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Annual Meeting
Subspecialty Day
Cornea Subspecialty Day 2014: Restocking the Toolbox: Concepts and Techniques for the Toughest Jobs
In conjunction with
The Cornea Society

Date: Saturday, Oct. 18

Time: 8 a.m. to 5:25 p.m.

Location: E354, Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, Chicago


Registration for the Cornea Subspecialty meeting allows you to:

  • Visit the AAO 2014 Exhibition on Saturday, Oct. 18.
  • Float among all Subspecialty Day meetings held on Saturday, Oct. 18 – Cornea, Glaucoma, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Ocular Oncology and Pathology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery, Retina and Uveitis.

Online registration is now closed. You can register onsite: visit the Ticket Sales counter in South, Hall A. Find more information about registration, including fees.

Hotel Reservations

Cornea Program

Program Directors
William Barry Lee, MD; Elmer Y. Tu, MD; Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD

Planning Group
Michael W. Belin, MD; Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD; William Barry Lee, MD; Christopher J. Rapuano, MD; Donald Tan, MD, MBBS; Elmer Y. Tu, MD

Mission Statement
The mission of the 2014 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.

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 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 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.