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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.

Corneal crosslinking: Current protocols and clinical approach

Members of the ASCRS Cornea Clinical Committee performed a review of the current literature on the corneal crosslinking (CXL) procedure for treating ectasia.  The members explored the data on the techniques currently in use and under investigation, including their advantages, safety profiles,... more

An algorithm for thepreoperative diagnosis and treatment ofocular surface disorders

By: Chris E. Starr MD

Any ocular surface disease (OSD), but most commonly, dry-eyedisease (DED), can reduce visual quality and quantity and... more

Surgical techniques and adjuvants for the management of primary and recurrent pterygia

By: John A. Hovanesian, MD

The removal and rate of recurrence of pterygium have been discussed for years. The disorder is highly associated with environmental factors, and recurrence rates can be unacceptably high and cannot be successfully predicted. New techniques and graft preparations and postoperative management... 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

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

Microbial Keratitis Trends Following Refractive Surgery: Results of the ASCRS infectious keratitis survey and comparisons with prior ASCRS Surveys of Infectious Keratitis Following Keratorefractive Procedures (2011)

By: Renee Solomon, MD

Laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and excimer laser surface ablation are commonly performed surgical procedures to correct refractive errors. Laser in situ keratomileusis offers many benefits over photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), including decreased time to visual rehabilitation, decreased... more

Infectious Keratitis After Laser in situ Keratomileusis: Result of an ASCRS Survey (2003)

By: Renee Solomon, MD

Laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most commonly performed refractive surgical procedure since it offers many advantages over photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of ametropia including rapid visual rehabilitation, decreased stromal scarring, less irregular astigmatism,... more

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