Live From the 2011 AAO Meeting

By SZILÁRD KISS, MD, AND CHRISTOPHER E. STARR, MD

If you missed the annual ophthalmology meeting in Orlando, Florida, you can watch the highlights on EyetubeTV by visiting eyetube.net/tv. The site features “off-the-cuff reporting from the ophthalmic industry.” Over the course of the meeting, 23 presenters were interviewed about their presentations by the EyetubeTV crew. These interviews were posted daily during the meeting, but they can be viewed at any time. They provide a straightforward review of many exciting scientific sessions.

Here is just a sampling of what you can find on EyetubeTV.

OPHTHALMIC PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

William L. Rich III, MD, is the medical director of health policy for the AAO and the senior partner at Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates in Falls Church. In the context of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Dr. Rich provides an overview of the fundamental changes in how medical services are delivered as they relate to ophthalmology.

R. Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, the director of the Stulting Research Center at the Woolfson Eye Institute in Atlanta, discusses product labeling and physicians’ use of medications and devices for off-label applications.

ANTERIOR SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS

John A. Hovanesian, MD, presents a method for the prevention and management of post-LASIK epithelial ingrowth. Dr. Hovanesian practices at Harvard Eye Associates in Laguna Beach, California, and is a clinical instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Jules Stein Eye Institute. His interview is accompanied by exceptional surgical videos demonstrating the techniques he describes (Figure 1).

Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, the founder and a partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minneapolis, discusses how to incorporate laser cataract surgery into a premium cataract surgery practice. He specifically addresses which patients in a surgeon’s practice are likely to pay for this procedure.

Richard M. Awdeh, MD, is the director of technology transfer and innovation and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. As a nice corollary to Dr. Lindstrom’s interview, Dr. Awdeh discusses his course on improving the safety and efficacy of laser cataract surgery.

Zoltan Nagy, MD, clinical professor of ophthalmology at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, presents a paper comparing conventional and laser phacoemulsification on dense cataracts. He concludes that using a femtosecond laser is safer and more efficient than conventional phacoemulsification on dense cataracts. Dr. Nagy was the first surgeon in the world to perform laser cataract surgery more than 3 years ago. He shares his experience and the advantages of using such technology, not only for the capsulorhexis, but also for creating the corneal incisions and the initial fracturing of the nucleus.

POSTERIOR SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Yusuke Oshima, MD, PhD, provides an update on 27-gauge microincisional vitrectomy surgery. He describes the development of new instrumentation and techniques to further expand the indications of this novel procedure. Dr. Oshima is an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine. He is a pioneer in the field of 27-gauge vitreous surgery.

Michael A. Samuel, MD, is chairman of the executive committee of the Retina Institute of California in Pomona and chief scientific officer of the California Center for Clinical Research in San Gabriel. He discusses new developments in the use of the iTrack microcatheter (iScience Interventional, Menlo Park, CA) for site-specific delivery of CNTO2476 stem cell therapy to the subretinal space. Dr. Samuel presents the results of this stem cellbased therapy for the treatment of geographic atrophy in 12 patients (Figure 2).

CONCLUSION

Even if you were unable to attend the meeting, catch up on its highlights by watching these and many other insightful interviews on EyetubeTV.

Section Editors Szilárd Kiss, MD, and Christopher E. Starr, MD, are assistant professors of ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. They acknowledged no financial interest in the product or company mentioned herein. Dr. Kiss may be reached at szk7001@med.cornell.edu, and Dr. Starr may be reached at cestarr@med.cornell.edu.