• By Anni Griswold
    Cataract/Anterior Segment, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cornea/External Disease, Pediatric Ophth/Strabismus, Retina/Vitreous

    A weekly roundup of ophthalmic news from around the web.

    A Massachusetts engineer has created a Braille-learning game for his 2-year-old daughter, who has Usher syndrome and is gradually losing her vision. “We knew the world was not going to adapt to her,” he said, so he designed a game to prepare her to take on the world. WBUR

    Chinese researchers expect to release the first-ever day lenses to reduce short-sightedness in children later this year. Existing orthokeratology contacts are worn at night and cost almost US$2,000 per year. The new day lenses are projected to cost 40% less. Scientists estimate that the lenses could reduce myopia by 60% over 10 years of wear. South China Morning Post

    A new imaging system could allow doctors to capture whole-eye images in marvelous detail without switching between instruments. The OCT-based system features a tunable lens that can image the eye from front to back, including the vitreo-lenticular and vitreo-retinal interfaces. PhysOrg

    The European Court of Justice says a marketing misstep by Novartis and Roche cost the Italian health service an extra $55 million. The pharma giants allegedly conspired to boost sales of the more expensive Lucentis while restricting sales of the cheaper Avastin. Italian courts will issue a final verdict later this year. Courthouse News Service

    Congratulations are in order for Zepto, an automated device that creates a perfectly circular capsulotomy. The device was named Best Capsulotomy Technology by Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Experts say it allows for “quick and reliable capsulotomies, even in dense lenses with limited visibility.” Cision PRWeb