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April 20-24, 2012 Chicago 2012 Glaucoma talks to focus on surgical management pearls

by Faith A. Hayden EyeWorld Staff Writer


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ASCRS offers a wide variety of informative glaucoma sessions this year

Glaucoma specialists and general ophthalmologists seeking to boost their glaucoma knowledge during the main program of the 2012 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium& Congress won't be disappointed. Although the primary program, held from April 20-24, includes a healthy amount of cataract and refractive talks, glaucoma is not overlooked.

Combined cataract and glaucoma surgery

Cataract surgery and glaucoma management frequently overlap, and ASCRS has scheduled a number of lectures highlighting this fact. For example, "New Surgical Approach to Combined Cataract and Glaucoma Surgery: Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent," to be held Monday, April 23, at 1 p.m., will provide attendees with an overview of the indications, techniques, complications, and management of cataract and glaucoma with the trabecular micro-bypass stent.

Managing coexisting cataract and glaucoma

The session, "Coexisting Cataract and Glaucoma: Tips for the Uneasy Relationship" is also scheduled for Monday, April 23, at 1 p.m. This course will present various options for managing coexisting cataract and glaucoma, along with specific indications. Advantages of separate sessions versus a combined approach will be covered. Attendees will be able to choose options and apply various techniques in the management of coexisting cataract and glaucoma.

Conventional and emerging treatments

Treating primary angle-closure glaucoma is another hot topic. The "Role of Conventional and Emerging Treatments in the Management of Acute Primary Angle-Closure" session will discuss methods of lowering IOP, techniques to relieve pupil block, and other adjunctive measures that may be helpful in acute primary angle-closure. The timely management of the acute attack is important not only in preventing visual loss from the episode of high pressure, but also in preventing progression to chronic angle-closure glaucoma. Attendees will learn strategies in the management of this ophthalmic emergency and utilize their knowledge on the topic to the benefit of their patients. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, at 8 a.m.

Primary angle-closure glaucoma

On Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m., the "Management of Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma" session will review the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of angle-closure glaucoma, including highlights of new imaging modalities. Indications for iridoplasty, laser peripheral iridotomy, lens extraction, and tips on performing filtering surgery in challenging eyes will be covered. The course will conclude with an overview of the differences between angle-closure glaucoma and open-angle glaucoma.

Challenging glaucoma cases caught on video

Surgical videos of complications are always popular sessions, and "Tubes, Ties, and Videotape: Surgical Video of Glaucoma Implants and Managing Complications" is sure to be a hit. The course will present clinical photos, patient history, and edited surgical video of several challenging glaucoma cases and will demonstrate efficient techniques for tube insertion and how to manage post-op complications. How to reposition, extend, trim, cover, revise, and tie off problematic tubes will also be covered, and how tubes are used in conjunction with surgery for cataracts, corneal failure, and retinal detachment will be discussed. Attendees will be better prepared to prevent and manage complications associated with tube implant surgery. This session is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m.

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