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?

If you co-manage dropless cataract surgery…
The FDA issued a safety alert after 43 patients in Dallas had “serious adverse events” after receiving intravitreal injections of Tri-Moxi (compounded triamcinolone and moxifloxacin) at the end of cataract surgery.

If you prescribe name-brand drops…
A study in Ophthalmology found that eyecare providers prescribe more brand-name drugs than other healthcare specialists. The study examined data from Medicare Part D claims in 2013 and found that 71% of OMD claims and 67% of OD claims were for name-brand medications. The biggest culprit? Glaucoma meds.

If you wonder if a healthy diet really matters…
A study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found an association between a diet high in vitamin K and reduced cataract formation.
A separate study presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting found differences between the gut bacteria of people who ate a healthy diet and those who didn’t and suggested a protective link between a healthy diet and age-related cataracts.

If you see patients who have diabetes…
The CDC released new statistics that say 1 in 10 people in the U.S. have diabetes and that a shocking 34% of adults in the U.S. had prediabetes in 2015.
Another study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that individuals who have type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had a greater risk of developing advanced diabetic retinopathy than individuals with diabetes who do not have OSA.

Consider yourself informed. See you next month!

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


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