Frank Billson

University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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    ABSTRACT: Although willingness, attitudes and beliefs surrounding solid-organ donation have been extensively investigated, much less is known about corneal donation. Despite evidence that a substantial number of families who agree to multiorgan donation also specifically refuse corneal donation, it is unclear why this occurs and what can be done to increase rates of corneal donation. We conducted a survey of 371 Australian adults regarding their views on corneal donation. Although willingness to donate corneas generally reflected a person's willingness to donate all of one's organs, unwillingness to donate corneas appeared to be due to other factors. Specifically, decisions not to donate appear to be driven by a range of concerns surrounding disfigurement. The survey also provides eye banks with reassurance about the acceptability of whole globe procurement, and recognition that research into blindness is a highly valued part of corneal donation. Finally, the survey identifies that many individuals see benefit in having their family engaged in the decision-making process, suggesting that decisions about donation are more complex than a simple appeal to the autonomy of the deceased.
    American Journal of Transplantation 03/2010; 10(3):657-63. · 6.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the ability of blue-on-yellow multifocal visual evoked potentials (BonY mfVEP) to identify functional loss in preperimetric glaucoma. Prospective case series. Thirty patients with glaucomatous optic discs and normal standard visual fields. All patients underwent BonY mfVEP, dilated optic disc stereophotography, and optical coherence tomography (Fast RNFL protocol). Optic disc photographs were assessed by 2 independent examiners in a masked fashion. The mfVEP amplitude asymmetry and latency values were analyzed and compared topographically with findings of disc assessment. Average retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness, RNFL asymmetry, and sectors with RNFL thinning were compared between patients with and without mfVEP defects. Fourteen (46.7%) patients demonstrated significant abnormality on amplitude asymmetry deviation plots of BonY mfVEP. In all 14 cases, the defect was monocular and corresponded to the eye with the worse disc. In 13 of 14 patients, the defect also corresponded to the location of the worst affected rim. Average RNFL thickness of eyes with mfVEP defects was 81.2+/-9.9 microm, significantly lower than that of patients without defects (90+/-10.5 microm; P = 0.035). Mean asymmetry of RNFL (better minus worse eye) also was significantly higher for patients with mfVEP defects compared with those without such defects (9.0+/-6.4 microm vs. 3.0+/-7 microm; P = 0.03). Average latency of both eyes of glaucomatous patients was delayed compared with that of controls, with no difference in latency between worse and better eyes of glaucoma patients. There was no association of latency delay with either the location of disc changes or mfVEP amplitude defects. Amplitude asymmetry of the BonY mfVEP seems to be a promising tool to identify functional loss in preperimetric glaucoma. Proprietary or commercial disclosure may be found after the references.
    Ophthalmology 05/2009; 116(6):1134-41. · 5.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Disorders of eye development such as microphthalmia and anophthalmia (small and absent eyes respectively), anterior segment dysgenesis where there may be pupillary and iris anomalies, and associated cataract and glaucoma, often lead to visual impairment or blindness. Currently treatment options are limited, as much is unknown about the molecular pathways that control normal eye development and induce the aberrant processes that lead to ocular defects. Mutation detection rates in most of the known genes are generally low, emphasizing the genetic heterogeneity of developmental ocular defects. Identification of the disease genes in these conditions improves the clinical information available for affected individuals and families, and provides new insights into the underlying biological processes for facilitation of better treatment options. Investigation of chromosomal rearrangements associated with an ocular phenotype has been especially powerful for disease gene identification. Molecular characterization of such rearrangements, which pinpoints the region by physically disrupting the causative gene or its regulatory sequences, allows for rapid elucidation of underlying genetic factors that contribute to the phenotype. Genes including PAX6, PITX2, FOXC1, MAF, TMEM114, SOX2, OTX2 and BMP4 have been identified in this way to be associated with developmental eye disorders. More recently, new methods in chromosomal analysis such as comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) microarray, have also enhanced our ability in disease gene identification.
    Twin Research and Human Genetics 08/2008; 11(4):412-21. · 1.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Uveal melanoma is extremely rare in the paediatric population and can be associated with various pre-existing conditions. We report the case of a 9-year-old girl with no predisposing factor who presented with choroidal melanoma. A review of the literature is presented and various clinical, histopathological and prognostic features of paediatric uveal melanoma are discussed.
    Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 06/2008; 36(4):374-6. · 1.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nance-Horan syndrome is typically characterized by severe bilateral congenital cataracts and dental abnormalities. Truncating mutations in the Nance-Horan syndrome (NHS) gene cause this X-linked genetic disorder. NHS encodes two isoforms, NHS-A and NHS-1A. The ocular lens expresses NHS-A, the epithelial and neuronal cell specific isoform. The NHS-A protein localizes in the lens epithelium at the cellular periphery. The data to date suggest a role for this isoform at cell-cell junctions in epithelial cells. This study aimed to identify the causative mutations in new patients diagnosed with Nance-Horan syndrome and to investigate the effect of mutations on subcellular localization of the NHS-A protein. All coding exons of NHS were screened for mutations by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing. PCR-based mutagenesis was performed to introduce three independent mutations in the NHS-A cDNA. Expression and localization of the mutant proteins was determined in mammalian epithelial cells. Truncating mutations were found in 6 out of 10 unrelated patients from four countries. Each of four patients carried a novel mutation (R248X, P264fs, K1198fs, and I1302fs), and each of the two other patients carried two previously reported mutations (R373X and R879X). No mutation was found in the gene in four patients. Two disease-causing mutations (R134fs and R901X) and an artificial mutation (T1357fs) resulted in premature truncation of the NHS-A protein. All three mutant proteins failed to localize to the cellular periphery in epithelial cells and instead were found in the cytoplasm. This study brings the total number of mutations identified in NHS to 18. The mislocalization of the mutant NHS-A protein, revealed by mutation analysis, is expected to adversely affect cell-cell junctions in epithelial cells such as the lens epithelium, which may explain cataractogenesis in Nance-Horan syndrome patients. Mutation analysis also shed light on the significance of NHS-A regions for its localization and, hence, its function at epithelial cell junctions.
    Molecular vision 02/2008; 14:1856-64. · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To examine the natural history of multifocal visual evoked potentials (mfVEPs) within 12 months of the first episode of optic neuritis (ON) in patients with possible multiple sclerosis (MS). Twenty-seven patients with a first episode of ON, no previous demyelinating events, and MRI lesions consistent with demyelination were examined with mfVEP. Changes in amplitude and latency of mfVEP were analyzed at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after an acute attack. Five of 27 patients had persistent loss of amplitude after 12 months of follow-up. This loss was most marked centrally. Amplitude recovered in the remaining 22 patients at 1 month, but delayed latency, which was also most marked centrally, persisted. Of these, two distinct subgroups were identified: six patients with no improvement in latency and 16 patients with significant latency recovery over the 12 months of follow-up, suggesting remyelination. Conversion to MS was highest in the group with severe amplitude loss, followed by the group with no latency recovery. The conversion rate was lowest in the group of patients with latency improvement. Distinct patterns of disease evolution were identified using mfVEP in patients with first episode of optic neuritis and at high risk for MS, supporting the concept of heterogeneity of early lesions in MS.
    Investigative Ophthalmology &amp Visual Science 11/2007; 48(10):4549-56. · 3.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether simultaneous binocular (dichoptic) stimulation for multifocal visual evoked potentials (mfVEP) detects glaucomatous defects and decreases intereye variability. Twenty-eight patients with glaucoma and 30 healthy subjects underwent mfVEP on monocular and dichoptic stimulation. Dichoptic stimulation was presented with the use of virtual reality goggles (recording time, 7 minutes). Monocular mfVEPs were recorded sequentially for each eye (recording time, 10 minutes). Comparison of mean relative asymmetry coefficient (RAC; calculated as difference in amplitudes between eyes/sum of amplitudes of both eyes at each segment) on monocular and dichoptic mfVEP revealed significantly lower RAC on dichoptic (0.003 +/- 0.03) compared with monocular testing (-0.02 +/- 0.04; P = 0.002). In all 28 patients, dichoptic mfVEP identified defects with excellent topographic correspondence. Of 56 hemifields (28 eyes), 33 had Humphrey visual field (HFA) scotomas, all of which were detected by dichoptic mfVEP. Among 23 hemifields with normal HFA, two were abnormal on monocular and dichoptic mfVEP. Five hemifields (five patients) normal on HFA and monocular mfVEP were abnormal on dichoptic mfVEP. In all five patients, corresponding rim changes were observed on disc photographs. Mean RAC of glaucomatous eyes was significantly higher on dichoptic (0.283 +/- 0.18) compared with monocular (0.199 +/- 0.12) tests (P = 0.0006). Dichoptic mfVEP not only detects HFA losses, it may identify early defects in areas unaffected on HFA and monocular mfVEP while reducing testing time by 30%. Asymmetry was tighter among healthy subjects but wider in patients with glaucoma on simultaneous binocular stimulation, which is potentially a new tool in the early detection of glaucoma.
