eLetters

180 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • A Perspective on Porous Polyethylene Lower Lid Spacers
    Mandeep S. Bajaj

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the article on the use of Medpor lower eyelid spacers by Tan et al. [1]. The article critically evaluates the utility of this type of a spacer for retraction of the lower lid. We would like to raise a few pertinent issues which may assist in a better understanding of this challenging entity.

    In this article, the authors have not included the assessment of horizontal lid...

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  • Aspirin therapy for Giant Cell Arteritis
    Imran Masood

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest Buono et al's paper [1]. They describe in detail the value of anti-coagulant therapy in the management of giant cell arteritis. The role of anti-platelet agents however is not considered. It has been known for a number of years that thrombocytosis [2] and platelet hyper-reactivity [3] are features of giant cell arteritis. Experimental studies have shown that aspirin effectively sup...

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  • Role of corticosteroids in fungal keratitis
    Uma Sridhar

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the case reports by Peponis et al. on the role of corticosteroids in fungal keratitis. It is important to remember are that all antifungal drugs used in clinical practice are fungistatic. Hence while an abrupt cessation of steroid usage in recently diagnosed fungal keratitis may cause increased inflammation, continuation of steroids may cause fungi to p...

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  • Congenital cataract surgery and glaucoma risk.
    Peter K. Rabiah

    Dear Editor

    A recent report stated it might be prudent to delay paediatric cataract surgery, at least for bilateral cases, until 4 weeks of age to lower the risk of later glaucoma,[1] and this suggestion was fully supported in an accompanying editorial [2]. Such a suggestion that could have an impact on the practice patterns of ophthalmologists and consequently the care of children with cataract should have stron...

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  • Myopia in prematures. Myopia of prematurity
    Hans C Fledelius

    Dear Editor

    In Snir and co-workers’ recent article about term-time refraction and keratometry comparing premature babies with full-terms [1] it was usefully confirmed that prematures’ corneas generally had a higher dioptric power [2 -4]. This suggests relatively ‘more foetal’ or ‘retarded in development’, as a probable effect of the radical pre-term sh...

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  • IVF and Retinoblastoma
    David BenEzra

    Dear Editor

    I read with great interest the letter published in the August issue of BJO by Lee et al. [1]. It reports on the first child born after IVF and harboring a unilateral retinoblastoma in the USA.

    However, it should be noted that this reported child from the USA is the eighth documented child (not the sixth as mentioned by the authors). The first child ever observed was reported by our grou...

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  • Korean Kindergarten Vision Screen Program
    Robert W Arnold

    Dear Editor

    Lim, et al, report a large-scale effort to mix home plus health center acuity screening in preschool children [1]. We are very encouraged by the work of Lim, et al, particularly concerning the frequency of ocular symptoms in the Korean preschooler, the number of children who were not dismissed from specified follow-up (presumed amblyopia risk), and the inclusion of a simple, home-administered test for...

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  • Authors' response
    Gabor Koranyi

    Dear Editor

    We thank Lenio S Alvarenga for his comment on our article about using fibrin glue for pterygium surgery.

    1. We write in the Material and Methods section that only the thickened and keratinised portion of the conjunctiva was excised and the graft was prepared to have the same size as the nasal conjunctival defect, regardless which group the patient was randomized to. Thus the knowledge of the...

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  • Classification of Ocular surface burns
    Harminder S Dua

    Dear Editor

    It is interesting to read the attempt by Harun et [1] mounting a robust defence of their purely theoretical modification of the Roper Hall classification which has stood us well over the years but now takes its proud place in history. In the penultimate paragraph of the recent eLetter they contend that it is incorrect to state that their proposal is purely theoretical as they "..have based it on a...

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  • The monitoring of outcomes after cataract surgery
    Jonathon Q Ng

    Dear Editor

    The work by Habib et al [1] is a timely one with the increasingly important role of assessment and monitoring of the quality of health service delivery and outcomes. As they indicate, little work exists in ophthalmology on the associations between surgical volume and outcomes. This may partly be due to the low rate of serious complications with ophthalmic surgery such as cataract extraction. However...

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