Clinical Trends for December 2017

Ryan Syrek, MA


December 22, 2017

Each week, we identify one top search term, speculate as to what caused its popularity, and provide an infographic on a related condition. If you have thoughts about what's trending and why, feel free to share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Clinical Trend of the Week (December 16-22): Glaucoma

The annual American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting was held recently in New Orleans, Louisiana; that event, along with findings presented there, helped spark interest in this week's top search term. One of the presentations at the meeting compared Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) with Descemet-stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) for cornea transplant among patients who have previously undergone glaucoma surgery. The study found that DMEK was superior to DSEK in this group in terms of visual recovery, secondary graft failure, and final visual acuity. The caution in interpreting the outcomes is associated primarily with the skill of the surgeon, as outcomes for both DMEK and DSEK are highly operator-dependent. Still, this new information may be helpful for patients with these complex conditions and those who care for them, as indicated by the surge in popularity for this week's top term.

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