    Investigative Ophthalmology &amp Visual Science 11/2007; 48(10):4590-6. · 3.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have employed proteomics to establish a proteome map of the normal rat retina. This baseline map was then used for comparison with the early diabetic rat retinal proteome. Diabetic rat retinae were obtained from Dark Agouti rats after 10 wk of streptozotocin-induced hyperglycaemia. Extracted proteins from normal and diabetic rat retinae were separated and compared using 2-DE. A total of 145 protein spots were identified in the normal rat retina using MALDI-MS and database matching. LC-coupled ESI-MS increased the repertoire of identified proteins by 23 from 145 to 168. Comparison with early diabetic rat retinae revealed 24 proteins unique to the diabetic gels, and 37 proteins absent from diabetic gels. Uniquely expressed proteins identified included the HSPs 70.1A and 8, and platelet activating factor. There were eight spots with increased expression and 27 with decreased expression on diabetic gels. Beta catenin, phosducin and aldehyde reductase were increased in expression in diabetes whilst succinyl coA ligase and dihydropyrimidase-related protein were decreased. Identification of such changes in protein expression has given new insights and a more comprehensive understanding of the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy, widening the scope of potential avenues for new therapies for this common cause of blindness.
    PROTEOMICS 09/2007; 7(15):2636-50. · 4.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: While the number of individuals able to benefit from transplantation increases with technological developments, donation rates remain insufficient to cater for demand. A universal response to the insufficient number of donor organs has been public education to increase knowledge about donation and transplantation, and to encourage individuals to register their wishes about donation. Although education appears to have increased knowledge and encouraged individuals to register their wishes, it has not increased the number of organs available for transplantation. In fact, there is some evidence that encouraging people to register their wishes may be detrimental to increasing net donation rates. The failure of education programs to increase organ donation rates may be due in part to a failure to recognise that attitudes to donation are influenced by complex socio-cultural and personal beliefs, and not simply by knowledge. Research aiming to increase the rate at which organs are procured for donation must recognise that some individuals do not support transplantation and have their own personal reasons for maintaining this position. Educational interventions should not assume that increasing knowledge or simply encouraging individuals to declare a decision about donation will increase consent to donation.
    Journal of law and medicine 03/2007; 14(3):360-6.
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    The Medical journal of Australia 03/2007; 186(3):156. · 2.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether consent to corneal donation is related to which next of kin is asked to consent, the age of the potential donor and the indication about donation made by the deceased on their driving licence. The Lions New South Wales Eye Bank (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) provides the corneal transplantation service for Australia's most populous state. Over the 18-month period from 1 July 2004 to 31 December 2005 for all requests for donation, records were kept of which next of kin was asked for consent, the age of the deceased and the indication about donation by the deceased on their driving licence. Over the 18-month study period, 841 people were approached about corneal donation. 63.2% of those people approached gave their consent to donation. Increasing age of the deceased was significantly positively associated with consent to donation (p = 0.006). Multivariable univariate analysis adjusting for age of deceased showed that relative type was strongly associated with consent (p<0.001), with mothers and fathers more likely to donate than siblings, and siblings more likely to donate than children and spouses. An indication of willingness to donate on a driving licence was strongly associated with consent (p<0.001). Higher consent rates from older donors have implications for policies to maximise corneal procurement. The decision to donate on behalf of a deceased family member is complex and influenced by social context. Research should investigate individualised strategies to be used when seeking consent from particular categories of next of kin.
