An open-label extension of two pivotal clinical trials has given ophthalmologists critical, real-world evidence of the effectiveness of adalimumab as a treatment of noninfectious intermediate uveitis.
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With advances in local treatment of uveitis over the past decade, the therapeutic armamentarium has increased from depot injections with short-lasting activity to long-term treatments, said Thomas A. Albini, MD.
An intravitreal injection device can provide repeatable results and added comfort for the patient, removing the need for a drape and speculum.
Compared with intravitreous ranibizumab, the decreases in the plasma-free VEGF levels were greater with intravitreous aflibercept and bevacizumab in patients with diabetic macular edema.
Most commercially available OCT and OCTA devices can provide widefield OCTA through a combination of faster speeds, tracking, and the ability to montage images. This may revolutionize clinicians’ ability to assess and quantify retinal vascular disease.
Two patients with macular degeneration regained reading vision after receiving stem cells implanted with a new technique, according to researchers.
With the first ocular gene therapy approved in the United States, Szilard Kiss, MD, points out that the gene therapy era for retinal disease has arrived, “and hopefully it will arrive for age-related macular degeneration.”
Although the phase III Chroma and Spectri studies for lampalizumab (Genentech), an investigational compound for the treatment of geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), failed to meet their primary endpoints, numerous lessons can be learned from the study data.
Among a subset of patients in the phase IV PALADIN study, there was improved visual acuity, improved macular thickness, and reduced treatment burden among patients treated with the intravitreal fluocinolone acetonide 0.2 µg (Iluvien implant) for DME.
The addition of dexamethasone implant (Ozurdex, Allergan) to a continuing regimen of ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech) did not produce results in visual acuity outcomes that differed from those achieved with ranibizumab alone at 6 months. However, there was an improvement in the central macular thickness on OCT in patients.