[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: AIM: To investigate the effect of epiretinal membrane (ERM) peel on patients' health related quality of life (HR-QOL) and to explore the association between self reported HR-QOL and conventional measures of visual function. METHODS: The National Eye Institute 25 Item Visual Function Questionnaire (VFQ-25) and the 36 Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) were self administered by 20 patients before and 4 months following surgery. Preoperative and postoperative data collected included logMAR near and distant visual acuity (VA), contrast sensitivity, and metamorphopsia. Questionnaire scores were compared preoperatively and postoperatively and their correlation with traditional methods of visual function evaluation analysed. RESULTS: Postoperatively there was no significant improvement in mean logMAR VA. However, eight (40%) subjects improved by two or more ETDRS lines and nine eyes (45%) reached a final VA of 6/18 or better. Metamorphopsia decreased significantly (p = 0.019) and there was significant improvement in VFQ-25 mean scores for the general vision (p = 0.03), distance activities (p = 0.05), and composite score (p = 0.03). Baseline binocular VA was significantly correlated with baseline VFQ-25 composite score (r = 0.631, p = 0.004). CONCLUSIONS: ERM surgery appears to improve patients' subjective perception of visual function as indicated by higher composite scores in VFQ-25 and improved metamorphopsia in the absence of significant improvement in mean logMAR VA.
British Journal of Ophthalmology 06/2006; 90(5):559-62. · 2.73 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) is a common retinal vascular disorder and a leading cause of visual loss. It is thought to arise from vascular obstruction at the level of the lamina cribrosa. The purpose of the study reported here was to evaluate the potential benefit of radial optic neurotomy (RON) and determine its effect on foveal thickness and macular volume in patients with CRVO.
We conducted a prospective pilot study of ten patients with CRVO. Visual acuity (VA) score measured with the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study chart and the corresponding Snellen equivalent were assessed before and 6 months after surgery. Colour fundus photography, fluorescein angiography (FA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were carried out before and at 2, 6, 12 and 24 weeks after surgery. Foveal thickness and macular volumes were assessed using OCT.
Visible reperfusion was observed in four of the ten patients at the time of surgery. VA score improved in eight of the ten patients from a median score of 11.50 (range 0-68) to a median score of 35.00 (range 3-79). Macular volumes decreased in six of seven patients from a median of 4.99 mm3 (range 2.68-6.77) to a median of 3.11 mm3 (range 1.11-5.02). Foveal thickness decreased in six of seven patients from a median of 596.50 microm (range 338.50-745.50) to a median of 330.50 microm (range 118-634.50). Six of ten patients developed a chorioretinal venous anastomosis. Macular oedema on OCT persisted in six of ten patients.
We observed an improvement in VA score and a corresponding reduction in foveal thickness and macular volume following RON, but macular oedema persisted in 60% of patients. Whilst optimisation of patient selection criteria remains a challenge, this pilot study suggests that RON has a beneficial effect on VA in patients presenting with CRVO.
Albrecht von Graæes Archiv für Ophthalmologie 06/2005; 243(5):397-405. · 1.93 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The distinction between penetrating eye injury with retained intraocular foreign body and perforating globe injuries is not always easy clinically. The case is presented of a 25-year-old man who sustained a perforating eye injury that was through a clear self-sealing corneal entry site and had no conjunctival or periorbital injury. He had periorbital ecchymosis on presentation suggesting that the globe had been perforated with resulting retro-orbital blood tracking to the periorbital region. This sign would not be expected had the foreign body remained intraocular. The management options of these cases are discussed.
Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology 05/2005; 33(2):194-6. · 1.96 Impact Factor