I was honored to be part of the teaching staff at this years ASCRS (Annual Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery) meeting in Boston earlier this month. After almost 20 years of doing cataract and refractive surgery, apparently I’ve accumulated enough gray hair to be considered senior enough to help teach my peers! Dr. Luther Fry organized a Skills Transfer session for teaching new cataract surgical techniques to meeting attendees from around the world. As part of the faculty, my job was to provide direct, hands on instruction to surgeons wanting to learn new techniques.
The ASCRS meeting is an annual gathering of surgeons from around the world, and is considered the premium meeting for surgeons who perform cataract surgery and refractive surgery like LASIK, PRK, and the ICL (implantable contact lens). The company that makes the ICL, STAAR Surgical, held a teaching course, which I also attended, for the toric ICL which is currently available internationally but not yet FDA approved in this country. When it is approved, I hope to be able to use it for my patients.