eLetters

243 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • Epiretinal membrane removal in diabetic eyes: authors' reply.
    Marco A Zarbin

    Dear Editor

    We thank Professor McLeod for his careful review [1] of our paper, “Epiretinal membrane removal in diabetic eyes: comparison of viscodissection with conventional methods of membrane peeling” [2] and appreciate the opportunity to address some of the issues he has raised.

    Professor McLeod points out that our conclusion, i.e. viscodissection and conventional methods of membrane peeling (pick and...

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  • Authors' Reply to Ziakas and Georgidis
    Christopher YW Khng

    Dear Editor

    We would like to thank Drs Ziakas and Georgidis for their interest[1] in the IOL flip technique that we described to correct an IOL with a reversed optic through an unenlarged phacoemulsification incision.

    Drs Ziakas and Georgidis have suggested using a cannula on a viscoelastic syringe to perform the flip. This has the advantage of being able to easily inject more viscoelastic to maintain t...

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  • Authors' reply to Kwok
    Rasik B Vajpayee

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Kwok for his comments[1] on our article.[2]

    In our study inadequate suction was generated during LASIK in two eyes. This may possibly be attributed to the excessive conjunctival scarring in these eyes secondary to prior retinal surgery. None of the eyes had undergone multiple retinal surgeries. We could not correlate the failure of development of adequate suction to the size of buckle...

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  • Authors' reply to Foot and Stanford
    David V Seal

    Dear Editor

    We apologise for stating that the paper by Radford et al.[1] was based on a questionnaire reporting survey rather than active surveillance reporting (ASR) as set up by the British Ophthalmic Surveillance Unit (BOSU). The latter system relies on clinicians reporting monthly to a central office (BOSU). We note that BOSU is only responsible for collecting data and is not involved in publications by o...

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  • Rashes and Endophthalmitis
    Andrena M McElvanney

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the article by Berry et al.[1] describing the occurrence of meningococcal endophthalmitis without concomitant meningitis or septicaemia. I, too, have reported a case of meningococcal endophthalmitis associated with a skin rash.but without the manifestations of meningitis. [2] The patient was a 15 year old boy who had been treated with penicillin by his GP, for a sore throat. He su...

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  • The IOL flip for intraocular lenses implanted with reversed optic
    Nikolas G. Ziakas

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the article by Khng and Yeo [1] describing the IOL flip technique.

    We also have been using this excellent surgical maneuver for intraocular lenses implanted with reversed optic, and would like to make a few comments based on our experience. We suggest using the blunt needle of a syringe of a viscoelastic device as a second instrument placed under the IOL optic for generating...

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  • Viscosurgery in diabetic vitrectomy
    David McLeod

    Dear Editor

    Grigorian and colleagues recently recounted their experience of using viscosurgery to remove epiretinal membranes (ERMs) from eyes with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR).[1] They concluded that ‘viscodissection’ (injection of healon between the fibrovascular proliferations and the retina) is safe and is equally as effective as its non-use. On the contrary, their study shows that viscodissect...

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  • Variant CJD and tonometry
    Jodhbir S Mehta

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the paper by Lim et al.[1] The authors interestingly showed the importance of tonometer head wiping in reducing corneal epithelial cell count and the significance of damaged prism surfaces in trapping debris. They hypothesised the possible risk of vCJD transmission from cornea epithelial cells present on the tonometer surface. The question is really one of what constitutes the...

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  • Authors' reply to Wong et al.
    Jost B. Jonas

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Wong and colleagues very much for their interest in our study,[1] we agree with them that comparing a single preoperative measurement with the best out of a series of postoperative measurements gives a tendency towards a falsely high increase in visual acuity after the triamcinolone acetonide injection. That there was an increase in visual acuity after the injection in some patients, howeve...

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  • Author's reply to Bhatt
    Jost B. Jonas

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Bhatt for his letter and his interest in our study.[1]

    1. We completely agree with him that the steroid induced rise in intraocular pressure as the one of the most frequently encountered side- effects of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide can be of major concern. In a recent study, an increase intraocular pressure after an intravitreal injection of 25 mg triamcinolone acetonide...

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