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A Schilimow, B Wiechens
In this article, a case of recurrent epithelial defects in neurotrophic keratopathy is described. Multiple abrasions of the corneal epithelium with a therapeutic contact lens, corneal stitches, and amniotic membrane transplantation in combination with artificial tears brought only short-term success. However, a botulinum toxin A induced protective ptosis could finally achieve permanent epithelial closure. As this case shows, protective ptosis can be a promising approach in spite of multiple previous ineffective therapeutic efforts...
October 20, 2016: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
Y Chen, Q Le, J Hong, L Gong, J Xu
PurposeTo explore the morphological characteristics of toxic keratopathy (TK), which clinically presented as superficial punctate keratopathy (SPK), with the application of in vivo laser-scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM), and evaluate its potential in the early diagnosis of TK.Patients and methodsThis was a cross-sectional study involving 16 patients with TK and 16 patients with dry eye (DE), demonstrating SPK under slit-lamp observation, and 10 normal eyes were enrolled in the study. All participants underwent history interviews, fluorescein staining, tear film break-up time (BUT) tests, Schirmer tests, and in vivo LSCM...
October 14, 2016: Eye
Hyoun-Do Huh, Ji-Hye Kim, Seong-Jae Kim, Ji-Myong Yoo, Seong-Wook Seo
PURPOSE: To describe the change of lacrimal gland volumes in Korean patients with thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO) via computed tomography (CT). METHODS: A retrospective review of CT images from 217 TAO patients and 135 control subjects was performed. The TAO patients were diagnosed between May 2005 and May 2014 and had a CT performed on initial presentation (330 orbital CT scans). These images were compared with 270 orbital CT scans from the control group, obtained between May 2013 and May 2014...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
Takashi Suzuki, Naoyuki Morishige, Reiko Arita, Shizuka Koh, Tohru Sakimoto, Rika Shirakawa, Kazunori Miyata, Yuichi Ohashi
BACKGROUND: Phlyctenular keratitis is a hypersensitivity reaction of the cornea, and a complication of eyelid margin disease in children and young adults. In this study, we compared the morphology of the meibomian glands in eyelids between phlyctenular keratitis patients and healthy young adults, using noncontact meibography. METHODS: The study included 16 eyes of 13 patients diagnosed with phlyctenular keratitis and 17 eyes of 17 healthy volunteers. Slit-lamp observations of the cornea and eyelid were performed on all subjects...
October 10, 2016: BMC Ophthalmology
Vanesa Calvo-Río, Montserrat Santos-Gómez, Inmaculada Calvo, Ma Isabel González-Fernández, Berta López Montesinos, Marina Mesquida, Alfredo Adán, María Victoria Hernández, Olga Maíz, Antonio Atanes, Beatriz Bravo, Consuelo Modesto, Gisela Díaz-Cordovés, Natalia Palmou-Fontana, Javier Loricera, M C González-Vela, Rosalía Demetrio-Pablo, J L Hernández, Miguel A González-Gay, Ricardo Blanco
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of Tocilizumab (TCZ) for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)-associated uveitis. METHODS: Multicenter study of patients with JIA-associated uveitis refractory to conventional immunosuppressive drugs and anti-TNFα agents. RESULTS: We assessed 25 (21 women) patients (47 affected eyes); mean age 18.5±8.3 years. Uveitis was bilateral in 22. Cystoid macular edema (CME) was present in 9 patients. Ocular sequelae found at TCZ onset included: cataracts (13), glaucoma (7), synechiae (10), band keratopathy (12), maculopathy (9), and amblyopia (5)...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Takashi Kojima, Asato Hasegawa, Tomoaki Nakamura, Naoki Isogai, Takahiro Kataoka, Kazuo Ichikawa
PURPOSE: Aniridic keratopathy is vision-threatening condition in patients with aniridia. The keratopathy occurs due to limbal stem cell deficiency. When conventional treatments fail, surgical treatments such as corneal limbal transplantation or cultivated oral mucosal epithelium transplantation are the alternatives. Here, we report our experience with the management and monitoring of the progress of a case with aniridic keratopathy treated with a scleral lens. CASE REPORT: We describe the case of a 30-year-old woman with aniridic keratopathy in both eyes...
