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While no longer widely practised, laser iridoplasty can be helpful in managing angle-closure glaucoma in select cases, particularly those due to mechanisms other than pupillary block, Robert J Noecker MD told Glaucoma Day 2014 at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting in Boston.

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Research drives progress in ophthalmology. There are countless examples where a standard technique or procedure is first accepted, then questioned, challenged, rejected only to be replaced by a new approach. For example, intraocular lens implantation and refractive laser surgery both encountered incredible resistance from the medical establishment before gaining widespread acceptance. In contrast, refractive keratotomy might still be used today were it not for long-term research confirming its limitations.

Postoperative endophthalmitis remains a rare but potentially serious complication of vitrectomy surgery with a very poor visual prognosis for affected patients, according to a study presented at the French Society of Ophthalmology (SFO) annual meeting.

The International Conference on Ocular Infections (ICOI) will be held for the first time together with the XXXIII Congress of the ESCRS in Barcelona, Spain from September 3-4, 2015.

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The XXXII ESCRS Congress convenes in London, one of the most exciting cities in the world and the birthplace, at St Thomas’ Hospital half a century ago, of the intraocular lens (IOL). As Europe's leading organisation for cataract and refractive surgeons, the ESCRS within its annual meeting endeavours to present and scientifically evaluate innovative developments in anterior segment surgery.

Patients receiving common vasodilator and anti-hypertensive agents could be at increased risk for macular disease, suggests the latest report from the Beaver Dam Eye Study, a long-term survey of age-related eye disease including cataract, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

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