The ASCRS Clinical Committees were created, in part, to serve as a source to disseminate important, timely information on topics relating to each of their subspecialties. The Clinical Committees (CCs) are extremely active within the organization, creating and delivering specialized symposia, conducting surveys, as well as identifying and developing resources for the membership. On this portion of our website, you will find white papers, position papers, and guidelines created by our CCs and Task Forces on a variety of topics.

Clinical Alert: Ocular Complications of Cosmetic Anterior Chamber Iris Implants (2016)


Unregulated cosmetic iris implants being inserted outside the United States and European Union are causing severe ocular complications in many patients. Unlike functional artificial iris devices, which are designed to be placed in the capsular bag or ciliary sulcus of pseudophakic eyes (i.e.,... more

Cataract surgery and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (2016)

By: Richard S. Hoffman, MD

Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have become an important adjunctive tool for surgeons performing routine and complicated cataract surgery. These medications have been found to reduce pain, prevent intraoperative miosis, modulate postoperative inflammation, and reduce the incidence... more

Report for Antibiotic Eyedrop Regimen for Cataract Surgical Patients Survey (2016)

By: Douglas J. Rhee, MD

2016 Survey of ASCRS members helps to define how ophthalmologists are using antibiotics prophylactically for cataract surgical patients.

Clinical Alert: HORV Association with Intraocular Vancomycin (2016)

By: Multiple Authors

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA–(July 20, 2016) Following the first published series of hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculitis (HORV)1,2, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) formed a joint task force to further... more

ASCRS Releases Position Statement on Two Established Ophthalmic Practices (2015)

By: David F. Chang, MD

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA–(August 15, 2015) The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) has released an official position statement opposing directives that restrict two well-established pre-surgical ophthalmic practices: the use of diluted povidone-iodine solution for topical... more

Cataract surgery in the small eye (2015)

By: Richard S. Hoffman, MD

One of the more challenging surgeries for the anterior segment surgeon is cataract extraction and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation in the small eye. This begs the question of what constitutes a “small eye.” The parameters for diagnosing a small eye include axial length (AL), corneal diameter... more

Antibiotic prophylaxis of postoperative endophthalmitis after cataract surgery: Results of the 2014 ASCRS member survey (2015)

By: David F. Chang, MD

In 2007, the Cataract Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) surveyed the ASCRS membership regarding antibiotic prophylaxis for postoperative endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. The prospective randomized endophthalmitis prophylaxis trial of the... more

Reshaping procedures for the surgical management of corneal ectasia (2015)

By: Mohammed Ziaei, MBChB (Hons), FRCOphth

Corneal ectasia is a progressive, noninflammatory thinning disorder of the cornea that compromises the stromal collagen matrix, resulting in protrusion and alteration of corneal shape. The types of ectasia include keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration (PMD), keratoglobus, posterior... more

Current knowledge about and recommendations for ocular methicillin-resistant Staphylococcusaureus (2014)

By: Francis S. Mah, MD

Since the first scientific observation of what would now be called an antibiotic effect was made in the 19th century by French chemist Louis Pasteur, a struggle against bacterial mutations and adaptation has been waging. Ophthalmology has played a role in this battle beginning with Carl Crede's... more

Intracameral antibiotics: Safety, efficacy, and preparation (2014)

By: Rosa Braga-Mele, MD

Endophthalmitis is a potentially devastating complication of cataract surgery that occurs in 0.04% to 0.2% of cases. Historically, most options for chemoprophylaxis against bacterial endophthalmitis have been topical and subconjunctival antibiotics and povidone–iodine preparation and... more