At Decembers American Academy of Optometry (AAO) meeting in Denver, Richard E. Weisbarth, O.D., was sworn in as AAO president for 2007 and 2008. Dr. Weisbarth is CIBA Visions vice president, global head of professional development and partnerships.

Bausch & Lomb has purchased the over-the-counter allergy franchise of Alimera Sciences, including Alaway (ketotifen fumarate 0.025%), which was recently approved by the FDA.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)especially neovascular AMDis associated with a higher risk of myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. The authors believe that their findings, if confirmed by other studies that control for smoking and other lifestyle variables, suggest the possibility of shared common antecedents between MI and AMD.

Researchers at Jules Stein Eye Institute, of the University of California at Los Angeles, found that elderly patients with atrophic AMD have an 11% greater risk of hip fractures than non-AMD patients.

Vol. No: 144:01Issue: 1/15/2007