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 (7847)

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

Dr Sarbjit Singh


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 (2585)

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


EyeConAsia2013 Tentative Program-To be Finalised

(EyeConAsia2013 Tentative Program-To be Finalised) Updated: August 21,2013 10:58am

EyeConAsia2013 Tentative Program (Click here to view or download pdf file)

Dr Sarbjit Singh (5114)

Registration for EyeConAsia2013 is Open Now

Registration for EyeConAsia2013 is open now.There are limited seats so please register early. The registration shall be on first-come-first-served basis.The wetlab specially can have only 15-20 delegates.

You can download the registration form by clicking here.
Please do read the instructions on the regisitration form.

Before registering please do go through the Tentative Program first. Final program shall be posted soon.


Anti-VEGFs possibly linked to increased heart attack risk

AO LogoAnti-VEGFs possibly linked to increased heart attack risk
This large retrospective study examined health records from Western Australian eye clinics to determine the risk of thromboembolic and gastrointestinal bleeding events in the 12 months after injections of bevacizumab or ranibizumab, compared with photodynamic therapy and untreated community controls. Though all adverse events were rare, anti-VEGF-treated patients were 2.3 times more likely to have a heart attack compared with controls. There was no difference in adverse events between bevacizumab and ranibizumab (1.6 and 2.1 events/100 persons, respectively). It’s unclear if the increased risk is associated with AMD itself or anti-VEGF treatment.

Retina, June 2013

Increased time spent outdoors may reduce myopia progression in children

AO LogoIncreased time spent outdoors may reduce myopia progression in children
Two studies this month show a link between daylight and myopia. A cross-sectional study in Denmark, where the day’s length day varies from 7 to 17.5 hours over the year, shows that myopia progression and axial eye growth seem to decrease in periods with longer days and to increase in periods with shorter days. A second prospective study compared myopia changes among children attending two schools, one with a mandatory recess outside the classroom program; the other with no such program. Outdoor activities had a significant effect on myopia onset and myopic shift, especially in nonmyopic children.

Ophthalmology, May 2013

Delayed-onset endophthalmitis associated with better visual outcomes

AO LogoDelayed-onset endophthalmitis associated with better visual outcomes
This large retrospective series included all patients treated for culture-proven endophthalmitis after cataract surgery at a single university center between 2000 and 2009. Patients with delayed-onset endophthalmitis (>6 weeks after surgery) generally presented with better initial visual acuities, had a lower frequency of hypopyon, and better visual outcomes compared to acute-onset patients (≤6 weeks after surgery). Propionibacterium acnes and coagulase-negative Staphylococcus species were the most common organisms cultured in both groups and were associated with the best visual acuity outcomes in both groups.

American Journal of Ophthalmology, March 2012 (636)

Invitation for Submission of Abstracts for EyeConAsia2013

AO LogoInvitation for Submission of Abstracts for EyeConAsia2013 (Last Date : May 26, 2013)

We invite you to submit your abstracts for the Annual Conference of AsiaOphthalmology to be held at Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia from August 30, 2013 till September 1, 2013. The last date for submissions is May 26, 2013.

To submit the abstract online please click here

Chairman of the scientific Committee is Dr Gaurav Luthra (Dehradun,India).

We have made four categories for submission. (more…) (713)

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