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Clinical trial news
Proper perception of cataract surgery needed: AAO president
Patients and physicians need to understand that the fact that cataract surgery can be done quickly and efficiently does not mean it should be trivialized.
Delisting of eye services affecting disadvantaged
The delisting of routine eye examinations in Ontario appears to have had a negative effect on those with the lowest education and income.
Uncorrected vision a major issue in Canada, pilot study suggests
Uncorrected refractive error is a significant issue and major cause of reversible vision loss in Canada, data from a Brantford, Ontario pilot study suggest.
Slowing rate of retirement increases ophthalmology numbers
A significant reduction in the rate at which older ophthalmologists are retiring, coupled with a reduction in the number of these specialists leaving to practise in the United States means there are more ophthalmologists currently practising in Canada than was previously anticipated.
In other news
Optic disc hemorrhage an important warning sign
Optic disc hemorrhage is associated with an increased risk for the development of glaucoma or the progression of existing disease and, as such, warrants attention.
South African expert pleads for more focus on glaucoma
Glaucoma continues to be a major cause of blindness worldwide and needs more attention both in the developing and in the developed world.
Preservative exposure tied to surgical failure
Using eye drops containing the common preservative - benzalkonium chloride (BAK) - is associated with a risk of early surgical failure following trabeculectomy, a University of Toronto study has confirmed.
Inequities in eye care among adolescents documented
Visits to eye care providers by adolescents are significantly lower in provinces that do not cover routine eye examinations under the health insurance plan, survey data shows.
Dramatic shortening of face-down time following macular hole surgery possible
The requirement for patients to spend up to two weeks in a face-down position following macular hole surgery, has been challenged by the findings of a study conducted by researchers from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) a factor when considering cataract surgery
The vast majority of Canadian ophthalmologists who conduct cataract surgery take AMD risk factors into account when assessing a patient for surgery.
Follow-up eye care a major concern in Canadian Aboriginal pediatric population
One of the first Canadian studies to compare the ocular profile of First Nations and Métis children with that of the general pediatric population showed that a quarter of all Aboriginal patients were lost to follow-up or missed appointments.
New approach bests conventional therapy for patients with glaucoma and corneal edema requiring surgery
Descemet's stripping with automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) appears to be superior to traditional penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) for patients with pre-existing glaucoma and corneal edema requiring surgery, a retrospective chart review suggests.
Snoring alerts eye surgeons to unexpected head movement
When a patient starts snoring when undergoing ocular surgery with local anesthetic and intravenous sedation be prepared for unexpected head movement that could lead to possible complications.
Vision rehabilitation "more than magnification"
"There's a lot more to good low vision rehabilitation than magnification."
Trial shows safety of topical steroid spray for patients with glaucoma
A prospective, randomized controlled trial suggests topical nasal sprays containing steroids can be used safely for managing rhinitis in patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
Telemedicine effective for screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)
Initial results from the only telemedicine program to remotely screen for ROP in Canada, shows this approach can be done successfully with significant cost savings and reductions in hospital transfers.