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Words matter. This is a call 📢 for clinicians, researchers, and industry to update and standardize select surgical terminology in cataract and refractive surgery.When multiple terms are used to describe a single procedure, it can lead to confusion, anxiety and diminished confidence. We should not rely on manufacturers to determine the terminology; instead, it falls upon us to educate patients and drive progress within our field.To address this, the Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA) Terminology Committee* was formed and propose the following new terms:1️⃣ For the replacement of the crystalline lens for the treatment of refractive error and/or presbyopia:OLD: “Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)” or “Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)”NEW: “Lens Replacement (LR)” or “Custom Lens Replacement” (CLR)2️⃣ For procedures involving the extraction of cornea stromal lenticules:OLD: “Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE)”, “Cornea Lenticule Extraction for Advanced Refractive-Correction (CLEAR),” and “Smooth Incision Lenticule Keratomileusis (SILK)”NEW: “ Laser Assisted Lenticule Extraction” (LALEX)3️⃣ For the occurrence of transient hyperesthesia with ocular surface issues following ocular surgery:OLD: “Dry Eye Disease (DED)”NEW: “Surgical Temporary Ocular Discomfort Syndrome (STODS)”We hope that the usage of LR, LALEX and STODS gains wide acceptance for the purpose of enhancing patient understanding and promoting unbiased and more precise usage.Read the full article here:*The RSA Terminology Committee, led by Dr. Tanya Trinh, MBBS, FRANZCO, and composed of additional members (Balamurali Ambati, MD, PhD; Dagny Zhu, MD; Lance Kugler, MD; R. Luke Rebenitsch, MD; Guy Kezirian, MD, FACS; Arthur B. Cummings, MMed(Ophth), FCS(SA), FRCSEd; and Brett Mueller, DO, PhD), consulted with RSA members, comprising nearly 500 refractive surgeons worldwide.#ophthalmology #cataractsurgery #refractivesurgery ... See MoreSee Less
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