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Macular thickness differentiates occult BRAO, POAG

Macular scanning may be important in baseline glaucoma evaluation to differentiate occult branch retinal artery occlusion from primary open-angle glaucoma and lead to fewer clinical implications from inaccurate diagnosis.“Although acute branch retinal artery occlusion is typically straightforward to diagnose, its late stage can mimic primary open-angle glaucoma if the patient is unaware of past acute vision loss events and the optic nerve portends glaucoma suspicion,” researchers wrote.A total o...


34% of physicians have been sued: How to best minimize your risk

The AMA released three new trend reports demonstrating the high frequency and cost burden of medical liability claims.“Information in this new research paints a bleak picture of physicians’ experiences with medical liability claims and the associated cost burdens on the health system,” David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, president of AMA, said in a press release. “The reports validate the fact that preserving quality and access in medicine, while reducing cost, requires fairness in the civil justice system...


AI-based diabetic retinopathy diagnostic tool achieves FDA trial endpoints

A pivotal FDA trial of an artificial intelligence-based system for the autonomous detection of diabetic retinopathy has met its endpoints, according to a press release from IDx.The IDx-DR system, developed to assess for diabetic retinopathy during routing office visits with primary care providers, was granted expedited review under the FDA’s breakthrough device program.The trial, which included 900 patients with diabetes, was conducted at 10 primary care sites across the United States. It evalua...


Consolidating soft contact lens orders allows for practice efficiency

ABB Optical Group released data from its fall 2017 efficiency survey that found an increase in efficiency when orders were consolidated through a distributor and analyzed the top six considerations for optometry practices when ordering soft contact lenses.The press release from ABB Optical Group identified a broad portfolio, access and choice as the most important consideration to 100% of eye care professionals.The survey also concluded that 1- to 2-day shipping, at 99%, was the second most impo...


pSivida posts $5.8 million quarterly loss

The second fiscal quarter for pSivida, which ended Dec. 31, 2017, brought a net loss of $5.8 million compared with a net loss of $67,000 in the previous year’s second quarter.Revenues totaled $933,000 in the quarter compared with $6 million the previous year, according to a press release. The second fiscal quarter of 2016 had included $5.6 million in collaborative research and development revenue from the termination of a collaboration agreement with Pfizer.Research and development expenses incr...


VIDEO: Role of posterior capsule malformation explored

BELGRADE, Serbia — At the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons winter meeting, Marie-José Tassignon, MD, PhD, explores the role of a malformation at the level of the posterior capsule in a specific type of pediatric cataract....



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