American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Weighing impact of procedures targeted for re-valuationDespite a heightened atmosphere on the Relative Value Scale Update Committee due to Congressional mandates to reallocate funds from specialty codes, ophthalmologists have been spared from the significant financial impact affecting certain other specialties. However, a number of important ophthalmic codes have been placed under review, leading to decreases in payment for some procedures.
APL-2 slows growth of GA in phase II safety and efficacy trialTwelve-month results of the FILLY trial show that in patients with geographic atrophy, the administration of complement C3 inhibitor APL-2 slowed the growth rate of the disease. It also appeared to increase the risk of new onset AMD, although this did not have an adverse effect on visual outcomes.
AAO practice patterns offers ‘awareness’ to proper AMD treatmentThe American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Preferred Practice Pattern on Age-Related Macular Degeneration “are based on the best available scientific data as interpreted by panels of knowledgeable health professionals.” These patterns offer solid clinical guidelines for treating and counseling AMD patients.
IRIS Registry shaping up to be extensive data sourceThe Intelligent Research in Sight (IRIS) Registry—a comprehensive eye disease registry developed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)—has far surpassed early estimates for physician participation, according to William L. Rich III, MD, FACS.
Can cannabis succeed where other compounds have failedUse of a novel semi-fluorinated alkane drug delivery technology as a vehicle to deliver cannabinoids to the ocular surface reached target tissues without systemic side effects in preclinical studies.
Connect with ARVO colleagues during AAO
AAO 2017: New solutions, New inspirations, New OrleansThe 2017 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology will convene in New Orleans from Nov. 11 to 14. Go to www.aao.org/annual meeting for the latest updates
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.
FDA myopia progression workshop brings together ODs, MDs
FDA myopia progression workshop brings together ODs, MDsThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently brought together representatives from optometry and ophthalmology to discuss regulatory review of contact lenses and future medical devices to control the progression of myopia, primarily in children.
Academy brings innovation theme to Chicago in October
Academy brings innovation theme to Chicago in OctoberA preview of what to expect at AAO 2016 in Chicago!