March 2016 Newsletter

March 17, 2016:

US Ophthalmic Procedures Increase 3.6 Percent in Q4-2015

Overall market growth rates were roughly in line with expectations, with the exception of refractive procedures, which declined.

March 17, 2016:

India Meeting Focuses on Techniques, Ethics, Research

AIOS produces an engrossing and successful conference despite historic rain.

March 17, 2016:

Eye Surgeons in India Adapt to Environment

Lack of funding, great unmet need force ophthalmologists to make the most of what they have.

March 17, 2016:

Medical Ethics Session Stirs Passionate Debate at Conference in India

Many Indians expect doctors to overcharge and do unneeded tests.

March 17, 2016:

Indian Social Issues Seep into Meeting of Ophthalmologists

Corporate medicine and investment in public and charity hospitals are putting pressure on solo and family practices.

March 17, 2016:

Ophthalmologists in India Work Quickly to Regain Access to Avastin

Health officials banned ophthalmic use of the drug in January after 15 patients lost sight following an injection.

March 17, 2016:

Valeant Stock Collapses After Firm Lowers Forecast, Raises Default Concerns

The firm’s market cap has dropped from $90 billion to $11.5 billion; CEO Pearson appears committed to keeping Bausch + Lomb.

March 17, 2016:

Alcon Acquires Transcend Medical, Enters MIGS Market

US FDA approval of Transcend’s CyPass is expected in late 2016 or early 2017.

March 17, 2016:

More Vision Tests Await Astronaut Kelly after Record-Setting Mission

The commander said his vision declined early in the trip and then leveled off.

March 17, 2016:

FDA Revises Draft Guidance for Testing Generic Versions of Restasis

The new draft document increases requirements for showing bioequivalence.

March 17, 2016:

Market Report: Optical Coherence Tomographer Market Expected to Grow 5.4 Percent by 2021

The segment is the largest in retinal diagnostic market.

March 17, 2016:

Market Report: China’s Ophthalmic Market to Nearly Double to $5.3 Billion by 2021

Country is home to one-third of the world’s blind; retinal products are the largest ophthalmic revenue segment.

March 17, 2016:

Triggerfish Gains FDA Clearance; Sensimed Not Planning to Actively Sell Device

The disposable contact lens is designed to provide a 24-hour recording of changes in the shape of the eye, which correlate with IOP fluctuations.

March 17, 2016:

Washington U Wins $11.9 Million NIH Grant for Glaucoma Study

The research is a follow-up to The Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study led by the same Washington University researchers in the 1990s.

March 17, 2016:

Researchers Grow Living Lens with Stem Cells

In one study, scientists successfully created a functional lens in the eyes of a dozen Chinese infants suffering from congenital cataracts.

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