Seminars in Ophthalmology Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Journal description

Seminars in Ophthalmology offers current, clinically oriented reviews on the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic disorders. Each issue focuses on a single topic, with a primary emphasis on appropriate surgical techniques.

Current impact factor: 0.86

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 0.863
2013 Impact Factor 1.196
2012 Impact Factor 1.085
2011 Impact Factor 0.901

Impact factor over time

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5-year impact 1.24
Cited half-life 5.80
Immediacy index 0.17
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.38
Website Seminars in Ophthalmology website
Other titles Seminars in ophthalmology
ISSN 0882-0538
OCLC 11729970
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To determine the relationship between cerebro vascular disease and pseudoexfoliation syndrome. Materials and methods: This cross-sectional case control study consisted of 50 patients with ischemic-type cerebro vascular disease and 50 control subjects. All subjects were investigated for diabetes mellitus and hypertension status and underwent a detailed ophthalmic examination. A diagnosis of pseudoexfoliation syndrome was made if characteristic greyish particulate matter was found on the anterior lens capsule after pupillary dilatation by slit-lamp examination. All subjects were compared in terms of pseudoexfoliation syndrome, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension. Pearson Chi Square and Student's t test were used for statistical analysis. Logistic regression analyses of the risk factors between groups were also made. Results: The presence of pseudoexfoliation syndrome was significantly higher in patients with cerebro vascular disease when compared to the control subjects (p = 0.02). The frequency of diabetes mellitus was similar between the two groups. Arterial hypertension was significantly more frequent in the patient group when compared to the control subjects (p < 0.01). The logistic regression analysis showed that both pseudoexfoliation syndrome and hypertension were significantly associated with cerebro vascular disease. Conclusion: In the present study, we found that pseudoexfoliation syndrome frequency was found to be higher in patients with cerebro vascular disease than in control subjects. A slit-lamp examination of the eye could be an important marker that indicates the risk of cerebro vascular disease. We recommend an evaluation of all subjects with pseudoexfoliation syndrome for the presence of cerebro vascular disease. Longitudinal studies with larger populations are needed to confirm this relationship.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2015.1009559
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: In congenital cataracts, the need for early intervention is well established to prevent visual deprivation and amblyopia. We evaluated patients with unilateral amblyogenic congenital who had undergone simultaneous cataract removal and intraocular lens implantation. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed all patients operated on between 1990 and 2010 at the Pediatric Eye Department of the University Federico II of Naples (Italy). Minimum follow-up for inclusion was 48 months. Results: 52 patients (28 females, 24 males, mean age at surgery 9.0 ± 4.5 months, range 2-21 months) were included in this retrospective review. Mean follow-up was 100.7 ± 57.0 months (range, 48-270 months). At last visit, mean BCVA in the operated eyes was 0.65 ± 0.4 (range, 0.04-1.3) LogMAR and 40 patients (76.9%) had strabismus. In patients undergoing surgery at an age >12 months, BCVA was significantly lower (0.92 ± 0.4 LogMAR versus 0.60 ± 0.4 LogMAR, p = 0.01), although development of myopic shift was less frequent (61.5% versus 43.5%, p = 0.03). BCVA at last visit was higher in patients with a first stable pseudophakic SE between +1D and +3D (p = 0.02). Conclusions: Worse final BCVA, despite less frequent development of myopic shift, was observed when surgery was performed after 12 months of age. A hyperopic correction in first stable pseudophakic SE seems advisable.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2015.1009556
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: We described a technique to perform anterior synechiolysis with a healon needle and Viscoat® ophthalmic viscosurgical devices (OVDs) through anterior lamellar dissection in penetrating keratoplasty. Methods: OVDs were gently injected between iridocorneal adhesions with a healon needle to make a blunt dissection after anterior lamellar corneal dissection. Anterior synechiolysis at 360 degrees was completed with a healon needle and OVDs. Subsequently, the deep corneal lamella was cut with right and left Troutman-Katzin corneal scissors. 24 interrupted sutures were made with 10-0 nylon suture to implant the donor cornea. Results: In two eyes from two patients, with corneal opacity and nearly total anterior synechiae, clear grafts and relatively deep anterior chambers were achieved. Penetrating keratoplasty with anterior synechiolysis was thus successful with a healon needle and OVDs through lamellar dissection. Conclusions: Anterior synechiolysis with a healon needle and OVDs through lamellar dissection is a safe and efficient technique for keratoplasty in patients with corneal opacity with anterior synechiae.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 02/2015; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2015.1009558
