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In conversation with Professor Usha Chakravarthy (2018)

Professor Chakravarthy popped by the Eye News stand at the 2018 Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress after her excellent Bowman Lecture. She gave us a summary of her presentation, which looked at how our understanding of AMD has changed...

Age-related macular degeneration

This review article offers an up to date review of the genetic and environmental risk factors associated with aetiology surrounding age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The article briefly describes the typical clinical presentation relating to early and late stages of the...

Four year outcomes of macular degeneration treated with ranibizumab

The authors report on a retrospective study of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients treated with a variable ranibizumab dosing regimen over a period of four years (from January 2007 to December 2011). A total of 600 treatment naïve eyes...

PRN Ranibizumab verses continuous aflibercept in UK clinical practice

This was a multicentre (21 UK hospitals), national EMR study on treatment naïve nAMD eyes, undergoing predominantly as needed (PRN) Ranibizumab or continuous (fixed or treat and extend - (F/TE)) Aflibercept (Af). The primary outcome was change in vision at...

It’s not all about ARED - Time for a pragmatic approach to nutrition for eye health?

Advances in treatment for retinal diseases involving neovascularisation have undoubtedly changed the future of eye care across the UK for the better, but also created great challenges for service delivery in ophthalmology, particularly within the NHS. Some statistics are starting...

New partnership to prevent unnecessary sight loss

Sight loss charity the Macular Society has announced a new partnership with OcuPlan, a service designed to give patients with long-term eye conditions such as macular disease affordable access to specialist care to prevent unnecessary sight loss.

Considerations in the management of retinal disorders

Vision research presentations and publications explore practice considerations in the management of AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Over the past two decades in Europe there has been a decreasing prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and an improvement in visual acuity...

Corneal crosslinking in pellucid marginal degeneration

Fourteen studies were included in this first review examining the use of corneal-crosslinking (CXL) to treat pellucid marginal degeneration (PMD). PMD is a bilateral, non-inflammatory corneal thinning disorder characterised by inferior peripheral corneal thinning 1-3mm from the limbus in the...

Patients blinded by stem cells! How safe are they really?

Simerdip Kaur takes a look at the latest ophthalmology-related news stories and asks which are based on facts and which are ‘fake news’. Headline: Patients blinded by stem cells! How safe are they really? Ever since the successful results following...

How many injections in nAMD: ranibizumab vs. aflibercept

Intravitreal anti-VEGF injections make up a large proportion of the workload in ophthalmology clinics. Since the introduction of aflibercept with eight weekly injections there has been an option to use a treatment which may require less treatment, with potential cost...

Developments in Ophthalmology: Ophthalmic Radiation Therapy Techniques and Applications

Radiation was discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895, and since then has been used to treat a variety of cancers. Its therapeutic properties have been widely used for ocular and periocular tumours and inflammatory disease, but the present era is...

Effect of anti-VEGF treatment on PED morphology

This retrospective study of 30 eyes assessed the effect of anti-VEGF on morphology of pigment epithelial detachments (PED) secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Thirty eyes of 28 patients with PED were compared to 30 eyes of 30 patients with...