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.

Adjustable Scleral Lens Suits More Corneal Shapes and Conditions

Enhancements to the SynergEyes VS expand its versatility and performance, the manufacturer says.
January 21, 2022

​​Diabetic Retinopathy May Increase Risk of Cognitive Impairment

The condition was associated with cerebral abnormalities and decreased performance in some patients.
January 21, 2022

AI May Make Cataract Surgery Safer

Real-time, computer-generated feedback during procedures helps ophthalmologists prevent complications, study shows.
January 21, 2022

Trend Analysis Might Underestimate Severe Glaucoma Progression Rates

More undetectable locations at this stage may cause lower MD slopes.
January 21, 2022

Light Exposure Linked to Refractive Development in Kids

Preschoolers from Israel had more hyperopic reserve when they were exposed to higher amounts of indoor illumination.
January 20, 2022

Younger Teens with Higher Myopia at Greater Risk for Progression

Analysis of a large cohort revealed that this combination of factors had a five-year cumulative risk of 76%.
January 20, 2022

Closely Monitor Central Region of Visual Field in Glaucoma

Study shows defects become more central as disease severity increases.
January 20, 2022

Be Aware of Weiss Ring’s Impact on pRNFL Measurements

Thinner thicknesses could be a major confounding factor of change analysis for glaucoma.
January 19, 2022

Mask Taping Reduces Ocular Surface Issues

Symptom improvement was reported by 68% of healthcare workers after an eight-hour shift wearing an N95.
January 19, 2022

Nutrient-rich Foods Play Important Role in Diabetic Retinopathy

These patients may have lower levels of vitamins C, D and E and could benefit from dietary changes, study finds.
January 19, 2022

CCT, Stromal Density Factor Into Reliable IOP Readings

This was the finding of a recent study that employed Goldmann applanation, iCare and non-contact tonometry methods.
January 18, 2022

Treatment Responses Vary for Neuropathic Ocular Pain Patients

However, trends were noted between the four subgroups: post-surgical, post-traumatic, migraine-like and unilateral.
January 18, 2022

Vitelliform Lesions Reported in Peripapillary Pachychoroid Syndrome

Investigators recommend close follow-up due to potential atrophy development in these cases.
January 18, 2022

Poor Eye Drop Instillation Increases Risk of Glaucoma Progression, Surgery

Providing proper education could help steer patients in the right direction.
January 17, 2022

OCT/Fundus Imaging Combo Earns Good Marks for Glaucoma Telemed Screening

This approach had good diagnostic accuracy in detecting the condition.
January 17, 2022

Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s Share Similar Biomarkers

The two diseases are likely interconnected, review study finds.
January 17, 2022

Insurance Plays Major Role in Glaucoma Suspects Lost to Follow-Up

Survey found up to 42% of underserved respondents were affected.
January 14, 2022

Low Estrogen Increases POAG Risk in Females

This association was more significant for pre- than postmenopausal women.
January 14, 2022

Gaze Pattern Analysis Helps Understand Autism’s Social Toll

Patients tend to favor the left side of a subject’s face during interaction, study shows.
January 14, 2022

Alcon Readies Multi-Dose Bottle for Systane Complete PF

The container features a one-way valve tip that guards against contamination.
January 13, 2022

Heat Warmers Minimize Slit Lamp Lens Fogging Caused by Mask Wear

Unheated ophthalmic lenses fogged about 33% of the time compared with just 1% when lenses were warmed up, study shows.
January 13, 2022

Impact of Visual Field Loss on Vision-Specific QOL Varies By Race

Socioeconomic factors played a large role, with Latino and Chinese Americans reporting a greater change than African Americans.
January 13, 2022

Two Genes Associated with Pigment Dispersion Syndrome, Pigmentary Glaucoma

Common loci were found to be largely present in patients with either condition.
January 13, 2022

Alcon Adds Toric Option for DT1 Contact Lenses

The expansion rounds out the product line to serve more patients.
January 12, 2022

Low BCVA, IRF Presence Indicate Increased Risk for Subretinal Fibrosis

Macular neovascularization complex location rather than microvascular structure may be critical in the condition’s development.
January 12, 2022

