Welcome to volume 15, issue 1 of touchREVIEWS in Ophthalmology, formerly US Ophthalmic Review. The decision to change the title of the journal has been taken after a great year for touchOPHTHALMOLOGY, and we feel that in an increasingly global research community, submissions were being limited by an assumed primary reach to one regional audience. Together with the recent closure of European Ophthalmic Review, this will allow the journal to grow, while reflecting the new international audience in the change of title.
This edition features reviews, editorials, an original research article and a case study. Topics include COVID-19, cataract surgery, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, ocular immunology and inflammation, glaucoma and oculoplastic surgery.
We hope you enjoy reading this selection of thought-provoking and informative articles and, if you are interested in being published in future editions, you can submit a manuscript here.
Foreword: touchREVIEWS in Ophthalmology, Volume 15, Issue 1, 2021
Welcome to volume 15, issue 1 of touchREVIEWS in Ophthalmology, formerly US Ophthalmic Review. The decision to change the title of the journal has been taken after a great year for touchOPHTHALMOLOGY, and we feel that in an increasingly global research community, submissions were being limited by an assumed primary reach to one regional audience. […]
Five Pearls for Long Eyes
Primary myopia is a refraction anomaly of a non-accommodated eye with a spherical equivalent of -0.5 dioptres (D) or lower, often caused by an elongation of the visual axis.1 While visual axis length often varies between individuals and populations, a ‘long eye’ is often defined by an axial length greater than 24.5 mm.2 The aberrant anatomy of […]
What New Lens Technologies Are on the Horizon?
Cataract surgery has undergone a significant transformation in the last 70 years, becoming a safer and more reliable treatment with better visual outcomes. An important part of this transformation has been the advent of new intraocular lens (IOL) technologies, starting with the first IOL made of polymethyl methacrylate and implanted by Sir Harold Ridley in […]
Refractive Cataract Surgery: Premium Lens and Refractive Surgery Technology Thriving After COVID-19
The changing healthcare landscape COVID-19 has changed many things about the world we live in, including the options we have in delivering healthcare to our valued patients. As we work to adapt to the new business landscape following shutdowns and social distancing measures, our patients are concerned about their safety, dreaming about a better future […]
The Role of Biofilms in Pathology of the Ocular Surface
Over the past few years, we have witnessed an increasing awareness of the importance of treating ocular surface disease (OSD). Diagnoses such as dry eye and blepharitis, which were historically under-appreciated, now command attention from the ophthalmologist and investment from the ocular pharmaceutical industry. Proper treatment of the ocular surface is paramount to the health […]
Current Challenges in the Postoperative Management of Cataract Surgery
Cataract interventions are among the most common surgical procedures performed worldwide, in developed or developing countries.1 In 2015, approximately 3.6 million cataract interventions were performed in the United States.2 In the next few years, age-related diseases are likely to rise in many nations with increasing life expectancy, and cataracts will become more common. Cataract surgery […]
Aflibercept in Diabetic Retinopathy
The National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020 estimates that of the 34.1 million adults in the USA with diabetes in 2018, 21.4% had undiagnosed disease.1 Due to an insidious disease course, diabetic complications like diabetic retinopathy (DR) are common. Among US diabetic adults, 28.5% have DR and 4.4% have vision-threatening DR.2 DR remains the leading cause of new […]
Faricimab: An Emerging Therapy for the Treatment of Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels extending through Bruchs membrane in the macular region.1 This macular neovascularization (MNV) can be classified based on localization as either type 1, type 2, type 3 or mixed lesions.2 In type 1 MNV (also known as occult lesions), the neovascularization arises […]
Evaluation of Proptosis: A Primer
An abnormal protrusion of the eyeball, beyond the boundaries of the bony orbit, is termed ‘proptosis’. A similar appearance, seen in endocrine dysfunction, especially thyroid disorders, is called ‘exophthalmos’. These conditions are frequently encountered in clinical practice, and for students, residents and trainees, the situation may prove rather challenging. This primer presents a concise blueprint […]
The Effect of Inhaled Cannabis on Intraocular Pressure in Healthy Adult Subjects
The effect of cannabis on intraocular pressure (IOP) has long been a subject of speculation. Indeed, the first legal use of cannabis for any medical purpose in the USA was granted for the treatment of a patient with glaucoma in 1976 (United States v. Robert Randall, D.C. Super. Ct., 1974). In the half century since […]
Trichofolliculoma of the Palpebral Conjunctiva: A Case Report
Trichofolliculoma is a rare, benign skin tumour arising from a hair follicle containing a large central cystic hair follicle with branching epithelial strands and buds.1–5 Trichofolliculomas typically affect the head and neck, appear flesh-coloured, dome-shaped, and may also have a tuft of hair emanating from a central pit.1–5 We report a case of a 15-year-old male with […]
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