• The 15 Top Stories From Subspecialty Day and AAO 2018

    Last month, thousands of ophthalmologists convened in Chicago for the Academy’s Subspecialty Day meetings and AAO 2018. Here are the 15 most-viewed news stories on this year's presentations, as reported in AAO 2018 Daily.

    1. Biocompatible Film Patches Macular Holes and Retinal Breaks in a Single Step. Persistent macular holes are often treated with multiple surgeries, adjuvant drugs, or transplants. Stanislao Rizzo, MD, said that there’s a simpler—and safer—approach (4-minute read).

    2. Jackson Memorial Lecture: Avastin and OCT. Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD, provided an in-depth history behind the use of bevacizumab for treatment of AMD (4-minute read).

    3. Cataract Surgery in Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma Patients. Richard K. Lee, MD, shared pearls for successful cataract surgery in a challenging patient group (4-minute read).

    4. Tips for Diagnosing Infectious Uveitis and Retinitis. Purnima S. Patel, MD, urged clinicians to consider infectious causes for uveitis. She noted that identifying cases where steroids are contraindicated is key, and she offered some tips on arriving at an accurate diagnosis (4-minute read).

    5. Atropine Treatment for Myopia. Donald Tan, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth, presented an overview of research on atropine treatment for myopia and introduced his latest trial, ATOM3 (4-minute read).

    6. Should We Perform a Vitrectomy for Diabetic Macular Edema? Gaurav K. Shah, MD, answered key questions for surgeons considering a vitrectomy in patients with diabetic macular edema (4-minute read).

    7. After CyPass Withdrawal: What Now? Thomas W. Samuelson, MD, gave an update on the CyPass stent (4-minute read).

    8. Refillable Implant for Wet AMD: Topline Results. The latest results from the LADDER trial, presented by Carl D. Regillo, MD, suggest that a refillable ranibizumab implant holds promise for minimizing the high treatment burden associated with monthly intravitreal injections (3-minute read).

    9. Kelman Lecture: Compromised Zonules. “Change for the sake of change usually doesn’t work,” said Robert J. Cionni, MD. But change that is designed to address an unmet need—or intended to make a product or procedure better, safer, quicker, or less expensive—is another matter, he said (3-minute read).

    10. Dissatisfied Patient? A Refractive Surgeon’s Advice. Vance Michael Thompson, MD, provided his advice for how to manage unhappy patients (3-minute read).

    11. Are Phakic IOLs Preferable to LASIK for Myopia? Erik L. Mertens, MD, made a case for the superiority of phakic IOLs in some myopic patients (3-minute read).

    12. Glaucoma Delivery Platforms Edge Closer to Commercialization. “I think it is safe to say that in a decade, we will be using eyedrops rarely,” said James D. Brandt, MD (3-minute read) .

    13. Orbital Gala 2018. The Academy’s ‘60s-themed Orbital Gala took place in Chicago. Get a glimpse of the fun with these photo highlights (slideshow).

    14. Designing Retina’s Past, Present, and Future: The 2018 Academy Laureate, Steven T. Charles, MD. An icon in the world of retina was featured in a profile and video interview. He talked about his work and his work ethic (8-minute read and 3.5-minute video).

    15. Panelists Name 2018 Best Original Papers. This year's most highly rated papers, listed by subspecialty.


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