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Timely reports on clinical research, legislative updates and product launches, from the editors of Review of Optometry and RCCL. Stories post each weekday morning.

Good Metabolic Control Tied to DR Regression

Several factors increased the risk of retinopathy, including high diastolic blood pressure.
March 5, 2021

Relatives of Glaucoma Patients Are Underscreened

Distance from the site and associated indirect costs kept many in South India from visiting a clinic.
March 5, 2021

Pediatric Myopia Predicts Final Refraction

Younger age of onset and -3D or more SER linked with progression.
March 5, 2021

CXL May Also Help Halt Myopia Progression

Still, further investigation into the safety and efficacy of the method on human eyes is warranted.
March 4, 2021

Visual Acuity Apps Score High Marks For Telehealth

At-home vision testing with these methods has the potential to detect and monitor chronic conditions.
March 4, 2021

COVID Causes Retinal Microvascular Changes

These abnormalities were dependent on the severity of the disease.
March 4, 2021

Corneal Density May Help Predict POAG

Patients with this condition had higher values on several metrics.
March 3, 2021

Wet AMD Eyes Face Risk of Legal Blindness at Two Years

Nearly 10% of patients experienced this outcome, the main causes of which were macular atrophy and subretinal fibrosis.
March 3, 2021

COVID Encourages Digital Outreach in AMD Management

This shift may mean the difference between safe care and unmet needs moving forward.
March 3, 2021

Additional Risk Factors Identified for HZO-related Vision Loss

Severe permanent vision loss was linked to older age, immunosuppression and uveitis.
March 2, 2021

VF Loss Significantly Impacts Road Abilities

Driving was only one of many tasks affected in a recent study of a Black population.
March 2, 2021

Mixed Results for OD Expansion into Glaucoma

In a Canadian study, ODs nearly matched MDs in diagnosis but lagged far behind in prescription writing.
March 2, 2021

Microbial and HSK Combo Leads to Poor VA, Complications

Previous herpes simplex keratitis and ocular surface diseases top risk factor list.
March 1, 2021

Poor Hazard Perception in Older Drivers With Eye Disease

Study found slower response times, especially in those affected by glaucoma.
March 1, 2021

Ganglion Cell Changes on OCT Anticipate VF Progression

Further refinement will result in software tools for timely glaucoma diagnosis and accurate disease staging, researchers say.
March 1, 2021

Lubricant Targets Digital Eyestrain

Allergan’s latest Refresh product combats the effects of reduced blink rate.
February 27, 2021

Allergy Relief in an OTC, Nonpreserved Drop

B+L’s Alaway PF offers 12 hours of relief, the company says.
February 27, 2021

Nerve Growth Factor Promotes Post-LASIK Success

In rabbit models, it repaired corneal damage and improved dry eye symptoms.
February 26, 2021

Glaucoma Patients with Intact Central Vision Still Read Slower

Individuals with the condition read about 19 fewer words per minute.
February 26, 2021

Changes in Corneal Biomechanics Predict Visual Field Loss

Study shows glaucoma progression was associated with a lower baseline corneal hysteresis and a decrease in corneal resistance factor over time.
February 26, 2021

Dysbiosis Precedes Bacterial Keratitis, Study Finds

Increased pathogenic bacteria may be related to ocular surface inflammation, researchers suggest.
February 25, 2021

Pain Questionnaires May Improve GP Candidate Selection

On the other hand, lid margin sensitivity wasn’t a key factor in subjective lens comfort.
February 25, 2021

Cigarette Smoking Impairs Retinal Vasculature

Study shows even relatively low exposure induces changes, particularly to the deep capillary plexus.
February 25, 2021

Phaco Associated With Better Glaucoma Outcomes

Early cataract surgery after an acute primary angle-closure attack prevents IOP elevation and blindness with less medication than LPI, study finds.
February 24, 2021

