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Lynda Charters
Defending adjustable sutures in strabismus surgery
It may be easier than ever for strabismus surgeons to adopt adjustable sutures thanks to a short tag noose adjustable suture technique that allows for optional suture adjustment, according to David G. Hunter, MD, PhD.
Intravitreal bevacizumab: Improved vascular pattern after treatment in ROP
After intravitreal bevacizumab injection in eyes with treatment requiring-retinopathy of prematurity, there was growth and maturation of retinal vessels, although certain abnormalities remained.
Stem cell therapy explored for atrophic AMD
Stem cell therapy is in its infancy, and the first steps have been taken to address atrophic age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with some success among several interesting treatment strategies, according to Allen C. Ho, MD.
DALK explored as early approach to refractory acanthamoeba keratitis
Therapeutic deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty performed early should be considered in cases of acanthamoeba keratitis refractory to medical therapy with substantial optical zone ulceration.
The future of keratoconus treatment
Despite the advent of advanced technologies—such as corneal stromal collagen crosslinking (CXL), intracorneal ring segments (ICRS), toric phakic and pseudophakic IOLs, and keratoplasty—patients with keratoconus are mostly being managed with spectacles and/or contact lenses.
Breaking the vicious cycle of PDGF-VEGF
The activity in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) involves a close association between endothelial cells and pericytes, the latter of which wraps around endothelial cells of the capillaries and venules. Pericytes regulate blood flow, clear cellular debris, are a key factor in the blood-brain barrier, and stabilize maturation of endothelial cells, explained Elias Reichel, MD, professor of ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine, and vice chairman, New England Eye Center, Boston.
Challenges facing vision rehabilitation services
Vision rehabilitation services in the United States and Canada exist on a background of different medical systems.
Epithelium-on CXL: New frontier for topographic abnormalities
The rationale for epithelium-on crosslinking procedures is strong, and may ultimately make customized treatment of topographic abnormalities more attractive for therapeutic and refractive indications.
The best treat-and-extend regimens for wet AMD
Dr. Heier, professor of ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University Medical School, Boston, evaluated the currently used regimens to determine the ideal approaches for these patients.
Rare tumefactive MS may masquerade as tumor
In patients with the rare disease of tumefactive multiple sclerosis, brain lesions may be mistaken for tumors. Treatments of high-dose steroid therapy and plasmapheresis can be considered.


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