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  • VIDEO: Clinic manager discusses implementation of telehealth with EMR in private practice
    Mary Finnegan, COT, clinic manager at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, discusses the early stages of implementing telehealth for patient visits and how telehealth is integrated with the electronic medical records system the practice uses. Read more »
  • Telemedicine provides path forward for ophthalmology during COVID-19 pandemic
    The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected the practice of medicine across all specialties, but with recently expanded CMS telehealth guidelines, ophthalmologists now have an opportunity to begin using telemedicine much more often to the benefit of both patients and providers.“Necessity is the mother of invention. Telemedicine has been around for a while, but it took a pandemic to bring it to light. It is a very useful tool, even more so now as a way… Read more »
  • Optometry practice changes during COVID-19: Northeast response
    Primary Care Optometry News previously spoke to doctors of optometry around the country about changes they have made in their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, including canceling non-emergency visits and introducing telemedicine to their clinics.In this follow-up report, we spoke to four ODs who practice within several hours of New York City.“Being located in New York City, the epicenter of the U.S.’s COVID19 crisis, the University Eye Center (UEC) knew we needed to be creative… Read more »
  • Routine exam reveals unusual retinal findings
    A 70-year-old Caucasian man presented for an updated spectacle prescription. Ocular history included cataracts, monovision RK performed in 1997 and “damage to the back of my right eye.” Medically, the patient reported only a history of prostate cancer 11 years prior, for which he received treatment. Medications included a multivitamin. He denied any current or past use of tobacco, alcohol or recreational drugs.Entering distance visual acuities measured 20/20-2 OD and OS with his current distance-only… Read more »
  • Researchers find additional uses for OCT, ERG technologies
    Research continues to reveal additional uses for evolving technology in the realm of OCT and ERG. These diagnostic tools offer eye care providers noninvasive means to determine signs and features of retinal impairment to better inform prognosis and treatment.Details from a cross-sectional study published in Ophthalmology showed that patients with OCT images displaying a shallow, irregular retinal pigment epithelium elevation (SIRE) sign had a higher risk for nonexudative macular neovascularization (NE-MNV) and neovascular age-related macular… Read more »
  • New tonometer provides error-corrected measurement
    In the past 20 years, a number of new tonometers have become available. With several of these new alternatives, the benefits offered have mostly related to portability and convenience.The Pascal dynamic contour tonometer (DCT; Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems) and the Ocular Response Analyzer (Reichert Technologies) offer greater IOP measurement accuracy, but have not been widely adapted to everyday clinical practice on a large scale.Introduced in the early 1950s by Hans Goldmann, Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT) has… Read more »
  • En face OCT provides more detail on macular lesions
    OCT is the preferred imaging modality for diseases of the macula as it is noninvasive, easy to perform and provides high-resolution images. The most commonly used macula scans are macula cube and five-line raster, which both provide cross-sectional, longitudinal scans.Recently, the en face OCT has been identified as an additional useful tool for analyzing and quantifying pathological findings. It provides transverse images at a specific depth of the retina. The software application takes dense raster… Read more »
  • MatterHackers facilitating 3D-printed medical equipment during COVID-19 pandemic
    MatterHackers, a 3D printing company based in California, is using its network of employees and customers to connect those in need of medical aid products with designers and creators who can make them during the COVID-19 pandemic.The company’s COVID-19 Maker Response Hub allows those with a 3D printer, whether it is individuals with one printer or companies with multiple printers, to volunteer to print parts for medical devices. In addition, medical facilities and government agencies… Read more »
  • VIDEO: Ophthalmologist gives snapshot of coronavirus impact on eye hospital system in India
    In this Healio video, Ashvin Agarwal, MD, discusses how the coronavirus has affected daily life under lockdown in Chennai, India, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. He discusses the decisions made in the lead-up to the nationwide lockdown at the Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital system and what the future of the practice of medicine may look like after the pandemic. Read more »
  • Ab interno trabeculotomy with Trab360 effective in childhood glaucomas
    Two-thirds of eyes with childhood glaucomas that underwent ab interno trabeculotomy with the Trab360 device experienced postoperative IOP of 24 mm Hg or less with no additional surgeries, according to a study.“We concluded that single-incision ab interno trabeculotomy is effective and safe for treating pediatric glaucomas, especially primary congenital glaucoma. Good surgical technique and caution in high-risk angles is imperative to avoid cyclodialysis,” study co-author Raymond G. Areaux Jr., MD, told Healio/OSN.The multicenter retrospective interventional… Read more »
