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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.

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

Management of the Subluxated Crystalline Lens (2013)

By: Richard S. Hoffman, MD

The surgical management of ectopia lentis is one of the more challenging situations an anterior segment surgeon may encounter. Ectopia lentis encompasses any displacement or malposition of the crystalline lens irrespective of the cause or association. Lens subluxation may occur from congenital... more

Resident Surgical Experience with Lens and Corneal Refractive Surgery: Survey of the ASCRS Young Physicians and Residents Membership (2013)

By: Elizabeth Yeu, MD

Cataract and corneal refractive surgery are the most common ophthalmic surgical procedures performed in the United States and worldwide. These fields are rapidly evolving in terms of techniques, available technology, and patient expectations.Over the past 10 years, a multitude of new intraocular... more

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (2011)

By: Terry Kim, MD

Over the last several decades, we have developed a greater understanding of the tear film and ocular surface disease and a higher level of appreciation of the tear film’s impact on all aspects of ocular health, be it surgical outcomes or day-to-day visual performance. We owe in large part this... more

Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Acute Postoperative Bacterial Endophthalmitis (2011)

By: Mark Packer, MD

In the absence of conclusive evidence, ophthalmic surgeons face considerable uncertainty about the best way to prevent postsurgical infections. In this review, we have attempted to summarize current knowledge of infection prophylaxis, diagnosis, and treatment to provide a foundation for future... more