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March 2021 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the March issue of The Ophthalmologist! Our Upfront section features the latest industry and research, from the effect of fine particulate matter on AMD to Zika’s impact on retinal development in utero.
In the opinion column, In My View, Sandra Yeh argues that the AAO should serve the whole ophthalmic community, and David Huang comments on his recent win – the Greenberg Prize to End Blindness.
In our cover feature, “A Way Out of the Dark,” Rupert Bourne and colleagues from the Vision Loss Expert Group present the global status of vision loss and outline future expectations.
The issue’s In Practice articles take on refractive options for professional athletes, materials and processes used to create IOLs, uveitis clinical pearls, and preoperative cataract evaluation protocols. In NextGen, Bala Ambati discusses a novel approach to treating keratoconus, while Profession covers medical student burnout. Further, Nikki Hafezi continues the story of successfully commercializing an ophthalmic product.
Finally, we sit down with Sathish Srinivasan, Consultant Ophthalmologist at University Hospital Ayr and University Hospital Crosshouse, Ayrshire and Arran NHS in Scotland.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue!

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Articles featured in this issue

Subspecialties Cataract

When Ophthalmologists Become Funambulists

| Boris Malyugin

Keeping patients safe while not compromising their sight in a pandemic has been a constant balancing act

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Of Zika and the Eye

| Aleksandra Jones

Zika infection in early pregnancy can impact retinal development in utero, but not postnatally

Subspecialties Neuro-ophthalmology

Brain, Not Eye?

| Aleksandra Jones

Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) causing vision problems may be a lot more common than previously thought

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Conjunctivae in a Dish

| Aleksandra Jones

Tissue developed by researchers could be used to create a model for addressing ocular surface disease

Subspecialties Retina

Eye Pollution

| Phoebe Harkin

UCL study finds link between fine particulate matter air pollution and increased risk of AMD

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Cut to the Feeling

| Phoebe Harkin

Membrane may hold the key to reversing vision loss

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Image of the Month: Distant Island

| Aleksandra Jones

This month’s image shows peripapillary atrophy and focal RPE atrophy

Subspecialties Business and Innovation

Super Sensor-tive

| Phoebe Harkin

University of Surrey researchers unveil breakthrough manufacturing process for ultra-thin sensor smart contact lenses

Business & Profession COVID-19

One Size Rarely Fits All

| Sandra Yeh

When the going gets really tough, the AAO must step down from its ivory tower to represent all its members

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Eyes on the Ultimate Prize…

| David Huang

The goal of ending global blindness may not have been reached yet, but technologically advanced and affordable diagnostics will help get us there

Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy

A Way Out of the Dark

| Rupert Bourne

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – what’s next in the global challenge to reduce vision impairment and blindness?

Subspecialties Refractive

SMILE When You’re Winning

| Steven Vold

What refractive surgery options work best for professional athletes?

Subspecialties Cataract

Behind the Lens

| David Golden, Pascal Bernard

Looking at IOLs through a surgical microscope, have you thought about the materials and processes that give rise to the lens?

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Uveitis 101

| Jingyi Ma, Irfan Nizarali Kherani, Chloe Gottlieb

Five clinical pearls for treating uveitis and associated ocular inflammation from the people who know it best

Subspecialties Cataract

The Early Bird Catches the Complexity

| Preeya Gupta

Catching possible corneal and retinal complexities preoperatively

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Lights Out

| Balamurali K. Ambati

The argument for a non-surgical approach to keratoconus: pharmacologic cross-linking with a LOX boosting eyedrop

Subspecialties Cataract

The Power of Physics and Fluidics

| Armin Wolf

Armin Wolf explains why physics is so important and how Oertli’s SPEEPMode™ is bringing cataract surgery to the next level

Business & Profession Professional Development

Burnout: The Other Epidemic

| Ritcha Saxena

Medical student burnout is an age-old problem exacerbated by the pandemic – and students need better tools to protect their health and wellbeing

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

When the Rubber Hits the Road

| Nikki Hafezi

The path to commercializing an ophthalmic product is long and winding – here are some obstacles you might come across along the way

Subspecialties Cataract

Child Prodigy

| Phoebe Harkin

Sitting Down With… Sathish Srinivasan, Consultant Ophthalmologist at University Hospital Ayr and Medical Director, Ayrshire Eye Clinic, Ayr, Scotland

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