eLetters

221 e-Letters

published between 2002 and 2005

  • Changes in an African hospital essential to providing more service: author's response
    Susan Lewallen

    Dear Editor,

    I appreciate the editorial, “Cataract surgery programmes in Africa” in response to our paper “Increasing cataract surgery to meet VISION 2020 targets; experience from two rural programmes in East Africa.” I agree with the need to generate evidence for the effectiveness of public health interventions and thank you for drawing attention to this. As pointed out, public health interventions are multifacete...

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  • Trabeculotomy versus trabeculotomy-trabeculectomy for congenital glaucoma
    Arif O Khan

    Dear Editor,

    The article by Al-Hazmi et al.[1] states that combined trabeculotomy- trabeculectomy with mitomyocin C (CTTM) gave better results than trabeculotomy alone for primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, between 1982 and 2002. For moderate PCG the success rate is stated as 40% and 80% for trabeculotomy and CTTM, respectively. For severe...

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  • Expression of TSH-R in normal human EOM
    Steven J Kloprogge

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the paper published by Boschi, et. al.[1] in which immunohistochemistry was performed on orbital tissues from patients with thyroid associated ophthalmopathy (TAO) and compared to non...

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  • Visual loss after silicone oil
    Edward N Herbert

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the paper by Cazabon et al.[1] on the important emerging problem of sudden visual loss after removal of silicone oil. We have seen a similar pattern of visual loss in our own patients typically seen in macula on detachments associated with giant retinal tears. We have identified 12 cases between 2 units (St Thomas’, London and Sunderland Eye Infirmary), but 5 of these clearly descr...

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  • Visual loss may be due to silicone oil tamponade effect rather than silicone oil removal
    Padmajakumari Rani

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the article by S Cazabon et al. "Visual loss following removal of intraocular silicone oil".[1]

    In all the three patients it would have been better to compare the visual acuity just before the silicone oil removal than immediate visual acuity after initial vitrectomy. Because the silicone oil contact with eye also could be responsible for visual loss as it was known...

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  • Early chorioretinal anastomosis in non-ischaemic CRVO: a randomised trial - further comments.
    Eric J Mayer

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Singh and Raj for their interest and submit the following, in response to their comments, concerning our report of early chorioretinal anastomosis in non-ischaemic CRVO[1]:

    Of the six patients who underwent laser anastomosis two had a successful anastomosis following the first treatment at a single site (33%), two cases were successful after a second attempt at one site (66%), a furt...

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  • Drusen in Bloom syndrome
    Deniz Aslan

    Dear Editor,

    The recent article on the ocular manifestations of Bloom syndrome by Bhisitkul and Rizen [1] suggested that macular drusen may be an integral part of Bloom syndrome. Recently we published the finding of drusen in a young girl with Bloom syndrome [2]; we suspected that drusen might be expected in one of the premature aging syndromes, but at that time found little information on drusen as an ocular abnor...

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  • Certificate of Visual Impairment
    Catey Bunce

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the recent report by Barry and Murray on unregistered visual impairment. It is important to note, however, that this paper relates to registration instigated by completion of BD8 certificates. In September 2003, Stephen Ladyman, the then Health Minister, Department of Health, announced changes to the process of registration, referral and identification for visual impairment...

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  • Visual loss following silicone oil removal
    Richard SB Newsom

    Dear Editor,

    We congratulate the Cazabon et al. on their recent, well illustrated, report of 'Visual loss following removal of silicone oil.'[1] Their cases reflect a similar group of seven patients we recently observed at Moorfields Eye Hospital.[2] They were relatively young 19-57yrs, had macula- on, or 'just off' retinal detachments, 5/7 had giant retinal tears and the others multiple posterior tears with retin...

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  • Age-related macular degeneration in the United Kingdom: estimates of smoking-related vision loss
    Richard Edwards

    Dear Editor,

    We welcome the publication of the case control study by Evans et al. [1] demonstrating the strong association between smoking and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This important study adds evidence from the UK to a growing body of research linking smoking and AMD.

    Readers may wonder why the estimated number of UK cases of AMD causing visual impairment attributable to smoking in the Evan...

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