OCT 2013

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54 October 2013 EW AAO PREVIEW November 16-19, 2013 Glaucoma Subspecialty Day at AAO promises varied program by Erin L. Boyle EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer The subspecialty day will feature case-based presentations for part of the program to create an interactive forum T he 2013 Glaucoma Subspecialty Day will bring the most up-todate and hot topic information in glaucoma management to attendees prior to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting this November in New Orleans. Attendees can expect to hear presentations based on the experience and research of top glaucoma experts in the field. "I would say if there's an overall theme in the day, it would be casebased presentations," said Thomas W. Samuelson, MD, attending surgeon, Minnesota Eye Consultants, University of Minnesota, and the Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis. "Medical and diagnosis-specific management is going to be case- based to foster discussion. On the surgical side, the theme will be the lens and glaucoma management with the role of MIGS, traditional surgeries, and special attention on how to manage angle closure," he said. Dr. Samuelson, who is program director of the 2013 Glaucoma Subspecialty Day with David S. Friedman, MD, Alfred Sommer Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, said that a "broad spectrum of topics within the field of glaucoma" will be covered. The 2013 Glaucoma Subspecialty Day, titled "The Future Is Now! #Glaucoma2013," will be held in conjunction with the American Glaucoma Society on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Morial Convention Center. Morning The Glaucoma Subspecialty Day's morning offerings will begin with "Diagnostic Tests in Glaucoma," which will feature experts reviewing cases and giving presentations on the topic, including "The Case of a Glaucoma Suspect – Testing and Risk Factor Estimation and Integration," "Glaucoma Progression – Should We Make Decisions Based on Imaging Alone?" and "The Case of a Highly Myopic Patient." "I think [the first section] will be interactive and dynamic, reviewing nuances of imaging and visual field analysis," Dr. Samuelson said. The second section will be "Medications, Laser Trabeculoplasty, and Clinical Management Pearls," with point and counterpoint presentations and updates on "what's next" in the subject. "We're going to move rapidly into some controversies on medicines and lasers, specifically touching on the role of laser trabeculoplasty and when should it be used. We will also debate whether there is a difference in generic vs. nongeneric medication," Dr. Samuelson said. 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Peters St. 504-528-8282 www.republicnola.com Source: NewOrleansOnline.com "We're going to have a session that's going to be quite compelling —it will be a case management panel of very specific dilemmas in glaucoma. For example, [that section will include] how to handle glaucoma in pregnancy, how to handle the post-refractive patient, and the whole topic of refractive surgery in individuals with glaucoma—is there a role or should it be avoided," he said. The American Glaucoma Society Subspecialty Day Lecture will be "Regional Rates of Field Loss in Glaucoma: Differential Effects of Trabeculectomy," given by Joseph Caprioli, MD. Dr. Samuelson said that Dr. Caprioli might discuss how different treatment modalities are effective in reducing damage to certain parts of the optic nerve and visual field. "It will be interesting to hear what [he] has to say about how effective our different treatments are in preventing critical field loss," Dr. Samuelson said. Afternoon The Glaucoma Subspecialty Day's afternoon offerings will begin with "Individualizing Glaucoma Surgery." That section will feature case presentations, with these cases highlighting what procedure is most desirable for various clinical situations and specifically if the choice is different in phakic and pseudophakic eyes. The fifth and last section will be "The Lens and Glaucoma Management: Narrow Angle, Angle Closure," which will highlight the role that the native crystalline lens plays in glaucoma management. Dr. Samuelson said the afternoon sections will include a discussion of MIGS. "The lens in glaucoma can be an important component of our surgical discussion, along with MIGS," he said. "That whole topic, the lens in glaucoma and lens-based glaucoma care, is vitally important. Indeed, once the patient is pseudophakic, we have a very different strategy in managing glaucoma than when a patient is phakic. The lens in glaucoma is central, and we've been saying that for a while, but I think it's even more so now." EW Contact information Samuelson: twsamuelson@mneye.com

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