Scientific Program - Retina

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Anterior Segment Glaucoma Other
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017
 OCT-Angiography (OCT-A) and Ultrawide Field Imaging: Fads or Foundations of Ocular Imaging in 2017?
Chairs: Neil Bressler, USA and Hendrik Scholl, Switzerland
08:45-09:15 OCT-A should replace fluorescein angiography in the management of most cases of choroidal neovascular ("wet”) age-related macular degeneration
08:45-08:55 Yes: Alain Gaudric, France
08:55-09:05 No: Susan Bressler, USA
09:05-09:15 Discussion
09:15-09:45 Ultra-wide field imaging should be obtained if accessible for patients with diabetic retinopathy
09:15-09:25 Yes: James Talks, UK
09:25-09:35 No: Sobha Sivaprasad, United Kingdom
09:35-09:45 Discussion
09:45-10:15 OCT-A can be helpful as a prognostic factor in diabetic macular edema
09:45-09:55 Yes: Paolo Lanzetta, Italy
09:55-10:05 No: Jose Cunha-Vaz, Portugal
10:05-10:15 Discussion
10:15-10:45 Visit Exhibits and Refreshment Break
RETINA I | Non-neovascular ("Dry”) Age-related Macular Degeneration
Chairs: Susan Bressler, USA and Alfredo Garcia Layana, Spain
10:45-11:15 Genetic testing should be part of standard care in AMD
10:45-10:55 Yes: Alfredo Garcia Layana, Spain
10:55-11:05 No: Hendrik Scholl, Switzerland
11:05-11:15 Discussion
11:15-11:45 Dietary supplements such as those used in AREDS should be considered for patients with geographic atrophy in AMD
11:15-11:25 Yes: Michaella Goldstein, Israel
11:25-11:35 No: Marc de Smet, Switzerland
11:35-11:45 Discussion
11:45-12:15 Home monitoring beyond an Amsler grid should be standard care where accessible
11:45-11:55 Yes: Susan Bressler, USA
11:55-12:05 No: Paolo Lanzetta, Italy
12:05-12:15 Discussion
12:15-12:30 Visit Exhibits and Lunch Box Pick-up
Industry-sponsored Symposium
13:45-14:15 Visit Exhibits & Dessert Break
RETINA II | Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Chairs: Jean-Francois Korobelnik, France and Jose Cunha-Vaz, Portugal
14:15-14:45 Specific biomarkers (e.g., retinopathy severity or OCT findings) can predict response to treatment in diabetic macular edema independent of visual acuity at time of initiating treatment
14:15-14:25 Yes: Jose Cunha-Vaz, Portugal
14:25-14:35 No: Francesco Boscia, Italy
14:35-14:45 Discussion
14:45-15:15 In a patient with DME, phakic or pseudophakic, with sub-optimal response (<1-line [5-letter] improvement after three anti-VEGF injections, and persistent DME), treatment should be switched to corticosteroids
14:45-14:55 Yes: Barry Kupperman, USA
14:55-15:05 No: Susan Bressler, USA
15:05-15:15 Discussion
15:15-15:45 Start with bevacizumab, and if sub-optimal response (<1-line [5-letter] improvement after 3 anti-VEGF injections and persistent DME), switch to aflibercept for eyes with center-involved DME causing moderate to severe visual acuity loss
Yes: Patricia Udaondo, Spain
15:25-15:35 No: Jean-Francois Korobelnik, France
15:35-15:45 Discussion
Industry-sponsored Symposium
16:45-18:15 RETINA III | Surgical Controversies
Chairs: Francesco Boscia, Italy and Joseph Moisseiev, Israel
16:45-17:15 Typically use perfluorocarbon liquid with vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous RD
16:45-16:55 Yes: Stanislao Rizzo, Italy
16:55-17:05 No: Joseph Moisseiev, Israel
17:05-17:15 Discussion
17:15-17:45 Anti-coagulation therapy typically should be adjusted to prevent hemorrhagic complications during vitreoretinal surgery
17:15-17:25 Yes: Jose Garcia Arumii, Spain
17:25-17:35 No: Joseph Moisseiev, Israel
17:35-17:45 Discussion
17:45-18:15 Vitrectomy in uveitis is for diagnostic, not therapeutic purposes
17:45-17:55 Yes: William F. Mieler, USA
17:55-18:05 No: Jose Garcia Arumii, Spain
18:05-18:15 Discussion


07:30-08:30 Breakfast Session | Controversies in Geographic Atrophy of the RPE: Getting Closer to a Treatment?