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To study the risk factors, microbiologic characteristics, clinical course, and outcomes of patients with Purpureocillium keratitis at a tertiary eye care center in south Florida. Materials and methods: All medical records during a seven-year period starting January 1, 2007, were reviewed. Twenty-eight culture-proven Purpureocillium keratitis cases with complete medical records presenting to our institution were included in this retrospective, observational case series. Data collected included predisposing factors, therapeutic interventions, treatment duration, and visual outcomes. Results: Twenty patients (71.4%) had a history of soft contact lens use, with only two for therapeutic use. Other identified risk factors were trauma and immunosuppression. Fifteen patients (53.6%) received topical corticosteroid treatment prior to the diagnosis of fungal keratitis. Thirteen patients (46.4%) were on Natamycin treatment prior to Purpureocillium identification. As a group, the average best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at presentation was 1.1 logMAR; upon the final evaluation, it was 1.0 logMAR. The BCVA on last evaluation for the eight patients presenting to our institution within two weeks of onset of symptoms was 0.3 log MAR, and all patients in this group responded to medical management. The final BCVA for 20 patients presenting two weeks after onset of symptoms was 1.2 logMAR. There was a significant difference in the final BCVA between Group 1 and Group 2 (p = 0.004), but no difference in steroid use or previous treatments. Previous steroid use tended to extend time to presentation and was significantly associated with a worse final visual outcome (1.2 versus 0.6 logMAR; p = 0.0474). Previous Natamycin use was significantly associated with a worse final visual outcome (1.4 versus 0.6 logMAR; p = 0.014). Conclusion: Purpureocillium keratitis can have devastating consequences to visual function and even lead to enucleation. Physicians should make every effort to arrive at an earlier microbiological diagnosis, as this is associated with better outcomes and less need for surgical intervention. The first line use of voriconazole is recommended, and steroid use should be avoided, as their previous use is associated with worse visual outcomes.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 02/2015; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2015.1011342
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To report a novel plasminogen gene mutation and detection of anti-plasminogen antibodies in a patient with ligneous conjunctivitis successfully treated with 60% fresh frozen plasma (FFP). Methods: Retrospective data collected on a 45-year-old Caucasian female presenting with unilateral chronic membranous lesions. Results: Laboratory investigation demonstrated decreased plasminogen antigen level, plasminogen activity, and rate of plasminogen activation by u-PA or t-PA, and elevated plasminogen activator inhibitor-1. Anti-plasminogen IgG and IgA antibodies were detected. DNA analysis revealed a novel Asp432Asn heterozygous missense mutation in the plasminogen gene (exon 11). The patient was treated with topical 60% FFP, achieved complete remission after four months, and remained membrane-free for over five years of follow-up. Conclusions: A novel plasminogen gene mutation, deficiency of plasminogen antigen and activity, and anti-plasminogen IgG and IgA antibodies were identified in a patient with adult-onset ligneous conjunctivitis. Sixty percent FFP maintained this patient disease-free for over five years.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 02/2015; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2015.1005319
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To evaluate the clinical utility of ultra-widefield imaging as an adjunctive tool in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of eyes with non-traumatic rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Methods: Retrospective chart review of patients with a rhegmatogenous retinal detachment who received ultra-widefield imaging with the Optos® Optomap® P200Tx. Comparisons were made between UWF imaging and indirect ophthalmoscopy for features of detachments, including extent of detachment, holes, retinopexy, and related pathology. Results: Thirty-six eyes of 34 patients were included. Preoperatively, ultra-widefield imaging more precisely documented the extent of retinal detachments in the superior, inferior, and nasal quadrants in 13.9% of cases. Ultra-widefield imaging failed to detect retinal holes in the superior and inferior quadrants in 11.1% and 19.4% of cases, respectively. In postoperative imaging, UWF photos did not detect retinopexy which was ophthalmoscopy-visible both superiorly and inferiorly in 19.4% of cases. The mean differences in clock hours of the detachments as documented on the clinical exam compared to ultra-widefield imaging in the superior, inferior, temporal, and nasal quadrants were -0.18 ± 0.84, 0.41 ± 1.16, 0.08 ± 1.08, and -0.13 ± 2.25 hours, respectively. Conclusion: Ultra-widefield imaging is a useful adjunct for documentation of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments and their postoperative repair. However, detection of retinal holes, tears, and postoperative scarring is poor, especially in the inferior and superior periphery.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 12/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.981551
