18 October 2021

What’s trending in vision sciences?

Updates to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) classification and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on eye strain and dry- eye-related symptoms

Every fortnight, our Library and Information Services Manager, Shirley Hart, identifies the most viewed journal articles in our collection, and the ones that are optometrists are talking about.

International Classification of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ICROP), Third Edition

Seen in: Ophthalmology 

Since the ICROP publication in 2005, specific advances in neonatal care, anti-VEGF therapy, ophthalmic imaging, machine learning, and paediatric vitreoretinal surgery have led to an increased understanding of the disease pathophysiologic features and clinical management of ROP. This article updates ROP classification in response to those advances, by integrating a review of evidence-based literature with expert consensus opinion. 

Read the full update.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on eye strain and dry eye symptoms

Seen in: The Ocular Surface 

This study assesses the self-reported impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dry eye-related visual function, reading efficiency, and dry eye treatments used. An online survey of 388 adults with dry eye found that reduced work-related efficiency was reported by a considerable proportion of respondents. The COVID-19 pandemic-related eye strain may therefore be impacting symptoms, performance, and ultimately employment, especially for those with moderate dry eye, as the study findings show. 

Read the full study.

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Related further reading

Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

This article describes an audit to evaluate how the COVID-19 pandemic affected hospital contact lens services.

This article reviews the utility of telemedicine in community practice.