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Lynda Charters
Lens strategies enhance depth of focus
Different approaches for correcting presbyopia are associated with various advantages and disadvantages.
Steroid role controversial in endophthalmitis
Currently, no clear-cut guidelines exist for the use of steroids in patients who develop endophthalmitis.
Early thrombolysis may be beneficial in CRAO
The use of intravenous thrombolysis for treating patients with central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) may be beneficial within a narrow clinical scenario, according to Valerie Biousse, MD, who pointed out the importance of very early intervention in patients with acute vision loss.
Ophthalmologist presents guidelines for third-nerve palsies
When a patient presents with an acute third-nerve palsy, what is the best course of action, and what is the most cost-effective way to reach a diagnosis? Susan Benes, MD, described various case scenarios to guide ophthalmologists with what often can be difficult cases.
Scleral implants improve presbyopic near vision
Implantation of presbyopia scleral implants (PresView, Refocus Group) using a scleral spacing procedure with limbal relaxing incisions is providing marked improvement in near vision in patients with presbyopia.
Anesthesia in children linked to learning disabilities?
The jury is still out on the effects of anesthesia in children who undergo surgery at a young age, according to Constance S. Houck, MD. Multiple animal studies have demonstrated neuroapoptosis and long-term learning deficits in young animals after administration of general anesthesia, but population-based studies in humans have been far less clear.
Infection may trigger acute hypertensive uveitis
When confronted with acute hypertensive uveitis associated with elevated IOP, physicians should consider an infection, such as herpes simplex virus (HSV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), varicella zoster virus (VZV), toxoplasmosis, or rubella. Posner-Schlossman syndrome and Fuchs' hetrerochromic cyclitis are syndromes that probably are caused by these same infectious agents. Trabeculitis has been considered a possible mechanism.
On the road to optical precision
The corrections following phacoemulsification and IOL implantation that are achievable today are a far cry from those commanded in the 1970s when 20/40 corrected bilaterally was considered an accomplishment following implantation of the early IOLs.
Radiation lowers treatment burden
Epimacular brachytherapy was described as "interesting and encouraging" at the 2-year time point for treating exudative age-related macular degeneration that had been previously treated with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections.
Eye injury in a class by itself
Though advances have been made in achieving better functional vision in some patients with ocular injuries, the overall rates of improvements in visual acuity have remained static for three decades.


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