the pro- gram, including international faculty as well as young, up-and-coming faculty, he added. The program will deliver corneal content for the comprehensive ophthal- mologist as well as the corneal specialist. Dr. Kim said the organizers always make an effort to ensure there is a variety of content, including video case presen- tations, panel discussions, and point/ counterpoint presentations to ensure that there is a lively dialogue occurring on stage. The program is divided into four sections. The first, Dr. Kim said, is a joint session with the Asia Cornea Society looking at global hot topics, such as different trends in infectious keratitis that are seen globally, ocular surface reconstruction internationally, and in- ternational initiatives to address corneal blindness through various transplant procedures. Another section will focus on cor- neal complications and controversies in both cataract and refractive surgery. Other topics will include corneal en- dothelial safety in femtosecond versus manual phacoemulsification; Fuchs' dystrophy in cataracts; IOL selection in patients with ocular surface issues; and complications that occur in various cataract and refractive procedures like herpes infections, ocular surface disease, and epithelial ingrowth. New techniques like small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Jena, Germa- ny) also will be addressed, and there will also be a special section on case-based presentations on complications in this area, like toxic anterior segment syn- drome, persistent corneal edema, and other complications. Dilemmas in corneal ectatic disease and ocular surface disorders also will be addressed in a section. Dr. Kim noted that one particular hot topic in this area is collagen crosslinking. With the recent U.S. Food and Drug Adminis- tration approval, many are starting to use the procedure in practice and want pearls for how best to handle these cases, he said. There are also issues to discuss surrounding epi-on and epi-off procedures, as well as combining cross- linking with other technologies and mo- dalities. Dr. Kim said advances in ocular surface will also be discussed, including which limbal stem cell transplant pro- cedure should be considered for various conditions. The corneal surgery section is always one of the highlights, he said. This will primarily be in a video-based format, Dr. Kim said, and will feature practical information and pearls on a variety of cutting-edge corneal surgery topics, including Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty, and Bowman's layer transplantation. "Cornea Day is a great way to start the ASCRS annual meeting, and it con- tinues to be a very popular and well-at- tended program because of its excep- tional content and outstanding faculty. On behalf of our Cornea Society chair, Marian Macsai, MD, and our Planning Committee, we invite you to attend this event to gain the latest information on cornea topics that are highly relevant to the comprehensive ophthalmologist's as well as the corneal specialist's practice," said Dr. Kim. CN Editors' note: Dr. Kim has no relevant financial interests related to his comments. Contact information Kim: terry.kim@duke.edu

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