190 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Quantitative Analyses of Fundus Autofluorescence
    Ali Ayata

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the recently published article by Bottoni and associates. However, we would like to express our concerns regarding their article entitled “Diagnosis of macular pseudoholes and lamellar macular holes: is optical coherence tomography the gold standard?” Br. J. Ophthalmol. published online 1 Feb 2008; doi:10.1136/bjo.2007.127597. [1] In this article, the authors investigate...

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  • Re: Amblyopia and visual function
    Huibert J Simonsz

    Dear Editor,

    I appreciate the letter by Dr. Lempert regarding Dr. Nilsson's Editorial to our study of the extension of the period of bilateral visual impairment (BVI) in persons with untreated amblyopia, and the response by Dr. Nilsson. A slight misunderstanding may arise, however, from the first sentence of Dr. Lempert's letter: "It is not surprising that amblyopes are at higher risk of bilateral visual impairm...

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  • Sleep apnoea in the eye clinic
    Anju Kadyan

    Dear Editor,

    We agree with the authors’ recommendation on the need for a sleep history in the eye clinic and probably having a lower threshold for referral to sleep physicians for further sleep studies.[1] However, we would like to bring to their attention other epidemiological studies where screening tools/sleep history have shown a high prevalence of sleep disorders in patients with ocular disorders other than...

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  • Authors' reply
    William C. Stewart

    Dear editor,

    We want to thank Drs. Martinez and Sanchez for the response to our recent editorial. We are in agreement with them that evidence does exist that blood flow is altered in glaucoma and is suggestive of a pathogenetic role[1]. We also agree that a variety of methods are being used to evaluate blood flow and these techniques certainly have improved over the last decade and a half.

    I would also lik...

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  • Newcastle score in intermittent exotropia
    Siddharth Kesarwani

    Dear Editor,

    Dr Buck et al must be commended for this wonderful article[1] which takes us one step closer to deciding intervention based on Newcastle scoring system previously described.[2] However, we seek a few clarifications.

    1.Inclusion criteria: The authors have described the inclusion criteria for the study to be intermittent exotropia X(T)) of more than or equal to 20 prism dioptres (pd), for...

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  • Author's reply
    Josefin Nilsson
    Dear Editor,

    In a reply to my editorial in the November issue, Dr Lempert raises several valid concerns regarding vision screening for amblyopia. I would like to thank Dr Lempert for his reply and this possibility for a discussion on a difficult and important topic!

    I was, however, slightly surprised to find that the reply is written as a rebuttal of my arguments, while I am of the same opinion as Dr Lempert, and have...

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  • Ethnic variation in incidence of giant cell arteritis
    Ameet Shah

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the editorial by Miller which comments on the paper, ‘Epidemiology of giant-cell arteritis in an Arab population: a 22-year study’[1]. The author of the editorial comments on geographical variation in the incidence of giant cell arteritis and cites evidence supporting both genetic and environmental aetiologies.

    We re-examined the data from our 5 year study[2] looking at...

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  • Ocular blood flow and glaucoma
    Antonio Martinez

    Dear Editor:

    We read with great interest the recent commentary by Stewart et al [1] describing the evidence of the blood flow disturbances in the pathogenesis of the glaucomatous damage. Although I agree with some of the findings of this excellent review, there are some important points that should be addressed:
    1.After reading this article, one may think that there is not evidence that ocular bl...

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  • Frequency of Purtscher's retinopathy
    Gabor Holló

    Dear Editor,

    In their article Doctors Agrawal and McKibbin evaluate the one-year frequency and the clinical outcome data of Putscher’s retinopathy through the British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit. [1] All their 15 cases were visually symptomatic. Twelve cases were associated with trauma and 3 cases with acute pancreatitis. The authors conclude that the incidence of Purtsher’s retinopathy is low (0.24 case...

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  • Amblyopia and visual function
    Philip Lempert

    Re: van Leeuwen R, Eijkemans MJC, Vingerling JR, Hofman A, de Jong PTVM, Simonsz HJ Risk of bilateral visual impairment in individuals with amblyopia: the Rotterdam study BJO 2007;91 (11): 1450

    Josefin Nilsson The negative impact of amblyopia from a population perspective: untreated amblyopia almost doubles the lifetime risk of bilateral visual impairment. BJO 2007;91 (11): 1417

    Dear Editor


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