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2017 ASCRS Los Angeles Daily Monday

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ASCRS•ASOA SYMPOSIUM & CONGRESS, SAN DIEGO 2015 digital.eyeworld.org EyeWorld Daily News • The official ASCRS•ASOA Show Daily Monday, May 8, 2017 continued on page 4 by Lauren Lipuma EyeWorld Contributing Writer aboard the International Space Sta- tion—but confessed he started out as a simple kid who had problems doing his schoolwork. "When I was a kid, growing up, I was a really bad student," he said. "My path was not the easy path. It was the hard path." Growing up during the height of the Apollo missions, Captain Kel- ly said going to space was always on his mind, but he never thought he could actually do it. But he got his first lesson in working toward a goal when he was as a teenager, and his mother decided to pursue a career as a police officer. N o goal is insurmountable if you have a plan, take risks, work as a team and challenge the status quo. That was the message Captain Scott Kelly delivered to attendees during Sunday's ASCRS Lecture on Science, Medicine and Technology, "The sky is not the lim- it: Lessons from a year in space." Captain Kelly reflected on his success as a Navy pilot and then as an astronaut with NASA during his moving and inspiring talk. As an astronaut, Captain Kelly has traveled more than 143 million miles and spent more than 500 cumulative days in space—including a full year Captain Scott Kelly describes his journey, becoming a fighter pilot and astronaut for NASA. by Liz Hillman EyeWorld Staff Writer "Charlie knew there had to be a better way," Dr. Holland added. Though it would take multiple failed attempts to figure out how to break the lens and remove it through a small incision, a trip to the dentist's office gave Dr. Kelman the idea for phacoemulsification cataract sur- gery. Even after the first phaco, there was considerable pushback and slow adoption, Dr. Holland said. The Sunday Summit honored phaco with a video on the history of the technique and its legacy, and included a discussion among some of the early phacoemulsification pioneers and presentations of tech- Honoring phaco's past and looking forward to cataract surgery's future T he second half of the Sunday Summit General Session after the ASCRS Lec- ture on Science, Medicine and Technology honored the 50th anniversary of the first phacoemulsification on a human patient by Charles Kelman, MD. In 1967, the preferred cataract surgery technique was intracapsular cataract extraction with loops, a large incision, and a lengthy recov- ery, said Edward Holland, MD, Cincinnati. Dr. Dodick recalls being at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in 1967 when the first phaco surgery took place, even though he didn't see the operation. Phaco's 50th takes the stage at Sunday Summit Taking risks, testing the status quo essential to achieving goals continued on page 4

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