Eye-Mail® News Brief

The Eye-Mail® News Brief, in partnership with Primary Care Optometry News (PCON), is a highly informative e-news brief that delivers the most relevant content to the inboxes of the Academy members once a month. The Eye-Mail® News Brief includes articles on optometry, vision technology, trends in eye care, and even more.

December Issue

Diet soda consumption associated with increased risk of diabetic retinopathy

Brad Sutton
Perspective: Brad Sutton, OD, FAAO

Study participants who consumed over four diet soft drinks per week more than doubled their risk of developing proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). It is interesting that no increased risk of DME was discovered, just an increase in PDR. Read more...

OCTA, functional testing reveal preclinical signs of diabetic retinopathy

Agustin Gonzalez
Perspective: Agustin L. Gonzalez, OD, FAAO

The authors’ takeaway, “…visual functional impairment is an earlier manifestation and a more sensitive indicator for neovascular damage in diabetes mellitus,” does not go unnoticed. Read more...

Diabetic retinopathy position statement promotes prevention, early detection, control

Kuni Kanai
Perspective: Kuniyoshi Kanai, OD, FAAO

Treatment decision has been shifting from ETDRS criteria of “clinically significant macular edema” to OCT-based “center-involved” diabetic macular edema. Indeed, we are at a turning point of diabetic retinopathy management. Read more...

Post-hoc analysis identifies risk factors for DME after PRP

Carlo Pelino
Perspective: Carlo J. Pelino, OD, FAAO

A post-hoc analysis of randomized multicenter clinical trial data may help us educate our patients one step further. In this article, researchers found that treatment with intravitreal ranibizumab resulted in vision gain, with few patients developing central DME. Read more...

Featured in OVS: Corneal nerve morphology and tear film substance P in diabetes


Corneal nerve fiber density has been shown to be significantly reduced in people with diabetes compared to healthy controls. Corneal nerves are responsible for the production of neuropeptides, including substance P. The authors characterize the relationship between tear film substance P and the structural integrity of the sub-basal nerve plexus in diabetes. People with diabetes had lower levels of substance P compared with healthy controls. The authors also report a positive correlation between substance P and corneal nerve density, indicating that substance P may be a potential biomarker for corneal nerve health. Read more...
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