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APR 2018

Cornea Society International Organization Advancing the treatment of corneal disease

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News April 2018 Vol. 15, No. 2 A Cornea Society publication T he 2018 Cornea Day will take place on April 13, in Washington, D.C. Francis Mah, MD, La Jolla, California, chair of the ASCRS Cornea Clinical Committee and one of the members of the Cornea Day Plan- ning Committee, shared what attendees can expect at the meeting and some of the topics that will be covered. Like last year, Cornea Day will take place on the same day as Refractive Day. Dr. Mah said there was a bit of "friendly competition" between the two programs to try to draw the most attendees and keep them in their respective sessions. But Dr. Mah said it's a great opportunity for physicians to attend presentations in both the Cornea Day and Refractive Day programs, and many of the topics will be complementary. Attendees of either program can move back and forth between the sessions. The program will be slightly differ- ent this year. "Instead of just didactic lectures, we have different formats for the sessions," Dr. Mah said. This year, Cornea Day will be comprised of four different sessions: "Surgical Scenarios: Managing DMEK Disasters and Other Cornea Catastrophes," "Smoke or Fire?" "Advances and What's Trending in Ocu- lar Surface," and "The Great Debate." For the first session on surgical scenarios, Dr. Mah said they wanted to incorporate surgical videos with pearls on handling complications. There will be a panel discussion regarding the best way to handle these surgical issues. The second session will focus on inflammatory and infectious eye condi- tions. During this session, typical cases that challenge clinicians every day will be presented with a panel discussion on tips and pearls for management. Ocular surface disease, the focus of the third session of the program, is a hot topic, Dr. Mah said. "Clinicians and surgeons understand the importance of identifying and managing ocular surface disease, and it is the first or second rea- son most patients visit eyecare special- ists." During this session, topics such as new ocular surface algorithms, new treatments, and dry eye masqueraders will be covered. The final session will cover debates and controversies within cornea and ex- ternal disease, Dr. Mah said, adding that "controversial" topics will be discussed, many of which don't have a right answer. Attendees may be interested to hear how physicians around the country are doing things differently. Among the topics discussed will be crosslinking, with debates on progression and how young a patient can be. "Instead of just lecturing, I think people respond to different formats," Dr. Mah said. The Cornea Day program is large- ly applicable to both the cornea and comprehensive ophthalmologist, with more advanced topics specifically geared toward the academic or tertiary care cornea specialist. "I am really looking forward to this year's program because we've made extensive changes in the format," said Elmer Tu, MD, Chicago, Cornea Society president and member of the Cornea Day Planning Committee. "Although we've reduced the number of didactic lectures, the topics and speakers have been carefully chosen to be informative and engaging." They're designed to set up a series of case-based panel discus- sions, which will guide the attendees through the application of new tech- niques and technologies in practice, he 2018 Cornea Day preview continued on page 3 Attendees at the 2017 Cornea Day in Los Angeles

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