The Cornea Virtual Event is an online, one-day meeting focused on cornea-specific education. The CME educational content is curated by course directors Dr. Kendall Donaldson and Dr. Cynthia Matossian into two tracks: medical cornea and surgical cornea. Attendees will be able to earn up to 4 CME credits during the event, and up to 8 credits post-event.
Statement of Need
Corneal disease can be treated through both medical and surgical means leading to successful restoration of sight for many of our patients, however there are areas where disease pathophysiology, and the understanding of the appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and management of the disease are still evolving and improving. Relevant disease areas with high prevalence and unmet need include dry eye disease, corneal inflammatory and infectious disease, corneal refractive surgery, and complex corneal surgical techniques. New tools and strategies are also needed for the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral and central neuropathic pain, a novel key feature in dry eye patients. Chronic (autoimmune) inflammatory diseases of the conjunctiva often lead to corneal blindness and are particularly difficult to treat. A better understanding of the diagnosis and the medical and surgical management of cornea-related diseases will lead to better outcomes in ophthalmology patients suffering from corneal conditions.
- Recognize and understand the surgical techniques for challenging cases involving sequential or combined techniques (eg, Yamane technique with pupilloplasty & Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty [DMEK]).
- Describe surgical techniques for conjunctival chalasis.
- Provide in-office management for recurrent corneal erosions.
- Overcome challenges associated with surgical techniques such as intrascleral haptic fixation (ISHF) and Pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK).
- Select surgical techniques optimally (eg, DMEK vs Descemet stripping only [DSO]).
- Understand advances in surgical 3D visualization and guidance systems.
- Describe impact of glaucoma therapy on the ocular surface.
- Diagnose ocular surface disease (OSD) using the ASCRS Preoperative OSD Algorithm.
- Detail study design and recent results of dry eye disease (DED) clinical trials.
- Diagnosis and treat conditions such as ocular surface tumors and neuropathic pain.
- Overcome cornea treatment challenges.
- Manage vision correction procedures optimally in the era of COVID-19.