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UNDIAGNOSED REFRACTIVE ERROR IN BRITISH ADULTS

Rahi et al investigated the frequency of visual impairment due to undiagnosed refractive error (RE) and its associations with vision-related quality of life (VRQOL), general health, and social circumstances in a representative population of 9271 British working-age adults. 1.6% of individuals had undiagnosed RE and 37.9% had diagnosed RE. 18% of individuals with undiagnosed RE were visually impaired. Individuals with undiagnosed RE were more likely to have a manual (vs non-manual) occupation and to be separated, divorced or widowed, and were less likely to be in a social or professional organisation. Existing healthcare delivery systems should be improved so as to benefit such individuals during their working lives.

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FIBRIN GLUE IN PTERYGIUM SURGERY

Conjunctival autografting after pterygium excision offers low rates of recurrence. Karalezli et al randomised 50 eyes undergoing primary pterygium surgery to fibrin glue (25 eyes) or 8-0 Vicryl sutures (25 eyes) to attach the conjunctival autograft. The patients were followed up for 12 months. Two patients in the fibrin glue …

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