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How surveillance studies help address antibiotic resistancePenny Asbell, MD, explains the latest research findings from the Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring in Ocular micRoorganisms (ARMOR) study.
Let's talk about antibiotic resistance: Survey results part 2Ophthalmology Times wants insight on antibiotics and eye infections from clinicians in the field — so the editors asked you. Readers like you helped by completing our survey and telling us about your experience with postoperative infections after eye surgery, if you use topical antibiotic prior to cataract surgery, how you choose antibiotics in a routine surgical prophylaxis, and more. The 118 U.S.-based ophthalmologists who responded were entered into a drawing to win a $200 gift card, with the winner being an ophthalmologist in Houston.
Resistance to fluoroquinolones impacts retina casesAntibiotic resistance against fluoroquinolones is increasing, and that may adversely impact patients with retinal disorders. The introduction of intravitreal injections (IVT) to treat retinal diseases has increased from about 1 million in 2007 to an expected 6 million in 2016 (up from only 4,000 in 2001).
Let's talk about antibiotic resistance: Survey resultsOphthalmology Times asked readers for insights on antibiotics and eye infections from clinicians in the field — including experience with postoperative infections after eye surgery, if you use topical antibiotic prior to cataract surgery, how you choose antibiotics in a routine surgical prophylaxis, and more. The 118 U.S.-based ophthalmologists who responded were entered into a drawing to win a $200 gift card. Here are the survey results.
Infections with EK procedures risingDescemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) appears to have a higher risk of postoperative fungal infections (predominantly Candida) when compared to penetrating keratoplasty (PK).
Better diagnosis, treatment options key to nonresponsive bacterial keratitisNew treatment possibilities for nonresponsive bacterial keratitis are continually in development, including molecular-targeted therapy, the cautious use of topical corticosteroids, corneal crosslinking for superficial keratitis, and biologicals, Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD, reported.
Natamycin still the best bet for fungal keratitisA recent study sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the optimal treatments for fungal keratitis showed that topical natamycin is still the mainstay of treatment. Adding oral voriconazole to the treatment regimen also may be beneficial to treat patients with Fusarium species.
Antibiotic sensitivity in flora of conjunctiva and lid marginWhat is the most common bacteria on the conjunctiva and lid margin in patients undergoing cataract surgery? An article in Clinical Ophthalmology may have the answer.
Antibiotic use in eyelid surgery varies greatly around globePractice patterns by oculoplastic surgeons for the use of antibiotics with eyelid surgery vary. Surgeons may overestimate the helpfulness of antibiotics.
Avoiding vision loss from infectious keratitis after LVCInfectious keratitis is not a common complication after laser vision correction (LVC), but it is important because it can be devastating, said Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, at Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Day 2016.