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To evaluate the clinical outcomes of Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) in the treatment of patients with Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy.
This prospective study involved 16 consecutive patients who had DMEK done and who were evaluated over a year. Measurements included best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), endothelial cell count, and central corneal thickness.
Two patients had failed grafts. Of the remaining 14 patients with successful grafts, after 12 months, 79% had BCVA of 6/6 or better, and all patients had a BCVA of 6/9 or better. Median endothelial cell count was 1567 cells per mm2 (range=900–2359) representing a 40% reduction compared with preoperative counts. Median central corneal thickness was 498 µm (range 445–567 µm) compared with a median of 649 µm (range 548–740 µm) preoperatively. All patients attained total visual rehabilitation without further surgical intervention.
In our experience, DMEK has the potential to become the primary procedure for treating Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy and endothelial disease as it produces rapid total visual rehabilitation with few complications, and an easy follow-up and management regimen. Donor preparation and graft insertion, however, remain important challenges.
To assess the trends in microbiological organisms identified from corneal scrapings from patients with infectious keratitis at a tertiary care medical centre in South India.
We reviewed the records of the microbiology laboratory at Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, from 2002 until 2012. We identified the microbiological causes of all corneal ulcers from the culture and smear results, and assessed for trends in bacterial and fungal keratitis over time.
Of 23 897 corneal patients with ulcer with a corneal smear from 2002 to 2012 a fungal organism was identified in 34.3%, a bacterial organism in 24.7% and no organism in 38.3%. During this period, the annual number of keratitis cases due to bacteria decreased from 677 to 412, and the annual number due to fungus increased from 609 to 863. In analyses accounting for the total number of outpatients seen each year, the decline in number of smears positive for bacteria was statistically significant (p<0.001) but the increase in the number positive for fungus was not (p=0.73). The relative frequency of individual bacterial or fungal organisms remained relatively stable over this time.
At a tertiary eye care centre in South India, there has been a reduction in the numbers of smear-positive bacterial keratitis over the past 11 years. This decline likely reflects economic development in India and increased access to antibiotics.
To quantify the gain in visual acuity and serious side effects of ranibizumab, bevacizumab and aflibercept in age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
There is an ongoing debate about the optimal treatment of AMD with these three antivascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) treatments.
Network meta-analyses. (Pre)Medline, EMBASE, SCOPUS, Cochrane Library (until April 2013), Science Citation Index and reference lists were searched for placebo-controlled randomised trials or head-to-head comparisons. Outcomes were 1-year follow-up data of visual acuity (letters gained) and serious (vascular death, any death, stroke, myocardial infarction, transient ischaemic attack) and thrombotic events. Two investigators independently assessed eligibility and quality of included studies and extracted data.
11 trials (enrolling 8341 patients) assessing five active treatments were included. Compared with placebo, all anti-VEGF treatments had a significantly higher percentage of letters gained: ranibizumab 0.3 mg 2.39% (95% CI 1.59 to 3.19; p<0.001), ranibizumab 0.5 mg 3.56% (95% CI 2.58 to 4.13; p<0.001), bevacizumab 1.25 mg 2.14% (95% CI 0.47 to 3.82; p=0.012), aflibercept 0.5 mg 2.91% (95% CI 0.99 to 4.82; p=0.003) and aflibercept 2 mg 3.44% (95% CI 1.73 to 5.14; p<0.001). Compared with placebo, serious side effects were higher in all other treatments: ranibizumab 0.3 mg 4.41% (95% CI 3.42 to 5.40; p<0.001), ranibizumab 0.5 mg 5.33% (95% CI 4.37 to 6.30; p<0.001), bevacizumab 1.25 mg 5.58% (95% CI 3.567 to 7.60; p<0.001), aflibercept 0.5 mg 5.65% (95% CI (3.28 to 8.02; p<0.001) and aflibercept 2 mg 5.29% (95% CI 3.18 to 7.39; p<0.001). Compared with placebo, systemic thrombotic events also occurred more often in all other treatments.
The study revealed only a modest superiority of aflibercept 2 mg and ranibizumab 0.5 mg over other formulations and dosages.
To assess the clinical outcomes following the use of toric implantable collamer lenses (toric ICL, STAAR Surgical) for the correction of high myopic astigmatism with keratoconus.
