Giving you a quick rundown on the top news and research from the past month. Consider this the most productive five minutes of your day. Ready?

Let’s review the month in numbers.

One million … The number of SMILE procedures completed worldwide. SMILE, which stands for small incision lenticule extraction, is a minimally invasive alternative to LASIK or PRK for myopes (sorry, hyperopes). It was FDA approved in the U.S. in Sept. 2016.

Five hundred … The number of children included in a study about hyperopia and attention. The study, published in Optometry and Vision Science, found that the children with moderate hyperopia were significantly more likely to have poorer scores on attention-related tests.

Eighty-seven … The number of blood plasma metabolites that were significantly different in patients with AMD as compared to patients without AMD. The new research, from Mass. Eye and Ear, found that of those 87 metabolites, almost half were significantly different across the different stages of AMD. So, theoretically, a blood sample could even tell what stage of AMD a patient is in. More to come.

Thirty six … The number of patients included in a recent study comparing the level of ocular inflammation in daily disposable vs. reusable soft contacts. The study, published in Optometry and Vision Science, found more inflammation and greater conjunctival cell metaplasia in reusable contact lens wearers.

Ten or less … The typical number of opioid prescriptions written by most OMDs annually, according to a new study in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Two … The number of Saks Fifth Avenues that have optical stores. One is even staffed with an OD.

One … The number of insurance plans Warby Parker will accept. Starting in 2018, Warby Parker will be “in-network” for UnitedHealthcare vision plans.

That was easy! Consider yourself informed. See you next year!

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO | 20/20 Glance |


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