WOC 2008

July 1, 2008

Highlights from the World Ophthalmology Congress 2008.

All the news from the 2008 World Ophthalmology Congress, held June 28–July 2 2008 in Hong Kong.

 

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The sponsors do not endorse and are not responsible for the accuracy of the content or for practices or standards of non-sponsor sources.

These articles may discuss regimens that have not been approved by the appropriate regulatory bodies. For full prescribing information including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse experiences please see the appropriate manufacturer's product circular.

 

Accurate IOL power challenging in refractive patientsAchieving the proper IOL power for patients who have had a refractive procedure such as LASIK, PRK, or RK can be challenging, and taking more measurements leads to greater accuracy, said Jack T. Holladay, MD, MSEE, FACS, Holladay LASIK Institute and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, US. 

Artificial cornea ideal solution for someThe use of an artificial cornea in patients who have experienced multiple immunologic graft rejections is more likely to result in good-quality vision than is performing another corneal transplant, said Michael W. Belin, MD, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, US. 

Beyond the anti-VEGF inhibitorsNew investigative drugs for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may complement the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents, improve the visual results, and require fewer injections… 

Green tea benefits?Antioxidants, such as the polyphenols found in green tea, have been championed for their value in cancer protection. Their role in eye disease prevention, however, is still unclear… 

Defeating dry eye diseaseThe importance of treating dry eye disease was the subject of “Advances in dry eye: disease perspectives, treatment options, and post-surgical management,” a symposium held in conjunction with the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC). 

Acupuncture advantagesIs there a place for traditional Chinese medicine in modern ophthalmology? Quite possibly, said Dennis Lam, MD, FRCS, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Mixing & matching IOLs not always to patient's advantageUsing various types of IOLs in the same patient has been trumpeted as a way to achieve better vision correction than bilaterally implanting the same IOL. Yet, this concept of "mix and match" is not quite that simple, said Rubens Belfort, MD, Vision Institute, Federal University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

Telemedicine may help identify & treat DRWith diabetes cases worldwide expected to double in the first 30 years of the 21st century, telemedicine might be a pathway to ensuring that more patients receive care, and thus, prevent complications from retinopathy, said P. Lloyd Hildebrand, MD, Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, US. 

Detecting glaucoma progression a multi-pronged approachOphthalmologists should assess disease progression in patients with established and suspected glaucoma, should confirm with repeat testing any visual function loss that is seen, should remember that structural measurements have variability, and should consider using structural and functional testing together to detect disease progression, said Robert Weinreb, MD. 

Lamellar sliver: devastating complication of recutting after LASIKA lamellar sliver is a devastating complication resulting from recutting flaps during LASIK enhancement procedures, said Jonathan Song, MD, from the Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, US. 

Neuroprotectants offer hope to glaucoma sufferersErythropoietin (EPO), ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), and wolfberry seem to provide neuroprotection of retinal ganglion cells in a rat model of ocular hypertension, according to Kwoh-fai So, PhD, chairman of the Department of Anatomy, University of Hong Kong. 

Numerous strategies may be needed to control IFISIntraoperative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS) can be approached in a number of ways depending on the surgical scenario, according to David Chang, MD, University of California, San Francisco. 

Nocturnal, sleeping IOP keeps ophthalmologists up at nightThere is much to be learned about nocturnal-and, more importantly, sleeping-IOP if ophthalmologists are going to optimize glaucoma therapies, said Yaniv Barkana, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Israel. 

 

Disclaimer:This information has been independently developed and provided by the editors of Ophthalmology Times Europe.

The sponsors do not endorse and are not responsible for the accuracy of the content or for practices or standards of non-sponsor sources.

These articles may discuss regimens that have not been approved by the appropriate regulatory bodies. For full prescribing information including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse experiences please see the appropriate manufacturer's product circular.