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Monday, 01 September 2014
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Orbis launches 'Vision for Ethiopia' appeal
August 29, 2014
The international sight-saving charity Orbis has launched an appeal to help eliminate avoidable blindness in Ethiopia.
Phase I trial of plasma inhibitor for DME started
August 28, 2014
KalVista Pharmaceuticals has begun a Phase I trial of its plasma kallikrein inhibitor KVD001 for the treatment of diabetic macular oedema (DME).
DNA test accurately diagnoses rare diseases
August 27, 2014
Advanced DNA testing for congenital cataracts can quickly and accurately diagnose a number of rare diseases marked by childhood blindness, according to a study recently published online.
Age-related HS changes have implications for AMD
August 22, 2014
Researchers examining age-related changes in heparan sulphate (HS) quantity and composition in human Bruch's membrane (BrM) have discovered that the quantity greatly decreases with age, resulting in fewer binding sites for complement factor H (CFH) and affecting the ability of the 402H variant of CFH to bind BrM.
iPad games effective against amblyopia
August 21, 2014
A home-based treatment of amblyopia that incorporated an iPad quickly resulted in improved visual acuity (VA) in the children in whom it was tested, and VA remained stable for at least 3 months after the treatment ended, according to research published online.
July/August 2014
Cover feature
XXXII Congress of the ESCRS
By: Felicity Thomas, Professor Sunil Shah, Paolo Fazio, Dr Omid Kermani
The 32nd congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) is once again proving delectably inviting to the majority of the ophthalmology community. Not only is this the biggest event on the calendar but this year we will see it joining forces with EURETINA and EuCornea, which will surely ensure that it will be a busy and exciting congress.
ESCRS Showcase
A brief overview of some of the products that will be showcased during the ESCRS Congress
Cataract and Refractive
Femtosecond laser capsulotomy and PCO development
By: Dr Illés Kovács, PhD
In this article, Dr Kov?cs discusses his recent study evaluating whether femtosecond laser-assisted capsulotomy has an effect on the incidence of PCO when compared to the manual technique.
Posterior capsule opacification in eyes with diabetes mellitus
By: Dr Mamidipudi R. Praveen, DOMS
Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) is a frequent and important complication noticed in diabetics undergoing cataract surgery, however, few studies have examined the prevalence of PCO in diabetic versus non-diabetic patients. Therefore, the authors performed a study exploring the long-term effect of diabetes on the incidence of PCO and here they highlight their findings.
Alkylphosphocholine coated intraocular lenses
By: Dr Raffael Liegl, Dr Kirsten H. Eibl-Lindner, FEBO
In this article, the authors discuss their research into alkylphosphocholine coated IOLs, which may offer some hope in the prevention of PCO in the future.
Trifocal IOL facilitates intermediate vision
By: Lynda Charters, Dr Damien Gatinel, PhD
A diffractive trifocal IOL (FineVision, PhysIOL) provides a peak modulation transfer function for intermediate vision.
Retina
Ocular nutrition: What physicians should be telling their patients
By: Nancy Groves, Dr Michael J. Cooney, MBA
The AREDS 1 and 2 studies provide important information about the role of ocular nutrition in macular degeneration. However, to benefit patients, the findings must be condensed into clear and concise advice that will help them select appropriate vitamin supplements and follow a healthy lifestyle.
The standard of care for wet AMD
By: Dr José Cunha-Vaz, Dr Roberto GallegoPinazo
To address issues around ourcomes, dosing and safety of anti-VEGFs, an independent scientific symposium (sponsored by Novartis) was held during COPHy. Here, we present some brief highlights of this meeting.
Glaucoma
GATT novel 360? ab interno glaucoma procedure
By: Cheryl Guttman Krader, Dr Davinder S. Grover, MPH
Gonioscopy-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy is a circumferential trabeculotomy performed via a minimally invasive, ab interno approach. Results from follow-up of 6 to 12 months in a series of 85 adult eyes with uncontrolled glaucoma show high IOP lowering, along with a reduced need for medication.
Cornea
A new treatment modality for corneal oedema
By: Claes Feinbaum
Currently, there is no treatment to promote the healing of endothelial cells, however, the extent of the corneal oedema can be controlled. In this article, Prof. Feinbaum discusses a new treatment option aimed at alleviating complications of visual loss and pain secondary to corneal oedema.
June 2014
Cover feature
Outlook for integrin peptide therapy
By: Peter K. Kaiser, MD
ALG-1001 is the first of a new class of drugs, integrin peptide therapy, now going through clinical trials for patients with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular oedema and vitreomacular traction.
Fighting AMD: the power of nutrition
With a greater understanding of how ocular nutrition affects sight, ophthalmologists need to encourage healthy diets with nutrients and antioxidants essential for healthy vision.
Anti-VEGF use in infants
Numerous trials assessing the efficacy and safety of anti-VEGFs in adults exist, however, the clinical evidence and basic science research of anti-VEGF use in infants is lacking, according to Dr Drenser. Here, she discusses what is required from future studies to justify the use of anti-VEGFs in young patients.
Dry AMD: A new hope
Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of vision loss in developed countries. Although anti-VEGFs can be used to improve the quality of life for patients with the wet form of the disease there is still not much to offer dry AMD patients. In this article, Dr Georgiou highlights the results of his recent study looking at the value of higher doses of omega-3 fatty acids for this group of patients.
Cataract and Refractive
Weather impacts on the outcome of LASIK
Environmental factors have been discussed as possible triggers for diseases. Recently, the authors analysed the impact of seasonality and distinct meteorological parameters on refractive and visual outcome of LASIK in myopic eyes, here, they present the highlight of this study.
How a flapless procedure provides improved optical quality
By: Cheryl Guttman Krader, Professor Dan Z. Reinstein
Results of a study comparing matched groups of eyes undergoing myopic correction by small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) or LASIK show that the optical quality was better and the cornea retained higher tensile strength after the flapless SMILE procedure.
Optimization of toric IOL performance
By: Dr Oliver Findl
In this article, the authors discuss their study that was aimed at evaluating the rotational stability and patient visual quality of a toric IOL with a novel haptic design.
Pupil size doesn't matter, study says
By: Dr Steven C. Schallhorn
In this article, Dr Schallhorn reveals the results of a large case series that provides evidence that there is no need to reject candidates for LASIK on the basis of pupil size or to increase the treatment zone size for such patients.
Retina
New blade design for pars plana vitrectomy: A quantum leap
In this article, the authors present the highlights of their research into a new blade design for pars plana vitrectomy.
Spontaneous closure of FTMH after vitrectomy for VMT
In this article, the authors summarize a recently published case study of a macular hole formation and its spontaneous closure after vitrectomy.
Glaucoma
Changes in the ocular surface after glaucoma therapy
Prof. Iester describes his recent study investigating whether the addition of a tear substitute would protect exposed corneal epithelial cells from damage.
Additional editorial
Managing oxygen levels in preterm infants
Findings from recent clinical trials are providing some guidance on oxygen management in preterm infants.
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