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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Positive outlook makes a difference for ocular hypertension patients.
May 20, 2019 •  Glaucoma

Frequency of HZO in the US Doubles

Older, female and Caucasian patients are at greater risk, study reveals.
May 20, 2019 •  Cornea

VKC Treatment Takes a Toll

One-third needed surgery and one-third went blind due to steroid-induced glaucoma, a recent study observed.
May 20, 2019 •  Cornea, Glaucoma

Low IOP Doesn’t Reduce Progression Risk in NTG

A study shows blood pressure and optic disc changes were more significant factors.
May 17, 2019 •  Glaucoma

Migraine Patients Experience Dry Eye Differently

The ocular surface plays less of a role in this group.
May 17, 2019 •  Dry Eye

Müller Cells May be Key to Retinal Disease

Differences between macular and peripheral cells help pinpoint dysfunction.
May 17, 2019 •  Retina

Dry Eye Patients Have Hypersensitive Corneas

A recent study notes corneal hyperalgesia could partly account for subjective symptoms.
May 16, 2019 •  Dry Eye

OSSN Interventions Get High Marks

Patient fears often dictate treatment choice, and proper clinician-patient communication is key.
May 16, 2019 •  Eyelids, Practice Management

Microcirculation Changes May Precede DR

Study included children with well-controlled type 1 diabetes.
May 16, 2019 •  Diabetes

Contacts Keep Surgery at Bay in Some Dystrophies

Therapeutic lenses slowed nodular lesion progression in gelatinous drop-like corneal dystrophy but didn’t improve visual acuity.
May 15, 2019 •  Cornea

FTC Seeks Comments on Contact Lens Rule Changes

Suggested updates include digital prescription copy confirmation, stricter rules on robocalls.
May 15, 2019 •  Contact Lenses

Primary SLT Effective in Treatment-naïve Eyes

IOP lowering and drop-free “disease control” achieved in 36 months.
May 15, 2019 •  Glaucoma

Moment of Neovascular AMD Conversion Pinpointed

Drusen appearance and a genetic variant played a part.
May 14, 2019 •  Retina

Same-day Clinic Visits Cheaper and Quicker than Emergency Care

Fitting in urgent cases at your office pays dividends.
May 14, 2019 •  Practice Management

Study: Implants for Retinal Disease Safe

Medical device earns affirmative review.
May 14, 2019 •  Retina

Cognitive Impairment Compromises VF Test Results

Patients with this condition had higher false negatives.
May 13, 2019 •  Glaucoma

Maryland, Oklahoma ODs See Statehouse Successes

Scope of practice gains and a compromise deal with Walmart.
May 13, 2019 •  Practice Management

MRI Reveals More Taut Optic Nerve in Glaucomatous Eyes

Researchers believe tortuosity and higher globe proptosis may impact nerve head deformations.
May 13, 2019 •  Glaucoma

New Glaucoma Method Reduces Structure/Function Disparity

Adding a 10-2 visual field test could shine light on early progression.
May 10, 2019 •  Glaucoma, Diagnostics

POAG a Risk Factor for Pseudophakic CME

Study suggests preoperative prophylactic treatment with NSAIDs.
May 10, 2019 •  Glaucoma

PVD Patients at Risk of Delayed Retinal Break

Follow patients carefully, even past six weeks from the initial exam.
May 10, 2019 •  Retina

Some Untreated DME Patients Maintain Vision

Eyes with good baseline VA experienced positive outcomes.
May 10, 2019 •  Diabetes

Alzheimer’s Drug May Treat Normal Tension Glaucoma

Donepezil showed neuroprotective effect on retinal ganglion cells.
May 9, 2019 •  Glaucoma, Neuro

AREDS Scale Measures Risk of Late AMD Vision Loss

Applying these methods could help predict diagnosis.
May 9, 2019 •  Retina

Clean Living Prevents Glaucoma

Coffee and smoking can increase a patient’s risk, while a healthy lifestyle reduces it.
May 9, 2019 •  Glaucoma

