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December 2019 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Our December/January cover feature takes a look at the little-known condition, Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS), which produces vivid hallucinations in sufferers, and is a disturbing side effect of sight loss. Judith Potts tells the story about how this condition affected her own mother, Esme, and how she is on a mission to raise awareness through her charity Esme’s Umbrella. We also learn about a new monoclonal antibody treatment for thyroid eye disease, the use of Lucentis in preterm infants with ROP, and how CorneaGen is set to end our dependence on donor tissue. Arthur Cummings argues that the field of ophthalmology needs to embrace refractive surgery, and urges like-minded physicians to join the Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA). We also hear from some of the most innovative companies in ophthalmology as they present their latest offerings in our Innovators 2019 feature. The In Practice section sees Philip Bloom discuss how combining inflow and outflow procedures could help combat glaucoma, and John Sparrow highlights the benefits of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists National Ophthalmology Database (RCOphth NOD) audit. In our NextGen section, we delve into quantum dots and how they could improve outcomes for retinitis pigmentosa patients. Finally, we sit down with Audrey Talley Rostov to hear about her humanitarian work and her advice for budding ophthalmologists.

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Articles featured in this issue

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Image of the Month: Lava Flows

| Aleksandra Jones

This month’s image shows posterior staphyloma

Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy

Genetic Lottery

| Aleksandra Jones

When even the world’s wealthiest economies struggle to fund gene therapies, we have a problem that demands disruptive solutions

Subspecialties Oculoplastics

Treating Active TED

| Lauren Robertson

Thyroid eye disease may have met its match in teprotumumab

Subspecialties Pediatric

Timely Treatment for ROP

Thanks to European approval of a new indication for Lucentis, preterm infants with ROP finally have a pharmacotherapeutic option

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Cash Injection

| Phoebe Harkin

From a single cornea to a hundred cell therapy injections: is CorneaGen on course to end our dependence on donor tissue?

Subspecialties Refractive

The Refractive Principle

| Arthur Cummings

It is time for ophthalmology to embrace refractive surgery – for the sake of humankind

Subspecialties Pediatric

Theater of the Mind

| Judith Potts

Raising awareness and understanding of a largely misunderstood condition: the Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Evolving Design, Advancing Predictability

| Sponsored by Glaukos

Glaukos technology that tackles the glaucoma treatment burden

Subspecialties Cataract

Lifetimes of Innovation

| Sponsored by Bausch & Lomb

Bausch + Lomb reflects on a legacy of ophthalmic excellence – from the enVista® IOL platform to the Vitesse™ hypersonic vitrectomy system, and beyond

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Seeing More with the First Digital Microscope

| Sponsored by Zeiss

The ARTEVO® 800 from ZEISS: a paradigm shift in ophthalmic visualization

Subspecialties Refractive

The New Generation: Electronic IOLs

| Sponsored by SAV-IOL

Restoring vision using a smart, active intraocular lens for cataract surgery

Subspecialties Retina

Illuminating Innovation

| Sponsored by Oertli

The secret to faster, easier and more efficient retinal surgeries? Combining indenting and peripheral illumination with ViPer

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Ready, Set, Insert

| Sponsored by Geuder

Meet the DMEK preloaded system making transplantation history

Subspecialties Cataract

The Digitalization and Personalization of Eye Care

| Sponsored by Optimo Medical

Software that models the eye and simulates surgery on a digital twin is revolutionizing cataract treatment

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Retinal Imaging in the Fast Lane

| Sponsored by Optos

The Monaco device from Optos is giving eye examinations an efficiency boost – and improving patient outcomes

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Excisional Goniotomy, Simplified

| Sponsored by MST

Introducing the trailblazing line of MST Excisional Goniotomy devices: Trabectome, TrabEx and TrabEx+

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Myopia Measurements Made Easy

| Sponsored by OCULUS

The new Myopia Master® from OCULUS

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Bringing Glaucoma Management HOME

| Sponsored by Icare

The Icare HOME tonometer enables 24-hour IOP monitoring – any time, any place

Subspecialties Business and Innovation

Fog Computing: Meeting Current and Future Needs

| Sponsored by EyeMD

EyeMD EMR’s newest release harnesses fog computing architecture to deliver a system without compromise

Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy

Ophthalmic Frontiers: AI

| Michael D. Abramoff, Pearse Keane, Stephen Odaibo, Daniel Ting

Four AI and deep learning gurus discuss the use of these advanced technologies in eye care – and predict where they may take us next

Subspecialties Cataract

Doubling Down on Virtual Surgery

| Harald P. Studer

Digital twin technology is enabling patient-specific surgery planning for optimal refractive outcomes

Subspecialties Business and Innovation

Targeted Solutions

| Eric Bernabei

Combining genetic testing with AI and machine learning offers virtually unlimited opportunities in disease detection, management, and treatment

Subspecialties Retina

Into the Deep

| Carlos Ciller

Large-scale analysis of clinical trial data involves numerous challenges and significant manpower. Can deep learning facilitate the process?

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

AI to Interpret

| Andrey Kuropyatnyk, Maria Znamenska

The future of eye care will rely on artificial intelligence-driven imaging interpretation – in the clinic and out

Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy

AI: Access All Areas

| Xiao-Yu Song

To unlock the full potential of machine learning for ophthalmology, the industry needs to determine responsible policies and best practices

Subspecialties Retina

Quantum Leap?

| Jim Taylor

Electrical stimulation of neural responses can significantly improve outcomes for retinitis pigmentosa patients

Subspecialties Glaucoma

In and Out

| Philip Bloom

Could combining inflow and outflow procedures be a new strategy for combating glaucoma?

Subspecialties Cataract

A NOD to Affirm Performance

| John Sparrow

The RCOphth National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) Audit can provide richer outcomes analysis than any single individual or institution – and cost less

Business & Profession Cornea / Ocular Surface

Crossing (Corneal) Borders

Sitting Down With… Audrey Talley Rostov, Northwest Eye Surgeons and and SightLife

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