Ophthalmology Against The Rule (OATR) is a podcast hosted by ophthalmologists Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew. Discussing the simple things often overlooked and the complex things often ignored about ophthalmology. Serious talks about interesting ophthalmic issues in an easy listening podcast.
OATR is back for 2021! There are a lot of rumours and arguments around the topic of residual astigmatism after cataract surgery. Some say it gives a depth of focus; that it may be functionally beneficial; or that you should not flip the axis. Well your trusty OATR hosts, Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew are here to consider the evidence and see whether we need to rid the world of residual astigmatism. Listen in to hear the verdict and learn some tips to improve astigmatic outcomes.
Myopia Progression - The evidence for treatment
Myopia progression is a major concern in the worlds of optometry, ophthalmology and the world in general with a predicted 5 billion people being myopic by 2050. The concern is not just needing glasses, but retinal detachment, myopic macula degeneration and blindness. The evidence for how to slow down myopia progression, especially around atropine dosing has been murky. So your hosts Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew clear up the evidence and discuss why treatment is so important.
Posterior Capsule Opacification and YAG Laser Capsulotomy
Your Ophthalmology Against The Rule hosts bring you everything you ever wanted to know about PCO from prevention during cataract surgery, influences of IOL design and surgery technique, through to management with YAG posterior capsulotomy. This topic will be of interest to optometrists and ophthalmologists as capsule opacity is a common reason for referral. The growth in numbers of multifocal and premium lenses being implanted means that it is more important than ever to think about how to safely manage PCO and maintain optimal vision for your patients.
Angle Kappa in Cataract Surgery and IOL selection
Angle Kappa is a term that gets thrown about at every ophthalmology, optometry and eye related meeting. Yet very few of us really understand what it is or why it matters in cataract surgery. Your Ophthalmology Against The Rule hosts explain in simple language everything you need to know about angle kappa. They also discuss the real life practicalities of when and where this information is useful and why you may want to consider angle kappa when selecting an IOL for your next cataract surgery.
OCT Disc vs OCT Macula in Glaucoma
Your OATR hosts discuss the pros and cons of using OCT of the Disc and OCT of the Macula for detecting, monitoring and making treatment decisions in glaucoma. Looking after glaucoma patients used to involve a visual field and disc photos. OCT of the disc and nerve fibre layer revolutionised management. Now, OCT of the ganglion cell layers at the macula adds even more information. We answer the question of which is more important in what situations and what to look for.
Marijuana and Ophthalmology
It is high time that your Ophthalmology Against The Rule hosts Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew looked at the case for medical marijuana in ophthalmology. The ability of marijuana to lower intraocular pressure is well known but is it ready to be used as a routine glaucoma medication? Let us inhale all the evidence on this controversial topic and present the current and future role of marijuana in eye care.
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As a fellow ophthalmology Podcaster, I understand the difficulties of providing fresh content that is interesting and clinically relevant. Ben and Nick do an outstanding job discussing topics that are important to all cataract surgeons, but are often overlooked. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and highly recommend it to all anterior segment surgeons. Bravo. -Gary Wörtz, MD