    British Journal of Ophthalmology 11/2006; 90(11):1383-5. · 2.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Anophthalmia and pituitary gland hypoplasia are both debilitating conditions where the underlying genetic defect is unknown in the majority of cases. We identified a patient with bilateral anophthalmia and absence of the optic nerves, chiasm and tracts, as well as pituitary gland hypoplasia and ear anomalies with a de novo apparently balanced chromosomal translocation, 46,XY,t(3;14)(q28;q23.2). Translocation breakpoint analysis using FISH and high-resolution microarray comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) has identified a 9.66 Mb deleted region on the long arm of chromosome 14 which includes the genes BMP4, OTX2, RTN1, SIX6, SIX1, and SIX4. Three other patients with interstitial deletions involving 14q22-23 have been described, all with bilateral anophthalmia, pituitary abnormalities, ear anomalies, and a facial phenotype similar to our patient. OTX2 is involved in ocular developmental defects, and the severity of the ocular phenotype in our patient and the other 14q22-23 deletion patients, suggests this genomic region harbors other gene/s involved in ocular development. BMP4 haploinsufficiency is predicted to contribute to the ocular phenotype on the basis of its expression pattern and observed murine mutant phenotypes. In addition, deletion of BMP4 and SIX6 is likely to contribute to the abnormal pituitary development, and SIX1 deletion may contribute to the ear and other craniofacial features. This indicates that contiguous gene deletion may contribute to the phenotypic features in the 14q22-23 deletion patients.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 09/2006; 140(16):1711-8. · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the effects of cognitive influence on the multifocal visual evoked potential (mVEP) at different levels of eccentricity. Three different foveal fixation conditions were utilized involving varying levels of task complexity. A more complex visual fixation task has been known to suppress peripheral signals in subjective testing. Twenty normal subjects had monocular mVEPs recorded using the AccuMap objective perimeter. This allowed simultaneous stimulation of 58 segments of the visual field to an eccentricity of 24 degrees. The mVEP was recorded using three different fixation conditions in random order. During task 1 the subject passively viewed the central fixation area. For task 2 alternating numbers were displayed within the fixation area; the subject on viewing the number '3' in the central fixation area indicated recognition by pressing a button. Throughout task 3, numbers were displayed as in task 2. The subject had the cognitive task of summating all the numbers. Analysis revealed that the increased attention and concentration demanded by tasks 2 and 3 in comparison with task 1 resulted in significantly enhanced central amplitudes of 9.41% (Mann-Whitney P = 0.0002) and 13.45% (P = 0.0002), respectively. These amplitudes became reduced in the periphery and approached those of task 1, resulting in no significant difference between the three tasks. Latencies demonstrated no significant difference between each task nor at any eccentricity (P > 0.05). As the complexity of each task increased the amount of alpha rhythm was significantly reduced. Our findings indicate that task 1 required a minimal demand of cognition and was associated with the greatest amount of alpha rhythm. It was also the most difficult to perform because of loss of interest. The other two tasks required a greater demand of higher order cognitive skills resulting in significantly enhanced amplitudes centrally and the attenuation of alpha rhythm. Therefore, amplitudes are increased around the area of attention.
    Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 10/2005; 33(5):499-504. · 1.96 Impact Factor
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    Andrew A Chang, Meidong Zhu, Frank Billson
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    ABSTRACT: This study sought to examine the in vitro interaction of human RPE cells with indocyanine green (ICG). The interaction between ICG and the RPE may have clinical relevance in the interpretation of clinical ICG angiography. Cultured primary human RPE cells were incubated with ICG. Infrared fluorescence microscopy was used to detect RPE cell ICG fluorescence. The proportions of cells exhibiting ICG infrared fluorescence were quantified. Separate RPE cell populations were incubated with ouabain for 24 and 72 hours, respectively, before addition of the ICG to examine its effect on the uptake of ICG. The effect of ouabain on cell viability was assessed with trypan blue exclusion. Normal human RPE cells incubated with ICG exhibited strong infrared fluorescence. Exposure to ouabain for 24 hours before incubation with ICG had little effect on cell viability but significantly reduced cellular ICG fluorescence. In contrast, exposure to ouabain for 72 hours reduced cell viability and increased cellular ICG fluorescence. Cultured human RPE cells take up ICG dye. ICG uptake by RPE cells may involve active transport, as cells incubated with ouabain for 24 hours showed no reduction in cell viability but exhibited reduced infrared fluorescence. The paradoxical increased uptake of ICG into the cells after more prolonged exposure to ouabain may be due to ICG's movement through the damaged cell membrane. Fluorescence due to ICG uptake by RPE has clinical relevance in that it contributes to the fluorescence patterns observed in ICG angiography.
