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Phaco turns 50As the ophthalmic community celebrates 50 years of phacoemulsification (phaco) innovation, surgeons and industry alike mark its progress since the inspiration for the procedure came to Charles Kelman, MD, after a visit to the dentist.
Harnessing laziness to do goodMany maintain that rising early, getting to work, accomplishing a lot during the day, and getting to bed at a reasonable hour is the route to success in life. But a body of evidence suggests that human behavioral tendencies to do too much, in some cases, can reduce the likelihood of a good result. At the same time, laziness can produce outcomes that are either negative or positive.
Phaco technology evolves over timeFifty years after the idea for phacoemulsification came to Charles Kelman, MD, few would have predicted that surgical platforms would evolve to where they are today.
ARVO calls for applications for Dr. David L. Epstein AwardAt its 2017 general business meeting in May, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) welcomed a new president, Claude F. Burgoyne, MD, FARVO. Dr. Burgoyne, a glaucoma clinician and surgeon, is senior scientist, Van Buskirk Chair for Ophthalmic Research, and director of the Optic Nerve Head Research Laboratory at Devers Eye Institute, Portland, OR. He also serves as clinical professor of ophthalmology at Oregon Health and Sciences University, Eugene.
Preloaded IOLs ease surgical workflowPreloaded IOL systems can save almost 30 seconds of operating time in cataract surgery, according to Damien Goldberg, MD, who participated in a trial with a preloaded delivery system (AcrySof IQ IOL Model AU00TO with UltraSert, Alcon Laboratories).
Phaco sleeve boosts flow, followabilityA new silicone phacoemulsification sleeve (Ridged Sleeve, ASICO) designed with a variety of novel features is enabling safe and efficient microcoaxial cataract surgery, said Takayuki Akahoshi, MD.
Automated capsulotomy device provides safe, consistent resultsA disposable device for automated anterior capsulotomy that uses precision pulse technology (Zepto, Mynosys Cellular Devices) demonstrated excellent performance in a series of 38 eyes.
Combined cataract/EK surgery may require modifications to techniqueCataract surgery in eyes undergoing simultaneous endothelial keratoplasty requires several modifications in techniques.
Novel device designed for pupil enlargement, stabilization in IFIS eyesWisconsin ophthalmologist Gerald P. Clarke, MD, has developed a new horseshoe-shaped dilator for use during cases of intraoperative floppy iris syndrome.
Next-generation phaco system design improves stability, reduces energyLos Angeles ophthalmologist Mitchell Shultz, MD, shares some of his clinical experience with a next-generation phacoemulsification platform (Stellaris Elite, Bausch + Lomb). The new platform received 510(k) clearance from the FDA in April.
Changing the game in treatment of acute pseudophakic CMEJoshua Mali, MD, provides clinical evidence and recommendations for pseudophakic CME and represents a new formal standard to first-line management.