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May 2015 Issue of The Ophthalmologist

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Profession Other

A Level Playing Field?

| Mark Hillen

Last year, we berated ourselves for the disappointing show of women in our Top 100 Power List (a measly 13 percent). So, how did we do in our Top 40 Under 40?

Business & Profession Glaucoma

Balancing Act

VR headsets could identify those with glaucoma at the greatest risk of falls

Subspecialties Cataract

The High Price of Unnecessary Tests

Preoperative evaluation is not recommended for patients about to undergo cataract surgery – so why are ophthalmologists in the US continuing to order costly tests?

Subspecialties Imaging & Diagnostics

Hot on the Trail

Thermography could offer a noninvasive way of assessing bleb function

Business & Profession Other

Foreign Device Trial Data Fine With FDA

Draft guidelines released by the FDA clarifies what foreign device study data it will accept

Subspecialties Refractive

One Test to Rule Them All?

Measuring refractive error at six years of age may be the best way to predict which children will go on to become myopes

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Success Second Time Round

Second corneal transplants are far more likely to be rejected than first-time grafts – but now that we know why, we might be able to prevent it

Business & Profession Other

Broken Bad

Methamphetamine manufacturers with work-related ocular injuries have particularly poor outcomes

Subspecialties Cataract

Eye, Robot

Ophthalmic surgery that incorporates robotic assistance holds the promise of surgeries that are “better than the best of humans”

Subspecialties Cataract

The Malyugin Ring in FLACS

Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery in eyes with small pupils can be tricky and fraught with problems. Pupil expansion devices can help overcome them.

Subspecialties Retina

Nocturnal Light Saves Sight

An illuminated sleep mask that exploits the Troxler effect might transform the treatment of diabetic retinopathy

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Decorin: Strengthening the Cornea Without UV Light?

A naturally-occurring proteogylcan, decorin, can effect CXL-like biomechanical changes when applied to ex-vivo human and porcine corneas.

Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy

The Economics of Gene Therapy

| Irv Arons

Gene and stem cell therapies hold the promise of restoring vision in patients with retinal diseases – but who should be paying for these treatments, and how?

Subspecialties Professional Development

An Old Head on Young Shoulders

| Bala Ambati

Sitting Down With… Bala Ambati, Professor of Ophthalmology, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, UT, USA.

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Advancing OCT Angiography

| Sponsored by Heidelberg Engineering

OCT angiography (OCT-A) is poised to augment, and in many cases, replace traditional methods of examining the retinal and choroidal vasculature – once certain technical challenges are addressed.

Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Glaucoma and the Burden of Ocular Surface Disease

| Sponsored by Santen

As many as six in every ten patients with glaucoma have ocular surface disease – and this can have a huge impact on their daily lives. We explore why, and what can be done.

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Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface

Current Treatment Options in Dry Eye Disease

| Sponsored by Santen

Managing dry eye disease becomes disproportionately more difficult as the severity of the disease increases: artificial tears and lubricants are not enough to help patients with severe dry eye disease.

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