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.

Contact Lens Wear Contributes to Friction-Induced OSD

Downward pressure during the blink squeezes away the tear film and predisposes the patient to lid wiper epitheliopathy, dryness and discomfort.
May 23, 2022

Improved AMD Patient Education Resources Needed

Online materials are easy to understand but hard to put into action, study finds.
May 23, 2022

Blue-Light Glasses, Berry Extract Prove Ineffective for Digital Eyestrain

However, dry eye symptoms improved with oral omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.
May 23, 2022

Macular OCT Parameters Help More with Later-Stage Glaucoma

Ganglion cell complex thickness and foveal avascular zone measurements were linked to worse VA in POAG.
May 20, 2022

Visual Acuity Outcomes in CRVO Unaffected by VEGF Inhibitor Type

In addition, roughly half of patients needed treatment beyond three years despite the choice of drug.
May 20, 2022

Moving Stimulus Increases Dynamic Range of Perimetry

This allows reliable testing at locations with more severe damage without the problems caused by increasing size.
May 20, 2022

Study Shows High Prevalence of Refractive Errors in Children Born Preterm

Strabismus was also reported in a significant percentage of this patient population.
May 19, 2022

Glaucoma May Cause Altered Brain Activity

A recent study found that cerebrospinal fluid dynamics and blood oxygen level are affected by the disease.
May 19, 2022

Patients With Health Disparities More Likely to Report Cataracts

Those who are unemployed or retired, in fair or poor health or who face difficulties accessing care have higher odds of experiencing this condition.
May 19, 2022

Acute Angle-Closure Crisis Often Missed, Study Says

More frequent use of gonioscopy for diagnosis and reducing the financial barriers of the technique could prevent condition-associated vision loss.
May 18, 2022

Blood Test Could Help Identify Sight-Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy

Study supports use of cystatin C as a triage test to prioritize retinal screening in type two diabetes.
May 18, 2022

Multifocals Act to Reduce Accommodation Stimulus

Retinal light spread modeling shows these lenses may work differently than we thought.
May 18, 2022

Academy of Ophthalmology Says FLACS, Phaco Similar in Safety and Efficacy

However, the laser procedure is less cost-effective, a literature review notes.
May 17, 2022

Increased Risk of Cardio Problems Found in Recent RVO Patients

The debut of anti-VEGF therapy may have contributed, study says.
May 17, 2022

Lamellar Macular Hole May Develop With Retinoschisis

Study shows these combined conditions are more susceptible to anatomical progression in highly myopic eyes.
May 17, 2022

Inner Nuclear Layer Thickness Aids in Glaucoma Progression

This measurement was helpful in following patients with advanced disease.
May 16, 2022

Posterior Scleral Strain May Help Identify Myopic Eye Susceptibility

Coupled with axial length and spherical error, this risk factor could aid in assessing the chances of progression at an early stage.
May 16, 2022

Glaucoma Affects Refractive Outcomes

Intraocular lens power calculations don’t currently account for this discrepancy.
May 16, 2022

East Asian Eyes Develop More DR Lesions

A predominantly peripheral distribution was most common in these patients.
May 13, 2022

Online Survey Yields RCE Patient Profile

Respondents—primarily Caucasian females—reported pain upon awakening, most often treated with hypertonic ointment. Debridement was somewhat uncommon.
May 13, 2022

Rapid Macular Thinning an Early Sign of HCQ Toxicity

Sequential full retinal thickness plots of the ETDRS zones enable objective assessments of this early structural change several years before conventional signs appear.
May 13, 2022

High Prevalence of Corneal Guttata Found in Hispanic Cohort

Female patients were more likely to be affected.
May 12, 2022

Treatment with Dexamethasone Alters Eye Growth

An animal model suggests anti-inflammatory drugs may one day offer a new approach for myopia and associated ocular diseases.
May 12, 2022

Questionnaire Useful in Estimating VA Worse Than 20/40

Such a method could become a useful component of telehealth visits, ARVO study suggests.
May 12, 2022

Antibiotic Resistance Remains Prevalent in Ocular Staphylococcal Infections

Newest ARMOR study data helps inform clinicians when choosing a therapy to pursue in affected patients.
May 11, 2022

