Levofloxacin 0.5% eye drops should be the first choice for antibacterial prophylaxis and treatment, according to Professor P. Asbell of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA.
It is possible to achieve a lower rate of endophthalmitis with a single injection of cefuroxime at the conclusion of cataract surgery than by using the more traditional subconjunctival/topical regimens, according to Per Montan of the St Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Urological Association all encouraged cataract patients to talk about medications, mainly alpha-blockers, used for benign prostatic hyperplasia and certain types of lower urinary tract symptoms before undergoing cataract surgery.
Allergan Inc. is requesting department chairmen, division chiefs, or fellowship directors of academic institutions to submit grant applications for the Allergan Horizon Grant Program.
San Francisco—Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a major advance in the management of glaucoma because it safely and effectively lowers IOP without damaging or disrupting the trabecular beams.
London, Ontario—During at least the first 12 months after treatment initiation, selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and latanoprost 0.005% (Xalatan, Pfizer) are associated with equivalent efficacy and safety profiles when used as primary therapy for newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, according to the results of a prospective, multicenter, parallel comparison, clinical trial conducted by researchers at Ivey Eye Institute, University of Western Ontario, London.
Irvine, CA—ISTA Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced it has filed a New Drug Application (NDA) with the FDA for its investigational ophthalmic product (T-Pred) containing tobramycin and prednisolone acetate in a fixed combination. The company hopes the drug receives approval as a treatment for inflammatory ocular conditions for which a corticosteroid is indicated and where bacterial ocular infections or a risk of bacterial infections exists.
San Francisco—Early experience with the use of corneal onlays for refractive correction seems to indicate that extracellular matrix substitutes can be made into onlays that can integrate functionally within host corneas. Epithelial pockets can be created and there is potential for these lenticules to be useful future supplements for, or alternatives to, laser-based refractive correction, according to W. Bruce Jackson, MD, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.