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  1. Keith Barton1,
  2. James Chodosh2,
  3. Jost B Jonas, Editors in chief3
  1. 1 Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Howe Laboratory Harvard Medical School 243 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3 Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Seegartenklinik Heidelberg, Department of Ophthalmology, Mannheim, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Mr Keith Barton; BJO{at}keithbarton.co.uk

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Rate and risk factors for conversion of fovea on to fovea off rhegmatogenous retinal detachment while awaiting surgery (see page 1011)

The rate of conversion of fovea on to fovea off rhegmatogenous retinal detachment was observed at 1.1%. Superotemporal detachments extending to the vascular arcades were most at risk. Visual outcomes were good.

A prospective, randomized, double-masked comparison of local anesthetic agents for vitrectomy (see page 1016)

In a prospective, randomized, double-masked study 1% ropivacaine alone delivered via the peribulbar route during vitrectomy provided adequate intraoperative anesthesia as well as better postoperative analgesia and less postoperative subconjunctival hemorrhage

Incidence, mechanism and outcomes of schisis retinal detachments revealed through a prospective population-based study (see page 1022)

In a national epidemiological study the annual incidence of progressive schisis retinal detachments was found to be 0.85 per million. The findings also suggest a key role for posterior vitreous detachment in the pathogenesis of this rare condition.

Intake of key micro-nutrients and food groups in patients with late-stage age-related macular degeneration compared with age-sex matched controls (see page 1027)

Subjects with late-stage AMD reported a lower intake of vitamins C and E, betacarotene, folate than controls, but a higher zinc intake. A low proportion of AMD sufferers met the recommended daily intake of vegetables.

Retinal segmented layers with strong aquaporin-4 expression suffered more injuries in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders compared with optic neuritis with aquaporin-4 antibody seronegativity detected by optical coherence tomography (see page 1032)

In optic neuritis patients with neuromyelitis optica or aquaporin-4 antibody seropositivity, retinal layers with strong aquaporin-4 expression, including the retinal nerve fibre layer, inner plexiform layer and inner nuclear layer, suffered more damage than …

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