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January 2021 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the January/February issue of The Ophthalmologist! Our Upfront section features the latest industry and research, from neuroprosthetic implants to the life and legacy of Jack Kanski. In the monthly opinion column, In My View, Mary Elizabeth Hartnett and Jeff Pettey discuss reducing preventable vision loss and (not) achieving 2020 blindness targets. In our cover feature, “Refractive Surgery on the Side?” four young refractive specialists discuss how to make a career in the field that has become a subspecialty in its own right. The issue’s In Practice articles take on cornea and ocular surface, and revisit the ever-popular topic of monovision, while the Profession department articles explore the topic of managing finances during the pandemic, ways of dealing with patient-initiated harassment, and the importance of strengthening medical volunteer programs.
Finally, we sit down with Ashiyana Nariani, Cornea and Refractive Surgeon and Ocular Oncology in Mumbai, India.

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Profession Comprehensive

The Hue of Hope

| Phoebe Harkin

Practical, enduring, uplifting – why 2021 needs to be about feeding the human spirit

Business & Profession Professional Development

What You Leave Behind

| Aleksandra Jones

On the second anniversary of Jack J. Kanski’s death, we celebrate his legacy

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Corneal Donation Going Strong

| Aleksandra Jones

The German Society for Tissue Transplantation (DGFG) released its 2020 data, with high levels of donations maintained despite the pandemic

Subspecialties COVID-19

Locked-Down Glaucoma

| Aleksandra Jones

What do the Glaucoma Research Foundation survey results tell us about patients’ pandemic experiences?

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Monkey See

| Phoebe Harkin

Implant gives monkeys artificial sight, bypassing prior stages of visual processing to interface directly with the brain

Subspecialties Retina

RUNX1 for Your Sight

| Phoebe Harkin

Could an experimental drop avoid surgery for patients with PVR?

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Two for One

| Aleksandra Jones

LHON gene therapy injected into one eye causes significant vision improvement in both

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Image of the Month: On the Bubble

| Aleksandra Jones

This month’s image is the winner of the Slit Lamp Imaging Competition

Subspecialties COVID-19

IOP Drive-Through

| Aleksandra Jones

A speedy way of measuring patients’ eye pressure when all visits are canceled

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

The Burden of Eye Disease in Women

| Mary Elizabeth Hartnett

The goal of VISION 2020 was to reduce avoidable sight loss, but there is still work to be done to redress gender disparities

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Disruption Ahead

| Jeff Pettey

A failure to meet preventable blindness targets speaks to the need for change

Subspecialties Refractive

Refractive Surgery on the Side?

| Aleksandra Jones

Not anymore. Four refractive specialists share their views on the future of the subspecialty and making the best start in the refractive surgery space

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Breaking Point

| Aditi Agarwal, Rajesh Sinha

Enter the Ocular Protection Index: the test beyond tear film breakup time

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Hidden Secrets of the Cornea

| Riccardo Vinciguerra

Why corneal biomechanical properties matter – and why you should introduce them into your everyday practice

Subspecialties Cataract

Monovision Revisited

| Ray Radford

A 2021 update on binocular spectacle-free vision, following up on one of The Ophthalmologist’s most-read articles of the past five years

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Putting Dry Eye to the Test

| Ashley Brissette

Narrowing down the root causes of OSD with point-of-care diagnostics

Business & Profession COVID-19

Crisis Management

| David B. Mandell

What five financial steps should ophthalmologists take during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Business & Profession Professional Development

Change the Things You Can

| Lauren Hock

Everything you need to know about responding to patient-initiated verbal harassment

Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy

Protecting Nonprofits

| Noelle Whitestone, Hunter Cherwek

With the challenge of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that NGOs strengthen their medical volunteer programs