New hypersonic vitrector introduces concept of ‘vitreous liquefaction’
New hypersonic vitrector introduces concept of ‘vitreous liquefaction’A new hypersonic liquefaction vitrectomy system, called Vitesse PPVX (Bausch + Lomb), offers several advantages over currently available vitrector technology. The device received FDA 510k approval in April 2017.
How adaptive optics will change retinal imaging
How adaptive optics will change retinal imagingAdaptive optics could allow clinicians to monitor the progression of retinal diseases cell-by-cell, according to Jacque Duncan, MD.
Systemic safety of anti-VEGF treatment for ROP mandates further study
Systemic safety of anti-VEGF treatment for ROP mandates further studyAccumulating evidence is cause for concern and underscoring the need for more research evaluating the safety of anti-VEGF injections for ROP, according to Robert L. Avery, MD.
Inhibition of PlGF shows additional features compared to VEGF inhibition
Inhibition of PlGF shows additional features compared to VEGF inhibitionAnti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) remains the gold standard therapy for diabetic retinopathy, but “when treating diabetic macular edema (DME), “about half of the patients treated with VEGF inhibitors do not respond to therapy,” said Tine Van Bergen, PhD, a scientist with ThromboGenics, Leuven, Belgium.
Sirolimus shows promise for posterior segment non-infectious uveitisIntravitreal sirolimus 400 mcg (Ospiria, Santen) demonstrated positive results in pivotal trials investigating it as a treatment for non-infectious uveitis of the posterior segment. A New Drug Application is under FDA review.
Multifunctional OCT system approval simplifies imagingA newly approved system (3D OCT-1 Maestro, Topcon) combines a high-resolution, color, non-mydriatric retinal camera with the latest spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology, and stands out for its versatility as well as its quality and ease of use.
Real-world outcomes with aflibercept better in treatment-naïve patientsAfter 12 months of treatment with intravitreal aflibercept injections, both treatment-naïve and pre-treated patients demonstrated visual acuity gains. Visual acuity improvement was higher in treatment-naïve patients.
Ebola may leave retinal scarThe Ebola virus may leave a retinal scar specific to the disease, according to researchers. “The distribution of these retinal scars or lesions provides the first observational evidence that the virus enters the eye via the optic nerve to reach the retina in a similar way to West Nile virus,” said Dr Paul Steptoe of the Royal Liverpool Hospital, in a press release.
5-year CATT analysis finds anti-VEGF drugs a long-term AMD therapyAfter 5 years of follow-up in the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT), the visual acuity gains achieved during the first 2 years of anti-VEGF treatment were not maintained, the choroidal neovascular lesions continued to evolve with evidence of persistent activity in some eyes, and there was increased retinal thinning and geographic atrophy (GA).
Anti-PDGF inhibitor development continues despite negative resultsDespite the failure of 2 clinical trials involving a combination therapy of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) inhibitor and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy, a third phase III study continues.
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