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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Calendar of Events

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute hosts a number of lectures and seminars, open to ophthalmologists, vision researchers, the University of Miami community and, in some instances, the general public. For a complete schedule of Continuing Medical Education events for the 2013-14 academic year, you may download the brochure with registration forms. If you wish to obtain additional information about any of these events please contact the respective coordinator.

McKnight Vision Research Special Seminar- Presenter: Dr. Carlos E. Mendoza-Santiesteban, MD, Tufts University, New England Eye Center

Calendar: McKnight Vision Research Seminars

Patterns of Ganglion Cell Complex Loss in Neuro-Ophthalmology

Different types of optic neuropathy cause distinctive patterns of ganglion cell complex (GCC) loss that are detectable with optical coherence tomography (OCT). These usually reflect associated patterns of visual field abnormalities, but they may be seen with minimal change in the visual field. Furthermore, OCT findings are objective, easy to obtain and more reliable than visual fields. In anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) and optic neuritis (ON) the GCC changes are distinctive and may be seen in previously affected but asymptomatic eyes. We have demonstrated that GCC loss objectively helps to monitor and predict visual loss from papilledema. In compressive optic neuropathy, GCC changes may be seen before there is significant visual field loss, or after recovery of visual field following decompression. In Leber hereditary optic neuropathy GCC loss occurs very soon after visual symptoms begins, usually sooner than after retrobulbar optic neuritis. GCC changes in Familial Dysautonomia (Riley-Day) and Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) are typical of other mitochondrial optic neuropathies. GCC and RNFL changes may be preclinical biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). OCT findings may be used as reliable end-points for clinical trials and neuroprotection studies in PD. Case examples will be used to illustrate these findings.

MONDAY, June 27th, 2016 @ 12:00 PM sharp

McKnight Vision Research Building
8th floor, Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid Orbital Vision Research Conference room
Off-site Webinar Link: https://webmeeting.med.miami.edu/McKnightVRS