This retrospective study evaluated 21 eyes of 11 patients with spherical equivalents of –9.70±2.33 D (mean±SD) and astigmatism of –3.21±1.56 D who underwent toric ICL implantation for keratoconus. Preoperatively, and at 1, 3 and 6 months and 1, 2 and 3 years postoperatively, we assessed the safety, efficacy, predictability, stability and adverse events of the surgery.
The logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) and the logMAR corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) were –0.06±0.11 and –0.12±0.09, respectively, at 3 years postoperatively. At 3 years, 67% and 86% of the eyes were within ±0.5 and ±1.0 D, respectively, of the targeted correction. Manifest refraction changes of 0.04±0.33 D occurred from 1 month to 3 years postoperatively. No significant change in manifest refraction (analysis of variance, p=0.989) or keratometry (p=0.951), or vision-threatening complications occurred during the observation period.
Toric ICL implantation is beneficial according to measures of safety, efficacy, predictability and stability for the correction of refractive errors for keratoconus during a 3-year observation period. The disease did not progress even in the late-postoperative period, suggesting the viability of this procedure as a surgical option for the treatment of such eyes.
The present population-based study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence, determinants and causes of corneal morbidity and blindness in a rural North Indian population.
Population-based study in India with 12 899 participants of all ages.
Participants were recruited from 25 village clusters of district Gurgaon, Haryana, India using random cluster sampling strategy. All individuals were examined in detail with a portable slit lamp for evidence of any corneal disease during the door-to-door examination. Comprehensive ocular examination including logMar visual acuity, slit lamp biomicroscopy, non-contact tonometry and dilated retinal evaluation was performed at a central clinic site in the respective villages.
Overall, 12 113 of 12 899 people (93.9% response rate) were examined during the household visits. Prevalence of corneal disease was 3.7% (95% CI 3.4% to 4.1%) and that of corneal blindness was 0.12% (95% CI 0.05% to 0.17%). Multivariable analysis demonstrated that corneal disease was significantly higher in the elderly (p<0.0001) and illiterates (p<0.0001). Common causes of corneal opacity in the study population were pterygium (34.5%), ocular trauma (22.3%) and infectious keratitis (14.9%). Corneal diseases contributing to blindness were post-surgical bullous keratopathy (46.2%) and corneal degenerations (23.1%).
The study findings demonstrate that currently ocular trauma, infectious keratitis, post-surgical bullous keratopathy, and corneal degenerations are responsible for the major burden of corneal blindness and morbidity in the Indian population. The prevalence of corneal morbidity due to vitamin A deficiency and trachoma was low in this rural population.
To assess the efficacy and safety of oral azithromycin compared with oral doxycycline in patients with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) who had failed to respond to prior conservative management.
110 patients (>12 years old) with MGD were randomly assigned to receive either oral 5-day azithromycin (500 mg on day 1 and then 250 mg/day) or 1-month doxycycline (200 mg/day). They also continued eyelid warming/cleaning and artificial tears. A score comprising five symptoms and seven signs (primary outcome) was recorded prior to treatment and at 1 week, and 1 and 2 months after treatment. Total score was the sum of both scores at each follow-up. Side effects were recorded and overall clinical improvement was categorised as excellent, good, fair or poor based on the percentage of change in the total score.
Symptoms and signs improved significantly in both groups (p=0.001). While improvement of symptoms was not different between the groups, bulbar conjunctival redness (p=0.004) and ocular surface staining (p=0.01) were significantly better in the azithromycin group. The azithromycin group showed a significantly better overall clinical response (p=0.01). Mild gastrointestinal side effects were not significantly different between the groups except for the second visit, when the doxycycline group had significantly more side effects (p=0.002).
Although both oral azithromycin and doxycycline improved the symptoms of MGD, 5-day oral azithromycin is recommended for its better effect on improving the signs, better overall clinical response and shorter duration of treatment.
Diffuse subretinal fibrosis uveitis (DUS) syndrome is a rare form of granulomatous multifocal choroiditis (MFC) characterised by enlarging areas of subretinal fibrosis (SRF) which coalesce with subsequent macular involvement and visual loss. First described by Palestine, DUS carries a poor visual prognosis despite use of high-dose corticosteroids and systemic immunosuppression. We report two cases of bilateral DUS successfully treated with rituximab. We believe given the B-cell predominance in the underlying pathogenesis of the disease, rituximab should be considered first line in the management of this potentially devastating disease.
