Clinical Diagnosis-Ophthalmology

Promising advances in uveal melanoma treatment
Promising advances in uveal melanoma treatmentImmunotherapy and other investigational treatments appear to be promising for uveal melanoma, according to Carol Shields, MD. “There have been interesting new avenues for therapy,” said Dr. Shields, co-director, Ocular Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.
Updated hand-held tonometer enhances clinical experienceA newly released hand-held tonometer model (Icare ic100, Icare U.S.A.) features several design upgrades while retaining the rebound technology for measuring IOP that was at the core of the earlier model.
Haze after PRK, LASIK tied to faulty epithelial regrowth
Haze after PRK, LASIK tied to faulty epithelial regrowthPoor regeneration of the epithelial basement accounts for most 'late haze' associated with PRK, LASIK, infections, or corneal transplants. Proper excimer laser maintenance may reduce irregularities.
The utility of normal tear osmolarity results
The utility of normal tear osmolarity resultsPatient symptoms are not an effective method to diagnose dry eye, as they often overlap with other pathologies. Tear osmolarity results provide clues for alternative diagnoses.
Handheld polarizing filter augments corneal imaging with simple approachUse of a handheld circular polarizing filter to intercept afferent and efferent light from a slit lamp or operating microscope highlights corneal structures that are otherwise invisible or barely seen.
Pearls for better diagnosis, treatment of red eyeOphthalmologists should consider various potential problems, including a number of systemic conditions and infections, when examining a rare or persistent red eye.
Why Acanthamoeba diagnosis is often challengingHaving an awareness of current best practices—such as epidemiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and tests—can be key to identifying and treating corneal infections.
Tracking treatment adherence in newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma
Tracking treatment adherence in newly diagnosed open-angle glaucomaAn analysis of U.S. claims data reveals a substantial proportion of patients (17%) remained untreated 4 years after their initial diagnosis of open-angle glaucoma.
Poor oral health may be associated with POAG
Poor oral health may be associated with POAGRecent tooth loss and periodontal disease have been linked to primary open-angle glaucoma in a large prospective study of male health professionals.
Add-on module enhances diagnostic accuracy in glaucoma
Add-on module enhances diagnostic accuracy in glaucomaA new add-on glaucoma module has the capability of creating an anatomic map of each patient’s eye by using two fixed landmarks. The module also includes an extensive reference data base.