Chairs: Neil Bressler, USA and Anat Loewenstein, Israel
07:30-07:35 Introduction and goals: Anat Loewenstein, USA
07:35-07:45 Imaging geographic atrophy: Hendrik Scholl, Switzerland
07:45-07:50 Questions
07:50-08:00 Role of dietary supplements for geographic atrophy: Susan Bressler, USA
08:00-08:05 Questions
08:05-08:15 What do we know about geographic atrophy from previous trials and rationale for phase 3 trials: Neil Bresssler, USA
08:15-08:20 Questions
08:20-08:30 Conclusions and Next Steps: Neil Bressler, USA and Anat Loewenstein, Israel
RETINA IV | Big Retina Controversies in 2017
Chairs: Susan Bressler, USA and Michaella Goldstein, Israel
09:00-09:30 Evidence is convincing that stem cells are viable treatment for geographic atrophy
09:00-09:10 Yes: Hendrik Scholl, Switzerland
09:10-09:20 No: Jay Ambati, USA
09:20-09:30 Discussion
09:30-10:00 Management of eyes receiving anti-VEGF for DME also should get PRP if proliferative diabetic retinopathy is present
09:30-09:40 Yes: Edouardo Midena, Italy
09:40-09:50 No: Bora Eldem, Turkey
09:50-10:00 Discussion
10:00-10:30 Incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) preclude consideration of aflibercept for diabetic macular edema
10:00-10:10 Yes: Sobha Sivaprasad, UK
10:10-10:20 No: Jean-Francois Korobelnik, France
10:20-10:30 Discussion
10:30-10:45 Visit Exhibits & Coffee and Refreshment Break
RETINA V | Surgical Instrumentation Controversies
Chairs: William F. Mieler, USA and Stanislao Rizzo, Italy
10:45-11:03 High speed cutting probes (5000 and more) are important for outcomes
10:45-10:51 Yes: Stanislao Rizzo, Italy
10:51-10:57 No: Joseph Moisseiev, Israel
10:57-11:03 Discussion
11:03-11:21 27G vitrectomy is a substantial improvement over 25G vitrectomy
11:03-11:09 Yes: William F. Mieler, USA
11:09-11:15 No: Francesco Boscia, Italy
11:15-11:21 Discussion
11:21-11:39 3D display microscopes (heads up) are a paradigm change
11:21-11:27 Yes:
11:27-11:33 No: Alfredo Garcia Layana, Spain
11:33-11:39 Discussion
11:39-11:57 Intraoperative OCT is a game-changer
11:39-11:45 Yes; Stanislao Rizzo, Italy
11:45-11:51 No: Joseph Moisseiev, Israel
11:51-11:57 Discussion
11:57-12:15 Panel discussion: 2 case presentations
  Joseph Moisseiev, Israel and William F. Mieler, USA
12:15-12:30 Visit Exhibits & Lunch Box Pick-up
Industry-sponsored Symposium
13:45-14:15 Visit Exhibits & Dessert Break
RETINA VI | Neovascular ("Wet”) AMD Management
Chairs: Francesco Boscia, Italy and Sobha Sivaprasad, UK
15:45-16:15 Bevacizumab is as good as aflibercept for CNV from AMD
15:45-15:55 Yes: Francesco Boscia, Italy
15:55-16:05 No: Marta Figueroa, Spain
16:05-16:15 Discussion
16:15-16:45 Management of predominantly hemorrhagic lesions in AMD is more than anti-VEGF injections
16:15-16:25 Yes: Barry Kupperman, USA
16:25-16:35 No: Francesco Bandello, Italy
16:35-16:45 Discussion
16:45-17:15 Fluorescein angiography typically should be obtained before initiating anti-VEGF therapy for CNV in AMD
16:45-16:55 Yes: Bora Eldem, Turkey
16:55-17:05 No: Patricia Udaondo, Spain
17:05-17:15 Discussion