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Foreword – US Ophthalmic Review. 2018;11(1):11

Authors: Elizabeth Yeu
US Ophthalmic Review. 2018;11(1):11–11

Welcome to the latest edition of US Ophthalmic Review, which features a wide range of articles that have been
chosen for their assessment of current practices and research that directly affect ophthalmologists and other
practitioners involved in the care of patients with ophthalmic disease.

Our expert interviews have become a popular feature of the journal, and this issue features four interviews. Cynthia Matossian,
recent winner of the OWL Visionary Award, shares her expertise in leadership in ophthalmology. Deepinder Dhaliwal discusses
the challenges of refractive lens exchange and other aspects of refractive surgery. Bennie Jeng discusses a number of
aspects of inflammatory conditions of the eye. Finally, Jennifer Loh discusses recent advances and current controversies in
phacoemulsification technology.

While outcomes have improved in cataract surgery, difficult cases continue to challenge cataract surgeons. Xie and Farid
discuss the use of femtosecond laser technology in the surgical management of white cataracts; Lee shares some practice
pearls for avoiding intraoperative floppy iris syndrome during cataract surgery; and I describe the role of active fluidics and
torsional ultrasound in providing a stable cataract surgery environment.

Microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) is one of the hottest topics in ophthalmology. In a review article, Vera et al. propose a
protocol for the management of patients receiving a gel stent implant, one of the latest MIGS devices.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) continues to be at the forefront of ophthalmologic research. Koreishi et al. review
clinical trial data as well as their own experience of the implantable miniature telescope, the first approved surgical treatment
for visually impaired people with bilateral central vision loss due to end-stage AMD.

Also in this edition, Turgut et al. describe key diagnostic features for choroidal malignant melanoma and choroidal nevus;
Shehadeh et al. present a case report of keratoconus in a 4-year-old girl that illustrates the importance of early screening for
all children of a family history of keratoconus. Finally, Thornton discusses the discovery of gene mutations caused by naturally
occurring opioids that may lead to hereditary ophthalmic syndromes and other chronic diseases.

US Ophthalmic Review would like to thank our Editorial Board for their continuing support and guidance. A special thanks
also goes to our authors, who gave their time and effort to produce an insightful selection of articles. We are also grateful to
all organizations and media partners for their ongoing support. The expert discussions and the range of topics covered aim
to ensure there is something of interest for every reader and we hope you find this edition useful and thought-provoking.

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