The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ruled that eyeglasses and contact lenses are exempted from the medical device excise tax that will take affect on Jan. 1, 2013.
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Nonrefractive visual impairment in the United States has been found to have increased significantly in recent years, possibly related to an increase in prevalence of diabetes.
In 99 patients seeking refractive surgery and considered at high risk for colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus spp, results of nasal and/or ocular cultures were positive in seven patients.
The fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant (Iluvien, Alimera) has not met the UK’s cost-effectiveness thresholds for treating DME. Alimera has, however, signed an agreement with Quintiles for the implant’s European launch.
The LensAR Laser System for refractive cataract surgery is now cleared for executing corneal incisions during cataract surgery.
The TxCell Scanning Laser Delivery System (Iridex), which allows physicians to deliver laser power in a multi-spot scanning mode, has received FDA 510(k) and CE clearance.
HCPCS code for mitomycin for solution (Mitosol) created for billing Medicare, private insurance providers.
B + L-sponsored “Run for Vision” generates more than $16,000 for corneal transplants.
A mobile clinic provided exams, screenings, and glasses to underserved individuals in the San Francisco area.
Data from studies of corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) for keratoconus and postLASIK ectasia were analyzed to understand quantitative changes in topography.