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An innovative eyelid warming device offers a simple and effective treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology suggests.

When Google and Novartis announced a partnership earlier this year to develop a range of smart contact lenses to improve vision and monitor health, the widespread media coverage was predictably upbeat. 
“Sweet solution for diabetics”, “Smart contact lens promises to revolutionise diabetes treatment” and “Smart lenses eyed as medical breakthrough” were just three typical headlines welcoming the announcement.

Endothelial cell loss is an important outcome parameter for corneal transplantation procedures as it is used both as a measure of success and for predicting survival of the transplanted tissue. However, interpretations of data on endothelial cell loss following different keratoplasty techniques should consider that there are a number of limitations affecting the accuracy of the determinations, according to Isabel Dapena MD, PhD.

Five symblepharon patients, including two that failed multiple prior reconstructions, were successfully treated with a novel approach in which keratolimbal allografts were used to cover conjunctival defects, Nancy Lee MD, ophthalmologist at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California, US, told the 2014 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery symposium in Boston.

An improved understanding of dry eye is leading to the development of several new technologies for diagnosing and treating the condition, said Beatrice Cochener MD, PhD, University of Brest, France.

Newer drugs and fortified versions of existing agents are often effective in treating difficult infectious keratitis cases, including many involving resistant organisms, according to presenters at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in New Orleans.

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