Conjunctiva

Recognizing conjunctival chalasis avoids dry eye misdiagnosis

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — Recognizing conjunctival chalasis depends on listening to the patient’s symptoms and investigating any report of a specific site of discomfort or foreign body sensation, a speaker said.“Conjunctival chalasis occurs when there is a degeneration of Tenon’s fascia that ordinarily tethers the bulbar conjunctiva to the globe,” OSN Cataract Surgery Section Editor John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, said at Hawaiian Eye 2013. “This allows stretching and redundancy of the conjunctiva, which bunches up at the inferior lid margin, and sometimes elsewhere, and causes a foreign body sensation especially when (Read more...)

New Dry Eye Treatments in the Pipeline

OSN: Several promising treatments are in the pipeline for dry eye, which is an “epidemic” and can drive patients to drink. Secretagogues stimulate the eye to produce its own tears, like Restasis. One is called Lancovutide which was originally used in cystic fibrosis. Rebamipide’s mechanism is to increase the mucin level in tears, which makes […]

Can Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia be Treated With Inteferon?

The December 2010 issue of Ophthalmology reports on a retrospective study of 14 patients finding that subconjunctival recombinant interferon alpha 2b (IFN?2b) may be a viable medical alternative for the treatment of ocular surface squamous neoplasia. But future studies will be required to determine the ideal treatment regimen. Click here to access the study abstract and […]