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July 2021 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the summer issue of The Ophthalmologist, historically our most beautiful issue of the year, showcasing the stunning Images of Ophthalmology. Our Upfront section features the latest industry and research, from the legacy of eye surgeon and gay rights activist, to click-based echolocation used to help people with vision impairment. In our opinion column, In My View, Larry Benjamin argues that virtual surgical training can transform the field of ophthalmology, provided certain rules are followed, and George Spaeth asks what qualities a surgical mentor requires to adequately pass the knowledge and skills to the next generation of ophthalmic surgeons.
In this issue’s In Practice section, M. Edward Wilson explores the new drop aimed to prevent intraoperative miosis and reduce postoperative pain in pediatric cataract surgery patients, while in NextGen, Peter K. Kaiser investigates how close we might be to a new therapeutic for geographic atrophy, and Gilad Litvin tells the story of the new corneal implant that was recently used to return sight to a patient. In Profession, Sohaib Rufai talks about his book, offering advice on how to secure an ophthalmic specialist training post. Finally, we sit down with Sarah Coupland, leader of the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Research Group, Professor and Chair of Pathology at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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Articles featured in this issue

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Come Gel or Eye Water

| Geoffrey Potjewyd

The cornea is no stranger to trauma that can lead to scarring. A fluid-gel biomaterial with unique physical properties offers an eye-dropping solution

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Window of Exclusivity

| Geoffrey Potjewyd

To sneak a peek at Alzheimer’s disease progression, it may be possible to look through the eye to assess changes in retinal vasculature

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

ARVO 2021: Prize-Winning Posters

| Geoffrey Potjewyd

The latest prize-winning research posters in bitesize portions

Subspecialties Cataract

The IOLs Have Eyes

| Sponsored by Teleon

Episode 1: Dawn of the Depth – in which Lenny faces the horror of realization...

Business & Profession Comprehensive

The World Through Pellucid Lenses

| Aleksandra Jones

The astonishing life and legacy of Patrick Trevor-Roper, eye surgeon and activist

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Training Future Daredevils

| Geoffrey Potjewyd

Using echolocation to better navigate the world as a blind or visually impaired person

Subspecialties Comprehensive

Image of the Month: From Behind the Lens

| Aleksandra Jones

This month’s image shows a coronal section of an eye from a specimen of the Museum of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

A Limbal Portal

| Aleksandra Jones

How does SARS-CoV-2 infect ocular tissues?

Business & Profession Education and Training

Those Who Can, Teach Virtually

| Larry Benjamin

Virtual training can be a revolutionary way of making surgical skills more accessible, provided some rules are followed

Subspecialties Comprehensive

A Feast for the Eyes

| Aleksandra Jones

Peter Maloca: "Nothing is more touching than the inner universe of the eye"

Business & Profession Education and Training

The Real Winners

| George Spaeth

My thoughts on grueling surgical training programs

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Cutting it Fine – in a Good Way

| Sponsored by MST

For complete removal of trabecular meshwork – with active irrigation and aspiration – look no further

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Two Conditions – One Procedure

| Sponsored by Glaukos

Glaukos’ iStent inject® W is proven to do address cataract and glaucoma at the same time safely and effectively

Subspecialties Glaucoma

An Important Evolution In MIGS

| Sponsored by Sight Sciences

One intelligently designed device. Two implant-free procedures. Three points of resistance.

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Ab Interno Approach with No Implant Needed

| Sponsored by Oertli

High Frequency Deep Sclerotomy from Oertli – a modern MIGS procedure that’s easy to learn, efficient, and safe to perform

Subspecialties Cataract

Making Cataract Surgery Child’s Play

| M. Edward Wilson

The first approved drop for the prevention of intraoperative miosis and reduction of postoperative pain in pediatric cataract surgery patients

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Simply Predictable: The PRESERFLO™ MicroShunt

| Sponsored by Santen SA

PRESERFLO™ MicroShunt provides clinicians and patients with predictable outcomes delivered by fast, simple procedures

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Off the Beaten Pathway

| Peter Kaiser

Selectively blocking a single pathway of the complement cascade may lead to the first approved geographic atrophy therapy

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Not So Alien Ant Farm

| Gilad Litvin

Gilad Litvin introduces his latest medical device – a fully synthetic corneal implant that has returned a patient’s sight

Business & Profession Education and Training

The Aspiring Ophthalmologist’s Guide to the Galaxy

| Geoffrey Potjewyd

How to make the process of securing an ophthalmology specialist training post as smooth as possible

Business & Profession Professional Development

A Vision for Ophthalmic Pathology

Sitting Down With… Sarah Coupland, Professor and George Holt Chair of Pathology at the University of Liverpool, UK

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