eLetters

147 e-Letters

published between 2000 and 2003

  • Extracapsular cataract surgery (ECCE) compared with manual small
    Anita Panda

    Dear Editor

    We read with keen interest the article by Gogate et al. on extracapsular cataract surgery (ECCE) compared with manual small incision cataract surgery(MSICS) in community eye care setting.[1]

    We fully endorse their views that MSICS should be the choice for effective rehabilitation of the cataract patients. They have rightly pointed out that the conventional (ECCE) with posterior chamber int...

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  • Transcaruncular approach for the management of frontoethmoidal mucocoeles: a comment
    Jwu Jin Khong

    Dear Editor

    We read the article “Transcaruncular approach for the management of frontoethmoidal mucocoeles” by Lai et al. [1] with interest.

    The authors report a modification of the non-obliterative external procedure that was first described by Lynch in 1921.[2] The Lynch-Howarth procedure [2-4] involved trans-nasal stenting to prevent medial-ward collapse of the orbit obstructing drainage from th...

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  • Charles Bonnet Syndrome and brimonidine: comments
    Imran Rahman

    Dear Editor

    We read, with interest the article 'Charles Bonnet Syndrome precipitated by Brimonidine Tartrate eye drops' published in July 2003 BJO. Interest in Charles-Bonnet syndrome (CBS) has escalated of late, highlighting the probable 15% [1] incidence of the condition in patients with significant visual impairment coupled with a clear sensorium.

    The authors implied that CBS was induced in 4 patient...

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  • Comments on periocular corticosteroid therapy
    Vasumathy Vedantham

    Dear Editor

    I read with great interest the article by Okada et al,[1] reporting the efficacy and complications of trans-tenon’s retrobulbar infusion of triamcinolone acetonide for posterior uveitic inflammation. The authors have to be commended for the excellent description of this novel technique.

    The efficacy of various modalities of corticosteroid injection has always been a matter of debate w...

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  • Photodynamic modulation of glaucoma filtration surgery
    Samreen Uppal

    Dear Editor

    This correspondence is regarding the article by JF Jordan et al.[1]

    This is a very exciting new approach to wound modulation in glaucoma surgery, & looked very promising at the outset. However, the study reported a complete success rate of only 59.5% as compared with a success rate of 60-80% with standard trabeculectomy at 1 year, 65% with MMC at 2 years,[2] & 73% with 5 FU...

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  • Intraretinal and choroidal infiltrates in Rosai Dorfman disease (RDD)
    Carsten H Meyer MD

    Dear Editor

    Khan et al. reported a patient with Rosai Dorfman disease (RDD) and massive lymphadenopathy in the orbit.[1] The encapsulated tumor was surgically removed and histology confirmed immunohistochemistry stained positive for S-100 as well as CD68, a marker for macrophage. Unfortunately the authors do not report their functional results in terms of visual acuity (VA) or visual fields. We recently als...

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  • Trans-Tenons Triamcinolone and Pretreatment
    Salil A Mehta

    Dear Editor

    I read with great interest the article by Okada et al.[1] I would like to make the following comments:
    (1) The authors describe three patients of tubercular uveitis who are being treated with isoniazid and rifampicin for a month prior to their treatment with trans-tenons triamcinolone. However, current WHO guidelines recommend an initial phase of 2 months with four drugs (iso...

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  • Acute reaction to the preservative of Kenacort
    Maria C. Hernaez-Ortega

    Dear Editor

    Sutter and Gillies described in their paper four cases of endophthalmitis-like reaction after an intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide (Kenacort A-40, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals, Australia) as a distinct clinical entity.[1] We would like to point out some issues that could help to explain their findings at least in part.

    We strongly believe that the endophthalmitis-like...

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  • Trypan blue: Authors' reply
    Kenneth K Li

    Dear Editor

    We would like to thank Dr Rodrigues and colleagues for bringing up this interesting point of what exactly trypan blue (TB) stains.

    In our study, immunohistochemistry was performed to determine the nature of cells involved in the epiretinal membranes (ERM) - not to determine the presence or absence of the ERM. Presence or absence of ERM was determined by examining routinely stained sections (H...

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  • Baby, take off your tie
    Thomas Theelen

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the article by Teng et al.[1] reporting the influence of tight neckties on intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement by Goldman applanation tonometry. They show that elevated IOP may be associated with a tightly worn necktie.

    For comprehensive ophthalmologists tight collars, maybe owing to tight neckties, are a virtual cause for erroneous high IOP measurements.[2] As sug...

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