Vision Share, a provider of eye tissue and eye banking expertise, education and industry leadership, announced a series of wet lab training opportunities in Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) for 2017, including a session during the ASCRS 2017, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cataract & Refractive Surgery held May 5–9 in Los Angeles.
"By providing surgeons with donor corneas and wet lab sessions, Vision Share allows surgeons to bring the newest and safest corneal surgery techniques to their patients," Dr. Angelique Pillar of Mid Atlantic Cornea Consultants in Baltimore, who will lead the wet lab session at ASCRS, said in a company news release.
At Vision Share wet lab sessions, surgeons and CEBT technicians guide attendees through the DMEK procedure. In hands-on practice with processed and unprocessed tissue, surgeons learn the DMEK technique, which is very different from that of other procedures. Surgeons experiment with different maneuvers and in the eye in a controlled environment, learning about potential complications and how to get out of trouble. With the skills to avoid common pitfalls, they increase their chances of success and good patient outcomes.
“At Vision Share, our mission is to serve surgeons and their patients. For newer procedures like DMEK, we see an opportunity to help surgeons get the hands-on training they want, and we are very pleased to fulfill that opportunity this year through wet lab training programs in cities around the country,” Vision Share President and CEO Philip I. Waitzman said in the news release.
Surgeons are invited to attend these Vision Share wet lab training sessions:
- May 4, 2017: ASCRS, JW Marriott, Los Angeles, 5:30 pm-9:30 pm
- May 11, 2017: Krieger Eye Institute, Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, Md., 3:00pm-7:00pm
- May 24, 2017: UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 6:30pm-8:00pm
- June 2017 Salt Lake City, UT*
- June 2017 Tufts University, Boston*
- October 2017 Minnesota*
- November 13, 2017: AAO, New Orleans, LA.*
*Location details and time to follow
Attendees can register online or sign up for Vision Share’s Wet Lab Update list to learn about future sessions. In addition, Vision Share offers a kit called DMEK in a Box that contains the instruments and supplies surgeons need to perform this procedure.