    Investigative Ophthalmology &amp Visual Science 05/2005; 46(4):1463-7. · 3.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the effect of different stimulus frame rates and check sizes on blue-yellow multifocal visual evoked potentials (mVEP). Subjects were examined at the Save Sight Institute at the University Sydney. Experiment 1 involved five adult subjects who underwent binocular stimulation by the Accumap multifocal objective perimeter. The eyes were stimulated with a cortically scaled dartboard pattern consisting of isoluminant blue and yellow checks. These were arranged in three concentric rings extending to an eccentricity of 26 degrees in the visual field. The stimulus pattern was driven by binary sequences resulting in pseudorandom binary exchange of two opposite checkerboard patterns at each of the 32 sites in the visual field. The mVEP were recorded at two different rates of display of the pattern stimulus. In experiment 2, mVEP were tested on 10 normal subjects. Each of the 36 stimulation sites contained a checkerboard pattern of 20, 30, 42 or 56 checks/site, the stimulation pattern was displayed at the optimum rate found in experiment 1. The size of the checks was inversely proportional to the number of checks per site. In experiment 1, the slow frame rate significantly increased the average amplitude throughout the field tested by 50 +/- 10.1% (P = 0.001). Latency was significantly shortened by 6.3% (P < 0.01). In experiment 2, the average amplitude peaked at 30 checks per segment; however, this was only calculated to be significantly different from the smallest check size (F(crit range 4,27) = 0.09 P < 0.05, anova, Tukey's T method). A similar difference was found in ring 1 (F(crit range 4,27) = 0.09, P < 0.05, anova, Tukey's T method). In ring 2, however, there was also a significant difference between 56 checks and 20, 30 and 42 (F(crit range 4,27) = 0.09, anova, P < 0.05). Altering the check sizes did not significantly affect the amplitudes in ring 3. The latencies were not significantly modified by altering check size at any eccentricity. These findings suggest that slowing the stimulation rate and displaying 30 checks per stimulation segment optimizes the blue-yellow mVEP stimulus.
    Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 06/2004; 32(3):270-4. · 1.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the safety of a single intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide (4 mg) in patients with subfoveal choroidal neovascularization caused by age-related macular degeneration. A double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial was conducted at a public tertiary referral eye hospital. Patients participating had age-related macular degeneration with evidence of choroidal neovascularization, any part of which was classic; age older than 59 years; and best-corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or better. Eyes were assigned to active study treatment or to placebo. Intraocular pressure and cataract grading were performed every 6 months for 3 years. Adverse events, from mild to vision-threatening or life-threatening, were recorded as procedure-related or corticosteroid-related. Seventy-five eyes were assigned to study treatment and 76 eyes to placebo. There were no moderate or severe adverse events related to the surgical procedure in either group. Triamcinolone-treated eyes had a significantly increased risk of developing mild or moderate elevation of the intraocular pressure. Topical glaucoma medication reduced intraocular pressure to acceptable levels in all patients. There was significant progression of cataract in the triamcinolone-treated eyes. Despite a significant adverse event profile, intravitreal triamcinolone is generally well tolerated by the human eye as long as patients are carefully followed up by their surgeon and treated appropriately, when necessary.
    Archives of Ophthalmology 04/2004; 122(3):336-40. · 3.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To describe the natural history of optic pathway gliomas (OPGs) in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), and to evaluate the current recommended guidelines for monitoring and follow-up of OPGs in this population. Retrospective case series. Patients with OPGs and NF1 seen in the neurofibromatosis clinic at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia. Patients with definite NF1 and confirmed OPGs were identified and their medical records searched to obtain data on demographics, details of the OPG diagnosis, and serial ophthalmic examination findings. Patients were stratified into groups according to age and mode of presentation. Visual acuity was recorded for each eye and grouped into mild (Snellen equivalent > or = 6/12), moderate (Snellen equivalent = 6/15-6/60), and severe (Snellen equivalent < 6/60) visual impairment at time of diagnosis, during follow-up, and at the most recent examination. Data were collected on 54 patients, the majority of whom (78%) were seen from 1990 to 2002, with an average follow-up of 8.6 years. The mean age at the time of OPG diagnosis was 5.2 years, with 32 patients having symptoms or signs at the time of diagnosis. Seventeen patients were diagnosed after the age of 6 years (range, 7-15). Twenty-two patients had tumor progression within 1 year of diagnosis, and a further 6 patients showed progression after 1 year. Most patients' conditions were managed conservatively (68.5%). At follow-up, 17 patients (31.5%) had severe visual impairment (<6/60 Snellen equivalent) in their worse eye, and 16.7% had bilateral moderate/severe visual impairment. Contrary to some previous reports, our results show that OPGs in patients with NF1 often present in older children and may progress some time after diagnosis. Given the potential for serious visual consequences, these findings indicate a need for regular ophthalmological monitoring of this population for a long duration.
