eLetters

221 e-Letters

published between 2002 and 2005

  • Use of eye care services by people with diabetes - South India experience
    Padmaja Kumari

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the article by McCarthy et al. ”Use of eye care services by people with diabetes: the Melbourne Visual Impairment Project”.[1]

    We observed similar eyecare practices by rural and urban diabetics in a diabetic retinopathy-screening program. 4,517 rural and 3,199 urban diabetics above 30 years of age attended 51 diabetic retinopathy-screening camps conducted between Ju...

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  • Authors' reply
    Philip B. Morgan

    Dear Editor,

    We are pleased at the interest shown by Dr. Stapleton and colleagues in our work [1] and we note their endorsement of our approach in adopting a clinical severity classification system for the assessment of contact lens associated keratitis.

    Dr. Stapleton and colleagues have expressed concern at the high incidence of severe keratitis that we reported for hydrogel extended wear lenses. They sugg...

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  • Risk factors for delayed onset endophthalmitis after glaucoma surgery
    Elisa Fernández Rubio

    Dear Editor,

    In “Endophthalmitis associated with the Ahmed glaucoma valve implant”[1], we can see the same predominant causative bacteria (Haemophilus and Streptococcus) that we have been seeing in other series of delayed onset endophthalmitis after glaucoma surgery since Mandelbaum et al. series.[2] This time [1], eight out of nine endophthalmitis had a delayed onset too, and two risk factors for endophthalmitis...

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  • Re: evaluation of internet websites about ROP patient education
    Pradeep G Paul

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to congratulate the author for this interesting manuscript.

    Our ability to find the information we seek on the Internet is a function of how precise our queries are and how effectively we use search services. Poor queries return poor results; good queries return great results. Contrary to the hype surrounding "intelligent agents" and "artificial intelligence," the fact remains...

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  • Intraoperative visual experiences in cataract patients can be both pleasant and unpleasant
    Kah-Guan Au Eong

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest Zia et al.’s article titled "Only rarely seen in dreams - visual experiences during cataract surgery" which highlights a professional artist’s and a poet’s respective renditions of their visual experiences during phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation under local anaesthesia.[1] While it is unclear from the report whether the artist’s elaborate drawing resembling...

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  • Normal tension glaucoma: Authors' reply
    Nahoko Ogata

    Dear Editor,

    I am pleased to have these very important questions on our study.

    In our patients with normal tension glaucoma, some patients presented with decreased vision which was consistent with the typical glaucomatous optic nerve head changes and with the glaucomatous nerve fiber layer defects detected by visual field testing. In addition, none of them complained of decreased color vision. We did no...

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  • IOL biomaterial and endophthalmitis
    Laurent Kodjikian

    Dear Editor,

    With interest we read the recent retrospective case-control study on the causal interaction between endophthalmitis and intraocular lens (IOL) biomaterials by Wong and Chee [1]. They concluded that "…silicone (when compared with PMMA or acrylic IOL) … was independently associated with acute endophthalmitis". We believe that a few comments have to be addressed to clarify the findings for their read...

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  • sub-Tenon's block versus topical anaesthesia for cataract surgery
    Dennis S.C. Lam

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the article by Ruschen et al. comparing patient satisfaction during cataract surgery with sub-Tenon’s block (STB) versus topical anaesthesia (TOP) [1]. The authors concluded that in the setting of day case cataract surgery, patients reported significantly higher satisfaction scores with STB than TOP.

    We would like to raise two issues for discussion. Firstly, th...

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  • Cataract surgery and IOP
    Scott Fraser

    Dear Editor,

    We would like to congratulate Issa et al. [1] on their excellent and, we believe, important paper regarding cataract surgery and intraocular pressure drop.

    It has become increasingly obvious to us, in our practice, that many patients do indeed get a significant drop in IOP after phacoemulsification. We now have a substantial number of patients with both acute and chronic angle closure who,...

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  • Comment: Incidence of keratitis of varying severity amongst contact lens wearers
    Fiona Stapleton

    Dear Editor,

    We would like to congratulate the authors on their recent paper ‘Incidence of keratitis of varying severity amongst contact lens wearers’ [1]. The use of a clinical severity matrix as described by Aasuri et al. [2] is a useful tool in the classification of contact lens related infiltrates and provides insight to the spectrum of acute lesions presenting to an ophthalmic casualty unit. The proportion...

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