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Exploring safety, efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound in glaucomaHigh-intensity focused ultrasound cyclocoagulation is safe and effective in most refractory glaucomatous eyes. Complete success was achieved in 80% (24/30) of treated eyes that had undergone the maximum of three procedures.
Advancements and cutting-edge science abound at the XXXV Congress of ESCRSIt will soon be time for the FIL – Feira Internacional de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal to open its doors to the ophthalmic community for the 35th Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), taking place between the 7th and 11th October 2017.
DEA wants to slash opioid productionThe Drug Enforcement Administration wants to slash the production of opioid painkillers by 20% in 2018.
Anti-angiogenic agent, platform planned for human trialFindings from preclinical studies show that a novel intravitreal depot of an anti-angiogenic drug releases the medication over a period of at least 6 months, is well-tolerated, and prevents VEGF-induced retinal vascular leakage.
Scleral buckle technique using PPV, laser photocoagulation
Scleral buckle technique using PPV, laser photocoagulationScleral buckles and vitrectomy are the two main procedures used today to treat retinal detachments, with many surgeons performing a combination of the two.
Retinectomy-under-air solution for retina reattachment
Retinectomy-under-air solution for retina reattachmentIn complicated retinal detachment cases where the retina fails to reattach after completing the usual steps, retinectomy is a better technique than relaxing retinotomy–and the retinectomy is best done incrementally under air, said Steve Charles, MD.
New therapies for uveal melanoma target radiation toxicity, metastatic riskOngoing research for the treatment of uveal melanoma is providing hope that the future may bring new approaches for improving the safety of local therapy–along with modalities that will increase survival by reducing metastatic risk.
FDA approves novel leukemia, hepatitis C drugsFDA approved the first treatment for patients with a certain type of acute myeloid leukemia, as well as 2 new drugs to treat hepatitis C.
Diagnosing and treating MacTel degenerative retinal diseaseIdiopathic macular telangiectasia (MacTel) is bilateral condition characterised by ectatic capillaries of the macula and atrophy of the neurosensory retina. Familiarity with the distinctive intraretinal cavitation on SD-OCT in type 2, the most common type, is key for correct diagnosis.
Popular insulin meets target in real-world studyNovo Nordisk’s DEVOTE study reveals interesting findings.