On November 6, Texas Retina Associates’ Ashkan M. Abbey, MD, taught a continuing medical education (CME) course titled, “Secondary IOL Techniques for Retinal Specialists,” at AAO 2023, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, held in San Francisco, California. Dr. Abbey taught the course in partnership with colleagues from Mid-Atlantic Retina, the University of Miami, and Wills Eye Hospital. His portion of the course focused on trocar-assisted lens fixation techniques.

Sometimes cataract surgery cases are complex and require a second surgery for lens insertion that is performed by a retina specialist. This procedure is called a secondary intraocular lens implant (IOL). In recent years, several new surgical techniques for secondary IOL have emerged. The AAO 2023 course reviewed different approaches, including anterior chamber, scleral tunneled (with trocars or needles), intrascleral-sutured and iris-sutured IOL techniques. The physicians also discussed preoperative considerations, and intraoperative and postoperative complication management.

Dr. Abbey serves as Texas Retina’s Director of Clinical Research for Dallas and cares for patients in our Dallas Main and Rockwall offices. You can learn more about him here.