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June 2021 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the June issue of The Ophthalmologist! Our Upfront section features the latest industry and research, from what a color-blind octopus have in common with treating age-related macular degeneration to the life and times of pioneering researcher, Koji Nakanishi.
In our opinion column, In My View, legendary ocular oncologist Carol Shields explains why passing knowledge and good practices to new generations of ophthalmologists is vital –
spoiler: it gives teachers a real sense of achievement and improves patient care.
For our cover feature, “Dry Eye Debate: The Progressive Practice,” four experts Elizabeth Yeu, Laura Periman, Stefano Barabino, and William Trattler explore the issues affecting ocular surface disease treatment. The issue’s In Practice articles take on what all ophthalmologists need to know about two conditions they will probably never see: Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis; four common misconceptions about later-stage cross-linking for progressive keratoconus; and the European Glaucoma Society Guidelines Committee latest recommendations for the initial open angle glaucoma treatment. In NextGen, Stylianos Michalakis looks at novel gene vectors delivered by intravitreal rather than subretinal injection and why they represent a lower-risk option for retinal dystrophy patients. We also look at the VISION LINKS 2020 program, building long-term and long-distance ophthalmic partnerships to share knowledge, enhance education, and improve patient care worldwide; share a tale of the twin sisters breaking barriers to save sight in rural India; and learn the secrets to a successful contract negotiation – as according to doctor, lawyer, and founder of MDNegotiation, Lisa Nijm. Finally, we sit down with Erin Shriver, Clinical Professor, Oculoplastic, Orbital and Oncology Service, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, USA. I hope you enjoy reading this issue!

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Profession Comprehensive

To Pour From an Empty Cup

| Phoebe Harkin

When it comes to mental health, physician well-being often comes last on the list

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Easy Does It?

| Phoebe Harkin

Not all patients with elevated eye pressure need treatment to prevent vision loss, according to landmark study

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Remembering Koji Nakanishi

| Phoebe Harkin

The magical life of Japan’s pioneering AMD researcher

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Coming Up Dry

| Aleksandra Jones

Dry eye disease affects not only quality of life and productivity, but also mental health

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Lessons from the Octopus Teacher

| Aleksandra Jones

What does a colorblind octopus have to do with treating age-related macular degeneration?

Subspecialties Cataract

Image of the Month: Tiny Foreign Body

| Aleksandra Jones

This month’s image shows a large self-healed corneal wound, iris laceration, and traumatic cataract – but what was the cause?

Subspecialties Retina

Telling the MacTel Tale

| Aleksandra Jones

Newly-discovered DNA mutations can help identify genetic predisposition to developing MacTel early

Business & Profession Education and Training

Continuing Education

| Carol Shields

Passing knowledge and good practices to new generations of ophthalmologists is vital for improving patient care

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

The Dry Eye Debate: The Progressive Practice

| Aleksandra Jones

Live roundtable, featuring Elizabeth Yeu, Laura Periman, Stefano Barabino and William Trattler, explored ocular surface disease, including blepharitis

Subspecialties Business and Innovation

A Burning Issue

| Charles S. Bouchard

Quick access to amniotic membrane transplantation increases chances of a successful outcome in blistering skin disorder patients

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Busting Keratoconus Myths

| Kenneth Beckman

Four common misconceptions about later-stage cross-linking for progressive keratoconus – shattered

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Unnatural Selection

| Stylianos Michalakis

Novel gene vectors with improved delivery method offer hope to retinal dystrophy patients

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Let There Be (Laser) Light

| Augusto Azuara-Blanco

Promoting an evidence-based approach, the EGS Guidelines Committee has changed recommendations for the initial open angle glaucoma treatment

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Double Duty of the Dual Blade

| Sponsored by New World Medical

The Kahook Dual Blade is now an established tool for glaucoma surgeons, but how does it perform in combination with cataract surgery?

Business & Profession Education and Training

Inside the VISION 2020 LINKS Program

| M. Scott Hickman, Randal Avolio, Brenton Finklea, Ciku Mathenge, Jacquelyn O’Banion, Sadik Taju, Marcia Zondervan

Building long-term and long-distance ophthalmic partnerships to share knowledge, enhance education, and improve patient care worldwide

Business & Profession Professional Development

Side by Side

| Aleksandra Jones

Twin sisters are breaking barriers to save sight in rural India

Business & Profession Practice Management

Just for the Record

| Jason Handza

Five reasons why you should care about your electronic health records system

Business & Profession Professional Development

The Negotiation Game

| Phoebe Harkin

The secret to a successful contract negotiation – according to doctor, lawyer, and founder of MDNegotiation

Business & Profession Oculoplastics

From Empowered to Empowering

| Phoebe Harkin

Sitting Down With… Erin Shriver, Clinical Professor, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, USA

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