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The 5 greatest ophthalmic innovations of the 21st century
Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Eye Catching: Let's Chat,” a blog series featuring contributions from members of the ophthalmic community. These blogs are an opportunity for ophthalmic bloggers to engage with readers with about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Joshua Mali, MD, a vitreoretinal surgeon at The Eye Associates, a private multispecialty ophthalmology practice in Sarasota, FL. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of Ophthalmology Times or UBM Medica.
As we sit down together with our families and friends for Thanksgiving dinner this year, we thought reflecting on the great innovations in the field of ophthalmology since the turn of this new century seemed timely (a topic that is a natural by-product of the marriage between a retinal surgeon and a pediatric ophthalmologist!). We tried to be as objective as possible while evaluating all potential innovations by basing our judgments on three elements:
Impact: This seems obvious, but this basically describes the influence an innovation has on the field of ophthalmology overall.
Uniqueness: Purely evaluates human ingenuity and the creative process in forming the innovation.
Clinical significance: This metric embodies qualities such as patient care/outcomes, physician decision-making influence, and disease modifying abilities.