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NECO Hosts Successful Cornea Symposium

On Sunday, March 20th, New England College of Optometry welcomed a distinguished group of optometrists and ophthalmologists for a Cornea Symposium. The group, led by Dr. Joseph Shovlin, FAAO, Northeastern Eye Institute and incoming president of the American Academy of Optometry, presented a day-long continuing education workshop for area professionals.

The six hour symposium included a panels of experts discussing current and emerging trends in managing familiar as well as rare corneal problems. These included interactive discussion panels designed to stimulate discussion and controversy in dealing with an array of corneal problems including: herpetic eye disease, DSEK, keratoprosthesis, amniotic membrane, corneal infection, Limbal stem cells, dry eye, and specialty contact lenses.

The panel and topics included: 

Dr. Cavallerano and Dr. Shovlin

  • My Favorite Cases by Paul Ajamian, OD '80, FAAO, Omni Eye Services, Atlanta, GA and Joseph Shovlin, OD
    This presentation included cornea-related case studies presented by fellow NECO alumnus Paul Ajamian, who currently serves as General Chairman of the Education Committee for SECO International.  In June of 2015, Dr. Ajamian was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame. 
  • DMEK, Case Studies, Patient Presentation   by Peter Veldman, MD, Cornea and Refractive Surgeon, Mass. Eye and Ear, Boston, MA
    Dr. Veldman's presentation included a video of a recent DMEK surgery which included the patient speaking about the procedure, rehabilitation process, and outcome.
  • Dr. Shovlin at podiumContact Lens Drug Delivery Systems & Case Studies by Joseph Ciolino, MD,  Mass. Eye and Ear, Boston, MA
    Dr. Ciolino, a Henry Freeman Allen Cornea Scholar, presented a speech detailing his development of  a drug-eluting contact lens capable of delivering various pharmaceutical agents, such as antibiotics, antifungals, and glaucoma medication. These lenses may have the potential to improve surgical outcomes for patients with keratoprosthesis. 
  • Sutureless Amniotic Membrane in Eyecare   by Katharine Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO, Omni Eye Services, Brooklyn, NY

people in audienceThe event provided over 115 optometrists with an all-encompassing program covering the latest and emerging trends in the management of corneal disease.  Attendees offered outstanding reviews and appreciated the exceptional content and interactive delivery.