In the Journals
This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in ophthalmology. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.
In the Journals

Less operating time needed in Malyugin ring vs. iris hook cases

January 17, 2019
Both pupil expansion rings and iris hooks are effective when used in patients with small pupils during cataract surgery; however, operating time is…
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Medicare Part B to D shift may decrease total spending, increase out-of-pocket costs

January 17, 2019
Although a proposal by the HHS to shift certain prescription drugs from Medicare Part B to Part D may reduce total drug spending by 6.9% to 18.3%, it…
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Medication use lower 2 years after combined iStent implantation, cataract surgery

January 16, 2019
A large observational study demonstrated that glaucoma patients implanted with the Glaukos iStent in combination with cataract surgery achieved a…
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Low-energy FLACS induces prostaglandin increase

January 15, 2019
Low-energy femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery induced significantly higher levels of prostaglandin E2 during surgery than conventional…
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Medicare Part D could save $14.4B using VA drug prices

January 14, 2019
If Medicare Part D paid prices for prescription medications similar to what the Department of Veterans Affairs pays, there could be an estimated…
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Cataract surgery patients report better postop outcomes with branded NSAID treatment

January 14, 2019
Cataract surgery patients treated with branded nepafenac topical eye drops reported better objective and subjective outcomes compared with patients…
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One in four anti-VEGF therapy patients with DME lost to follow-up

January 11, 2019
A quarter of patients with diabetic macular edema who received an anti-VEGF injection to treat nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy did not return…
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Large data set correlates cholesterol levels with AMD

January 9, 2019
HDL cholesterol and triglycerides have, respectively, a positive and negative association with increased risk for age-related macular degeneration…
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Ciliary neurotrophic factor may benefit patients with macular telangiectasia type 2

January 9, 2019
Intravitreal sustained delivery of human ciliary neurotrophic factor showed efficacy in slowing the progression of retinal degeneration in patients…
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Direct-to-consumer medical ad spending rises $7.5 billion over 10 years

January 8, 2019
Money spent on medical marketing greatly increased from 1997 through 2016, carried largely by a significant surge in direct-to-consumer advertising…