eLetters

180 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • A leech bite to the eye in Tasmania
    Jan L Hardy

    Dear Editor

    I read with great interest your case report on the leech bite to the eye sustained by a 4 year old girl in Germany - in particular that infestation of the human eye is very rare (“To our knowledge only one case is described in the literature”). While this may indeed be the case in Europe, here in Tasmania, the southernmost state of Australia, this event is evidently much more common and occasions a lot...

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  • Dendritic herpetic ulceration of the conjunctiva
    Joseph Colin

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the article entitled "Conjunctival dendrite in a case of primary herpes simplex infection", (U Sridhar et al.[1] This is a very interesting and helpful clinical observation. The authors state that "appearance of a dendritic ulcer on the conjunctiva, to the best of our knowledge, has not been reported".

    We have previously published "Three cases of dendritic herpetic ul...

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  • Temporal sensitivity of post lasik conreal thickness using Orbscan scanning slit technology
    Edward Hedaya

    Dear Editor

    The importance of standardizing postoperative corneal thickness measurements is important for many reasons. At what juncture post operatively did the authors sample postoperative pachymetric measurements?[1]

    The OrbScan utilizes scanning slit technology that is unpredictably influenced by optically sensitive interface changes in the early postoperative healing phase in some lasik patients. In th...

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  • Late presentation of retained lens matter after phacoemulsification
    Asimina Mataftsi

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the letter by Prakash et al.[1] concerning residual cortical lens matter in the anterior chamber after phacoemulsification. This was noted ten days post-operatively and was promptly removed to alleviate a secondary rise in intraocular pressure (IOP). We would like to share our experience of an unusual case of retained lens matter presenting thirteen months post phacoemulsif...

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  • Informed consent and patient anesthesia preferences
    Wasee Tulvatana

    Dear Editor

    As cataract surgeons move toward toward less invasive procedures including topical anesthesia, Friedman et al.[1] have done a research on the patient's perspective.

    Their results surprisingly showed that patients preferred retrobulbar blockade anaesthesia over topical anaesthesia in preparing for cataract surgery, raising the question whether ophthalmologists are moving in the proper dir...

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  • Authors' addendum
    Anouk Deruaz

    Dear Editor

    In our paper entitled "Can fixation instability improve text perception during eccentric fixation in patients with central scotomas?",[1] we reported that patients with eccentric fixation can improve their perception of a text by performing rapid eye movements back and forth between two eccentric retinal areas, thus inducing a revival of eccentrically projected images. An experimental set-up allowed us...

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  • What patients want to know before cataract surgery
    Muhammad A Ahad

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the article by Elder and Suter about what patients would like to know before having cataract surgery.[1] We congratulate the authors on investigating an area that has obviously been overlooked in ophthalmology. However we feel they failed to recognise some unique aspects of our specialty and also think that the nature of their study limits its practical application.

    First...

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  • Mohs surgery: Efficient and effective
    Clark C Otley

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the report of Hsuan et al.[1]

    The authors present a case series of 55 patients with basal cell carcinoma on the eyelids. There are no details regarding the size or histologic subtypes of basal cell carcinoma in the results and therefore it is difficult to assess the applicability of the results to other groups of patients who may have more or less severe basal cell...

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  • Classification of ocular surface burns: Author's response
    Harminder S Dua

    Dear Editor

    The eLetter by Harun et al. on "Modification of classification of ocular chemical injuries"[1] is to be commended in so far as it highlights the problems with the current Roper-Hall classification system and the difficulties it poses in evaluating outcome and efficacy of treatment modalities in ocular surface burns. As a proposed modification however, it is a retrograde step.

    The three ma...

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  • Modification of classifiaction of ocular chemical injuries
    Shabbir Harun

    Dear Editor

    A recent paper by Kobayashi and co-workers[1] on temporary amniotic membrane patching for acute chemical burns highlights the difficulty in the consistent classification of this type of injury.

    Roper-Hall’s classification of acute chemical injuries to the eye is based on the original classification of Ballen[4] and there is little difference between them. However, in neither classification is the gra...

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