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Academy Express - ISRS Member Communication
 
A weekly news brief from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
and the International Society of Refractive Surgery


ISRS - Academy Express
ISRS Advisory Panel: Matteo Piovella, MD, John A. Vukich, MD
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New Journal Studies

News from the ISRS

oint Meeting News

Academy News

AAO Online Community (AAO Member)


NEW JOURNAL STUDIES

Late IOL dislocation associated with PFX, glaucoma and zonular dehiscence at cataract surgery
This retrospective study included 84 patients (84 eyes) who underwent secondary IOL fixation surgery for late IOL dislocation. More than 60 percent of patients had pseudoexfoliation and nearly 37 percent had glaucoma at IOL repositioning. Nearly 37 percent had zonular dehiscence at cataract surgery. Primary placement of the IOL in the ciliary sulcus was associated with earlier IOL dislocation. Repositioning surgery using a posterior or anterior approach was successful in many cases. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, October 2010

Disc hemorrhage appears a risk factor for progression in POAG, NTG and PACG
This retrospective review included 2,417 patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), normal tension glaucoma (NTG), or primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) who had an episode of disc hemorrhage. Over a mean follow-up of nine years, NTG had the highest incidence of disc hemorrhage (7 percent), followed by PACG (5.7 percent) and POAG (5.6 percent). Disc hemorrhage was associated with disease progression in all three glaucoma types. Clinical characteristics of the disc hemorrhage were also similar among the groups. Glaucoma, September 2010

Small head-to-head trial finds no difference between bevacizumab and ranibizuamab
This prospective, double-masked, randomized clinical trial compared outcomes in 15 patients with AMD treated with bevacizumab to seven patients treated with ranibizumab. At one year, there was no difference in visual and anatomic outcomes between the two groups. The bevacizumab group underwent an average of eight injections while the ranibizumab group underwent a mean of four injections (P=0.001). They conclude that further studies with larger sample sizes are warranted. Eye, Oct. 1, 2010 - early online publication

Meta-analysis: LASEK has no significant advantage over PRK for myopia
This meta-analysis evaluated 11 randomized controlled trials and one comparative study of LASEK and PRK for myopia and found no significant difference between the two procedures in terms of clinical outcomes. Postoperative pain, UCVA, reepithelialization time, and SE were similar. Less corneal haze was observed in LASEK-treated eyes at 1 and 3 months postop; however, there was no statistical difference between the groups after six months. Ophthalmology, October 2010

Long-term study finds photoscreening effective in detecting amblyopia in children
Researchers report on their nine-year experience using the MTI PhotoScreener to screen 147,809 preschool-aged children in the state of Iowa. The referral rate was 4.3 percent, and more than 75 percent of referred children received formal eye examinations. Amblyopia risk factors were found in more than 94 percent of examined children. The addition of a part-time follow-up coordinator in 2003 improved the overall follow-up rate from 47 percent to 81.3 percent. The annual cost of the volunteer-led screening was about $9 per child. Ophthalmology, October 2010

Study: AMD patients are not taking their AREDS vitamins
Investigators administered a survey to 64 consecutive patients with AMD seen at a tertiary referral center regarding their use of vitamin supplementation. Of the 40 patients who met the AREDS criteria for vitamin supplementation, 42.5 percent reported taking AREDS vitamins in the recommended dosages and 13 percent took less than the recommended dosage. Among patients using AREDS vitamins as recommended, 100 percent were return patients to the retina center. Most those not taking the supplement were new patients and 75 percent of them reported that vitamin supplementation had never been recommended to them. Retina Journal, September 2010

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NEWS FROM THE ISRS

Special early morning CXL meeting in Chicago: Friday, October 15
In the era of worldwide utilization of CXL how do we define the following: What is keratoconus?  FFKC? Suspicious cornea? What is Pellucid marginal degeneration? What is ectasia and when is it considered progressive? Propose your definitions at this special meeting scheduled for Friday, October 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 am in Room S403A in McCormick Place during the Joint Meeting with MEACO. The meeting will be moderated by A. John Kanellopoulos, MD and Theo Seiler, MD, PhD. To participate or if you have questions, contact Dr. Kanellopoulos at ajkmd@mac.com.

