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Does use of isotretinoin rule out a career in flying?
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    • Susan P Mollan, SpR Ophthalmology
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      • Malcolm Woodcock, Peter Good, and Robert AH Scott

    Dear Editor

    We thank Pushpoth and Sandramouli for their wide-ranging critique of our paper discussing previous isotretinoin use in potential military aviator recruits.[1] We cannot agree with their comment that the finding of 2 of 47 candidates, with clinically abnormal dark adaptation (DA) and 11 with electroretinogram (ERG) abnormalities does not justify further screening of this population. Aircrew recruits...

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    Isotretinoin and night vision

    Dear Editor,

    We read Mollen et al's (1) article with interest where they have concluded that previous isotretinoin use does not cause a clinically significant reduction in night vision in most people and that the retinal toxic effects of isotretinoin may be measurable by electroretinography (ERG) and dark adaptation (DA). While the authors have successfully highlighted the importance of counselling patients for...

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