• By Anni Griswold
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cornea/External Disease, Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophth/Strabismus

    A weekly roundup of ophthalmic news from around the web.


    Ophthalmologists earn more than the average physician, and their salaries are on the rise (+3% over the last year, to be precise). Eye docs will earn a mean $375,000 this year—more than the physician average of $299,000, but well below a typical plastic surgeon’s paycheck. See for yourself in Medscape’s 2018 Physician Compensation Report. Medscape

    A special supplement to USA Today will highlight the work of Von Miller, a 28-year-old linebacker for the Denver Broncos and former Super Bowl MVP. Through his foundation, Von’s Vision, Miller connects thousands of underprivileged children in Denver with affordable, high-quality eye care. His interview will appear in the “Vision Health” campaign during World Glaucoma Week, available in print and online. Mediaplanet

    Put down that gonioscope! Scientists say the GonioPEN—a high-resolution camera fitted with LED lights—could help diagnose glaucoma in under 3 minutes. The pen, estimated to cost less than $5,000, captures digital images of the cornea with minimal contact and saves the images for future reference. Researchers from Singapore tested their device on 20 patients, who reportedly found it more comfortable than a traditional gonioscope. New Atlas 
    Image above: Researchers using the GonioPEN (Credit: Nanyang Technological University)

    A device to streamline corneal transplant surgery has captured a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. Five undergrads from Johns Hopkins—known as the Treyetech team—invented a novel device that can help prepare and transport a donor cornea from an eye bank to surgeons, and ease the delicate step of unrolling the graft into the patient's eye. Johns Hopkins Hub

    Speaking of corneas … the FDA has cleared a new feature for the Lensar laser system. The Streamline IV version includes a presbyopia function that can create corneal pockets and flaps for corneal inlay procedures. Healio