New Tissue Glue Can be Clearly Seen With X-Rays and Ultrasound

Researchers at Korea’s Institute for Basic Science and Seoul National University Hospital have designed and tested a glue for binding tissues that also works as a contrast agent for X-rays, CTs, and ultrasound imaging modalities. This is the first such tissue glue to have this set of properties, and, if approved for clinical applications,&nbs (Read more...)

Sustained-release therapies remove patient factor from glaucoma treatment

Sustained delivery devices that take glaucoma therapy out of patients’ hands may be the answer to the many issues related to adherence, with significant benefits for patients and physicians.Not yet available on the U.S. market, these technologies fall under the broad category of guided administration of pharmaceuticals (GAP), ranging from injectable sustained-release formulations, to drug-eluting rings and contact lenses, to punctal plug reservoirs. Many are in the pipeline, undergoing phase 2 or nearing phase 3 trials.

The state of dry eye care, part 2

As we head into the summer months, I thought it would be helpful to take the pulse of our dry eye world and report on the state of the state, if you will. In part 1 I reviewed how we are diagnosing dry eye in our clinics — and learned that the news cycle does not respect the editorial/creative process when RPS sold InflammaDry while my piece was in turnaround. Let us now examine the state of dry eye disease treatment.As a group, doctors who treat DED have become much (Read more...)

Man presents with blurry vision, flashes, floaters and redness

A 53-year-old Caucasian man presented with a 3-week history of worsening blurry vision of the left eye associated with flashes, floaters and redness. He also complained of a recent fever that lasted 2 weeks and resolved on its own. He noted that he recently had a “sore” in his mouth that also resolved.The patient had a medical history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia. His ocular history was significant only for refractive error. He denied any tobacco use and reported social alcohol use. He had no pets at home. He worked as (Read more...)