OCT 2012

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October 2012 EW MEETING REPORTER 109 AMD should be treated until BCVA is stable before cataract surgery is performed, Prof. Wolf said. Frank G. Holz, M.D., Bonn, Germany, said prophylactic anti- VEGF therapy may counteract stim- uli for increased disease activity induced by cataract surgery, includ- ing hyperpermeability, growth of CNV, retinal pigment epithelial tear in the presence of retinal pigment epithelial detachment, and new hemorrhages. Blue-light controversy In her talk, Fiona Cuthbertson, M.D., London, discussed whether blue-light filtering IOLs work to de- crease scotopic sensitivity in patients with AMD. Experimental data shows that Graham D. Barrett, F.R.A.C.O., Australia, gives a talk about monofocal lenses Source: EyeWorld the retina can be damaged by short wavelength, or blue, light. "Application of a blue filter seems to reduce this damage," she continued on page 110 said. "It would seem sensible to re- duce this." Also, theoretical and clinical data suggests that side effects from the lenses are unlikely, she added. Ridley lecturer: Use quality registries Ophthalmologists should hold less stock in randomized controlled trials because they often don't include co- morbidities, according to the 2012 European Society of Cataract and Re- fractive Surgeons Ridley Medal lec- turer. "We must always question the external validity of these random- ized controlled trials," Mats Lund- strom, M.D., Sweden, told a packed audience Sunday, which was open- ing day of the ESCRS Congress. Prof. Lundstrom oversees the Swedish National Cataract Registry, one of the most comprehensive and Tell Congress to support Medicare choice Urge your lawmakers to support the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act (H.R. 1700/S.1042). This legislation would allow patients to use their Medicare coverage to help cover the cost of seeing any physician, even those who do not accept Medicare. TAKE ACTION Visit ama-assn.org/go/privatecontracting to access resources for physicians and patients, and to get involved in grassroots activities. Sign our online petition at MyMedicare-MyChoice.org and encourage your patients to do so, too. AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CATARACT AND REFRACTIVE SURGERY

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