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A novel device shortlisted for the EURETINA Innovation Awards 2014 may provide a simple, easy-to-use solution to the problem of making intravitreal injections safer and more consistent.

Ocular surface reconstruction using expanded limbal stem cell culture combined with penetrating keratoplasty can restore good vision even in some cases with severe acid burns, said Merce Morral MD, PhD, Barcelona, Spain at the 19th ESCRS Winter Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
“Eyes with total limbal stem cell deficiency require several steps to restore good visual acuity,” Dr Morral added.

More cost-effective screening programmes are urgently needed to deal with the expected increase in diabetes worldwide over the coming decades, Einar Stefánsson MD, PhD told delegates attending the 14th EURETINA Congress in London.

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Recent clinical trials of topically administrated nerve growth factor (NGF) demonstrate that the ocular surface healing and immune-modulating actions of NGF could have widespread therapeutic applications in a wide range of ocular diseases, according to Paolo Rama MD.

Targeted retinal photocoagulation (TRP) seems to offer a safe and potentially less traumatic approach to the treatment of retinal ischaemia in diabetic retinopathy and venous occlusive eye diseases, according to a study presented at the 14th EURETINA Congress in London.

While posterior capsule rupture remains one of the most common significant intraoperative complications during cataract surgery, the risk can be reduced if a proper strategy is put in place, especially in ophthalmology training settings, according to Oliver Findl MD.

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