October 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Vijay Viswanathan, Prachi Agashe, Vandana Jain, Akshay Gopinathan Nair
Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute, self-limiting, medium-vessel vasculitis that occurs predominantly in young children. The treatment of KD consists of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) along with aspirin and, in IVIG-resistant cases, corticosteroids. Crystalline keratopathy with corneal deposition of the immunoglobulin is a rare complication of IVIG therapy. We report the case of a 12-year-old girl who received IVIG for KD and developed visual complaints, which were attributable to crystalline keratopathy and corneal edema...
September 22, 2016: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Ester Fernández López, Elsie Chan
PURPOSE: There is currently limited information regarding the outcomes of endothelial keratoplasty in eyes with cytomegalovirus (CMV) endotheliitis. We report the results of Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) for endothelial failure secondary to CMV. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of 4 eyes of 4 patients with CMV endotheliitis and DSAEK. CMV was confirmed in each case by a positive aqueous tap on qualitative polymerase chain reaction...
September 21, 2016: Cornea
Muhammad Saim Khan, Imran Basit, Mazhar Ishaq, Tariq Shakoor, Amer Yaqub, Rana Intisar
OBJECTIVE: To determine mean change in visual acuity, central corneal thickness and symptoms in patients with pseudophakic bullous keratopathy after treatment with corneal collagen crosslinking. METHODS: This quasi experimental study was conducted at Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan from April 2015 to Nov 2015. A total of 24 eyes of 24 patients were included in the study. Visual symptoms were graded in five grades (Grade 1-5), Grade-1 being very mild with decreased vision only while patients with all five symptoms (decreased vision, foreign body sensations, pain, watering and photophobia) were graded as Grade-5...
July 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Houssaine Ait Lhaj, Amine Benjelloun, Youssef Bouia, Youssef Bennouk, Yassine Mouzari, Youssef El Kamouni, Mohamed Kriet
BACKGROUND: Scleritis is a painful inflammatory process centered in the sclera that may involve the cornea and the underlying uvea. The etiology is commonly idiopathic or autoimmune but some cases are associated with systemic infection such as tuberculosis. CASE PRESENTATION: In this report, we describe an unusual case of a female Moroccan patient who had a long history of bilateral recurrent scleritis associated with peripheral keratopathy and anterior uveitis...
2016: BMC Research Notes
Bia Z Kim, Jay J Meyer, Nigel H Brookes, S Louise Moffatt, Helen C Twohill, David G Pendergrast, Trevor Sherwin, Charles N J McGhee
AIMS: To report the 25-year longitudinal trends in indications and corneal transplantation techniques in New Zealand. METHODS: Statistical analysis of prospectively acquired New Zealand National Eye Bank (NZNEB) electronic database from 1991 to 2015 inclusive. Subjects were recipients of corneal transplants in 62 centres supplied by the NZNEB. Main outcome measures were indications, recipient age and transplantation techniques. RESULTS: From January 1991 to December 2015, NZNEB supplied tissue for 5574 corneal transplants, increasing annually from 89 (1991) to 290 (2015)...
September 15, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Anália do Carmo, Esmeralda Costa, Marco Marques, Maria João Quadrado, Rui Tomé
We report a case of a keratitis associated with a Fusarium penzigii-a Fusarium dimerum species complex (FDSC)-in a 81-year-old woman after a corneal trauma with a tree branch. At patient admittance, slit lamp biomicroscopy revealed an exuberant chemosis, an inferior corneal ulcer with an associated inflammatory infiltrate, a central corneal abscess, bullous keratopathy and posterior synechiae. Corneal scrapes were obtained for identification of bacteria and fungi, and the patient started antibiotic treatment on empirical basis...
September 8, 2016: Mycopathologia
Cornelia Peterson, Elizabeth Driskell, David Wilkie, Christopher Premanandan, Ralph Hamor
OBJECTIVE: Expression of the 70-kDa heat-shock protein (HSP70) has been demonstrated in normal canine corneal epithelium, and inducible expression has been suggested to facilitate wound resolution through organized migration, proliferation, and adhesion of the corneal epithelial cells. Diminished expression of HSP70 may therefore contribute to prolonged healing in the pathologic cornea of other companion animal species, including the horse. ANIMAL STUDIED: Normal and pathologic equine cornea was evaluated to determine whether the expression of HSP70 is correlated with appropriate corneal epithelial wound healing...
