[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To report a thicker choroid and larger choroidal luminal area in an eye with Wyburn-Mason syndrome. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating an increase in the choroidal thickness and the luminal area in a case of Wyburn-Mason syndrome. In addition, we report the changing appearance of retinal arteriovenous malformations over a 16-year period.
A 27-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with Wyburn-Mason syndrome at age 11 years, visited our clinic. Her best-corrected visual acuity was 20/12.5 in the right eye and light perception in the left eye. Severely dilated, tortuous vascular loops were distributed from the optic disc over all four quadrants of the left fundus. The vascular loops in some areas were more dilated and tortuous than 16 years earlier. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) showed retinal edema with cystic changes and enlarged choroidal vessel lumens in the left eye. The subfoveal choroidal thickness was manually measured by the caliper function in the enhanced depth imaging OCT (EDI-OCT) images. Binarization of the EDI-OCT images was performed with publicly accessible ImageJ software. The examined area of the subfoveal choroid was 1,500 μm wide, and the dark areas representing the luminal areas were traced by the Niblack method. After determining the distance of each pixel, the luminal area was automatically calculated. The subfoveal choroidal thickness was 250 μm in the right eye and 462 μm in the left eye. The luminal area of the 1,500-μm-wide subfoveal choroid was computed to be 307,165.6 μm(2) in the right eye and 545,780.7 μm(2) in the left eye.
The EDI-OCT images showed a thicker choroid, and binarization of the EDI-OCT images showed that the luminal areas were significantly larger in the affected eye, suggesting a dilatation of the choroidal vessels. The results demonstrated that conversion of EDI-OCT images to binary images was a useful method to quantify the choroidal structure.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine the 2-year results of metamorphopsia, visual acuity, and optical coherence tomographic (OCT) parameters after epiretinal membrane (ERM) removal, and to evaluate the correlations among them.
We studied 75 eyes of 75 patients with an ERM who underwent vitrectomy and membrane peeling. The best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), metamorphopsia scores, and OCT parameters were measured at the baseline, and 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months postoperatively. M-CHARTS were used to quantify the degree of metamorphopsia.
The mean BCVA, degree of metamorphopsia, and all of the OCT parameters except the photoreceptor outer segment (PROS) length improved significantly from that at the baseline at 24 months (P < 0.001). However, they were not significantly different from those at 12 months. The better BCVA at 24 months was correlated with the longer PROS length at the baseline (P < 0.01). The degree of metamorphopsia at 24 months was significantly correlated with that at baseline (P < 0.01).
A postoperative follow-up period of 12 months may be sufficient to assess the improvements induced by the ERM surgery. The preoperative PROS length was the prognostic factor for the postoperative BCVA. The preoperative degree of metamorphopsia was the prognostic factor for the postoperative degree of metamorphopsia, suggesting that surgery for ERM should be performed before development of severe metamorphopsia.
Albrecht von Graæes Archiv für Ophthalmologie 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00417-015-3147-3 · 1.91 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose. To evaluate the movement of the anterior and posterior lens poles during naturally stimulated accommodation in children using anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods. This is a prospective, observational, noncomparative case series including 18 eyes of nine children. Analysis of the anterior segment in the accommodated and unaccommodated state (with cycloplegia) was done using anterior segment OCT. The main outcome measures were the position of the anterior and posterior lens poles (in relation to the cornea) and lens thickness (LT). Results. A Statistically significant forward movement of the anterior lens pole and backward movement of the posterior lens pole with an increase in LT were found during accommodation (P < 0.001). There was no significant difference between the degree of movement of the anterior lens pole and the posterior lens pole during accommodation (P = 0.944). Conclusions. Anterior segment OCT provides a rapid noncontact method for studying accommodation in children. The backward movement of the posterior lens pole during accommodation nearly equals the forward movement of its anterior pole. These data minimize the theoretical hydraulic effect of the vitreous during accommodation, adding more support to the capsular theory of Helmholtz.
