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Corneal ulcers – immune

In this interactive module, peripheral ulcerative keratitis will be reviewed. This will be in the context of a diagnostic classification, management algorithm, and case presentations.

Learning objectives


  • Describe the various etiologies of corneal ulcers including infectious versus non-infectious and systemic versus local
  • Discuss the approach to diagnosis including dry-eye testing, review of systems, cultures, and systemic testing
  • Better understand the various management principles, including wound healing, prevention of perforation, and addressing the underlying condition

Presentation slides (password protected) [PDF]

CPD credits

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Physicians may claim a maximum of 1.5 Section 1 credits.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the learning activity.

INSIGHT was co-developed with Allergan and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance. The use of the partner logo is ethically permissible.

Faculty: Dr. Guillermo Rocha

Dr. Guillermo RochaGuillermo Rocha, MD, FRCSC, FACS, is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. He obtained his medical degree at the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City, followed by a research fellowship in microvascular surgery (Mexico City and Houston, TX). He trained in ophthalmology at McGill University in Montréal and has completed subspecialty training in ocular immunology and inflammation (McGill University), and cornea and external diseases (University of South Florida, Tampa). He recently completed the Physician CEO Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dr. Rocha is currently president of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, past president of the Canadian Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery Society, associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, and past head of the Department of Surgery at the Brandon Regional Health Centre (2004-2009). He is past associate editor and Cornea Section editor for the international journal Techniques in Ophthalmology and co-editor of four books, Advanced Technology IOLs in Cataract Surgery: Pearls for Success, Bringing you the Future in Ophthalmology, Advances in Refractive and Corneal Surgery, and Surgical Correction of Astigmatism. In the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, he is a current board member and past chair of the Council on Continuing Professional Development.

In 1995, he was awarded the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation & Medical Research Council of Canada Resident Research Award for his work on the causative factors of ocular inflammation. Dr. Rocha received two Best Paper of Session awards at the 2001 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) meeting in San Diego, California, and was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba iCare Award for 2014. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the 10 Most Successful Mexicans in Canada, followed by an award as one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2016.

Dr. Rocha currently resides in Brandon, Manitoba. He is medical director of the Ocular Microsurgery & Laser Centre, active medical staff in the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Minnedosa District Hospital and Misericordia Health Centre, and attending surgeon at Image Plus Laser Eye Centre in Winnipeg. He performs anterior segment and corneal surgeries, including femtosecond laser, LASIK, PRK, PTK, astigmatism correction, cross-linking and Intacs for keratoconus, advanced cataract surgery with premium lens implants and femtosecond laser, Visian ICL, Kamra inlays for presbyopia, corneal transplantation and glaucoma surgery.

For more information about CPD opportunities, please contact:

Cheryl Ripley
613.729.6779 x223