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The vitreoretinal priesthood

When I first started doing cataract lists, the consultant at the time, a Mr Brown from Carmarthen, used to say that phacoemulsification was more akin to flying a jet fighter for short dangerous bombing runs than a boring long haul...

Glaucoma UK urges people to get their eyes tested amidst rise in glaucoma cases

With the number of people living with glaucoma in the UK expected to increase by almost a third between 2020 and 2035, Glaucoma UK is urging people to get their eyes tested.

Exotropic angle by PACT vs under translucent cover

The authors aimed to validate the photographic analysis with a translucent cover by comparing the results obtained from this analysis with the angle obtained by prism cover test (PACT) in patients with intermittent exotropia. This was a retrospective review of...

ARx - Augmented Reality Headset

In a continuing look at wearable technology, for those with sight impairment, for Aug/Sep we are looking at the recently released ARx. In previous issues we have covered the Envision Glasses and the OrCam MyEye. The ARx is a device...

The only thing to fear is fear itself

There is a song by the Amateur Transplants called ‘Finals Fantasy’ which describes in humorous detail how stressful clinical exams can be. Having not done any viva or objectively structured clinical examination (OSCE) style exams for many years indeed I...

Make eye drops part of your Ramadan routine: wake, drops, eat, pray, done!

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours, abstaining from food and drink between dawn and sunset each day. Ramadan 2020 starts on 23 April and ends around 23 May, depending on the first appearance of the...

The ‘theatre of the mind’: Charles Bonnet Syndrome and Esme’s Umbrella

The founder of Esme’s Umbrella shares her experience with the poorly understood condition Charles Bonnet Syndrome and the creation of the campaign. Many years ago, when I was a young actress, I was in an American play called ‘Butterflies are...

Treatment of severe chronic ocular graft-versus-host disease

A retrospective study from Cologne, Germany, between November 2012 to March 2015, of 17 patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) treated with 100% single use vials autologous serum eye drops in sealed system. Visual acuity, corneal staining, frequency of artificial tears,...

BVI launch CryoTreQ®, single-use, handheld cryotherapy device

CryoTreQ represents a true revolution in the treatment of retinal tears and detachments.

Amblyopia risk factors detected at screening

The aim of this study was to assess amblyopia prevalence in a population of 299 adolescents aged 10-14 years who were screened for risk factors at pre-school age using photoscreening. Eighty-three had screening at one-year-old, 94 at preschool age and...

Improved vision with perceptual learning

This study examined whether the development of crowded near visual acuity can be stimulated and whether crowding effects can be reduced by perceptual learning. The authors compared a magnifier crowded task with a perceptual learning crowded task and perceptual learning...

Outcomes of augmented surgery for exotropia

This was a prospective study to assess patients with basic type intermittent exotropia of 15-45PD in angle and who were operated with augmented bilateral lateral rectus recessions with conjunctival recession, and followed postoperatively for six months. The study included 15...