American Academy of Ophthalmology

Punctal plug drug delivery attractive method for managing glaucomaPunctal plug-based delivery systems for sustained delivery of glaucoma medications represent new and versatile technology that is under development. The hope is it can help with the problem of patient compliance when managing mild-moderate glaucoma, said Marlene Moster, MD.
Sustained drug-delivery technologies shape promising futureDevelopment of technologies for sustained drug delivery is a topic of great interest among retina specialists considering the number of chronic conditions that are managed with repeated intravitreal injections.
Corneal inlays play increasing role in presbyopiaAs the number of LASIK procedures being performed continues to fall worldwide, correction of presbyopia is receiving increasing attention as being the final frontier and “holy grail” for refractive surgery, said Wayne Crewe-Brown, MD, at Refractive Surgery 2017.
Schepens lecturer traces advent, evolution of ophthalmic trialsClinical trials are an indispensable ordeal that are the gold standard for assessing risks and benefits of treatments, said Frederick L. Ferris III, MD.
Gene therapy benefits for retinal dystrophies persist through trialResults from 3 years of follow-up in the phase III trial investigating treatment with adeno-associated viral vector delivery of human RPE65 (voretigene neparvovec, Spark Therapeutics) show this gene therapy has an acceptable safety profile.
Staying calm while navigating through LASIK complicationsEncountering complications is inevitable for anyone who performs LASIK, and when the complication occurs intraoperatively, surgeons are often faced with the need to make a decision quickly, said Priyanka Sood, MD.
RLE choice factors in benefits, risks, alternativesRemoval of the crystalline lens was developed as a procedure to treat the media opacity, but advances in surgical techniques and in pseudophakic IOL technology have increased the functional use of lens-based refractive surgery, said William F. Wiley, MD.
Contacts lost in eye not such a rare thing—but 27?
Contacts lost in eye not such a rare thing—but 27?Patients with a contact lens lost in the eye are not a rare occurrence for ophthalmologists. However, 27 lenses at the same time may be another story! Another ophthalmologist shares his experience with a case involving 5 lenses within a patient's eye.
Work of eye bank network shows far-reaching impactIn 2016, Vision Share eye banks provided more than half the supply of U.S. donor corneas with over 20,000 placements. It has worked to build the largest network of non-profit eye banks in the world, with 13 members and 20 eye banks in the United States and a vast network of providers at home and abroad.
Debate over cause of myopia surgeMyopia prevalence across the age spectrum is increasing, nearly doubling over the last 40 years in adolescents, but there are many theories as to why this is occurring. Learn about you can help your patients stave off nearsightedness.