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1.  Presumed entecavir-induced ocular toxicity 
Eye  2011;25(12):1665-1668.
PMCID: PMC3234485  PMID: 22020173
2.  Pascal panretinal laser ablation and regression analysis in proliferative diabetic retinopathy: Manchester Pascal Study Report 4 
Eye  2011;25(11):1447-1456.
To quantify the 20-ms Pattern Scan Laser (Pascal) panretinal laser photocoagulation (PRP) ablation dosage required for regression of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), and to explore factors related to long-term regression.
We retrospectively studied a cohort of patients who participated in a randomised clinical trial, the Manchester Pascal Study. In all, 36 eyes of 22 patients were investigated over a follow-up period of 18 months. Primary outcome measures included visual acuity (VA) and complete PDR regression. Secondary outcomes included laser burn dosimetry, calculation of retinal PRP ablation areas, and effect of patient-related factors on disease regression. A PDR subgroup analysis was undertaken to assess all factors related to PDR regression according to disease severity.
There were no significant changes in logMAR VA for any group over time. In total, 10 eyes (28%) regressed after a single PRP. Following top-up PRP treatment, regression rates varied according to severity: 75% for mild PDR (n=6), 67% for moderate PDR (n=14), and 43% in severe PDR (n=3). To achieve complete disease regression, mild PDR required a mean of 2187 PRP burns and 264 mm2 ablation area, moderate PDR required 3998 PRP burns and area 456 mm2, and severe PDR needed 6924 PRP laser burns (836 mm2; P<0.05).
Multiple 20-ms PRP treatments applied over time does not adversely affect visual outcomes, with favourable PDR regression rates and minimal laser burn expansion over 18 months. The average laser dosimetry and retinal ablation areas to achieve complete regression increased significantly with worsening PDR.
PMCID: PMC3213651  PMID: 21818132
Pascal panretinal photocoagulation; laser dosimetry; proliferative diabetic retinopathy
3.  Blind subjects implanted with the Argus II retinal prosthesis are able to improve performance in a spatial-motor task 
To determine to what extent subjects implanted with the Argus II retinal prosthesis can improve performance compared with residual native vision in a spatial-motor task.
High-contrast square stimuli (5.85 cm sides) were displayed in random locations on a 19″ (48.3 cm) touch screen monitor located 12″ (30.5 cm) in front of the subject. Subjects were instructed to locate and touch the square centre with the system on and then off (40 trials each). The coordinates of the square centre and location touched were recorded.
Ninety-six percent (26/27) of subjects showed a significant improvement in accuracy and 93% (25/27) show a significant improvement in repeatability with the system on compared with off (p<0.05, Student t test). A group of five subjects that had both accuracy and repeatability values <250 pixels (7.4 cm) with the system off (ie, using only their residual vision) was significantly more accurate and repeatable than the remainder of the cohort (p<0.01). Of this group, four subjects showed a significant improvement in both accuracy and repeatability with the system on.
In a study on the largest cohort of visual prosthesis recipients to date, we found that artificial vision augments information from existing vision in a spatial-motor task.
Clinical trials registry no
PMCID: PMC3345188  PMID: 20881025
4.  Solar retinopathy in a patient with bipolar affective disorder 
PMCID: PMC1860187  PMID: 16424548
bipolar affective disorder; solar retinopathy
5.  Initial experience with the Pascal photocoagulator: a pilot study of 75 procedures 
The British Journal of Ophthalmology  2008;92(8):1061-1064.
The Pascal is a semiautomated photocoagulator that delivers a pattern array of multiple burns in a rapid predetermined sequence with a single foot pedal depression. Each burn is reduced to 10 or 20 ms to achieve this. The authors report their early experience with this system.
75 procedures done in 60 patients divided into four groups—group A, patients undergoing panretinal photocoagulation (PRP); group B, patients undergoing focal or modified grid macular laser; group C, patients undergoing macular grid and group D, patients undergoing retinopexy—were retrospectively studied.
31/34 procedures in group A, 24/26 procedures in group B, 5/7 procedures in group C and all eight patients in group D had successful outcomes. Significantly higher powers were required with the Pascal than with conventional laser (p<0.001) in eyes that underwent PRP and focal/modified grid macular treatment with both systems. Single session PRP was successfully performed in five patients, and five were successfully treated with a macular grid using pattern arrays only. No adverse events were noted.
