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Attendees must be registered for the meeting to attend Skills Transfer Sessions. These are open to physicians only. An additional registration is required for each Skills Transfer Session.

Registration for these sessions is available online.

Please check the times and dates of the pre-requisite courses and labs prior to purchase as there is some overlap. All skills transfer session sales are final and tickets are non-refundable.

In accordance with ACCME regulations, equipment from several corporate supporters will be used. We are unable to guarantee the attendee’s request to use a specific company’s equipment.

Skills Transfer Sessions

STS-1: Advanced Phaco

Saturday, April 14
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructor: Kevin M. Miller, MD

Participants will be able to practice the latest techniques for phaco: microincisional phaco techniques, chopping, flipping, divide and conquer, clear corneal incisions, capsule staining, advanced machine settings, capsule tension ring implantation, pupil expansion devices, intrascleral haptic fixation of IOL and new IOL technology. This session is for experienced surgeons.

STS-2: Surgical Management of Astigmatism

Saturday, April 14
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Co-Instructors: Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD and Gerald J. Roper, MD

Participants will be able to practice surgical techniques for the control of postoperative astigmatism in the cataract patient. Intraoperative peripheral corneal relaxing incisions will be taught. Session will include 30 minutes of didactic discussion on correction of astigmatism using LRI/PCRI cuts; nomograms; discussion of the use of Toric IOLs.

STS-3:Advanced Phaco

Saturday, April 14
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructor: Jason J. Jones, MD

Participants will be able to practice the latest techniques for phaco: microincisional phaco techniques, chopping, flipping, divide and conquer, clear corneal incisions, capsule staining, advanced machine settings, capsule tension ring implantation, capsule retractors, pupil expansion devices, intrascleral haptic fixation of IOLs and new IOL technology. This session is for experienced surgeons.

STS-4: Corneal Suturing Techniques

Saturday, April 14
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructor: Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD

Participants will be able to practice the suturing of ECCE and penetrating keratoplasty incisions; repair of traumatic corneal lacerations; and other basic corneal surgical suturing techniques. Session will include didactic discussion of these procedures.

STS-5: ECCE/SICS

Saturday, April 14
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructor: Jeff Pettey, MD

Participants will be able to practice primary ECCE and SICS surgery, learning how to convert from a clear corneal phacoemulsification to either an ECCE or SICS approach and how to deal with complications of ECCE surgery. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite Course: “Introduction to SICS for the Phaco Surgeon” Saturday, April 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-6: Secondary IOL Implantation

Saturday, April 14
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructor: George H. Beiko, BM, BCh

Participants will be able to practice the latest techniques for implantation of A/C lenses and iris clip lenses, bag in the lens IOL fixation, suture scleral fixation of posterior chamber IOL, and intrascleral haptic fixation of IOLs. This session is for experienced surgeons. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite Course: “Secondary IOL Implantation” Saturday, April 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-7: Iris Suture

Sunday, April 15
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructor: Steven B. Siepser, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for using sutures in the anterior segment management of complications, anomalies and surgical challenges. Techniques include simple dialysis repair, cycloplegia repair options, traumatic and congenital colobomas, haptic recovery and stabilization of IOLs. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is mandatory. This session is for surgeons with good bimanual dexterity looking to add advanced surgical maneuvers to their repertoire. Attendee limit: 16

Pre-requisite Course: “Iris-Suturing Techniques” Saturday, April 14, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

STS-8: ECCE/SICS

Sunday, April 15
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructor:John D. Welling, MD

Participants will be able to practice primary ECCE and SICS surgery, learning how to convert from a clear corneal phacoemulsification to either an ECCE or SICS approach and how to deal with complications of ECCE surgery. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite Course: “Introduction to SICS for the Phaco Surgeon” Saturday, April 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-9: YES: Refractive Cataract & Anterior Segment Surgery (LRIs, Iris Repair and Advanced Phaco Techniques)

Sunday, April 15
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: FREE

Lead Instructor: Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, MD

Participants will be able to practice advanced phacoemulsification techniques, including insertion of pupillary dilating devices and capsular tension rings; treatment of astigmatism using LRIs (marking, treatment and surgery); and a variety of iris repair techniques including McCannel and Siepser knots.

STS-10: Iris Suture

Sunday, April 15
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructors: Nicole R. Fram, MD

Participants will be able to practice techniques for using sutures in the anterior segment management of complications, anomalies and surgical challenges. Techniques include simple dialysis repair, cycloplegia repair options, traumatic and congenital colobomas, haptic recovery and stabilization of IOLs. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is mandatory. This session is for surgeons with good bimanual dexterity looking to add advanced surgical maneuvers to their repertoire.

Pre-requisite Course: “Iris-Suturing Techniques” Saturday, April 14, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

STS-11:Anterior Vitrectomy

Sunday, April 15
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructors: Lisa B. Arbisser, MD

Participants will be able to practice a pars plana approach for the anterior segment surgeon: pars plana incision technique, particulate identification of vitreous, vitrector settings and manipulation. Principles for safe handling of complications will be stressed. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite Course: “Comprehensive Strategy for Unplanned Vitrectomy Technique for the Anterior Segment Surgeon” Sunday, April 15, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-12: MIGS Part A

Monday, April 16
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Register | Fee: $280

Lead Instructors: Nir Shoham-Hazon, MD

Participants will be able to practice various microinvasive glaucoma surgical techniques, using a variety of microstents and other devices. Planned procedures for Part A include: iStent; Kahook Dual Blade; GATT. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite Course: “Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist: Exploring Various Microstents and Devices” Sunday, April 15, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

STS-13: Anterior Vitrectomy

Monday, April 16
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructors: Lisa B. Arbisser, MD

Participants will be able to practice a pars plana approach for the anterior segment surgeon: pars plana incision technique, particulate identification of vitreous, vitrector settings and manipulation. Principles for safe handling of complications will be stressed. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite Course: “Comprehensive Strategy for Unplanned Vitrectomy Technique for the Anterior Segment Surgeon” Sunday, April 15, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-14: MIGS Part B

Monday, April 16
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $280

Lead Instructors: Nir Shoham-Hazon, MD

Participants will be able to practice various microinvasive glaucoma surgical techniques, using a variety of microstents and other devices. Planned procedures for Part B include: ABiC; Trabectome; Cypass. Attendance in the pre-requisite didactic course for this lab is strongly recommended.

Pre-requisite Course: “Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist: Exploring Various Microstents and Devices” Sunday, April 15, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

STS-15: Iris Prostheses

Monday, April 16
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Register | Fee: $320

Lead Instructors: Michael E. Snyder, MD

Participants will be able to practice the intricate steps of implanting an iris prosthesis. Those with a particular interest in iris reconstruction for either congenital or acquired iris defects will work side-by-side with skilled instructors demonstrating advanced surgical techniques, using a variety of available iris prostheses. This session includes a pre-requisite didactic training, on-site in the lab room.



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