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December 2018 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the December issue of The Ophthalmologist! You’ll find the latest research in Upfront –everything from small-particle pollution’s links to increased risk of glaucoma, to a double-layer eye patch as an answer to drug delivery problems. This December’s In My View section features leading experts speaking on current hot topics in ophthalmology: Ningli Wang talks about improvements to cataract surgery accessibility and affordability in China, and Paul Singh brings a new perspective to the discussion on premium lenses for glaucoma patients. This month’s cover feature looks at innovations from other fields that have made their way into ophthalmology, with John Marshall and Bert Massie sharing their experiences. Some of the most innovative companies also present their latest offerings, as part of The Innovators 2018 feature. In NextGen, Bala Ambati and Sneha Konda discuss the available MIGS interventions, and Sean Ianchulev and Louis Pascale present a novel way to deliver ocular drugs. Our Profession section features an article from Paul Onderick, who shares his expertise on protecting intellectual property, and John Sandford-Smith discusses modern cataract surgery training methods. Finally, we Sit Down With John Berdahl, Partner at Vance Thompson Vision, Founder and CEO of Equinox, Sioux Falls in South Dakota, USA.

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Profession Other

The Times They Are (Always) A-Changin’

| Phoebe Harkin

One foot in the present, one foot in the past, and an eye on the future, ophthalmology is a profession caught between three worlds.

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Restoration Project

| Phoebe Harkin

Californian researchers have successfully restored sight to blind rats in a landmark study

Business & Profession Basic & Translational Research

Bitesize Breakthroughs

| Phoebe Harkin

The latest ophthalmology news – in brief

Business & Profession Retina

Sight Unseen

| Phoebe Harkin

Are traditional glaucoma tests failing to detect central vision damage?

Subspecialties Retina

Through the Eye of a Needle

| Phoebe Harkin

Could a double-layered eye patch answer common drug delivery problems?

Business & Profession Basic & Translational Research

Up in Smoke

| Phoebe Harkin

Small-particle pollution could increase glaucoma risk in older men

Business & Profession Basic & Translational Research

Image of the Month

The powerful magnification in this fundus image montage highlights the Iluvien micro-implant like the bright yellow anther in a stargazer lily.

Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy

The China Study

Accessibility and affordability of cataract surgery has improved in China – but there is still more to achieve

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Easing the Pressure

It’s time to change the way we think about premium lenses for glaucoma patients.

Subspecialties Business and Innovation

Outside-In Innovation

How and why technological and scientific discoveries from diverse fields drive ophthalmology forward

Business & Profession Cornea / Ocular Surface

Eye of the Magpie

Researchers have always stolen shiny new techniques from colleagues in other fields – and some ophthalmologists are particularly effective thieves, John Marshall argues.

Subspecialties Business and Innovation

From Star Wars to a New Hope

Here, Bert Massie shares his passion for entrepreneurship, and describes how innovations in ophthalmology have been driven by the evolution of sensors, microprocessors and lasers.

Business & Profession Retina

Vision Restoration in 2D

Can graphene and molybdenum disulphide really find another application in artificial retinas?

Business & Profession Retina

The Small Print

| Phoebe Harkin

From semi-conductors to sight-saving therapies: introducing PRINT Technology

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Squalamine on Trial

Squalamine may have fascinating origins – originally derived from the livers of the dogfish shark – but as a treatment for wet AMD it has so far failed to have any “bite.”

Business & Profession Other

Delivering a New Confidence

A novel MIGS device, Hydrus Microstent, helps restore the eye’s natural fluid flow

Business & Profession Professional Development

R Is for Retina

| Sponsored by Ellex

Meet the only clinically proven laser treatment to delay progression to late-stage AMD

Business & Profession Other

The Intelligent IOL

How Precisight® IOL technology allows for lifelong adjustment

Business & Profession Other

Tackling Scarring, Improving Outcomes

Introducing the Radiance Tx Beta Ophthalmic Applicator System: a new companion for glaucoma filtration surgery

Business & Profession Other

A Personal Solution to a Global Problem

From outer space to the inner eye, iDESIGN Refractive Studio is revolutionizing laser vision correction

Business & Profession Glaucoma

Mighty MIGS

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery looks set to transform IOP management – but which interventions are currently available, and when, how and on whom should they be used? Sneha Konda and Bala Ambati discuss.

Business & Profession Glaucoma

It’s All in the Small Print

Eye drops rely on “Grandma technology,” says Sean Ianchulev, and patients deserve better. His solution? Use inkjet instrumentation to print drugs onto the cornea: smaller doses, smarter delivery, safer therapy.

Business & Profession Professional Development

In Black and White

Modern ophthalmology relies on novel ideas being explored and developed. In the race towards commercialization, let’s not forget to protect the intellectual property of the innovator.

Business & Profession Health Economics and Policy

Hands Off “Hands-On” Training

Over the last 50 years eye surgery and surgical training have altered out of all recognition. But dedicated trainers and graded hands-on training remain the two foundations.

Business & Profession Basic & Translational Research

Time Well Spent

Sitting Down With… John Berdahl, Partner at Vance Thompson Vision, Founder and CEO of Equinox, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.

Subspecialties Professional Development

Worth a Thousand Words

| Sponsored by Haag-Streit Diagnostics

Pearls from the leaders in slit lamp imaging

Subspecialties Business and Innovation

SCHWIND AMARIS product family: High performance eye laser systems from the technology leader

In this exclusive video, Tobias Neuhann, Medical Head at Augenklinik am Marienplatz, explains why Schwind lasers are his first choice.

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