The annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology was held in San Francisco between 12–15 October 2019 and ELZA’s surgeons and researchers made some significant contributions to the meeting.
The headline from AAO 2019 was Prof. Farhad Hafezi being given the honour of presenting the prestigious Whitney G Sampson lecture, titled “Expanding CXL From Keratoconus to Infectious Keratitis,” where Prof. Hafezi chronicled the creation of corneal cross-linking, and the discovery of a second (and potentially far more impactful) indication: corneal infection treatment. After the lecture, Prof. Hafezi was presented with the Whitney G Sampson Lecture award by the President of CLAO (The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists).
Dr. Emilio Torres-Netto gave a presentation during the Refractive Surgery subspecialty day – from the Journal of Refractive Surgery’s “Hot, Hotter, Hottest Late Breaking News” session. He presented “Oxygen Diffusion May Limit the Biomechanical Effectiveness of Iontophoresis-Assisted Reduced Stromal Molecular Markers.” as well as two “Hot, Hotter, Hottest Late Breaking News” session posters: “Stromal Bed Smoothness After Excimer Laser Surface Ablation as a Key Element for the Expression of Inflammatory Genes” and “Biomechanical Effect of CXL in Fellow Human Corneas Following SMILE or PRK in an Ex Vivo Model for Postoperative Ectasia.” Dr. Francesca Gilardoni presented two posters in the “Hot, Hotter, Hottest Late Breaking News” session: “Assessment of Postoperative Haze After Deep Transepithelial PRK Without Mitomycin Using a New Ablation Algorithm to Smoothen the Stromal Wound Bed” and “Individualized CXL in Ultrathin Corneas: Two Year Follow-up”