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.

Oral Antioxidant and Carotenoid Supplementation Slows Central GA Progression

Post hoc analysis of AREDS data clarifies the regimen’s effect in reducing lesion growth toward the fovea, a finding that could support vision preservation among patients with late-stage disease.
July 18, 2024

Physical Activity Can Lower Risk of Depression Older Adults with Hyperopia

A lifestyle that prioritizes movement as well as sleep mediated the relationship between refractive error and mood disorders.
July 18, 2024

Sex, Age Affect CSC Development in Choroidal Endothelial Cells

It’s more than just their “Type A” personalities—young men are most vulnerable due to the high number of androgen receptors present there.
July 18, 2024

FAF May Help Determine Need for Additional PRP in Proliferative DR

Study finds partially preserved photoreceptor integrity and sensitivity even in laser-treated areas of the retina.
July 17, 2024

Fewer Black Patients Getting Premium IOLs

Race was the only significant variable in a recent study. It’s unclear whether they were offered the option but declined or if the doctor failed to mention the possibility.
July 17, 2024

Study Examines Short-Term Impact of Sunlight on Fundus Blood Flow Perfusion

Continuous exposure for 15 minutes or more is recommended to aid prevention of myopia in children.
July 17, 2024

Repeat DMEK Demonstrates Favorable Clinical Outcomes

This is especially true when conducted for technical failure, while eyes with bullous keratopathy may experience elevated risk of recurrent graft failure.
July 16, 2024

ASCO Touts Record High Number of Optometry School Applicants This Year

News comes as UNC Pembroke college names its dean and announces a 2027 launch. Other new institutions continue to make plans as well.
July 16, 2024

New Daily Multifocal Lens Accommodates More Presbyopes

The “Clariti 1-day Multifocal 3 Add” uses different optical designs for low, medium and high plus powers and offers a wider sphere range than its predecessor.
July 16, 2024

Open-Angle Glaucoma Diagnosis More Likely in Patients with Previous CRVO

Incidence rates were higher than expected, signaling the crucial need for timely evaluation and intervention for signs of the disease.
July 16, 2024

JAK Inhibitors May Reduce Risk of AMD in Patients with Autoimmune Diseases, Study Finds

The effect was seen in patients using these agents to treat systemic inflammation. More work needs to be done before it could be considered a primary therapy for retinal conditions, however.
July 16, 2024

Bilateral Cataract Surgery Poses No Increased Complications in UK Study

One healthcare center routinely offered the procedure with positive results.
July 15, 2024

Several Systemic Diseases and Drugs May Alter Inner Retinal Measures on OCT

Thinning and increased cupping are associated with systemic steroids, sex hormones and rhinitis, while the opposite findings are linked to antineoplastics and liver or urinary diseases.
July 15, 2024

Study Links Social Vulnerability to Glaucoma-Related Severe Visual Impairment or Blindness

This is in addition to traditional risks like older age, elevated IOP and worse baseline status at diagnosis.
July 15, 2024

Shorter TBUT Associated with Worse Repeatability of AS-OCT Epithelial Thickness Maps

Otherwise, the screening technique fared well, particularly when measuring total corneal depth.
July 12, 2024

UWF-FA Reveals DR Progression Associated with Nonperfusion

Neovascularization, however, was less strongly correlated with disease advancement in a large retrospective review of over one thousand images.
July 12, 2024

OCT-A Can Monitor Microvasculature Dropout in Myopic POAG Eyes

Doing so can help identify progression in eyes with such structural alterations.
July 12, 2024

MD Groups Respond to Study Linking GLP-1 Treatment to NAION

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society stress that more research is needed to determine whether the association is causal.
July 11, 2024

BRAF Inhibitors Increase Risk of Noninfectious Uveitis in Melanoma and Lung Cancer Patients

Prior to undergoing treatment with these agents, individuals should receive comprehensive education on potential complications.
July 11, 2024

Pentosan Takes Its Toll on the Retina

Pay close attention to progressive thinning in these patients.
July 11, 2024

Ocular Emergency Visits More Common in Hispanic, Uninsured Patients

Improving access to routine eyecare may reduce caseloads by preventing consequences of untreated chronic diseases like vitreous hemorrhage in PDR, study suggests.
July 10, 2024

In NTG, Microvasculature Dropout and Arterial Stiffness Lead to Faster Macular Thinning Rates

The appearance of both types of vascular insufficiency increased the likelihood of the macular GCIPL being affected.
July 10, 2024

Myopia Associated with Lower Rates of DR, AMD, Angle Closure, Study Finds

Conversely, high refractive error correlated with a higher prevalence of POAG.
July 10, 2024

Topo-guided LASIK and SMILE Comparable in Efficacy, Safety at Three Months

The former achieved faster visual recovery in the immediate post-op period, study finds, but did not wholly eliminate HOAs as anticipated.
July 9, 2024

Metamorphopsia Score at One-month Post-Vitrectomy Predictive of Long-term Outcomes

Researchers observed a significant improvement in symptom severity immediately after surgery for macula-involved RRD, which then stabilized after a year.
July 9, 2024

