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Lynda Charters
Oral vs. IV steroids for giant cell arteritis
Intravenous methylprednisolone may prevent visual loss and occasionally achieve visual recovery in patients with giant cell arteritis.
Examining advances in AAV vector for retinal gene therapy
Much work is being done with Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors for application in retinal gene therapy, with modifications being made to the capsid and genome of the vector to generate novel variants with unique transduction profiles, according to Shannon Boye, PhD.
RIDE, RISE phase III results favorable for DME treatment
RIDE, RISE phase III results favorable for DME treatment
The open-label extension RIDE and RISE phase III studies of ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech) indicated that the beneficial results of the drug for treating diabetic macular edema were maintained over the long-term with less than monthly follow-up or injection treatment.
Examining 1-year LUCAS Study results for AMD treatments
The 1-year results of the inject-and-extend Lucentis Compared to Avastin Study (Lucas) for exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) indicated that the two drugs have equivalent effectiveness, said Karina Berg, MD.
Future of uveitis therapy takes shape with new treatments
Potentially effective new drugs are in the pipeline for treating uveitis, in addition to several promising formulations in clinical trials.
Efficiency of radiused, non-radiused tips for phaco explored in study
Radiused and non-radiused phacoemulsification tips were equivalent in efficiency for removing lens fragments during micropulse longitudinal and transversal/longitudinal phacoemulsification procedures. Non-radiused tips were more efficient with torsional action.
Use of ocular sealant may help prevent wound leaks
Assessment for wound leaks should be undertaken in a standardized and quantifiable fashion, and alternative means for wound closure, such as an ocular sealant, should be considered.
Examining various imaging approaches for macular edema
As the final common pathway in many retinal disorders, macular edema can be considered the leading cause of visual loss in the developed world, and thus has an enormous socioeconomic importance, according to Mark Johnson, MD.
How to reduce, prevent herpes zoster
The statistics concerning herpes zoster (HZ)—also known as shingles—are startling, said Elisabeth Cohen, MD.
All things astigmatism focus of ASCRS clinical survey
Among the 2013 ASCRS clinical survey results on astigmatism, findings showed that 57% of physicians saw benefits associated with femtosecond laser arcuate incisions compared with conventional manual incisions. Other trends were identified from the more than 1,000 physician responses.


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