October 2018


2018 AAO Annual Meeting • October 27–30, 2018
Refractive offerings at AAO

by Liz Hillman EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer

2017 AAO Annual Meeting

Consider catching these refractive sessions on the 2018 AAO program

Refractive offerings at the 2018 AAO Annual Meeting kick off with Marguerite McDonald, MD, presenting the Refractive Subspecialty Day keynote lecture on “30 Years of Laser Vision Correction,” just after 8:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.
Other Refractive Subspecialty Day offerings include “Advances in Refractive Surgery” from 8:20–10:43 a.m. and “Management and Prevention of Complications in Refractive Surgery” from 10:53 a.m.–12:08 p.m. A video-based session on mastering complications will take place from 1:30–2:20 p.m., followed by a symposium on “Will Small Lenticule Extraction Replace LASIK?” from 2:25–3:10 p.m.
A symposium on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 8:00–10:00 a.m. will introduce residents to cornea and lens-based refractive surgery, and another from 10:15–11:45 a.m. will discuss various topics in the era of femtosecond lasers, such as advances in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, astigmatism management, pockets for intracorneal inlays, SMILE, and refractive indexing.
Instructional courses focused on refractive surgery begin on Saturday, Oct. 27 with the diagnosis and management of intraoperative complications from femtosecond LASIK from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., followed by the 2:00–3:00 p.m. video-based “Danger Zone: Refractive Surgery Nightmares and Worst-Case Scenarios.” These scenarios will include flap complications, decentered ablations, ectasia, and phakic IOL complications, among others.
Sunday courses include “Advanced Corneal Topographic Analysis” from 4:30–5:30 p.m., which will focus on recognizing normal and abnormal patterns and the different imaging technologies, and “The SMILE Learning Curve: Management of Challenges and Complications” from 4:30–5:30 p.m.
There are several refractive surgery courses on Monday, Oct. 29, starting with “Multifocal IOL: Current State of the Art” and “A Step-by-Step Primer to Starting SMILE in 2018” both taking place from 9:00–10:00 a.m., followed by “Therapeutic Corneal Refractive Surgery” from 2:00–4:15 p.m., “Refractive Surgery for Life: Pearls for Incorporating Seven Refractive Procedures into Your Practice” from 3:15–4:15 p.m., “Corneal Topographic Analysis and Anterior Segment Imaging: Pearls for Your Clinical Practice” from 3:15–5:30 p.m., and “Presbyopia: Full Throttle” from 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30 holds “Topography-Customized Ablations: Evolving Applications From Therapeutic to Virgin Eye Refractive Indications” from 9:00–11:15 a.m., “A Step-by-Step Primer to Starting LASIK in 2018” from 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., “Modern Understanding of Accommodation: Treatment Approaches, Current and Future” from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (which will include surgical and therapeutic techniques) and “Solving the High Myopia Problem with Phakic IOLs” from 12:45–3:00 p.m.
In terms of refractive-focused wet lab offerings throughout the meeting, an opportunity for laser refractive surgery will be featured on Saturday from 3:00–5:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and a Sunday lab on astigmatism-correcting corneal incisions will take place from 4:00–5:30 p.m. There will also be several opportunities for breakfast with experts on topics ranging from various aspects of SMILE to topography to crosslinking to transepithelial surface ablation.

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