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To report the clinical manifestations, risk factors, and treatments of microsporidial epithelial keratitis in Thailand. Methods: Twenty eyes of 19 patients were diagnosed and the clinical presentations, risk factors, and management were analyzed. Results: Of 19 patients, six patients (32%) had no apparent risk factors. Predisposing factors included soil exposure (6/19, 32%), water contamination (6/19, 32%), and eye liner (1/19, 4%). Twelve cases (63%) were detected in the rainy season. All cases presented with disseminated, punctated, elevated, epithelial keratitis. Corneal scrapings with Gram-chromotrope staining were positive in all patients. Moxifloxacin 0.5% eye drops were given and all 16 patients experienced complete resolution. Three recurrent cases were resolved with only topical moxifloxacin without corneal scraping or swabbing. Conclusions: Predisposing factors were not found in some patients; thus, corneal scraping with staining should be considered in cases having a high index of suspicion. The incidence is increased during the rainy season; therefore, clinicians should have more awareness during these times. Debridement with topical moxifloxacin eye drops, without any systemic medication, may be an effective treatment. Corneal scraping or swabbing may not be required in recurrences.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 12/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962161
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: Preserved anti-glaucoma drops cause ocular surface disease (OSD), which is increasingly being recognized as a likely cause of trabeculectomy failure. Aim: To determine the routine pre-trabeculectomy management of the ocular surface by glaucoma specialists. Methods: A questionnaire consisting of 11 questions was posted to 146 UK glaucoma specialists. Results: The first-time response rate was 43.8%. Regarding routine pre-operative management, 40.6% of specialists use preservative-free drops, 29.7% commence a drop holiday, and 53% advise lid hygiene. 42.1% prescribe lubricants, 50% prescribe topical steroids, 7.8% topical NSAIDs, and 34.4% systemic tetracyclines. 84.4% of specialists change their routine management if OSD is present. Pre-operative optimization of the ocular surface is viewed "necessary" by 48.4% and "beneficial" by 85.9%. Conclusion: A wide variation exists in the routine pre-operative management of the ocular surface. Research to determine the impact of different pre-operative interventions upon trabeculectomy outcomes is required.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 12/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.986585
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To compare central corneal thickness (CCT) measurement results obtained by RTVue OCT, Lenstar, Sirius topography, and ultrasound pachymetry (UP) (OcuScan RxP Ophthalmic Ultrasound System, Alcon Laboratories) in healthy subjects. Materials and methods: 256 eyes of 128 healthy subjects were included in the study. CCT measurements were obtained from the eyes for each subject using the UP, Lenstar, Sirius topography, and RTVue OCT instruments. Ultrasound pachymetry measurements were performed after the eyes were anesthetized with one drop of 0.5% proparacaine hydrochloride and were performed at the same day after 15 minutes after previous measurements. Results: Of 128 participants, 84 were male and 44 were female with a mean age of 33.15 ± 12.95 years (ranging from 18 to 75 years). The mean CCTs for UP, Lenstar, Sirius topography, and RTVue OCT were 535.60 ± 35.15 (440,00-668,00); 532.63 ± 34.44 (449,00-650,00); 526.05 ± 36.45 (314,00-640,00); 525.89 ± 33.21 (437,00-646,00) µm, respectively. The mean CCT measurements were statistically different among the three groups (p = 0.002). CCT measurements obtained using RTVue-OCT were significantly thinner than those obtained using UP (p = 0.009). Sirius CCT measurements were also thinner than UP (p = 0.011). Mean CCT measurements between UP and Lenstar were similar (p = 0.769). Measurements with Lenstar (r = 0.849), Sirius topography (r = 0.883), and RTVue OCT (0.949) were highly correlated with UP measurements. Conclusion: RTVue OCT and Sirius topography significantly underestimated the CCT compared with UP. Although highly correlated, the measurement values with these devices are not directly interchangeable in clinical practice.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962173
