• 2017 Barraquer Lecture

    Scott M. MacRae, MD, presents his 2017 Barraquer Lecture: Refractive Indexing: A Revolutionary Approach to Refractive Surgery.

    “Refractive surgery has undergone progressive revolutions in 1) accuracy, 2) safety, and 3) availability, facilitated by innovations in techniques and laser technology. Current laser surgery techniques such as LASIK and SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) utilize tissue-subtracting shape changes to treat refractive error. 

    “A new, minimally invasive, very high-speed femtosecond laser technology that can change refractive error by changing the refractive index of the cornea, IOLs, and contact lenses may revolutionize refractive eye care. 

    “Uncorrected refractive error is underappreciated as the leading cause of serious visual disability and the second leading cause of blindness in the world. We will explore how less-invasive, miniaturized, mobile laser technologies may attack this worldwide problem.”

    When: Tuesday Nov. 14, 11:31-11:51 a.m., during Sym51, Presbyopia: The Next Frontier in Refractive Surgery?, at AAO 2017. 
    Where: La Nouvelle Orleans C. 

    Presbyopia: The Next Frontier in Refractive Surgery? (10:15-11:51 a.m.) is cosponsored by the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

    This preview was excerpted from EyeNet AAO 2017 News, a tabloid distributed at the Morial Convention Center.

    Watch the Q&A. In an interview from AAO 2017, Dr. MacRae discusses refractive indexing (video).