Roger F. Steinert, MD

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November 07, 2013

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Hot Ophthalmology Topics in New Orleans

Hi. I am Dr. Roger Steinert, Chair of Ophthalmology and Director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California-Irvine. Today I would like to review the highlights of the upcoming American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans.

In looking over the program, there are many exciting and worthwhile events. The Jackson Memorial Lecture is going to be given by Mark Blumenkranz on the topic of lasers and his particular perspective, having been an innovator in laser technology for both the posterior segment and the anterior segment.

I would like to emphasize the many sessions that will take place at the beginning of the Academy on the "subspecialty days." Cornea meets on Saturday and that session is in conjunction with the Cornea Society. One of the hot topics will be Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) vs Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) layered corneal transplants -- the issues with each of those procedures and the struggle between the slightly better acuity with DMEK but the technical difficulties of that procedure, including keeping the graft attached postoperatively.

Another hot topic is going to be the ongoing lessons being learned on corneal crosslinking and how we can continue progress in that area and hopefully get US Food and Drug Administration approval for basic crosslinking in the United States while we still see evolution in the technique (such as localized crosslinking for focal effects) going on internationally, where there is more freedom to explore alternatives.

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