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Marko Popovic, Varun Chaudhary, Bryon R McKay, Prima Moinul, Mohammad Mohaghagh, Anne Beattie, Mark Fava, Dalia Eino, Keith Mann, Lawrence Kobetz, Joshua Barbosa
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent of agreement between physicians and patients in reporting ocular history and to determine whether there are any predictive factors for physician-patient consensus. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. PARTICIPANTS: Between June and September 2014, adult patients undergoing cataract surgery were recruited for the study. METHODS: Before surgery, patient demographics and self-reported ocular history were extracted from a prospectively collected database...
October 2016: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
Gabriëlle H S Buitendijk, Ada J Hooghart, Corina Brussee, Paulus T V M de Jong, Albert Hofman, Johannes R Vingerling, Caroline C W Klaver
Purpose: Reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) are considered to be a distinct feature in AMD. Population studies have studied the epidemiology of RPD using standard color fundus photographs (CFP). However, recent studies have shown that RPD are better imaged using near-infrared (NIR) imaging. We studied the epidemiology of RPD in a large population-based study using NIR and CFP. Methods: Participants aged 65+ years from the Rotterdam Study underwent ophthalmologic examination including NIR and CFP...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Anita Barikian, Haytham Salti, Ammar Safar, Ziyad R Mahfoud, Ziad F Bashshur
PURPOSE: To study the benefit of intravitreal dexamethasone implant in the management of neovascular age-related macular degeneration resistant to bevacizumab and ranibizumab. METHODS: Patients with persistent macular fluid on optical coherence tomography despite monthly treatment with at least three consecutive bevacizumab injections followed by at least three ranibizumab injections were prospectively enrolled. A single dexamethasone implant was administered followed by intravitreal ranibizumab 1 week later...
October 20, 2016: Retina
J Q Gil, J P Marques, R Hogg, C Rosina, M L Cachulo, A Santos, G Staurenghi, U Chakravarthy, R Silva
PurposeTo determine whether reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) confer a long-term increased risk of progression to late age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the fellow eye of patients with unilateral wet-AMD.Patients and methodsThis was a multicenter, combined prospective and retrospective, longitudinal, observational, study. Patients with wet-AMD in one eye were recruited from two centers and evaluated on the risk of progression to late-AMD in the second eye (study eye). A minimum follow-up of 5 years was required, unless progression occurred first...
October 21, 2016: Eye
Yafeng Wang, Mingxu Wang, Xiaoqing Zhang, Jing Nie, Ming Zhang, Xiaohong Liu, Le Ma
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of the hepatic lipase (LIPC) rs493258 polymorphism and susceptibility to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A systematic search in PubMed, EMBASE, and ISI web of science databases was performed to identify eligible published studies without language restrictions up to April 2016. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) in different stages of AMD were estimated under different genetic models using meta-analytic methods. Seven studies comprising 20,559 cases and 17,200 controls met the inclusion criteria and were included in the meta-analysis...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Chandrakumar Balaratnasingam, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, Christine A Curcio, William H Morgan, Giuseppe Querques, Vittorio Capuano, Eric Souied, Jesse Jung, K Bailey Freund
Purpose: Drusenoid pigment epithelial detachments (PEDs) are a defined path to atrophy in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We analyzed the relationships between retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and drusen volume changes during the PED lifecycle, using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Methods: Twenty-one cases of drusenoid PED tracked using SD-OCT through periods of growth and collapse were evaluated. Volumetric calculations and piece-wise linear regression analysis were used to determine the breakpoint between growth and collapse...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Rogan G Fraser, Rose Tan, Lauren N Ayton, Emily Caruso, Robyn H Guymer, Chi D Luu
Purpose: We determine the feasibility of using a dark-adapted chromatic (DAC) perimeter to obtain dark-adapted static and dynamic rod function at multiple retinal locations, and compare these functional parameters between subjects with intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and normal controls. Methods: Perimetric dark-adapted retinal sensitivities for the 505 and 620 nm stimuli across 7 retinal locations within the central 12° were repeatedly measured after exposing to a single photobleach in 22 intermediate AMD subjects and 8 controls...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Mohammed Ali Khan, Abtin Shahlaee, Alok S Bansal, Joseph I Maguire
PURPOSE: To describe a surgical technique for fluorescein-assisted subretinal tissue plasminogen activator delivery during pars plana vitrectomy for submacular hemorrhage. METHODS: Retrospective, interventional, consecutive case series. RESULTS: Six eyes of 6 patients were reviewed. Etiology of submacular hemorrhage was age-related macular degeneration in 2 eyes and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in 4 eyes. Twenty-three-gauge pars plana vitrectomy was performed and fluorescein-stained tissue plasminogen activator was injected in the subretinal space through a 41-gauge cannula in all eyes...