Initial Myopic Defocus Observed in the Superior Retina

This finding was present in children who tended to progress centrally over two years.
May 11, 2022

Reticular Pseudodrusen Identified as AMD Risk Factor

Smaller amounts of these retinal deposits increased the likelihood of progression.
May 11, 2022

High BMI, Unhealthy Diet Contribute to Meibomian Gland Atrophy

These risk factors, along with reduced outdoor activity, were found in children ages four to 18.
May 10, 2022

Statins Increase Risk of Retinal Complications Post-PPV

However, vascular occlusion and lens dislocation were less common in medication users.
May 10, 2022

Glaucoma Drops Alter Ocular Surface Microbiome

Such changes may be connected to inflammation of this region.
May 10, 2022

IOP-Lowering Effect of Systemic Meds Quantified

Calcium channel blocker use was associated with a higher prevalence of glaucoma but not with increased IOP.
May 9, 2022

Serum Cholesterol Associated With Higher IOP

Study suggests a positive correlation with both the “good” and “bad” forms.
May 9, 2022

Type of Health Coverage May Affect Anti-VEGF Adherence

When costs associated with injections aren’t a concern for patients, loss to follow-up may decrease.
May 9, 2022

Growth Factor Drops Effective in Dry Eye

Treatment two or three times daily for four weeks improved tear production.
May 6, 2022

DR, Chronic Kidney Disease Go Hand-in-Hand

Older age and higher body mass index were associated with the latter, and those with a higher fasting glucose level were more likely to have diabetic retinopathy.
May 6, 2022

Consumption of Alcohol Could Increase Glaucoma Odds

A recent study found that those who drink regularly had a thinner RNFL and ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer.
May 6, 2022

DME Eyes Have Poorer Response to Anti-VEGF

Decreased outer retinal thickness was more likely to be present in patients undergoing this therapy.
May 5, 2022

Study Identifies Treatment Alternatives for Multidrug-Resistant Staphylococcus

Cefazolin sodium and fusidic acid are reliable options for managing this condition in the ocular surface.
May 5, 2022

Silicon Nanoneedles May Help Treat Corneal Neovascularization

The novel drug delivery method involves a biodegradable lens with bevacizumab for sustained treatment of angiogenesis.
May 5, 2022

Win Some, Lose Some with Statins

In vitrectomy patients, medication use was associated with higher chances of vitreous hemorrhage and edema but lower chances of retinal vascular occlusion and lens dislocation.
May 4, 2022

Gut Microbiota Affects Ocular Surface in Sjögren’s

This cohort had significantly decreased amounts of a beneficial bacteria compared with controls and dry eye patients.
May 4, 2022

Male Sex, Rosacea Linked to Increased Odds of Chalazion Surgery

Non-white race, female gender and smoking were among the risk factors identified for development of this condition.
May 4, 2022

Inflammation-Fighting Ocular Bacteria May Aid HSK Treatment

The new approach involves delivery of immune-regulating cytokines via a genetically modified organism.
May 3, 2022

Mediterranean Diet Doesn’t Improve Dry Eye

While otherwise considered healthy, this approach seemed to increase a patient’s risk for the condition.
May 3, 2022

Women, Caucasians, Smokers More Like to Convert from Dry to Wet AMD

An analysis of 2.6 million patients also found intermediate and advanced cases progress roughly 6% of the time.
May 3, 2022

Topical Immunomodulator Approved for Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis

The drop—Verkazia—suppresses the inflammatory reaction and is suitable for both children and adults, developers say.
May 2, 2022

Hair Loss Drug Heightens Risk of MGD, Ocular Surface Abnormalities

Long-term effects of the anti-androgenic finasteride should be considered before use in dry eye patients.
May 2, 2022

Study Highlights Unique Impact of Hormones on Keratoconus

Corneal crosslinking was also shown to have an effect on DHEA sulfate, estrone and estriol levels.
May 2, 2022

Retinal Laser Procedure Could Enhance Drug Delivery

Creating perforations in the ILM may allow biologics to penetrate tissue more effectively.
May 2, 2022

Corneal Biomechanics Help Refine Genetic Testing for Keratoconus

Polygenic risk score models for this condition can be improved using resistance factor and central thickness.
April 29, 2022