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To evaluate refractive errors in patients with migraine headache and to compare with healthy subjects. Materials and methods: This prospective case-control study includes patients with migraine and age- and sex-matched healthy subjects. Clinical and demographic characteristics of the patients were noted. Detailed ophthalmological examinations were performed containing spherical refractive error, astigmatic refractive error, spherical equivalent (SE), anisometropia, best-corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, slit lamp biomicroscopy, fundus examination, axial length, anterior chamber depth, and central corneal thickness. Spectacle use in migraine and control groups was compared. Also, the relationship between refractive components and migraine headache variables was investigated. Results: Seventy-seven migraine patients with mean age of 33.27 ± 8.84 years and 71 healthy subjects with mean age of 31.15 ± 10.45 years were enrolled (p = 0.18). The migraine patients had higher degrees of astigmatic refractive error, SE, and anisometropia when compared with the control subjects (p = 0.01, p = 0.03, p = 0.02, respectively). Conclusion: Migraine patients may have higher degrees of astigmatism, SE, and anisometropia. Therefore, they should have ophthalmological examinations regularly to ensure that their refractive errors are appropriately corrected.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; 15(Suppl 1). DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962177
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    ABSTRACT: To describe how a multifocal fundus imaging system assisted the early diagnosis of cat scratch neuroretinitis in a case of a 27-year-old male with unilateral visual loss, neuroretinitis, and a peripapillary angiomatous lesion. Multimodal fundus imaging analysis was an essential contributor to the clinical diagnosis of cat scratch neuroretinitis during the early stage of the disease.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962178
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To evaluate the effects of the Valsalva Maneuver (VM) on ocular biometry and intraocular pressure (IOP). Methods: This prospective observational study included 55 eyes of 55 healthy volunteers. Axial length (AL), central corneal thickness (CCT), anterior chamber depth (ACD), lens thickness (LT), corneal curvature (K-steep, K-flat and K-mean), corneal diameter (WtW), and pupil diameter (PD) were measured with a LenStar LS 900® biometer at rest and during VM. The IOP was also measured at rest and during VM measurements were compared. Results: The VM did not have any significant influence on AL, WtW, K-flat, and K-mean (p > 0.05), but it decreased K-steep significantly (p < 0.001). Moreover, CCT and ACD decreased significantly during VM (p < 0.001), but VM increased IOP, PD (p < 0.001), and LT significantly (p = 0.002). Conclusions: The VM might reversibly change in IOP and ocular biometry, so it should be considered during anterior segment examinations.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962180
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To investigate the effects of dehydration due to fasting on diurnal changes of intraocular pressure, anterior segment biometrics, and refraction. Subjects and methods: The intraocular pressures, anterior segment biometrics (axial length: AL; Central corneal thickness: CCT; Lens thickness: LT; Anterior chamber depth: ACD), and refractive measurements of 30 eyes of 15 fasting healthy male volunteers were recorded at 8:00 in the morning and 17:00 in the evening in the Ramadan of 2013 and two months later. The results were compared and the statistical analyses were performed using the Rstudio software version 0.98.501. The variables were investigated using visual (histograms, probability plots) and analytical methods (Kolmogorov-Smirnov/Shapiro-Wilk test) to determine whether or not they were normally distributed. Results: The refractive values remained stable in the fasting as well as in the control period (p = 0.384). The axial length measured slightly shorter in the fasting period (p = 0.001). The corneal thickness presented a diurnal variation, in which the cornea measured thinner in the evening. The difference between the fasting and control period was not statistically significant (p = 0.359). The major differences were observed in the anterior chamber depth and IOP. The ACD was shallower in the evening during the fasting period, where it was deeper in the control period. The diurnal IOP difference was greater in the fasting period than the control period. Both were statistically significant (p = 0.001). The LT remained unchanged in both periods. Conclusions: The major difference was shown in the anterior chamber shallowing in the evening hours and IOP. Our study contributes the hypothesis that the posterior segment of the eye is more responsible for the axial length alterations and normovolemia has a more dominant influence on diurnal IOP changes.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962179
