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Ryuya Hashimoto, Tetsuya Sugiyama, Makoto Ubuka, Takatoshi Maeno
PURPOSE: To investigate optic nerve head (ONH) blood flow changes resulting from intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation in subjects without systemic disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen eyes of 18 patients who underwent vitrectomy to treat an epiretinal membrane or macular hole at Toho University Sakura Medical Center were included. Following standard 25-gauge microincision vitreous surgery, mean blur rate (MBR) in tissue (MT), an index of ONH blood flow, was measured using laser speckle flowgraphy...
October 21, 2016: Current Eye Research
Stephan Allgeier, Karsten Winter, Georg Bretthauer, Rudolf F Guthoff, Sabine Peschel, Klaus-Martin Reichert, Oliver Stachs, Bernd Köhler
: Purpose/Aim of the study: A recently proposed technique enables the generation of continuously increasing mosaic images of the corneal sub-basal nerve plexus (SNP) using in vivo corneal confocal microscopy (CCM). The aim of the present study was to investigate the progression of the corneal nerve fiber length (CNFL) measured in the growing mosaic images with regard to their increasing area. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five large datasets from three healthy volunteers were examined using the proposed CCM technique...
October 21, 2016: Current Eye Research
Natasha Kishore Pahuja, Rohit Shetty, Abhijit Sinha Roy, Maithil Mukesh Thakkar, Chaitra Jayadev, Rudy Mma Nuijts, Harsha Nagaraja
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes of corneal laser ablation with Q factor modification for vision correction in patients with progressive keratoconus. METHODS: In this prospective study, 50 eyes of 50 patients were divided into two groups based on Q factor (>-1 in Group I and ≤-1 in Group II). All patients underwent a detailed ophthalmic examination including uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), subjective acceptance and corneal topography using the Pentacam...
October 21, 2016: Current Eye Research
Jacinto Santodomingo-Rubido, César Villa-Collar, Bernard Gilmartin, Ramón Gutiérrez-Ortega, Keiji Sugimoto
PURPOSE: The primary outcome of this study is to compare the axial length growth of white European myopic children wearing orthokeratology contact lenses (OK) to a control group (CT) over a 7-year period. METHODS: Subjects 6-12 years of age with myopia -0.75 to -4.00DS and astigmatism ≤1.00DC were prospectively allocated OK or distance single-vision spectacles (SV) correction. Measurements of axial length (Zeiss IOLMaster), corneal topography, and cycloplegic refraction were taken at 6-month intervals over a 2-year period...
October 21, 2016: Current Eye Research
Joel Kaluzny, Hao Li, Wenzhong Liu, Peter Nesper, Justin Park, Hao F Zhang, Amani A Fawzi
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the versatility and performance of a compact Bayer filter snapshot hyperspectral fundus camera for in-vivo clinical applications including retinal oximetry and macular pigment optical density measurements. METHODS: 12 healthy volunteers were recruited under an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved protocol. Fundus images were taken with a custom hyperspectral camera with a spectral range of 460-630 nm. We determined retinal vascular oxygen saturation (sO2) for the healthy population using the captured spectra by least squares curve fitting...
October 21, 2016: Current Eye Research
Leyla Asena, Esra Hülya Suveren, Gülten Karabay, Dilek Dursun Altinors
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of human breast milk on corneal epithelial wound healing. METHODS: The effects of human breast milk on epithelial healing is compared with autologous serum and artificial tears on 24 female Bal-b/C mice. A central corneal epithelial defect was created using a 2 mm trephine. Four groups were formed. By a random pick-up, topical human breast milk 4 × 1 was given to Group 1, topical mouse autologous serum 4 × 1 was applied to Group 2, and preservative-free artificial tears 4 × 1 was applied to Group 3...
October 19, 2016: Current Eye Research
Victor Delpizzo Castagno, Manuel Augusto Pereira Vilela, Rodrigo Dalke Meucci, Deiner Paulo Martins Resende, Francis Huszar Schneid, Rafael Getelina, Maurício Rodrigues Nasiloski, Anaclaudia Gastal Fassa
PURPOSE: Hofstetter's equations are based on studies of Amplitude of Accommodation (AA) with methodological limitations, particularly in the case of children younger than 10 years of age. The aim of this study is to evaluate AA by age, gender, economic status, and time of day as well as accommodative insufficiency prevalence. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 867 schoolchildren aged 6-16 years attending two public schools in the urban area of the South Brazilian city of Pelotas...
