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Patients want the best outcome from their eye surgery. Surgeons strive to meet these expectations, but what happens when the case is not going as planned?

This is the Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles hosted by cataract surgeons Nicole Fram, MD, and Elizabeth Yeu, MD. Dr. Fram and Dr. Yeu explore pivotal moments that every surgeon will inevitably encounter. Every time you think you have it figured out, the eyeball humbles you. In each episode, Dr. Fram and Dr. Yeu host an expert in the field and delve into these “quicksand” moments; more specifically, the surgeons reflect on the nuances and lessons learned from a surgical experience that ultimately helped them evolve as surgeons.

Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles LIVE at the ASCRS Annual Meeting! The dynamic duo hosts will interview surgeons about their “quicksand” moments in a live episode of the podcast, produced from the ASCRS Tap Room located in the Exhibit Hall.

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Episodes
Episode #10  |  Zaina Al-Mohtaseb
We are joined by guest Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, MD for this upcoming episode of Quicksand Chronicles.
Coming this July
Episode #9  |  Brandon Ayres
We are joined by guest Brandon Ayres, MD for this upcoming episode of Quicksand Chronicles.
Coming in June
EPISODE #8  |  ROSA BRAGA-MELE

Watch—or listen—to this episode of Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles featuring Rosa Braga-Mele, MD. Dr. Braga-Mele discusses her passionate commitment to motherhood, teaching the next generation of surgeons, clinical care of her patients, and athletics. Aside from being a world-renown surgeon, Dr. Braga-Mele has been an accomplished & nationally known bodybuilder. Bodybuilding has proven to improve her spiritual zen, physical endurance, and mental strength for Dr. Braga-Mele, and this has directly improved her skills as a surgeon in the OR. Dr. Braga-Mele will showcase a quicksand moment where a sudden burst of positive pressure at the wrong time led to one of the most common complications of operating on a dense white cataract.

Finally, make sure to tune in and watch this episode to hear from one of Quicksand Chronicles podcast super fans!

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Alcon.

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EPISODE #7  |  ASHVIN AGARWAL:  The Complexities of the Colobomatous Eye

Watch—or listen—to this episode of Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles as the hosts and Dr. Agarwal discuss his quicksand moments, the cases that took him a few days to recover from. He reflects on difficult surgical cases: one that went wrong from the start, where MAC was chosen in lieu of general anesthesia for a cognitively challenged young patient and another involving a colobomatous eye, complicated by a mature lens and hours of missing zonules. Join us as Dr. Agarwal shares his profound surgical, clinical, and personal pearls gained through the evolution of his quicksand moments.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Orasis Pharmaceuticals.

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Episode #6  |  JOHN BERDAHL:  The Pressure is on!

Listen and join us for this episode of Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles featuring John Berdahl, MD. Dr. Berdahl will showcase a quicksand moment where a patient with a history of trauma and a sutured Ophtec Artificial Iris/IOL undergoes an istent and ECP for uncontrolled IOP. After the ECP is completed, the chamber begins to shallow, the red reflex is lost, and the pressure is on! This quicksand moment emphasizes the importance of pivoting, getting the complication under control, and how to process the most devastating complication in Ophthalmology…an expulsive suprachoroidal hemorrhage. Dr. Berdahl eloquently teaches us how to learn from these major teaching moments and use these experiences to become an even better surgeon.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Tarsus.

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Episode #5  |  MArjan Farid: The Tale of the Tennis Ball and the Traumatic Cataract

Listen and join us for this episode of Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles featuring Marjan Farid, MD. Dr. Farid will dive deep into a challenging cataract surgery, where the degree of capsular support was unknown until she was in the eye. Every step presents a new, complex challenge, starting with the very loose and dense lens. Watch and listen as Dr. Farid teaches us a novel way to perform a Yamane technique for scleral IOL fixation. The final Quicksand teaching moment occurs when she manages the decentered and tilted IOL. You won't want to miss this true test of skill and endurance.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, CorneaGen.

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Episode #4  |  CATHLEEN MCCABE: LASSO LOOP THE LOOSE LENS!

Listen and join us for this episode of Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles featuring Dr. Cathleen McCabe. In this spotlight innovation episode, Dr. McCabe will share her belt loop innovation using a Prolene 5-0/6-0 suture to scleral fixate a dislocated intraocular lens. While creatively devising the belt loop, double-flange technique, Dr. McCabe delves into the quicksand moments involved while innovating this new technique.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, SBH.

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Episode #3  |  Eric Donnenfeld: Fixing the Follies of a Falling Lens

Listen and join us for this episode of Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles featuring Dr. Eric Donnenfeld. In addition to a nearly 30-year successful career as a Refractive and Cataract surgeon, Dr. Donnenfeld gets personal as he describes the multiple hats that he wears, as a husband, parent, educator, mentor, researcher, and innovating partner to industry. In this episode, hear about 2 quicksand moments that Dr. Donnenfeld experiences in the OR, from managing unexpected vitreous loss to surgical correction of multiple intraocular lens surprises with IOL exchange surgery.

Thank you to our episode sponsors, OSRX and BVI.

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Episode #2  |  CATHLEEN MCCABE: Runaway Rhexis

Listen and join us for this episode of Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles with our guest, Dr. Cathleen McCabe. Hear about Dr. McCabe’s quicksand moment where an unexpected capsule tear extends from the anterior capsule straight across the posterior capsule. In this quicksand moment, Dr. McCabe emphasizes how to prevent such capsule tears, and pearls on how to prevent vitreous prolapse.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, BVI.

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Episode #1 | Ike Ahmed: Small Eye, Big Problem

Listen and join us for the first-ever episode of Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles Podcast with hosts Drs. Nicole Fram and Elizabeth Yeu. In this episode, hear about the origin of the quicksand chronicles podcast where the hosts will dive deep into the psychology of how to prepare for challenging cases, evolve, and improve as a result. In this episode, Dr. Ike Ahmed from Prism Eye Institution will share one of his most challenging quicksand moments with the surgical management of a nanophthalmic eye, and learn how this complex case helped Dr. Ahmed pivot and move forward as an even greater surgeon.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, MST.

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