Diabetes doubles the risk of cataract in the general population, with an even greater increased risk among people aged under 70, according to researchers.
Yvonne Buys, MD, says ophthalmologists can choose from a range of the latest devices for measuring IOP, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. While new technology continues to emerge, Dr. Buys provides an overview of tonometer technology.
Jonathan S. Myers, MD, reports that intraocular drug delivery systems could help solve the problem of poor adherence in patients taking glaucoma medications. Implanted in the eye, the systems would allow for glaucoma drugs to gradually dissolve or elute medication.
Hyper-reflective subretinal infiltrates visible on spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) could help diagnose primary vitreoretinal lymphoma (PVRL), researchers believe.
An artificial vision device (MyEye, OrCam) has helped a blind veteran regain his independence, according to the charity Scottish War Blinded.
Until now, surgery has been considered a second-line treatment after medication and lasers because of the risks associated with trabeculectomy and tube shunts. Now ophthalmologists can draw from a larger surgical tool chest, explains Iqbal Ike K. Ahmed, MD.
Ophthalmologists must take an active role in preventing impaired colleagues from hurting patients, according to Terri Pickering, MD.
Advances in phacoemulsification are creating new opportunities for glaucoma surgery, especially in developing countries, according to Alan S. Crandall, MD.
One laboratory is at work on new devices that use visual stimuli to prompt retinal ganglion cells to regenerate, while two other researchers describe techniques through which virtual reality might diagnose the disease more accurately than standard automated perimetry.
In addition to making use of MIGS, interventional glaucoma might utilize other novel drainage devices and sustained drug-delivery devices and be combined with cataract surgery. This approach is more proactive, aims at lower IOP, lowers risk and addresses adherence, said Iqbal Ike K. Ahmed, MD.