Cold compress speeds recovery for allergic conjunctivitis when coupled with artificial tears or epinastine hydrochloride drops, a clinical study showed. Eighteen participants were exposed to grass pollen in an environment chamber to trigger an allergic reaction. They were treated with various methods—including cold compress and epinastine separately—but the best results came when cold compress and EH were used together. The results appeared in the online edition in Ophthalmology.

Increased patching could help young patients with stubborn amblyopia, according to a report by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigators Group. Doctors have typically recommended that patients cover the better-seeing eye for two hours daily to improve vision in the weaker eye, and increase those intervals if improvement slows. This study provides tangible evidence that increasing patching from two to six hours a day can be effective at treating a persistent condition, the researchers concluded.

Alcon has created new website,, to help at-risk and newly diagnosed glaucoma patients better understand their condition. To be used by patients, families and caregivers alike, the user-friendly website aims to help patients comply with treatments and prepare for the “twists and turns” that may accompany their treatment. Among its content, the site offers a prescription refill reminder, an “IOP tracker” to record IOP measurements after follow-up visits, tips on eyedrop dosing technique and other information.