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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548648/electronic-retinal-implants-and-artificial-vision-journey-and-present
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REVIEW
J O Mills, A Jalil, P E Stanga
Retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration are two significant causes of severe visual dysfunction. In both, the retinal photoreceptors degenerate, preventing successful conversion of light into electrical energy that is interpreted in the visual cortex as visual function. Artificial vision or visual function began over two centuries ago with the idea of creating artificial light pulses, or phosphenes, through cortical stimulation. The pursuit is now on to improve artificial visual function. Two retinal implants appear the most likely to succeed in the future having undergone multicentre human trials: the Argus II electronic epiretinal device (Second Sight Medical Products, CA, USA) and Alpha-IMS electronic subretinal device (Retina Implant AG, Germany)...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546931/quality-of-life-in-glaucoma-patients-after-selective-laser-trabeculoplasty
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Myrjam De Keyser, Maya De Belder, Veva De Groot
AIM: To compare quality of life and treatment satisfaction between patients who had selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and those on medication. METHODS: A prospective clinical trial on 143 glaucoma patients that received SLT and a control group that continued using anti glaucoma medication was conducted. Tear break-up time (BUT), punctuate keratitis, need for help, use of artificial tears and the treatment satisfaction survey of intraocular pressure (IOP) were measured at baseline, 6 and 12mo...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542084/effects-of-diquafosol-ophthalmic-solution-on-quality-of-life-in-dry-eye-assessed-using-the-dry-eye-related-quality-of-life-score-questionnaire-effectiveness-in-patients-while-reading-and-using-visual-display-terminals
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Tsugiaki Utsunomiya, Atsushi Kawahara, Kazuomi Hanada, Akitoshi Yoshida
PURPOSE: Diquafosol ophthalmic solution improves objective findings in the ocular surface and subjective symptoms in patients with dry eye. The Dry Eye-Related Quality-of-Life Score (DEQS) questionnaire was developed to assess dry eye symptoms and their effects on quality of life. However, because little research using the DEQS has been reported, we evaluated the effects of diquafosol ophthalmic solution on ocular surface findings and quality of life using the DEQS in patients with dry eye...
May 23, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524144/-new-approaches-to-the-treatment-of-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca
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T N Safonova, O V Gladkova, I A Novikov, V I Boev, A A Fedorov
A new method has been developed for the treatment of severe forms of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) that involves the use of an original cyclosporine A (CyA) saturated soft contact lens (SCL) together with preservative-free artificial tears therapy. AIM: to evaluate the effectiveness of the newly developed treatment for KCS based on the use of medical SCL saturated with 0.05% CyA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The patients (43 men, 60 eyes) with severe KCS were divided into 2 groups...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522844/high-performance-pvc-gel-for-adaptive-micro-lenses-with-variable-focal-length
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Jin Woo Bae, Eun-Jae Shin, Jaeu Jeong, Dong-Soo Choi, Jong Eun Lee, Byeong Uk Nam, Liwei Lin, Sang-Youn Kim
This paper presents a bio-inspired adaptive micro-lens with electrically tunable focus made of non-ionic high-molecular-weight polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gel. The optical device mimics the design of the crystalline lens and ciliary muscle of the human eye. It consists of a plano-convex PVC gel micro-lens on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) glass, confined with an annular electrode operating as an artificial ciliary muscle. Upon electrical activation, the electroactive adhesive force of the PVC gel is exerted on the annular anode electrode, which reduces the sagittal height of the plano-convex PVC gel lens, resulting in focal length variation of the micro-lens...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505584/development-of-a-gold-nanoparticle-based-universal-oligonucleotide-microarray-for-multiplex-and-low-cost-detection-of-foodborne-pathogens
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Xiaoqiang Wang, Sisi Ying, Xiaoguang Wei, Jun Yuan
Bacterial foodborne diseases remain major threats to food safety and public health, especially in developing countries. In this study a novel assay, combining gold nanoparticle (GNP)-based multiplex oligonucleotide ligation-PCR and universal oligonucleotide microarray technology, was developed for inexpensive, specific, sensitive, and multiplex detection of eight common foodborne pathogens, including Shigella spp., Campylobacter jejuni, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, and Vibrio parahaemolyticus...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505235/view-independent-working-memory-representations-of-artificial-shapes-in-prefrontal-and-posterior-regions-of-the-human-brain
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Thomas B Christophel, Carsten Allefeld, Christian Endisch, John-Dylan Haynes
Traditional views of visual working memory postulate that memorized contents are stored in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex using an adaptive and flexible code. In contrast, recent studies proposed that contents are maintained by posterior brain areas using codes akin to perceptual representations. An important question is whether this reflects a difference in the level of abstraction between posterior and prefrontal representations. Here, we investigated whether neural representations of visual working memory contents are view-independent, as indicated by rotation-invariance...
