June 16, 2014
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Eye clinic charts have such specialized notations that an ophthalmologist can effectively decipher the entire visit no matter the language. You could receive an ophthalmology note from another country and figure out exactly what is going on. Across the globe, ophthalmologists are similar in many regards; however, there is one sector where there are differences: access to different devices and surgery platforms.

There are some technologies we don't yet have in the U.S. that I am keen to learn since I think they may alter or improve the way we treat patients. One of these is the idea of using a femtosecond laser as the sole platform for keratorefractive surgery in a procedure called ReLEx smile (small-incision lenticule extraction, Carl Zeiss Meditec). IOLs are another area where our international colleagues have more options that we do in the U.S. New diagnostic devices such as LED-based corneal topographers are another innovation that could change our practice patterns. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, new or modified surgical techniques are being pioneered by surgeons around the world, and the best way to learn them is by an in-person visit to a colleague’s operating room. Get the whole story