refractive surgery

Keratoconus as refractive surgery: Thinking outside the ‘cone’
Keratoconus as refractive surgery: Thinking outside the ‘cone’In this first of a two-part series, Arun C. Gulani, MD, MS, explains how approaching keratoconus as a refractive surgery will change the way both ophthalmologists and patients will approach this condition to bring in a new era of not only relieving but also enhancing the lifestyle of this patient population. In Part 2, Dr. Gulani will share strategies and cases of patients with keratoconus with different case scenarios in action.
Managing LASIK complicationsA U.S. patent was granted to Gholam A. Peyman, MD, in June 1989 for a method of modifying the corneal curvature of the eye. The surgical procedure involved cutting a flap in the cornea, pulling the flap back to expose the corneal bed, ablating the exposed surface and then replacing the flap. The current procedure of laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) was not FDA approved until 1999.
Will the SMILE procedure replace LASIK?
Will the SMILE procedure replace LASIK?The femtosecond laser has brought many significant advances to eye surgery. For more than a decade, it has been used to create lamellar corneal flaps for laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), and more recently this laser is used to precisely perform several steps in cataract surgery.
What literature review says about modern LASIKA systemic review of the peer-review literature has shown modern LASIK surgery is more effective and produces better outcomes than has been reported historically, said Kerry Solomon, MD.
Treating refractive error with corneal cross-linking
Treating refractive error with corneal cross-linkingAfter much anticipation and a long wait for both clinicians and patients in need, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved corneal cross-linking (CXL) in mid April. This procedure is globally considered the only method of halting the progressive family of diseases called corneal ectasias, including keratoconus.
Phakic IOLs address challenge of treating broad range of refractive errorsPhakic IOLs are viable alternatives for treating high refractive errors.
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.
The effect of drug pricing on cataract surgeryIn a recent wave of drug price increases that can only be explained by pharmaceutical manufacturers’ desire for profit maximization and which doctors and patients may call price gouging, the drug price war has been brought to the doorsteps of many eyecare providers. As optometrists are increasing their practice of medical optometry, patients are now calling their doctors about prior authorizations and unaffordable drug copays.
Caring for the post-operative cataract patient
Caring for the post-operative cataract patientCataract surgery is one of the most successful surgeries performed in the United States. By 2020, it is estimated the number of people having cataract surgery will double, and by 2030 it will triple. The optometrist’s role in comanaging these patients will be of critical importance. Developing and maintaining your post-operative clinical care skills is imperative.
Managing unilateral aphakia with refractive lenticule implantationRefractive lenticule implantation is providing good results as a technique for managing unilateral aphakia.