How Red Wine Helps Combat Eye Disease

Known to benefit cardiovascular issues, resveratrol is also getting good marks in glaucoma, AMD and cataract.
February 24, 2021

Glaucoma Docs Would Welcome ‘Smart’ EHR Tools

Study shows nearly 90% are interested in add-on apps that incorporate algorithms from experts.
February 24, 2021

Epiretinal Membrane Linked to Older Age

Study finds it a significant cause of visual impairment in the elderly.
February 23, 2021

Experts Debate Early vs. Late Amblyopia Screening

Literature review finds no clear consensus regarding cost-effectiveness or the optimum time to treat risk factors.
February 23, 2021

Conflict of Interest Disclosures in Med Journals Draw Criticism

One in five authors had a COI and most weren’t noted in the respective studies.
February 23, 2021

AM Light May Improve Glaucoma Patients’ Sleep

Individuals with the condition also had a greater pupil response by the study’s end.
February 22, 2021

Beta Irradiation Suitable for Smaller Pterygium

Study determines horizontal length of less than 2mm the benchmark.
February 22, 2021

Phaco-related Macular Perfusion Culprit: Hyperemia

Increased light intensity stimulation of the retina after cataract removal was thought to be the cause.
February 22, 2021

Stem Cells Show Promise for Stargardt’s Treatment

About 94% of patients had improved or stabilized vision at one year.
February 19, 2021

Two New AMD Biomarkers Identified

Inflammasome proteins such as interleukin-18 were elevated in patients, a study finds.
February 19, 2021

PACG Prevalence Anticipated to Rise

Screen at-risk patients to catch more of this age-associated condition, projected to increase 50% by 2050, meta-analysis finds.
February 19, 2021

Combination Lenses Correct Exotropia in Young Children

Overminus lenses with prism significantly improved both intermittent exotropia and stereopsis.
February 18, 2021

Simple Vision Test Sheds Light on Driving Performance

Those with experience behind the wheel performed better than non-drivers.
February 18, 2021

ODs in Four States Get Green Light to Administer COVID Vaccine

California, Utah, Kentucky and Ohio are among the first to include optometrists in immunization efforts.
February 18, 2021

High-dose Sex Steroids Improve Tear Parameters

Elevated levels of estrogen had a positive effect on patients of reproductive age.
February 17, 2021

Ocular Blood Flow An Early Indicator of Glaucoma

OCT-A devices that distinguish among three microvascular layers can help with early disease detection.
February 17, 2021

Muscle Thickening Elevates IOP Upon Upgaze

Conduct measurements in the primary position to avoid misdiagnosis.
February 17, 2021

Atropine Penetration Minimally Affected by Preservatives

Stability and safety of the drug are better predictors of successful outcomes.
February 16, 2021

Patchy Corneal Staining Pattern May Indicate Inflammation

This presentation could help guide the appropriate treatment for dry eye and Sjögren’s.
February 16, 2021

Blood Sugar and Diabetes Duration Predicts DR Risk

Screening is necessary in these patients, even in those with controlled disease.
February 16, 2021

Zero G Conditions Distort the Posterior Globe

One year after returning to Earth, anterior displacement still hadn’t fully resolved.
February 12, 2021

Poorly Fitting Face Masks Can Lead to VF Test Errors

After proper adjustment, results were more accurate.
February 12, 2021

Location of Iridotomy Matters in Visual Outcomes

Superiorly located LPIs resulted in greater angle widening.
February 12, 2021

Stereoscopic Cameras Superior in Glaucoma Screening

Their monoscopic counterparts are often favored for convenience and cost but have a lower sensitivity.
February 11, 2021

Alcohol Consumption Reduces Risk of Cataract Surgery

This effect was especially prevalent in wine drinkers.
February 11, 2021

Undetected Glaucoma More Likely in Wet AMD

Despite many of these patients meeting clinical risk criteria, underdiagnosis was prevalent.
February 11, 2021