Himalayan Cataract Project/ASCRS Foundation Ethiopian Outreach Effort Featured on ABC News

The ASCRS Foundation’s collaboration with the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) to provide care and further cataract surgical training in Ethiopia is garnering some high-profile attention.

ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline featured a story on the Himalayan Cataract Project on Wednesday, October 2. Watch the story.

FDA Recall Alert: Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy Issues National Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of Bevacizumab and Lidocaine

Cites Lack of Assurance of Sterility Concerns Related to its Independent Testing Vendor

September 12, 2013 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted providers and consumers this week that Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of three lots of its sterile products due to concerns of sterility assurance with Front Range Laboratories, its independent testing laboratory. 

Student Scientific Research Grant Now Available for Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease Studies

September 11, 2013 - A $3,000 scientific research grant to cover studies related to dry eye and ocular surface disease will be awarded by the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) in association with the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation (SSF) on December 31, 2013.

Ophthalmologists, optometrists, technicians, nurses, optometry students, ophthalmology residents and fellows, and medical students supervised by a scientist associated with an academic institution in the United States are eligible.

FDA Recall Alert: Avella Specialty Pharmacy Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Bevacizumab 1.25 mg/0.05 mL PF and Vancomycin PF (BSS) 1%

September 10, 2013 - Late Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted providers and consumers that Avella Specialty Pharmacy is voluntarily recalling two compounded sterile medications: Bevacizumab 1.25 mg/0.05 mL PF and Vancomycin PF (BSS) 1%. The recall is a result of concerns of sterility assurance with the specialty pharmacy’s independent testing laboratory, Front Range Laboratories.

Prominent Specialist Awarded Cornea Society’s High Honor

FAIRFAX -- The Cornea Society has awarded its highest honor, the Castroviejo Medal, to Edward Holland, MD. 

Dr. Holland, the Director of Cornea Services at Cincinnati Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati, will present the prestigious Castroviejo Lecture during the Society’s scientific symposium at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in November 2013.

Fourth of July Dos and Don'ts: ASCRS Offers Reminders of What To Do In Case of an Eye Injury

FAIRFAX, VA – Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations, but the thrill of fireworks can cause serious eye injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports about 200 Americans suffer eye-related injuries on a daily basis in the month and around the July Fourth holiday. What should you do if you or someone in your care is injured?

Customer Satisfaction Survey by the ASOA Reveals Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Record Systems on the Market

FAIRFAX, VA – Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are expensive and can require significant training and behavior changes. But this new technology can also lead to more reliable patient data, improved business operations, reduced costs and increased revenue. There are countless EHR systems available, and each offers different features, functionality and support. Having an EHR system that is well suited to one’s practice can also make a difference in the ease of reporting meaningful use measures for the EHR Incentive payment program.