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670 e-Letters

  • Re: Intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide for exudative age-related macular degeneration
    David Wong

    Dear Editor

    We read the article on intravitreal triamcinolone injections for exudative age-related macular degeneration with interest.[1] The paper stated that visual acuity increased significantly (p...

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  • Public opinion favours out-of-hours clinics: interviews challenge multi-centre questionnaire
    Farhan H Zaidi

    Dear Editor

    We read with keen interest the recent article by Churchill et al. that reports a multicentre questionnaire studying out-of-hours clinics.[1] The authors are to be commended for their initiative in performing the first appraisal of patient’s attitudes to government proposals to introduce out- of-hours clinics and operating sessions.[1]

    However, it is still left unclear to us as to the accura...

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  • Authors' Reply
    Kenneth Li

    Dear Editor

    The authors wish to thank Gandorfer and colleagues for their interest in our paper [1] and for the kind comments and encouragement with regard to our work. Certainly, these correspondents are compiling evidence concerning the effect of indocyanine green (ICG) on the retina in both their published and unpublished studies.[2,3]

    In our report, we restricted our comments regarding retinal damage and...

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  • The use of surgical facemasks during cataract surgery
    Amit Patel

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the paper by Alwitry showing that the use of surgical facemasks significantly reduced the contamination of agar plates placed in the sterile field during cataract surgery.[1] Previous work has shown that, compared to remaining silent, talking significantly increases the dispersal of bacteria to agar plates placed 30 cm in front of and below the face, particularly if required to...

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  • 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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