From the editor

Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the second edition of Ophthalmology Times Europe.

This issue sees us ask the question "Will phakic IOL implantation become the procedure of choice for certain forms of refractive correction?" Some experts believe so and this month we are fortunate enough to relay to you the opinions, knowledge and experience of several refractive specialists. With each tackling various issues relating to phakic IOL use, is the evidence presented here compelling enough for you to tout the new generation of refractive lenses as a force to be reckoned with? Could you convince your patients to accept this form of refractive correction, despite current perceptions? Read on and form your own opinions.

Elsewhere, we focus on advances in the ever-changing area of corneal surgery. Massimo Busin describes a new method of microkeratome-assisted penetrating keratoplasty that does not require endothelial transplantation for advanced keratoconus - a study that gained him an award for a "Best National Paper on Ophthalmology" from the World Ophthalmology Congress 2006. Meanwhile, Daljit Singh describes a new method, which could eliminate the need for corneal transplants in certain cases. Also in this issue, we present some recent advances and cutting edge discoveries in the areas of cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment, designed to intrigue and enthuse you.

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