October 18, 2016: Current Eye Research
Lanxing Fu, Peter Aspinall, Gary Bennett, Jay Magidson, Andrew J Tatham
PURPOSE: To quantify the influence of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) on decision-making in patients with suspected glaucoma. METHODS: A prospective cross-sectional study involving 40 eyes of 20 patients referred by community optometrists due to suspected glaucoma. All patients had disc photographs and standard automated perimetry (SAP), and results were presented to 13 ophthalmologists who estimated pre-test probability of glaucoma (0-100%) for a total of 520 observations...
October 18, 2016: Current Eye Research
Yosuke Nakazawa, Mikako Oka, Megumi Funakoshi-Tago, Hiroomi Tamura, Makoto Takehana
PURPOSE: Although aquaporin 0 (AQP0) is a member of the AQP family, it has limited water permeability compared with other members. AQP0 may also have cell adhesion-related functions, but the evidence is still limited. Here, we studied the relationship of AQP0 to cell adhesion and determined the region required for cell adhesion. METHODS: L-cell fibroblasts stably expressing AQP0 or AQP1 (L-AQP0 or L-AQP1) were established. One group of cells was stained with CellTracker Red and cultured into a confluent monolayer, whereas the other group was loaded with CellTracker Blue and seeded over the monolayer...
October 18, 2016: Current Eye Research
Corinne G Wong, Mehran Taban, Kathryn Osann, Fred N Ross-Cisneros, T C Bruice, Grit Zahn, Timothy You
PURPOSE: Intravitreal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) produced florid retinal neovascularization and hemorrhage in the rabbit. This study seeks to determine whether sustained subchoroidal release of both VEGF and bFGF can induce robust choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in the rabbit. METHODS: Subchoroidal implantation through the sclera of polymeric pellets containing both 15 μg VEGF and 15 μg bFGF was performed on adult pigmented male Dutch belted rabbits (N = 6) and NZW albinos (N = 8)...
October 17, 2016: Current Eye Research
Jun-Wei Shen, Ming Shan, Yuan-Yuan Peng, Ting-Jun Fan
PURPOSE: To investigate the cytotoxic effect of latanoprost on corneal stroma and its underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms using non-transfected human corneal stromal (HCS) cells as an in vitro model. METHODS: After HCS cells were treated with latanoprost at concentrations varying from 50 mg/l (clinical therapeutic dosage) to 0.78125 mg/l, and cell morphology, cell viability, and cell cycle were detected by light microscopy, methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay, and flow cytometry (FCM) with propidium iodide (PI) staining, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Current Eye Research
Khalil Ghasemi Falavarjani, Abbas Habibi, Arash Pourhabibi, Seyed Bagher Hosseini, Mehdi Modarres, Mohammad Mehdi Parvaresh, Ali Shahriari-Ahmadi
PURPOSE: Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has potential ocular neuroprotective effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the retinal toxicity of intravitreal G-CSF in rabbit eye. METHODS: Eight New Zealand albino rabbits, weighing between 2 and 3 kg, were selected for this study. The initial concentration of G-CSF (300 µg/0.5 ml) was titrated to obtain different concentrations of 45 μg, 30 μg, 15 μg, and 7.5 μg in 0.1 ml. Each concentration was injected into two rabbit eyes...
October 12, 2016: Current Eye Research
Cho Rong Kim, Jie Hyun Kim, Hae-Young Lopilly Park, Chan Kee Park
PURPOSE: A recent study revealed a novel form of cell death, termed necroptosis, or programmed necrosis. Previous research indicated that after ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury to the retina, Tumor Necrosis Factor α (TNFα) is increased, which may activate necroptosis. This study observed macroglial cell activation, and in particular, astrocyte activation, after the release of TNFα and other necroptosis factors in the rat retina due to IR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: IR was induced in the retinas of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats by increasing the intraocular pressure to 160 mmHg and then allowing reperfusion...
