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.

DED Tied to Repeat Pterygium Flare Ups

Other risk factors included female gender and previous amniotic membrane graft surgery.
May 13, 2021

Macular Edema Progresses Independently of DR

Retinopathy progression may depend more on fluctuations in the volume of the extracellular space of the inner nuclear layer of the retina.
May 13, 2021

Characteristics of Crash-related Vision Problems in Older Drivers

Impaired contrast sensitivity, slowed visual processing speed and reduced motion were the culprits, according to a real-world study.
May 13, 2021

New Ortho-K Option from J&J Debuts

The company’s first lens for myopia control is called Acuvue Abiliti Overnight.
May 12, 2021

Strabismus Linked to Mental Health Illnesses

Patients with a history of the condition were more likely to develop a disorder by adulthood.
May 12, 2021

Fuchs’ Elevates Cancer Risk

These patients have increased exposure to malignancies of the breast, ovary and basal and squamous cells.
May 12, 2021

Notable Myopic Shift in Younger Children During COVID-19

Home confinement increased the burden in kids between the ages of six and eight, who are more sensitive to environmental changes than older ones.
May 12, 2021

High-intensity Statins May Reduce MGD

However, regular use of these cholesterol-lowering drugs had no effect on dry eye signs or symptoms.
May 11, 2021

Ultra-widefield Imaging Falls Short in DME Detection

The addition of SD-OCT increased macular diagnoses by 62%, study reports.
May 11, 2021

Most Cataract/Refractive Surgery Patients Have Normal Osmolarity

However, OSDI scores were higher in post-op patients, study finds.
May 11, 2021

MIGS Outpace Traditional Glaucoma Surgeries in Volume

The number of iStent procedures almost tripled from 14% to 40% over six years.
May 10, 2021

Biometric Parameters Can Predict Post-Phaco IOP Spikes

Routine use may help identify patients at greater risk, such as those with glaucoma.
May 10, 2021

Swept-Source OCT-A Distinguishes Changes in Myopic Eyes

High myopia was associated with decreased choroidal thickness in all scan sizes.
May 10, 2021

Myopia Prevention Initiative Helps Reduce Childhood Cases

Rates dropped from 15% to 9% after patients upped their outdoor time for five years, study finds.
May 7, 2021

Vitreomacular Abnormalities May Contribute to CI-DME Formation

Further studies are needed to more accurately pinpoint edema’s relationship with PDR, researchers note.
May 7, 2021

Males More Likely to Develop Retinal Breaks After Acute PVD

Phakic eyes and peripheral degeneration were also associated with a higher rate of complications, specifically detachments, study shows.
May 7, 2021

Statistical Guidance of VFs Misses Its Mark

Reducing the number of visual field tests may be sufficient, so long as you closely monitor the patient through OCT.
May 6, 2021

Older Age, Male Gender Increase Risk of Pterygium with CIN

Race and ethnicity, on the other hand, didn’t appear to be factors.
May 6, 2021

ACA Made Little Impact on Eye-Related ED Visits

Although Obamacare increased insurance coverage for Americans, that didn’t translate into improved and more equitable access to outpatient ophthalmic care.
May 6, 2021

New IPL Device Offers Greater Control

Lumenis calls its OptiLight product the first FDA-approved technology of its kind for dry eye management.
May 5, 2021

Preservative-free Artificial Tear Now Multidose

Alcon’s Systane Hydration lubricant comes in both single-use vials and a reusable bottle.
May 5, 2021

Sex or Age Matching Doesn’t Affect ALK Rejection and Failure

Study suggests this routine practice for graft donors and recipients in lamellar keratoplasty cannot be recommended.
May 5, 2021

DSEK Shows Long-term Promise

The 15-year graft failure/replacement rate was as low as 22%, researchers report.
May 5, 2021

Sleep-regulating Systems Impaired in Glaucoma

The disease injures cells involved in circadian rhythms that provide input to a major sleep-inducing hub, study finds.
May 5, 2021

2021 ARMOR Results Find Staph Resistance Still Problematic

However, S. aureus had a significant decrease in methicillin resistance.
May 4, 2021

Height, Gender May Predict KCN Risk

Shorter people and females had greater odds of developing more pronounced refractive changes.
May 4, 2021