Journal of Ophthalmology 08/2015; 2015:510459. DOI:10.1155/2015/510459 · 1.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We describe a case of untreated adult-onset Coats' disease with a proliferative epiretinal membrane (ERM) treated successfully with 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (25GPPV). A 26-year-old man presented with a 3-week history of decreased vision in his left eye. At the initial examination, the decimal best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 0.7 in the left eye. Ophthalmoscopy revealed the typical appearance of Stage 2A Coats' disease but with a proliferative ERM in the posterior pole. The patient received 2 monthly intravitreal injections of 2.5 mg bevacizumab, 5 laser photocoagulations to the area of telangiectasia, and 1 session of cryoretinopexy. Nine months after the initial visit, a traction by the ERM on the parafoveal area developed causing macular edema which reduced the BCVA to 0.3. He underwent 25GPPV with the removal of the ERM. In addition, the peripheral telangiectasia was treated intraoperatively with both laser photocoagulation and cryoretinopexy. Postoperatively, the traction to the parafoveal area was released and the BCVA improved to 0.6 which remained stable during the follow-up period of 13 months. We conclude that 25GPPV combined with ERM peeling, laser photocoagulation, and cryoretinopexy can be effective for adult-onset Coats' disease associated with an ERM. J. Med. Invest. 62: 85-88, February, 2015.
The Journal of Medical Investigation 03/2015; 62(1-2):85-8. DOI:10.2152/jmi.62.85
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the surfaces and principal elements of the colorants of cosmetically tinted contact lenses (Cos-CLs).
We analyzed the surfaces and principal elements of the colorants of five commercially available Cos-CLs using scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive x-ray analysis.
In two Cos-CLs, the anterior and posterior surfaces were smooth, and colorants were found inside the lens. One lens showed colorants located to a depth of 8 to 14 μm from the anterior side of the lens. In the other lens, colorants were found in the most superficial layer on the posterior surface, although a coated layer was observed. The colorants in the other three lenses were deposited on either lens surface. Although a print pattern was uniform in embedded type lenses, uneven patterns were apparent in dot-matrix design lenses. Colorants used in all lenses contained chlorine, iron, and titanium. In the magnified scanning electron microscopy images of a certain lens, chlorine is exuded and spread.
Cosmetically tinted contact lenses have a wide variety of lens surfaces and colorants. Colorants may be deposited on the lens surface and consist of an element that has tissue toxicity.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License, where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose: To report the effect of palliative radiotherapy in a case of advanced sebaceous carcinoma presumably originating from the lacrimal gland. Case: A 37-year-old male presented with proptosis of the right eye since 6 months before associated with pain. Corrected visual acuity was 1.2 right and visual acuity was 1.5 (n.c.) left. Computed tomography showed right orbital tumor with bone destruction. Positron emitting tomography-computed tomography showed metastasis to the lymph glands and multiple osseous metastases. The patient elected palliative therapy only. The pain increased 4 months later, necessitating radiotherapy totaling 39 Gy. The orbital lesion decreased together with improved cosmetic outlook and decreased pain. The effect lasted until the patient died of pancytopenia 8 months after his first visit. Conclusion: Palliative radiotherapy was effective for advanced carcinoma of sebaceous gland and improved quality of life.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine the correlation between the changes in metamorphopsia in daily life environment and the M-CHARTS scores after epiretinal membrane (ERM) removal, and to determine the criterion for determining whether clinically significant changes in the metamorphopsia score have occurred in M-CHARTS.
We studied 65 eyes undergoing vitrectomy for unilateral ERM. Self-administered questionnaires were used to examine the metamorphopsia in their daily life. The degree of metamorphopsia was determined by M-CHARTS. The receiver operating characteristic curve was used to determine the best predictor of the changes in metamorphopsia in daily life. To determine the reproducibility of the M-CHARTS score, another set of 56 eyes with ERM was tested twice on two different days.
The postoperative changes in the logarithm of the M-CHARTS score was defined as M2-value. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for the M2-value as a predictor of the changes in metamorphopsia in daily life was larger than area under the receiver operating characteristic curve obtained for any other parameter. The optimal cutoff value was -0.4. The 95% limits of agreement between test and retest measurements had a reproducibility of ±0.3 logarithm of the M-CHARTS score. Taking into account not only the reproducibility but also the consistency with the subjective changes, we determined the criterion for clinically significant changes in the M-CHARTS scores as a change of the M2-value by ≥0.4.
Evaluating the changes in the M-CHARTS scores in logarithmic form is favorable not only theoretically but also from the perspective of consistency with the subjective changes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In clinical settings, bacterial infections are usually diagnosed by isolation of colonies after laboratory cultivation followed by species identification with biochemical tests. However, biochemical tests result in misidentification due to similar phenotypes of closely related species. In such cases, 16S rDNA sequence analysis is useful. Herein, we report the first case of an Achromobacter-associated buckle infection that was diagnosed by 16S rDNA sequence analysis. This report highlights the significance of Achromobacter spp. in device-related ophthalmic infections.
