What Caught the Eye of Ophthalmologists in 2010?

Lauri R. Graham


December 17, 2010

What did ophthalmologists read on Medscape during 2010?

We looked back and discovered that our readers were, like all healthcare professionals, closely following the ongoing battles over healthcare reform and Medicare. In order to provide the most up-to-date information about these important stories, we included a link to our Healthcare Reform Resource Center in our list of must-read content from 2010.

Ophthalmologists were also interested in the range of new information that impacted patient care. Anti-VEGF therapy for retinal disease continued to receive attention, as did advances in refractive cataract surgery, including femtosecond laser and wavefront aberrometry-based technologies.

The top 10 most important articles, as determined by how many of our members chose to read them, are provided below. If you missed these important articles, please take a minute to review them and see what your colleagues are reading.

Here are the highlights from the Medscape Top 10 for Ophthalmology in 2010:

1. Retinal Vein Occlusions: Could Recent Developments Be Practice-Changing?
A commentary on retinal vein occlusion treatment includes recent clinical trial data and newly approved drug devices.

2. Antiviral Treatment Thwarts Recurring Eye Problems From Herpes Simplex
Oral antiviral prophylaxis appeared to protect against recurrence of ocular herpes simplex virus.

3. FDA Clears Laser System for Use in Cataract Surgery
The FDA approved a laser system for anterior capsulotomy during cataract surgery.

A related article on this subject is also of interest: Femtosecond Laser Technology Applied to Lens-Based Surgery.

4. FDA Panel Recommends Premarket Approval for Ocular Stent
A stent for reduction in intraocular pressure was reviewed for use in mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma.

5. Does Anti-VEGF Therapy Cause Glaucoma?
Reports suggest that patients may experience increased IOP following anti-VEGF therapy.

6. Perforating Eyelid Injury Extending to the Brain Stem in a 17-Year-Old Woman: A Case Report
An apparently superficial eye injury turns out to be far more severe than initial presentation would indicate.

7. A 61-Year-Old Woman With Swelling of the Lower Eyelid
A 61-year-old woman presents with painful swelling of the left lower eyelid. What is your diagnosis?

8. The Next Wave in Cataract Surgery: Intraoperative Measurement of Sphere, Cylinder, and Aberrations
We are beginning to envision a future where refractive cataract surgery can achieve LASIK-like outcomes.

9. Incidence and Management of Acute Endophthalmitis After Intravitreal Bevacizumab (Avastin) Injection
What's the risk of acute endophthalmitis after intravitreal bevacizumab injection, and what can be done to lower the risk?

10. Healthcare Reform Resource Center
The evolving debate was chronicled by Medscape throughout 2010. Bookmark this page so that you'll have access to the latest information as it becomes available.


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