eLetters

221 e-Letters

published between 2002 and 2005

  • Full thickness eyelid transsection for upper eyelid retraction associated with Graves' disease
    Kenneth SC Yuen

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the article Full thickness eyelid transsection (blepharotomy) for upper eyelid lengthening in lid retraction associated with Graves’ disease by Hintschich.[1] This prospective study showed that full thickness eyelid transsection with preservation of central conjunctival bridge leaded to perfect or acceptable surgical results in 57 of 60 lids after one or two surgical procedures....

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  • Combined plaque radiotherapy and transpupillary thermotherapy in choroidal melanoma
    Andrea Perinti

    Dear Editor,

    I read with interest the article about combined plaque radiotherapy and transpupillary thermotherapy in choroidal melanoma written by Bartlema et al. The authors do not state in the method section the amount of power deployed through their infrared laser. Since spot diameter and duration of treatment are not enough to reproduce the treatment method, it would be scientifically correct and much appreci...

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    Abdullah Al-Torbak

    Dear Editor,

    Dr. Fernandez Rubio raised an interesting issue of "climatic factor" as a risk for delayed onset endophthalmitis after glaucoma surgery. He asked whether the onset of endophthamitis due to Hemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumonia took place around a particular part of the year in our study.[1] We did not look into the issue of climatic factor during our review. However, charts of those pati...

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  • Author's reply
    Paul T. Finger, MD, FACS

    I thank Drs. Bajaj, Pushker, Mehta and Pathak for their interest in my article titled, "Finger-tip" Cryoprobe Assisted Orbital Tumor Extraction, that appeared in the British Journal of Ophthalmology's June 2005 issue.

    Their center's extensive experience with cryo-extraction of orbital tumors is well noted. However, they have their "considered opinion" that the older round probes are superior, they have no exp...

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  • Early Chorioretinal Anastomosis in non-ischaemic CRVO: a randomized trial
    Deependra Vikram Singh

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the article by Antcliff and associates.[1] The authors have compared the macular edema, retinal thickness, visual acuity and cyst height in 11 patients of non ischaemic central retinal vein occlusion (niCRVO) randomized to either observation or laser-induced chorioretinal anastomosis (CRA). Although only 6 patients underwent laser induced CRA, the results are encouraging at six mo...

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  • Cigarette pack warning: it can send you blind!
    Simon Chapman

    Dear Editor,

    The growing research implicating smoking with age-related macular degeneration prompted us to write an editorial in 1999 [1] urging the Australian government to warn smokers of this little appreciated risk.

    In 2000, the Australian National Quit campaign ran an advertisement as part of a series titled "Every cigarette is doing you damage" which explicitly addressed AMD. A website describes the cam...

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  • Cryoextraction for orbital tumours
    Mandeep S. Bajaj

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the article on the new design of a cryoprobe for removal of Orbital tumors.[1] The concept of providing a large spatulated surface for better tumour adhesion is commendable. Cryoextraction greatly facilitates the excision of well-defined, solid, encapsulated, benign or malignant tumors.[2,3] We have been routinely employing cryoextraction for orbital tumors at our centre f...

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  • Patient satisfaction with anaesthesia comparing sub-Tenon's block and topical anaesthesia
    Wendy E Adams

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the results of the pilot study comparing patients satisfaction between topical and sub-Tenon’s anaesthesia.[1] In conclusion the authors state that sub-Tenon’s block produces higher satisfaction scores than topical anaesthesia.[1]

    The scores used were obtained using the ISAS score, which has been used many times during other forms of surgery.[2]

    However, th...

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  • Optical coherence tomography characterization of idiopathic central serous chorioretinopathy
    Pradeep Venkatesh

    Dear Sir,

    We read with interest the article by J A Montero and J M Ruiz-Moreno on ‘Optical coherence tomography (OCT) characterization of idiopathic central serous chorioretinopathy (ICSC)’.[1] We agree that OCT may offer a new approach to the staging and knowledge of ICSC, and may help the understanding of the mechanisms of the disease.

    In our personal experience of OCT evaluation of 56 eyes we observ...

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  • Oral simvastatin as a therapy for eyelid xanthelasma
    Mandeep S. Bajaj

    Dear Editor,

    We read with keen interest the recently published article by Shields et al.[1] Cholesterol lowering agents may indeed evolve as a physiological and non-invasive therapeutic modality for this cosmetically disfiguring entity. We would like to raise a few pertinent issues related to this article.

    We would like to draw your attention to the fact that there is a marked difference in the quali...

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