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.

Eye Drop Proves Useful as First-line Therapy for NK

Compared with amniotic membrane transplantation, cenegermin was associated with a higher degree of patient satisfaction, researchers find.
October 18, 2021

​​Anti-TNF-α Successful in Noninfectious Uveitis Treatment

Adalimumab may top infliximab therapy and help guide management, study suggests.
October 18, 2021

Air Pollution Increases Risk of Glaucoma in Diabetic Patients

Filtering face masks and air purifiers can help reduce disease risk, research notes.
October 18, 2021

Ranibizumab Modification Effective Against CRVO Identified

Researchers noted a reduction in retinal hemorrhage, neovascularization and papillary swelling.
October 15, 2021

Continued Atropine Treatment Successful at Three-year Mark

Research suggests a concentration of 0.05% remains effective with only minor rebound effects.
October 15, 2021

NSAID Monotherapy Recommended Day of Cataract Surgery

Study finds that a combination of these eye drops and prednisolone was not necessary, and neither was initiating treatment before the procedure.
October 15, 2021

Cataracts More Common When Diabetes Patients Have DR

Those with ocular manifestations of this multisystemic condition may face three times the risk, study shows.
October 14, 2021

Glaucoma: Switch From Stimulus Size III to V to Assess Advanced Field Loss

The larger target obtains more information to better monitor the condition, research suggests.
October 14, 2021

EMR Tool Effective at Identifying Patients Lost to Follow-up

The program improved management and compliance in glaucoma patients, researchers note.
October 14, 2021

COVID-related Hospitalization Rates Higher for Noninfectious Uveitis Patients

This population was also more likely to experience more severe disease outcomes, study finds.
October 13, 2021

Smoking During Pregnancy Linked to Thinner RNFL in Young Adulthood

Adverse ocular effects from in utero exposure may continue to affect the child as they get older, researchers suggest.
October 13, 2021

Age, DR Severity Strong Indicators of Vision Loss

These are important factors when deciding the most suitable number of follow-up visits for these patients, research notes.
October 13, 2021

Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Remain an Ocular Threat

Despite fewer calls to poison control, the need for prevention efforts prevails, especially for the sake of vulnerable young children.
October 12, 2021

Major Eye Disorders Represent Growing Burden on Medicare

More than 40% of the enrolled population is affected by ocular conditions and the numbers are increasing.
October 12, 2021

New 24-2C HFA Grid Better Than 24-2

The new grid demonstrated a significantly stronger macular structure-function relationship than the standard with its 10 additional points in the central 10 degrees.
October 12, 2021

CN VI Palsies in Children May be Associated With New-onset Brain Tumor

Immediate neuroimaging could be beneficial in these patients, especially in those with other risk factors, researchers suggest.
October 11, 2021

Overnight Contact Lens Wearers Exhibit Limbal Vasculature Changes

Anterior segment OCT-A was able to help pinpoint these alterations, study shows.
October 11, 2021

Retinal Surgery Has a Carbon Footprint

Gas tamponade seems an unlikely culprit, but the amount of wasted gas left behind in too-large canisters is contributing to global carbon emissions.
October 11, 2021

New Contact Lens Offers Simpler, Safer Insertion

Menicon’s latest seeks to offer a better experience both on and off the eye.
October 8, 2021

Water Exposure Through Storage Cases May Contaminate Soft Lenses

Not surprisingly, those with the highest levels of bacteria belonged to participants with poorer hygiene compliance.
October 8, 2021

Same-day Bilateral Cataract Surgery Patients More Likely to Recommend Procedure

Convenience was the leading reason patients chose the immediate option, while surgeon recommendation was the leading reason patients chose delayed.
October 8, 2021

CVI Impairment Predicts GA Progression

Association during two-year follow-up demonstrates potential biomarker in evaluating intervention efficacy.
October 8, 2021

At-Home Dichoptic Therapy Effective Amblyopia Intervention

Children viewed modified TV shows and movies through a headset and achieved a vision improvement of one line over 12 weeks compared with the glasses group.
October 7, 2021

Algorithm Helps Differentiate Fungal, Bacterial Keratitis

The deep learning model may help provide effective detection and diagnosis in these patients, researchers suggest.
October 7, 2021

Osmolarity Spots Refractive Surgery Patients at Risk for DED

A small but appreciable cohort of patients diagnosed with tear hyperosmolarity at presentation represent a risk for suboptimal refractive outcomes without treatment.
October 7, 2021

