Posts Categorized: Research & Reviews

ASCRS instructional course “Immediate Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery—Current Status in the USA and the World”

After several attempts, an ISBCS instructional course was accepted for the ASCRS meeting in New Orleans in May 2016. Updates on ISBCS statistics in various countries and health care organisations as well as FLACS-ISBCS, infection prophylaxis and risk management were provided. Notably two presenters were from the United States. Around 70 colleagues attended the course,… Read more »

Barcelona summary

The instructional ESCRS course “Immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery 2015 update” attracted significantly more attendants than most previous courses. This confirms the increased interest in ISBCS that can be perceived through the increasing body of peer reviewed publications not to mention a growing iSBCS member rostrum. Topics included ISBCS Guidelines, antibiotic prophylaxis against postoperative endophthalmitis as well… Read more »

Presentations and agenda for annual meeting in Amsterdam, latest update Sep 19

ESCRS in Amsterdam is quickly approaching, as is the annual ISBCS meeting flanked by presentations and members’ dinner! Please find below 6 speakers and their 7 submitted presentations, as well as the agenda of the meeting that will follow the presentations and discussion. NB suggestions for additional agenda items welcome! Dr Olivia Li: Beyond the rhetoric:… Read more »

Risk of Visual Loss from SBE (Simultaneous Bilateral Endophthalmitis)

Co-Author: Dr. Olivia Li Simultaneous bilateral endophthalmitis (SBE) is rightly a much feared complication of immediately sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS), and is the oft cited reason for reluctance to perform ISBCS. Given the many benefits of ISBCS to the patient, clinician, and the ever-stretched healthcare budget world-wide, there is an urgent need to assess… Read more »

Correcting biometric data for second eye surgery based on the refractive result of the first eye.

So, the conclusion we should draw from Olsen’s paper, and the string of publications that led to it, is that the more inaccurate our biometry, the more benefit gained from correcting for second eye surgery using first eye post operative refractive data. My corollary is “If you want to perform Simultaneous (Immediately Sequential) Bilateral Cataract Surgery, make sure your biometry is accurate.”

Going to SOE? Don’t forget the Sunday morning IIIC symposium!

The SOE congress June 8-11 in Copenhagen includes an International Intraocular Implant Club symposium on Bilateral Cataract Surgery, Sunday June 6th, 08:15-09:45. Speakers: Steve Arshinoff, Thomas Kohnen, Marie-José Tassignon, Pavel Rozsival, Antonio Marinho and Björn Johansson Programme available at Welcome to attend!

ISBCS discussed by Dan Durrie during AAO

At the recent AAO meeting Dan made a presentation in the “Hot Topic” session about immediate sequential bilateral lens implantation, using data that Steve collected. Go to and enter searchterm “durrie”‘ or try the link below. Dan Durrie AAO 2011 Dan drew a parallel to the corneal refractive procedures that initially were separated between… Read more »

Guess the topic of the cover story in September issue of CRST Europe? :-)

In the September 2011 issue of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Europe several articles by Sarikkola (FIN), Arshinoff (CAN), Kaufer (ARG), Johansson (SWE), Claoue & Liu (UK), Raju et al (WV, USA), and Blaylock & Si (UK) offer a broad perspective on ethical, legal, practical, technical and economical aspects of ISBCS. The issue was available for… Read more »

Swedish legal case 2007

Bilateral refractive lens exchange (RLE) complicated by subsequent unilateral retinal detachment: No fault found in performance of immediate sequential bilateral surgery. Bilateral RLE was performed by a private ophthalmologist as ISBCS in a  56y male for high myopia. Posterior capsular rupture occurred in one eye. At the planned postoperative visit 3 weeks after surgery a… Read more »