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.

Treatment of Myopic Macular Neovascularization Effective for Five Years

Recurrent cases occurred frequently but did not alter the already poor visual prognosis.
November 23, 2022

SMILE, LASIK Have Similar Efficacy for Astigmatism Correction

However, a recent meta-analysis found that the former showed a greater undercorrection and more residual astigmatism.
November 23, 2022

Axis of Astigmatism Can Be Changed by Mask Wear

It’s possible that rigid facial coverings induce compressive force on the lower eyelid, changing corneal shape, a team speculates.
November 23, 2022

IOP Increase Found in Non-Diabetic Patients on Anti-VEGF

This effect was mostly seen in ranibizumab and bevacizumab users compared with aflibercept.
November 22, 2022

Balanced Diet Better for Glaucoma Risk Reduction than Low Fat

An intervention for reducing fat had little effect on most women and increased risk of POAG in those who already had a low-fat diet.
November 22, 2022

Early Dementia May Be Detectable Through Ocular Signs

Despite this possibility, much more research is needed to determine the best diagnostic criteria.
November 22, 2022

Choroidal Vasculature Changes Linked to Pathological Myopia

Preventing any decrease should be a primary clinical goal, study suggests.
November 21, 2022

Newly Obese Children Already Have Lower Retinal Vessel Density

Researchers suggest close follow-up exams in all young patients who are overweight to spot signs of microvascular changes.
November 21, 2022

Retinal Microcirculation Changes Found in Prediabetes

Enlargement and irregularity of the foveal avascular zone area, deep capillary dilation and decreased vessel area density occur in the retina of these patients with mild kidney function impairment.
November 21, 2022

Single-hand Eyelid Eversion Tool for MG Assessment

Called the Meivertor, it uses disposable tips to help eliminate contamination.
November 18, 2022

Baseline AL Determines Axial Elongation After a Year of Ortho-K

In eight- to 11-year-old children, a longer length before intervention demonstrated slower progression after.
November 18, 2022

OCT-A Aids in Detection of Vascular Deterioration in POAG

Rates of macular VD loss were significantly faster in affected eyes at a more advanced disease stage.
November 18, 2022

Monitoring for Plaquenil Toxicity Too Infrequent

Researchers report that universal observation could spare patients visual function through early-stage disease detection.
November 18, 2022

Myopic MNV Recurrence, Older Age Increase Vision Loss on Anti-VEGF

Patients with worse baseline BCVA and less disease activity had a higher chance of visual improvement.
November 17, 2022

Atrial Fibrillation Associated with Glaucoma

Cardiac arrythmia was linked to an increased chance of disease development, especially in patients with comorbid diabetes or renal failure.
November 17, 2022

Epithelial Variability Most Useful in KC Progression

Differences in minimum and maximum epithelium points seem to be independent of changes in the maximum keratometry and the thinnest pachymetric point of the cornea.
November 17, 2022

Look out for Deep ODD in Normal-Tension Glaucoma

The prevalence of this finding in the optic nerve head is higher than previously thought, which may contribute to NTG misdiagnosis.
November 16, 2022

Cataract: No Need to Recommend Change in Hypertensive Med Use

This class of drugs didn’t increase the risk of lens opacity, study finds.
November 16, 2022

Dry AMD Linked to Dementia

A 1.22-fold increase of development was determined for both degeneration types, a large study finds. The authors argue for eye doctors to consider performing cognitive testing when warranted.
November 16, 2022

Study Evaluates Scleral Lens Practice Trends

Most lenses prescribed are at least 16mm in diameter with an advanced landing zone design, and hydrogen peroxide disinfectants are most often recommended.
November 15, 2022

Traditional nAMD Progression Biomarkers Less Useful in Asians

Because of increased prevalence of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, these patients are less likely to have fellow-eye involvement, and they may present with different markers.
November 15, 2022

Polygenic Risk Score Helps Determine Glaucoma Progression

The top 5% were found to have 1.77x greater likelihood of visual field loss at five years in a recent study.
November 15, 2022

Asymptomatic MGD Might Not Be a Concern for LASIK

These patients achieved similar post-op outcomes as patients without the condition.
November 14, 2022

Choroidal Vascularity Index Decreased in DR Patients

Study shows low perfusion and proliferative changes are major pathological occurrences in the choroid.
November 14, 2022

Cataract Surgery Positively Correlated to AMD Progression

Particularly beyond five years post-op, a meta-analysis identified an increased risk of disease worsening.
November 14, 2022

