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.

DME Patients Face Delay in Anti-VEGF Therapy

These extended intervals could explain the suboptimal therapy outcomes, researchers suggest.
August 4, 2021

Open-Angle Glaucoma Most Likely to Receive Surgical Intervention

An analysis of a large dataset showed that usage patterns of MIGS and standard surgeries vary heavily depending on disease type.
August 4, 2021

PEXG Eyes Have Narrowest Anterior Chamber Angle Parameters

This finding may play a role in the progression of pseudoexfoliation syndrome to glaucoma, study suggests.
August 4, 2021

Face Mask Wear Can Disrupt the Tear Film

It reduced noninvasive TBUT by 1.5 seconds in moderate and severe DED patients.
August 3, 2021

One in 10 Keratoconic Kids Progress After CXL

Experts argue for treatment as early as possible to encourage the best outcomes.
August 3, 2021

Long COVID Patients Can Show Corneal Changes

Nerve fiber loss and dendritic cell increases were found in 55% of people who experienced neurological symptoms at four weeks post-infection.
August 3, 2021

Increased Reliance on OCT Valuable for nAMD Diagnosis

Routinely conducted visual function tests performed poorly in the detection of new onset, study reports.
August 2, 2021

Music Listening Pre-Cataract Surgery Reduces Stress and Tachycardia

Individuals in the intervention group had roughly 39% fewer hypertensive events during the procedure.
August 2, 2021

Acute PVD Complications Lower in Comprehensive Eye Care Settings

Just 9.7% of patients had retinal tears or detachments compared to 22% in retinal subspecialty practices.
August 2, 2021

Influential Factors in Myopia Aren’t Clear-cut

While outdoor time may help, near work can offset its benefits, study reaffirms.
July 30, 2021

Recurring ROP Reported in Infants After Anti-VEGF Treatment

Severe presentations were the most common result of treatment failure, with a significant proportion occurring later in the course.
July 30, 2021

ERM Increases Risk of Unfavorable Outcomes in Macular Hole Surgery

Specifically, the location of the membrane and the presence of epiretinal proliferation may affect success.
July 30, 2021

Most Informative Keratoconus YouTube Videos Least Popular

Conversely, frequently viewed content often missed the mark—even some posted by doctors.
July 29, 2021

Low AMD Disease Activity Doesn’t Exactly Mean a Good Outcome

Distinguishing features linked to poor long-term vision across the spectrum of its clinical course.
July 29, 2021

Glaucoma Associated With Slower Walking Speeds

This decline was more rapid in patients with worse baseline visual field damage, study finds.
July 29, 2021

Multicolor Imaging Improves Visibility of RNFL Defects

Compared to fundus or red-free RNFL, blue- and green-reflectance modes produced clearer and more detailed images to aid glaucoma diagnosis.
July 28, 2021

OCT-A Finds Vessel Density Increase in Overnight Lens Wearers

Researchers recommend evaluating initial changes in limbal vasculature before contact use leads to further complications.
July 28, 2021

Anti-VEGF Improves BCVA in Uveitic CNV

However, high recurrence rates were found, even after long periods.
July 28, 2021

CRAO Timing Tied to Strokes

Roughly 3% of patients had this outcome within 15 days of the ocular diagnosis.
July 27, 2021

IIH Patients Have Lower Bacterial Species Diversity

The higher the patient’s BMI, the less health-promoting gut microorganisms they had in a recent study.
July 27, 2021

Nonadherent DME Patients Pay a Small Price After Stopping Anti-VEGF

However, study shows VA improved after restarting therapy to the level seen prior to the treatment break.
July 27, 2021

Same DME Biomarker, Different Angle

Keeping tabs on central subfield thickness fluctuations over time, rather than on single measurements, may help clinicians better predict visual acuity outcomes, study suggests.
July 26, 2021

Anterior Chamber Depth Predicts Risk of Angle-Closure Diseases

In this study, SS-OCT images were able to reliably discriminate between controls and affected eyes, especially those with PACG.
July 26, 2021

Warby Parker’s New App Expands to Contact Lens Prescriptions

The company’s latest iPhone vision test aims to grab the low-hanging fruit—refills for healthy wearers of spherical lenses.
July 26, 2021

UN Adopts New Eye Care Resolution

International effort will attempt to mitigate preventable sight loss affecting over one billion people worldwide.
July 23, 2021

