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October 2020 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the October issue of The Ophthalmologist! In our front cover feature, five refractive leaders discuss how the world has changed for them – and the profession – since the pandemic hit. The Upfront section features the latest news and research – from the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in examination rooms to the discovery of a new mechanism of blood redistribution in the retina. In the monthly opinion column, In My View, residents Henal Javeri and Anesu Madikane share their pandemic experiences, Harvey Carter warns about remaining Raindrop corneal inlays, and Paulo Stanga talks about the SCOPE study. This month's In Practice articles discuss sustained-release ophthalmic drugs, MIGS, and surgery risks associated with COVID-19. In Profession, we visit the Zaatari refugee camp, and learn about accreditation in delivering eye care worldwide. Finally, we sit down with Lisa Park. I hope you enjoy reading this issue!

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Articles featured in this issue

Subspecialties COVID-19

The Other Virus

| Aleksandra Jones

Do we have any ammunition that can shoot down misleading and dangerous claims?

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Ready, Steady, Graft

| Phoebe Harkin

Novel stem cell technique offers hope for chemical burn victims

Business & Profession Business and Innovation

Business in Brief

| Phoebe Harkin

The latest industry news, appointments and acquisitions – in 65 words or less

Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy

Pounds of Pain

| Phoebe Harkin

Fight for Sight has partnered with the London School of Economics to highlight the personal and financial cost of sight loss in the UK

Subspecialties Comprehensive

Spicing Up Uveitis Treatment

| Aleksandra Jones

Can a common cooking ingredient help treat ocular inflammation?

Subspecialties COVID-19

New Virus, Old Story

| Aleksandra Jones

Why are patients with AMD at greater risk of developing severe COVID-19?

Subspecialties COVID-19

The Trouble with Triage

| Phoebe Harkin

Do asymptomatic COVID-19 patients pose a risk to ophthalmologists during elective examinations?

Subspecialties Cataract

Image of the Month: Clash of the Titans

| Aleksandra Jones

Presentation of the conjunctival melanosis at the limbus... that looks like something very different

Subspecialties Retina

Tube Talk

| Phoebe Harkin

Researchers discover a communication structure that is essential for fully functional retinal cells

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Ticking Timebombs

| Harvey Carter

Following the recall of the Raindrop corneal inlay, efforts must be made to notify all remaining affected patients

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

The SCOPE of Things to Come

| Paulo Eduardo Stanga

It is your responsibility to encourage patients to join the SCOPE study

Business & Profession Professional Development

Ever the Optimist

| Anesu Madikane

The highs and lows of pandemic residency

Business & Profession Professional Development

The Power of the Personal Touch

| Henal Javeri

The good, the bad, and the new normal – how the pandemic has changed things for young ophthalmologists

Subspecialties COVID-19

Refractive Recovery and COVID-19

| Aleksandra Jones

Five refractive leaders discuss how the world has changed for them – and the profession – since the pandemic hit

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Ever Evolving, Always Improving

| Daniel Lee

MIGS has revolutionized glaucoma surgery, but there’s still room for improvement. Let’s talk XEN…

Subspecialties COVID-19

Caution: Surgeons at Risk

| John Liu, Irfan Nizarali Kherani, Ike Ahmed

Understanding all routes of viral spread during surgery should mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission from patient to doctor

Business & Profession Health Economics and Policy

Patient Safety Without Borders

| Hunter Cherwek, Noelle Whitestone

The importance of accreditation in delivering eye care to all patients, regardless of location

Business & Profession Health Economics and Policy

The Forgotten Crisis

| Natalie Weil

For those living in Zaatari, the world's largest Syrian refugee camp, the privilege of eye care is far from guaranteed

Business & Profession Professional Development

The Eyes of Youth

| Aleksandra Jones

Sitting Down With… Lisa Park, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, USA

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