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Failed cell therapy study offers positives, raises new questionsPatients with a history of frequent anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may not be the best potential candidates for encapsulated cell technology (ECT).
Aldehyde dehydrogenase implicated in mucous membrane pemphigoidPreliminary studies suggest disulfiram could aid in the treatment of mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP). Used topically, the drug may inhibit aldehyde deydrogenase (ALDH), which plays a key role in fibrosis, wrote JK Dart, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London.
How conference attendance benefits your teamAre you planning on going to a conference this year? As Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks, summarized, knowledge and skill are your keys to earning more. Professional conference season is upon us. Which ones are you paying for you and your employees to attend? No matter how dedicated and organized your practice may be, it’s impossible to internally train each and every staff member to the high level of excellence your patients demand. Thoughtfully motivating and engaging employees takes a concerted and systemic approach to learning and skills training.
Bimatoprost insert offers noninvasive platform for early glaucoma patients A 19-month, open-label study of a novel bimatoprost, sustained-release ocular insert shows good safety and efficacy. The insert is polymer ring that sits atop the eye in the conjunctival fornix. Phase III trials are expected to begin in 2017.
Novel neurostimulator device uses nasal cavities to stimulate tearsChronic dry eye disease (DED) affects more than 25 million people and to date the only pharmacologic therapies are topical or involve punctal plugs. Results from two studies wth a neurostimulator indicate there may be a new pathway to upregulate the body’s tear system.
Formula for achieving successful multifocal IOL outcomesAchieving satisfaction for patients interested in a multifocal IOL begins with comprehensive preoperative screening and evaluation.
What role does chromatic aberration play in IOLs?White light is comprised of different wavelengths of visible light, ranging from red (700 nm) to violet (400 nm). As white light passes through an optical system, each of its component wavelengths bends independently.
Evidence weak for blue light-filtering IOLsOnly weak evidence supports the use of IOLs that filter visible blue light, researchers say. “On the basis of currently available evidence, one cannot advocate for the use of blue-light-filtering IOLs over UV-only filtering IOLs,” wroite X. Li, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, and colleagues.
Don’t practice what I preachRecent surveys across most medical specialties confirm physicians in active practice preach to themselves and their patients about the fulfillment of providing intimate, life-improving care, but advise their children to avoid becoming physicians.
Haze after PRK, LASIK tied to faulty epithelial regrowth
Haze after PRK, LASIK tied to faulty epithelial regrowthPoor regeneration of the epithelial basement accounts for most 'late haze' associated with PRK, LASIK, infections, or corneal transplants. Proper excimer laser maintenance may reduce irregularities.

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