Anti-VEGF for CRVO Yields Average 12-letter Gain in Acuity

A three-year study also noted no outcome difference based on which agent was used.
November 11, 2022

Corneal Endothelial Cell Size, Density Negatively Affected by Diabetes

Study shows this relationship and argues it may warrant a corneal evaluation before intraocular surgery in such patients.
November 11, 2022

East Asian Eyes More Likely to Have Peripheral DR Lesions

Compared with other ethnicities, the percentage was extremely high, while South Asian eyes displayed a much higher concentration of centralization.
November 11, 2022

RNFL Thickness Correlated with Peripheral Neuropathy

These can be used as diagnostic indicators of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, study shows.
November 10, 2022

Topical NSAID Can Play a Role in Mild DME

This small study found it may reduce CST in patients with good glycemic control.
November 10, 2022

Certain Systemic Medications May Lower AMD Prevalence

Understanding how these drugs interfere with the condition’s pathways may lead to new therapeutic avenues.
November 10, 2022

Myopia Spectacle Lenses Shown to Reduce Myopia Progression

Kids wearing glasses featuring “highly aspherical lenslets” experienced less refractive error and axial elongation than those with conventional single vision correction.
November 9, 2022

Widefield Swept-source OCT-A Effective for RVO

This newer imaging modality is a comparable, high-performing alternative to fluorescein angiography.
November 9, 2022

Total Retinal Thickness Just as Effective in Detecting Early Glaucomatous Damage

Compared with the more ubiquitous RNFLT measurement, TRT showed added advantage of blocking noise influence.
November 9, 2022

VA Expands Scope of Practice for Its ODs

Guidelines that previously stated that “only” ophthalmologists can perform invasive procedures have been revised to include “or optometrists,” provided the state law allows it.
November 8, 2022

Large US Survey Reveals Social Disparities in Visual Impairment

Minority status and lower income correlated with higher rates of severe loss. Researchers advocate for public health initiatives and outreach programs aimed at high-risk groups.
November 8, 2022

Newest AMD Prevalence Estimate Says 20 Million Americans Affected

Nearly all—92.5%—are classified as early-stage disease in a new study that finds growth in this population.
November 8, 2022

Intercapillary Spaces Contribute to Visual Impairment in DR

Study suggests this is one possible criterion of objective diagnosis of diabetic macular ischemia.
November 7, 2022

Risk of Vitreomacular Interface Changes in Early-stage Anti-VEGF Therapy

However, beyond the first three injections, the association showed no significance in nAMD patients.
November 7, 2022

Larger OCT-A Scans Reveal Impaired Retinal Vascular Integrity in DME Eyes

A 9mmx9mm field of view shows more microaneurysms and intraretinal microvascular abnormalities.
November 7, 2022

New Upgrade to Eyedaptic Low Vision Smart Glasses

The latest Eye5 model features facial detection, the company says.
November 4, 2022

Study Explores Treatment Strategies for RAM

Anti-VEGF was found to be more suitable for patients with low baseline vision and high central retinal thickness.
November 4, 2022

RPC, RNFL and CCT Help Predict Glaucoma

Study shows evaluation of these factors may help guide management.
November 4, 2022

Lid Wiper Epitheliopathy Just Became Easier to Assess

A set of reference photos documenting each level of severity could prove useful in clinical practice.
November 4, 2022

Body Mass Index Helps Predict OSA Severity

The condition is more common among men with IIH, study finds.
November 3, 2022

Most Ophthalmology Researchers Don’t Disclose Conflicts of Interest

A study found that in medical journal articles, nearly two-thirds reported none and only 1% reported all.
November 3, 2022

OCT, OCT-A Combo Helps Detect VF Progression

Using both measurements with gradient boosting classifiers through machine learning models improved the accuracy compared with either alone.
November 3, 2022

HbA1c Cutoff Point Could Help Detect DR

Values up to 8.15 may help predict the risk of ocular disease in diabetes patients.
November 2, 2022

Posterior Segment Alterations Identified in Early-stage Keratoconus

Affected eyes had impaired vasculature, suggesting that the disease might be better considered a collagen disease not limited to the cornea.
November 2, 2022

Glaucoma Potentially Unnoticed in One-Fourth of Those of African Descent

Noninclusive OCT reference databases are to blame, allowing this population to fall outside what is recognized as cutoffs for disease diagnosis.
November 2, 2022