ISRS to recognize 2010 awardees in Chicago
The International Society of Refractive Surgery will honor its 2010 awardees during a reception at the AAO Joint Meeting with MEACO in Chicago. The reception will be held in the Pullman Room at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on Friday, October 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

ISRS Refractive Surgery schedule at the AAO’s 2010 Joint Meeting with MEACO
In addition to its annual meeting -- Refractive Surgery 2010: Seeing is Believing: Vision 2010 -- the ISRS will also be hosting special refractive sessions at the AAO/MEACO Joint Meeting in Chicago. Sessions include roundtables, instruction courses and free symposia.

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JOINT MEETING NEWS

Visit the International Center Lounge
The International Center (Booth 2480) offers a chance to learn more about Academy programs, check e-mail, meet or leave messages for colleagues or just relax. The Lounge is your place to receive further assistance regarding the Joint Meeting and your stay in Chicago.

New lunch option: Bistro AAO
Tickets are on sale now for Bistro AAO. Located on the exhibit hall floor, Bistro AAO is a convenient lunch alternative during the meeting. Individual tickets are $20 and include salads, soup, entrée choices, vegetables, pastas, beverage and dessert. Tickets can also be purchased onsite at a desk near Exhibitor Registration in Hall A of McCormick Place. View the menus. Purchase tickets now to avoid long lines onsite.

Get Meeting E-Services before the meeting
Access the Meeting E-Services website before the meeting to access the Message Center or download instruction course handouts. Registered attendees can use the Message Center to leave and retrieve messages with fellow attendees. The Meeting E-Services website will be available at AAO Connect terminals in the Grand Concourse Lobby, Level 3, at Booth 973 or through the Wi-Fi Hotspot connection at Booth 1771.

Buy your Orbital Gala tickets by Oct. 8
Enjoy dinner, dancing and a silent auction while supporting the Academy Foundation’s educational and public service mission. This year’s auction, on Sunday, Oct. 17, features unique items including a Lumenis Selecta® II Laser; an Optovue RTVue Optical Coherence Tomography System; a week’s stay on Useppa Island in beautiful southern Florida; a Silverado Resort spa and golf package in Napa and more. Tickets are still available. Deadline to purchase is Oct. 8. 

A landmark’s birth, a poet’s life and the eye’s amazing journey
Take a break from the meeting and join us at the Academy Seniors Special Program and Reception on Monday, Oct. 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room S101. Three engaging speakers are featured: Ivan Schwab, MD, will discuss the evolution of the eye in Evolution’s Witness; renowned architect Edward Uhlir will share his experiences in Chicago’s Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark; and Jules L. Baum, MD, will present American Poet, Robert Frost. The YO Committee presentation of the 2010 EnergEYES Award and a complimentary reception will follow. This event is open to all members and spouses.

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ACADEMY NEWS

Join the fun, Diagnose This! on the ONE Network (AAO Member)
Each week we publish a new clinical challenge to consider in this popular self-assessment series. Sort through the clues, take the quiz and compare your response with your peers.

New DVD shows how to manage posterior capsule tears
This new Expert Management DVD from editor Robert H. Osher, MD, demonstrates different strategies for successfully managing capsule tears during phacoemulsification. Key lessons include how to preserve the anterior hyaloid face, different techniques for managing vitreous loss, methods for nucleus and cortical removal, and conversion to posterior capsulorhexis. Purchase it today in the Academy Store or view a demo at the 2010 Joint Meeting Academy Resource Center, Booth 2344.

View the 2010 candidates for Academy Membership
The Academy’s website lists individuals who have applied for membership in the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2010. Membership is a privilege and is conferred upon recommendation of the Board of Trustees and election thereto by three-fourths affirmative vote of the Voting Fellows and Members present and voting at the Annual Business Meeting.

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AAO ONLINE COMMUNITY (AAO MEMBER)

What’s new in the Academy online community

Should residents be limited to working 80 hours a week?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of workplace safety and health, is considering limiting the number of hours medical residents can work to 80 hours a week. Do you agree, asks Christian Hester, MD? Take the poll and share your view

Advice for refracting pre-teen with convergence dampening congenital motor nystagmus
Charles Sweeney, MD, is looking for some new ideas on refracting a pre-teen with convergence dampening congenital motor nystagmus. Performing a streak cycloplegic retinoscopy isn’t getting him the results he needs. Join the conversation

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