MAR 2020

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16 | EYEWORLD | MARCH 2020 ASCRS NEWS by Ellen Stodola Editorial Co-Director Contact Andrew Sorenson: alsorenson@gmail.com an upcoming trip to Guatemala. The Sorensons, a family of five ophthalmologists, have been doing outreach work in Guatemala since 1978 when their father first performed surgery in the early years of the Guatemalan Civil War. More recently, their work with the Hospital de la Familia Eye Center has changed from purely outreach to an educational and sustainability model. Dr. Andrew Sorenson and his brother, Robert Sorenson, MD, go to Guatemala about three times a year, and nearly all the Sorensons have been there at some point. In addition to the efforts from the Sorenson practice, Dr. Sorenson said other outreach groups make trips to this particular location, and they now have a structure set up there among the locals with resources for when other groups are not there. As we leave the surgery center following the cataract surgeries, an unfortunate change in plans is necessitated by the recent Northern California high wind power outages that closed the University of California School of Op- tometry's Refractive Surgery Center, which Dr. Sorenson has been directing since 2000. These LASIK and PRK cases will be rescheduled once the power is on. E arly on an October 2019 morning, Andrew Sorenson, MD, prepares to perform four cataract surgeries in Oakland, California, just down the road from his group practice in Berkeley, Sorenson & Sorenson, MDs. The day's first cataract surgery employs a PanOptix trifocal IOL (Alcon), a lens that Dr. Sorenson started using shortly after its FDA approval. He noted that 10–20% of his patients select multifocal lenses with positive results, and he thinks PanOptix is a great im- provement over prior multifocal lenses. His second cataract patient comes back to have her second eye done after having her first eye operated on 2 weeks prior. Dr. Sorenson and the patient chose mini monovision with an AcrySof IQ IOL (Alcon), making a slight lens adjustment while speaking immediately before the surgery in the preop room to achieve slight- ly closer vision. During the case, Dr. Sorenson converses with this patient about the history of cataract surgery. His final two cases are also cataract remov- als and go smoothly, and during the last surgery, Dr. Sorenson and his surgical assistant discuss A day in the life of Andrew Sorenson, MD, and the Sorenson family The Sorenson family in October 2019, from left: Andrew Sorenson, MD, Rebecca Sorenson Janik, MD, Lionel Sorenson, MD, Robert Sorenson, MD, and John Sorenson, MD Source: EyeWorld

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