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The ASCRS Clinical Committees were created, in part, to serve as a source to disseminate important, timely information on topics relating to each of their subspecialties. The Clinical Committees (CCs) are extremely active within the organization, creating and delivering specialized symposia, conducting surveys, as well as identifying and developing resources for the membership. On this portion of our website, you will find white papers, position papers, and guidelines created by our CCs and Task Forces on a variety of topics.

ASCRS Releases Position Statement on Two Established Ophthalmic Practices (2015)

 
By: David F. Chang, MD

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA–(August 15, 2015) The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) has released an official position statement opposing directives that restrict two well-established pre-surgical ophthalmic practices: the use of diluted povidone-iodine solution for topical... more

Cataract surgery in the small eye (2015)

 
By: Richard S. Hoffman, MD

One of the more challenging surgeries for the anterior segment surgeon is cataract extraction and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation in the small eye. This begs the question of what constitutes a “small eye.” The parameters for diagnosing a small eye include axial length (AL), corneal diameter... more

Antibiotic prophylaxis of postoperative endophthalmitis after cataract surgery: Results of the 2014 ASCRS member survey (2015)

 
By: David F. Chang, MD

In 2007, the Cataract Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) surveyed the ASCRS membership regarding antibiotic prophylaxis for postoperative endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. The prospective randomized endophthalmitis prophylaxis trial of the... more

Reshaping procedures for the surgical management of corneal ectasia (2015)

 
By: Mohammed Ziaei, MBChB (Hons), FRCOphth

Corneal ectasia is a progressive, noninflammatory thinning disorder of the cornea that compromises the stromal collagen matrix, resulting in protrusion and alteration of corneal shape. The types of ectasia include keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration (PMD), keratoglobus, posterior... more

Current knowledge about and recommendations for ocular methicillin-resistant Staphylococcusaureus (2014)

 
By: Francis S. Mah, MD

Since the first scientific observation of what would now be called an antibiotic effect was made in the 19th century by French chemist Louis Pasteur, a struggle against bacterial mutations and adaptation has been waging. Ophthalmology has played a role in this battle beginning with Carl Crede's... more

Intracameral antibiotics: Safety, efficacy, and preparation (2014)

 
By: Rosa Braga-Mele, MD

Endophthalmitis is a potentially devastating complication of cataract surgery that occurs in 0.04% to 0.2% of cases. Historically, most options for chemoprophylaxis against bacterial endophthalmitis have been topical and subconjunctival antibiotics and povidone–iodine preparation and... more

Microincisions in cataract surgery (2014)

 
By: Steven Dewey, MD

Currently, cataract surgery is performed through the smallest incision of any surgery on a major organ system in the human body. In most procedures, the incision is merely a portal; however, it is wellrecognized that the design and construction of the corneal incision for cataract surgery is... more

Managing residual refractive error after cataract surgery (2015)

 
By: Christopher S. Sales, MD, MPH

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States, with nearly 3 million carried out every year. Refractive outcomes after cataract surgery play a central role in shaping patient satisfaction as well as community recognition for the provider, and adverse... more

Multifocal Intraocular Lenses: Relative Indications and Contraindications for Implantation (2014)

 
By: Rosa Braga-Mele, MD, FRCSC

Cataract surgery with an intraocular lens (IOL) has the potential to improve a patient's acuity and refine the refractive error to a given target. By design, monofocal IOLs are limited in range, typically achieving distance, intermediate, or near, but rarely encompassing all distances. The “... more

Femtosecond laser–assisted cataract surgery (2013)

 
By: Kendall E. Donaldson, MD, MS

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world, with an estimated 19 million operations performed annually, nearly 3 million of which are performed in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates this number will increase to 32 million by the year... more

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