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February

While there has been tremendous progress in the field of ocular surface transplantation for eyes with limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) and excellent visual outcomes are being obtained using the Boston type 1 keratoprosthesis (Boston KPro, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary), visual rehabilitation of patients with bilateral corneal blindness due to LSCD still represents a challenge, said Virender S Sangwan MD, at the 26th APACRS meeting.

Emerging information indicates that ophthalmologists should now be considering cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in their differential diagnosis for patients with endotheliitis or corneal transplant rejection, according to John Dart DM, FRCOphth, speaking at the 4th EuCornea Congress in Amsterdam. The importance of identifying epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC), the most serious form of adenoviral ocular infection is well-known.

The Goldmann applanation tonometer (GAT) remains the gold-standard in tonometry, but newer devices are currently available or are under development that may help provide a more accurate picture of the effect of IOP-lowering therapy in eyes with glaucoma, said Michele Iester MD, PhD, associated professor of the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy.

Surgery has both diagnostic and therapeutic applications in the management of infectious keratitis and related ocular surface complications. Speaking at the 4th EuCornea Congress in Amsterdam, Harminder S Dua MD, discussed the role of various surgical techniques and provided an array of helpful tips.

The integrated optical coherence pachymetry (OCP) technology found on the Schwind Amaris 750S excimer laser (Schwind eye-tech solutions) is a valuable feature for obtaining intraoperative cornea and flap thickness measurements in patients undergoing LASIK, said Sharita R Siregar MD.

Recent studies suggest that orthokeratology, using night-wear rigid contact lenses to reshape the cornea, is effective for correcting low to moderate myopia, and may slow progression by reducing axial length growth by about 45 per cent over three years, Helen Swarbrick PhD told the XXXI Congress of the ESCRS in Amsterdam.

This month’s issue of Ophthalmologica features a series of articles concerned with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV), a variant of AMD. In the first of the articles, Shigeru Honda MD, PhD and associates, explain the phenotypical differences between PCV and typical AMD in terms of its morphology and its generally poorer response to conventional anti-VEGF injection.

A new hydrophilic acrylic micro-incision IOL is easily implanted though a sub-2.0mm incision and provides good predictable visual outcomes with good centration and possibly better protection against PCO than other hydrophilic acrylic lenses, according to a series of presentations at the XXXI Congress of the ESCRS in Amsterdam.

The AT LISA 809M multifocal lens provides good near and distance vision with few untoward effects in the longer term, according to a series of reports at the Annual Congress of the ESCRS in Amsterdam. Maria Sysoeva MD, presenting for Dimitrii Dementiev MD, Centro di Microchirurgia Oculare, Milan, Italy, discussed the long-term results of the AT LISA 809M (CZ Meditec) multifocal lens.

Monthly injections of the biologic agent lampalizumab (Roche) can significantly reduce the rate of progression of geographic atrophy (GA), according to the results of the MAHALO phase II trial, which Frank Holz MD presented at the 13th EURETINA Congress in Hamburg. “The results of MAHALO phase II study with a complement inhibitor are promising. It is the first study to demonstrate a positive treatment effect in geographic atrophy due to age-related macular degeneration, said Dr Holz, University of Bonn, Germany.

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