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    Academy brings innovation theme to Chicago in October

    Chicago—The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) will hold its annual meeting from Saturday, Oct. 15, through Tuesday, Oct. 18, in conjunction with Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO). Eight Subspecialty Days will be held on Oct. 14 and 15, and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executive (AAOE)’s Practice Management Program will be Oct. 15-18. 

    The theme for this year is “Innovate,” which describes the leading-edge research and developments that will be presented there, according to Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD, secretary for the AAO meeting.

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    The annual meeting is the best place to learn about these innovations and connect with the top innovators in our field. We hope that attendees will be inspired to formulate their own innovative ideas,” he said. “As this is our 120th annual meeting, it’s exciting to think about how much advancement has taken place over the years and how innovation has dramatically improved outcomes for our patients. Diseases that were once one-way tickets to blindness are now treatable thanks to research presented at AAO meetings.”

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    He added that the theme also relates to the host city, as Chicago has a long history of being innovative.

    Here are some of the planned highlights of the meeting:

    Opening Session

    The Opening Session will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition to addresses from leaders of AAO and APAO, the event will feature the annual Jackson Memorial Lecture. This year’s lecture is being given by Douglas D. Koch, MD, professor at the Baylor College of Medicine Ophthalmology Department, on the topic Hiding in Plain Sight: The Enigmatic Cornea and IOL Calculations.” The lecture will address the current focus of improving IOL calculations in cataract and refractive surgery as well as shed light on new corneal imaging technology and IOL calculation formulas that are improving outcomes and promise more progress, according to the AAO.

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    Also at the Opening Session, Matthew D. Davis, MD, will receive the Laureate Recognition Award. Dr. Davis is the Emeritus Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1972 to 1979, he chaired the Diabetic Retinopathy Study, the first randomized multi-center clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute. The trial documented the value of photocoagulation in reducing the risk of visual loss from diabetic retinopathy, then a leading cause of blindness. To analyze the retinal photographs collected in the trial, Davis established the FPRC, which is an invaluable, international resource for researchers, according to the Academy. 

    Opening Session (cont.)

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