photodynamic therapy

How to diagnose angioid streaks
How to diagnose angioid streaksAngioid streaks are a rare but potentially visually debilitating condition that present a unique challenge to the average eyecare provider. Learning to recognize its clinical presentation is just a start in an often difficult diagnosis to differentiate it from other similar retinal presentations. Ultimately understanding its association with a variety of systemic diseases is essential in successfully identifying and mitigating its link to vision loss.
Role of corticosteroids uncertain in AMD managementThere is no doubt that inflammation is a component of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and yet the role of corticosteroid treatment in the management of eyes with AMD remains uncertain, said Marc de Smet, MD, PhD.
Skin cancer quick reference
Skin cancer quick referenceThe May Table of the Month goes over tips for properly diagnosing skin cancer types.
Combination therapy shows promising phase 2 resultsData suggest photodynamic therapy with the investigational topical methyl aminolevulinate may be an effective treatment for patients with severe facial acne.
Off-label PDT protocols show promise in AK treatmentModified PDT protocols prove promising for AK treatment, maintaining high clearance rates while reducing cost, one expert says.
Cutting edge techniques provide options for skin cancerNew technologies for managing skin cancer were a topic of discussion at a scientific session at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery’s 2015 annual meeting in Chicago in October. Seaver L. Soon, M.D., division of dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, Calif., was one of the moderators for the scientific discussion titled, “The Cutting Edge: New Technologies for Managing Skin Cancer.” Learn more
Trend: Combining non-laser light devices, PDTNew research indicates that treatment results for patients with mild-to-moderate acne might be better with combinations of light colors with photodynamic therapy (PDT).
6 important trends in PDT treatment for AKSeveral “What’s New” factors will help dermatologists optimize photodynamic therapy in the treatment of actinic keratoses.
Lasting effects of anti-VEGF/photodynamic therapy for AMDThe authors present results from a retrospective chart review demonstrating effective management of exudative AMD using anti-VEGF/photodynamic combination therapy. Possible implications of these findings for clinical practice are also discussed.
Painless PDT: The next stage in the evolutionShort ALA incubation coupled with blue light therapy yields effective, pain-free results.