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September 2016 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the September edition of The Ophthalmologist. Upfront’s topics include why scientists are radiocarbon dating the lenses of Greenland sharks, and the reason why gender mismatches in corneal grafts can lead to graft failure and rejection. In My View’s contributions include a “How to succeed in political advocacy” primer from Paul Sternberg, Jr and Janice C. Law, and a discussion of the benefits of heads-up surgery from Claus Eckardt. Our cover feature tells Amar Agarwal’s story of the Ophthalmic Premier League (OPL) – and all of the shenanigans. In Practice sees Mauricio Pérez describe the use of scleral spurectomy during DMEK donor tissue preparation. NextGen features John Berdahl on goggles, redefining glaucoma and its treatment, and how this may help astronauts to Mars one day. In Profession, we hear from Patricia Bath about her career and the lessons she’s learned, and we Sit Down With Philip J. Rosenfeld, Professor of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida.

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Profession Other

Hello, North America

| Mark Hillen

We’re here, and we’re clear about what we’re bringing to the table.

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Finding Fibrosis

| Ruth Steer

Pro-fibrotic signatures may play a role in causing glaucoma…

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Old Sharks, New Tricks

| Roisin McGuigan

Why are researchers radiocarbon dating the lenses of Greenland Sharks?

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

H-Y are These Corneal Grafts Rejecting?

| Mark Hillen

In the eyes of some females, grafting male tissue onto them can lead to rejection…

Business & Profession Professional Development

This Month in Business

TrueVision and Alcon team-up, Pfizer returns rights to ranibizumab biosimilar, and more...

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Featherweight Optics

| Ruth Steer

High-resolution retinal imaging… with an SLO/OCT device weighing a mere 94 g.

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

The Thinner, the Poorer

| Ruth Steer

A reduction in retinal thickness may be associated with a decrease in cognitive function.

Subspecialties Other

Image of the Month

An image of a stromal cyst by Carrie A. Cooke.

Business & Profession Other

Taking a Start-up’s Approach to an Industry Giant

Mark Hillen Interviews Jim Mazzo

Business & Profession Other

Communicating With Local Politicians

| Paul Sternberg, Jr and Janice C. Law

How ophthalmologists can get involved in local politics to overcome key issues and influence legislation.

Subspecialties Retina

We Can’t See Everything

| Justis P. Ehlers

Intraoperative OCT should be considered for macular surgery.

Subspecialties Retina

Heads Up!

| Claus Eckardt

Vitreoretinal surgeons – is it time to lose the microscope?

Business & Profession Professional Development

The League of Extraordinary Ophthalmologists

| Amar Agarwal

The Ophthalmic Premier League educates, excites and amazes. Here’s what we learned in Las Vegas!

Business & Profession Professional Development

Ophthalmology on Ice

| Ike Ahmed

Ike Ahmed of the Canadian Choppers on how to save IOLs.

Business & Profession Professional Development

Aye aye captain, ARRR!

| Bonnie An Henderson

Bonnie An Henderson of the bursting buccaneers on intraoperative aberrometry.

Business & Profession Professional Development

Captain Ectopia (Lentis)

| Mitchell Patrick Weikert

Mitchell Patrick Weikert of the Vegas Vitreous Avengers presents a case of ectopia lentis.

Business & Profession Refractive

Ninja-ing In and Out of a Tight Spot

| George Beiko

George Beiko of the Awesome Accommodators shows how to remove phakic IOLs out of a 3 mm incision.

Business & Profession Cornea / Ocular Surface

Fighting Tears

| Mauricio Pérez, Randall Ulate and Neera Singal

Scleral spurectomy can simplify DMEK tissue preparation and reduce damage to donor endothelial tissue.

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Dark Side of the Moon

| John Berdahl

How does humankind make it to Mars? By redefining glaucoma, for starters…

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Tasting Vision

| Roisin McGuigan

The story of BrainPort – from vibrating plates to a visual aid helping users “see” with their tongue.

Business & Profession Other

So You Think You’re an Expert?

| Ron Pelton

Ron Pelton shares his insights on providing ethical expert witness testimony.

Business & Profession Cataract

Lessons I’ve Learned

Patricia Bath on her career and the lessons learnt.

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Treacherous Tunnel Vision

| David Crabb

Why the dogma of "tunnel vision" can be dangerous for both patients with glaucoma and clinicians.

Business & Profession Professional Development

A Case of the Mondays

| Roisin McGuigan

Are ophthalmologists happy? John Banja offers his insights on job satisfaction.

Subspecialties Retina

Dismiss the Dogma

| Ruth Steer

We sit down with Philip J. Rosenfeld, Professor of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami.

Business & Profession Health Economics and Policy

Managing Moorfields

We sit down with David Probert, Chief Executive, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK.

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