April 2019


Symposia continue as meeting highlights

by Liz Hillman EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer

From the new to the essential, the 2019 ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting boasts 30 symposia that run Saturday, May 3 through Tuesday, May 7.

What’s new

There are several new symposia at the Annual Meeting this year. One of the most anticipated is “The Winning Pitch Challenge” on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. Described as ophthalmology “Shark Tank” without the bite, this symposium will feature innovative ideas that were submitted ahead of the meeting. The finalists, who were paired with mentors, then pitch the ideas to a panel of experts in ophthalmology, industry, and investment. The winning pitch will receive a $10,000 prize.
“Sweating Bullets: A New Competition” on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. will have expert faculty on American and International teams who will present cases that caused them to “sweat bullets” in surgery. Q&A with the moderator will follow.
The ASCRS Government Relations Committee is sponsoring a new symposium, “Is this the End of Fee-for-Service?” on Sunday, May 5, at 1 p.m. It will address the bipartisan effort moving toward advanced alternative payment models. This session will feature Harold Miller, an expert on healthcare payment and delivery reform, and Steve Forbes, Forbes Media, who will discuss value-based payment and the impact of healthcare costs on the U.S. economy.
In “Mastering It All” on Sunday, May 5, at 1 p.m., an all-female panel will share their favorite surgical techniques or technologies that they’ve added for the year, life hacks, pearls for successful businesses, improving presentation skills, and more. In the same time slot is “Global Efforts in Addressing Avoidable Blindness and Models of Care/Training,” a new symposium that takes a look at the ophthalmic humanitarian efforts happening around the world.

The Essentials

ASCRS has expanded symposia in its Essentials track. “Refractive Cataract Surgery Essentials” on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. will include relevant preop considerations, intraoperative techniques, the postop unhappy patient, the business side of things, patient consent, and more. An Essentials and YES track symposium during this same time slot will cover lessons learned in challenging and complicated cases. An ASCRS Retina Committee-sponsored symposium will give surgeons “Everything You Need to Know About Intravitreal Injections” on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m.
When it comes to hitting refractive IOL targets, “Nailing the Best IOL Refractive Outcomes—Let the Experts Update You” on Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. will give attendees essential knowledge on optics, impact of axial length, toric IOLs, ray tracing, and the role of artificial intelligence.
Surgical essentials that can help get you out of trouble in cataract surgery, from soft and hard cataracts to a capsulorhexis running wide or a broken posterior capsule, will be offered on Sunday, May 5, at 8 a.m. Cornea essentials, from management of epithelial defects to various forms of ocular surface disease and its management to EK surgeries to crosslinking, will be presented during this same time.
“The Complete Guide to Management of Astigmatism: Everything You Need to Know to Optimize Cornea and Lens-based Options” on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. will cover measuring astigmatism and the options for doing so, case presentations, nomograms, intraoperative aberrometry, management with arcuate incisions and toric IOLs, and more.
Essentials in crosslinking and glaucoma will be covered in two separate symposia on Monday, May 6 at 8 a.m., followed by “ASCRS TOPGUN 2019: Essential Pearls from the Best International Phaco Instructors” at 3 p.m.

Reoccurring and beyond

A panel of internationally recognized experts will take a look at the differing opinions surrounding keratoconus classification, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment in “Keratoconus: Consensus and Controversy” on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m.
“Survive or Thrive in the Modern Healthcare Environment” on Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. is back by popular demand, as is the “Challenging Cases in Cataract Surgery Video Symposium” on Monday, May 6, at 8 a.m. and “X Rounds: Refractive Cataract Surgery to the Max” on Tuesday, May 7, at 10 a.m.
A symposium focused on the MIGS revolution will take place on Sunday, May 5, at 8 a.m., followed by the 2019 ASCRS FDA symposium, “Communicating and Evaluating Adverse Events Associated with an FDA-approved Medical Device” later at 3 p.m.
“Highlights from the Military Refractive Surgery Safety & Standards Symposium” will be presented on Monday, May 6, at 8 a.m. On the same day is “EyeConnect Live: Anchorman Edition” at 1 p.m., “Managing the Unhappy Post-Refractive Patient” also at 1 p.m., and “The Perfect Save: Challenging Cases Managed by International Experts” at 3 p.m.
There are also a couple of symposia that will be presented in Spanish: “Management of Complicated Cases in Cataract and Refractive Surgery” on Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. and “Best of ASCRS” on Tuesday, May 7, at 8 a.m.

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