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Triple therapy for neovascular AMD

Yip et al evaluated the efficacy and safety of triple therapy consisting of a single-session photodynamic therapy (PDT, standard protocol), intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB, 1.25 mg) and intravitreal triamcinolone (IVTA, 4 mg) for treatment of neovascular AMD in 36 eyes of 33 consecutive patients with subfoveal CNV with mean follow-up of 14.7 (6.9–19.2) months. At 6 months, 61.1% (22/36) showed stable or improved vision. Three eyes developed cataract and two developed persistent raised IOP. The authors conclude that short-term results of single session triple therapy warrants further evaluation.

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Adjunct posterior subTenon triamcinolone for diabetic retinopathy

Unoki et al conducted a randomised clinical trial to evaluate efficacy of a single posterior sub-Tenon capsule injection of triamcinolone (PSTA; 20 mg) before PRP by randomizing 82 eyes of 41 patients. At 6 months, the mean change in logMAR BCVA compared with baseline worsened (0.010) in the control group (no injection) and improved (0.072) in the PSTA group (p = 0.04). The mean change in foveal thickness increased (32.8 μm) in the control group and decreased (9.7 μm) in the PSTA group (p = 0.03). The authors conclude that PSTA before PRP appears to be beneficial in preventing PRP-induced visual loss in eyes with diabetic retinopathy by reducing macular thickening.

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Agreement between SD OCT and TD OCT for measuring RNFL

Vizzeri et al evaluated reproducibility of spectral-domain (SD) OCT and agreement between SD-OCT and Time-Domain (TD) OCT in RNFL measurements. Three SD-OCT (Cirrus) scans and one TD-OCT (Stratus) scan were obtained on the same day from 16 healthy participants and 39 glaucoma patients participating in the Diagnostic Innovations in Glaucoma Study. SD-OCT reproducibility was excellent in both groups. Although the agreement between instruments was good, TD-OCT provided thicker RNFL measurements than SD-OCT. The authors conclude that measurements with these instruments should not be considered interchangeable.

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Comparison of bimatoprost and latanoprost

How et al compared IOP lowering efficacy and side effects of latanoprost (0.005%) and bimatoprost (0.03%) in 60 subjects with chronic primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG) in an observer-masked randomised crossover study of either latanoprost or bimatoprost for 6 weeks, followed by crossed over to the other medication for another 6 weeks. Latanoprost reduced mean IOP by 8.4 mm Hg and bimatoprost by 8.9 mm Hg. Adverse events were mild in both groups. The authors conclude that bimatoprost and latanoprost once daily were similarly effective in reducing IOP in subjects with chronic PACG.

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25-Gauge paediatric vitrectomy

Gonzales et al retrospectively studied 56 eyes of 49 children undergoing vitrectomy with 25-gauge instrumentation. Conjunctiva and sclera were sutured in babies (<1 year) requiring a pars plicata approach. Intraoperative unplanned events or complications included: conversion to 20-gauge vitrectomy (4), conversion of one port to a 20-gauge sclerotomy (2), suspected lens damage (1) and intraoperative bleeding from a vascular ridge (1). Postoperative complications included cataract (5), rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (4) and vitreous haemorrhage (3). There were no cases of postoperative hypotony requiring intervention, choroidal detachment, endophthalmitis or sclerotomy-related retinal breaks. The authors conclude that 25-gauge vitreoretinal techniques can be used in the paediatric eye. To avoid postoperative hypotony, a modified technique in which the conjunctiva and sclera is sutured is recommended for younger babies.

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Small margin excision of periocular basal cell carcinoma

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Minimally invasive strabismus surgery

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