Ophthalmology

Reports of high-impact ophthalmology studies by medical professionals

Rho kinase inhibitor safely reduces intraocular pressure

Image: PD Human eyesight with glaucoma 1. Various concentrations of Rho kinase inhibitor K-115 decreased IOP after administration compared to placebo (p<0.05).  2. The only significant...

Blindness and visual impairment decreasing worldwide

Image: PD 1. As of 2010, approximately 32 million people (0.5% of the world’s population) were blind, 60% of which were women. Most of these...

Scleral buckle is more cost effective than vitrectomy for phakic patients

Image: PD Retinal detachment in VPL 1. Scleral buckle was less expensive than pars plana vitrectomy by 10.7% in phakic patients. 2. Pars plana vitrectomy was more...

Diabetic patients report improved vision after ranibizumab treatment

Image: PD Diabetic Macular Edema 1. Mean patient-reported visual improvement scores increased with ranibizumab monotherapy and ranibizumab + laser with an increase of 5.0 and...

Novel cytokines found elevated in diabetic retinopathy patients

Image: PD 1.  Cytokines previously not found to be associated with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (GM-CSF, IL-12p40, sCD40L, MCP-3, and IFNa2) were discovered to be significantly elevated...

Statin use linked to increased risk of cataracts

Image: PD 1. Statin use was associated with a higher risk of cataract formation (OR 1.09; p=0.01). Length of statin use was associated with cataract...

Telemedicine screening for diabetic retinopathy may be cost-effective

Image: PD  1. Telemedicine screening for diabetic retinopathy is cost-effective in populations over 3,500 and under the age of 80. 2. The ratio of average cost...

Intra-arterial thrombolysis in central retinal artery occlusion can benefit some patients

 Image: PD  1. Among incomplete central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO), those who received thrombolysis had a significant visual acuity improvement at the final visit compared...

Smoking cessation may decrease the risk of cataracts

Image: PD  1. Current smokers of more than 15 cigarettes per day had a 42% increased risk of cataract extraction compared to never smokers.  2. After...

Hands-on ophthalmic training for medical students may improve knowledge base

Image: PD 1. Students previously trained and who participated in service experience had a median exam score of 81% compared to 33% among untrained students...

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