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PUBLICATION EXCLUSIVE: PCO treatment would disrupt cataract surgery

June 19, 2017

The No. 1 unmet need in cataract surgery today is a safe and effective method to prevent posterior capsular opacity. Our inability to conquer the biology of the lens capsule and subcapsular epithelium after cataract surgery, which includes epithelial cell proliferation, fibrous metaplasia of cells resulting in capsular haze/fibrosis and secondary capsular contraction, is not only a cause of significant vision loss for our patients but also a major barrier to the development of a functional accommodating IOL. Amazing to me, no major strategic has focused significant resources on solving this problem.

In the U.S., Medicare statistics suggest that the incidence per year of YAG laser capsulotomy is about 25% the incidence of cataract surgery. We do 4 million cataract surgeries a year in the U.S. and just under 1 million YAG laser capsulotomies. That generates a cost of about $400 million to our medical system, not including the costs of time off for patients, family and caregivers. And while YAG laser capsulotomy is certainly a straightforward procedure, it is not totally without complications, and it definitely places a significant burden on patients, families and third-party payers.

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PUBLICATION EXCLUSIVE: Equalize pressure gradient to maintain control during removal of intumescent cataract

June 18, 2017
There are many challenges associated with phacoemulsification of intumescent white cataracts: The opaque lens material blocks the red reflex and hinders visualization of…

Top videos from Kiawah Eye

June 17, 2017
Kiawah Eye 2017 took place June 1 to 3 on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and featured presentations on the latest ocular surgery advancements and treatment options…
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PUBLICATION EXCLUSIVE: Time is ripe to rethink posterior optic capture techniques

June 16, 2017
Techniques that place the IOL optic in Berger’s space after primary posterior capsulotomy have been around for some time. Surgeons who researched and pioneered…
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Cataract360TM - Fundamentals, Techniques, & Technology: Volume 1, Number 4

This activity is supported by educational grants from Abbott Medical Optics, Alcon Research, Ltd., and Bausch + Lomb.

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Publication Exclusive

PUBLICATION EXCLUSIVE: PCO treatment would disrupt cataract surgery

June 19, 2017
The No. 1 unmet need in cataract surgery today is a safe and effective method to prevent posterior capsular opacity. Our inability to conquer the…

Publication Exclusive

PUBLICATION EXCLUSIVE: Equalize pressure gradient to maintain control during removal of intumescent cataract

June 18, 2017
There are many challenges associated with phacoemulsification of intumescent white cataracts: The opaque lens material blocks the red reflex and…

Top videos from Kiawah Eye

June 17, 2017
Kiawah Eye 2017 took place June 1 to 3 on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and featured presentations on the latest ocular surgery advancements and…

Publication Exclusive

PUBLICATION EXCLUSIVE: Time is ripe to rethink posterior optic capture techniques

June 16, 2017
Techniques that place the IOL optic in Berger’s space after primary posterior capsulotomy have been around for some time. Surgeons who…

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BLOG: Do you really expect me to open the posterior capsule?

June 14, 2017
In this issue of OSN, our cover story tackles a very challenging subject: posterior capsule buttonholing and posterior optic capture during cataract…

David Karcher, ASCRS executive director, to retire in 2018

June 14, 2017
David Karcher, executive director and CEO of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31…

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VIDEO: Some patients with diabetes at high risk for edema after cataract surgery

June 13, 2017
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. ― At Kiawah Eye 2017, Jake McMillan, MD, a resident at the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC, discusses his presentation that showed…

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VIDEO: Software integrates with EMR to assist in patient education and follow-up care

June 12, 2017
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. ― At Kiawah Eye 2017, John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, discusses how his practice uses MDbackline software, which is integrated…

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VIDEO: Meibography helps show patients what gland disease looks like

June 11, 2017
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. ― At Kiawah Eye 2017, Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, discusses how the LipiScan from TearScience helps him show refractive cataract…

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VIDEO: Yeu shares pearls on incorporating laser-assisted cataract surgery

June 10, 2017
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. ― At Kiawah Eye 2017, Elizabeth Yeu, MD, of Virginia Eye Consultants, shares ergonomic pearls from her experience incorporating…

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