Although the shorter pulse duration of the Pascal necessitates the use of a higher power, it is not associated with adverse effects. The results here suggest that the Pascal photocoagulator is safe and effective, and offer several potential advantages related to the brief exposure time.
PMCID: PMC2569140  PMID: 18586905
6.  Optical coherence tomography in photodynamic therapy for subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation secondary to age related macular degeneration: a cross sectional study 
Aims: To introduce new terminology and validate its reliability for the analysis of optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans, compare clinical detection of cystoid macular oedema (CMO) and subretinal fluid (SRF) with OCT findings, and to study the effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on the foveal morphology.
Methods: Patients with subfoveal, predominantly classic choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) secondary to age related macular degeneration (AMD) undergoing PDT were evaluated with refraction protocol best corrected logMAR visual acuity (VA), slit lamp biomicroscopy, stereoscopic fluorescein angiography (FFA), and OCT. New terminologies introduced to interpret the OCT scans were: neuroretinal foveal thickness (NFT), bilaminar foveal thickness (BFT), outer high reflectivity band thickness (OHRBT), intraretinal fluid (IRF), subretinal fluid (oSRF), and vitreomacular hyaloid attachment (VMHA).
Results: Fifty six eyes of 53 patients were studied. VA was better in eyes with a thinner outer high reflectivity band (OHRBT) (p = 0.02) and BFT (p = 0.05). BFT was less in eyes that had undergone a greater number of PDT treatments (p = 0.04). There was poor agreement between OCT and clinical examination in the detection of CMO and subretinal fluid (κ = 0.289 and κ = 0.165 respectively). To validate the interpretation and measurements on OCT, two groups of 20 scans were analysed by two independent observers. There was good agreement between the observers in the detection of IRF, oSRF, and VMHA (p<0.001). Measurements of NFT and BFT had a high reproducibility, and of OHRBT reproducibility was low.
Conclusions: New terminology has been introduced and tested. OCT appears to be superior to clinical examination and FFA in the detection of CMO. In this study, better vision was associated with a thinner OHRBT and/or the absence of SRF giving insight into the biological effect of PDT.
PMCID: PMC1772543  PMID: 15722312
7.  Case selection in macular relocation surgery for age related macular degeneration 
Background: To date there has been no randomised controlled trial demonstrating the safety and efficacy of macular relocation surgery (MRS) for age related macular degeneration (AMD). Vision can be improved in some patients and made worse in others despite successful surgery or because of complications.
Purpose: To determine which patients would benefit from MRS.
Methods: Twenty nine patients with exudative AMD took part in a prospective, non-comparative, interventional study. Macular relocation surgery involved phacoemulsification, vitrectomy, 360° retinotomy, excision of choroidal neovascular membrane, and macular relocation using an infusion of 5-fluorouracil and low molecular weight heparin as adjuvant to prevent proliferative vitreoretinopathy. Patients underwent protocol refraction preoperatively and six-monthly postoperatively by designated optometrists. Preoperative fundus fluorescein angiograms were read by masked observers and the lesions were classified according to a set protocol. The main outcome measures were visual improvement, final vision of better than 20/400, reading speed, critical print size. Logistic and multiple stepwise linear regressions were used to identify independent factors which predicted the main outcomes.
Results: Preoperative visual acuity (20/120 or worse) and lesion type (predominantly classic or submacular haemorrhage) were significantly associated with visual improvement (coefficient of regression B = 26.8, p<0.001 and B = 14.9 with p = 0.045 respectively). There were no significant independent factors which predicted a final distance logMAR visual acuity of 1.3 (20/400) or any arbitrary definition of blindness.
Conclusions: The study showed that it was possible to select cases that were more likely to experience an improvement in vision following MRS.
PMCID: PMC1772001  PMID: 14736769
Age related macular degeneration; case selection; macular relocation surgery; prospective non-comparative interventional study
8.  Macular relocation after photodynamic therapy for recurrent choroidal neovascular membrane: visual results and histopathological findings 
Background/aims: The findings in a patient treated with photodynamic therapy (PDT) followed by macular relocation surgery (MRS) are presented.
