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684 e-Letters

  • Trachoma: Time to learn from what is known
    Hannah Kuper

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the recent editorial entitled "What more is there to learn about trachoma" by Melese et al.[1] Trachoma is responsible for up to 6 million cases of blindness worldwide, yet to a large extent it is a forgotten disease which affects the poorest and most medically underserved people.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) together with the International Agency for Preven...

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  • The Public like 8am-5pm Weekday Clinics
    Amanda J Churchill

    Dear Editor

    We were interested to read of the positive feedback that Zaldi et al. received from patients attending Saturday morning Ophthalmic clinics at Hillingdon Hospital.[1] The authors raise some interesting questions that we are delighted to be able to address. We feel it is important to highlight the differences between this and our two-centre study.[2] Whilst both groups aimed to address the same...

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  • I did not find ketamine either safe or effective.
    Selim T Koseoglu

    Dear Editor

    I read the article by Pun et al.[1] with interest. My experience with ketamine is (thankfully) limited to operating in Bosnia after the war. Out of the six patients one vomited on the field. Difficulty is encountered in re-ops due to lack of muscle paralysis. Ketamine also has well known after effects. In my opinion it is neither safe nor effective. Learning and using safe anesthesia techniques...

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  • Partial flaps during LASIK: Reply to Dr Perera
    Namrata Sharma

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Perera [1] for his interest in our article.[2] We do agree with him that the results of partial flaps without ablation and good flaps with ablation are not comparable, which in fact was not the aim of the study.

    The primary aim of the study was to evaluate the changes in the posterior corneal elevation after the partial flaps. We, in this article, attempted to evaluate the changes i...

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  • 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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