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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.

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

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

Sulcus Placement of Single-Piece Acrylic Intraocular Lenses (2009)

By: Nick Mamalis, MD

Single-piece acrylic (SPA) intraocular lenses (IOLs) have proven to be excellent posterior chamber IOLs (PC IOLs) for placement in the lens capsular bag. However, surgical complications such as posterior capsule tear or rupture may preclude placement of an IOL in the capsular bag. When capsular... more

Complications of Sulcus Placement of Single-Piece Acrylic Intraocular Lenses: Recommendations for Backup IOL Implantation Following Posterior Capsule Rupture (2009)

By: David F. Chang, MD

Single-piece acrylic (SPA) intraocular lenses (IOLs) currently account for approximately one half of the IOLs implanted concurrent with cataract surgery in the United States (Alcon, Inc.; data on file). Given the large annual volume of cataract surgery performed worldwide, a significant number... more


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