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ILM removal increases ease, safety of subretinal injectionsRemoving a small area of internal limiting membrane at the intended site of a subretinal injection allows the injection to be delivered without penetrating the retina.
ILM peeling with retinal staining aids macular hole closurePeeling of the internal limiting membrane with staining of retinal tissues might help macular hole closure and resolve retinal schisis.
4 pattern recognition skills that are relevant in clinicKnowledge of pathologic patterns is necessary in medical retina, especially patterns that are unusual or rare. Pattern recognition skills are essential in medical retina. Lawrence Yannuzzi, MD, highlights four patterns that he believes are relevant in clinical practice and should be recognized–and not missed–by retinal specialists.
New paradigm shift in selecting a steroid course prior to FAc implantAs retinal specialists, we are truly fortunate to live in a time where we have several treatment options for patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). A fluocinolone acetonide (FAc) intravitreal implant 0.19 mg (Iluvien, Alimera Sciences) is indicated for the treatment of DME in patients who have been previously treated with a course of corticosteroids and did not have a clinically significant rise in IOP.
Gene therapy trial launched for X-linked retinitis pigmentosaResearchers have injected their first patient with a virus engineered to remodel the gene responsible for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP).
Dr. William Tasman, former Wills Eye ophthalmologist-in-chief, diesWills Eye Hospital’s “powerhouse” William Tasman, MD, passed away March 28, 2017, at the age of 87. In the same short period, the retinal world had another sad passing of Eliot L. Berson, MD, on March 19, 2017 at the age of 79.
Blocked clinic flow can be analogous to a beaver damMeaningful use and government mandates have added blocks all throughout the system that continue to add more and more time to each patient visit--and ends up damming up the clinic from ever getting their hands on the patient to do the exam.
Does FLACS cost, benefit outweigh manual? Yes!Though further study is needed to determine conclusively whether or not femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is associated with better refractive outcomes compared with conventional manual surgery, FLACS offers many other benefits that justify its use, according to Robert J. Cionni, MD.
Does FLACS cost, benefit outweigh manual? No!Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) offers some advantages compared with a conventional manual procedure, particularly for certain patients. Currently, however, FLACS does not result in superior outcomes and it has drawbacks that outweigh its benefits, according to Rosa Braga-Mele, MD.
Unconventional timesWhether one agrees or disagrees with President Donald J. Trump, we can agree that part of his success was finding a way to skip the media, go around the career politicians, and go directly to the people. Is it possible that our legislative efforts have borne so little fruit because we’ve approached it as a politician would?

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