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Glaucoma Patient Summit 2019 (Videos)

The following video recordings are from the first annual Glaucoma Patient Summit, held in San Francisco at the Park Central Hotel on March 16, 2019.

Presented by Glaucoma Research Foundation, the Patient Summit highlights advances in treatment options and practical information to help patients understand and live with glaucoma. Summit speakers included leading glaucoma specialists, patients and caregivers.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Andrea Epstein welcomes attendees to the first annual Glaucoma Patient Summit. As Chair of the steering committee for the event, Andrea helped to organize and launch the first annual Patient Summit, held in San Francisco at the Park Central Hotel on March 16, 2019. Andrea first got involved with the Glaucoma Research Foundation when her husband was diagnosed with glaucoma and she was searching for information about treatments and potential cures.


Living with Glaucoma - A Patient's Perspective

"Living with Glaucoma - A Patient's Perspective" was the opening talk at the first annual Glaucoma Patient Summit. Amanda Eddy shared her personal story of living with glaucoma, and her hope for the future.


Glaucoma Overview (What's pressure got to do with it?)

"Glaucoma Overview (What's pressure got to do with it?)" is a talk for glaucoma patients presented by Ruth D. Williams, MD (Wheaton Eye Clinic) at the first annual Glaucoma Patient Summit. Dr. Williams discussed the essential information any patient or caregiver should know when dealing with a diagnosis of glaucoma.


Current and New Pharmaceutical Treatment Options

"Current and New Pharmaceutical Treatment Options" is a talk for glaucoma patients presented by L. Jay Katz, MD (Wills Eye Hospital) at the first annual Glaucoma Patient Summit. Dr. Katz discussed the various medication eye drops in use to treat glaucoma, potential side effects, efficacy and dosage, as well as new pharmaceutical options becoming available to patients in the near future.


Current and New Surgical Options

"Current and New Surgical Options" is a talk for glaucoma patients and caregivers presented by Arsham Sheybani, MD (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis). Dr. Sheybani discussed the various pressure-lowering surgical treatments available to treat glaucoma, including traditional incisional surgery and newer, safer MIGS options (Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery).


Questions and Answers

Morning session speakers answer questions from glaucoma patients.

Questions and Answers: Dr. Ruth Williams, Dr. Arsham Sheybani, Dr. L. Jay Katz, and glaucoma patient Amanda Eddy answer audience questions about glaucoma diagnosis and treatment at the first annual Glaucoma Patient Summit.

Questions and answers in this session include:

  • Why isn't eye pressure (IOP) measured throughout the day and night?
  • What's the connection between blood pressure and eye pressure in glaucoma?
  • What surgery is used to treat congenital glaucoma?
  • What is the difference between low pressure glaucoma and high pressure glaucoma?
  • What about neuroprotection for glaucoma?
  • Should glaucoma surgery and cataract surgery be combined?
  • What is the role of trabeculectomy surgery in glaucoma management?
  • When will patients be able to do visual field tests at home?
  • How accurate are visual field tests?
  • Is the Internet a reliable information source for glaucoma patients?
  • What is your hope for the future with regard to glaucoma management?


Creating Your Own "A" Team for Care

"Creating Your Own 'A' Team for Care" is a session with information and tips for glaucoma patients to manage eye health. Panelists include glaucoma experts Thomas Brunner (President and CEO, Glaucoma Research Foundation), Andrew Iwach, MD (Glaucoma Center of San Francisco), A. Sydney Williams, MD (University of California, San Francisco), and glaucoma patients Amanda Eddy, Stephanie Handler, and Rebecca Vilendrer.


Ask the Experts: Managing Glaucoma and Your Health

"Ask the Experts: Managing Glaucoma and Your Health" is a session with information and tips for glaucoma patients to manage their eye health. Speakers include glaucoma specialists Shan Lin, MD (Glaucoma Center of San Francisco) and Jeffrey SooHoo, MD (University of Colorado), with glaucoma patient Gena Harper (Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley). Topics include Alternative Therapies for Glaucoma, Diet and Exercise, Emotional Impact, Technology Trends for the visually impaired, and balancing glaucoma management with your career.


Promising Research on the Horizon - The Path to a Cure

"Promising Research on the Horizon - The Path to a Cure" is a stimulating and informative session about current research to find a cure for glaucoma. Speakers include Thomas M. Brunner (President and CEO, Glaucoma Research Foundation) and Yvonne Ou, MD (University of California, San Francisco). Topics include the Catalyst for a Cure Vision Restoration Initiative, Rewiring in the Retina, Axon Regeneration, Stem Cells, and Whole Eye Transplant.

Closing Remarks: Also in this video, Hannah Eckstein, age 17 (congenital glaucoma patient), provides inspirational closing remarks about her experience with glaucoma and the need to support glaucoma research to find a cure.


Glaucoma Patient Summit 2020

The second annual Glaucoma Research Foundation Patient Summit will take place in Oak Brook, IL (near Chicago) on May 2, 2020.

Venue
The Hyatt Lodge
2815 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Registration is not open at this time. Please visit www.glaucoma.org/summit for more information.

Last reviewed on September 13, 2019

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