French Eye Society LectureBy: Courier Staff Writer
“Keratonconus: Current Concepts” will be the keynote lecture presented by Yaron S. Rabinowitz M.D. at the Societe Francaise d’Ophtalmologie (SFO) annual meeting on May 8.
Dr. Rabinowitz, director of ophthalmology research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and clinical professor of ophthalmology at UCLA, is only the third American ophthalmologist so honored in the society’s recent history, according to Dr. Joseph Colin, professor and chairman of the department of ophthalmology at the University of Bordeaux.
More than 100 years old, SFO is the largest ophthalmological society in Europe with approximately 6,000 members with about 4,500 of them expected at the meeting.
Dr. Colin states: “Yaron Rabinowitz was invited because he is a world-renowned expert in the field of cornea and external disease, in particular in the field of kertoconus research.
“He has made important contributions on keratoconus in three key areas: ‘early’ detection, genetics and INTACS surgery.”
Most recently Dr. Rabinowitz described the insertion of INTACS for keratoconus using the Intralase (femtosecond laser) to create the intracorneal tunnels for INTACS placement. It is an extension of the pioneering work done by Dr. Colin, who first described its use in the treatment of keratoconus using a mechanical technique.
Dr. Rabinowitz was the first to demonstrate that narrower laser-created tunnels for INTACS generally produce greater effect. Six-month follow-up date on 20 patients on whom this technique was performed have been presented at major ophthalmology meetings and are being prepared for submission to peer-reviewed literature.
Dr. Rabinowitz is well known for his quantitative index derived from videokeratography for use in the “early” keratoconus and keratonconus “suspects” from normal eyes in screening patients for keratorefractive surgery. In collaboration with researchers at the National Institutes of Health (Drs. Graeme Wistow and Liji Dong), Dr. Rabinowitz recently developed the largest library of corneal genes, increasing the number of corneal genes on the NEI bank website from 140 to over 4,000 genes. This library of keratonconus corneas is available for use by cornial researchers worldwide at www.neibank.nei.nih.gov.
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