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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324979/strategies-to-improve-stimulation-efficiency-for-retinal-prostheses
#1
Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative disease of the retina that leads to vision loss. Retinal prostheses are being developed in order to restore functional vision in patients suffering from RP. We conducted in-vivo experiments in order to identify strategies to efficiently stimulate the retina. We electrically stimulated the retina and measured electrically evoked potentials (EERs) from the superior colliculus of rats. We compared the strength of EERs when voltage-controlled and current-controlled pulses of varying pulse width and charge levels were applied to the retina...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323747/supporting-a-youth-with-cerebellar-ataxia-into-adolescence
#2
Veronica Meneses, Zurisadai Gonzalez-Castillo, Veronica B Edgar, Marilyn Augustyn
Zoe, a 13-year-old white girl, presents as a new patient to your pediatric clinic with complaints of frequent emesis, anxiety, and learning problems, and previous diagnosis of cerebellar ataxia. Parents accompany Zoe and state, "it is really hard for her to go out, she gets sick and falls easily." She was born full term by vaginal delivery without complications. Given globally delayed milestones, she received early intervention services. Feeding problems began at infancy, including gastroesophageal reflux and aspiration pneumonia...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323591/treatment-and-monitoring-of-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-in-pilots
#3
Ari Shinojima, Ryusaburo Mori, Kyoko Fujita, Mitsuko Yuzawa
BACKGROUND: Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), which has the characteristics of a serous retinal detachment (SRD) in the macular area, affects mostly men in the 30- to 50-yr age range. Some patients have persistent SRD, which may cause retinal thinning and photoreceptor impairment. CSC symptoms are gradual vision loss and/or metamorphopsia. Some commercial airline pilots are concerned about CSC symptoms, which can disqualify them from flying for months and can also reoccur. Thus, careful monitoring and treatment of CSC are critical for pilots, especially those with chronic or recurrent CSC...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323489/incidence-rates-and-risk-factors-for-vision-loss-among-aids-related-cytomegalovirus-retinitis-patients-in-southern-thailand
#4
Wantanee Sittivarakul, Usanee Seepongphun
PURPOSE: To describe the incidence of and risk factors for visual acuity (VA) loss in patients with AIDS and cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis. METHODS: A total of 132 patients were included. The main outcome measurements were the incidences of VA loss to ≤20/50 and ≤20/200. RESULTS: The incidences of VA loss to ≤20/50 and ≤20/200 were 0.22/eye-year (EY) and 0.12/EY, respectively. Risk factors for the incidence of VA loss to ≤20/50 were low nadir CD4(+) T-cell count (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 3...
March 21, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320145/vision-loss-in-tuberculous-meningitis
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Ravindra Kumar Garg, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Neeraj Kumar, Ravi Uniyal
Vision loss is a disabling complication of tuberculous meningitis. Approximately, 15% of survivors are either completely or partially blind. All structures of the visual pathway may be affected in tuberculous meningitis. Optic nerve and optic chiasma are most frequently and dominantly affected. Thick-gelatinous exudates lying over the base of brain, are the pathological hallmark of tuberculous meningitis and are responsible for almost all of its major complications, including vision loss. Strangulation of optic nerves and optic chiasma by the exudates, compression over optic chiasma by the dilated third ventricle, raised intracranial pressure, endarteritis, shunt failure, bacterial invasion of optic nerves and drug-induced optic nerve damage are important reasons that are considered responsible for vision loss...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320099/light-emitting-diode-led-therapy-improves-occipital-cortex-damage-by-decreasing-apoptosis-and-increasing-bdnf-expressing-cells-in-methanol-induced-toxicity-in-rats
#6
Amir Ghanbari, Majid Ghareghani, Kazem Zibara, Hamdallah Delaviz, Elham Ebadi, Mohammad Hossein Jahantab
Methanol-induced retinal toxicity, frequently associated with elevated free radicals and cell edema, is characterized by progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death and vision loss. Previous studies investigated the effect of photomodulation on RGCs, but not the visual cortex. In this study, the effect of 670nm Light-Emitting Diode (LED) therapy on RGCs and visual cortex recovery was investigated in a seven-day methanol-induced retinal toxicity protocol in rats. Methanol administration showed a reduction in the number of RGCs, loss of neurons (neuronal nuclear antigen, NeuN+), activation of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP+) expressing cells, suppression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF+) positive cells, increase in apoptosis (caspase 3+) and enhancement of nitric oxide (NO) release in serum and brain...