October 11, 2016: Retina
Konstantinos Balaskas, Michael Karampelas, Mania Horani, Oana Hotu, Pearse Keane, Tariq Aslam
PURPOSE: To assess whether best-corrected visual acuity and pigment epithelial detachment (PED) height, volume, and reflectivity in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration are influenced by baseline anatomical and functional parameters, including quantifiable metrics of PED morphology and choice of treatment. METHODS: One hundred two consecutive, treatment-naive wet age-related macular degeneration patients with PED (>50 μm) treated with aflibercept (52) or ranibizumab (50) were retrospectively included...
October 11, 2016: Retina
Masayuki Ohnaka, Yoshimi Nagai, Kenichiro Sho, Katsuaki Miki, Motoki Kimura, Tomoyuki Chihara, Kanji Takahashi
PURPOSE: To evaluate a modified treat-and-extend (TAE) regimen of intravitreal aflibercept injection (IAI) for treatment-naïve patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: Thirty-six eyes (36 patients) treated with the modified TAE regimen were evaluated at 12 months retrospectively. The modified TAE regimen consisted of three steps: 1) an induction phase, during which patients were treated with ≥ 3-monthly IAIs until exudative activity disappeared, 2) an observation phase, during which patients were monitored until exudative activity appeared, and 3) a TAE phase, for which the initial treatment interval was determined based on the disease recurrence interval, followed by treatment intervals changing by 2 weeks...
October 14, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Lauren Van Lancker, Robert Petrarca, Kyros Moutsouris, Panos Masaoutis, George Kampougeris
PURPOSE: To report the response of participants switching from ranibizumab to aflibercept treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) requiring further anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment. METHODS: In this retrospective case review of 68 participants treated in a single hospital, all participants, prior to switching, received ranibizumab injections only. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), clinical examination, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were performed at each visit...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Ophthalmology
Ahmet Elbay, Omer Faruk Ozer, Julide Canan Umurhan Akkan, Ugur Celik, Işıl Kutlutürk, Arif Koytak, Hakan Ozdemir
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to calculate serum total oxidant status (TOS), total antioxidant status (TAS), and dynamic thiol-disulphide (T-D) homeostasis in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and compare the results with healthy individuals. METHODS: Thirty-three exudative AMD patients and 33 healthy controls were included in this case-control study. Participants' serum TAS and TOS levels were measured. In addition, total thiol (TT), native thiol (NT), and disulphide (DS) concentrations were assessed using a novel automated method of measurement...
