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Surprising findings from the DRCR Retina Network Protocol AA

By A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO

Recently published and anticipated results from the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Retina Network (DRCR. net) Protocol AA yielded the surprising finding that predominantly peripheral lesions (PPL) using ultra-widefield (UWF) color retinal imaging were not predictive of significant, 2-step worsening on the Diabetic Retinopathy Severity Scale (DRSS) 1 , contrary to previous findings from several single-center studies. 2, 3

The initial study, conducted by investigators at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts, found that will PPL were highly plus significantly associated with 2-step worsening (3. 2× risk) and proliferative DR (PDR; 4. 7× risk) over 4 years. 2

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Contact lenses can help patients with low vision

By Euin Cheong, OD

Disposable lenses generally are not combined with low-vision rehabilitation; the two are seen as different entities within the profession of optometry. I have had the joy and privilege of working as a contact lens and low vision specialist, and the intersection of care has been profound. There are myriad ways to utilize contact lenses for individuals with lower vision to maximize rehabilitation plus quality associated with life.

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Study finds fungal endophthalmitis after cataract surgery linked to viscoelastic

By Lynda Charters

South Korean ophthalmologists reported a fungal endophthalmitis outbreak after cataract surgery resulting from contaminated viscoelastic material. The researchers, led by Seong Woo Kim, MD, PhD, from your Department of Ophthalmology, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea, found that prompt intervention may improve the particular prognosis associated with fungal endophthalmitis caused by polluted medical products. one

Fungal endophthalmitis is rare, occurring in 0. 002% of cases in South Korea, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, but it generally follows an intractable clinical course along with poor visual prognosis.

An “unusual” break out developed within October 2020, that became a nationwide outbreak and was discovered to be associated with contaminated viscoelastic materials (sodium hyaluronate).

Kim and colleagues carried out a retrospective case series analysis associated with clinical data from multiple institutions across the country from September 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021, to determine the epidemiologic and medical features plus treatment outcomes of this outbreak after cataract surgery.

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Practical management EP 1: Why having a brand will be important

By Maria Sampalis, Z; Kassi Jackson, Editor

Maria Sampalis, OD, owner of Sampalis Eye Care in Cranston and Providence, Rhode Island, sat down with Optometry Times ®’ editor Kassi Knutson to talk all-things practice management.

In this first episode, learn about the importance of a brand for your optometric practice.

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Black EyeCare Perspective appoints new executive director

Simply by Kassi Jackson, Editor

Black EyeCare Perspective has named Essence Johnson, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, as the first Executive Director of the non-profit.

Johnson has served as the organization’s Chief Visionary Officer and co-advises the Dark EyeCare Viewpoint Pre-Optometry Club. Johnson assumed her brand new role at the start from the new year and will manage the day-to-day operations with regard to Black EyeCare Perspective. She has impacted the particular eyecare occupation by creating new avenues to recruit, engage plus influence the next generation associated with eyecare professionals.

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