eLetters

180 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • Re: The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus in tears
    Tommy R Tong

    Dear Editor

    We welcome Loon SC et al's article [1]. Earlier, we published our finding of the SARS CoV in specimens collected by the novel technique of conjunctiva upper respiratory tract irrigation (CURTI), but not in paired nose and throat swabs, very early in the course of the disease [2]. In designing CURTI, we considered safety to medical personnel but also, in finding a method that samples all three portal...

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  • Severe ocular trauma caused by an ostrich
    Imtiaz A. Chaudhry

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the case report of severe vision loss by ostrich pecking trauma and would like to bring readers attention to a case we recently reported about an adult farm worker who lost his vision due to an ostrich attack [1]. In our case, a 34-year-old male was attacked by the giant bird with consequent severe pain and immediate loss of vision to no light perception. On examination, pati...

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  • Identification of silicone oil in ocular tissues
    AKIHIRO OHIRA

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the article entitled Deposition of silicone oil droplets in the residual anterior lens capsule after vitrectomy and lensectomy in rabbits by Miyamoto et al [1]. Numerous studies have examined the interrelationship between silicone oil and various ocular structures, such as the retina, iris, or anterior chamber. However, the silicone oil itself was never evident in these studies,...

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  • In reply
    uma sridhar

    Dear editor

    We read with interest the letter of Dr J Colin with regard to their observations on dendritic ulcerations of conjunctiva. We are grateful to the authors for directing our attention to the earlier published report.

    Uma Sridhar, FRCS (Ed)

  • a double edged sword
    sudesh shetty

    Dear Editor

    I have had one case of post-op endophthalmitis ,which was treated with intravitreal amikacin , following which the eye recovered wonderfully to the drug , but was left with a macular infarction which compromised central vision ! This case revealed to us the proverbial double edged sword that amikacin is, an excellent drug with a deadly side effect. Colleagues need to keep this in mind when using amikac...

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  • Ciprofloxacin in endophthalmitis: An alternative to ceftazidime and amikacin!
    Vasumathy Vedantham

    Dear Editor

    I read with great interest the letter by Doft et al [1] suggesting amikacin to be a better alternative to ceftazidime, in response to the article by Galloway et al [2] that suggested the converse. I would like to suggest that ciprofloxacin is a better alternative to both these drugs. There are certain points that I would like to mention to support my statement.

    1. It has been shown that vancomyc...

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  • No evidence for severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) following sildenafil
    Alistair R Fielder

    Dear Editor

    Marsh and colleagues [1] raise the spectre of a possible association between the use of sildenafil and the development of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in a 26-week gestation baby with pulmonary hypertension. We are concerned that this report offers no real evidence for its claims and that a potentially lifesaving agent is being unfairly maligned.

    The report describes the use of...

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  • Classification of ocular chemical injuries, continued
    Shabbir Harun

    Dear Editor

    We welcome Dua's comments [1] regarding our proposed modification of the classification of ocular chemical injuries [2], as they help to highlight the reason why we have sought to modify a classification which has been used by ophthalmologists for many years, updating it based upon advances in our understanding of the healing of the ocular surface and have not attempted to design an entirely new syste...

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  • Comments on using fibrin glue in pterygium surgery
    Lenio S Alvarenga

    Dear Editor

    I read with great interest the article of Koranyi and coworkers, who evaluated a new technique for pterygium surgery using a fibrin tissue adhesive (Tisseel Duo Quick)[1]. In their randomized trial the authors concluded that using the glue instead of sutures caused less postoperative pain and shortened the surgical time. Nevertheless, the timing of the randomization is not clearly stated in their re...

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  • Uveitic anterior chamber paracentesis in Singapore
    Kristine E Bacsal

    Dear Editor

    We read with keen interest the article by CMG Cheung, OM Durrani and PI Murray on the safety of anterior chamber paracentesis in patients with uveitis.[1] We appreciate their efforts to describe a method that can be easily and safely performed on an out-patient basis.

    Although the authors evaluated the safety of AC paracentesis technique, the volume of aqueous that can be safely collect...

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