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Zone, visual acuity affect outcomes after traumatic injury

BOSTON — Patients with low visual acuity at presentation for a traumatic eye injury tended to have worse vision at final follow-up and a higher risk for enucleation, according to a poster presented here at the American Society of Retina Specialists meeting. Sami H. Uwaydat, MD, and colleagues presented the findings of a retrospective chart review of 87 eyes with globe injuries between 2009 and 2015. At presentation, 11.49% of these eyes had no light perception (NLP), and 10.34% ...


How to view the eclipse safely

On Aug. 21, Americans will be able to observe a total eclipse for 2 to 3 hours in an approximately 70-mile-wide zone stretching from the Northwest to the Southeast. “A total solar eclipse is always very dramatic,” Carlton “Tad” Pryor, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, said in a press release from Rutgers University....


AGTC, Foundation Fighting Blindness form partnership

The Foundation Fighting Blindness has joined Applied Genetics Technology Corporation in a partnership agreement to advance gene therapy research to treat inherited diseases, the two entities announced in a joint press release.AGTC will provide grant funding to support the foundation’s My Retina Tracker registry as well as a study intended to identify barriers that prevent patients from participation in genetic testing....


Lighthouse Guild encourages eye exams during awareness month

Lighthouse Guild is reaching out to consumers for National Eye Exam Month to encourage them to get regular eye exams.“Early detection and treatment of visual impairment is the key to better eye health,” Andrea Zimmerman, OD, FAAO, a low vision specialist at Lighthouse Guild said in a release from the guild. “Undiagnosed and untreated visual impairment can lead to permanent vision loss. Regular eye exams are important for adults and children of all ages.”...


Factors identified for Medicaid patients' use of health centers

Black or Hispanic race or having a significant financial need were factors identified with Medicaid patients seeking primary care at health centers, according to study results published in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health.Researchers used 2009 Medicaid fee-for-service claims for 13 states, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Vermont, Texas and West Virginia, to conduct a cross-sectional study comparing...


Greater extent of edema associated with worse visual acuity

BOSTON — Patients with diabetic macular edema who experienced a greater extent of edema at 52 weeks post-ranibizumab treatment experienced worse anatomic response compared with patients with less extent of macular edema, according to a poster presented at the American Society of Retina Specialists meeting. Pravin U. Dugel, MD, and colleagues presented the findings of a post hoc analysis of 367 eyes from the Lucentis (ranibizumab, Genentech) treatment arms in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinica...