The News Feed

Timely reports on clinical research, legislative updates and product launches, from the editors of Review of Optometry and RCCL. Stories post each weekday morning.

Travoprost Implant Gets Good Marks in Phase III Study

The intracameral device produced “robust” IOP-lowering over three months and was non-inferior to timolol.
February 29, 2024

Softer Corneas Associated with Thinner RNFLs

Biomechanical assessments could help diagnose optic neuropathy, study finds.
February 28, 2024

Peripapillary Choroidal Thickness Reduced in NTG vs. POAG

This metric was also lower in both types of glaucoma compared with healthy eyes, meta-analysis shows.
February 28, 2024

OCT-A Metrics May Serve as Biomarkers of Peripheral Ischemia

This would greatly benefit patients who have contraindications for undergoing fluorescein angiography.
February 28, 2024

Unmet Refractive Need Most Acute in African-American Population

Correctable visual impairment was present in over two-thirds of this study cohort.
February 27, 2024

Patient Portal Reminders May Help Re-Engage “No-Show” Patients, Study Finds

Sending EHR messages within one business day of a missed appointment doubled the likelihood of a rebooking.
February 27, 2024

ChatGPT Becoming More Accurate in Eye Care Diagnosis

Its latest version showed improvement in the diagnosis of corneal eye diseases but didn’t outperform human experts.
February 27, 2024

Study Connects Visual Impairment, Psychosocial Symptoms and Social Isolation

The pandemic provided new insights into the importance of efforts to bolster inclusion in everyday activities among patients experiencing vision loss.
February 26, 2024

Suboptimal Sleep Patterns Increase POAG Risk

These included ease of getting up in the morning and poor duration of rest.
February 26, 2024

Study Uncovers Link Between Optic Disc Hemorrhage and Glaucoma Progression

More pronounced visual field deterioration correlated with the size of the findings.
February 26, 2024

AI Chatbot Outperforms Retina, Glaucoma Specialists in Disease Management

A new study found that the latest version of ChatGPT could accurately answer questions pertaining to diagnosis and treatment.
February 23, 2024

Red Light Slows Myopia in Kids, Lit Review Says

A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials reported significant effect on progression markers in children undergoing therapy vs. controls.
February 23, 2024

Multifocal ERG Changes May Precede Signs of DR

Greater awareness of this phenomenon might allow for earlier interventions to preserve vision.
February 23, 2024

Nonarteritic AION Incidence Increases After Age 50

Although prevalent in elderly patients with vascular risk factors, the rate of disease has remained stable over several decades.
February 22, 2024

iStent Inject Plus Cataract Surgery Reduces Average Number of Glaucoma Drugs

After two years, the treatment group had an average of 0.6 fewer meds per eye compared to controls.
February 22, 2024

Degree of Visual Impairment Significantly Impacts Employments Status, Study Finds

Odds ratios for unemployment were 3.69 in those with severe disability and 1.32 in moderate cases.
February 22, 2024

Nasal and Paracentral Regions of Optic Disc are Most Vulnerable to Visual Field Progression

Careful monitoring of these locations in patients with ocular hypertension may be useful.
February 21, 2024

Effect of UV Radiation on Ocular Melanoma Differs Between Parts of the Eye

A large study linked greater exposure to an increased risk of ciliary body/iris melanoma, but a reduced risk of choroidal melanoma.
February 21, 2024

Annual Medicare Expense for Anti-VEGF Injections Tops $4 Billion, Study Finds

A significant rise ($1.5 billion more per year) can be attributed to greater uptake of aflibercept by retina specialists. Regional differences reflect local variation in disease burden.
February 21, 2024

Faricimab Shows Positive Two-year Results Using Treat & Extend Regimen

About 60% of AMD patients maintained vision gains while pushing the dosing interval to 16 weeks.
February 20, 2024

Fetal Growth Restriction Leads to Enlarged Vertical c/d Ratio in Adulthood

Full-term babies with a birth weight below the 3rd percentile experience different optic nerve head morphology as they develop and may have a lower neuronal reserve for degenerative diseases in this region.
February 20, 2024

New Research Links Diabetic Retinopathy and Cardiovascular Disease

Their shared pathogenic pathways explain why diagnoses correlated within five years of each other, as well as the dose-response correlation between the former and the latter.
February 20, 2024

Strabismus Risk Higher After Lower vs. Upper Blepharoplasty

While still a rare complication—occurring in 1.5% to 2% of surgeries—such cases were more likely to be diagnosed and require intervention within three years, study finds.
February 16, 2024

Study Examines Link Between Targeted Anti-Cancer Drugs & Neuro-Ophthalmic Complications

While uncommon, these adverse events can be vision-threatening without prompt management.
February 16, 2024

Tomographically Determined Keratoconus Found in One in 334 Kids

This high number was seen in an underserved minority pediatric population.
February 16, 2024

Researchers Advocate Monitoring Glaucoma Patients’ Ocular Pulse Amplitude

The metric can indicate disease progression, study finds. IOP fluctuations themselves, however, weren’t independently associated with visual field changes.
February 15, 2024

OCT-A Biomarkers Can Predict Conversion to Exudative MNV

“Anastomosis and loops" and vessel density were useful to demonstrate change within a year in nonexudative eyes.
February 15, 2024

Study Highlights Benefits of Accelerated CXL in Progressive Keratoconus

Both continuous and pulsed versions of this alternative are safe and effective options for this patient population.
February 15, 2024

Thin Double Layer Sign in the Fovea on OCT Predicts GA

Structural imaging shows the presence of biomarkers associated with the development of foveal atrophy at two years.
February 14, 2024

Trabeculectomy More Cost-effective than Medical Treatment

This was the case for those with advanced primary open-angle glaucoma in a new study.
February 14, 2024

Study Finds Lotilaner Safe, Effective for Demodex Blepharitis at One Year

The drug’s effect may even continue well after completion of therapy, the new data suggests.
February 14, 2024

Certain Systemic Drugs Associated with Increased DED Severity

Worse clinical signs were found in users of antihistamines, aspirin, vitamin D3 and seizure medications, while those using diuretics had less MGD.
February 13, 2024

Central Retinal Artery Occlusion Rates Highest During Winter

Over 15 years, incidences peaked in the colder months and were lowest in the summer.
February 13, 2024

Adequate Lighting May Foster Physical Activity for the Visually Impaired

This simple intervention might allow elderly patients to maintain appropriate levels of mobility.
February 13, 2024

TikTok Contributing to Concerning Eye Trends

Ocular health has been impacted by certain challenges that go viral on the app.
February 12, 2024

Centrally Located Drusen Strongly Associated with AMD Risk

Characterization of distribution patterns could modify the classification of the disease’s early and intermediate stages.
February 12, 2024

Cataract Surgery May Cognitively Benefit Older Patients

A recent literature review showed a 25% lower risk of impaired mental faculties in those who underwent the procedure vs. individuals with uncorrected lens opacity.
February 12, 2024

Researchers Advocate Routine Prophylaxis Against Post-Cataract IOP Spike

The most effective medication classes in a recent study were topical CAI/beta-blocker combos and intracameral cholinergics. Topical alpha-agonists were the least effective.
February 9, 2024

Pediatric Cases Comprise Just 4.2% of All Dry Eye

The condition was found to be more common among girls and those with refractive errors and disorders of the eyelid or conjunctiva.
February 9, 2024

Dynamic Iris Changes May Contribute to Angle Closure in PACD with Long Axial Length

Less change in cross-sectional area might be a risk factor in these patients, researchers suggest.
February 9, 2024

Fostering a Sense of Autonomy Among Glaucoma Patients Improves Behaviors and Outcomes

A study looked at modifiable factors that could increase self-perceived ability and confidence to manage their own eye care.
February 8, 2024

Intraretinal Hyperreflective Foci on B-Scans Precede Retinal Atrophy

In patients with early or intermediate AMD, these along with drusenoid PED and a thin double-layer sign increase the risk of RPE distress at those specific locations.
February 8, 2024

Dr. ChatGPT Could Handle Some Patient Queries, With Help

Answers to common patient questions written by AI and edited by experts were more empathetic than those written by experts alone.
February 8, 2024

IRIS Data Shows CXL Performed in 30% of New Keratoconus Cases

Actual usage may be higher, as this database underrepresents pediatric ophthalmology practices and excludes optometrists. Procedures were more likely (vs. keratoplasty) in white male patients using commercial insurance.
February 7, 2024

Myopia Management Efforts Underway in Nearly Two-Thirds of Practices

Still, capabilities need to improve—for instance, only about a third of respondents to a new survey currently measure axial length at least once a year.
February 7, 2024

Steroids Dominate Treatment of VKC, Study Finds

These patients had significantly more complications—such as corneal scarring, ulcers and keratitis—than controls, suggesting a need for better alternatives.
February 7, 2024

Location of Perfusion in Diabetes Patients May Be An Early Biomarker of Preclinical DR

Study shows deficits in the perivenular deep capillaries, which are susceptible to vascular impairment at the outset of the disease.
February 6, 2024

Expanded Photoscreener Access Improves Amblyopia Screenings, But Not Disparities

One healthcare system screened 70% more patients after integrating this technology; however, persistent racial inequalities call for an additional solution.
February 6, 2024

Boston Kpro Fares Well Over 10-Year Follow-up, But Raises Glaucoma Risk

Study also shows that postoperative complications are frequent, leading to loss of best-ever postoperative visual acuity.
February 6, 2024

Measuring Scleral Thickness Helps Categorize Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

Using a new classification system—simple vs. complex—researchers found correlations with anatomical markers.
February 5, 2024