October has come and gone with some interesting advancements in eye care, and a couple interesting stories as well.
A study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers hope for those needing a corneal transplant because of keratoconus, a degenerative disease of the cornea. A corneal transplant can be difficult to perform, and healing time is extensive. This new study suggests that replacing just one of the middle layers of the cornea has better outcomes, is easier to perform, and has quicker and easier healing.
A new option for glaucoma treatment, CyPass, has been FDA approved. It is a micro invasive Glaucoma surgical device (MIGS), similar to the iStent. CyPass is used in conjunction with cataract surgery to lower eye pressure. Dr. Graham currently uses iStent, and is looking into the advantages of the new CyPass device.
E cigarette users are having issues with corneal burns by accidentally using e-cigarette liquid as an eye drop–one more reason to not use e-cigarettes.
Not that this is an advancement in eye care, but timely as it’s Halloween…