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Annual Meeting
Subspecialty Day
Cornea Subspecialty Day 2015: Show Me the Evidence! Back to Basics and Beyond
In conjunction with The Cornea Society

Date: Saturday, Nov. 14

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Cornea Program

Program Directors
Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD; Bennie H. Jeng, MD; Shahzad I. Mian, MD

Planning Group
Michael W. Belin, MD; Bennie H. Jeng, MD; Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD; Shahzad I. Mian, MD; Christopher J. Rapuano, MD; Donald Tan, MD, MBBS

Mission Statement
The mission of the 2015 Cornea Subspecialty Day is to provide cornea specialists and comprehensive ophthalmologists who are actively managing patients with corneal diseases with new information regarding the diagnosis and medical and surgical management of important diseases of the cornea and ocular surface. The program will review evidence-based treatments for challenging medical disorders of the cornea, including corneal infections. Advances in the understanding and treatment of Fuchs corneal dystrophy will be presented. Surgical management of corneal disease will be highlighted in several formats, including didactic lectures, panel discussions, and case presentations.

What Is The Professional Practice Gap That This Activity Will Address?
This program is designed to improve the management of both common and uncommon medical and surgical diseases of the cornea. Through a series of didactic lectures, relevant case presentations, and panel discussions by leading corneal experts, attendees will have a better understanding of the diagnosis and management of a diverse range of corneal conditions, from common ocular surface disease to atypical keratitis, as well as the role of immunosuppression in infectious and noninfectious corneal inflammatory disease. In addition, through surgical video presentations, panel discussions, and didactic lectures, program participants will know the current state of cutting-edge surgical techniques such as corneal crosslinking, complex cataract surgery in corneal disease, penetrating and lamellar keratoplasty, and ocular surface transplantation. Attendees will better understand how to overcome the learning curve for incorporating these techniques into their practices.

Target Audience
The intended audience for this program is cornea surgeons, comprehensive ophthalmologists with an interest in anterior segment and allied health personnel who are performing or assisting with cornea surgery.

Education Level
Intermediate, Advanced

The goals of this program are to:

  • Provide attendees with an evidence-based review of current management strategies for both commonplace and less common medical disorders of the cornea, including dry eye syndrome, infectious keratitis, persistent epithelial defects and corneal neuropathy, using a case-based approach to improve the care of patients with these challenging diseases.
  • Discuss new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for infectious and non-infectious keratitis and inflammatory conditions involving the ocular surface. Attendees with learn about modern immunosuppressive therapy options for management of severe ocular inflammatory disease.
  • Describe the current state and future directions for various types of corneal transplant surgeries, including a discussion of how to overcome the various hurdles faced when adopting new techniques. This will be accomplished through lectures by respected experts as well as by surgically focused case presentations followed by panel discussions.
  • Provide attendees with an update on corneal surgical techniques in combination with discussion of other ocular conditions and surgical procedures, in order to raise awareness of how and when to recommend this treatment.

Program Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the evidence-based approach to managing medical diseases of the cornea and ocular surface, including inflammatory, infectious and degenerative conditions.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of recently popularized techniques of corneal transplantation (Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty and keratoprosthesis) and understand strategies to incorporate these techniques into their practice.
  • Identify patient groups for whom collagen crosslinking alone or in combination with additional procedures is a promising treatment and understand the advantages and disadvantages of different crosslinking techniques.
  • Identify indications and surgical techniques for corneal disease in the presence of cataracts, glaucoma, ocular surface disease and complex anterior segment anatomy.

CME Accreditation
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Attendees registered as exhibitors, spouses or guests are not eligible for CME credits.