Modern Medicine Cases

Incorporating lactoferrin and immunoglobin testingWhile ophthalmic diagnostic lab tests—specifically those targeting ocular surface disorders—have been around for over 20 years, it is only within the past five years that they have begun to gain measurable use.
Ocular surface optimization key in refractive surgery managementDry eye disease (DED) is extremely common in the adult population and important to diagnose and treat in patients undergoing corneal and cataract refractive surgery because it can affect vision, quality of life, and surgical outcomes, said Edward J. Holland, MD.
Premium IOLs in corneal disease an individualized decisionPatients with concurrent corneal disease may be candidates for premium IOLs to correct presbyopia and/or astigmatism, but often these individuals need corneal surgery before or after the cataract procedure, said William B. Trattler, MD.
Haag-Streit slit lamp attachment gains approvalThe recent FDA approval of a slit lamp attachment (Fundus Module 300, Haag-Streit) allows for fundus imaging as part of the regular slit lamp examination, according to the manufacturer.
New punctal plug, eyelid cleanser mark Oasis milestoneAs Oasis Medical marks its 30th anniversary, the company debuts a new punctal plug for dry eye relief, as well as eyelid cleansing solutions for daily lid hygiene.
House Obamacare bill won’t fix healthcare system, doctors say
House Obamacare bill won’t fix healthcare system, doctors sayPhysician groups are sharply criticizing Thursday’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying the bill would reduce or eliminate healthcare coverage for millions of Americans.
Rituximab appears to cure Mooren’s ulcers in 5 patientsMooren’s ulcers completely healed in 5 patients treated with rituximab after conventional treatment failed, according to researchers.
ECP may prevent mycosis fungoides progressionExtracorporeal photopheresis is underused for early-stage mycosis fungoides. ECP is capable of correcting the cytokine imbalance seen in patients with MF and results in an increase of Th1 cytokines. Clinicians should consider more frequent use in select patients
Surprising benefits of price transparency and how to utilize themYou need to start thinking like a plastic surgeon.
How MIPS affects ODs’ Medicare paymentsOptometrists who see Medicare patients are being graded on their performances, and this grade will affect their 2019 Medicare payments.