Deciding between glaucoma or physiologic cuppingBig optic nerves make me feel good. I find them easier to evaluate, and I don’t get as worked up about their respective big optic cups.
Reviewing an optic pit in a glaucoma suspect
Reviewing an optic pit in a glaucoma suspectA 24-year-old was referred to the Ocular Disease Service at UAB Eye Care for a glaucoma evaluation. Other than a history of spectacle correction for myopic refractive error, the personal ophthalmic history is negative.
Dr. Bowling: Snake oil scam claims to restore visionIf talk of online eye exams has gotten the optometric profession’s dander up, then what I’m about to share with you will send an OD’s blood pressure into the stratosphere.
Rethinking prostaglandin analogs side effectsI recently came across a journal publication describing a patient with Crohn’s disease and open-angle glaucoma.1 Essentially, the patient’s treatment with topical latanoprost was associated with an exacerbation of her Crohn’s disease.
InnFocus releases clinical results on MicroShunt implantInnFocus, Inc. recently reported on a series of 43 glaucoma patients (n=34, 22, and 17 at one, two, and three years, respectively) treated with its MicroShunt implant.
AAOphth says marijuana is not proven treatment for glaucomaThe American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAOphth) has reiterated its stance on medical marijuana for the treatment of glaucoma, stating that it finds no scientific evidence that marijuana is an effective long-term treatment for the disease, particularly when compared to the current prescription medication and surgical treatment available.
Ophthalmologists and ophthalmology trainees underestimate glaucoma riskA study from the Centre for Eye Research Australia at the University of Melbourne found that comprehensive ophthalmologist and ophthalmology trainees who participated in an online multinational study to assess optic discs were about twice as likely to underestimate as to overestimate glaucoma risk.
Is the ISNT rule helpful?Are there any absolute laws for glaucoma other than the broad few that govern its definition? Well, maybe not. Think about it. The word “typically” precedes much of what we say when we describe glaucoma outside of its definition. An example would be the fact that visual field loss is typically nasal at first. However, a temporal wedge defect may, at times, be the first defect to become manifest.
Popular diabetes drug linked to reduced glaucoma riskA recent study found that metformin (Glumetza, Salix), a popular diabetes drug, is associated with a dose-dependent risk reduction for open-angle glaucoma.
Results from lantanoprostene bunod clinical studies presented at ARVOThe results of 2 clinical studies on latanosprostene bunod—CONSTELLATION and KRONUS— were presented during the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting last week.