A 56-year-old woman, who had received buckling surgery using a silicone solid tire for retinal detachment eighteen years prior to this study, presented purulent eye discharge and conjunctival hyperemia in her right eye. Buckle infection was suspected and the buckle material was removed. Isolates from cultures of preoperative discharge and from deposits on the operatively removed buckle material were initially identified as Alcaligenes and Corynebacterium species. However, sequence analysis of a 16S rDNA clone library using the DNA extracted from the deposits on the buckle material demonstrated that all of the 16S rDNA sequences most closely matched those of Achromobacter spp. We concluded that the initial misdiagnosis of this case as an Alcaligenes buckle infection was due to the unreliability of the biochemical test in discriminating Achromobacter and Alcaligenes species due to their close taxonomic positions and similar phenotypes. Corynebacterium species were found to be contaminants from the ocular surface.
Achromobacter spp. should be recognized as causative agents for device-related ophthalmic infections. Molecular species identification by 16S rDNA sequence analysis should be combined with conventional cultivation techniques to investigate the significance of Achromobacter spp. in ophthalmic infections.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aims To study the relationship between the retinal microstructures and the best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) after cataract surgery in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
Methods 58 eyes of 43 consecutive RP patients who underwent cataract surgery were studied. The BCVA was measured before and 3 months after the surgery. The appearance of the inner segment/outer segment (IS/OS) line of the photoreceptors in the optical coherence tomographic (OCT) images at the fovea was graded; Grade 1, IS/OS line not visible; Grade 2, IS/OS line abnormal or discontinuous; and Grade 3, IS/OS line normal. The central foveal thickness (CFT) and the length of the IS/OS line were measured in the spectral-domain OCT images.
Results The postoperative BCVAs in logMAR units (Grade 1, 1.04±0.36; Grade 2, 0.33±0.16; Grade 3, 0.08±0.14) and the improvements in the BCVA in logMAR units (Grade 1, 0.22±0.28; Grade 2, 0.53±0.48; Grade 3, 0.54±0.35) were significantly different among Grade 1, 2 and 3 groups (p<0.0001, p=0.0378; respectively). A postoperative BCVA of <0.2 logMAR units was achieved in 0% in Grade 1, 20% in Grade 2 and 74% in Grade 3 (p<0.0001). There was a significant correlation between the postoperative BCVA and the length of the IS/OS line (r=−0.601 p<0.0001) or the CFT (r=−0.510, p<0.0001).
Conclusions The presence of normal IS/OS line in the OCT images is associated with good visual recovery after cataract surgery in RP patients. The integrity of the IS/OS line may be important for predicting good postoperative BCVA.
British Journal of Ophthalmology 10/2014; 99(4). DOI:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304819 · 2.98 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present a case of prepapillary vascular loops complicated by a suspected macroaneurysm rupture which was treated with intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB). A 62-year-old woman presented with decreased vision and myodesopsia in her left eye. Her best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 0.6 in the left eye. Fundus examination disclosed an elevated, round, and reddish lesion, retinal hemorrhage at the superior aspect of the optic disc, retinal opacification along the superior branch retinal artery, and a small vitreous hemorrhage. Optical coherence tomography showed a serous retinal detachment, and indocyanine green angiography demonstrated prepapillary vascular loops and a hypofluorescent area with hyperfluorescent margins. These findings suggested the presence of a macroaneurysm. No filling of the dye in the aneurysm-like dilatation suggested a blockage of the lumen with a thrombus which might be associated with a branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO). A diagnosis of prepapillary vascular loops complicated by a suspected macroaneurysm rupture and BRAO was made. Because of a persistent serous retinal detachment, IVB was performed. One month later, the BCVA improved to 1.0. Fundus examination disclosed an organized yellowish-white macroaneurysm and resolution of the serous retinal detachment. We recommend careful monitoring of patients with prepapillary vascular loops because of complications such as macroaneurysm rupture and BRAO.