SARS CoV-2 Shown to Infect and Replicate in Cornea Tissue

Results from a recent study also suggests that diabetes is a potential risk for ocular transmission of COVID-19.
May 4, 2021

Optic Disc Types Show Different Rates of RNFL Thinning

Glaucoma patients with senile sclerotic and focal ischemic phenotypes progressed the fastest.
May 3, 2021

Corneal Neurotization Comes to the Rescue of NK Eyes

Treatments used to consist only of lubrication and possible refractive surgery, but this new approach is capable of restoring sensitivity no matter the cause of denervation.
May 3, 2021

Dry Eye and OCD Linked by Inflammation

Researchers suggest evaluating affected patients before starting psychiatric treatment.
May 3, 2021

Study Delves into Pathologic Myopia’s Choroidal Effects

About 30% of eyes with the condition had macular neovascularization, researchers report.
April 30, 2021

Gender, Race and Socioeconomics Factor into Eyecare Demand

Adding another ophthalmologist to a region in service didn’t translate into more office visits.
April 30, 2021

Poor Cognition More Prevalent Among NTG Patients Than HTG

This supports the hypothesis that a glaucoma-dementia association applies to normal-tension glaucoma patients.
April 30, 2021

CL Comfort, Vision Perception Often Goes Hand-in-hand

The relationship between the two differed depending on the lens design and whether the wearer was presbyopic.
April 29, 2021

Patient Age Affects CNV Appearance on OCT

The odds of uveitic, myopic and AMD-associated new vessel growth increase significantly with age.
April 29, 2021

Tanning Beds Induce Ocular Surface Changes

Study shows microstructural alterations in the cornea and the bulbar conjunctiva undetectable with slit lamp biomicroscopy.
April 29, 2021

Alcon Teases New Contact Lens, Dry Eye Products

A monthly replacement lens and the next version of iLux are on their way to market.
April 28, 2021

What to Look for in High Myopes with Glaucoma

Larger BMO tilt angle, lower BMO ovality and thinner PCT were tied to increased axial length.
April 28, 2021

Choroid Holds Important Clues to Visual Outcomes in OAG

Microvasculature dropout in this layer may warrant more aggressive clinical treatment.
April 28, 2021

Rely on RNFL to Catch Glaucoma Progression

Study shows VF assessment also identifies it, but change in retinal nerve fiber layer thickness picked up more cases.
April 28, 2021

Pneumatic Retinopexy Linked With Highest RRD Reoperation Rate

Surgeons should consider this in their procedure selection process, researchers suggest.
April 27, 2021

Intravitreal Therapy Ups Risk of Cataract Surgery Complications

Other factors included older age, male gender, BCVA, diabetes, pseudoexfoliation and glaucoma, study finds.
April 27, 2021

Non-White Participants Underrepresented in Clinical Trials

In studies leading to ophthalmology drug approvals, the racial/ethnic makeup of enrollees didn’t match that of the population or the expected disease burden.
April 27, 2021

Caregivers to Visually Impaired Elderly Suffer Greater Emotional Demands

These individuals devoted 36% more hours than those who looked after older people without visual issues.
April 26, 2021

Recombinant Herpes Vaccine Effective But Not Popular

Despite 89% efficacy against HZO, barely 4% of eligible patients received both doses, study finds.
April 26, 2021

Study Affirms CXL as a First-line Therapy in Kids

Children aged 10 to 16 who received crosslinking for keratoconus had a 90% lower chance of progression than those who received standard care.
April 26, 2021

Obesity Linked to Optic Neuritis Severity in Males with MS

Serum leptin and estrogen levels were also associated with the ocular condition in men, but not in women.
April 23, 2021

Endophthalmitis Prognoses Depend Heavily on Baseline Presentation

VA, presence of ocular pain and bacterial identification were significant risk factors for subsequent visual impairment in a Japanese population.
April 23, 2021

Speedy DEQ-5 Questionnaire Comparable to OSDI

However, study shows there wasn’t a perfect correlation between the two.
April 23, 2021

Most Smartphone Apps Fare Poorly at Vision Testing

Researchers identified three platforms as the best of the bunch, yet stressed these too had limitations.
April 22, 2021