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October 2016 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the October issue of The Ophthalmologist. Upfront’s topics include how the brains of the congenitally blind perform arithmetic, whether general anesthesia affects IOP, and the latest on Zika infection and the eye. In My View includes Robert Ritch on laser iridoplasty to treat angle closure, and what the MACARA cost-reduction act means for ophthalmologists in the US. Our cover story features the first ever robotic-assisted eye surgery in man – and what it means for eyecare and society. In Practice sees Donny Suh investigate wrong eye surgery and Martin Dirisamer explains why Fuchs dystrophy might not be a dystrophy at all. In Profession, Kimberly Drenser discusses why gene therapy could be held back by the lack of access to gene testing, and we Sit Down With Harry Quigley, A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute.

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Profession Business and Innovation

The Mother of Invention

Don't fear the robots - they might help you cope with the oncoming caseload of baby boomers.

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

The MHC Matchmaker

| Mark Hillen

When it comes to transplanting stem cell-derived RPE; if it's allogeneic, match the MHC.

Subspecialties Neuro-ophthalmology

Number Games

| Mark Hillen

In the congenitally blind, the visual cortex gets used for counting.

Subspecialties Other

Visualizing Vision

| Ruth Steer

The story of how we perceive color might not be as black and white as first thought.

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Sleep Easy

| Roisin McGuigan

Does general anesthesia make IOP measurements unreliable? No.

Business & Profession Cornea / Ocular Surface

Cry Me a Zika

| Ruth Steer

Could Zika virus be transmitted from the eyes of infected patients?

Business & Profession Professional Development

This Month In Business

| Roisin McGuigan

Acquisitions, approvals, new appointments… and more.

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Image of the Month

A striking "confetti" cornea courtesy of Nick Di Girolamo, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Business & Profession Glaucoma

Don’t Knock it ‘til You’ve Tried it

| Robert Ritch

Laser iridoplasty is an effective means of treating angle closure, says Robert Ritch.

Business & Profession Health Economics and Policy

How Low Can You Go?

| George Williams

Strategies are afoot for reducing the cost of healthcare in the US – what do they mean for ophthalmologists?

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

When Imaging Isn’t Enough

| Swaminathan Sethu, Natasha Pahuja, Rohit Shetty

Molecular biomarker analysis could improve diagnosis and management of keratoconus.

Business & Profession Business and Innovation

Forging Iron Man

| Mark Hillen

The future of eye surgery is robots and augmented reality. Will future ophthalmologists be more Iron Man than steady hands?

Business & Profession Business and Innovation

Robert MacLaren on Making History

| Mark Hillen

Robert MacLaren discusses performing the first robotic-assisted surgery in a human eye.

Business & Profession Business and Innovation

Marc de Smet on Robotic Surgery

| Mark Hillen

Marc de Smet on the Preceyes project, and creating a robot able to assist with vitreoretinal surgery.

Business & Profession Business and Innovation

Maarten Beelen on What Underpins Precision

| Mark Hillen

Maarten Beelen explains robotic software, operating systems and reaping the benefits of big data.

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Challenging Convention

| Martin Dirisamer

Why Fuchs endothelial dystrophy might not be a "dystrophy" at all…

Business & Profession Professional Development

Error in the OR

| Donny Suh

Wrong eye surgery: how common is it, and can more be done to prevent it?

Business & Profession Professional Development

A Case of the Mondays

| Roisin McGuigan

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

Business & Profession Retina

Testing Times for Gene Therapies

| Kimberly Drenser

We're ready for gene therapy, but accessibility of gene testing needs to be improved.

Business & Profession

Analysis Paralysis

| Marco Zarbin, Roisin McGuigan

Clinical trial data can be dense - how do you apply it to your own practice? Marco Zarbin offers some practical tips.

Business & Profession Professional Development

In Conversation With…

Neil Hanley interviews Brent Saunders, William Meury and C. David Nicholson.

Business & Profession Glaucoma

Inspiring the Next Generation

| Ruth Steer

We Sit Down With Harry Quigley, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University.

Subspecialties Retina

Optimizing Patient Management with Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging

What impact has ultrawidefield imaging had on clinician's practice and patients?

Subspecialties Glaucoma

The Missing Middle Ground in Glaucoma

The options for managing glaucoma can be problematic – is a new approach needed?

Subspecialties Cataract

PanOptix Enlightening Conversation

| Sponsored by Alcon

Highlights from the Prague 2016 Alcon Multifocal IOL User Meeting

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