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2013 APACRS Singapore Daily News Thursday

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Thursday Singapore 2013 Cornea Day continued from page 1 NEW ORLEANS Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel FALL EDUCATIONAL FALL EDUCATIONAL AL SYMPOSIUM SYMPOSIUM Friday, November 15, 2013 Friday, November 15, 2013 8:30 AM–4:30 PM to newer forms of selective lamellar keratoplasty," said Prof. Tan. "This symposium really caters to the cornea specialists in the Asia-Pacific and in the international community." Experts from both the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region will be joined by speakers from Brazil and India to present the evidence and discuss controversies in the shift from penetrating keratoplasty to newer procedures such as endothelial keratoplasty and anterior lamellar keratoplasty. In addition, Francis W. Price Jr., MD, Indianapolis, is expected to present evidence from his own research on and experience with Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) in his special lecture on "Keratoplasty – Past, Present and the Future." The symposium includes discussions on ocular surface transplantation versus the use of keratoprostheses, as well as information from cutting edge corneal endothelial cell research. On the other end of the program, Symposium 4 (CDS4, 15:00 – 16:30hrs), "Cornea and Refractive Challenges – the Best of the Worst!" will be of interest to cataract and refractive surgeons. "These are all caserelated, very clinical, problem-based issues that ophthalmologists see every day in the clinic," said Prof. Tan. The two intervening sessions— Symposium 2 (CDS2, 10:00 – 11:30hrs) "Infections around the World" and Symposium 3 (CDS3, 13:00 – 14:30hrs) "Ocular Surface/Dry Eye/Pterygium"—should be of interest to both cornea specialists and less specialized anterior segment surgeons, with corneal infections in particular being "still a major cause of blindness in the AsiaPacific region," according to Prof. Tan. Complementary symposium The two corneal societies have planned a cornea subspecialty symposium to take place during the main scientific program (Symposium Register Today Call for Submissions: July 8–September 3 www.CorneaSociety.org www.RestoreSight.org S2: "Cornea Controversies in Cataract and Refractive Surgery," to be held tomorrow, Friday, 12 July 2013, 14:00 – 15:30hrs). The Cornea Day sessions and the subspecialty symposium are "quite complementary—the cornea subspecialty symposium within APACRS will focus on the corneal aspects of cataract and refractive patients, which is what the APACRS is all about," said Prof. Tan. The subspecialty symposium will include discussions of recent advances in techniques and technology such as femtosecond laser keratoplasty and corneal crosslinking, as well as a thorough examination of an older issue, keratoconus, a particularly important topic for refractive surgeons. Beyond the day Cornea Day is just one of the manifestations of the close collaboration between the ACS and the Cornea Society. Beyond the one-day program (and complementary main program subspecialty symposium), both cornea societies will be focusing on developing CorneaEd, a "joint educational web-based initiative between the two societies to offer information across the globe on training opportunities in cornea." CorneaEd (CorneaEd.org) is a comprehensive listing of fellowship and observership programs that can be found initially in the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region, but with the intention of eventually extending the database to include programs elsewhere in the world. In the meantime, Prof. Tan hopes this Cornea Day will be the first of many. "We're going to see how this works; if the delegates are keen and we find a lot of interest, certainly I would urge both cornea societies to continue to work with the APACRS to continue to hold Cornea Days," he said. "We may not do it every year, maybe every two years, but we'll see. We are certainly looking forward to a great Cornea Day ahead." EWAP

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