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The dedicator of cytokinesis 3 (Dock3) is an atypical guanine nucleotide exchange factor that is predominantly expressed in the CNS. Dock3 exerts neuroprotective effects and stimulates optic nerve regeneration. The p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase acts downstream of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1) signaling and plays an important role in neural cell death. We assessed a therapeutic efficacy of Dock3 stimulation and p38 inhibition in retinal degeneration induced by optic nerve injury (ONI). In vivo retinal imaging using optical coherence tomography revealed that ONI-induced retinal degeneration was ameliorated in SB203580 (a p38 inhibitor)-treated WT mice and PBS-treated Dock3 overexpressing (Dock3 Tg) mice, and SB203580 further stimulated retinal protection in Dock3 Tg mice. In addition, SB203580 increased the number of regenerating axons after ONI in both WT and Dock3 Tg mice. ONI-induced phosphorylation of ASK1, p38 and the N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor 2B subunit were suppressed in the retina of Dock3 Tg mice. Inhibition of the ASK1 pathway in Dock3 Tg mice suggests that Dock3 may have an antioxidant-like property. These results indicate that overexpression of Dock3 and pharmacological interruption of p38 have synergistic effects for both neuroprotection and axon regeneration, thus combined application may be beneficial for the treatment of ONI.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness that is characterized by progressive degeneration of optic nerves and retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). In the mammalian retina, excitatory amino-acid carrier 1 (EAAC1) is expressed in neural cells, including RGCs, and the loss of EAAC1 leads to RGC degeneration without elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Brimonidine (BMD) is an α2-adrenergic receptor agonist and it is commonly used in a form of eye drops to lower IOP in glaucoma patients. Recent studies have suggested that BMD has direct protective effects on RGCs involving IOP-independent mechanisms, but it is still controversial. In the present study, we examined the effects of BMD in EAAC1-deficient (KO) mice, an animal model of normal tension glaucoma. BMD caused a small decrease in IOP, but sequential in vivo retinal imaging and electrophysiological analysis revealed that treatment with BMD was highly effective for RGC protection in EAAC1 KO mice. BMD suppressed the phosphorylation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor 2B (NR2B) subunit in RGCs in EAAC1 KO mice. Furthermore, in cultured Müller glia, BMD stimulated the production of several neurotrophic factors that enhance RGC survival. These results suggest that, in addition to lowering IOP, BMD prevents glaucomatous retinal degeneration by stimulating multiple pathways including glia-neuron interactions.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Glaucoma, one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness, is characterized by progressive degeneration of optic nerves and retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). In the mammalian retina, excitatory amino acid carrier 1 (EAAC1) is expressed in neural cells, including RGCs, and the loss of EAAC1 leads to RGC degeneration without elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). In the present study, we found that expressions of angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1-R) and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) are increased in RGCs and retinal Müller glia in EAAC1-deficient (KO) mice. The orally active AT1-R antagonist candesartan suppressed TLR4 and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expressions in the EAAC1 KO mouse retina. Sequential in vivo retinal imaging and electrophysiological analysis revealed that treatment with candesartan was effective for RGC protection in EAAC1 KO mice without affecting IOP. In cultured Müller glia, candesartan suppressed LPS-induced iNOS production by inhibiting the TLR4-apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 pathway. These results suggest that the renin-angiotensin system is involved in the innate immune responses in both neural and glial cells, which accelerate neural cell death. Our findings raise intriguing possibilities for the management of glaucoma by utilizing widely prescribed drugs for the treatment of high blood pressure, in combination with conventional treatments to lower IOP.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose:
The aim of this study was to report the first case of polymicrobial fungal sclerokeratitis caused by infection with both Scedosporium apiospermum and Aspergillus cibarius, and notify the medical community of the possibility of infection caused by A. cibarius in humans.
A 78-year-old woman presented to a medical practitioner with epiphora and a purulent discharge in her left eye. After concurrent administration of topical antibiotics and systemic steroids, her symptoms worsened, and she was referred to the Tokushima University Hospital. Because of suspected fungal infection, microscopic examination and cultivation of both corneal and scleral scrapings were performed.
Fungi were observed on microscopic examination, and S. apiospermum was isolated only from the sclera in the early stage of the clinical course. Although administration of an adequate medication regimen comprising topical and systemic antifungal drugs resulted in an improvement in the sclera, keratitis persisted, and the infected sclera was melted. After scleral transplantation, administration of systemic caspofungin and high concentrations of voriconazole solution eye drops resulted in a gradual improvement in keratitis. A strain of filamentous fungus was isolated from the cornea 6 weeks after the cultivation on a Sabouraud agar plate, and it was identified as A. cibarius.