March 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319442/evaluation-of-patients-with-facial-palsy-and-ophthalmic-sequelae-a-23-year-retrospective-review
#7
Shannon S Joseph, Andrew W Joseph, Jane I Smith, Leslie M Niziol, David C Musch, Christine C Nelson
PURPOSE: Facial palsy (FP) can result in serious ophthalmic sequelae including loss of vision. We describe the clinical characteristics of FP patients presenting for ophthalmologic evaluation and the timing for initiating ophthalmologic care. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 96 consecutive FP patients presenting between 1992 and 2015 at a tertiary eye center. The main outcome measures were time interval from the diagnosis of FP and onset of ocular symptoms to the initial ophthalmologic evaluation (IOE), and the severity of exposure keratopathy and eyelid malposition on IOE...
March 20, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318640/the-prevalence-of-diabetic-retinopathy-in-australian-adults-with-self-reported-diabetes-the-national-eye-health-survey
#8
Stuart Keel, Jing Xie, Joshua Foreman, Peter van Wijngaarden, Hugh R Taylor, Mohamed Dirani
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence of and factors associated with diabetic retinopathy (DR) among non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australian adults with self-reported diabetes. DESIGN: Population-based cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Non-Indigenous Australians (50-98 years of age) and Indigenous Australians (40-92 years of age) with known diabetes. METHODS: Diabetes was determined based on self-report of previous diagnosis of the disease...
March 15, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315516/metaplastic-ossification-of-the-temporal-artery-with-osteoclast-like-giant-cells-a-mimicker-of-giant-cell-temporal-arteritis
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Miroslav Sekulic, Alexander M Truskinovsky
PURPOSE: To describe a patient presenting with suspected giant cell (temporal) arteritis (GCA) in whom subsequent temporal artery biopsy showed luminal narrowing by medial calcification, metaplastic ossification, and fibrointimal proliferation, consistent with calciphylaxis. METHODS: A 55-year-old man with end-stage renal disease presented with unilateral loss of vision and elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and was initially treated as though he had GCA; however, a subsequent temporal artery biopsy showed marked luminal narrowing by medial calcification, metaplastic ossification, and fibrointimal proliferation, consistent with calciphylaxis...
February 28, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315319/interferon-alpha2a-and-systemic-corticosteroid-in-monotherapy-in-chronic-uveitis-results-of-the-randomised-controlled-birdferon-study
#10
Christine Fardeau, Anne Simon, Benoît Rodde, Fabiana Viscogliosi, Pierre Labalette, Vincent Looten, Sophie Tézenas du Montcel, Phuc LeHoang
PURPOSE: Macular edema is the leading cause of vision loss in bilateral chronic non-infectious posterior uveitis, and is used to being treated using corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents and biotherapies. The aim of this trial was to assess and compare the efficacy and safety of corticosteroids and IFN-α in adults with such conditions. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial SUBJECTS: Adult patients with bilateral posterior autoimmune non-infectious and non-tumoral uveitis complicated by macular edema in at least one eye, were recruited...
March 14, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314831/childhood-onset-leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy
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Anna Majander, Richard Bowman, Joanna Poulton, Richard J Antcliff, M Ashwin Reddy, Michel Michaelides, Andrew R Webster, Patrick F Chinnery, Marcela Votruba, Anthony T Moore, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man
BACKGROUND: The onset of Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is relatively rare in childhood. This study describes the clinical and molecular genetic features observed in this specific LHON subgroup. METHODS: Our retrospective study consisted of a UK paediatric LHON cohort of 27 patients and 69 additional cases identified from a systematic review of the literature. Patients were included if visual loss occurred at the age of 12 years or younger with a confirmed pathogenic mitochondrial DNA mutation: m...
March 17, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314816/characterization-of-a-human-point-mutation-of-vglut3-p-a211v-in-the-rodent-brain-suggests-a-non-uniform-distribution-of-the-transporter-in-synaptic-vesicles
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Lauriane Ramet, Johannes Zimmermann, Tiphaine Bersot, Odile Poirel, Stéphanie De Gois, Katlin Silm, Diana Yae Sakae, Nina Mansouri-Guilani, Marie-Josée Bourque, Louis-Eric Trudeau, Nicolas Pietrancosta, Stéphanie Daumas, Véronique Bernard, Christian Rosenmund, Salah El Mestikawy
The atypical vesicular glutamate transporter type 3 (VGLUT3) is expressed by sub-populations of neurons using acetylcholine, GABA or serotonin as neurotransmitters. In addition, VGLUT3 is expressed in the inner hair cells of the auditory system. A mutation (p.A211V) in the gene that encodes VGLUT3 is responsible for progressive deafness in two unrelated families. In this study, we investigated the consequences of the p.A211V mutation in cell cultures and in the central nervous system (CNS) of a mutant mouse...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302613/prognostic-predictors-of-visual-outcome-in-open-globe-injury-emphasis-on-facial-ct-findings
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U K Bodanapally, H Addis, D Dreizin, A K Reddy, J A Margo, K L Archer-Arroyo, S Feldman, B Saboury, K Sudini, O Saeedi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The present prognostic models for open globe injuries have a limited ability to predict visual outcome before a comprehensive ophthalmologic examination or operation because they depend on the data derived from the ophthalmologic examination and intraoperative findings. The purpose of our study was to determine the specific CT and preoperative clinical data that can predict the prognosis of open globe injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the relationship of 29 variables derived from clinical and CT data from 97 globe injuries with visual acuity at 1 month...
