Julia Talsma


Is a specialty ASC in your plans?

Las Vegas-The numbers speak for themselves. Today, there are between 4,500 and 5,000 certified ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the United States-outpacing the number of hospitals offering outpatient surgical procedures. More ASCs are expected to sprout up around the country at a rate of about 8% per year.

CK effects, results may be temporary

Stanford, CA-Refractive surgeons performing conductive keratoplasty (CK, Refractec) for correction of mild to moderate hyperopia can expect good visual results initially, but they should warn patients that CK effects might not be permanent, explained Jason S. Ehrlich, MD, PhD.

Study: quarterly dosing of ranibizumab may not be as effective as monthly dosing

Las Vegas-Patients with subfoveal cho-roidal neovascularization (CNV) who received monthly injections of ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech) for 3 months and quarterly thereafter fared better than those patients receiving sham treatment in the PIER study. Vision in patients receiving the quarterly injections in this trial was not as good as that in patients who received monthly doses of ranibizumab for the duration of the MARINA and ANCHOR studies, however, reported Peter K. Kaiser, MD.

CK may be useful for pseudophakic astigmatism

January 01, 2007

London-Conductive keratoplasty (CK, Refractec), an effective treatment for the correction of hyperopia or presbyopia, might be a useful procedure for cataract patients with residual astigmatism, according to Tejas D. Shah, MD, who spoke at the XXIV Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Dry eye after LASIK is a challenge

January 01, 2007

Las Vegas-Post-LASIK dry eye is a common problem even in patients with no preoperative evidence of dry eye. In fact, the prevalence of dry eye in the adult population has been reported to be as high as 70% (under certain conditions). Therefore, all LASIK candidates should be treated as if they might develop the condition, according to a refractive surgery expert.

Improving blepharoplasty results with careful observation

October 01, 2006

Baltimore-Surgical results for patients requesting a blepharoplasty can be improved if the surgeon carefully examines individuals for coexisting diagnoses, pre-existing asymmetries, brow position, and lower eyelid malposition, explained Shannath L. Merbs, MD, PhD, FACS.