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  • The technology available to ophthalmologists continues to develop rapidly. It is usually not difficult for experienced ophthalmologists to assimilate new modifications of familiar techniques. Occasionally, however, new techniques require the development of skills that differ significantly from current skills, and formal study should be undertaken to achieve competence. Although medical literature addresses the learning curve in resident surgical experience, there is less discussion about the established practitioner who wishes to learn a new technique and the related ethical concerns for the welfare of the patient.

    A learning curve is an integral part of acquiring new skills, and all ophthalmologists work through this process at various stages in their careers. A careful, honest, and ethical approach will distinguish the competent ophthalmologist as he/she learns a new technique.

    The materials and information below are presented for user education and for the development of educational activities.

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