Irvine, CA-Eye physicians are choosing Allergan's ofloxacin (Ocuflox) over Alcon's Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) in greater numbers for the treatment of ocular bacterial infections, according to two prescription surveys.
Orlando-Cataract and refractive surgeons have worked hard over the last decade, perfecting their surgical techniques. Small-incision cataract surgery has revolutionized the ophthalmic profession as have developments in laser refractive procedures. But surgical technique is only part of the equation for producing outstanding surgical outcomes. Prevention of post-surgical infection is another concern.
Therapies for retinal diseases that re-mained untreatable for decades are seeing major advances. So much so that Jason Slakter, MD, clinical professor of ophthalmology, New York University School of Medicine, and surgeon director, Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital, New York, has proclaimed the first years of the new mil-lennium as the "Decade of the Macula."
Los Angeles-A randomized, controlled trial comparing the combination therapy dorzolamide-timolol (Cosopt, Merck) with concomitant administration of 2% dorzolamide (Trusopt, Merck) and 0.5% timolol showed that the IOP lowering is equally effective if the drugs are given either in combination or individually.
Houston-Once-daily bimatoprost 0.03% (Lumigan, Allergan) is a highly effective, safe, and well-accepted IOP-lowering medication across the di-verse population of patients encountered in daily practice, according to the results of a large-scale, com-munity-based, pro-spective, open-label study.
Tucson, AZ-Topical beta-blockers have been a mainstay of ongoing treatment for glaucoma for more than 20 years, but a new study adds to the evidence that they may not be the best option for long-term control of IOP for elderly patients.
Green Bay, WI-The recently introduced miniature glaucoma shunt (Ex-Press) is an exciting modality with a lot of potential, but this new IOP-lowering treatment still requires further study to define its long-term efficacy and place in the armamentarium of glaucoma management options, said James E. Memmen, MD.
Newark, NJ-Timolol hemihydrate (Betimol, Santen Inc.) is an excellent choice when a beta-blocker is indicated for IOP-lowering in patients with ocular hypertension or glaucoma, said Paul J. Lama, MD.
Warner Robins, GA-Diagnosis and treatment of late-onset microbacterial infections with amikacin after LASIK results in good visual recoveries. However, other refractive procedures, such as PRK or LASEK, will decrease the incidence of these types of infections, most of which result from creation of the flap, according to Johnny L. Gayton, MD.
Alameda, CA-InSite Vision Inc.'s antibiotic product ISV-401 has proved safe and effective for treating acute bacterial conjunctivitis in a phase II clinical study.