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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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Ranibizumab stabilizes vision in patients with RAP
April 23, 2014
Intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) stabilizes vision in patients with retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP), according to researchers from Japan.
Phase 1 study of dry eye solution launched
April 18, 2014
Novaliq GmbH is launching a Phase 1 study of its 0.05% clear cyclosporine solution (CyclASol) following European and US patent approval of the solution for the treatment of dry eye syndrome.
Endophthalmitis most often caused by Staphylococcus
April 17, 2014
Endophthalmitis is most often caused by coagulase-negative Staphylococcus, and the antibiotics vancomycin and ceftazidime seem to perform well in treating it. That was one of the findings of a 25-year retrospective study conducted by Dr Ronald C. Gentile, of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and his colleagues in New York City and San Antonio, Texas, USA.
High-cylinder toric IOL better for high astigmatism
April 16, 2014
Cataract patients who have astigmatism of greater than 2.5 D are likely to benefit more from the implantation of a high-cylinder toric intraocular lens (IOL) than from the implantation of a low-cylinder toric IOL combined with limbal relaxing incision (LRI), according to research conducted at the Ouchi Eye Clinic and Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
Central VF progression faster in NTG with autonomic dysfunction
April 11, 2014
Central visual field (VF) progression is faster in patients with normal tension glaucoma (NTG) and lower heart-rate variability than it is in NTG patients with higher heart-rate variability, according to recently published research.
March 2014
Cover feature
Identifying normal values
By: Dr Fatimah Gilani, Michael W. Belin, MD
Corneal anterior segment imaging has emerged as a screening tool for refractive surgery, cataract and glaucoma. In this article, the authors discuss their recent study that identified a set of normative data to correct for sources of bias in pre-surgery screening.
Predicting the position of pIOLs
By: Dr Reza Soltani Moghadam
Predicting the position of an iris-fixated pIOL is important to ensure intraocular structure health is maintained. In this article, Dr Soltani Moghadam describes his recent study that found AS-OCT imaging technique to be particularly useful as a preoperative simulation technique.
Posterior segment OCT devices
By: Dr Alejandro Cerviņo
In this article, Dr Cervino discusses how his recent study examining the quality of anterior segment images obtained with posterior segment OCT devices is good enough to obtain repeatable measures of anterior segment parameters manually using external analysis software.
Measuring ocular biomechanics with a new Scheimpflug-based device
By: Dr Gabor Nemeth, PhD
The CorVis ST, a new Scheimpflug-based device, has the potential to analyze ocular biomechanical properties for further research. Here, Dr Nemeth discusses his recent study analyzing the repeatability of data obtained with this new device.
The refractive surgeon's secret to enhanced success
By: Dr A. John Kanellopoulos
In this article Dr Kanellopoulos shares his opinions on AS-OCT in his practice, highlighting the clinical and diagnostic advantages he has experienced using the imaging device.
Cataract and Refractive
Intracameral antibiotics use keeps endophthalmitis at bay
By: Dr Neal H. Shorstein
Universal use of intracameral antibiotics can nearly eliminate postoperative endophthalmitis, according to one ophthalmologist.
Long-term follow-up of presbyopia treatment
By: Dr Imola RatkayTraub, PhD
One solution for presbyopes is small diameter corneal inlays and in this article Dr Ratkay-Traub discusses her study into the long-term outcomes of presbyopia treatment with a hydrogel near vision inlay.
Private versus public healthcare: Is there an increased infection risk?
By: Dr Søren Solborg Bjerrum
In this article, Dr Solborg Bjerrum discusses his recent study assessing whether there is an increased risk of post-op endophthalmitis in private clinics versus public hospitals.
Retina
Rethinking VMT
By: Felicity Thomas, Professor Albert J. Augustin
During a press briefing held at the 4th COPHy congress in Budapest, Hungary, key opinion leaders discussed VMT and macular holes and how a new injectable drug could benefit patients. In this article, we will present the highlights of this meeting.
Determining ocriplasmin success
By: Tarek Hassan
A new agent aimed at treating symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion may lead to variable outcomes based on several pre-treatment patient characteristics.
Glaucoma
SLT versus other treatment options
By: Dr Colm McAlinden
SLT is a popular treatment option for glaucoma. In this article, Dr McAlinden discusses his recent paper that reviewed comparative studies from peer-reviewed journals, finding encouraging and reassuring results about SLT.
Is selective laser trabeculoplasty repeatable?