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Retinal Changes in Kids

Those affected experienced significant choroidal thinning.
July 23, 2021

Subretinal Fluid Not Always an Impediment to Vision

Study shows intraretinal fluid to be more consistently associated with the worse visual outcomes.
July 23, 2021

Children with Strabismus Have Lower Injury Risk After Surgery

Research shows procedure may improve motor skills, postural stability, gait safety and balance control in pediatric patients.
July 23, 2021

OD/MD Glaucoma Telehealth Partnership Shows Promise in Canada

Optometrists, who conduct the initial screening, may benefit from greater patient retention in this shared-care approach, researchers suggest.
July 22, 2021

Vision Impairment Linked to Cognitive Decline in Mid-life, Too

Identifying risk factors during this timeframe may improve future function, study finds.
July 22, 2021

Schlemm’s Canal Helps Predict SLT Outcomes

This finding was present on more than 50% of B-scans, indicating treatment success in juvenile-onset open-angle glaucoma, report shows.
July 22, 2021

False Positive Rates May be Overestimates

Some patients tend to press the response button despite not having perceived a stimulus, making this method unreliable, study suggests.
July 21, 2021

Microstent Plus Cataract Surgery Reduces Drop Dependence

Adding a drainage device to the procedure may eliminate need for drops in many cases up to 24 months.
July 21, 2021

Atropine Plus Patching Improves VA in Severe Amblyopia Patients

A combined approach is more effective than occlusion alone, study finds, although the differences were relatively small.
July 21, 2021

High Myopia in Adults Tied to Spectacle Wear at Younger Age

Kids who got their first pair of glasses at nine vs. 13 were more at risk of developing this condition later on in life.
July 20, 2021

Deep Retinal Capillary Plexus Levels Decrease During Menstrual Cycle

OCT-A detected these changes in the nasal and inferior subfields during the ovulatory phase, recent study shows.
July 20, 2021

Preventative Injections and Timely Treatment Improves Outcomes After Intraocular Foreign Body

Endophthalmitis incidence was also much lower for patients who underwent surgery within 24 hours after trauma.
July 20, 2021

New Multi-Step Pterygium Grading System Could Dictate Treatment

Based on slit-lamp imaging, the approach relied on several markers to determine disease severity.
July 19, 2021

Risk Factors for Post-Cataract Surgery Complications

Posterior capsule rupture, older age, male sex and high myopia increased the risk for retinal detachment after cataract surgery, study finds.
July 19, 2021

Choroidal Vessel Dilation Reduces Perfusion of Choriocapillaris

Researchers found strong associations in healthy adults, possibly explaining a factor contributing to pachychoroid.
July 19, 2021

Macular Pigment Test May Open Patients’ Eyes

Those at risk for AMD will be amenable to interventions after a scan with the MP-eye device, says manufacturer Azul Optics.
July 16, 2021

New Biomarker for Autoimmune Diseases Effective Across Ethnicities

Bruch’s membrane opening minimum rim width measurement offers more information than RNFL thickness in certain cases, study finds.
July 16, 2021

Visually Impaired Individuals Show Psychological Resilience

However, a survey shows that life satisfaction for this minority is generally lower.
July 16, 2021

DED Severity Associated with Worsening of Corneal Biomechanics

Eight parameters were correlated with either symptoms or signs, recent study shows.
July 16, 2021

Congress’s Medicare Vision Expansion Bill Back in Action

The proposed legislation would cover the costs for annual visits and materials.
July 15, 2021

Certain Factors Predict Worse Cataract Surgery Outcomes

These included ocular comorbidities, secondary IOL implantation and cystoid macular edema development, study finds.
July 15, 2021

More Specifics Needed for Anti-Myopia Outdoor Activity

Simply directing children to “spend more time outside” isn’t enough.
July 15, 2021

Two New Products Help Naturally Relieve Dry Eye Symptoms

An eye drop and a lid cleansing wipe, both from B+L, are preservative-free and inspired by the biology of the eye, the company says.
July 14, 2021

Ortho-K Reduces Axial Elongation in Myopic Children

Study showed a 59% reduction with no severe adverse events in myopic Scandinavian children during 18 months of follow-up.
July 14, 2021

Online Learning Students Have Higher OSDI Scores

Despite the lower prevalence of dry eye risk factors in this population, longer screen time might have an impact, researchers suggest.
July 14, 2021