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December 2020 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

Welcome to the last issue of The Ophthalmologist in 2020! Our Upfront section features the latest industry and research, as well as a timeline of some of ophthalmology’s most important Black figures. In the monthly opinion column, In My View, Jim Davison shares his fond memories of Alan Crandall, and residents Atanas Yuliyanov Bogoev and Valentina Gracia Rey discuss their lockdown experiences. In our cover feature, Realizing Retinal Regeneration, you can find out about a novel therapeutic approach to treating retinal and optic nerve diseases: data-driven in vivo reprogramming. November In Practice articles discuss the first collaborative study on congenital plasminogen deficiency and dexamethasone implants administered by nurse practitioners. In NextGen, two Polish retina specialists describe a project using AI in DR screening, and Profession features Charles Holmes and Ignacio Tuduri discussing the recent Allergan-AbbVie merger.
Finally, we sit down with Ningli Wang, Director of the Beijing Tongren Eye Center in China, and a keen cyclist.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue. Have a great winter break and come back to us in 2021!

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Profession Professional Development

Women of the Moment

| Aleksandra Jones

The world is (slowly) turning over a new leaf – not on its own, but with our combined commitment to change

Subspecialties Neuro-ophthalmology

(Re)Generation Game

| Phoebe Harkin

A molecule capable of regenerating damaged nerve fibers may offer hope for glaucoma patients

Business & Profession Professional Development

Influential Black Ophthalmologists

| Aleksandra Jones

A series of firsts: we explore the Black figures who shaped the field

Subspecialties Neuro-ophthalmology

Newfound Neurons

| Aleksandra Jones

Could a recently unearthed group of neurons help treat strabismus?

Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research

Connect 4

| Phoebe Harkin

Moran Eye Center’s researcher Rebecca Pfeiffer on the first pathoconnectome for early-stage retinitis pigmentosa

Subspecialties Neuro-ophthalmology

A Window to Neurodegeneration?

| Olivia Gaskill

A potential biomarker of neurodegeneration has been detected in the vitreous humor

Subspecialties Retina

Image of the Month: Uneven Break

| Aleksandra Jones

This month’s image shows angioid streaks – fluorescein angiography irregular radiations deep to the retina.

Subspecialties COVID-19

Cornea Contra COVID-19

| Aleksandra Jones

Unlike Zika and herpes simplex, SARS-CoV-2 does not replicate in corneal tissue

Business & Profession Other

Of Surgery and Skiing

| Jim Davison

My memories of Alan S. Crandall – physician and friend

Subspecialties COVID-19

Sit Down, Speak Up

| Valentina Gracia Rey

With conferences no longer bound by geography, the spotlight can shift from “the West” to the rest of the world

Subspecialties COVID-19

World Wide Web(inars)

| Atanas Yuliyanov Bogoev

The second wave is upon us and, as many countries go into lockdown, it is more important than ever to focus on the positives

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Doubling Up to Win

| Sponsored by Santen SA

For optimal efficacy and easy post-operative management, consider PRESERFLO™ MicroShunt, which can be combined with cataract surgery

Subspecialties Retina

Realizing Retinal Regeneration

| Evdokia Paza, Alice Lightowlers, Tim Landy, Geraint Parfitt

How can data-driven in vivo reprogramming be used to treat retinal and optic nerve degeneration?

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Reinventing the Wheel

| Sponsored by Nidek

What’s the first automated gonioscopy device to instantly document the iridocorneal angle in real-color? The NIDEK GS-1.

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Seeing the Full Spectrum

| Sponsored by Geuder

How RGB endo-illumination allows you to experience extended application possibilities

Subspecialties Retina

Simplifying Surgery with Swiss Precision

| Sponsored by Oertli

ViPer’s simultaneous indenting and transscleral illumination gives retinal surgeons more autonomy

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Shine a Light

| Sponsored by Optomed

Preventing blindness with AI-integrated handheld fundus camera

Subspecialties Business and Innovation

Locked and (Pre)loaded

| Sponsored by FCI Ophthalmics

The world’s first injectable monocanalicular intubation stent

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Imaging that Enlightens

| Sponsored by Heidelberg Engineering

Dive deeper into retinal structures with SPECTRALIS High-Resolution OCT

Subspecialties Glaucoma

Leave No Thing Behind

| Sponsored by Sanoculis

MIMS® – a new surgical procedure for glaucoma – simplifies treatment and keeps patients’ options open

Subspecialties Refractive

Crystal Clear

| Sponsored by Ziemer

Low-energy, high-impact – CLEAR is a superb solution for lenticule separation and extraction

Subspecialties Refractive

Smart and Sophisticated

| Sponsored by Schwind

The state-of-the-art SCHWIND ATOS femtosecond laser that enables minimally invasive lenticule extraction as well as flap creation

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Reinventing Patient Care

| Sponsored by Topcon

Innovations for building, managing and growing myopia, dry eye and refractive practices

Subspecialties Glaucoma

A New Angle on Glaucoma Management

| Sponsored by MST

The next innovative step in irrigating goniectomy

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Safe and (Ultra)sound

| Sponsored by ArcScan

Boost your implantation success rate using the ArcScan Insight 100’s ICL sizing capability

Subspecialties Glaucoma

MicroPulse P3® Delivery Device for Non-Incisional Glaucoma Treatment

| Sponsored by Iridex

A revised MicroPulse P3 fiberoptic handpiece features multiple design enhancements

Subspecialties Comprehensive

Blood Ties

| Amy Shapiro

Hematology researchers are embarking on the world’s first collaborative natural history study on congenital plasminogen deficiency

Subspecialties COVID-19

Nurses First!

| Phoebe Harkin

We explore how nurse practitioners are leading intravitreal dexamethasone implant services

Subspecialties Retina

What's on Our (DR) Radar?

| Andrzej Grzybowski, Piotr Brona

Exploring the real-world impact of artificial intelligence in diabetic retinopathy screening

Business & Profession Business and Innovation

Stronger Together

| Aleksandra Jones

Charles Holmes and Ignacio Tuduri on the Allergan AbbVie vision for the future – post-merger

Business & Profession Professional Development

Healthy Body, Open Heart

| Phoebe Harkin

Sitting Down With… Ningli Wang, Director of the Beijing Tongren Eye Center, China

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