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    ABSTRACT: Background: "Poppers" is a slang term for a group of alkyl nitrites that are used as recreational drugs. Their inhalative intoxication leads to muscle relaxation, analgesia, and euphoria. Maculopathy is a rare but serious side-effect. Patients/methods: Clinical, imaging, and electrophysiological findings of seven patients with maculopathy after consumption of poppers were presented. Results: All seven patients were male with a median age of 35 years (range 28-45 years), the median duration of periodical poppers use until the onset of symptoms was 9.8 years (one day to 25 years). Five of seven patients were HIV-positive, one patient was negative, and the HIV-status of one patient was unknown. Median average of visual acuity at presentation was 20/30 in each eye. In all patients, optical coherence tomography (OCT) showed pathognomonic alterations of the outer foveal retina. One patient showed an almost complete restitution of the maculopathy six months after cessation of drug use and following the oral intake of Lutein. Imaging alterations returned to normal and visual acuity recovered from 20/50 and 20/30 (right and left eye, respectively) to 20/20 on both eyes. Follow up of two other cases showed no relevant functional decline or improvement. Discussion: Toxic maculopathy due to the consumption of poppers is an important differential diagnosis in acute visual loss without clinico-morphological correlate. Optical coherence tomography is the only reliable diagnostic tool in these cases. Complete recovery of visual function and macular morphology is rare, even after cessation of drug abuse. Oral lutein therapy may have a beneficial effect.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962175
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: This study was conducted in an attempt to identify the regional, geographic, climatic, socioeconomic, and other risk factors for microbial keratitis in south Nile Delta, Egypt. Methods: This is a prospective cross-sectional study that was carried out on 340 eyes of 340 patients with microbial keratitis attending at the outpatient clinic of Ophthalmology Department of Menoufia University Hospital during a period of three years between March 2010 and March 2013. Results: Epidemiological factors, lines of management, and follow-up results were recorded and statistically analyzed and there were regional variations in the prevalence, risk factors, and outcome in resistant corneal ulcers. Conclusion: Higher incidence of affections and complications has appeared in farmers, rural area residents, and illiterates which are considered the main predisposing factors for ulcer resistance. According to culture results, bacterial organisms (especially Staphylococcus aureus) were the main cause of resistant corneal ulcers.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962174
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To identify the referral pattern and identify causes of missed referrals to low-vision services in a tertiary eye care center. Methods: A retrospective review of all the hospital records of patients seen from September-December 2012 was done to identify patients with visual impairment. Low vision was defined as has a best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in the better eye of <20/60 to light perception (as per WHO definition); or a visual field of <20° from the point of fixation. The frequency of referrals in this database was used to identify referral patterns of physicians and also causes for missed referrals for these patients. Results: Of 14,938 hospital medical records reviewed during the period, 499 patients missed low-vision services with a mean age of 46 ± 18.2 years, including 158 females. Among those missed, 12.07% were in the age group 0-15 years, while 30.9% of the patients were >60 years, with 157 requiring rehabilitative services and training. Causes for missed referrals were clear misses or non-referrals by the physician (39%), non-acceptance of services by the patient (53%), loss from appointment desks (4.5%), and loss to follow-up (3.5%). Conclusion: Missed referral to low-vision services in tertiary centers can be considerable; these need to be identified for optimal utilization and delivery of these services to patients with low vision.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962170
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To study the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab on a pro re nata basis for treatment of idiopathic choroidal neovascular membrane. Material and methods: Thirty-seven eyes of 37 patients presenting with idiopathic choroidal neovascular membrane were included in the study. Intravitreal bevacizumab (1.25 mg/0.05 ml) was given on a pro re nata basis from the base line. Results: Twenty-one (58.3%) patients were male and 15 (41.7%) were female aged 13-49 years. Idiopathic choroidal neovascular membrane showed a classic leak on fluorescein angiogram in all the eyes. Subfoveal location (25; 67.6%) was the commonest site of involvement. Mean number of intravitreal bevacizumab injections required to achieve resolution was 2.81 ± 1.4. At final follow-up, 31 (83.8%) eyes had maintained or improved vision (Group A) and six (16.2%) eyes had worsening of vision (Group B). There was no significant difference in mean age, gender, and mean number of injections between groups A and B. Conclusion: Intravitreal bevacizumab on a pro re nata basis is effective in the treatment of idiopathic choroidal neovascular membrane. A larger controlled study would be required to formulate an accurate injection protocol.
    Seminars in Ophthalmology 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/08820538.2014.962172