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73rd Annual Wills Eye Conference

Wills Eye Hospital held their 73rd Annual Wills Eye Conference this past Friday, March 12, 2021. Mid Atlantic Retina, the retina physicians of Wills Eye, attended and presented on several topics.

Sunir Garg, MD, served as the Wills Eye Conference Chairman, and made sure this year’s virtual conference was just as educational and engaging as it would be in person.

While serving as conference chairman, Dr. Garg also presented a paper with Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD on the “Influence of COVID-19 Universal Face Masking on Endophthalmitis Risk After Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Injections”. Later in the day, Dr. Yonekawa and retina fellow, Rebecca Soares, MD discussed their presentation on the “Geographic Access Disparities to Clinical Trials in Diabetic Eye Disease in the United States”.

Wills Eye Retina fellow, John Hinkle, MD, presented his paper alongside Mid Atlantic Retina physician, Jason Hsu, MD on “Stopper Position and Volume Injected in Prefilled Syringes”. Dr. Hsu also worked on the paper, “Effect of Follow-Up Phone Call System on Non-Adherence Rates in Patients Receiving Intravitreal Injections”, with retina fellows, Anthony Obeid, MD and Michael J. Ammar, MD.

Allen Ho, MD and David Xu, MD, along with fellow, Dr. Obeid, discussed their paper on the “Severity of Diabetic Retinopathy at Baseline Presentation”. Dr. Xu also worked on the paper about, “Clinical Presentation of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment during the COVID-19 Pandemic” fellows, with Dr. Michael Ammar and Matthew Starr, MD.

M. Ali Khan, MD and Dr. Hsu worked with retina research fellow, Raziyeh Mahmoudzadeh, MD on the paper, “Agreement of Area Measurement Between Manual and Semiautomatic Heidelberg and Imagej in Geographic Atrophy”. Dr. Mahmoudzadeh also presented a paper with fellow, Dr. Obeid and Dr. Hsu on the “Outcomes of Eyes with nAMD Switched from Aflibercept to Ranibizumab Compared to Eyes Maintained on Aflibercept”.

Finishing out the day of presentations, Dr. Xu presented on an interesting topic, “Google Image Search as a Tool to Learn Retinal Diseases”. And lastly, Dr. Khan worked with Dr. Mahmoudzadeh and Dr. Starr on the paper “Fluctuations in CST Associated with Worse Visual Outcomes in Patients with DME”.

Thank you to everyone who made this first-ever virtual conference happen, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in person for next year’s conference!