Now in its eighth year, the “Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is!” meeting has again had to move to a larger facility to accommodate the increasing number of attendees and exhibitors. The meeting was held first in Sarasota, FL, and then in Naples, FL, in earlier years, but the 2018 edition, set for Jan. 17 to 21, will be held at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island.
This is the first time the meeting—organized by cataract surgeon Robert H. Osher, MD, course director and professor of ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati—will be held directly on a beach.
“It’s a beautiful, rustic venue with amazing meeting facilities and we will again be delivering intense, useful clinical information in an innovative and entertaining format,” said Dr. Osher, who is also medical director emeritus of the Cincinnati Eye Institute and editor of the Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. “It is no surprise that we have sold out each of our seven previous meetings given an ‘all-star’ faculty providing the highest-quality uncensored education at an affordable price.”
The meeting was launched in large part due to a desire to offer “unfiltered” information about technology and medications, which is not possible when continuing medical education (CME) credits are offered. By not having CME, this meeting allows the faculty to provide their honest impressions, allowing attendees to leave with greatly enhanced skill and knowledge, Dr. Osher said.
Meeting attendance has grown each year, with just under 600 ophthalmologists and 113 exhibitors attending last year. Dr. Osher is expecting a large crowd yet again this year and he is particularly proud of the faculty that he has assembled, a mix of many returning renown speakers and a few new ones.
The group includes Samuel Masket, MD, and Alan Crandall, MD, who will be honored for their career achievements.
The meeting always features a prominent international guest and this year it will be Ehud Assia, MD, of Israel, who is the inventor of several notable technologies, including an anchor for zonular weakness and a pupil expander, commonly known as the APX.
“He’s a very innovative and experienced surgeon,” Dr. Osher said.