October 12, 2016: International Ophthalmology
Bengi Ece Kurtul, Pinar Altiaylik Ozer
PURPOSE: To investigate the possible associations of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) level with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). METHODS: Patients were divided to three groups of 40 patients with non-neovascular ARMD (group 1), 40 patients with neovascular ARMD (group 2), and 40 healthy control subjects (group 3). The neutrophil and lymphocyte counts were evaluated using an ABX Pentra DF120/USA biochemical analyzer, and hs-CRP levels were measured using a Beckman Coulter Immage 800...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
Kyung-Hoon Shin, Tae Gon Lee, Jae Hui Kim, Jong Woo Kim, Chul Gu Kim, Dong Won Lee, Jung Il Han, Young Ju Lew, Han Joo Cho
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal aflibercept monotherapy in submacular hemorrhage (SMH) secondary to wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: This study included 25 eyes in 25 patients with SMH involving the fovea secondary to wet-AMD. All patients were treated with three consecutive monthly intravitreal aflibercept (2.0 mg/0.05 mL) injections, followed by as-needed reinjection. They were followed for at least 6 months. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), central foveal thickness (CFT), and area of SMH were measured at diagnosis, as well as at 3 and 6 months after treatment initiation...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
Min-Yen Hsu, Yu-Chien Hung, De-Kuang Hwang, Shang-Chi Lin, Keng-Hung Lin, Chun-Yuan Wang, Hin-Yeung Choi, Yu-Ping Wang, Chao-Min Cheng
Intraocular vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels play an important role in the pathogenesis of blindness-related diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Here, we aimed to develop a paper-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (P-ELISA) to analyze the suppression of aqueous VEGF concentrations following intravitreal injection (IVI) of anti-VEGF antibody (bevacizumab or ranibizumab). A total of 25 eyes with wet AMD, one with myopic neovascularization, and one with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy were enrolled in this study...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shira Toledano, Huayi Lu, Agustina Palacio, Boaz Kigel, Ofra Kessler, Gilad Allon, Yoreh Barak, Gera Neufeld, Shlomit Schaal
Abnormal subretinal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is a major cause of blindness in exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Current anti-angiogenic treatments by VEGF sequestering agents have been successful, but a significant proportion of patients do not respond well to these treatments, and the response of others diminishes over time, suggesting that additional anti-angiogenic agents that function by separate mechanisms may be of use to such patients. We have previously found that a point mutated form of semaphorin-3E resistant to cleavage by furin like pro-protein convertases (UNCL-Sema3E) displays potent anti-angiogenic properties...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Fang Ko, Paul J Foster, Nicholas G Strouthidis, Yusrah Shweikh, Qi Yang, Charles A Reisman, Zaynah A Muthy, Usha Chakravarthy, Andrew J Lotery, Pearse A Keane, Adnan Tufail, Carlota M Grossi, Praveen J Patel
PURPOSE: To describe associations of ocular and systemic factors with retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)-Bruch's membrane (BM) complex thickness as measured by spectral-domain (SD) optical coherence tomography (OCT). DESIGN: Multisite community-based study. This research has been conducted using the UK Biobank Resource. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-seven thousand three hundred eighteen people 40 to 69 years old received questionnaires, physical examination, and eye examination, including macular SD OCT...
October 6, 2016: Ophthalmology
Jie Li, Bifei Lan, Xiaoli Li, Shumao Sun, Ping Lu, Lingyun Cheng
Transscleral drug delivery may become a safe alternative to the intravitreal injection for chronic retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic macular edema. However, the drug delivered onto the sclera subjects to vigorous clearance by episcleral and choroidal circulation; in addition, the penetration from episclera to retina needs to overcome counter-directional ocular fluid current driven by intraocular pressure (IOP) as well as unfavorable drug disposition exerted by drug transporters before the drug reach retina...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
M Gemenetzi, A J Lotery, P J Patel
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) intravitreal agents are the only successful treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, there are emerging signals that anti-VEGF treatment can potentially increase development of geographic atrophy (GA). Histopathologic, animal, and clinical studies support this hypothesis although direct proof of a relationship between GA and use of anti-VEGF agents in neovascular AMD is not yet established. This review presents current evidence supporting an association between anti-VEGF therapy and progression of geographic atrophy...
October 7, 2016: Eye
Valentin P Yakubenko, Tatiana V Byzova
BACKGROUND: Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are known to be present and/or enriched in vegetable and fish oils. Among fatty acids, n-3 PUFA are generally considered to be protective in inflammation-related diseases. The guidelines for substituting saturated fatty acids for PUFAs have been highly publicized for decades by numerous health organizations. Recently, however, the beneficial properties of n-3 PUFA are questioned by detailed analyses of multiple randomized controlled clinical trials...
October 3, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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