Retinal Artery Occlusion Workup Falls Below AAO Standards

While referral and workup rates have improved in recent years, they still fall below the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
January 12, 2022

SMILE Nets Good Marks for Image Quality in Myopia Correction

FS-LASIK and PRK resulted in more multifocal optics in the eye and produced small but significant shifts in best focus and expanded depth of focus.
January 12, 2022

Aerobic Exercise Improves Tear Secretion, Stability

Study shows this method may help patients manage their DED.
January 11, 2022

Statins Unlikely to Influence AMD

A meta-analysis found no significant effect on incidence or progression, but the authors say more robust studies are needed.
January 11, 2022

New Algorithm Assesses Meibomian Glands in Scleral Lens Wearers

This method is objective and repeatable, researchers suggest.
January 11, 2022

Keep Fluid Out of the Macula

Doing so optimizes visual acuity outcomes, study shows.
January 10, 2022

Mental Health May Affect How DED Patients Present

Depression and anxiety were found to be correlated with dry eye signs but not symptoms. This literature review suggests there’s a bidirectional relationship.
January 10, 2022

Myopia Development Common in Young Adults

Over an eight-year period, more than one-third of patients in their twenties experienced progression.
January 10, 2022

Automatic OCT Segmentation Aids in Ortho-K Analysis

Custom measurement allows for detection of changes in the anterior and posterior corneal surface as well as the epithelial posterior surface.
January 7, 2022

OCT, OCT-A Parameters Score High For Long-term Reproducibility

The former showed lower test-retest variability, but researchers suggest using the two technologies concurrently for the best results.
January 7, 2022

Framework Developed for Quantitative Classification of Cataract Severity

There was a higher level of accuracy for all three types of age-related cataract.
January 7, 2022

Superior, Inferior Quadrants of pRNFL Most Affected by Diabetes

Regardless of diagnosis, those with the condition and/or a higher HbA1c were found to have thinning in these regions.
January 6, 2022

DED Prevalent in Kids with Diabetes

Children with these comorbidities tended to have reduced corneal sensation as the main risk factor for the ocular condition.
January 6, 2022

Peripapillary Vessel Density Associated With Visual Field Deterioration

Glaucoma patients with greater peripapillary capillary decrease after trabeculectomy are more likely to experience this outcome.
January 6, 2022

Immediate Bilateral Cataract Surgery Incidences Low Over Past Decade

In 2020, however, the absolute number performed increased.
January 5, 2022

Dry Eye Ups Risk for Tear Film Issues Post-Upper Blepharoplasty

Elevated inflammatory cytokines might be a more sensitive marker for DED development than traditional parameters when considering this procedure.
January 5, 2022

Vitamin B3 May Lower Risk of Glaucoma

Increased daily niacin intake was associated with lower odds of developing the disease.
January 5, 2022

iPad Game Screens Children for Amblyopia

The digital test was able to detect those with the condition with 100% accuracy.
January 4, 2022

Variability Among Corneal Imaging Devices Warrants Careful Comparison

White-to-white measurements on different modalities may indicate prodcue variability rather than true difference.
January 4, 2022

Dry Eye Associated With Dry Skin

There is a high likelihood that a patient who suffers from one also has the other.
January 4, 2022

Reduced Choroidal Thickness Found in More Myopic Eyes

These patients also had an increased flow void and reduced choriocapillaris vascular density.
January 3, 2022

Congress Calls for Tightened Scrutiny on Questionable DTC Tactics

The House members specifically cited media reports that suggest Hubble Contacts skirted federal regulations by using older materials and switching Rx lenses for other brands.
January 3, 2022

DSEK Nomogram Predicts Graft Survival Out to Five Years

Glaucoma and prior glaucoma surgery were major risk factors for graft failure and rejection.
January 3, 2022

Blue/Violet-Filtering Lenses Help Those with Low Contrast Sensitivity

However, they negatively affected those with high CS.
December 31, 2021

Eye Surgeries Declined During COVID-19

This happened during the early phase of the pandemic and included elective procedures such as cataract removal, laser peripheral iridotomy, laser trabeculoplasty and blepharoplasty.
December 31, 2021