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The excimer laser has been the reliable workhorse of corneal refractive surgery practices for the past two decades, providing excellent visual outcomes and a high degree of safety for millions of satisfied patients worldwide.


In the six years since the dawn of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS), precise capsulotomies have been touted as one of its biggest advantages. Perfectly sized, shaped and centred anterior capsule openings should help position and stabilise intraocular lenses (IOLs), leading to more predictable effective lens position and better visual outcomes, proponents say.

The recently published EURETINA guidelines (Schmidt-Erfurth et al, BJO 2014; 98: 1144-1167) provide comprehensive recommendations for the diagnosis and management of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This includes a comprehensive discussion of diagnostic procedures, including fluorescein angiography, autofluorescence imaging and optical coherence tomography (OCT).

... The emulsification was done in the anterior chamber. Healon is shown to have a protective effect on the cornea as judged by corneal thickness measurements and by endothelial cell counts. … [N]o attempt was made to remove Healon from anterior chamber at the end of surgery. It cannot be excluded that Healon may occasionally cause increased intraocular pressure...”– Holmberg AS, Philipson BT. Ophthalmology. 1984 Jan;91(1):53-9.

In the space of a decade, the mobile phone, with an estimated 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, equivalent to 96 per cent of the world population, has become arguably the fastest-spreading technology in human history.


How can ophthalmologists and practice staff deliver world-class medical consultations?

Refractive surprise; glare and haloes; lens tilt, dislocation and decentration; residual astigmatism; aberrations and loss of contrast sensitivity – successful as cataract surgery is in restoring vision, these remain vexing challenges. They particularly affect presbyopia treatment, but also standard monofocal IOL implantation.


Welcome to the April issue of EuroTimes which comes to you in a new size and format. The new A4 magazine is an ambitious step for the publication and I believe it will offer exciting new opportunities. The editors have felt for some time that A4 would be a much handier format especially now that we have iPad and online formats.

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