Atropine May Slow Progression in Children with Both Myopia and Intermittent Exotropia

However, some question the baseline characteristics used in the study.
July 9, 2024

Susvimo Implant Re-enters US Market for Treatment of Wet AMD

The FDA has approved the updated device following the resolution of leakage concerns that caused it to be pulled from the shelves in October 2022.
July 8, 2024

VEGF-A Elevated in Glaucoma Patients

Overexpression may damage retinal ganglion cells and/or impair aqueous outflow. Researchers hope the association may play a future role as a biomarker of early disease activity.
July 8, 2024

Meibomian Gland Morphological Abnormalities Found in Children

Risk factors include elevated body mass index, an unhealthy diet and reduced outdoor activity.
July 8, 2024

Popular Type 2 Diabetes Drug Associated with Increased Risk of NAION

Though causality could not be determined, researchers observed a higher incidence of the event among patients on GLP-1 receptor agonists than those taking other diabetes or weight loss medications.
July 8, 2024

SLT Performs Better at Higher Baseline IOP

Conversely, PGA drops demonstrated a greater treatment effect in eyes with intraocular pressures below 20mm Hg in this post hoc analysis.
July 5, 2024

Contact Lenses in Pediatric Populations Have Good Safety Profile

Scoping review finds adverse events were not uncommon, though, mostly comprising corneal staining and punctate keratitis.
July 5, 2024

Environmental Influence of Attitude Toward Schoolwork Significant in Myopia

Lower educational pressure could be protective, Swedish researchers suggest.
July 5, 2024

Rise in Daily Disposable Usage Linked to Designs and Parameter Ranges

A recent survey revealed that the wide array of options available on the market has played a huge role.
July 3, 2024

Rigid Contact Lenses Making a Comeback

A recent survey revealed a slight increase in fittings over the last 12 years, mostly due to renewed interest in orthokeratology and sclerals.
July 3, 2024

Red Light Therapy Shown to Increase Retinal Vascular Perfusion

Both RLRT and atropine increased superficial vessel density in premyopic children, while deep vessel density only increased in the former group.
July 3, 2024

Over Four Million People Globally Experience Vision Impairment from DR

One-quarter of those affected are now blind, says a new meta-analysis. Prevalence is disproportionately higher in low-income regions and female populations.
July 2, 2024

Meta-analysis Says Oral Hypoglycemic Not Clearly Linked to Increased DR Risk

Studies on dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor use showed conflicting evidence and, ultimately, no significant change in risk or progression in patients with diabetes.
July 2, 2024

Contact Lenses Remain Leading Risk Factor for Bacterial Keratitis

UK study shows the bacteria distribution was reversed, with a predominance of Gram-negative bacteria—specifically Moraxella—rather than Gram-positive.
July 1, 2024

Geographic Location, Perceived Health Status Associated with Visual Impairment

Those who live in the South, lack insurance, have an income below poverty level and are elderly have the highest odds, study shows.
July 1, 2024

ORS Case Report Contest Winner Announced

Dr. Vasudha Rao of the Palo Alto VA was honored for her paper on a case of “poppers” maculopathy.
July 1, 2024

Meta-Analysis Confirms Epi-off CXL Effective at Curbing Ectasia Progression

The number of patients experiencing significant refractive worsening was reduced nearly fourfold. This was consistently seen over mean follow-up of 2.4 years, but long-term durability still needs to be established.
June 28, 2024

Scope Bill Passed in D.C. Excludes Optometry

The right of ODs to prescribe controlled substances and manage glaucoma without MD oversight was removed from the legislation during amendments, in part due to inadequate telehealth guidelines. Now, just two scope bills remain this year in Ohio and NJ.
June 28, 2024

Ocular Biomarker Potentially Distinguishes Rheumatoid Diseases from MS

The differentiating factor found in a recent study was decreased vessel density in the foveal region of the superficial capillary plexus on OCT-A.
June 28, 2024

Higher Myopia Correlates to Greater Hyperopic Peripheral Defocus in the Context of Anisometropia

Study suggests that peripheral refraction within the temporal and inferior regions influences axial elongation.
June 27, 2024

FTC Votes Unanimously to Require Rx Release Confirmation

The long-anticipated update was announced today. It goes into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is expected “soon.”
June 27, 2024

Landolt C Testing Reveals Lower Pursuit Gains for Those with AMD

This impairment likely further compromises their dynamic VA and thus ability to view moving targets.
June 27, 2024

Study Identifies Most Effective Antibiotics for Acute Bacterial Dacryocystitis

In cases caused by Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus species, vancomycin, clindamycin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and cefalexin worked best.
June 26, 2024

Consider Age and Kmax Asymmetry for Keratoconus

These variables may help predict progression risk, researchers say.
June 26, 2024

AI Models Use OCT to Estimate Visual Status, Possibly Reducing Need for Perimetry

A deep learning model trained on retinal thickness maps and ONH scans could accurately predict functional performance in glaucoma patients, study finds.
June 25, 2024