    Ophthalmology 03/2004; 111(3):568-77. · 5.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine if a single intravitreal injection of 4 mg of triamcinolone acetonide in patients with classic choroidal neovascularization associated with age-related macular degeneration can safely reduce the risk of severe visual loss. A double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial was performed in patients 60 years or older who had choroidal neovascularization with any classic component, a duration of symptoms of less than 1 year, and a visual acuity of 20/200 or better. Best-corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, and cataract grading were performed before the injection and then at 3, 6, and 12 months. The development of severe loss of vision (30 letters) by survival analysis on an intention-to-treat basis. One hundred fifty-one eyes were randomized into the study, and follow-up data were obtained for 73 (97%) of the 75 eyes in the treated group and for 70 (92%) of the 76 eyes in the control group. There was no difference between the 2 groups for the development of severe visual loss during the first year of the study (log-rank chi 2(1) = 0.03, P =.90). In both groups, the 12-month risk of severe visual loss was 35%, with a hazard ratio of 1.05 (95% confidence interval, 0.59-1.86). The change in size of the neovascular membranes, however, was significantly less in eyes receiving triamcinolone than in those receiving placebo 3 months after treatment (P =.01), although no difference was noted after 12 months. After 12 months, treated eyes had a significantly higher risk of an elevated intraocular pressure (31/75 [41%] vs 3/76 [4%]; P<.001), but not of cataract progression (P =.29). A single dose of intravitreal triamcinolone had no effect on the risk of loss of visual acuity during the first year of the study in eyes with age-related macular degeneration and classic choroidal neovascularization, despite a significant antiangiogenic effect found 3 months after treatment. This biological effect warrants further study.
    Archives of Ophthalmology 05/2003; 121(5):667-73. · 3.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To assess whether an association exists between systemic use of anti-inflammatory medications at baseline and the prevalence or incidence of either late or early age-related maculopathy (ARM) in a population-based cohort. 3654 participants of the Blue Mountains Eye Study baseline examination (1992-94) were followed during 1997-99. Use of anti-inflammatory medication was recorded during the baseline interview. After excluding 543 persons who died since baseline, 2334 (75% of the surviving participants) attended 5-year follow-up examinations. Retinal photographs taken during both examinations were graded using the Wisconsin Age-Related Maculopathy Grading System. Prevalence refers to the proportion of participants having ARM at baseline. Incidence refers to the proportion of participants without ARM at baseline who developed it over the 5-year period. Known ARM risk factors were adjusted for when assessing the relationship between use of anti-inflammatory medications and ARM. At baseline, 1010 (27.6%) of 3654 participants were current users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), 514 (14.1%) were past users and 1282 (35.1%) were ever users. The corresponding numbers of subjects reporting current, past or ever use of corticosteroids (including inhaled steroids) were 225 (6.2%), 519 (14.2) and 564 (15.4), respectively. Late ARM was present in 72 participants (2.0%) and early ARM was present in 171 participants (4.9%) at the baseline examination. During the follow-up period, 25 participants (1.1%) developed incident late ARM and 192 (8.7%) developed incident early ARM. After adjusting for age, sex, family history of ARM and smoking, no significant associations were evident for the use of NSAIDs or corticosteroids and the prevalence of either late or early ARM. There were also no associations found between use of these medications at baseline and the 5-year incidence of either late or early ARM. No association was found between use of systemic anti-inflammatory medications and either the cross-sectional prevalence or longitudinal incidence of ARM in this population.
    Ophthalmic Epidemiology 03/2003; 10(1):37-48. · 2.18 Impact Factor

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574 Citations
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Institutions

  • 2003–2010
    • University of Sydney
      • • Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM)
      • • Save Sight Institute
      • • Centre for Vision Research
      Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 2004–2008
    • Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital
      Sydney, New South Wales, Australia