• In conjunction with The Cornea Society

    Keeping Disease at Bay

    Program Directors

    Jennifer Y. Li, MD; Sanjay V. Patel, MD, FRCOphth; and Sophie X. Deng, MD, PhD

    Program Planning Group

    Jennifer Y. Li, MD; Sanjay V. Patel, MD, FRCOphth; and Sophie X. Deng, MD, PhD

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the 2019 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, tumors, and ocular surface disease. Surgical management of corneal disease including endothelial dysfunction and keratoconus 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, keratoconus, and ocular surface tumors, using a case-based approach to improve the care of patients with these challenging diseases.
    • Discuss new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for infectious and noninfectious keratitis and inflammatory conditions involving the ocular surface. Attendees will learn about the latest in treatment options for a wide range of ocular inflammatory diseases.
    • Describe the current state and future directions for various types of corneal transplant surgeries, including a discussion of how to decide which procedure is best in particular circumstances. This will be accomplished through lectures by respected experts as well as through surgically focused case presentations followed by panel discussions.
    • Provide attendees with a better understating of corneal imaging modalities and how to incorporate these new technologies into their practice.

    Program Objectives

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

    • Understand current best practices for the management of corneal infections
    • Discuss the role of keratoplasty in the management of patients with corneal disease
    • Understand the role of imaging and in-office diagnostics in the treatment of corneal disorders
    • Provide a rationale for treatment of dry eye and other ocular surface diseases and inflammatory disorders
    • List management strategies for patients with keratoconus

    CME Accreditation

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) 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 Credits. 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.

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