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.

California ODs Push to Administer COVID Vaccines

Along with dentists in the state, optometrists suggest the “all hands on deck” approach will help take the burden off primary care doctors.
December 3, 2020

New Eyecare Telehealth Platform Launches

Remote access extends the reach of your practice, Topcon says.
December 3, 2020

CXL Timing May Not Match QOL Need

Patients need improvement in quality of life before progression begins, research suggests.
December 3, 2020

Mismanagement Tops List of Glaucoma Lawsuits

Failure to diagnose the condition was close behind, due in part to insufficient examination, study finds.
December 3, 2020

New Stem Cell Therapy Might Regrow Stroma

This treatment presents a promising new option with successful outcomes and no need for donor tissue.
December 3, 2020

Think-tank to Explore Lifestyle Influences on Dry Eye

The experts at TFOS announce new initiative.
December 2, 2020

Keratoconus Surgery Stabilizes Vision

This microkeratome-assisted lamellar keratoplasty technique improved outcomes with minimal complications long-term.
December 2, 2020

Hormone Therapy Not Linked to RAO or RVO

Over 200,000 women who filled a prescription didn’t appear to have an increased risk of developing either ocular condition.
December 2, 2020

Video Games May Help Mild Amblyopia

These patients experienced improvements in distance and stereo acuity.
December 2, 2020

COVID-19 Patients Face Retinal Complications

Those who recovered had significantly lower vessel densities.
December 1, 2020

ONH Prelaminar Schisis May Signify Glaucoma

Researchers note the importance of accounting for this unusual anatomy on OCT.
December 1, 2020

Advanced DR Increases Risk of Progression

Patients with moderate to severe non-proliferative disease may also develop DME.
December 1, 2020

DR Staging System Outdated, Experts Say

The original severity scale does not reflect the advancements in knowledge and technology we’ve experienced over the past few decades.
November 30, 2020

Visual Impairment Disproportionately Affects Minorities

Education, income and insurance should also be taken into account.
November 30, 2020

3D OCT Imaging Offers Better Visualization of Glaucoma

Anterior chamber volume is an effective marker of disease progression.
November 30, 2020

Alcohol Consumption Disrupts Ocular Surface

The study group experienced a decrease in tear film stability after drinking.
November 27, 2020

ERs Unequipped to Manage Ocular Conditions

The tests personnel were able to conduct often didn’t match the results of consulted ophthalmologists.
November 27, 2020

Stroke-induced Vision Loss Lacks Effective Treatment

Visual perception training did not result in a difference between sighted and hemianopic fields.
November 27, 2020

Tear Breakup Dynamics May Hold Key to DED Treatment

A dot pattern indicated the ocular surface should be targeted, while a random pattern suggested focusing on the tear film.
November 26, 2020

Location of VF Damage Predicts Lifestyle Difficulties

Central vision loss had the most significant impact on glaucoma patients.
November 26, 2020

Exercise Delays Retinal Ganglion Cell Breakdown

Brain protein upregulation effectively slowed neurodegeneration in rat eyes.
November 26, 2020

Race Plays Role in Myopia Severity

Children from East/Southeast Asia progressed significantly faster than white patients.
November 25, 2020

Healthy Kids Suffer From Abnormal Ocular Surfaces, Too

Almost a third of these patients were diagnosed with dry eye.
November 25, 2020

Omega-3s Deliver Promising Results in DED

A more moderate daily dosage may be the most effective therapy for these patients.
November 25, 2020

MK Risk Elevated After Corneal Transplant

These patients had a graft infection rate of 4.77%, with gram-positive organisms being the main culprit.
November 24, 2020

Glaucoma: OCT Metric Less Accurate Than Previously Thought

Use a variety of measurements when determining progression, not just change in RNFL thickness.
November 24, 2020

Healthy Coffee Drinkers Have Lower IOP

However, consumption was not linked to a reduction in glaucoma risk.
November 24, 2020

OCT Technique Identifies Poor Contrast Sensitivity

RVO eyes seemed to fare the worst.
November 23, 2020

Drainage Devices Successfully Lower IOP in PK Eyes

At least 70% of patients were controlled during the 10-year follow-up, while corneal grafts were not as lucky.
November 23, 2020

GPs Remain Modality of Choice For KC

Study shows corneal flattening induced by lens wear.
November 23, 2020

Lens Deblocker Turns Jobs Around Fast

High-volume optical labs could benefit from Coburn’s newest device.
November 20, 2020

Time-saving Digital Refraction System Debuts

Topcon says its new device can perform a refraction in just three and a half minutes.
November 20, 2020

Glaucoma: Diffuse Macular Damage Hits Especially Hard

Affected patients experienced greater challenges in facial recognition and contrast sensitivity.
November 20, 2020

Watch for FAZ Enlargement in Glaucoma

Finding argues in favor of a vascular component in glaucoma.
November 20, 2020

Ocular Biomarker Elevated in Diabetes and Hypertension

A vasoconstrictor linked to small pupil pathophysiology may also play a role in systemic disease.
November 20, 2020

Forced Blinks May Shorten TBUT

This could skew clinical decision-making about tear film stability and dry eye diagnosis.
November 19, 2020

Polypharmacy in Glaucoma Increasingly Less Effective

Adding more meds was costly and ultimately not as effective as other options.
November 19, 2020

Drug-related Endophthalmitis Cases Increase

Clinicians should maintain high suspicion when evaluating these patients.
November 19, 2020

Autistic Kids Missing Out on Eye Exams

This pediatric population is at higher risk of developing visual difficulties but is not adequately diagnosed or treated.
November 18, 2020

Depression Correlates With Glaucoma Severity

This finding was associated with a greater risk of treatment noncompliance among those affected.
November 18, 2020

New Dry Eye Test Measures Blink Tolerance Time

This method allowed patients to conveniently and accurately self-diagnose the condition.
November 18, 2020

Scleral Lenses Reduce Post-op Astigmatism

Post-PK patients demonstrated improved visual acuity with this modality.
November 17, 2020

PGAs May Alter Anterior Chamber Depth

The finding could affect the accuracy of IOP readings, study says.
November 17, 2020

Coffee May Delay Cataract Onset

Caffeine intake prior to surgery significantly decreased UV -induced apoptosis of lens epithelial cells.
November 17, 2020

Treatment Adherence Slows VF Progression

This finding held true regardless of disease stage.
November 16, 2020

Cancer Screening Less Common in Visually Impaired Elderly

Older Americans with self-reported vision problems were less likely to undergo breast and colon cancer screening.
November 16, 2020

Secondhand Smoke Thins RNFL in Kids

Exposure may lead to visual deficits later in life.
November 16, 2020

Coats’ Disease Affects Both Eyes

Imaging shows subtle vascular changes in fellow eyes.
November 13, 2020

Lesion Locations Tied to DR Severity

Central retinal vessel density was linked to disease severity in eyes without—but not with—peripheral lesions.
November 13, 2020

VF Loss Varies Among Optic Disc Phenotypes

Test with both 10-2 and 24-2 for patients with focal ischemic and myopic glaucoma.
November 13, 2020