Spring has finally sprung, although I have a feeling that the pleasant weather associated with this season has decided to give England a miss this year! Indeed, we are already into the month of May and with several big ophthalmology meetings already behind us, we still have many others to look forward to, particularly this month, which sees, amongst others, the DOC, EURETINA, and the Turkish, French and Italian ophthalmology societies taking centre stage for their annual meetings. Hopefully we will get the chance to meet some of you there.
In this month's issue, we are presenting an article that deviates from our norm. What's in the pipeline? is a showcase of just some of the products that you may be using already or may consider adopting in the future. With research and development in ophthalmology moving at such a rapid pace, it is impossible to display all of those technologies, which are making an impact in your practice. However, we do hope that we can offer you a flavour of where your market is going and what the manufacturers are up to.
Elsewhere, Einar Stefánsson speaks of blindness among the diabetic population and questions why this still affects so many people when early screening could lead to prevention and cost savings in the long run. This month also sees Khiun Tjia updating us on his experience with, what many believe, is a revolutionary method of performing microincisional cataract surgery. Torsional ultrasound is an exciting new innovation in phacoemulsification, which could transform your surgical practice. Take a look and form your own decision.