• Think You Have Seen It All?

    AAO 2016, in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, is full of new and innovative sessions such as those outlined below.

    Skills Transfer labs:

    • Laser Retinopexy for Retinal Breaks: Simulation Workshop (LAB100)
      Learn how to describe the indications, complications, and proper technique of laser retinopexy. Practice finding retinal breaks using a 3-mirror lens and execute laser retinopexy around a retinal break.
    • Smartphone Fundus Photography (LAB115)
      Gain an in-depth understanding of the pearls and pitfalls associated with using smartphones to image the posterior segment.
    • Advanced Suturing: Scleral and Iris Fixation of Posterior Chamber IOLs plus Intraocular Knot Tying (LAB110)
      Hands-on instruction in the maneuvers and surgical techniques for scleral fixation or iris fixation of posterior chamber (PC) IOLs using sutures.


    • Case-Based Corneal Conundrums (SYM08)
      Faculty will present a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas commonly encountered by anterior segment specialists. They will also share their approaches to making accurate diagnoses as well as choosing and implementing appropriate management strategies. The symposium will conclude with the Castroviejo Lecture, given by Dimitri T. Azar, MD.
    • Clinical Dilemmas in Neuro-Ophthalmology: Who to Admit and Why? (SYM47)
      Hear discussion of the considerations for urgent hospital admission, imaging and treatment. The symposium will conclude with the William F Hoyt Lecture, "Can A Unique Little Specialty Show Us Some Pervasive Issues With The Old And New Models Of Healthcare Delivery?", given by Larry P. Frohman, MD.
    • Areas of Controversy Regarding Cataract Surgical Preferred Practices (SYM33)
      Join the debate on two hot topics: (1) Whether intracameral antibiotic is a superior postoperative endophthalmitis prophylaxis and (2) whether femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery results in superior outcomes at a reasonable cost. The audience will listen to both sides and then vote on which argument they find the most persuasive.

    Spotlight Sessions:

    • Spotlight on Ophthalmic Manifestations of Systemic Diseases: What You Need to Know (SPO1)
      This session will highlight new concepts in the diagnosis and management of ocular manifestations of systemic disease.
    • Spotlight on Cataract: Complicated Phaco Cases — My Top 5 Pearls (SPO2)
      Hear experts give rapid-fire talks on their top five pearls for managing complicated cataract cases. An international panel will add their own pearls and the audience will express their opinions using response pads. The symposium will conclude with the Charles D Kelman Lecture, given by Roger F. Steinert, MD.
    • Spotlight on Imaging for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist (SPO3)

    Instruction Courses:

    • Management of Malpositioned IOLs (675)
      Recognize the causes of IOL dislocation/decentration; consider possible prevention and various surgical techniques for correction of IOL dislocation/decentration.
    • Corneal Inlays for Treatment of Presbyopia (665)
      Gain an in-depth understanding of this newly available treatment of presbyopia.
    • iGlaucoma: The Latest Innovations in Glaucoma Therapy (497)
      Hear the latest medical, laser and surgical treatments for glaucoma, as well as promising and upcoming therapies.
    • Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Retinal Diseases (426)
      Learn how to use OCT angiography to detect choroidal neovascularization and evaluate response to anti-VEGF treatment, evaluate retinal capillary dropout in diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular diseases, detect retinal neovascularization in diabetic retinopathy, and map choriocapillaris atrophy in AMD and other macular diseases.

    Academy Café:

    • Pediatric Sports Injuries (SYM51)
      Pick up a free cup of coffee and hear the moderated expert panel discuss the topic. Join the lively conversation by text messaging your questions to the panel.