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2013 APACRS Singapore Daily News Thursday

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digital.eyeworldap.org ASIA  PACIFIC EyeWorld Daily News • The official APACRS Singapore Show Daily Thursday, 11 July 2013 Pearls from 'the anterior segment event of the year' by Chiles Aedam R. Samaniego EyeWorld Asia-Pacific Senior Staff Writer F or its 26th annual meeting, the APACRS returns to Singapore, the Society's home. Here, the Society offers its delegates "Pearls from the Orient"—"unique items of great value" that, according to the Society's president, Graham Barrett, MD, might not be found at similar scientific meetings in other parts of the world. Keeping this core metaphor in mind, the organizing committee has carefully structured the scientific program around the idea of guiding delegates to these "unique items," Graham Barrett, M.D. the information that would be of most value to them in their respective practices. "The program is not random, each section has a theme," said Prof. Barrett. "The thought was that by doing it that way, people will be able to find the pearls." Finding the pearls International scientific meetings can be overwhelming in terms of the sheer volume of information they offer, and delegates may miss out on items that would otherwise have been very valuable to them. "One of the things we try to do at APACRS is, where possible, not have innumerable sessions—thousands of courses where a delegate could end up walking out of the meeting having missed out on what would really have been special," he said. "We think that's unlikely to happen with this program." This meeting's Combined Symposium of Cataract and Refractive Societies (CSCRS)—"Pearls of the Posterior Capsule" (Plenary P2, Friday, 10:30 – 12:30hrs, Hall 1, Level 4, Suntec)—exemplifies the commitcontinued on page 3 APACRS kicks off with first Cornea Day by Chiles Aedam R. Samaniego EyeWorld Asia-Pacific Senior Staff Writer F or the first time ever, the APACRS is kicking off its annual meeting with a Cornea Day, jointly organized by the Asia Cornea Society (ACS) and the Cornea Society. The Cornea Society has long been responsible for holding Cornea Days at the annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery • American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASCRS•ASOA) Symposium & Congress, but it was the close alliance of both the ACS and the Cornea Society that culminated in the planning of a Cornea Day for APACRS. ACS and the Cornea Society have been working closely over the last few years to develop educational programs, and this relationship deepened when Donald Tan, MD, Singapore, who has been president of ACS since it was established in 2007, was also appointed as president of the Cornea Society in 2012. For cornea and non-cornea specialists "The advantage of having the Cornea Day together with the APACRS meeting is that surgeons [in APACRS] are mainly anterior segment specialists—cataract and refractive surgeons," said Prof. Tan. "The confluence with cornea surgeons and external eye disease specialists is perfect, matching the interests of the delegates of the APACRS." Yao Ke, M.D. According to Prof. Tan, today's Cornea Day program is thus organized along two main objectives: to 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 provide cornea surgeons with highlevel subspecialty information from clinical and basic research on the latest advances in cornea and external eye disease, and also to update comprehensive ophthalmologists, cataract and refractive surgeons on the latest advances in cornea, with a special focus on corneal challenges and external eye disease issues facing cataract and refractive surgeons. Symposium 1 (CDS1 08:00 – 09:30hrs), "The Changing Face of Keratoplasty," falls squarely in line with the first objective. "In many parts of the world, in Asia as well as in the U.S., there is a trend in which the field of cornea surgery is moving away from penetrating keratoplasty continued on page 4 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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