Two new Advisory Opinions of the Code of Ethics addressing current trends in training and practice were approved at the recent Board of Trustees meeting.
Ethical Issues in Global Ophthalmology
addresses current ethical dilemmas in the growing practice of training, volunteering and providing clinical care abroad.These dilemmas range from medical education to surgical skills transfer to cultural competence and beyond.
addresses the ethical and practical issues of performing live surgery. These issues include competence, informed consent, postoperative care, and delegation of care plus conflicts of interest and marketing. Ophthalmologists who perform live surgery are responsible for safeguarding patient autonomy, privacy, and confidentiality.
Advisory Opinions are developed by the Ethics Committee and approved by Board of Trustees. There are currently sixteen Advisory Opinions, which interpret the Rules of the Academy's Code of Ethics
and may be used to adjudicate challenges.