Cornea

Three reasons for adopting DMEK in routine EK casesUsing the Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) procedure can produce better visual results and lower risk of rejection than using the previous methods (DLEK and DSAEK). The method has become easier to learn and use than in the past, and should be considered as the primary EK procedure for most routine cases of endothelial failure.
ARVO 2017 showcases vision research advancesAdvances in presbyopia, dry eye and allergy, and age-related macular degeneration filled this year’s meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Building on cyclosporine for dry eyeA phase II study investigating a novel topical cyclosporine product (CyclASol, Novaliq) formulated in a semifluorinated alkane (SFA) vehicle showed promising efficacy, safety, and tolerability. Planning is ongoing for the phase III trial of cyclosporine in the SFA technology.
Novel therapies abound in pipelineThe importance of novel therapies for ocular disease is a given. However, as most novel therapies are financed by the private sector, it is fortunate that investors find ophthalmology a worthwhile investment.
KeraLink poised for new era in corneal transplantationAs part of a transformation to one of the pioneering eye banks in the country, Tissue Banks International (TBI) recently underwent a formal rebranding, changing its name to Kera­Link International. This move included shedding the musculoskeletal portion of operations to concentrate on dramatically increasing the number of sight-saving procedures performed globally, explained Douglas Furlong, Kera­Link’s president and chief executive officer.
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.
Inlays provide option for presbyopic correctionThree corneal inlays are in clinical use for improving near vision in phakic presbyopic patients with low refractive spherical equivalent.
Is DSAEK still the gold standard over DMEK for endothelial disease?Multiple advantages of DSAEK include successful outcomes, less risk of graft tears, and alternative options for complex patients with comorbidities. Overall, the procedure offers an aspect of simplicity in that it also has less restrictions for donor age criteria compared with DMEK.
Glycoprotein and peptide eyedrops promote healing of epithelial defectsGlycoprotein and peptide eyedrops are effective therapies for non-healing corneal epithelial defects that address underlying causes in the pathophysiology of these lesions.
DSEK or DMEK? Choosing the best for patients with corneal edemaCareful consideration must be given to the timing and choice of surgery in eyes with corneal edema.