American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

ASCRS names Stephen H. Speares executive directorThe American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s (ASCRS) Executive Committee announced that Stephen H. “Steve” Speares will serve as the society’s next executive director, according to a prepared statement.
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.
ASCRS swings into ‘Big Easy’ for 2016 meetingProgramming for this year’s ASCRS meeting promises quality education for anterior segment specialists, practice managers, and ophthalmic technicians and nurses.
What is the best way to correct congenital cataracts?A study comparing methods of optical correction after surgery for congenital cataract shows no difference in visual outcomes or myopic shift between children left aphakic and those who received piggyback IOL implantation.
A closer look at riboflavin application for corneal collagen crosslinkingCorneal collagen crosslinking with riboflavin works well but requires further exploration to identify the best approach for various types of patients.
Study identifies parameters that help diagnose ectatic diseaseTopometric and tomographic parameters helped researchers detect keratoconus in a study, but the integration of curvature and 3D analysis is needed to identify milder forms of ectatic corneal disease.
Be proactive to ensure a place for yourself with local ACOsOphthalmologists have a choice in dealing with accountable care organizations (ACOs). Take the initiative and work with ACOs, or ignore them, suggests one consultant.
Solution reduces pain after cataract, IOL replacement surgeryPatients treated with Omidria (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection 1%/0.3%, Omeros) reported significantly less early postoperative pain following cataract surgery or IOL exchange than patients treated with placebo and also had significantly lower analgesic use. These findings suggest that use of Omidria could help improve patient satisfaction with these procedures.
CME rates lower with intravitreal transzonular antibiotic than topical NSAIDsThe rate of postoperative cystoid macular edema was lower in a recent study of nearly 1,000 cataract surgery patients at two sites using intravitreal transzonular antibiotic and steroid prophylaxis than in previous studies with topical administration.
Device improves irregular astigmatism in pseudophakic eyesA pinhole implant placed in the ciliary sulcus can improve visual acuity and reduce dysphotic symptoms in pseudophakic eyes with irregular corneal astigmatism. Implantation is even easier with the latest version of the investigational device