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June 2006 Briefing - Ophthalmology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for June 2006. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Eyes May Recover Faster After LASEK Than from LASIK

FRIDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Eyes that undergo laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) may regenerate corneal nerves more slowly after surgery than eyes undergoing laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK), according to a report in the June issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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FDA Approves Generic Zoloft, Macular Degeneration Drug

FRIDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of sertraline tablets (Zoloft) as well as a new drug, ranibizumab injection (Lucentis), for treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration.

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Infants with Trisomy 13 Have Similar Types of Cataracts

FRIDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Cataracts in infants with trisomy 13 have common characteristics that distinguish them from cataracts in other infants, according to a report in the June issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Eye Inflammation

THURSDAY, June 29 (HealthDay News) -- A family history of inflammatory bowel disease is associated with idiopathic ocular inflammation, according to a report in the June issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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Smoking Harms the Precorneal Lipid Layer of Eye

WEDNESDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking can damage the precorneal tear film lipid layer of the eye, and smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have grade 3 or 4 dry eye changes, according to a report in the June issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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Keratitis Found in Contact Lens Wearers in Singapore

TUESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified an outbreak of fungal keratitis among soft contact lens wearers in Singapore, nearly all of them associated with poor lens hygiene practices and use of ReNu cleaning solution manufactured by Bausch & Lomb, according to a report in the June 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Bausch & Lomb issued a global recall of ReNu with MoistureLoc in May.

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Statin Use May Lower Risk of Nuclear Cataracts

TUESDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- The use of statins as lipid-lowering agents may also prevent age-related nuclear cataracts due to the drugs' putative antioxidant properties, according to a report in the June 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Intestinal Surgery Can Lead to Vitamin A-Linked Vision Loss

THURSDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have undergone intestinal surgery can experience vision problems due to vitamin A deficiency many years later, particularly if they have liver disease or other comorbidities, according to a series of case reports published online June 14 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

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More Fusarium Infections in Contact Lens Wearers

TUESDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of ulcerative keratitis due to Fusarium infection have been identified in soft contact lens wearers in Miami and San Francisco, some of them linked to the use of Bausch & Lomb's ReNu contact lens solutions as in the cases being investigated in the United States and Singapore, according to two studies published online June 12 in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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Eye-Injury Hospitalizations Prevalent Among Children

THURSDAY, June 8 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults aged 18 to 20 account for the highest proportion (23.7 percent) of eye-injury hospitalizations in patients under age 20 and males account for 69.7 percent of hospitalizations, according to a study published in the June issue of Pediatrics.

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Hyperopic Correction Effective in Children with Esotropia

THURSDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- About three-quarters of children with fully accommodative esotropia and low levels of hypermetropia are able to stop wearing glasses after hyperopic correction, according to a study in the May issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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