  • Guest Commentary: Managing a private practice during the COVID-19 pandemic
    In this Guest Commentary, Peter R. Honig, DO, a family physician with a private practice in Philadelphia, spoke with Healio Primary Care about the strategies he is using to manage his practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.Three weeks ago, I was driving back from vacation in Canada with my wife, who is also a medical provider. We talked about how we were going to handle this crisis. When you are driving for 12 hours, you have… Read more »
  • AAO coronavirus website provides timely updates for ophthalmologists
    An American Academy of Ophthalmology website, “Important coronavirus updates for ophthalmologists,” has provided ophthalmologists with treatment considerations, breaking news and updated research on COVID-19 as it relates to ophthalmology since the virus began to spread.Maintained and authored primarily by James Chodosh, MD, MPH, with assistance from Gary N. Holland, MD, and Steven Yeh, MD, the AAO coronavirus site shares new research developments and AAO treatment guidelines for the virus, Yeh said.“The AAO coronavirus website provides… Read more »
  • CooperVision announces availability of Biofinity toric multifocal contacts
    ATLANTA – CooperVision’s next iteration of the Biofinity brand, designed for patients with astigmatism and presbyopia, is currently available in a limited release and will come out nationwide in May.Lee Hall, OD, PhD, lead clinical scientist in research and development at CooperVision, told Primary Care Optometry News here at SECO that the new silicone hydrogel lens, “provides a wide range of parameters with proven technology designed to behave like existing products.”With the “easy-to-fit familiar design”… Read more »
  • EyePoint reduces staff in response to COVID-19
    EyePoint Pharmaceuticals has reorganized its operations and will downsize its workforce in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a press release.Reductions to the Dexycu (dexamethasone intraocular suspension 9%) sales force and supporting commercial operations make up the majority of the cuts, as cataract surgery is considered a nonessential procedure during the pandemic.Commercial operations for Yutiq (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant 0.18 mg) will continue, as noninfectious uveitis treatments are deemed essential, the release said.The… Read more »
  • OD: All patients are candidates for photochromic contact lenses
    ATLANTA – A clinician in Florida said she discusses Acuvue Oasys With Transitions Light Intelligent Technology Contact Lenses with all patients in her practice.Chandra Mickles, OD, MSc, FAAO, FSLS, told Primary Care Optometry News in an interview here at the SECO meeting that her staff added a question on their patient intake form asking patients if they are ever bothered by light.“Initially I thought the lens was for patients who were outside a lot or… Read more »
  • VIDEO: Ophthalmologist shares ‘deployment’ to ER in fight against coronavirus
    In this Healio video, while wearing her practice-mandated surgical mask, Cynthia A. Matossian, MD, interviews Ashley Brissette, MD, MSc, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, about her current experience to date being “deployed” to work in the emergency room to help triage and treat incoming patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »
  • Ophthalmic industry shifts efforts to combat COVID-19
    The ophthalmic industry is focusing its efforts on innovative ways to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, finding new avenues of therapeutics to help patients afflicted with the virus and donating necessary supplies to aid medical providers.Biogen announced on March 18 its Biogen Foundation would commit $10 million to support global response efforts and communities around the world affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds will be used to address immediate critical needs, with the majority… Read more »
  • VIDEO: Three wishes for health care in the post-coronavirus world
    John A. Hovanesian, MD, OSN Cataract Surgery Section Editor and partner at Harvard Eye Associates in Laguna Hills, California, discusses his thoughts on how the practice of medicine can and should evolve in the post-coronavirus world. Read more »
  • Genentech extends Lucentis payment terms
    In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Genentech announced it will temporarily extend physician payment terms for Lucentis purchases to 120 days, according to a press release.Purchases from April 1, 2020, as well as retroactively for purchases made on or after March 1, 2020, will be eligible for the extension.Physicians should contact their respective specialty distributor with questions or to verify the new terms, the release said. Read more »
  • Association found between office-hour, peak nocturnal IOP readings
    Researchers observed a link between office-hour IOP and peak nocturnal IOP in a group of patients with primary open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension, according to a study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology.“There is a correlation between office-hour IOP reading and peak nocturnal IOP in this group of prostaglandin analogs-treated patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension,” Diya Yang, MD, PhD, from the Shiley Eye Institute at the University of California and the Beijing… Read more »
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