Low Vision Smart Glasses Powered by Cell Phone

The pairing allows patients to use two cameras—one in each device—to better navigate day-to-day tasks.
October 6, 2021

Overnight Single-Use Device Keeps Eyelids Shut

For patients with incomplete lid closure, this product may promote healthier ocular surfaces as well as a better night’s sleep, the company says.
October 6, 2021

Anti-VEGF Drug Reservoir Device Meets Primary Endpoints

The Port Delivery System demonstrated noninferiority and equivalent efficacy to monthly ranibizumab injections for wet AMD patients.
October 6, 2021

​​COVID-19 Increases Risk of Retinal Microvasculopathy

Using OCT-A to assess the posterior segment for vascular changes in infected patients may help prevent further issues down the line.
October 6, 2021

Reading Performance Takes a Hit in GA Patients

Speed declines as BCVA does, study shows.
October 6, 2021

Keep Your Distance, Get Your Data

A new remote-controlled refraction station from Essilor Instruments guides patients through an easy three-minute test, the company says.
October 5, 2021

Device Offers Front-to-Back Assessment of Ocular Pathologies

The VX650 combines fundus photography, topography, wavefront aberrometry, tomography, angle assessment, retinal screening and more.
October 5, 2021

Diabetes Type, Duration Affect Corneal Endothelial Compromise

Both types of the condition resulted in cell loss and increased pachymetry, according to a recent literature study.
October 5, 2021

New Metric Helps Assess Lipid Layer Thickness in DED, MGD

A recent study found that analyzing grey intensity values in videokeratography may be a quicker and more objective method than using an interferometer.
October 5, 2021

Blinking Dynamics Contribute to DED

Evidence shows reduced frequency and less complete closure during digital screen use are risk factors.
October 5, 2021

Study Pinpoints Ophthalmic Telemedicine Delivery Inequalities

During the first year of COVID-19, patients who were male, Black, older, non-English speakers or non-college educated were not as likely to receive this type of care.
October 4, 2021

Childhood Glaucoma Continues to Affect Patients Into Adulthood

Patients under 40 with the condition demonstrated more maladaptive coping mechanisms such as treatment nonadherence, study finds.
October 4, 2021

Dexamethasone Implant Safe, Effective in Treatment-naive DME Eyes

After 52 weeks, participants in this study experienced a significant improvement in BCVA and CRT with an average of just 2.4 injections throughout the year.
October 4, 2021

Environmental Catalysts for Myopia Increased During Pandemic

A recent study demonstrated a doubled myopic shift in SER and incidence of myopia after lockdowns commenced.
October 1, 2021

First-line Echinocandins Effective Against Candida

Ocular candidiasis responded best to this antifungal treatment within 12 hours, study finds.
October 1, 2021

E-cigarette Use Associated With Visual Impairment

Just like the elevated risk traditional cigarettes pose, this alternative—which contains nicotine—may also increase the chances of ocular disease, research suggests.
October 1, 2021

Cost, QoL Worse With Increasing DED Severity

This finding in a Canadian patient population was consistent with outcomes of studies in other countries, the researchers note.
September 30, 2021

Parental Education Through Social Media May Curb Myopia Rates in Kids

Still, the difference was less than 0.25D with no axial length changes in these patients, study finds.
September 30, 2021

Radiotherapy Effective Treatment For Uveal Melanoma

This option can offer good tumor control up to five years, research suggests.
September 30, 2021

Axial Length, Corneal Curvature Help Estimate Myopia Risk

A recent analysis revealed that both factors are associated with a larger refractive error.
September 29, 2021

Difluprednate Effective in Anterior Scleritis Treatment

The majority of eyes treated with this medication had success with few side effects, research shows.
September 29, 2021

Thick Choroid, Sclera in CSCR Linked to Suprachoroidal Fluid

Anterior scleral depth was significantly greater in these patients, study finds.
September 29, 2021

VI Associated with Two-fold Greater Risk of Chronic Disease

This association seemed to persist no matter the age group, study finds.
September 28, 2021

Obesity Poses Increased Risk for Cranial Nerve Palsy

More aggressive medical intervention may be warranted among high-risk patients, research suggests.
September 28, 2021

Outer Retinal Changes May Reflect Poor VA in DME

Early identification of these OCT biomarkers may help dictate therapy, investigators say.
September 28, 2021