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BLOG: New treatments leading to cure for exudative macular degeneration

September 4, 2015

Guidelines for intravitreal injections are continuously evolving, and the latest advice surprisingly tells retina specialists to avoid antibiotic drops before, during and after intravitreal injections. This counterintuitive advice comes as the result of several studies looking at factors that correlate with infections post-intravitreal drug delivery. Evidence shows no lower rate of endophthalmitis when antibiotics are used, and, in fact, the organisms that develop are more resistant among antibiotic-treated patients.

Treatment with intravitreal drugs is still in its infancy, as cancer treatment was 50 years ago. When we had one or two chemotherapy agents, there was little question as to which drugs to choose. Until the discovery of pulsed-dosing and adjunctive drugs that mitigate the chemotherapy side effects, treatment was even more unpleasant, and often more lethal, than it is today. Where intravitreal injections are concerned, there is an array of both new products/mechanisms and new dosing regimens. Treat-and-extend is now standard of care, having retina specialists stretch out the course of treatment as vessel regression occurs.

Speaker: Suspect viral cause in cases of anterior uveitis Meeting News Coverage

Speaker: Suspect viral cause in cases of anterior uveitis

September 4, 2015
BARCELONA — A viral cause should be suspected in cases of anterior uveitis, the most common form of uveitis, according to a speaker.Whereas 48% of new cases are…

New ACA rule aims to protect patients from sex, disability discrimination

September 4, 2015
The HHS has announced a proposed rule to modify discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which would help provide equal access to health care and coverage…

Optometry Giving Sight awards medals to graduates

September 4, 2015
Optometry Giving Sight announced that they have awarded three academic medals to graduating students from the School of Optometry at Mzuzu University in Malawi, Africa…
Lift LASIK flap in cases of infectious keratitis Meeting News Coverage

Lift LASIK flap in cases of infectious keratitis

September 4, 2015
BARCELONA — Elevating the flap and then culturing and scraping beneath it is how infectious keratitis after LASIK should be approached, according to a presentation…
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PCON August 2015

Clinicians agree quality of life is a vital part of comprehensive glaucoma care

Primary Care Optometry News, August 2015
Most eye care providers agree that the goal of glaucoma care is to sustain a patient’s quality of life by…
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BLOG: Stay professional on social media

August 27, 2015
Agustin Gonzalez, OD, says that you only have one chance to make a first impression – even on social media.He…
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YAG photoablation effective first-line treatment for vitreous opacities

YAG photoablation effective first-line treatment for vitreous opacities

Primary Care Optometry News, August 2015
Darcy Eberle, OD; Dianne Kowing, OD, FAAO; Ruth Hyatt, OD; William Dunn, MD, FACS
A 56-year-old certified ophthalmic technician presented for a comprehensive eye examination. He was complaining of…
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