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Ocular surface tumors require careful exam, consideration of best options
Ocular surface tumors require careful exam, consideration of best optionsAlthough surgery is still the gold standard for ocular surface tumors, consider the pros and cons of topical chemotherapy as appropriate.
Consider different iris lesion forms before final clinical diagnosis
Consider different iris lesion forms before final clinical diagnosisUse these pearls to better diagnose and treat iris lesions.
Aspiring for zero tolerance of residual astigmatism
Aspiring for zero tolerance of residual astigmatismWhen considering premium surgeries and high expectations from patients along with an unrelenting quest for vision exceeding 20/20, the tolerance of residual astigmatism must be zero. Like bespoke tailors, ophthalmologists need to be bespoke surgeons who tailor vision in each eye to the highest level possible. We cannot claim to design the best suit using the best technology and tailoring materials, and yet, in our minds, find it “acceptable” to have the suit length within a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch too short or wide.
Retirement is around the corner for David Karcher, ASCRS executive director
Retirement is around the corner for David Karcher, ASCRS executive directorDavid Karcher, executive director and chief executive officer, The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), will retire as of December 31, 2018, according to an ASCRS press release. Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, will chair the search committee responsible for interviewing candidates to fill the role of executive director. Interviews will begin in the late summer or early fall of 2017. Leonard Pfeiffer & Company, a well-known executive search firm, will be assisting in the search.
Community mourns loss of ophthalmic leader, Roger Steinert, MD
Community mourns loss of ophthalmic leader, Roger Steinert, MDThe ophthalmic community mourns the loss of Roger Steinert, MD, an internationally renowned and respected corneal, cataract, and refractive surgeon. Dr. Steinert passed away on June 6 at the age of 66 after a 2 ½-year battle with glioblastoma. He died peacefully at his home in Colorado, surrounded by his wife, April, and their family.
Retina surgeon’s AMD regimen at center of Medicare fraud case
Retina surgeon’s AMD regimen at center of Medicare fraud caseEarlier this month, a jury convicted West Palm Beach retina surgeon Solomon Melgen, MD, on 67 counts of Medicare fraud. This high-profile case hit very close to home, as myself and another retina specialist from my own community were on opposing sides of the case.
Here come the machines: Progress or replacing MDs?
Here come the machines: Progress or replacing MDs?Artificial intelligence and deep learning present an exciting opportunity and challenge to ophthalmologists and other physicians.
The Retinator II: Judgment Day?
The Retinator II: Judgment Day?Hollywood loves trilogies, and though not all sequels are created equal, as a general rule, the second installment tends to be the best. The examples of this phenomenon are numerous (Godfather Part II, Back to the Future II, The Empire Strikes Back, etc.). However, the most-cultured Ophthalmology Times readers will no doubt point to Terminator II as the best example of all.
ASCRS hits ‘La La Land’ for 2017 annual meeting
ASCRS hits ‘La La Land’ for 2017 annual meetingThe 2017 meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) will be held May 5 to 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but at least one guest speaker will be sharing his “out-of-this-world” experiences.
FLACS offers enhanced surgical precision, patient safety, reliability Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) offers surgeons a reproducible, noninvasive technique to replace the least predictable and most technically demanding steps of conventional cataract procedures. Do we absolutely need this technology to perform cataract surgery? No—but it certainly makes the job easier for us and safer for the patient.