Sunday, November 12, 2006 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM

A CME Breakfast Symposium

Sunday, November 12, 2006
6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada


Program Chair and Moderator

Christopher J. Rapuano, MD
Co-Director, Refractive Surgery Department
Attending Surgeon, Cornea Service
Wills Eye Hospital
Professor of Ophthalmology
Jefferson Medical College
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Eric D. Donnenfeld, MDCo-Director, External Disease
Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital
Founding Partner
Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
Rockville Centre, New York

Marguerite B. McDonald, MDClinical Professor of Ophthalmology
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cornea/Refractive/External Disease Specialist
Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
Lynbrook, New York 

David J. Schanzlin, MDProfessor of Clinical Ophthalmology
University of California, San Diego
Director, Refractive Surgery Center
Shiley Eye Center
San Diego, California

Target Audience
This educational activity is intended for comprehensive ophthalmologists.

Statement of Need and Activity Description
Chronic dry eye is an often unrecognized, unattended part of the aging process affecting millions of Americans each year. Although dry eye occurs in both men and women, it affects women 2 to 3 times more often, and it is most common in postmenopausal women due to the hormonal changes associated with aging. A recent study by Schaumberg and colleagues found that 3.2 million women in the United States over the age of 50-or 1 in 12-suffer from chronic dry eye. An additional 5.7% of women younger than 50 years of age suffer with the disease as well. There are many factors involved with this disparity among the sexes, many of which will be explored within this interactive activity.

Affecting quality of life as well as physical health, chronic dry eye is swiftly becoming a public health issue. Given the prevalence and long-range impact of the disorder, it is incumbent upon educators to address the challenges faced by the various professional specialties involved in the management of chronic dry eye. Education is instrumental to both the advancement of innovative pharmacologic, mechanical, and/or surgical treatment strategies as well as reinforcing conventional therapy that continues to improve patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:


6:30 AM to 7:00 AM—Registration

7:00 AM to 7:15 AM—Overview of Dry Eye Christopher J. Rapuano, MD 7:15 AM to 7:25 AM—A Patient With Contact Lens-Related Dry EyeEric D. Donnenfeld, MD

7:25 AM to 7:35 AM—A Perimenopausal Patient With Chronic Dry EyeChristopher J. Rapuano, MD

7:35 AM to 7:45 AM—A LASIK Patient With Dry Eye Marguerite B. McDonald, MD
David J. Schanzlin, MD
7:45 AM to 8:00 AM—Question and Answer Session Faculty Panel Discussion Concluding Remarks

Accreditation Statement
This continuing medical education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and cme2, an independent subsidiary of Advanstar Communications Inc, publisher of Ophthalmology Times. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy Statement
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary requires that each participant/teacher in a CME-accredited educational activity disclose the existence of any financial interest and/or other relationship(s) (eg, paid speaker, employee, paid consultant on a board and/or committee for a commercial company) that would potentially affect the objectivity of his/her presentation. Speakers are also asked to make a disclosure that a product is still investigational when an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity. The disclosed information in no way presumes to assess the participant's qualifications or suitability. The intention is to provide full disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, real or perceived, which is related to a specific event. Full disclosure of faculty and commercial relationships, if any, will be made at the program.

Provider Disclosure
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary received a financial benefit from Allergan, Inc to administer this educational activity.

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