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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 White Paper: Clinical Review of Intraoperative Floppy-Iris Syndrome (2008)

By: David F. Chang, MD

Intraoperative floppy-iris syndrome (IFIS) was first described in 2005 by Chang and Campbell. In addition to a tendency for poor pupil dilation, the authors listed a triad of intraoperative signs that characterized classic IFIS: (1) billowing of a flaccid iris stroma, (2) a propensity for iris... more

Editorial: Intraoperative Floppy-Iris Syndrome Associated With Systemic Alpha Blocker (2008)

By: David F. Chang, MD

Since intraoperative floppy-iris syndrome (IFIS) was first described in 2005, its association with the systemic a1-adrenergic antagonist tamsulosin (Flomax) has become well established. The clinical manifestations of IFIS complicating cataract surgery are poor preoperative pupil dilation, iris... more

Prophylaxis of Postoperative Endophthalmitis after Cataract Surgery - Results of the 2007 ASCRS Member Survey (2007)

By: David F. Chang, MD

The preliminary findings of the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) endophthalmitis study, announced in 2006, generated much controversy and confusion. The trial showed a several-fold decrease in the rate of infectious endophthalmitis with the use of intracameral... more

Acanthamoeba Keratitis Guidelines (2007)

By: Francis S. Mah, MD

Special Report: Acanthamoeba Keratitis

Keratitis can lead to severe visual disability and requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. Injury to the corneal surface and stroma allows invasion of normal flora as well as organisms harbored by foreign bodies. However, there are... more

Hydrophobic Acrylic Intraocular Lenses in Children (2007)

By: M. Edward Wilson Jr, MD

After Sir Harold Ridley’s invention of the intraocular lens (IOL) in 1949, Dr. Edward Epstein implanted an IOL in a 12-year-old aphakic child in 1952. However, implantation in pediatric eyes was slow to catch on as many early attempts at IOL implantation in children resulted in complications.... more

Recommended Practices for Cleaning and Sterilizing Intraocular Surgical Instruments (2007)

By: Walter C. Hellinger, MD

Statement from the Academy and ASCRS Regarding the Joint Commission's Clarification of its Position on Sterilization Practices: Recently, there has been concern and confusion about the interpretation of standards and survey process regarding sterilization in ophthalmic... more

What is the Association Between Clear Corneal Incisions and Postoperative Endophthalmitits (2006)

By: Louis D. Nichamin, MD

The relationship between unsutured clear corneal tunnel incisions and an increased incidence of infection after cataract surgery remains uncertain; however, there is a growing concern and body of evidence regarding a potential causal association. Although 2 large recent studies from the Bascom... more

Finding the Right Job (2006)

By: Elizabeth A. Davis, MD

During your final year of training, in addition to preparing for board certification and mastering different types of surgical procedures, you need to prepare yourself for the transition into life after training. Trying to determine the best career path for you can be more complex than just “... more

Keratoconus and Corneal Ectasia after LASIK (2005)

By: Perry S. Binder, MS, MD

Keratoconus is a naturally occurring ectatic corneal disorder in which the cornea progressively thins and steepens to produce myopia, irregular astigmatism, and, eventually, loss of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA). Reported risk factors for keratoconus include eye rubbing, a... more

Management of Infectious Keratitis following Laser in situ Keratomileusis (2005)

By: Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD

Laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most commonly performed refractive surgical procedure for the correction of ametropia. The advantages of LASIK include rapid visual rehabilitation, decreased stromal scarring, less irregular astigmatism, minimal regression, less postoperative pain, and... more


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