Increase in amount of patching for residual amblyopia improves visual acuity

AO Logo Increase in amount of patching for residual amblyopia improves visual acuity

An increase to 6 hours of daily patching for residual amblyopia yielded greater improvement in visual acuity than continuing with 2 hours of daily patching.
A prospective, randomized, multicenter study included 169 children between the ages of 3 years up to 8 years with stable residual amblyopia after 12 weeks of 2-hour daily patching.

Patients were randomly selected to either continue 2 hours of daily patching or increase patching to 6 hours daily. (more…) (169)

Intracameral bevacizumab as an adjunct to trabeculectomy

AO Logo Intracameral bevacizumab as an adjunct to trabeculectomy
Author(s): Vandewalle E, Abegão Pinto L, Van Bergen T, Spielberg L, Fieuws S, Moons L, Spileers W, Zeyen T, Stalmans I
Treatments discussed: bevacizumab
AIMS To investigate the efficacy and safety of a single intracameral bevacizumab injection to improve the outcome of trabeculectomy.

METHODS A 12-month, prospective, randomised, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with medically uncontrolled open-angle glaucoma scheduled for a primary trabeculectomy were recruited and randomised to receive 50 µL of either bevacizumab (1.25 mg) or placebo (balanced salt solution) peroperatively. (more…) (198)

Review of refractive treatment outcomes in high myopes

AO Logo Review of refractive treatment outcomes in high myopes:

This retrospective review included 77 high myopes (≥ -6.0 D) who underwent LASIK, PRK or phakic IOL implantation with either the Staar Implantable Collamer Lens or Alcon Cachet. At one year follow-up, patients in all four treatment groups were near emmetropic and had good uncorrected distance vision. All groups showed a good safety profile with minimal endothelial cell loss and no intraoperative and postoperative vision-threatening complications. However, there was an increase in spherical and higher order aberrations in the laser groups.

Philippine Journal of Ophthalmology, January /June 2013 (447)

Allergic conjunctivitis responds to topical cyclosporine

AO Logo Allergic conjunctivitis responds to topical cyclosporine

Investigators performed a meta-analysis to assess the efficacy and safety of topical cyclosporine compared with placebo for treating allergic conjunctivitis. At two weeks or longer of follow-up, topical cyclosporine produced a statistically significant improvement in signs and symptoms, and its safety profile was comparable to that of placebo. Additionally, they suggest that it may also have a role in weaning corticosteroid-dependent allergic conjunctivitis patients from their steroid eye drops, though the evidence was limited.

Ophthalmology, November 2013
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Oral omega-3 reduces dry eye signs, symptoms

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This randomized, double-blind trial finds that one-month of omega-3 fatty acid intake significantly reduces the signs and symptoms of dry eye. Subjects included 64 patients aged 45 to 90 years, 33 of which received two capsules of omega-3 fatty acids daily, while the remaining patients received two capsules of medium-chain triglyceride oil daily. At one month, tear break-up time improved 71 percent compared with 3.3 percent in the placebo group. Improvement also was observed in the secondary outcome measures, Ocular Surface Disease Index score and Schirmer’s score.

Ophthalmology, November 2013 (271)

Website Update is due

The update to this website is much overdue. Apologise for the extreme delay. Shall hopefully be able to do it by this weekend.

Sarbjit Singh (63)

Timely air tamponade effective in post-cataract surgery Descemet’s membrane detachment

AO LogoTimely air tamponade effective in post-cataract surgery Descemet’s membrane detachment
This retrospective study included 44 patients who underwent anterior chamber gas injection (descemetopexy) with air or 14% isoexpansile perfluoropropane (C3F8). They found that anatomic and functional outcomes of descemetopexy with air were better than C3F8 with reduced incidence of pupillary block. However, final visual acuity was adversely affected in patients with more advanced cataracts, those who had small incision cataract surgery or experienced a prolonged duration of intervention after cataract surgery.

Ophthalmology, July 2013 (5435)

Padma Shri Prof Dr Dhanwant Singh passes away

Prof Dhanwant SinghPadma Shri Prof Dr Dhanwant Singh FRCS passes away

Last week, the legendary Ophthalmologist of North India and a great teacher Padma Shri Prof Dr Dhanwant Singh FRCS passed away. This was a very sad day for all the people of the region. His students specially felt bereaved as he was one of the most loved and respected teachers.

I was fortunate to be one of his humble students and was privileged to interview him in November,2012 for “Tropical Ophthalmology”, the official journal of the Punjab Ophthalmological Society. I attach with this post that interview in pdf format. At the end you’ll also find some words from some of his very successful students.

Interview of Padma Shri Prof Dhanwant Singh (Click to read)

All the members of AsianOphthalmology Allaince join me in paying homage to that great teacher and offering their condolences to the family

Sarbjit
Dr Sarbjit Singh

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Corneal inlay shows good results in post-LASIK presbyopes

AO LogoCorneal inlay shows good results in post-LASIK presbyopes

This prospective study included 223 post-LASIK patients with a mean age of 54 and a mean manifest spherical equivalent of -0.18 D, implanted with a Kamra small-aperture corneal inlay in the nondominant eye. At six months, mean near vision improved four lines from j8 to J2 (P< .001), with a minimal effect on distance vision. Mean UDVA decreased one line from 20/16 preoperatively to 20/20 (P<.001). Patients reported high satisfaction.

Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, June 2013 (2111)

Video Submissions For EyeConAsia2013 (Malaysia)

Video Submissions For EyeConAsia2013 are invited. We’ll try to load them on a server and they can be viewed on different workstations throughout the duration of the conference from August 30,2013 to September 1,2013 at Tun Hussein National Eye Hospital, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

The videos should be in mp4 or mov format and submitted with a title,duration, Surgeon’s/Presenter’s name and a small summary on a DVD before June 18,2013 (I am leaving on June 22,2013) and send to:

Dr Sarbjit Singh
Dr Shamsher Singh Eye Hospital
Khanna, Punjab, India 141401
Ph: +91-1628-507079

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