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December 2015 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Profession Health Economics and Policy

The Global Ophthopolitics of Philanthropic Ophthalmology

| Mark Hillen

You might want to do the right thing and get stuck in – but there’s a bigger picture to be seen before you do.

Subspecialties Retina

Culture Club

| Michael Schubert

A new tissue culture model of the retinal pigment epithelium may allow researchers to better understand the impacts of new interventions on the adult human retina

Business & Profession Professional Development

A Turbulent Transaction?

| Michael Schubert

Pfizer and Allergan are to combine to form the world’s biggest pharma company, an eyecare behemoth – with a lower tax bill

Subspecialties Retina

What’s Old is New (I)

| Mark Hillen

Big data EMR mining (and some basic research) identifies a 50-year old drug that appears to protect against AMD development

Subspecialties Retina

What’s Old is New (II)

| Michael Schubert

Placental growth factor inhibitors might show efficacy in treating dry AMD as well as wet. Might aflibercept be repurposed?

Business & Profession Professional Development

Business In Brief

| Michael Schubert

Glaukos submits iDose IND to the FDA, Allergan bimatoprost implant shows promise, and ALPHAEON makes three deals in as many weeks

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Dodging the Downsides of Corneal Epithelium Debridement

| Michael Schubert

A new matrix therapy agent may promote corneal healing after epi-off CXL, improving patient comfort and recovery times

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Corneal Anatomy: Lightning Strikes Twice

A specialized imaging technique has revealed two previously unknown structures of the cornea

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

ATOM2: Low-dose Atropine Attenuates Myopia

| Michael Schubert

5-year ATOM2 trial data confirms that 0.01% atropine is more effective at slowing myopia progression than 0.1% and 0.5% doses

Subspecialties Professional Development

The 2015 Innovation Awards Are Here

| Roisin McGuigan

Here, we recognize a year’s worth of innovation. Apps, IOLs, imagers, lasers, devices and drugs – the latest and greatest are all here. But which one came out on top this year?

Subspecialties Cataract

In Conversation With… Mitch Jackson

Mitch Jackson discusses why he finds it harder to be a surgeon today than when he started out 27 years ago.

Subspecialties Cataract

In Conversation With… George Waring IV

George discusses his current research focus in the field of cataract refractive surgery.

Subspecialties Cataract

In Conversation With… Jim Mazzo

Jim discusses what it was like to step up to CEO position of international corporation AMO.

Subspecialties Cataract

In Conversation With… Bill Trattler

We get Bill’s perspective on what were his highlights from this year’s ESCRS congress.

Subspecialties Cataract

In Conversation With… Jennifer Loh

A rising star amongst the CEDARS/ASPEN set, Loh practices at the front line of refractive/cataract surgery at the South Florida Vision Associates in Fort Lauderdale

Subspecialties Cataract

In Conversation With… Florian Kretz

Florian recalls experiences of dealing with difficult patients and talks of the advances in imaging and biometry.

Subspecialties Cataract

In Conversation With… Daniel Black

Daniel Black discusses his experience with the ZEISS Cataract Suite markerless in the latest episode of In Conversation With…

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Small Incision Femtosecond Refractive Lenticule Assisted CXL in Corneal Ectasia

| Hemlata Gupta

CXL is effective in slowing and halting keratoconus and corneal ectasias – but the thinnest corneas can’t receive it, so we propose a new way of bringing CXL to those that need it most

Subspecialties Cataract

The Anti-Spin Doctor

| Florian Kretz

Implanting a toric IOL during cataract surgery is great way of dealing with a patient’s corneal astigmatism – but off-axis rotation of the IOL can erode those benefits.

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Benchmarking Endophthalmitis

| Mark Hillen

What does analysis of the last five years of literature on endophthalmitis tell us about the priorities of the field, and the contributors to it?

Business & Profession Cornea / Ocular Surface

Lighting the Way for Corneal Cross-Linking

| Nikki Hafezi

The Light for Sight foundation provides ophthalmologists around the world with CXL training and ensures that no young patient must go without treatment

Business & Profession Professional Development

Berneck’s Brothers Beyond

| Roisin McGuigan

Sitting Down With... Christoph and Thomas Bosshard, Oertli Instrumente AG, Berneck, Switzerland.

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Ocular surface: what’s new?

| Mark Hillen

Highlights from Laboratoires Théa’s Satellite Education Program, “Ocular Surface: What’s New?” held on October 8, 2015, at the 7th EVER Congress, Nice, France.

Business & Profession Other

The Future of Phaco and MIGS Surgeries

| Sponsored by Oertli

Highlights from Oertli Instrumente AG’s Satellite Symposium, “The Future Way of Phaco and MIGS Surgeries,” held September 2015, Barcelona, Spain.

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