CXL Webinar - Nov 21

Dr. Simon Pot
November 21, 2020


On-Demand and 'As-Live' with a live Q&A with the Speaker
The first session, listed below, will be available on-demand on and after November 9th. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link on that day to review the presentation to your leisure. Then on November 21st, we will all meet to watch an 'as-live' presentation on corneal crosslinking. Both sessions will be available to watch for 3-4 weeks. We will not submit for RACE or NY State CE approval for this session.


First 50 minute lecture: 'corneal biology in health and disease: focus on wound healing'

The preservation of corneal transparency, curvature and surface smoothness are essential for the effective transmission and refraction of light. As the outer protective shell of the eye, the cornea is exposed to environmental hazards and many disorders can lead to opacification of the cornea and subsequent vision loss. Corneal scar formation/fibrosis due to infectious and immune mediated diseases, trauma etc. is one of the major causes of preventable corneal blindness.

In this keynote lecture the basic anatomy and physiology of the corneal stroma will be discussed, with a special focus on corneal transparency, infections, wound healing and scar formation.

Second 50 minute lecture: ‘the basics of corneal crosslinking in veterinary ophthalmology’

Stabilization of the corneal stroma and elimination of corneal infections through UV-A/Riboflavin crosslinking of the cornea (CXL) is a novel treatment for infectious corneal disease, an established alternative to medical treatment.

In this keynote lecture basic concepts, currently available experimental and clinical literature, as well as practical applications of corneal crosslinking will be presented. Finally, potential reasons for clinically observed variation in treatment response, treatment limitations and open questions regarding CXL treatment efficacy, indications and protocols will be discussed.


794 Keynote Speaker
Simon Pot

Originally from the Netherlands, Simon graduated from the Utrecht University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and worked as a private practitioner for a number of years before pursuing an internship in Utrecht and an ophthalmology specialty residency in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 2009, he has worked as a faculty member at the Vetsuisse Faculty in Zurich, Switzerland, where he currently holds an associate professorship. He is simultaneously pursuing a PhD on corneal wound healing and fibrosis in the Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ).

Further research interests include the treatment of corneal infection/ulceration with a focus on corneal crosslinking (CXL) and advanced ocular and orbital imaging using OCT and high resolution MRI.