October 12, 2016: Current Eye Research
Satoshi Ogasawara, Kouhei Hashizume, Takashi Okuno, Toshiyasu Imaizumi, Yui Inomata, Yu Tezuka, Atushi Sanbe, Daijiro Kurosaka
PURPOSE: We investigated whether heat-shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) was involved in ultraviolet radiation type B (UVR-B)-induced lens opacity (cataract) using HSF1 heterozygous mice. We also examined the effects of geranylgeranylacetone (GGA), an inducer of heat-shock proteins via activation of HSF, on the UVR-B-induced cataract. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male HSF1(+/-) and WT mice were unilaterally exposed to UVR-B (total: 1200mJ) at 16 weeks of age. At 48 h after the last UVR-B irradiation, the lens was isolated and the induction of the cataract was quantified as the cataract area ratio (opacity area/anterior capsule)...
October 12, 2016: Current Eye Research
Kristine Baumane, Renate Ranka, Guna Laganovska
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to determine differences in the levels of NT-proANP in the plasma and aqueous humor of glaucoma and cataract patients and to evaluate whether any relationships are present. METHODS: The study group consisted of 58 patients with primary-open glaucoma (POAG) undergoing trabeculectomy surgery. The control group was comprised of 32 age-matched cataract patients. The concentration of the N-terminal fragment of the proatrial natriuretic peptide (NT-proANP, 1-98) in the aqueous humor and blood plasma samples was measured using an immunochemical method (ELISA)...
October 10, 2016: Current Eye Research
Katharina Bell, Anna Holz, Kirstin Ludwig, Norbert Pfeiffer, Franz H Grus
BACKGROUND: Many studies analyzing neurodegenerative diseases demonstrate altered frequencies of regulatory T cells (Tregs). Till date, there is hardly any information concerning Tregs in glaucoma. To gather first results concerning Treg levels in glaucoma patients, we aimed to investigate whether the number of CD4(+)CD25(+)T cells vary in the patients suffering from primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and healthy controls. METHODS: Heparinized blood samples were collected from 16 healthy individuals and 16 POAG patients...
October 10, 2016: Current Eye Research
Sachini K Jayaratne, Paul J Donaldson, Mark H Vickers, Julie C Lim
PURPOSE: A poor early life nutrition environment is well established to result in a range of cardiometabolic disorders in offspring in later life. These effects can be exacerbated via exposure to an obesogenic dietary environment. To date, the effect of maternal diet and/or a post-natal obesogenic nutritional environment on key characteristics related to lens growth and oxidative stress has not been undertaken. The present study, therefore, examined the characteristics and oxidative status of the lens...
September 9, 2016: Current Eye Research
Patrícia A Bersanetti, Tatiane L N Bueno, Andreia de A Morandim-Giannetti, Regina F Nogueira, Jivaldo R Matos, Paulo Schor
PURPOSE: In this study, we characterized rabbit corneas subjected to corneal cross-linking (CXL) with açaí extract compared with a riboflavin photo-stimulated procedure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The corneas of the slaughterhouse rabbits were divided into three groups: control, consisting of untreated corneal samples; riboflavin/UVA, where corneas were treated with 0.1% riboflavin photo-stimulated at 365 nm as the standard protocol; and açaí, where the samples were subjected to 4% açaí extract for 0...
September 9, 2016: Current Eye Research
Georgios Mylonas, Michael Georgopoulos, Panagiotis Malamos, Ilias Georgalas, Chryssanthi Koutsandrea, Dimitrios Brouzas, Stefan Sacu, Christos Perisanidis, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth
AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy of the treatment with intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide or dexamethasone intravitreal implant in patients with postoperative cystoid macular edema (PCME). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty eyes of 29 patients with PCME were randomized into two groups: one group initially received an injection of 4 mg triamcinolone; retreatment after 3 months was dependent on functional and anatomic outcome in a PRN regimen. The second group received a single injection of the dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Ozurdex)...
September 9, 2016: Current Eye Research
Kanako Sawada, Miki Hiraoka, Akira Abe, Robert Kelly, James A Shayman, Hiroshi Ohguro
PURPOSE: The goal of present study was to elucidate the pathophysiological roles of lysosomal phospholipase A2 (LPLA2) in intraocular pressure (IOP) levels and ocular inflammation. METHODS: C57BL/6 (wild-type) and LPLA2-deficient mice with C57BL/6 background were employed. The IOPs were compared between wild-type and LPLA2-deficient mice during their aging, after topical administration of antiglaucoma medications such as travoprost, dorzolamide, or timolol maleate, or after induction of endotoxin-induced uveitis (EIU) using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
September 9, 2016: Current Eye Research
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