By: Dr Marcelo Ayala
In this article, Dr Ayala talks about his recent study examining SLT re-treatment and whether the treatment area had an effect on the IOP-lowering ability of SLT.
Additional editorial
iPhone may replace slit lamp photos
By: Dr George Magrath, MBA
In comparing conventional slit lamp photography with iPhone images, it was found the smartphone produces higher-quality pictures and in a more economical way.
Audible labelling
By: Barbara Operschall
Label inserts for medications or other important items can prove to be a challenge, particularly for those who have failing eyesight. In answer to this problem a new technology has been released that communicates the packaging information to the consumer using a smartphone app. In this article, we, at OTEurope, spoke with the CEO of Speech Code GmbH, Barbara Operschall, to learn more about this innovative and exciting technology.
Product Profiles
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January/February 2014
Cover feature
Assessing predictive value of testing
By: Dr Ajay Shalwala
According to this article, not all patients may benefit from routine testing prior to surgery. A better option may be selective screening for those at greatest risk for adverse systemic events.
ILM peeling improves outcomes in FTMH
By: Felicity Thomas, Professor Noemi Lois, MD, PhD
According to Prof. Lois, peeling the internal limiting membrane when operating on patients with idiopathic full-thickness macular hole improves the outcomes of surgery. This article reviews her recent review study and highlights the outcomes.
Vitrectomy for retinal detachment associated with myopic macular holes
By: Andrew Tsai, MBBS, Laurence Lim, FRSCEd(Ophth), Shu Yen Lee, FRSCEd(Ophth), FAMS
This article discusses the prognostic factors and options in the surgical management of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments associated with macular holes.
Cataract and Refractive
Managing post-refractive surgery dry eye
By: Dr Arthur B Cummings
Post-refractive surgery dry eye is an unwanted yet reoccurring problem for surgeons, according to Dr Cummings. In this article, he discusses the pre-op approach taken in his practice, which leads to a more certain diagnosis and higher patient satisfaction rates.
Comparing phaco tips
By: Dr Matteo Bazzigaluppi, MD, PhD
Phaco tips are an important part of the phacoemulsification tool set. Dr Bazzigaluppi performed a comparison on a traditional and newer tip to evaluate the efficiency, safety and stability differences. Here, we explore his reasons for performing this study.
Managing MGD still a challenge
By: Cheryl Guttman Krader, Dr Esen K. Akpek
In this article, Dr Akpek discusses the pros and cons of currently available options in the management of meibomian gland dysfunction.
Tear osmolarity in the assessment of response to therapy in dry eye
By: Dr Francisco Amparo, MSc
In this article, Dr Amparo discusses the role of tear osmolarity measurements in the assessment of dry eye disease and the patient's response to therapy.
Retina
Ultra-widefield FA may help in cases of recalcitrant DME
By: Lynda Charters, Dr Seenu M. Hariprasad, Dr Ravi D. Patel
Ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography may help improve treatment in patients with recalcitrant diabetic macular oedema by visualizing areas of peripheral nonperfusion that can benefit from targeted photocoagulation.
Direction affects distribution of MSS
By: Felicity Thomas, Mr Mahmut Dogramaci
The membranes found on the retinal surface can cause visual symptoms in various conditions and a patient's vision can often be improved with surgical removal of these membranes, according to Mr Mahmut Dogramaci (The Lister Surgicentre, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, UK).
Glaucoma
Ethnic variations factor into OAG
By: Cheryl Guttman Krader
Various issues impact the effectiveness of population screening for open-angle glaucoma (OAG). However, use of ethnicity-specific normative databases for structural tests may improve their diagnostic performance, said Dr Mingguang He, PhD.
Nocturnal IOP
By: Dr M. Francesca Cordeiro, PhD
Nocturnal IOP measurements are critical in evaluating drugs, according to Professor Cordeiro speaking at the 4th World Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology.
Cornea
Treating coma aberration
By: Dr Luis Cadarso, PhD
Here, Dr Cadarso discusses how he targets vertical coma specifically through adaptation of the Keraring ICRS implantation technique.
Additional editorial
Leber's disease with G3635A mutation
By: Dr Zvezdilina Vladimirova, Dr Albena Todorova, Dr Boryana Zaharova, Professor Silvia Cherninkova, PhD
In this article, the authors report on a case of two brothers with genetically proved Leber's disease associated with the rarer mutation G3635A, which is the only family case encountered in Bulgaria thus far.
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