May 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496035/alleviating-effects-of-artificial-tear-instillation-on-s-1-induced-ocular-toxicity-in-dogs
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Shohei Kanie, Mitsuhiro Fujieda, Tomoaki Hitotsumachi, Satoshi Suzuki, Fumio Morita, Kazuo Hakoi, Hirofumi Yasui
S-1 is an anticancer agent that consists of tegafur, gimeracil, and oteracil potassium at a molar ratio of 1:0.4:1. S-1 is used to treat metastatic and resectable gastric cancer. However, the extensive use of S-1 in clinical practice results in watery eyes, a serious clinical problem, which worsens patients' quality of life. Although repeated instillation of artificial tears is recommended, therapy or prophylaxis against S-1-induced ocular toxicity has not been established. In the present study, we evaluated the alleviating effects of repeated artificial tear instillation on S-1-induced ocular toxicity in dogs...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449714/detecting-central-fixation-by-means-of-artificial-neural-networks-in-a-pediatric-vision-screener-using-retinal-birefringence-scanning
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Boris I Gramatikov
BACKGROUND: Reliable detection of central fixation and eye alignment is essential in the diagnosis of amblyopia ("lazy eye"), which can lead to blindness. Our lab has developed and reported earlier a pediatric vision screener that performs scanning of the retina around the fovea and analyzes changes in the polarization state of light as the scan progresses. Depending on the direction of gaze and the instrument design, the screener produces several signal frequencies that can be utilized in the detection of central fixation...
April 27, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445553/a-novel-rat-head-gaze-determination-system-based-on-optomotor-responses
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Mengbo You, Toshiyuki Yamane, Hiroshi Tomita, Eriko Sugano, Takuya Akashi
The optomotor response of animals is commonly used to measure their visual performance, e.g., rats of different genetically altered strains or various drug tests. With the presentation of stimuli using computer screens or projectors, the common idea focuses on measuring the eye movement or head and/or body movement to characterize changes of the head gaze. However, traditional methods rely on either the invasive fixation of animals, or the judgment of a human observer who reports the stimulus-tracking movements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445315/the-effect-of-timolol-0-5-on-the-correction-of-myopic-regression-after-lasik
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Hong Qi, Caifeng Gao, Yaxin Li, Xue Feng, Miao Wang, Yu Zhang, Yueguo Chen
BACKGROUD: Postlaser in situ keratomileusis (post-LASIK) refractive regression is defined as the gradual, partial, or total loss of initial correction that limits the predictability, efficiency, and long-term stability of LASIK. Our study assesses the effect of Timolol 0.5% on the correction of myopic regression after LASIK. METHODS: This prospective, randomized, controlled study included 62 eyes of 62 patients with myopic regression of -1.18 ± 0.86 diopters (D) after myopic LASIK...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441078/comparison-of-0-3-hypotonic-and-isotonic-sodium-hyaluronate-eye-drops-in-the-treatment-of-experimental-dry-eye
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Ying Li, Lian Cui, Hyo Seok Lee, Yeon Soo Kang, Won Choi, Kyung Chul Yoon
PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy of 0.3% hypotonic and isotonic sodium hyaluronate (SH) eye drops in the treatment of experimental dry eye. METHODS: Experimental dry eye was established in female C57BL/6 mice by subcutaneous scopolamine injection and an air draft. The mice were divided into three groups (n = 15): control, preservative-free 0.3% isotonic SH, and preservative-free 0.3% hypotonic SH. The tear volume, tear film break-up time, and corneal fluorescein staining scores were measured 5 and 10 days after treatment...
April 25, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423413/human-perception-of-subresolution-fineness-of-dense-textures-based-on-image-intensity-statistics
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Masataka Sawayama, Shin'ya Nishida, Mikio Shinya
We are surrounded by many textures with fine dense structures, such as human hair and fabrics, whose individual elements are often finer than the spatial resolution limit of the visual system or that of a digitized image. Here we show that human observers have an ability to visually estimate subresolution fineness of those textures. We carried out a psychophysical experiment to show that observers could correctly discriminate differences in the fineness of hair-like dense line textures even when the thinnest line element was much finer than the resolution limit of the eye or that of the display...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416382/isolation-pathogenicity-and-characterization-of-a-novel-bacterial-pathogen-streptococcus-uberis-from-diseased-mandarin-fish-siniperca-chuatsi
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Xia Luo, Xiaozhe Fu, Guoli Liao, Ouqin Chang, Zhibin Huang, Ningqiu Li
In recent years, mandarin fish had a high mortality rate associated with abnormal swimming, exophthalmia, corneal opacity and eye hemorrhage on a fish farm located at Foshan city, Guangdong province, China. Three isolates of Gram-positive, chain-forming cocci were recovered from moribund fish, and designated as SS131025-1, SS131025-2, and SS131025-3. These isolates were identified as Streptococcus uberis according to their morphologic and physio-biochemical characteristics as well as phylogenetic analysis based on their 16S rRNA and GapC gene sequences...
