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  • Read the Top Stories From AAO 2022 and Subspecialty Day

    From Friday, Sept. 30. through Monday, Oct. 3 thousands of ophthalmologists convened for AAO 2022. Each evening AAO 2022 Daily reported on some of the day’s highlights, and the 20 most-viewed news reports are listed below.

    Couldn’t make it to all the sessions that interested you? If you are registered for AAO 2022 or a Subspecialty Day meeting, you can use the virtual meeting platform to continue to watch online until Jan. 31 2023. After that date, you will still be able to access sessions on-demand and claim CME credit (professional attendees only) through Aug. 1, 2022.

    Not registered? You can still register and access recorded content.

    The top 20 most-viewed AAO 2022 Daily news reports are as follows:

    1. Cataract Spotlight Session: Highlights and Pearls. Knowing your limitations—that is, knowing when to stop and to not do more—was one of the many surgical pearls that emerged during this year’s Cataract Spotlight session, “M&M Rounds—Learning From My Mistakes.”
    2. Extend Your Surgical Life by Protecting Your Neck and Back. Surgeons and clinicians sacrifice themselves for their patients, said Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD. Ophthalmologists need to “fortify and strengthen ourselves so we can be vibrant for our whole lives.”
    3. Pearls for Sutureless Scleral-Fixated IOL Surgery. “This has really become my go-to technique because I find it not only very effective, but it can be incredibly efficient once the technique is mastered,” said Christina Weng, MD, MBA, about trocar-based sutureless scleral-fixated IOL surgery.
    4. What Does It Mean to Be a Good Doctor? “I want to use the time to discuss the critical challenge that faces all of us as physicians—and as people, really—and maybe give us a chance to think of some ways we might help move the needle,” said Michael Drake, MD, during the 2022 Robert N. Shaffer Lecture.
    5. 2022 Orbital Gala Slide Show. The 19th annual Orbital Gala took place at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.
    6. 2022 Jackson Memorial Lecture: Rethinking Corneal Biomechanics. If a skilled ophthalmologist like Professor Ernst Fuchs “missed” the endothelium in the early 1900s, what structure or mechanism do we fail to recognize today, mused Gerrit R.J. Melles, MD, PhD, when he delivered the Jackson Memorial Lecture.
    7. Study Results: Gene Tx for Geographic Atrophy. Data from a phase 1 study of the safety and efficacy of JNJ-1887 in geographic atrophy (GA) indicate that the study met its primary objective, reported Michael Nathan Cohen, MD.
    8. Preclinical Study: New Gore Glaucoma Drainage Implant. Amanda Kiely Bicket, MD, MSE, discussed a new Gore glaucoma drainage implant (GDI) prototype that has been in development since 2017.
    9. What’s in the MIGS Pipeline? What does the future of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) look like? Ike K. Ahmed, MD, offered a succinct overview.
    10. Do All Pediatric Retinal Diagnoses Need to Be Made Right Away? “I devised a retinal fear meter,” said Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD, describing a guide for determining how urgently a range of diagnoses must be addressed.
    11. New in Dry Eye Treatments. “I just think all the external disease nerds of this world need to unite,” said Gerami Seitzman, MD, while sharing an update on novel dry eye treatments under investigation.
    12. Nature, Nurture, Neighborhood, Network, and Glaucoma. The non-IOP risk factors for glaucoma can be even more important than IOP, according to Anne Louise Coleman, MD, PhD, in the American Glaucoma Society Subspecialty Day.
    13. Uveitis Labs: “If You Order the Test, You Own the Test!” “What you want to know is the likelihood of your patient having that disease for which you’ve tested: the positive predictive value,” said Lyndell Lim, MD, PhD.
    14. Retinitis Pigmentosa Responds to Gene Therapy. In a phase 1/2 study, the gene therapy AAV5-RPGR showed positive results in patients with RPGR-associated X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP), reported Michel Michaelidis, MD.
    15. Panelists Name 2022's Best Original Papers. During AAO 2022’s Original Papers sessions, the expert panels moderating those presentations each named the paper that they rate most highly.
    16. Combatting Unconscious Bias and Imposter Syndrome. Unconscious gender bias and imposter syndrome hinder female ophthalmologists’ development and career advancement, said Tanya Trinh, MBBS.
    17. What Patients Really Want to Know About Uveal Melanoma. Carol Shields, MD, provided an overview of uveal melanoma classifications and nonconditional and conditional survival. She described some recent studies that demonstrate how conditional survival, based on classifications from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), could help provide patients with hope.
    18. Changes in Corneal Sensitivity and Dry Eye Symptoms After SMILE vs. LASIK Surgery. Edward Manche, MD, and Kevin Ma, MD, presented the results of a study comparing changes in corneal sensitivity and self-reported dry eye after wavefront-guided femtosecond LASIK vs. SMILE.
    19. AI, Deep Learning, and the Detection of Systemic Diseases. Tien Y. Wong, MD, PhD, assessed current applications of AI/DL and summed up recent advances in the field of oculomics.
    20. Change Your Focus to Control Burnout. If your focus is your reality, then admitting you are in burnout and choosing to attend to self-care can reboot your life, said Stephen A. Blatt, MD.

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