eLetters

666 e-Letters

  • Silicone oil in diabetic vitrectomy
    David McLeod

    Dear Editor

    Castellarin and colleagues [1] recount their recent experience of infusing silicone oil in a small series of patients with advanced diabetic eye disease, either during primary vitrectomy (12 eyes) or after earlier surgery had failed (11 eyes). They compare their results with previous reports and conclude that silicone oil remains a useful adjunct in diabetic vitrectomy. However, their conclusions and h...

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  • Staining of the ILM in macular surgery
    Arnd Gandorfer

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the article by Dr Li and colleagues about trypan blue staining of the vitreomacular interface during vitrectomy [1]

    We congratulate the authors on their work. In particular, we appreciate their critical approach of testing trypan blue for staining of the internal limiting membrane (ILM) and epiretinal membrane (ERM) as well as their comments on potential untowards effect...

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  • We are not in the States. Beware BSCS
    Peter S Phelan

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the editorial by Dr DF Chang on SBCS and find myself in agreement with many of his points raised. A note of caution however. Several years ago when I had converted to topical clear cornea phako I started to perform SBCS on patients I felt required this and were suitable. As I saw the benefits for both the patients and the staff I decided to extend this to the majority of my patients....

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  • 'Same day' bilateral cataract surgery
    William C. Caccamise Sr, MD

    Dear Editor

    Dr Johansson's thorough and well-written article concerning 'same day' bilateral cataract surgery brought home keen memories and stirred up thoughts of my own experience with this approach to certain patients legally blind due to cataracts.

    Periodically from 1951 through 1968, I was the Eye Surgeon-in-Charge of the then modern one hundred bed Kurji (Patna, Bihar, India) Holy Family Hospital Eye Cli...

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  • Re: Causes of childhood blindness
    Anita Panda

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the World View article by Ezegwui et al.[1] entitled: "The Causes of Childhood blindness: results from schools for the blind in South Eastern Nigeria". Childhood blindness has profound consequences not only for the individual but for the family and community. Approximating the average life span at 60 years, the man-year loss caused by childhood blindness is roughly six-fold, which...

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  • Partial flaps during LASIK
    Sumith Perera

    Dear Editor

    I read this article with interest.[1] Here, the authors suggest that the evaluation of the posterior corneal surface topographic changes after partial flaps without ablation may help us to know the contribution of the flap to the corneal elasticity and the increase in posterior corneal elevation following LASIK. However, I would like to point out that there are some very important differences between a...

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  • Sutureless surgery in Maharastra, India
    Jayant P Shah

    Dear Editor

    We have been conducting high volume cataract surgery (hospital-based with full fledged ophthalmic facilities) in rural parts of Maharastra state in India, conducting about 4000 to 5000 thousand sutureless cataract extractions with lens implantations in last 5 years.

    Patients with mature cataract with vision not more than finger counting at 5 feet are selected. They all undergo routine eye exams and...

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  • Re: Non-penetrating gluacoma surgery
    Roger A Hitchings

    Dear Editor

    We thank Drs Sharawary and Mermoud for their interest in our article [1] and respect their observations. They have made significant contributions to our understanding of non penetrating surgery in the treatment of chronic open angle glaucoma.

    With any new surgical technique information changes rapidly, and much new information has appeared since our article was written. The authors note current li...

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  • Re: Surgery for glaucoma in the 21st century
    Andre Mermoud

    Dear Editor

    Regarding the editorial by Khaw et al.[1] we are surprised that after quite a few years now non- penetrating filtering surgery (NPFS) remains only partly understood by many ophthalmologists. There are at present two main NPFS: viscocanalostomy as described by Stegmann, in which outflow filtration is at least in theory not subconjunctival, and deep sclerectomy with or without an implant or even wi...

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  • Reply to editorial "Surgery for Glaucoma in the 21st Century"
    Richard J. Fugo

    Dear Editor

    I found your editorial on glaucoma in the 21st century to be fascinating.[1] Not only did you give us insight as to where we are in the field, but you certainly give us provocative insight into where we might be headed in the pursuit of the perfect glaucoma procedure.

    I would like to state at the onset that I have a financial interest in product involved in this discussion, having develop...

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