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Registration for Skills Transfer Sessions is now open.

Due to the popularity of our Skills Transfer Sessions, ASCRS reserves the right to void the tickets of any registrant who is more than 15 minutes late for the scheduled start of each session. After that time, on a first come, first served basis, ASCRS will accept payments for ‘stand-by’ registrations on-site at the session locations to replace any no-shows. 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.

Attendees to Skills Transfer Sessions must already be registered for the ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery to register for the Skills Transfer Sessions. Skills Transfer Sessions are open to physicians only.

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 Labs

STS-1: Advanced Phaco (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 7
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Instructor: Kevin M. Miller, MD

Skills phaco lab for the experienced surgeon, taught by the experts. Includes tips and latest techniques for phaco: microincisional phaco techniques, chopping, flipping, clear corneal incisions, capsule staining, advanced machine settings, capsular tension rings and new IOL technology.

 
 

STS-2: Advanced Phaco (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 7
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jason J. Jones, MD

Skills phaco lab for the experienced surgeon, taught by the experts. Includes tips and latest techniques for phaco: microincisional phaco techniques, chopping, flipping, clear corneal incisions, capsule staining, advanced machine settings, capsular tension rings and new IOL technology.

STS-3: Anterior Vitrectomy (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 7
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Lisa B. Arbisser, MD

Skills lab features pars plana approach for the anterior segment surgeon: vitrectomy techniques taught to the anterior segment surgeon from the anterior segment surgeon's point of view. Nuances of pars plana incision technique, particulate identification of vitreous, vitrector settings and manipulation will be covered. Principles for safe handling of complications will be stressed.

Didactic Course 07-309 (Saturday, May 7, 12:30 p.m.) ‘Comprehensive Strategy for Unplanned Vitrectomy Technique for the Anterior Segment Surgeon’ is the prerequisite for STS-3 Anterior Vitrectomy.

STS-4: LRI/PCRI

Sunday, May 8
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Instructor: Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD

Skills lab will demonstrate techniques to control postoperative astigmatism in the cataract patient. Intraoperative corneal relaxing incisions will be demonstrated

STS-5: ECCE/SICS (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 8
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Bonnie An Henderson, MD

Skills lab will demonstrate primary ECCE and SICS surgery, how to convert from a clear corneal phacoemulsification to either an ECCE or SICS approach, and how to deal with complications of ECCE surgery.

ASCRS Course 08-111 (Sunday, May 8, 8 9:30 a.m.) ‘Extracapsular Cataract Extraction Surgery: Endangered Procedure’ is the prerequisite for STS-5: ECCE/SICS

STS-6: Iris Suture (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 8
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Steven B. Siepser, MD, FACS

Skilled senior surgeons will call upon their time-honored techniques for using sutures in the anterior segment management of complications and anomalies. From simple iris dialysis repair, cycloplegia repair options, traumatic and congenital colobomas to haptic recovery and stabilization of IOLs. Skills lab will provide something to have in your pocket when a surgical challenge occurs.

ASCRS Course 08-307 (Sunday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.) ‘Iris Suture Repair and IOL Fixation’ is the prerequisite for STS5 Iris Suture

 
 

STS-7: Trabeculectomies and Tube Shunts for the General Ophthalmologist

Monday, May 9
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Instructor: Nir Shoham-Hazon, MD

Skills lab will offer current and future eye surgeons, general ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents and surgeons of interest, hands-on experience in performing trabeculectomies and tube shunts with the one-on-one guidance of key opinion leaders and highly experienced glaucoma surgeons.

ASCRS Course 08-301 (Sunday, May 8, 1 – 2:30 p.m.)‘Trabeculectomies and Tube Shunts for the General Ophthalmologist’ is the prerequisite for STS-7: Trabeculectomies and Tube Shunts for the General Ophthalmologist

 
 

STS-8: Iris Prosthesis

Monday, May 9
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Michael E. Snyder, MD

This skills lab will guide the surgeon through the intricate steps of implanting an iris prosthesis. Those with a particular interest in, or whose practices treat anterior segment reconstruction, congenital iris defects or adult anterior segment trauma will work side by side with skilled instructors demonstrating advanced surgical techniques, using a variety of available iris prostheses.

Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery Skills Transfer Sessions

Maximum of 12 attendees per session. Each 90-minute session will allow four groups of three attendees to spend 20 minutes with each of the four femtosecond laser platforms currently approved by the US FDA for use in assisting with the following steps of cataract surgery: phaco incisions, anterior capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation. Each of the stations will feature a physician lead-instructor who will demonstrate the procedure to the 4 attendees using a synthetic prototype eye. The group of three will have 20 minutes at each station to listen/learn, image/fire. At the 20-minute mark, a bell will chime, and a rotation of the next four attendees will proceed to the next station for a demonstration using another platform. At the conclusion of the 20 minutes, the session will repeat, so the attendee is encouraged to proceed to the next provider. If remaining for a repeat 20-minute session, 3 new attendees will be allotted the focus of the next 20-minute period.

STS-9: Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Saturday, May 7
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Skills transfer lab will demonstrate techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases.

STS-10: Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Saturday, May 7
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Skills transfer lab will demonstrate techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases.

STS-11: Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Sunday, May 8
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Skills transfer lab will demonstrate techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases.

STS-12: Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Sunday, May 8
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Skills transfer lab will demonstrate techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases.

STS-13: Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Sunday, May 8
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Skills transfer lab will demonstrate techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases.

STS-14: Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Monday, May 9
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Skills transfer lab will demonstrate techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases.

STS-15: Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Monday, May 9
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Skills transfer lab will demonstrate techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases.

STS-16: Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Monday, May 9
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Skills transfer lab will demonstrate techniques for integrating femtosecond laser technology and associated anterior segment imaging into premium cataract surgery. Attendees will be allotted hands-on time with the various platforms under the guidance of physician instructors and industry technical support teams. Discussion will include how femtosecond lasers assist with the treatment of corneal astigmatism, the capsulotomy, and lens fragmentation, as well as options for managing difficult cases.

 
 

STS-17: Residents and Fellows (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 7
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Skills lab designated for Residents and Fellows will demonstrate current techniques designed to control postoperative astigmatism in the cataract patient through peripheral corneal relaxing incisions. Mapping techniques, nomogram usage and surgical techniques will be demonstrated and pearls for more successful outcomes will be discussed.

*ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery registration is required to register for the Skills Transfer Sessions. Seating is limited. Separate registration fees apply.



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