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May 2021 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the May issue of The Ophthalmologist! Our Upfront section features the latest industry and research, from an injection to reverse blindness in LCA patients to the (uneven) distribution of ophthalmologists around the world. In the opinion column, In My View, three Canadian ophthalmologists explore vision rehabilitation, Brian Joondeph wonders about the impact of the last 12 months on ophthalmology, and Tamara Fountain responds to criticism of the AAO’s early pandemic approach. For our cover feature, “This Is America,” Phoebe Harkin gathered perspectives on the legacy of David K. McDonough, the first Black ophthalmologist in the US, who was awarded his medical degree no sooner than 170 years after finishing his medical training. The issue’s In Practice articles take on implantable contact lenses, lasers used in retinal surgery, a new app for glaucoma patients, and an innovative Demodex blepharitis therapy. We also look back to our first Dry Eye Debate, featuring four leading dry eye experts. In NextGen, Peter Rainger explains how virtual reality simulations can improve surgical training worldwide. Finally, we sit down with Boris Malyugin, Deputy Director at the S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery State Institution in Moscow, Russia. I hope you enjoy reading this issue!

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Articles featured in this issue

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Are We Nearly There Yet?

| Aleksandra Jones

Improving eye health of minority communities should be a priority, and one of the ways to do it is with a diverse ophthalmic workforce

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Expanding Tunnel Vision

| Phoebe Harkin

A single injection to reverse blindness – magic or a matter of time?

Subspecialties Glaucoma

127 (Glaucoma) Genes Later

| Olivia Gaskill

Findings from the largest genome-wide meta-analysis of primary open-angle glaucoma could lead to new treatment targets

Subspecialties Cataract

Cloudy with a Chance of Cataracts

| Phoebe Harkin

New research contradicts the current understanding of cataract formation

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Riding the Acoustic Waves

| Aleksandra Jones

Could smartphone-generated soundwaves be used to monitor IOP?

Subspecialties Comprehensive

Your Role in Vision Rehabilitation

| John Liu, Irfan Nizarali Kherani, Mark Bona

Empower patients to make best use of their remaining vision and live independently with these five clinical pearls on vision rehabilitation

Business & Profession Health Economics and Policy

Stress and Scarcity

| Brian Joondeph

How the last 12 months will impact the year(s) ahead

Business & Profession COVID-19

The Other Side

| Tamara R. Fountain

A response to Sandra Yeh’s March op-ed

This Is America

The story of America’s first Black ophthalmologist, David K. McDonogh – enslaved person who became esteemed physician, despite being refused his medical diploma – in perspectives gathered by Phoebe Harkin, featuring Richard Koplin, Diane Windham Shaw, Daniel Laroche, and Jacqueline Busingye

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Dry Eye Debate: A Driver for Practice Recovery and Growth

| Aleksandra Jones

During a live roundtable, an international panel of leading experts discussed steps that practices can take to effectively manage dry eye disease

Subspecialties Retina

No Pain, No Gain?

| Norbert Schrage, Daniel Uthoff, Andreas Cordes

Is the argon‐microchip technology for retinal photocoagulation really less painful than a frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser?

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Putting Glaucoma into Perspective

| Aleksandra Jones

Increasing awareness of glaucoma with a new application designed for patients

Uncovering Ocular Comorbidity

| Contributed by Quidel

Using InflammaDry® to diagnose pre-existing dry eye prior to refractive cataract surgery

Subspecialties Education and Training

Seeing – and Feeling – More

| Aleksandra Jones

How can virtual reality help provide global surgical training access? FundamentalVR’s Peter Rainger explains

Business & Profession Cataract

Always Aiming Higher

| Aleksandra Jones

Sitting Down With… Boris Malyugin, Professor of Ophthalmology, Deputy Director General at the S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery State Institution, Russia

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