April 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414059/a-mouse-ocular-explant-model-that-enables-the-study-of-living-optic-nerve-head-events-after-acute-and-chronic-intraocular-pressure-elevation-focusing-on-retinal-ganglion-cell-axons-and-mitochondria
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Elizabeth C Kimball, Mary E Pease, Matthew R Steinhart, Ericka N Oglesby, Ian Pitha, Cathy Nguyen, Harry A Quigley
We developed an explant model of the mouse eye and optic nerve that facilitates the study of retinal ganglion cell axons and mitochondria in the living optic nerve head (ONH) in an ex vivo environment. Two transgenic mouse strains were used, one expressing yellow fluorescent protein in selected axons and a second strain expressing cyan fluorescent protein in all mitochondria. We viewed an explanted mouse eye and optic nerve by laser scanning microscopy at and behind the ONH, the site of glaucoma injury. Explants from previously untreated mice were studied with the intraocular pressure (IOP) set artificially at normal or elevated levels for several hours...
April 14, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397148/the-correct-diagnosis-and-therapeutic-management-of-tear-dysfunction-recommendations-of-the-p-i-c-a-s-s-o-board
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REVIEW
Maurizio Rolando, Emilia Cantera, Rita Mencucci, Pierangela Rubino, Pasquale Aragona
PURPOSE: To describe a standard approach to manage tear dysfunction (TD), in order to obtain a clinically favourable outcome. TD is a highly prevalent, yet largely underdiagnosed, condition that affects from 5 to 30% of the population above 50 years old. Left untreated, TD is associated with eye discomfort and ocular surface disease, substantially affecting quality of life. Although the prevalence of this problem is increasing significantly, a standard approach to its prevention and treatment is not available yet...
April 10, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384979/correlation-between-visible-length-of-the-iris-and-the-length-of-the-maxillary-central-incisor-using-digital-image-analysis-a-pilot-study
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Rohini, Hemalatha, Gopi Naveen Chander, Kuttae Viswanathan Anitha
INTRODUCTION: Complete denture therapy is one such modality where science and art goes hand in hand. Selection of artificial teeth for completely edentulous patients is not easy in the absence of pre extraction records, because till date concrete guidelines do not exist. AIM: The purpose of this study was to determine if a correlation existed between the visible length of the iris and the length of the maxillary central incisor to potentially provide a guide for teeth selection...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384900/efficacy-of-green-tea-extract-for-treatment-of-dry-eye-and-meibomian-gland-dysfunction-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-study
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Mahmood Nejabat, Salehi Ali Reza, Mehdi Zadmehr, Masoud Yasemi, Zahra Sobhani
INTRODUCTION: With an incidence rate of 9%, dry eye is a common problem of the ocular surface, especially in patients more than 40-year-old. Green tea extract has anti-oxidative, anti-bacterial, anti-androgen, and immunomodulatory properties. AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of green tea extract for treatment of patients with dry eye and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a double-blind randomized controlled clinical trial, 60 patients were selected within the age range of 30 to 70 years, and divided into two groups by blocked randomization method...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384718/micrometric-control-of-the-optics-of-the-human-eye-environment-or-genes
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Juan Tabernero, Lucía Hervella, Antonio Benito, Lucía Colodro-Conde, Juan R Ordoñana, Marcos Ruiz-Sanchez, José María Marín, Pablo Artal
Purpose: The human eye has typically more optical aberrations than conventional artificial optical systems. While the lower order modes (defocus and astigmatism) are well studied, our purpose is to explore the influence of genes versus the environment on the higher order aberrations of the optical components of the eye. Methods: We have performed a classical twin study in a sample from the Region of Murcia (Spain). Optical aberrations using a Hartmann-Shack sensor (AOnEye Voptica SL, Murcia, Spain) and corneal aberrations (using corneal topography data) were measured in 138 eyes corresponding to 69 twins; 36 monozygotic (MZ) and 33 dizygotic (DZ) pairs (age 55 years, SD 7 years)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376729/iris-reconstruction-using-autologous-iris-preserved-in-cold-balanced-salt-solution-for-8-hours-in-iatrogenic-total-iridodialysis-during-cataract-surgery-a-case-report
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Seung Pil Bang, Jong Hwa Jun
BACKGROUND: A large iris defect or extensive iridodialysis can be an intractable cause of visual disturbance, photophobia, glare, monocular diplopia, or cosmetic deformity. The implantation of an artificial iris substitute could be an effective option, but this can cause a reduction in endothelial cell density. We succeeded in the anatomical restoration of iris tissue that was totally dialyzed out of the eye, and was preserved in cold balanced salt solution for 8 h. Engrafted iris tissue was maintained within the aqueous humor...
April 4, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
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