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2013 APACRS Singapore Daily News Friday

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digital.eyeworldap.org ASIA  PACIFIC EyeWorld Daily News • The official APACRS Singapore Show Daily Friday, 12 July 2013 Cornea Day kicks off with keratoplasty topics By Ellen Stodola, EyeWorld Staff Writer The past, present and future of keratoplasty were discussed, among other key topics Francis Price, MD, discusses the past, present and future of keratoplasty in the opening session of Cornea Day. T o kick off the first Cornea Day in the history of APACRS, the opening session focused on "The Changing Face of Keratoplasty," moderated by Donald Tan, MD, Singapore, and Christopher Rapuano, MD, U.S. Dr. Tan said this topic is very important to the field. One of the key topics in this session was a special lecture on the past, present and future of keratoplasty by Francis Price, MD, Indianapolis. He said there are many advancements that have been seen over the past 100 years that have influenced this, including the development of monofilament sutures, topical antibiotics and steroids, operating microscopes and injectable topical anesthetics. "When I think about penetrating keratoplasties, in my experience there's four scourges that really afflict penetrating grafts," Dr. Price said. These include ocular surface disease, structural deficiencies, immunological graft rejections and glaucoma. He said that over the last 20 years, there has been a change in the demographics of the grafts. "Instead of replacing the entire cornea, we're only replacing the part with the disease," he said. And this practice ends up being a lot safer for the patients. "If we look at the evolution that we've seen in keratoplasty, it's very similar to the evolution that we've seen with cataract surgery," Dr. Price continued on page 3 AACGC meeting highlights issues related to disease by Erin L. Boyle EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer A t the Asian Angle Closure Glaucoma Club (AACGC) Satellite Meeting, held in conjunction with the 26th APACRS Annual Meeting, "Current Trends and Future Directions in Angle Closure Glaucoma," including in screening, imaging, and genetics, were discussed. Tin Aung, MD, Singapore, gave the opening speech at the event. He said angle closure glaucoma is a huge problem in Asia, and a major cause of blindness in the region. "Angle closure glaucoma is really our problem. People in the West – in the U.S., Europe – they have very little interest in angle closure glaucoma," he said. "There's almost no research being done and no funding provided for angle closure glaucoma. It's really up to us in Asia to work on this problem." He said the following five areas are crucial to the group: epidemiology, management/treatment options, imaging/screening, risk factors, and genetics. "I think the key to advances in angle closure glaucoma research will lie in collaborations, especially among us in the room," he said. Dr. Aung's opening speech was followed by the president's address, by Prin Rojanapongpun, MD, Thailand, who said that the club was founded in 2001 to discuss research, education, and disease awareness, especially in the Asian region. The Prin Rojanapongpun, MD Bausch + Lomb | Technolas Lunch Symposium Date: 12 July 2013, Friday Time: 12:40hrs to 13:50hrs Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention Centre Hall 2, Level 4 Topic: New Age Technology: Hot Topics in Cataract Surgery Femtosecond and Glistening-Free IOL Moderator: Prof Manfred Tetz Invited Speakers: Dr Terenece O'Brien, Dr Robert Ang, Prof Manfred Tetz and Prof Mike Holzer AACGC has published three books on the topic. This meeting was the 10th annual for the group. The following Plenary Lecture 1 focused on "The prevalence, diagnostic and treatment strategies of angle-closure glaucoma." Ningli Wang, MD, China, discussed ways of addressing the rising rate of angleclosure glaucoma in the Asian region. He said that myopia has been increasing in China, becoming the second most common cause of blindness following cataracts, usurping glaucoma's former second-place spot, dropping it to the third most common cause of blindness there. David Friedman, MD, U.S., presented "Why screening for angle continued on page 3 Bausch + Lomb | Technolas Live Surgery * Live Broadcast from Singapore National Eye Centre Date: 13 July 2013, Saturday Time: 09:00hrs to 10:00 hrs Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention Centre Hall 1, Level 4 Topic: Showcasing laser cataract surgery using the VICTUS femtosecond laser with the implantation of enVista, Glistening-free hydrophobic acrylic IOL Chairs: Dr Graham Barrett, Dr Abhay Vasavada Faculty: Prof Chee Soon Phaik, Prof Manfred Tetz, Dr Boris Malyugin and Dr Robert Ang

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