To assess over a 36-month period functional results of the modified INTRACOR femtosecond laser-based intrastromal procedure to treat presbyopia.
20 eyes of 20 presbyopic patients with mild hyperopia were included. The INTRACOR procedure with a modified pattern (six concentric intrastromal ring cuts) was performed using the FEMTEC femtosecond laser (Bausch+Lomb/Technolas Perfect Vision, Munich, Germany). Patients were also randomly divided into three subgroups to compare the effect of three different small inner ring diameters (1.8/2.0/2.2 mm (Groups A/B/C)). Follow-up examinations were performed at 1, 3, 6, 12, 24 and 36 months, and included near and distance visual acuity tests, slit-lamp examinations and corneal topography.
Median uncorrected near visual acuity (UNVA) increased from 0.7/0.7/0.7 logMAR (Groups A/B/C) to –0.1/0.1/0.1 logMAR 36 months after surgery. Uncorrected distance visual acuity changed slightly from 0.1/0.2/0.1 logMAR to 0.2/0.3/0.1 logMAR. Losses of two lines of binocular corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) were noted in 0/25/0% of eyes. Median spherical equivalent changed from 0.75/0.75/0.75 dioptres to –0.19/0.13/–0.19 dioptres. Overall patient satisfaction with the procedure was 80%.
INTRACOR with a modified pattern improved UNVA in all patients over a 36-month follow-up period. The possibility of reduced CDVA underlines the need for careful patient selection.
To compare the results of same day transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy (t-PTK) and single inferior intracorneal ring segment (ICRS) combined with standard versus accelerated corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) for keratoconus.
All consecutive progressive keratoconus eyes that underwent standard or accelerated CXL treatment preceded by same day t-PTK and placement of a single inferior ICRS and had 6 and 12 months of follow-up were reviewed retrospectively. Eyes were classified into two groups, the ‘standard’ and the ‘accelerated’ group, accordingly. Visual, refractive and topographic data prior to surgery and at 6 and 12 months post-treatment were analysed.
Sixteen eyes were included in each of the standard and the accelerated groups. Mean patient age was 27.5±8.5 years and 30.5±10.7 years (p=0.38) in the standard and accelerated groups, respectively. There was a significant improvement in uncorrected distance visual acuity, refractive cylinder and all examined corneal parameters in both groups 12 months postsurgery. The corrected distance visual acuity and manifest refraction spherical equivalent showed a significant improvement after 12 months of follow-up only in the accelerated group. However, mean changes in all evaluated parameters did not differ significantly between the two groups.
A combined treatment of accelerated CXL preceded by same day t-PTK and single ICRS is as effective as the combined treatment using standard CXL for visual rehabilitation in progressive keratoconus.
To assess Pentacam (Oculus, Wetzlar, Germany) Scheimpflug quantitative images in evaluating lens density and providing objective measurements to suggest optimal time of cataract surgery in the field of health examination.
Two hundred and twenty-nine eyes with age-related cataract were enrolled. Lens density was measured using Pentacam. All Pentacam images were exported to ImageJ (NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA) for quantitative analysis. Average lens density (ALD) and nuclear lens density (NLD) were calculated. Lens density was also evaluated by built-in Pentacam Nucleus Staging (PNS) software. Slit-lamp microscopy was performed for cataract grading according to Lens Opacification Classification System III (LOCS III). The best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was measured. All measurements were compared between the cataract surgery and non-cataract surgery groups.
The measurements of Pentacam images significantly correlated with LOCS III for nuclear opalescence (NO) and nuclear colour (NC) grading (p<0.01). Pentacam ImageJ showed higher correlation than PNS. The mean NLD was most highly correlated with NO (r=0.8833) and NC (r=0.6815). The maximum ALD was most highly correlated with cortical opacity (r=0.5381). All Pentacam measurements of lens density and BCVA were significantly different between the cataract surgery and non-surgery groups (p<0.01). The optimised cut-off values to perform cataract surgery for mean NLD and maximum ALD were 26 and 74, respectively (p<0.01).
The Pentacam ImageJ method provided objective measurements to evaluate cataracts needing surgery. The method has the potential to be generally applied in the field of health examination and is effective in screening patients with cataract.
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