Fort Lauderdale, FL—Significant differences in optic disc topography exist between ethnic groups, according to the results of a study analyzing parameters measured with confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (CSLO) among subjects with European, subcontinent Indian, and African-American ancestries.
Obstetrics-Gynecology & Women's Health
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Washington—Sixty-two percent of meno-pausal and perimenopausal women reported dry eye symptoms, yet only 16% of women experiencing dry eye symptoms realized dry eye was a symptom of meno-pause, according to a recent survey sponsored by the Society of Women's Health Research (SWHR). The survey polled 304 women in menopause and perimenopause.
Early detection of glaucoma is critical. According to the AGIS study, by the time a reproducible visual field defect is detected, 20% to 50% of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) can be damaged, said Remo Susanna, Jr., MD, at the World Ophthalmology Congress on Wednesday.
Interim results from a Phase I study suggest that intravitreal injection of VEGF Trap (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) is a promising new approach for the treatment of exudative age-related macular degeneration, said Quan Dong Nguyen, MD, at the World Ophthalmology Congress.
In case you have been so busy with your practice and other obligations that you missed it, two medical miracles (my opinion) have recently been reported. Each is only partially relevant to the practice of ophthalmology, but it seems to me that these are worth awareness.
Chicago—The Heidelberg Retina Tomograph II (HRT II, Heidelberg Engineering GmbH), the most widely available generation of this technology, creates a two-dimensional picture of a three-dimensional structure, such as the optic nerve, by acquiring images in a manner similar to that of computed tomography. Jeffrey D. Henderer, MD, explained the basics of this technology and its relevance to glaucoma at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting.
La Jolla, CA—Many optic disc measurements obtained using confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (CSLO) can help predict the development of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in patients with ocular hypertension, according to the recently published results of an ancillary study to the National Eye Institute (NEI)-sponsored Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS).