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.
- Identify the preoperative diagnostic and treatment algorithm for ocular surface disease (OSD), evaluate the impact of glaucoma therapy on the ocular surface, and recognize the most appropriate therapeutic option for patients suffering from OSD.
- Recognize and understand the surgical techniques for challenging cases including endothelial keratoplasty, techniques for combined corneal surgery coupled with complex cataract surgical, and ocular surface reconstruction.
- Describe how to diagnose and treat neuropathic pain, and the role of immunosuppression for anterior segment surgery.
- Explain the current state of topography guided and wavefront guided laser vision correction in the US, and to examine the future of laser vision correction.
- Describe the current diagnostic tools, treatment protocols and outcomes for collagen crosslinking.
- Learn the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment approaches to ocular surface tumors and infectious keratitis.