In this Issue
What's in Your OR?
CHIEF MEDICAL EDITORS’ PAGE
By Robert L. Avery, MD, Associate Medical Editor; Allen C. Ho, MD, Chief Medical Editor
BUSINESS OF RETINA
Pennsylvania Avenue Updates
The new legislation replaces multiple quality reporting systems with a new, single system.
By George A. Williams, MD
Coding for Retina
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
Judging by the topics covered, there is no shortage of new therapies in development.
By Aron Shapiro and Ora staff members
Advice for careers in medical education.
By M. Ali Khan, MD
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
A pilot survey demonstrated anatomic success and visual improvement.
By Yusuke Oshima, MD
Part one of a three-part series in which surgeons share pointers on the optimal use of vital dyes in retina surgery.
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
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
SPECIAL FOCUS: DRUG DELIVERY
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
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
By Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD; and Jeremy D. Wolfe, MD
Thanks to recent advances, this technology can be complementary to microscope viewing.
By Jeffrey S. Heier, MD
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
The case for traditional vitrectomy machines in modern surgery.
By Andrea Mercanti, MD
Understanding the Latest Vitrectomy Machines
Early experience with a high-speed vitrectomy system is promising.
By Nicholas D. Chinskey, MD; and Guarav K. Shah, MD
Anterior and posterior segment capabilities make this an appropriate machine for busy surgery centers.
By Carl C. Awh, MD
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
James C. Major Jr, MD, PhD, is a Retina Specialist at Retina Consultants of Houston.