Fort Lauderdale, FL—A modified glaucoma valve made of a porous polymer material reduced outflow resistance in tests conducted in an animal model. The reduced resistance should in turn result in improved control of IOP over conventional implants, explained R. Rand Allingham, MD, at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Several companies have introduced new products in their punctum plug lines, upgraded existing products, and modified their packaging for increased customer convenience.
Fort Worth, TX—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) New Technology Intraocular Lens (NTIOL) classification of Reduced Spherical Aberration has been applied to the AcrySof IQ IOL (Alcon Laboratories). The IOL gained inclusion by proving the same or greater clinical benefit as the lens that established the NTIOL subset, according to Alcon Laboratories.
Baltimore—Significant postoperative pain can occur after enucleation surgery. Multimodal anesthesia, combining oral agents and a local anesthetic, can provide superior pain relief, according to Shannath L. Merbs, MD, PhD, FACS, associate professor of ophthalmology and oncology, Wilmer Eye Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.
San Francisco—The most common complications involving foldable IOLs and requiring explantation showed little change over the past 2 years, according to an annual survey sent to members of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS).
Los Alamitos, CA—Larry Geisse, MD, a surgeon in private practice in Los Alamitos, CA, recently encountered a case of toxic anterior segment syndrome (TASS) that might hold lessons for other clinicians in the treatment of TASS.
Dorado, Puerto Rico—Make sure that your billing department is aware of common myths associated with ophthalmic surgery billing, so that surgery claims being filed are correct, advised Donna M. McCune, CCS-P, COE, who spoke during Current Concepts in Ophthalmology.
Dislocation, decentration concerns for foldable IOLs,survey finds
Des Plaines, IL—The Internal Revenue Service has authorized the Foundation for Keratoconus Care to commence operations.