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CLINICAL

Nailing intravitreal implant injections
Nailing intravitreal implant injectionsTreating diabetic macular edema (DME) has evolved from the ETDRS-style focal/grid laser being the standard of care since 1985 to the modern era of pharmacotherapy—with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections now taking center stage as primary treatment for most patients.
Enhancing retinal surgery with 27-gauge instrumentation
Enhancing retinal surgery with 27-gauge instrumentationThe use of 27-gauge instrumentation provides several surgical advantages compared with larger tools in retinal surgery, particularly in difficult cases.
Transplantable 3-D retinas
Transplantable 3-D retinasAIVITA Biomedical has successfully engineered a three-dimensional transplantable retina construct and demonstrated connectivity and conductivity in an animal model of retinal degeneration.
New concepts about macular edema emerge from modern imaging studiesVolume-rendered optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging allows new insight into retinal vascular flow and morphological changes in eyes with macular edema (ME), and the information obtained is the basis for new ideas about the pathogenesis of ME and therapeutic intervention, according to Richard F. Spaide, MD, Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York.
Findings reaffirm ocriplasmin success for symptomatic VMA over long termResults of a 2-year phase IIIb study include findings consistent with earlier information about treatment success with ocriplasmin injection for symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion and new information about efficacy and safety over the longer term.
Data support adding suprachoroidal injection to anti-VEGF for RVOResults from the phase II TANZANITE clinical trial support further investigation of adding suprachoroidal triamcinolone acetonide to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy for treatment-naïve retinal vein occlusion.
System offers advanced capabilities in OCT, OCTAThe recent FDA clearance of a swept-source optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography (OCTA) platform (PLEX Elite 9000, Carl Zeiss Meditec) for posterior ocular structures enables fast, dense, wide, and deep imaging of the retina, choroid, and their associated microvasculature, said Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD.
Using medications in pregnant glaucoma patientsMost of the medications, both new and old, we prescribe for glaucoma are quite safe—especially if we educate our patients to occlude their puncta.
Managing presbyopia heading into the year 2020Patients don’t have to wait for 2020 to achieve 20/20 vision at near without spectacles or contact lenses. Rather, the advancements we have seen just in the past few years should be enough to help manage their expectations.
Poll: What is your first-line therapy for blepharitis?Do you reach first for warm compresses or lid scrubs? What about antibiotics? Weigh in!