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EyewireTV — Valeant – Allergan Takeover Bid; ASCRS Preview; Health Care Measures

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In this week’s EyewireTV, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and billionaire investor William Ackman are teaming up in a bid to acquire Allergan in a deal valued at $46 billion; and with the annual cataract and refractive surgery symposium taking place this weekend in Boston, Bryn Mawr Communications is set to bring you all the latest news in a variety of formats. In the weekly feature, ophthalmologists discuss measures they are taking in order to ensure their practice remains a successful surgery center in the new health care environment.

Mood, Cognitive Ability, and Sleep Patterns in Patients With Alzheimer Disease Improved After Cataract Surgery

From EyewireToday.com

Patients with mild Alzheimer disease whose vision improved after cataract surgery also experienced improvements in cognitive ability, mood, sleep patterns, and other behaviors, according to a study presented by Brigitte Girard, MD, at the AAO annual meeting in Orlando.[1] The results were also reported in an AAO news release.The study, conducted by...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Avellino Lab USA Launches New DNA Test for LASIK Safety

From Avellino Lab USA — 4/24/2014

Avellino Lab USA will introduce the Avellino DNA Dual Test for LASIK Safety, a genetic test that can detect for both ACD and another genetic mutation,...Full story

Alphaeon Acquires Exclusive Licensing Rights To TouchMD

From Alphaeon Corp. — 4/24/2014

Alphaeon Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strathspey Crown Holdings LLC, announced that it has acquired worldwide licensing rights to TouchMD...Full story

Ram Palanki Appointed Vice President, Strategic Marketing an...

From Santen Inc. — 4/24/2014

Santen Inc. announced the appointment of Ram Palanki, Pharm.D., as vice president of strategic marketing and sales, according to a company news releas...Full story

Haag-Streit USA and Sony Medical Bring 3D Visualization to t...

From Haag-Streit USA — 4/24/2014

Haag-Streit USA and Sony Medical will showcase Sony Electronics medical grade 3D video camera, video recorder, and displays with Haag-Streit USAs line...Full story

Sony to Showcase, for the First Time, a New Surgical Recordi...

From Sony Electronics — 4/24/2014

Sony Electronics will introduce a powerful and affordable system that is designed to capture and record full HD surgical video at the American Society...Full story

Merge Healthcare to Launch New Retinal Screening Solution fo...

From Merge Healthcare Inc. — 4/24/2014

Merge Healthcare Inc. announced that it will be releasing iConnect Retinal Screening, an end-to-end retinal screening solution, allowing providers to ...Full story

i-Optics Presents at Ophthalmology Innovation Summit in Bost...

From i-Optics — 4/24/2014

Eye diagnostics innovator i-Optics will present an update on Cassini and compelling clinical data at the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS) in Bost...Full story

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TearScience Makes Its Dry Eye Technology More Accessible to ...

From TearScience Inc. — 4/23/2014

TearScience announced that it will make the LipiView Interferometer and LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System available for individual purchase, allowing ...Full story

Kala Pharmaceuticals Announces $22.5 Million Series B Financ...

From Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. — 4/23/2014

Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced it has completed a $22.5 million Series B financing, according to a company news release. New venture investor Ysi...Full story

New Data on the ORA System Shows 50% Reduction in Cataract S...

From WaveTec Vision — 4/23/2014

WaveTec Vision is setting the new standard for 21st Century Medicine with its proprietary ORA System with VerifEye, according to a company news releas...Full story

Jeffrey Gold Joins Myoscience as President and Chief Operati...

From Myoscience Inc. — 4/23/2014

Myoscience Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Jeffrey Gold to the team as president and chief operating officer, according to a company news ...Full story

Female Docs Get Smaller Chunk of Medicare Money

From Medpage Today — 4/23/2014

Female physicians made about half as much from Medicare as male doctors did in 2012, according to an analysis of newly released Medicare pay data, and...Full story

Avedro Announces Canadian Approval for its KXL II Advanced C...

