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Preventing refractive surprises by real time biometry during cataract surgery

A few months ago a retired lady presented for second eye cataract surgery. I noted on the pre-op ward round that the outcome of her first eye’s surgery looked like a refractive surprise as her spherical equivalent in that eye...

Sustained elevation of extracellular ATP in chronic glaucoma

Although adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP) release from retinal neurons and astrocytes has been demonstrated in short-term increases in intraocular pressure (IOP); such as in aqueous humor of humans with primary acute angle closure glaucoma, the response in chronic IOP elevation was...

Mast cells in Graves’ ophthalmopathy

Graves’ ophthalmopathy (GO) is a potentially sight-threatening ocular disease, occurring in patients with hyperthyroidism due to Graves’ disease. Also known as thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy, GO is characterised by orbital infiltration by immune cells including macrophages, T cells and plasma cells, which...

How I overcame the hurdle that is the FRCOphth Part 1

The FRCOphth Part 1 is one of the most difficult exams in ophthalmology training, with an exam pass rate of 39.6% over the last 12 months (compared to 60.8% for FRCOphth Part 2 oral [60.8%] and written [68.7%]). Stack the...

Intravitreal dexamethasone implant for recurrent CMO secondary to IGS

In this prospective study the authors present the data obtained on the efficacy and safety of the dexamethasone implant (0.7 mg) in the treatment of recurrent cystoid macular oedema (PCME) due to Irvine–Gass syndrome in patients with uncomplicated pseudophakia (off-label...

Descemetorhexis without endothelial keratoplasty

This retrospective study examined outcomes of the largest reported series of eyes, which underwent Descemetorhexis without endothelial keratoplasty (DWEK) for Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy with mean 10 months of follow-up. Seventeen eyes were included in analysis; with 82.4% achieving corneal clearance...

A surgical option for congenital ptosis

The authors describe a surgical technique to manage congenital ptosis. They present 30 patients with severe congenital ptosis, MRD1 varying between -2mm and 1mm. Intervention was carried out early to prevent amblyopia. All cases had surgery before age seven with...

“Steel True, Blade Straight”

Steven Kerr of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh explores the medical career of Arthur Conan Doyle, his relationship with his mentor Joseph Bell and his fascination with ophthalmology. Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on the...

In conversation with Richard Baker, Policy Manager for the Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded

The Eye News team recently met with Richard Baker, Policy Manager for the Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded, Scotland’s biggest vision impairment third sector organisation. Richard chats about the Eye News Symposium and explains more about the work of...

Expensive Malware

Cryptolocker and similar ransomware There is a new breed of computer malware that is spreading rapidly. The first major manifestation of this new type is known as Cryptolocker. At present it’s a Windows only problem (all versions), but it’s likely...

What's trending Oct/Nov 2022

A round-up of the eye related hot topics that have been trending on social media over the last few weeks. #teammates #warringtonwolves #keratoconus Robbie Mulhern, a professional rugby league player for Warrington Wolves, had never heard of keratoconus prior to...

Orbital Schwannomas

This is a large case series of orbital Schwannomas managed at a single centre over a 26-year period. Twenty Schwannomas are reported, all but one of which was managed surgically. The tumours were all benign, had an insidious onset and...