• Monday Named Lectures



    Jones/Smolin Lecture: The Persistent Enigma of Adenovirus Keratitis: Viral Pathogenesis in the Cornea, presented by James Chodosh, MD, MPH.

    When: Monday, 9:32-9:57 a.m., during Sym31, Nonbacterial Keratitis: Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges.

    Where: Room E450.

    “Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) is a severe, hyperacute ocular surface infection caused by adenoviruses. The sine qua non of EKC is the delayed onset of subepithelial corneal infiltrates (adenovirus keratitis), which may be chronic or recurrent in up to one-third of cases. This lecture will discuss recent revelations in the etiology of EKC, including both the emergence of novel etiologic agents and new concepts in the pathogenesis of recurrent adenovirus keratitis.”

    Nonbacterial Keratitis: Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges (8:30-10:00 a.m.) is cosponsored by the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group.




    William F. Hoyt Lecture: Unraveling the Enigma of Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, presented by Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD.

    When: Monday, 9:35-9:59 a.m., during Sym30, Is This Optic Nerve Normal?

    Where: Room S406a.

    “Nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) is the most common nonglaucomatous optic neuropathy of mid- to later life. NAION produces permanent visual loss, and there is a relatively high risk of subsequent involvement of the fellow eye. Despite its prevalence and visual significance, NAION was not recognized as a distinct entity until the later 20th century. The cause of NAION remains elusive, despite a substantial history of investigations. The Hoyt Lecture will provide a brief overview of the clinical features of this disorder and a detailed examination of the relevant vascular studies. The lecture will emphasize what is known and unknown, and how our future studies might provide new information to better inform our understanding of the cause of NAION.”

    Is This Optic Nerve Normal? (8:30-10:00 a.m.) is cosponsored by the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.



    Parker Heath Lecture: Telemedicine and Digital Health: Our Profession Must Lead, presented by Jack Resneck Jr., MD.

    When: Monday, 11:04-11:29 a.m., during Sym34, The Evolution and Effect of Artificial Intelligence, Tele- medicine, and 3-D Printing on the Practice of Ophthalmology.

    Where: Grand Ballroom S100c.

    At the time of press, the 2018 lecture had not been finalized. The Parker Heath lecture honors Parker Heath, MD, who was the 54th president of the American Ophthalmic Society and was known as a pioneer in ophthalmic pathology. The Parker Heath lecturer is always a prominent ophthalmologist or other physician who can speak to topics that broadly apply to all of medicine. This year’s lecturer, Dr. Resneck, is president-elect and chairman of the board of the American Medical Association as well as vice chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco.

    The Evolution and Effect of Artificial Intelligence, Telemedicine, and 3-D Printing on the Practice of Ophthalmology (10:15-11:45 a.m.) is cosponsored by the American Medical Association.




    Charles D. Kelman Lecture: Dealing With Damaged Zonules, presented by Robert J. Cionni, MD.

    When: Monday, 11:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m., during Spo2, Spotlight on Cataract Complications: Pressure Cooker— Managing Nerve-racking Complications.

    Where: Room E354.

    “Dr. Charles Kelman brought us small- incision ultrasonic phacoemulsification, which helped make cataract surgery one of the most successful procedures known to modern medicine. Still, certain challenges remained, such as a how to manage a compromised zonular apparatus. Missing, damaged, or weakened zonular fibers decrease the likelihood that a cataract surgery will proceed without complications and increase the likelihood that the surgeon will be unable to place an intraocular lens within the capsular bag for long-term stability.

    “Over the last 2 decades, numerous devices and techniques have provided us the ability to better manage the compromised zonule. We will explore the history of managing the zonular fibers and highlight the most current surgical techniques and technologies that improve the chance of a good outcome. A review of the literature and selected videos will illustrate how these innovations came to be.”

    Spotlight on Cataract Complications: M&M Rounds—Learning From My Mistakes (8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.).



    Michael F. Marmor, MD, Lecture, presented by Howard Schatz, MD.

    When: Monday, 12:50-1:15 p.m., during Sym40, Michael F. Marmor Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts.

    Where: Room S406a.

    At time of press, the 2018 lecture had not been finalized. Every year an eminent practitioner in architecture, music, history, or art with strong links to medicine gives the Marmor Lecture in Arts and Ophthalmology to illuminate how his or her field of expertise relates to and can provide unique insights into ophthalmology.




    Zimmerman Lecture: Retinoblastoma: Seeing the Big Picture, presented by Matthew W. Wilson, MD.

    When: Monday, 2:59-3:24 p.m., during Sym44, Needle Aspiration Biopsy of the Eye and Orbit: Implications for the Ophthalmic Oncologist and Pathologist.

    Where: Room E350.

    “Retinoblastoma is the most common primary intraocular malignancy of children, with approximately 8,000 cases occurring worldwide each year. Retinoblastoma is a highly curable cancer when contained within the eye. In high-income countries, survival rates exceed 90%, and care is focused on saving eyes and vision. However, in middle- and low-income countries, delayed diagnosis, extraocular spread, and metastatic disease lead to decreased survival. Eighty percent of the world’s children live in middle- and low-income countries; in turn, this is where the global retinoblastoma burden resides. Building capacity to diagnose and treat retinoblastoma within these regions is imperative; advancements in saving lives and saving vision can be made.”

    Needle Aspiration Biopsy of the Eye and Orbit: Implications for the Ophthalmic Oncologist and Pathologist (2:00-3:30 p.m.) is cosponsored by the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists.




    Dr. Allan Jensen and Claire Jensen Lecture in Professionalism and Ethics: The Intersection of Liability and Ethical Professionalism, presented by Anne M. Menke, RN, PhD.

    When: Monday, 3:50-4:40 p.m., during Sym46, Dr. Allan Jensen and Claire Jensen Lecture in Professionalism and Ethics.

    Where: Room S406a.

    “The Hippocratic Oath highlights the risk inherent in the practice of medicine: harming a patient. Mitigating that risk requires an ongoing commitment to competency and professionalism. Both may be called into question when an ophthalmologist is sued for medical malpractice and expert witnesses challenge the defendant’s knowledge, skills, and ethics. This lecture will explore the relationship between professional liability and the professional responsibilities built into the Academy Code of Ethics. Malpractice lawsuits will be used to explore the Academy Rules of Ethics pertaining to informed consent, advertising, pretreatment assessment, research, and delegation of services.”

    Dr. Allan Jensen and Claire Jensen Lecture in Professionalism and Ethics (3:45-4:45 p.m.).

    Next story from AAO 2018—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.