Oculomotor Reflex Testing Can Assess Visual Field Loss

This self-administered, rapid test could be more intuitive than perimetry.
May 9, 2019 •  Glaucoma

Anemia Affects DR Progression

Comorbidities were associated with progression, supporting the role of anemia in DR pathogenesis.
May 8, 2019 •  Diabetes, Systemic Disease

Cholesterol Drugs Differ on DR Risk Impact

Fenofibrate is protective while statins increase risk. Neither protects against diabetic macular edema.
May 8, 2019 •  Diabetes, Pharmaceuticals

Kidney Problems Associated with Diabetic Retinopathy

End-stage renal disease increases the risk of DR.
May 8, 2019 •  Diabetes, Systemic Disease

OCT-A: Changing Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis

The technology is helping image the vasculature like never before.
May 8, 2019 •  Diabetes, Diagnostics

AMD Linked with Increased Inpatient Stays

These patients are 38% more likely to end up in the hospital.
May 7, 2019 •  Retina

Height Associated with AMD Likelihood

Research suggests shorter stature equals higher risk.
May 7, 2019 •  Retina

Hyper-reflective Foci Signify AMD Progression

A recent study recommends intensified monitoring for early detection to prevent vision loss.
May 7, 2019 •  Retina

Proliferative DR Highly Correlated with nAMD

Panretinal photocoagulation was not protective against the degeneration’s development.
May 7, 2019 •  Retina, Diabetes

AI Learns to Spot Glaucoma Better than Humans

An algorithm had higher sensitivity and specificity than the experts in about one-third of cases.
May 6, 2019 •  Glaucoma, Technology

Be Wary of 10-2 Visual Fields for Early Glaucoma

Visual field loss is often mild and monocular—and doesn’t seem to affect quality of life until it becomes bilateral.
May 6, 2019 •  Glaucoma

SLT Still An Effective Option for Advanced Glaucoma

Eyes with more pronounced field loss fared at least as well as less severe cases.
May 6, 2019 •  Glaucoma

Topical Agents Amplify SLT Effect

Combining both had a two-fold effect in glaucomatous eyes.
May 6, 2019 •  Glaucoma

Cytokine-coated Lens Could Treat Dry Eye

The sustained-release drug would be dispersed over days.

Comfort, Vision Inter-related in Contact Lens Satisfaction

Which parameter is more important depends on the patient’s visual status.
May 3, 2019 •  Contact Lenses, Vision

Research Disputes Popular Pterygia Theory

Investigators disprove a long-suspected explanation.
May 3, 2019 •  Cornea

Scleral Users at Lower Risk of Keratoplasty

This finding may encourage their use for keratoconus patients.
May 3, 2019 •  Contact Lenses, Cornea, Surgery

High-fat Diet Linked to Dry Eye

Study finds it can inhibit function of the lacrimal gland.
May 2, 2019 •  Dry Eye

Lipid Layer Spread Can Indicate Dry Eye Severity

Two studies presented at ARVO found it a useful tool to evaluate dry eye disease.
May 2, 2019 •  Dry Eye

New Assessment Tool Predicts Post-op DED

Prescreening cataract patients could identify vulnerabilities to address prior to surgery.
May 2, 2019 •  Dry Eye

Tear Viscosity Correlates with Dry Eye Severity

Rheometry could be developed into a novel test for diagnosis.
May 2, 2019 •  Dry Eye

Clues to Pellucid Marginal Degeneration Identified

These parameters can help differentiate it from keratoconus.
May 1, 2019 •  Cornea

Corneal Herpes Cases on the Rise

Research shows adult Caucasian women have the highest incidence.
May 1, 2019 •  Cornea

Tear Biomarkers May Foretell Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Screening for these two debilitating diseases may become part of future eye exam protocols.
May 1, 2019 •  Diagnostics, Dry Eye, Neuro

UV Exposure a Risk Factor for Myopia

A population-based study demonstrates more rapid progression in eyes without protection.
May 1, 2019 •  myopia