Abstract # P76 Snowflake Degeneration of PMMA IOLs: Unusual Collection of Water in the IOL Optic

Werner, Liliana
Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America

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Liliana Werner is currently Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. She is Director of Research of the David J. Apple, MD Laboratories for Ophthalmic Devices Research. A native of Brazil, Dr. Werner did her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, where she graduated in 1989. She subsequently served her residency in Ophthalmology at the Eye Clinic of the Felício Rocho Hospital, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 1992, Dr. Werner moved to France where she completed two post-residency programs at the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie) and the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Paris, "Assistant-Étranger” (1992-1993) and "Attestation de Formation Spécialisée Approfondie" – AFSA (1993-1994). In 1995 she started a PhD program at the University of Paris V (René Descartes). During the four years of this program, she worked with materials for the manufacture of intraocular lenses for cataract surgery, surface treatments and intraocular lens designs. Dr. Werner was accepted to work at the Center for Research on Ocular Therapeutics and Biodevices, at the Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) directed by Dr. David J. Apple, in Charleston, SC, USA starting in January 1999. In November 2000 she had already received a faculty appointment at the MUSC with the rank of Assistant Professor. This Center was transferred to Salt Lake City in September 2002. She has joined in 2001 the very selective IIIC Club (International Intra-Ocular Implant Club), the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the science and art of intraocular lens implantation. In May 2003, she received the Achievement Award by her contributions to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In June of the same year, she was selected as a Research to Prevent Blindness Olga Keith Wiess Scholar, with a U$50,000 award for her ongoing research on intraocular lens complications. Her current research is focused on ophthalmic implantable biodevices in general, especially intraocular lenses for cataract and refractive surgery. The works include research performed on intraocular lenses explanted because of various postoperative complications, and experimental research performed on human eyes obtained postmortem and rabbit eyes. These studies led to a better understanding of mechanisms involved in specific intraocular lens-related complications, as well as modifications of intraocular lens designs and surgical techniques used for their implantation. She has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the subject, and received various prizes for presentations, posters, and videos in international meetings. She has edited an International Ophthalmology Clinics issue (2001), and the textbook of Phacoemulsification: Principles and Techniques (2003) in collaboration with Drs. Lucio Buratto and David Apple. She is currently preparing, together with Dr. David Apple, the second edition of the textbook “Foldable Intraocular Lenses and Specialized Refractive Biodevices: Evolution, Clinicopathologic Correlations, and Complications”. She is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, and of the EyeWorld magazine. She also serves as reviewer for several peer-reviewed Ophthalmology journals. Dr. Werner can be reached at the John A. Moran Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 50 North Medical Drive, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah-84132, USA, Phone (801) 581-8136; FAX: (801) 581-3357; E-mail: liliana.werner@hsc.utah.edu

Contact the presenter at: liliana.werner@hsc.utah.edu

Liliana Werner, PhD
Nathan Dahle, MD, Luther L. Fry, MD, Durval M. Carvalho, MD, Nick Mamalis, MD

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