The Role of the Ocular Adnexae for the Ocular Surface

Please note that this symposium will be held in English.


Sunday, 25 September 2005, 10.45 – 15.30 hrs
Organizers Lecturers

Geerling G. (Lübeck/D), Kruse F. E. (Erlangen/D)

L. Holbach (Erlangen/D), R. F. Guthoff (Rostock/D),
F. Paulsen (Halle/D), F. E. Kruse (Erlangen/D),
J. K. G. Dart (London/GB), G. Rose (London/GB),
B. Nölle (Kiel/D), J.R.O. Collin (London/GB),
S. Sahlin (Stockholm/S)



Internationales Congress Centrum (ICC), Hall 10

The ocular surface and the ocular adnexae form an anatomical and functional unit, in which adnexal structures not only mechanically and immunologically protect the cornea and conjunctiva, but also provide nutrients for the ocular the surface epithelia. Diseases of the ocular surface can be primary, i.e. resulting from abnormalities of the ocular surface or secondary to abnormalities of the ocular adnexa. In secondary ocular surface disorders the major pathomechanisms involved are exposure, abrasion and malnutrition due to conjunctival scarring, fornix shortening and severe aqueous deficiency. These conditions can all lead to epithelial defects, which - due to impaired wound-healing - persist and progress. For the same reasons surgical attempts to rehabilitate severe ocular surface disease frequently fail.
In two sessions this satellite symposium reviews the interactions of the ocular adnexae and surface, provides up-to-date guidelines on the diagnosis and medical treatment and focuses on the surgical management of ocular surface disease secondary to adnexal disorders. Based on the published evidence established and evolving surgical procedures of the ocular adnexae to correct exposure, fornix shortening and aqueous deficiency are discussed.