HES-containing products

Dear Healthcare Professional,BackgroundThe European Medical Agency’s (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended the suspension of the marketing authorisations for hydroxyethyl-starch (HES) solutions...

Punctal plug deemed beneficial in ocular surface disease

For patients with ocular surface disease (OSD) using prostaglandin analogue monotherapy, a punctal plug improves OSD and reduces intraocular pressure (IOP), a study just...

Medical graduates fail competency test

Registrar of the Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA), Cornelius Weyulu, this week confirmed that of the 99 graduates who underwent the evaluation in...

Study assesses efficacy of plasma glucose in predicting diabetic retinopathy

One- and two-hour plasma glucose concentrations (1h-PG and 2h-PG, respectively) are similarly effective at predicting diabetic retinopathy (DR), a study published online in Diabetes Care...

Composite subretinal implants may lessen macular degeneration vision loss

A composite implant, termed the California Project to Cure Blindness-Retinal Pigment Epithelium 1 (CPCB-RPE1), which consists of a polarized monolayer of human embryonic stem cell-derived RPE (hESC-RPE)...

Low referral rate for low-vision rehabilitation

A study just published online in JAMA Ophthalmology has shown that few patients with irreversible vision impairment are referred for vision rehabilitation. M. Austin Coker,...

Unmet health needs for patients with uveal melanoma

Most patients with uveal melanoma, a study published online in JAMA Ophthalmology has observed, have unmet health information and psychological needs. Timothy J. Williamson, M.P.H., from the University of California,...

Poor quality of life factors identified in glaucoma patients

Reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in surgically and medically treated patients with glaucoma is associated with factors including worse diplopia, poorer visual acuity...

App to assist the blind, visually impaired

A new mobile app, ViaOpta Hello, powered by Microsoft Cognitive Services and the Windows 10 Universal App Platform, was launched at the recent OSSA...

Too few retinal infarction patients receive follow-up imaging

A new study shows that only 8% of patients with a retinal infarction are seen by a neurologist even though they are at high...

Amblyopia visual function not improved with binocular video game

A home-based binocular falling-blocks video game does not improve visual outcomes more than placebo for children and adults with unilateral amblyopia, according to a...

Static perimetry approach may be better for children with glaucoma

A simple static perimetry approach may yield higher-quality results than a combined perimetry approach in children younger than 10 years with glaucoma, a study...

Cataract surgery may cut risk of serious car accidents

Cataract surgery is associated with a modest decrease in the risk of the patient being in a serious traffic crash as the driver, a...

Retinal thinning could provide early sign of Parkinson’s disease

Thinning of retina linked to loss of dopamine-producing brain cells

Degenerative eye diseases associated with Alzheimer’s risk

Age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma were all associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in a new study

Blue light from digital devices hastens blindness

Blue light exposure found to cause retinal to trigger reactions that generate poisonous chemical molecules in photoreceptor cells

Health professional numbers in SA up by more than 50% –...

But distribution of healthcare providers remains disproportionate in terms of geographical location and population needs

Corneal infection from sleeping in contacts detailed

Six patients reported sleeping in lenses on regular basis; most had vision loss, permanent damage