Editor's Note: During the time I was a resident at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (1969-1972), I had the good fortune to work with Byron Capleese Smith, MD. Those who knew him will never forget him, and those who were not able to know him will gain a small glimpse of his persona and his contributions, as written by Christopher Teng, MD. —Norman Medow, MD
London—Thin, shallow corneal flaps of approximately 80 to 90 ?m created with an IntraLase femtosecond laser (IntraLase Corp.) may produce the best results in refractive surgery, effectively eliminating pain and haze while producing long-term visual stability, said John Marshall, PhD, in a keynote address during a session on femtosecond lasers here at the XXIV Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS).
A 59-year-old male was referred for decreased vision and glare in his right eye 7 days after uneventful clear corneal (CC) phacoemulsification with IOL implantation. On postoperative day 1, his visual acuity was 20/25 in the affected eye. The anterior chamber reaction revealed 1+ cell and flare and the IOL was clear.
St. Petersburg, FL—Lenstec Inc. says the FDA has granted it an investigational device exemption to begin a clinical trial of the Softec HD posterior chamber IOL.
Carlsbad, CA—SynergEyes Inc. has received FDA market clearance for the use of Alcon Opti-Free Replenish multi-purpose disinfecting solution with SynergEyes contact lenses.
Austin, TX—A new surgical technique addresses the cosmetic concerns of patients with facial palsy and provides them the eye protection that they need, said Sheri L. De Martel?re, MD, an oculoplastic surgeon in private practice in Austin, TX.
New York—The use of a scleral spacing procedure using PreView Scleral Implants (Refocus Group Inc.) appears to improve the technique to correct presbyopia. This revised technique seems to be a safe and effective method of improving near visual acuity without affecting distance visual acuity in emmetropic presbyopia, according to Barrie D. Soloway, MD, FACS.
Boston—SOLX, the glaucoma division of OccuLogix Inc., has begun an international program to train and certify ophthalmologists in Europe and the Middle East in surgical implantation procedures using the company’s Gold Micro-Shunt (GMS) products to treat patients with glaucoma.
Houston—Intestinal surgeries—such as gastric bypass, resections of the large and small bowel, and gallbladder removal—may interfere with the intestine's ability to absorb vitamin A, resulting in the potential for severe deficiencies and compromised vision.
Many factors play a role in wound healing after epi-LASIK. For example, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) after surgery, advanced age, and a compromised tear film have been associated with delayed wound healing, whereas younger age, healthy tear film, and certain nutritional supplements have been associated with rapid wound healing.