A. cibarius may infect human tissue. Coinfection of the cornea and the sclera with 2 different species of fungi is likely to follow a complex clinical course.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose
The purpose of this study is to describe the ineffectiveness of intrastromal voriconazole injection for filamentous fungal keratitis by contrasting the effectiveness for yeast keratitis.
We examined seven fungal keratitis patients prospectively. All yeast was identified by molecular phylogenetic analyses of the chromosomal regions coding for the D1/D2 domain of the large-subunit 26S ribosomal RNA gene. All filamentous fungi were identified by the sequencing of internal transcribed spacers of the ribosomal DNA gene regions. Approximately 0.1 mL of voriconazole diluted with saline to 1.0% was injected with a 30-gauge needle inserted obliquely into the three to five clear cornea sites around the abscess. All subjects were administered natamycin ointment and oral itraconazole. When needed, intravenous micafungin, voriconazole, and/or intracameral voriconazole were added. Clinical courses were observed by the slit lamp microscope. Histopathology was examined when the corneas were removed.
All cases that were caused by yeast healed quickly after injections. Two cases of keratitis caused by Fusarium, and one case caused by Aspergillus, did not heal completely. In the Fusarium cases, additional antifungal medications (3.0% topical voriconazole and intravenous injection of micafungin) were needed. After optical penetrating keratoplasty in one of the cases, fungi were found in the deep stroma of the removed cornea. In the case of Aspergillus keratitis, pathological findings also showed fungi deep in the stroma of the removed cornea and the keratitis recurred after therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty.
Intrastromal voriconazole injection is successful in treating yeast keratitis. However this is not the case for filamentous fungal keratitis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background
Topical therapy is effective for dry eye, and its prolonged effects should help in maintaining the quality of life of patients with dry eye. We previously reported that the oral administration of rebamipide (Reb), a mucosal protective agent, had a potent therapeutic effect on autoimmune lesions in a murine model of Sjögren's syndrome (SS). However, the effects of topical treatment with Reb eyedrops on the ocular lesions in the murine model of SS are unknown.
Methods and Finding
Reb eyedrops were administered to the murine model of SS aged 4–8 weeks four times daily. Inflammatory lesions of the extraorbital and intraorbital lacrimal glands and Harderian gland tissues were histologically evaluated. The direct effects of Reb on the lacrimal glands were analyzed using cultured lacrimal gland cells. Tear secretions of Reb-treated mice were significantly increased compared with those of untreated mice. In addition to the therapeutic effect of Reb treatment on keratoconjunctivitis, severe inflammatory lesions of intraorbital lacrimal gland tissues in this model of SS were resolved. The mRNA expression levels of IL-10 and mucin 5Ac in conjunctival tissues from Reb-treated mice was significantly increased compared with those of control mice. Moreover, lactoferrin production from lacrimal gland cells was restored by Reb treatment.
Topical Reb administration had an anti-inflammatory effect on the ocular autoimmune lesions in the murine model of SS and a protective effect on the ocular surfaces.
PLoS ONE 05/2014; 9(5):e98390. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0098390 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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To report the morphologic features of a choroidal osteoma using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) and fundus autofluorescence (FAF).
Two eyes of two cases with a choroidal osteoma were studied using SS-OCT and FAF.
The location of the tumor was circumpapillary without macular involvement in case 1 and juxtapapillary with macular involvement in case 2. Both cases had a mixture of calcified and decalcified areas, and a concomitant choroidal neovascularization was found in case 2. The FAF images showed decreased autofluorescence in the central decalcified regions and relatively preserved fluorescence in marginal calcified regions in both cases. SS-OCT revealed a normal inner retina and an abnormal outer retina in both cases, and subretinal fluid in case 2. The calcified regions appeared sponge-like and were multilayered in case 2. A lamellar reflective pattern was observed in the decalcified regions in case 1, and hyperreflective mound-like areas were observed in both cases. SS-OCT demonstrated hyperreflective areas above Bruch's membrane accompanied by disruption of Bruch's membrane in case 1. The chorioscleral border was visible in both cases.
The FAF pattern in the calcified and decalcified areas of the choroidal osteoma may correspond to the different stage of tumor evolution. The SS-OCT findings indicate that choroidal osteomas can have characteristic reflective patterns and alterations of the overlying retina.
Case Reports in Ophthalmology 05/2014; 5(2):195-202. DOI:10.1159/000365184