Tag: optometry

Will Blue Light Glasses Help?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been good for the blue light glasses industry. As people in lockdown spend more time staring at laptops and other digital...

Smart Contact Lens Targets Vision Improvement

A contact lens that operates like a smartphone in the eye was the breakout but not-yet-ready-for-prime-time health tech at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year....

A Reflection of a Life-Threatening Condition

When a 47-year-old woman with well-controlled schizophrenia attended the Smell and Taste Research Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, Justin Virk, MD, had no idea he was...

Surgery Equals Drug Tx for Bleeding in Diabetic Retinopathy

In the treatment of vitreous hemorrhage from proliferative diabetic retinopathy, intraocular injection with anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) shows similar efficacy to that of vitrectomy...

Ranibizumab Biosimilar Shows Equivalent Efficacy to Branded Drug for Neovascular AMD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a phase 3 study, the ranibizumab biosimilar SB11 demonstrated equivalent efficacy and similar safety and immunogenicity profiles compared with...

Fluocinolone Implant Real-World Experience Matches DME Trials

A fluocinolone acetonide implant (Iluvien) administered under real-world circumstances works just as well for diabetic macular edema (DME) as it did in clinical trials, a...

Collagen Crosslinking Shows Promise for Keratitis

Corneal collagen crosslinking, a procedure developed for keratoconus, could treat keratitis as effectively as antimicrobials, a new study suggests. The procedure could prove particularly useful...

Useful Wet AMD Images Obtained With Home OCT

Patients can use an optical coherence tomography (OCT) device at home to accurately identify retinal fluid caused by neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD), researchers say....

Vision Impairment Tied to Less Use of Cancer Screenings by Older Adults

(Reuters Health) – Older adults with vision impairment are less likely to receive recommended breast and colon cancer screenings than peers without vision problems, a...

Diabetes Screening Program in Optometry Offices to Expand

A program in which optometrists conduct in-office diabetes screening is now being expanded based on successful pilot data. The program is sponsored by VSP Vision...

JIA Arthritis and Uveitis Flares ‘Often Run Parallel’

Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis–associated uveitis (JIA-U) are significantly more likely to experience a flare in their eye disease if their arthritis is also worsening,...

Implant Reduces Treatment Burden in Wet Macular Degeneration

A ranibizumab implant (Port Delivery System) could ease treatment burden, and even improve long-term visual acuity, in people with neovascular age-related macular degeneration, interim results...

Dexamethasone for Macular Edema Unresponsive to Anti-VEGF

When diabetic macular edema does not improve with anti-vascular endothelial growth-factor (VEGF) therapy, a quick and complete switch to dexamethasone might help, results from a...

Pandemic Delays Treatment, Threatening Patients and Research

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a severe toll on patients with...

Novel Smart Needle System Reduces Risk of Filler Complications

In the very near future, clinicians injecting dermal fillers on the face will have the benefit of a guided “smart” needle that senses blood vessels, thereby...

Cardio Risk Increases With Diabetic Retinopathy Progression

The risk for heart attack, stroke, and even death increases as the severity of diabetic retinopathy increases. Severe retinopathy is linked to a doubling of...

Ophthalmologists Called to Catch Cancers Earlier

Significant advances in the management of eye cancer mean that early referrals to subspecialists are crucial when ophthalmologists suspect disease in their patients, two leaders...

Can You Catch COVID-19 Through Your Eyes?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. You can catch COVID-19 if an infected person coughs or sneezes and contagious...

Monovision Contact Lenses Raise Risk for Traffic Accidents

Monovision contact lenses, a common prescription, corrects each eye for a different distance, causing one image to be blurrier than the other and prompting some...

Ophthalmology Practices Hit Hard by COVID-19 Closures, Changes

“We are surviving, and we are keeping almost all of our employees still employed. We are applying for multiple programs including the payroll protection...

Which Specialties Are at Highest Risk for Contracting COVID-19?

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: MAY 14, 2020 — The doctor in China who risked his job to warn the world...

Magnification on Headsets Challenges Visually Impaired

First-generation headsets helped magnify objects and increase contrast for people with impaired vision, but they also encouraged head movements that degraded visual performance and prompted...

Visual Impairment Tied to Increased Dementia Risk in Older Women

(Reuters Health) – Older women with objective visual impairment are likely to develop dementia or mild cognitive impairment, a secondary analysis of data from the...

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery as Good as Standard Surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) provides outcomes similar to those with conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery (PCS), according to results from...

Possible COVID Drug Can Be Toxic to Retinas

As we await evidence from multiple ongoing trials of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the treatment of COVID-19, clinicians have had to make do with conflicting reports regarding its potential efficacy....