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2015 ASCRS San Diego Daily Monday

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ASCRS•ASOA SYMPOSIUM & CONGRESS, SAN DIEGO 2015 Resolving controversies in anterior segment surgery by Lauren Lipuma EyeWorld Staff Writer EyeWorld Daily News • The official ASCRS•ASOA Show Daily Monday, April 20, 2015 digital.eyeworld.org Leveraging technology to drive the future of health and medicine by Lauren Lipuma EyeWorld Staff Writer W hen it comes to tech- nology, physicians are still practicing old school medicine, but it is time to change their way of thinking, said Daniel Kraft, MD, San Francisco, this year's speaker at the ASCRS Lecture on Science and Medicine. A renowned physician-scientist, Dr. Kraft has 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research, and healthcare innovation. He holds numerous medical device, immunology, and stem cell-related patents and has founded several information technology and bio- technology companies. Rather than reacting to rapidly advancing technologies, physicians should take a proactive role, leverag- ing technology to provide the best care for their patients, Dr. Kraft said. This is what will bring healthcare into the modern era. "We need to think differently if we're going to reinvent health- care and address some of the grand challenges we have in whatever field we're in," he said. "Technology can be disruptive, but we should be the disrupters, not the disruptees." T he second annual "60 Minutes" session took place on Sunday morning with a focus on controversies in anterior segment surgery. In this though-provoking session, experts in the field shared their views on 4 major issues cataract and refractive surgeons face today. Their ideas were then questioned and de- bated by ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Clinical Committee members Elizabeth Yeu, MD, Norfolk, Va., John Berdahl, MD, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Preeya Gutpa, MD, Durham, N.C. Going dropless Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, Rockville Centre, N.Y., presented the first controversy, dropless drug delivery. According to Dr. Donnenfeld, this is an idea whose time has finally come. Patients go blind every day because they don't take their medi- cations, Dr. Donnenfeld said, so effi- cient drug delivery represents a huge unmet need in ophthalmology. Compliance with drop regimens is an issue for several reasons, but the bottom line is that patients Even small leaks can lead to BIG COMPLICATIONS. Visit us in Booth #443 www.resuresealant.com ReSure Sealant is indicated for intraoperative management of clear corneal incisions (up to 3.5mm) with a demonstrated wound leak for which a temporary dry surface can be achieved, in order to prevent postoperative fluid egress from such incisions following cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) placement in adults. Dr. Kraft discusses how physicians can use technology to enhance healthcare delivery. Dr. Lewis discusses sequential phaco and trabeculectomy procedures for glaucoma. continued on page 3 continued on page 3

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