From Avedro Inc. — 4/23/2014

Avedro Inc. announced the Canadian approval for the companys KXL II System, according to a company news release. The KXL II System performs a procedur...Full story

When Normal Eye Development Stalls in the Nerves

From Medical News Today — 4/23/2014

Imagine you cannot move your eyes up, and you cannot lift your upper eyelid. You walk through life with your head tilted upward so that your eyes look...Full story

New FDA Program Would Speed Up Access to Medical Devices

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/23/2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a new program designed to grant earlier access to high-risk medical devices intended to treat o...Full story

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals' GoDropless Cataract Surgery Formul...

From Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. — 4/22/2014

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced its attendance and physicians' presentations at the upcoming American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surg...Full story

Novartis to Buy Glaxo Cancer Drugs, Sell Animal Health

From Bloomberg — 4/22/2014

Novartis AG will focus more on cancer, GlaxoSmithKline Plc on vaccines and Eli Lilly & Co. on animal health as the drugmakers announced a series o...Full story

Tacrolimus Eye Drops Associated With Improvement of Refracto...

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/22/2014

Use of tacrolimus 0.1% eye drops is associated with significant improvement of refractory allergic conjunctivitis with proliferative lesions and/or co...Full story

ACOs Challenged by Unrestricted Patient Choice, Study Shows

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/22/2014

Medicare accountable care organizations (ACO) may have difficulty controlling costs and managing patient care because most beneficiaries have unrestri...Full story

Monday, April 21, 2014

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Partners With Hedge Fund Manager in ...

From Eyewiretoday.com — 4/21/2014

Valeant Pharmaceuticals and billionaire investor William Ackman are teaming up in an effort to buy Allergan for $47 billion, according to a filing wit...Full story

Ophthalmic Women Leaders Undertakes New Initiatives at ASCRS...

From Ophthalmic Women Leaders — 4/21/2014

Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) announced it is currently in the process of implementing new organizational approaches designed to further improve the ...Full story

Few Eyes With Macular Holes Qualify for Ocriplasmin Treatmen...

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/21/2014

Only about one in 15 eyes with macular holes might qualify for treatment with ocriplasmin, researchers from Israel report. Ocriplasmin was shown to be...Full story

Regular VEGF Inhibitor Dosing Better in Macular Degeneration

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/21/2014

To preserve visual acuity in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration, staying the course appears to be a better strategy than react...Full story

Novel Hydrogel Sealant and Sustained Release Drug Technology...

From Ocular Therapeutix Inc. — 4/21/2014

Ocular Therapeutix Inc. has announced that 11 podium and poster presentations, including clinical data on its ReSure Sealant and sustained release dex...Full story

BrightFocus Foundation to Fund Research for Brain and Eye Di...

From BrightFocus Foundation — 4/21/2014

BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, announce...Full story

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ric Tiplady Joins Patient Confidence Corporation of America ...

From The Patient Confidence Corporation of... — 4/18/2014

The Patient Confidence Corporation of America (PCCA) has announced the appointment of Frederic N. (Ric) Tiplady as  president, according to a com...Full story

Haag-Streit USA Surgical Microscope Integrates with Lenstar ...

From Haag-Streit USA — 4/18/2014

Haag-Streits Ophthalmic Surgical Microscope can now be used with the Lenstar LS 900 Biometer to enhance surgical procedures and directly affect effici...Full story

GrayBug appoints Dr. Gerald Cagle and Dr. Jeffrey Cleland to...

From GrayBug LLC — 4/18/2014

GrayBug LLC, a company developing a continuum of proprietary controlled-release drug delivery technologies for strategic partnership and its own thera...Full story

University of Utah Ophthalmologist to Receive Top Honor for ...

From Association for Research in Vision an... — 4/18/2014

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) has announced that University of Utah researcher Wolfgang Baehr, PhD, will receive the...Full story

Binocular Disorders Linked to Falls, Fractures in Elderly

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/18/2014

Disorders of binocular vision are associated with a significant increase in the risk for falls and fractures in the elderly, likely exceeding the more...Full story

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