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Glasses for the blind and a safer internet

Google Glass I recently attended a demo of the Google Glass technology (at the TEDx Salford conference). For those who have not come across Glass, it a wearable computer developed by Google. In essence it is a very small computer...

Samsung focuses on the sight impaired and internet security flaws

Smartphone assistive technology for the sight impaired In previous issues we’ve covered some specific smartphones that have been developed for the sight impaired. Samsung are now doing something similar, but in the form of accessories. In March 2014 they announced,...

Zeiss field machines, public Wi-Fi risks and IoT scanning

End of support for old field machines Zeiss have recently announced that they are withdrawing support contracts for many of their older 7 series Humphrey Field Analysers (HFAs) in November 2017. They have confirmed maintenance contracts can continue, but repairs...

Review of international telemedicine infrastructure for ROP

This review aimed to review the information and communications technology available for telemedicine, the internet access and economic status of countries at greater risk for higher prevalence of ROP, the framework of established ROP telemedicine programmes, and the cost-effectiveness of...

Trab360: surgical management of childhood glaucoma

This multicentre retrospective interventional case series reports the outcomes and complications of trabeculotomy ab interno using the Trab360 device in childhood glaucoma’s. Forty-six eyes of 41 patients were included and had a mean follow-up of 14.5 months. Mean preoperative intraocular...

Tips for the Online Proctored FRCOphth - Part 1

The FRCOphth Part 1 examination is a difficult exam in itself, testing candidates on a wide range of theoretical and biomedical ophthalmology. This used to be a two-part pencil-on-paper written examination, which was then digitalised for October 2019 and January...

Eyelid and Periorbital Surgery (Second Edition)

Many specialities in surgery intersect, allowing for clinical and research collaboration. Plastic surgery and ophthalmology are one such example wherein a number of different principles have been combined in order to develop reconstructive techniques for conditions affecting the orbital soft...

Social networking

The use of social networking is now very common in both home and work environments. The field is expanding continually and we have had some requests for a roundup of common platforms. What is social networking and social media? As...

Foveal displacement after macular hole surgery

Previous studies show that internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling during macular hole surgery is associated with retinal shrinkage (microtubule depolymerization of the axons of the inner retina) and nasal shift of the fovea. A temporal inverted ILM flap technique was...

Support for patients with nystagmus

This is a qualitative study in patients with nystagmus identified through regional clinics, charity events and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Two hundred and fifty-one participants were identified, with 184 respondents included in the study. Fifty-six percent...

Trabeculectomy ab interno (trabectome)

This retrospective study examines the outcome of trabectome surgery in nine phakic patients with Posner-Schlossman syndrome with uncontrolled IOP >30mmgHg. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA was verified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in aqueous humour samples. Patients were treated with oral valganciclover...

Improved efficacy expected with second-generation microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) devices

Microinvasive surgical approaches to primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) offer minimally traumatic options for effective intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction in appropriately selected glaucoma patients. Increases in laser trabeculoplasty rates and wider adoption of glaucoma drainage device filtration procedures, together with the...