Methods: Histopathological evaluation of the choroidal neovascular membrane (CNV) specimen including immunohistochemical assessment.
Results: Microscopy revealed one CNV area that was richly vascular with attached retinal pigment epithelial cell monolayer and another area that was made up of densely collagenous avascular tissue with adherent fragments of Bruch’s membrane and glial elements.
Conclusion: The findings suggest that the PDT treated part of the CNV may have been adherent to the neuroretina and may have contributed to the formation of the macular hole. Caution is advised when considering MRS for CNV previously treated PDT.
PMCID: PMC1771779  PMID: 12881338
photodynamic therapy; choroidal neovascular membrane
9.  Isolated foveal retinoschisis as a cause of visual loss in young females 
PMCID: PMC1771730  PMID: 12770998
foveal retinoschisis; visual loss; adolescents
10.  Trypan blue staining of internal limiting membrane and epiretinal membrane during vitrectomy: visual results and histopathological findings 
Aims: To report on the use of trypan blue (TB) 0.06% for staining the internal limiting membrane (ILM) and epiretinal membrane (ERM) during vitrectomy and report on their histology.
Method: 14 consecutive patients with idiopathic macular hole or macular pucker (seven patients each) were prospectively recruited for ILM or ERM peel respectively. After pars plana vitrectomy and induction of posterior vitreous detachment, 0.5 ml TB 0.06% in phosphate buffered saline (VisonBlue) was injected over the posterior pole in an air filled eye and left for 2 minutes. The stained tissue was peeled with intraocular forceps. Specimens were evaluated using histochemical and immunohistochemical methods.
Results: The average follow up was 4.4 months. Internal limiting membranes and epiretinal membranes were stained satisfactorily in all cases and removed successfully. Eight patients (57%) had improvement of 2 or more Snellen lines. All seven macular holes closed. In the ERM cases, no residual membranes were observed clinically, at the latest follow up. No complications relating to the use of the dye were encountered intraoperatively or postoperatively. Of the 14 procedures, nine (four macular hole and five macular pucker) yielded sufficient tissue for histopathological evaluation. Histological and immunohistological assessment revealed that the morphology of these specimens was similar to that observed in macular hole ILM and macular pucker ERM removed without the aid of dye.
Conclusion: TB staining facilitated the identification and delineation of ILM and ERM removal during the surgical management of macular holes and macular pucker. The visual outcome of this series and the specimens removed suggest they are no different from those without TB staining. Its use in posterior segment appears to be safe but further studies are required to investigate its long term safety.
PMCID: PMC1771493  PMID: 12543755
trypan blue; internal limiting membrane; epiretinal membrane; histopathology; macular hole
11.  Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in exudative and haemorrhagic pigment epithelial detachments 
AIMS—To determine the prevalence of polypoidal choroidopathy in consecutive patients presenting with large haemorrhagic and exudative neurosensory retinal and retinal pigment epithelial detachments (PEDs) of over 2 mm in diameter in the absence of drusen.
METHODS—40 patients were identified over a 5 month period of which 29 had haemorrhagic detachments, and 11 had purely exudative detachments. All had indocyanine green (ICG) angiography, and the presence was sought of large blood vessels in the choroid associated with localised dilated terminals that filled slowly and leaked ICG.
RESULTS—In 34 cases (85%) there was an appearance consistent with previous descriptions of idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. Of the six without polypoidal lesions the disorder was attributed to choroidal neovascularisation in four, chorioretinitis in one, and a fibrovascular PED in one. Of those with polypoidal lesions 20 (65%) were female, the mean age was 65.4 years (range 44-88), and 25 (74%) were white, seven (20%) black, and two (6%) east Asian. Eight had a history of hypertension. Visual acuity varied from 6/6 to counting fingers in the involved eye (mean 6/24). Bilateral polypoidal choroidal lesions were demonstrated in 16 patients (47%). The predominant location for these lesions was the macular region in 23 patients (68%). Polypoidal vasculopathy was found in 16 patients (47%) who had a previous diagnosis of age related macular disease (AMD). No patients had evidence of intraocular inflammation.
CONCLUSIONS—In a largely white patient population a high proportion of patients with haemorrhagic and exudative PEDs has evidence of polypoidal lesions on ICG angiography.

PMCID: PMC1723461  PMID: 10781511

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