March 16, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302535/aqueous-humor-cytokines-in-patients-with-acute-non-arteritic-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy-naion
#14
Jonathan A Micieli, Cindy Lam, Kinda Najem, Edward A Margolin
PURPOSE: To measure and compare the cytokine concentrations in the aqueous humor of patients with acute non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) and normal age-related cataract controls. DESIGN: Prospective, comparative observational study. METHODS: Aqueous humor samples were obtained in 10 patients with acute NAION (within 14 days of symptom onset) and 15 control patients with age-related cataract. The levels of 6 cytokines [vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-2, IL-6, and IL-8] were determined using a multiplex bead immunoassay...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301794/ocular-complications-of-rheumatic-diseases
#15
Colby Hart, Merv Ferdinands, Leslie Barnsley
Rheumatic diseases are frequently complicated by extra-articular manifestations, often affecting the eye. Most of these ocular symptoms are benign and develop over long periods of time. Some ocular complications of rheumatic disease or the drugs used to treat the disease are rapidly sight-threatening. It is vital that sight-threatening complications are recognised quickly, so that appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as slit lamp examination and the initiation of immunosuppressive treatments, can occur in a timely fashion...
March 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300845/digoxin-induced-retinal-degeneration-depends-on-rhodopsin
#16
Britta Landfried, Marijana Samardzija, Maya Barben, Christian Schori, Katrin Klee, Federica Storti, Christian Grimm
Na,K-ATPases are energy consuming ion pumps that are required for maintaining ion homeostasis in most cells. In the retina, Na,K-ATPases are especially important to sustain the dark current in photoreceptor cells needed for rapid hyperpolarization of rods and cones in light. Cardiac glycosides like digoxin inhibit the activity of Na,K-ATPases by targeting their catalytic alpha subunits. This leads to a disturbed ion balance, which can affect cellular function and survival. Here we show that the treatment of wild-type mice with digoxin leads to severe retinal degeneration and loss of vision...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299497/multimodal-imaging-in-a-case-of-butterfly-pattern-dystrophy-of-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#17
Vinod Kumar, Devesh Kumawat
AIMS: To report multi-modal imaging findings in a case of butterfly pattern dystrophy of retinal pigment epithelium. METHODS: A middle-aged female with butterfly pattern dystrophy, who presented with progressive loss of vision, was examined using coloured fundus photographs, short wave autofluorescence, swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT), fundus fluorescein angiography and enface optical coherence tomography. RESULTS: Multi-modal imaging was useful in the characterization of the various disease features...
March 15, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299019/vision-loss-in-guillain-barre-syndrome-a-complication-or-a-coincidence
#18
Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299015/endogenous-nocardial-endophthalmitis-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient-a-serious-warning-of-an-underlying-life-threatening-and-blinding-disorder
#19
Hemant Trehan, Jaya Kaushik, Vaibhav Kumar Jain, Jitendra Kumar Singh Parihar, Abhijit Avasthi
PURPOSE: To report a case of bilateral endogenous nocardial endophthalmitis with central nervous system involvement in an immunocompromised individual with an extremely poor outcome. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old man with a history of long-term, prescribed oral steroid use for membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis presented with profound bilateral vision loss. Patient's diagnosis of bilateral endogenous nocardial endophthalmitis was delayed. Nocardia was finally isolated from a brain biopsy after a repeat magnetic resonance imaging revealed a brain abscess...
January 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298893/bis-retinoid-a2e-induces-an-increase-of-basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-via-inhibition-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-1-2-pathway-in-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells-and-facilitates-phagocytosis
#20
Delphine Balmer, Linda Bapst-Wicht, Aswin Pyakurel, Martine Emery, Natacha Nanchen, Christian G Bochet, Raphael Roduit
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in developed countries. Hallmarks of the disease are well known; indeed, this pathology is characterized by lipofuscin accumulation, is principally composed of lipid-containing residues of lysosomal digestion. The N-retinyl-N-retinylidene ethanolamine (A2E) retinoid which is thought to be a cytotoxic component for RPE is the best-characterized component of lipofuscin so far. Even if no direct correlation between A2E spatial distribution and lipofuscin fluorescence has been established in aged human RPE, modified forms or metabolites of A2E could be involved in ARMD pathology...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
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