Bettina C Thomas

Universität Heidelberg, Heidelburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Publications (3)6.69 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: To analyze the refractive outcomes and safety of three-piece silicone toric sulcus-fixated add-on intraocular lenses (IOLs) (HumanOptics/Dr.Schmidt Intraocularlinsen, Erlangen, Germany) in complex clinical cases with high astigmatism such as in cases with previous penetrating keratoplasty. Interventional case series of 21 eyes of 20 patients enrolled at two German centers. Functional results including power vector analysis, accuracy of IOL power calculation, rotational stability, and postoperative complications were evaluated from 2 months to 6 years postoperatively. The preoperative subjective cylinder exceeded or was equal to -6.00 diopters (D) in 81% of eyes (range: -2.00 to -17.00 D). The median follow-up period was 7.6 months (range: 57 days to 6 years). The efficacy analysis focused on the 2 to 6 months follow-up visit. Postoperatively, there was a median reduction of astigmatism by 70.59% (subjective cylinder range: 0.00 to -5.00 D), improvement of uncorrected distance visual acuity, and unchanged median corrected distance visual acuity. The attempted spherical equivalent was achieved within ± 0.50 D in 45% and within ± 1.00 D in 65% of cases. Five eyes received secondary surgical alignment of axis. Other complications related to the surgical procedure were mainly transient shortly after implantation, such as intraocular pressure elevation (2 of 21 eyes) or corneal edema (2 of 21 eyes). Persisting changes were seen only in rare cases and included pigment dispersion (1 of 21 eyes) or corneal edema requiring a second keratoplasty within 9 months after surgery (2 of 21 eyes). Toric add-on IOLs may be useful in reducing high astigmatism and anisometropia and increasing spectacle independence even in complex clinical conditions with high refractive errors.
    Journal of refractive surgery (Thorofare, N.J.: 1995) 03/2013; 29(3):187-93. · 2.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate functional results and corneal changes after femtosecond laser correction of presbyopia (INTRACOR, Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH) in emmetropes using a modified treatment pattern over a 12-month period. Twenty eyes from 20 emmetropic patients were treated with a modified intrastromal INTRACOR pattern consisting of 5 central rings and 8 radial cuts in a prospective, nonrandomized, uncontrolled, open, single-center, clinical study. Refraction, visual acuity, endothelial cell density, corneal pachymetry, total corneal power, and stray light were evaluated preoperatively and 1 (except endothelial cell density and stray light), 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. Patients filled out a subjective questionnaire at 12 months postoperatively. Comparison of preoperative versus 12-month postoperative median values revealed a significant improvement in uncorrected near visual acuity (UNVA) from 0.60 (20/80) to 0.10 logMAR (20/25) (P<.0001) and a significant decrease in corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) from -0.10 (20/16) to 0.00 logMAR (20/20), which equals a median loss of one line (P=.0005). Fifteen percent of patients lost two lines of CDVA in the treated eye. Subjective spherical equivalent refraction remained unchanged at 0.00 diopters (D) (P=.194). After INTRACOR treatment, significant corneal steepening of 1.40 D and midperipheral flattening of 0.50 D occurred (both P<.0001). Corneal pachymetry at the thinnest point and endothelial cell density did not change significantly (P=.829 and P=.058, respectively). After 12 months, the modified INTRACOR pattern improved UNVA in emmetropic patients without inducing a myopic shift or significant changes in endothelial cell density or pachymetry.
    Journal of refractive surgery (Thorofare, N.J.: 1995) 12/2012; 28(12):872-8. · 2.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To describe a severe case of keratomycosis caused by Arthrographis kalrae requiring repeated keratoplasty. A 42-year-old otherwise healthy soft contact lens wearer developed a unilateral central corneal ulcer. Treatment with topical and systemic voriconazole is described. Repeated microbiological testing of ocular swabs (culture) initially yielded Candida albicans. Under treatment with topical clotrimazole, the ulcer progressed, and a corneal perforation required a keratoplasty à chaud. For prophylaxis, the patient received fluconazole systemically and continuous topical clotrimazole. However, in 2 weeks time, the mycotic infiltrates penetrated the corneal transplant and led to a second keratoplasty only 1 month after the first one. In the meantime, the microbiological analysis of the first keratoplasty revealed A. kalrae, which was sensitive to voriconazole. High-dose serum level-controlled systemic voriconazole and topical voriconazole were able to stabilize, but not eliminate the infection. About 1 year after the start of the voriconazole therapy, treatment had to be discontinued because of side effects. Mycotic infiltrates increased, and even an intracameral voriconazole injection could not prevent a third and a fourth keratoplasty. Ocular infection with A. kalrae is very rare. The microbiological differentiation of A. kalrae can be difficult. Because a broad spectrum of fungi is sensitive to voriconazole, the early topical and possibly systemic treatment is a reasonable therapeutic option when a mycotic infection of the eye is suspected, even before the causative fungus is identified.
    Cornea 10/2010; 30(3):364-6. · 1.75 Impact Factor

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6 Citations
6.69 Total Impact Points


  • 2010
    • Universität Heidelberg
      • Department of Ophthalmology
      Heidelburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany