September 2015


In this Issue

Vitreoretinal Surgery

What's in Your OR?




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Make the Most of Your Surgical Experiences

By Robert L. Avery, MD, Associate Medical Editor; Allen C. Ho, MD, Chief Medical Editor


Pennsylvania Avenue Updates

From SGR to MACRA: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire?

The new legislation replaces multiple quality reporting systems with a new, single system.

By George A. Williams, MD
Coding for Retina

Perils of EHR: Extended Ophthalmoscopy

Not surprisingly, billing for extended ophthalmoscopy has its issues. These tips and guidelines can make the process a bit easier and reduce the chance of an audit.

By Riva Lee Asbell
Innovations in Retina

A Glance at Retina Presentations at ARVO 2015

Judging by the topics covered, there is no shortage of new therapies in development.

By Aron Shapiro and Ora staff members
Fellows’ Focus

So You’d Like to Teach?

Advice for careers in medical education.

By M. Ali Khan, MD


Retina Pearls

Silicone Oil Emulsification in Retina Surgery

Despite its benefits as a tamponade, silicone oil presents a risk to patients when it remains in the eye.

By Avni V. Patel, MD, MBA; Thanos D. Papakostas, MD; and Dean Eliott, MD
Global Perspectives

Use of 27-Gauge Vitrectomy for Diabetic TRD

A pilot survey demonstrated anatomic success and visual improvement.

By Yusuke Oshima, MD
Feature Story

Vitreoretinal Staining Solutions
(Part 1 of 3)

Part one of a three-part series in which surgeons share pointers on the optimal use of vital dyes in retina surgery.


The Anti-VEGF Arsenal in the Fight Against Diabetic Retinopathy

A brief look at the role of pharmacologic agents commonly used to treat patients with diabetic eye disease.

By Dilsher S. Dhoot, MD; and Dante Pieramici, MD


PDT for Choroidal Metastasis From Renal Cell Carcinoma

For certain cases of ocular metastasis, photodynamic therapy can be an effective option.

By Anjali Badami, BS; Renelle Pointdujour Lim, MD; Jarin Saktanasate, MD; and Carol L. Shields, MD


Drug Delivery to the Posterior Segment

A review of methods and technologies available and those on the horizon.

By Daniel D. Esmaili, MD; and David S. Boyer, MD
Intravitreal Implant Options for Patients With Diabetic Eye Disease

Treatment of DME With the 0.19-mg Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant

The following articles discuss the use of the two intravitreal corticosteroids approved for treatment of diabetic macular edema, as well as other indications.

By Scott W. Cousins, MD

Dexamethasone Intravitreal Implant: Pharmacology and Clinical Update

By Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD; and Jeremy D. Wolfe, MD


Endoscopy and Its Potential for Visualization

Thanks to recent advances, this technology can be complementary to microscope viewing.

By Jeffrey S. Heier, MD

Valved Cannulas: A Game Changer (With Caution)

Experience at the Duke Eye Center has shown valved cannulas to make surgery smoother and easier in comparison with nonvalved cannulas as long as certain precautions are taken.

By Patrick Oellers, MD; and Paul Hahn, MD, PhD

Vintage Vitrectomy in 2015

The case for traditional vitrectomy machines in modern surgery.

By Andrea Mercanti, MD
Understanding the Latest Vitrectomy Machines

Getting Familiar With EVA

Early experience with a high-speed vitrectomy system is promising.

By Nicholas D. Chinskey, MD; and Guarav K. Shah, MD

Maximizing Surgical Efficiency With the Stellaris PC

Anterior and posterior segment capabilities make this an appropriate machine for busy surgery centers.

By Carl C. Awh, MD

Get Behind the Wheel of the Constellation

Knowing the bells and whistles of a particular vitrectomy platform widens surgical potential and increases confidence and safety.

By S. K. Steven Houston III, MD


5Q With James C. Major Jr, MD, PhD

James C. Major Jr, MD, PhD, is a Retina Specialist at Retina Consultants of Houston.


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About Retina Today

Retina Today is a publication that delivers the latest research and clinical developments from areas such as medical retina, retinal surgery, vitreous, diabetes, retinal imaging, posterior segment oncology and ocular trauma. Each issue provides insight from well-respected specialists on cutting-edge therapies and surgical techniques that are currently in use and on the horizon.