Francis W. Price, Jr. MD is the founder and president of Price Vision Group and the Cornea Research Foundation of America. He is an internationally recognized ophthalmic surgeon and recipient of the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Barraquer Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and been principal investigator of more than 100 clinical studies of ophthalmic devices, medications and surgical techniques. He is also an inventor and holds several patents for ophthalmic devices. Dr. Price is a graduate of Indiana University Medical School and completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at Tulane University. He has been active in developing and teaching endothelial keratoplasty techniques to hundreds of surgeons from around the world in intensive 2-day courses offered in Indianapolis, IN.
Dr. Jorg H. Krumeich (JK) is head of the Krumeich Outpatient Hospital in Bochum, Germany. Main interests are the anterior segment of the eye. Based on training with Dr. José Barraquer in Bogotá he was one of the first Keratomileusis surgeons generating the non-freeze technique with the Barraquer Krumeich Swinger (BKS) – Set. This technique is presently rejuvenated as individually refractively carved Epikeratophakias are employed for Keratoconus III and IV. For penetrating Keratoplasties JK developed the Guided Trephine System (GTS), which is used for about 75% of the PK surgeries in Germany. This is the first system avoiding tilt during the cut as the major reason for astigmatism. It newly allows to include the donor radii with obturators of the respective measurements different for donor and recipient. The intrastromal ring for Penetrating Keratoplasties consisting of Titanium/Molybdenum/Cobalt/Chromium was introduced ca. 2002 and used on more than 1000 cases reducing the immune reaction rate to 2,7%. The antivascular properties of the ring are also used to stop Pterygia when placed as a segment in the corneal parenchyma. Newly the non-IOP suction ring is introduced to fixate the globe for Lasik surgery to avoid movements of the eye during laser cutting.
For deep lamellar Keratoplasties JK developed the water pillow technique that allows visualization of Descemet’s for a better control of surgically baring this membrane.
Present approach for Keratoconus I and II is topic of this SICSSO presentation addressing a closed corneal femtosecond circular incision to create a scar to stop progression of the cone.
Among the awards received by JK are 4 times the Oscar for the best development at the German organization for ocular surgeons (DOC) and the gold medal of the Societa Italiana Trapianto Di Cornea (SITRAC) in Sienna 2010.