RIVER BLINDNESS End in sight for onchocerciasis after one billion donated doses of ivermectin 28/05/2013 - Since 1987, millions of people with onchocerciasis (river blindness) in 35 countries have received more than one billion doses of Merck's Mectizan (ivermectin) free of charge.
RETINA DETACHMENT REPAIR At the Rotterdam Eye Hospital, doctors are taking a systematic approach to innovation in rhegmatogenous retinal detachment surgery 28/05/2013 - Pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) has become such a popular approach to the repair of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment that surgery trainees today are often not even taught the alternative of scleral buckling.
GLAUCOMA AND CATARACT Combined and sequential procedures both have their indications 28/05/2013 - Combined and sequential phacoemulsification and trabeculectomy both have their advantages and disadvantages, but there is a growing consensus that there are specific indications for both approaches
EYE ON DESIGN Form follows function as close collaboration with architects yields efficient office design 28/05/2013 - There are no doors on the alcoves housing the topographers and other corneal diagnostics at Matthias Maus MD's sehkraft laser eye surgery centre in Cologne, Germany.
ELIMINATING TRACHOMA After 5,000 years, end of ‘Egyptian Ophthalmia' may be in sight 28/05/2013 - Trachoma is endemic in about 50 countries, including much of Africa, parts of India and southeast Asia, and even in remote regions of China and Australia.
CORNEAL INLAY Hydrogel inlay reshapes corneal surface to deliver gains in near and intermediate vision 28/05/2013 - Unilateral implantation of an aspheric corneal inlay (Raindrop Near Vision Inlay [formerly Vue+ and PresbyLens], ReVision Optics) in the non-dominant eye of emmetropic presbyopes provides rapid, marked improvement in near vision along with very high patient satisfaction
UNSTABLE CAPSULE Glued posterior chamber IOLs and anterior chamber IOLs emerge as alternatives to sutured IOLs 29/04/2013 - Fibrin glue-fixated posterior chamber lenses and, in limited cases, anterior chamber IOLs, may be viable alternatives for treatment of conditions such as pseudoexfoliation and Marfan's syndrome that leave the lens capsule so unstable it will not support an intraocular lens (IOL)
POWER TO THE PUPIL Launched officially in 2011, the iLearn e-learning platform is pushing ophthalmic education into new territory, with ESCRS members the direct beneficiaries 29/04/2013 - "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire," – William Butler Yeats.
PAEDIATRIC CATARACTS When to operate and how to operate for best vision in the long-term 29/04/2013 - Paediatric cataracts present the ophthalmic surgeon with many compromises and dilemmas, but evidence has accumulated over the years that support certain strategies in the treatment of such eyes
MICROBEADS Opportunity to control levels of therapeutic drug delivery will spur continued research 29/04/2013 - A key component for developing successful retinal degeneration drug treatments is the availability of efficient drug delivery systems.
GLAUCOMA SURGERY Study examines filtration architecture, suprachoroidal outflow 10+ years after deep sclerectomy 29/04/2013 - Eight to 10 years after deep sclerectomy, patent decompression chambers in intrascleral space were maintained in most cases, and suprachoroidal aqueous flow was frequently detected on ultrasound examination
COMBINED PROCEDURE Treating cataracts and corneal dystrophy in one procedure best reserved for eyes with more advanced corneal disease 29/04/2013 - Combining cataract surgery with endothelial keratoplasty may have a role in treating patients with advanced corneal pathology, but so long as the cornea is clear, cataract surgery is enough on its own.