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CLINICAL

DARPin molecule prolongs anti-VEGF activity in nAMDA phase III study program investigating abicipar pegol (Allergan) for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) is underway based on promising efficacy and safety results in phase II studies.
Retina surgeon’s AMD regimen at center of Medicare fraud case
Retina surgeon’s AMD regimen at center of Medicare fraud caseEarlier this month, a jury convicted West Palm Beach retina surgeon Solomon Melgen, MD, on 67 counts of Medicare fraud. This high-profile case hit very close to home, as myself and another retina specialist from my own community were on opposing sides of the case.
Treating ROP: Laser associated with high success rate for retinopathy of prematurityLaser photocoagulation is a time-tested, well-defined, and effective treatment for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) with requirements for follow-up that are much more manageable compared with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy, argued David K. Wallace, MD, MPH.
Treating ROP: Substantial benefits make anti-VEGF preferred for Zone I diseaseAnti-VEGF therapy for Zone I retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is associated with better structural and functional outcomes than laser therapy, but also a longer recurrence risk period, said Helen A. Mintz-Hittner, MD.
Sizing up daily disposable contact lensesMost ODs could list all the missing items in their contact lens supply line. They could construct a wish list of products they would like to see available in the future. On days when we find ourselves ransacking the contact lens trial room, ODs may think technology is moving too slowly. Perhaps it’s time for some needed perspective.
Researchers image single cell deaths in glaucoma patientsA new imaging technique can show the deaths of individual cells in people with glaucoma by labelling the cells with fluorescent dye, according to researchers. The approach might eventually be used to diagnosis the disease in its early stages or measure its progression.
Genetic testing initiative for inherited retinal diseases shows great promiseI have been encouraged as a retinal specialist with all the excitement and promising new treatments in gene therapy. Given that there are several retinal diseases with known inherited patterns and confirmed genetic loci responsible for the clinical manifestations, our field is primed to benefit from the expansion of knowledge in this arena.
Diagnosing CHRPE lesions can be a challenge for ODsA 26-year-old healthy ophthalmically asymptomatic female patient attended the University of Alabama School of Optometry clinic for a periodic ophthalmic evaluation. Her history was significant for myopic refractive correction, for which she wore soft contact lenses successfully.
Optimizing CPC treatment outcomes with built-in transilluminationA new probe offers combined transillumination and laser fiber for targeted transscleral cyclophotocoagulation. Steven D. Vold, MD, shares some of his clinical experience.
The Alcon DAILIES® Choice Program is a Win for Patients and PracticesFor many eye care professionals (ECPs), helping patients see, look and feel their best means being able to offer their patients daily disposable contact lenses. The DAILIES® Choice Program is an opportunity to provide patients with a convenient alternative to weekly and monthly replacement lenses by reducing the price barrier for new wearers with up to $200 in savings on a year’s supply of DAILIES® lenses.