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2018 WOC Barcelona Daily Sunday

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EyeWorld Daily News • The official 2018 WOC Barcelona Show Daily Sunday, June 17, 2018 digital.eyeworld.org I n a session on Saturday morn- ing highlighting cataract surgery, presenters discussed femtosecond laser technology. During the session, Gerard Sutton, MD, Sydney, Australia, discussed capsulotomy in laser refractive cataract surgery, specifically emphasizing studies relating to this topic. Dr. Sutton noted that he uses the femtosecond laser for most of his cataract surgery, specifically the LenSx (Alcon, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.) platform. He said there is evidence that the femtosecond laser is kinder to the endothelium, but there are also many studies with criticism of the laser. Dr. Sutton noted that the fem- tosecond laser allows him to get the procedure done in the same amount of time it takes for his staff to get a patient out of the OR and the next patient in. He said that decompressing the anterior chamber before hydrodis- section is kinder on the capsule as a whole. So, what is the ideal capsulot- omy? Dr. Sutton said the strongest part of the capsule is in the mid region; you want it to overlap the optic to reduce PCO and have good lens stability. Ideally, you want the capsulotomy to be 5.0–5.5 mm, he said. Dr. Sutton also noted studies looking at maximum stretch force comparison, rim stability, and edge strength. He said when considering the ideal capsulotomy parameters, energy, spot size, and separation are all very important if you're using femtosecond laser. Pros, cons, and evidence in femtosecond laser cataract surgery by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer/Digital Editor continued on page 3 continued on page 3 WOC2018 kicks off with Opening Ceremony on Saturday by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer/Digital Editor T he WOC2018 Opening Ceremony took place on Saturday evening, and was followed by a Welcome Reception for congress attendees. During the ceremony, many of those involved with the ICO and the organization of WOC2018 addressed attendees. Hugh Taylor, MD, Melbourne, Australia, ICO President, welcomed those in attendance to the 36 th WOC. The first Interna- tional Congress of Ophthalmology was held in 1857, he said, and that makes it the longest continuous medical meeting in the world. "We'll have about 10,000 delegates joining from more than 140 countries around the world," he said, adding his thanks to all delegates for making the journey to Barcelona for WOC2018. We are A group of Spanish guitarists played cultural music ahead of the WOC2018 Opening Ceremony. Opening Ceremony excited for the many opportunities that will take place and the oppor- tunity to learn from each other, he said. Dr. Taylor also recognized the work of the Scientific Program Committee to prepare for this year's meeting, which he said will include over 350 sessions and symposia covering all subspecialties. More than 90 national and subspecialty societies have organized sessions at the meeting, he added. Additionally, other programming at WOC2018 will include hands-on courses to de- velop surgical skills and techniques in a wet lab environment. "None of this would be possible without the support of our principle sponsors," Dr. Taylor added. There will also be an exciting array of interactive sessions and fun, including a Cultural Night, as well

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