December 23rd 2022
The study aims to understand how SARS-CoV-2 affects the eyes and whether it could serve as a virus infection route.
October 24th 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to greater comfort with robotic telepresence in eye screenings.
October 3rd 2022
DME showed small significant improvement in study cohort.
September 29th 2022
The survey, from The Larry A. Greene Center and the Primary Care Collaborative, found that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an adverse impact on the well-being of physicians.
September 16th 2022
Researchers found that the rate of visual decline increased significantly in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) during the COVID-19 lockdown who were followed over time.
EURETINA LIVE: Research focuses on retinal issues following COVID-19 infection
A study detailed at the 22nd EURETINA Congress in Hamburg, Germany, documented a spectrum of manifestations following COVID-19 infections in an otherwise immunocompetent patient presenting at a tertiary care center.
ICYMI: Social media as a tool to navigate the choppy seas of personal development
Researchers have found that social media use among physicians jumped during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the role it plays in networking, mentorship and support among ophthalmologists remains unknown.
COVID-19 transmission and wearing eyeglasses: The jury is still out on protective effect
The debate continues about the protective effect of eyeglasses against contracting the COVID-19 virus. Researchers from Denmark reported that their results were inconclusive regarding whether wearing eyeglasses is linked with a decreased risk of COVID-19 infections.
COVID-19: No strong local response of the conjunctival immune system
Symptoms in the eye may not be substantial in patients with COVID-19.
Digital patient engagement tackles the labor crisis, improves the patient experience
For health care workers, the pandemic has led to increased burnout, concerns about workplace safety, and staffing shortages that threaten not only patient care but also the entire provider ecosystem.
Taping surgical masks to the skin decreases risk of ocular surface damage during the COVID-19 pandemic
During a presentation at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s 2022 annual meeting in Denver, Yuichi Hori, MD, PhD, and colleagues found that taping the top border of a surgical mask to a clinicians’ skin reduces the potential for ocular surface damage resulting from expirations of air reaching the ocular surface during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At-home vision testing by patients compares favorably to in-office evaluations during COVID-19 pandemic
The study, by investigators from the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, supported the use of at-home tests during teleophthalmology care, an important point considering the significant drop in in-person VA evaluations during the pandemic.
New Zealand ophthalmologists disciplined for violating COVID-19 mandates
The country’s Ministry of Health has issued infringement notices to two ophthalmologist for seeing patients while unvaccinated.
Study: Corneal sensitivity unaffected by COVID-19 in the acute phase
Investigators theorize that the ophthalmic nerve may be affected by the COVID-19 virus, and therefore may affect the corneal esthesiometry values.
Decreased retinal vascular density linked to moderate/severe COVID-19 pneumonia
Investigators have questioned the potential for the vascular density to be a biomarker for microvascular abnormalities following COVID-19 and found that longitudinal studies are needed to determine this.
COVID-19 associated with a Purtscher-like retinopathy
Investigators at the Eye Clinic, Department of Medicine, Surgery and Health Sciences, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy, found that the appearance of the retina and optic disc was associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Chronic bilateral dacryoadenitis related to COVID-19
A pair of Japanese ophthalmologists have concluded that SARS-CoV-2 may target lacrimal gland tissue and manifest as chronic inflammation.
Safely measuring IOP during COVID-19 pandemic
According to investigators at the University of Washington, Seattle, the COVID-19 pandemic has made measuring IOP challenging because of the potential to spread the virus.
Study: Some people still infectious 10 days after COVID
A team of investigators examined the association between COVID-19 transmissibility and elapsed time since infection, and found that SARS-CoV-2 may still be transmissible 10 days post-infection.
Omicron BA.2 variant recognized around the world
The new variant is described as a "subvariant" of the omicron variant and is closely related to omicron, though it has some different mutations.
Genetics plays role in the loss of smell, taste during COVID-19 infection
Researchers collected data on COVID-19 symptoms via online surveys from in excess of 1 million 23andMe participants who self-reported their COVID-19 symptoms.
The intersection of ROCM and COVID-19 in patients with diabetes
Investigators find that successful outcomes may depend on the awareness of red-flag symptoms and signs.
Pfizer, BioNTech kick off Omicron-specific vaccine trial
According to the companies, the trial will evaluate the safety, tolerability, and immune response of the vaccine that can be administered as a primary shot and a booster.
Rapid testing for COVID-19 associated with low rate of false positive results
Canadian researchers have found that rapid antigen tests to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus are associated with a very low rate of false positive results.
Study: 87% of workers have increased concerns about working in an office amid rise of new COVID-19 variants
As the omicron variant continues to surge across the country, putting staff at many practices on edge, waning immunity may be driving an increase in virus infections.
Neurologic features of COVID-19 may be present without positive nasal swabs
Informed guidelines are needed to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients with neurologic manifestations, according to investigators.
COVID-19: Mobility, physical functioning impaired in older patients with mild, moderate cases
Study finds differences in pupillary sizes between active, resolved COVID-19 cases
The investigators believe that, based on their findings, the impact of COVID-19 on the autonomous nervous system warrants further prospective studies and assessment of pupillary function might be a useful test for determining autonomic dysfunction.
Study finds low prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in eye bank samples
Investigators say study validates the importance of history-based donor screening while also demonstrating that postmortem PCR testing as a criterion for procurement and subsequent use of tissue isn’t necessary.
High incidence of severe infectious keratitis in South India related to COVID-19
Delayed presentations and acute shortage of donor corneal tissues for emergency keratoplasty are among reasons given for adverse outcome.
Addressing persistent long COVID-19 symptoms
Investigators have cited the need for pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions to improve the ongoing burden after hospitalization for COVID-19.
Myocarditis/myopericarditis associated with COVID-19 vaccinations
A team of Danish investigators have found an increased link between the Moderna vaccination and development of myocarditis or myopericarditis. Meanwhile, the Pfizer vaccination was found to have a significantly increased risk of cardiac adverse effects only among women.
Roche receives CE mark for saliva-based COVID-19 test
The company continues to develop testing options that deliver accurate detection and correctly identify SARS-CoV-2 mutations to help patients and healthcare providers manage the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
Durable therapies for diabetic macular edema amid COVID-19 pandemic
Patients’ reluctance to visit a clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing retina specialists to optimize therapy.
Biden unveils pandemic strategy, which receives AMA support
AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, said in a statement that President Joe Biden’s pandemic plan will make communities safer amid an evolving pandemic and confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.
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