September 13, 2016: Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ricardo Alexandre Stock, Elcio Luiz Bonamigo, Emeline Cadore, Rafael Allan Oechsler
BACKGROUND: Infectious crystalline keratopathy is a rare, progressive infection characterized by the insidious progression of branches and crystalline corneal opacities with minimal or no inflammation. This case report describes the evolution of an infectious crystalline keratopathy caused by Cladosporium sp., which developed after tectonic keratoplasty in a patient with a history of ocular trauma. CASE PRESENTATION: A 40-year-old Brazilian male was the victim of firework-induced trauma to the left eye, which resulted in a corneal laceration that could not be sutured as well as a severe traumatic cataract...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Takefumi Yamaguchi, Pedram Hamrah, Jun Shimazaki
This review summarizes the recent literature regarding corneal imaging in human subjects using in vivo confocal microscopy. It also covers the recent literature on corneal immune cells, nerves, and tear cytokine levels in ocular surface diseases as well as corneal immune privilege. The significance of interactions between corneal immune cells and nerves in health, neurotrophic keratopathy, and infectious keratitis is discussed. Furthermore, bilateral alterations of immune cells and nerves in clinically unilateral corneal diseases and the link to changes of tear cytokines or neuropeptide levels in contralateral eyes are described...
November 2016: Cornea
Young Shin Kim, So-Young Jin, Jin Kwon Chung
OBJECTIVES: To describe the first case of Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) combined with argon laser photocoagulation and intracameral 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) injection in a patient with epithelial downgrowth after cataract surgery. METHODS: Case report and review of the literature. RESULTS: A 77-year-old female underwent uneventful cataract surgery using a clear corneal incision in her left eye. Six months after surgery, an epithelial cell sheet began to cover the posterior cornea and then spread to the anterior chamber structures, leading to anterior synechia and corectopia at 2 years...
September 7, 2016: Eye & Contact Lens
Aude Couturier, Antoine P Brézin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The ocular manifestations in autoimmune polyendocrinopathy syndrome type 1 (APS1) are frequent and have a poor prognosis. The phenotype of these APS1-associated ocular features have been recently characterized in molecularly confirmed patients with APS1. RECENT FINDINGS: Keratopathy and retinopathy can be severe manifestations of APS1. Heterogeneous corneal involvement can be observed, ranging from minimal superficial punctate staining to severe stromal scarring with deep corneal neovascularization...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Ju-Hyang Lee, Orapan Aryasit, Yoon-Duck Kim, Kyung In Woo, Llewellyn Lee, Owen N Johnson
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Surgical treatments for the correction of congenital ptosis with poor levator function, including frontalis suspension or maximal levator resection, remain controversial. We evaluated the postoperative surgical and cosmetic outcomes after maximal levator resection for unilateral congenital ptosis with poor levator function. METHODS: A retrospective, interventional case series was performed. A total of 243 patients with 243 eyelids (210 unilateral and 33 bilateral asymmetric ptosis) who underwent unilateral maximal levator resection were included...
September 6, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Manuel F Bande, Irina García-Garcés, Laura Paniagua, Francisco Ruiz-Oliva, Antonio Piñeiro, Maria Jose Blanco-Teijeiro
OBJECTIVES: To study the predisposition factors for dislocation of the intraocular lens (IOL)-capsular bag complex and analyze the results of subsequent reimplantation surgery. METHODS: The exclusion criteria were complicated cataract surgery and minor dislocations that appeared in the first year after cataract surgery. Thirty-six months of monitoring of the reimplantation surgery was required. The primary measurements of results were factors concerning dislocation, the interval between cataract surgery and dislocation, and postoperative complications...
September 2, 2016: Retina
Maged Alnawaiseh, Lars Zumhagen, Sven Zumhagen, Lea Schulte, André Rosentreter, Friederike Schubert, Nicole Eter, Gerold Mönnig
PURPOSE: The clinical efficacy and toxicity of amiodarone may be determined more effectively by tissue deposition than by levels of the agent in serum. Therefore, corneal densitometry might be useful for therapeutic monitoring. The aim of the study is to evaluate Scheimpflug corneal densitometry in patients with amiodarone keratopathy (AK). DESIGN: Comparative case series. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-six patients receiving amiodarone therapy and 66 healthy controls were consecutively enrolled in this study...
August 30, 2016: Ophthalmology
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