Our 10th Annual Report from the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is all about your patients, how you can better care for them and how you can make an impact in their livesif not now, then very soon.

The immediacy of the research presented on the following pages is stunningno decades-long pipeline here. Rather, the following selection of abstracts introduces therapies and management techniques that are changing patients lives today.

Cornea. Infection control is one of the main current topics when it comes to the cornea and contact lens wear. Researchers present findings on combination therapies, kill rates and transplant techniques. Findings in the field of dry eye also point to more effective indicators and therapies.

Retina. The genetics of age-related macular degeneration are explored this year, from a predisposition for the disease itself to a predisposition to better success with therapy. Also, researchers present their results on novel uses of several mainstream drugs.

Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Cataractogenesis is feared by many patients. This years research presents indicators of formation likelihood and the benefits of patient education. Also, several intraocular lenses are examined as potential drug delivery systems, and results are promising across the board.

Glaucoma. The value of patient education and compliance are unquestionable, and this years research further illustrates that fact. Education is yet again proven to have a significant effect through the course of management, and patient compliance only improves with the amount of specific education given.

In each section, you will see that the studies are cited by their ARVO abstract number. Seek out ways that this years research will benefit your patients at www.arvo.org.

Vol. No: 146:05Issue: 5/15/2009