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OCTA providing two-for-one imaging and practical valueOCT angiography (OCTA) is a revolutionary new tool that adds value to clinical practice. It provides unique insights about retinal and choroidal vasculature compared with conventional OCT along with the advantages of conventional dye-based techniques, said Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD, at the 2017 Retina Subspecialty Day meeting.
Finding alternative techniques for eyes with failed PKCornea surgeons encountering a patient with failed penetrating keratoplasty (PK) will wonder if they should repeat the PK. Although there are some exceptions to the rule, according to Donald T.H. Tan, MD, the answer is “no.”
Tumor-targeted therapy changing game for choroidal melanomaEarly results of a phase Ib/II study investigating light-activated AU-011 (Aura Biosciences) for treatment of small-medium choroidal melanoma show good safety and evidence of efficacy for this novel tumor-targeted therapy.
Punctal plug drug delivery attractive method for managing glaucomaPunctal plug-based delivery systems for sustained delivery of glaucoma medications represent new and versatile technology that is under development. The hope is it can help with the problem of patient compliance when managing mild-moderate glaucoma, said Marlene Moster, MD.
Add-on injectable IOL for pseudophakic AMD maintains near visionResults from 1 year of follow-up in a multicenter clinical trial show that an add-on (Scharioth Macula Lens [SML], Medicontour) increases near vision without affecting distance vision in pseudophakic patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
NLP status after open-globe injury not always permanentManagement of patients with loss of light perception after open-globe injury has historically been to observe or enucleate the eye with the goal of reducing the risk of sympathetic ophthalmia. Existing data, however, support rethinking that paradigm and instead considering surgery for carefully selected patients who have a chance for recovering vision.
The role of ophthalmologists in the opioid epidemicAn observational cohort study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, used Medicare Part D data to assess the number of opioid prescriptions written by ophthalmologists in the United States.
Sustained drug-delivery technologies shape promising futureDevelopment of technologies for sustained drug delivery is a topic of great interest among retina specialists considering the number of chronic conditions that are managed with repeated intravitreal injections.
Corneal inlays play increasing role in presbyopiaAs the number of LASIK procedures being performed continues to fall worldwide, correction of presbyopia is receiving increasing attention as being the final frontier and “holy grail” for refractive surgery, said Wayne Crewe-Brown, MD, at Refractive Surgery 2017.
Schepens lecturer traces advent, evolution of ophthalmic trialsClinical trials are an indispensable ordeal that are the gold standard for assessing risks and benefits of treatments, said Frederick L. Ferris III, MD.

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