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Dr. Espandar and Kira Lathrop discuss Limball Stem Cell Deficiency and the experimental imaging process of Optical Coherence Tomography.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to

  • Improve patient assessment by including OCT evaluation of the limbus prior to autologous transplant
  • Improve patient care with detailed and individualized information about the limbus provided by OCT
  • Use OCT imaging to assess patient response to treatment

Reading Resources:

  1. Cornea: Fundamentals, Diagnosis, and Management, 3rd Edition, by Jay H. Krachmer, MD, Mark J Mannis, MD, FACS, Edward J Holland, MD
  2. “OCT Imaging of the Palisades of Vogt to assist clinical evaluation and surgical planning in the care of limbal stem cell deficiency,” Eye & Contact Lens, by L. Espendar, J.F. Steel, K.L. Lathrop, January 16, 2016
  3. Optical coherence tomography as a rapid, accurate, noncontact method of visualizing the palisades of Vogt. Lathrop KL, Gupta D, Kagemann L, Schuman JS, Sundarraj N. IOVS 2012 Mar 15:53(3):1381-7


Dr. Espandar and Kira Lathrop have reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 11/22/2016 | Last Modified On: 11/22/2016 | Expires: 11/22/2017

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