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  1. Corneal elastosis within lattice dystrophy lesions. (United States)

    Pe'er, J; Fine, B S; Dixon, A; Rothberg, D S


    Corneal buttons of two patients with lattice corneal dystrophy were studied by light and electron microscopy. They showed elastotic degeneration within the amyloid deposits. The amyloid deposits displayed characteristic staining; the elastotic material (elastin) within the deposits stained positive with Verhoeff-van Gieson and Movat pentachrome stains and showed autofluorescence. The characteristic ultrastructural findings of amyloid and elastotic material were also demonstrated. The possibility of the associations of these two materials in the cornea is discussed. Images PMID:3258531

  2. Genetics Home Reference: lattice corneal dystrophy type II (United States)

    ... network of protein filaments that gives structure to cells (the cytoskeleton). Mutations that cause lattice corneal dystrophy type II change a single protein building block (amino acid) in the gelsolin protein. ... from the cell. These protein fragments clump together and form amyloid ...

  3. Corneal Laceration

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  4. Corneal laceration caused by river crab

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    Full Text Available Naidu Vinuthinee,1,2 Anuar Azreen-Redzal,1 Jaafar Juanarita,1 Embong Zunaina2 1Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, 2Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Malaysia Abstract: A 5-year-old boy presented with right eye pain associated with tearing and photophobia of 1-day duration. He gave a history of playing with a river crab when suddenly the crab clamped his fingers. He attempted to fling the crab off, but the crab flew and hit his right eye. Ocular examination revealed a right eye corneal ulcer with clumps of fibrin located beneath the corneal ulcer and 1.6 mm level of hypopyon. At presentation, the Seidel test was negative, with a deep anterior chamber. Culture from the corneal scrapping specimen grew Citrobacter diversus and Proteus vulgaris, and the boy was treated with topical gentamicin and ceftazidime eyedrops. Fibrin clumps beneath the corneal ulcer subsequently dislodged, and revealed a full-thickness corneal laceration wound with a positive Seidel test and shallow anterior chamber. The patient underwent emergency corneal toileting and suturing. Postoperatively, he was treated with oral ciprofloxacin 250 mg 12-hourly for 1 week, topical gentamicin, ceftazidime, and dexamethasone eyedrops for 4 weeks. Right eye vision improved to 6/9 and 6/6 with pinhole at the 2-week follow-up following corneal suture removal. Keywords: corneal ulcer, pediatric trauma, ocular injury

  5. Lack of evidence for protein AA reactivity in amyloid deposits of lattice corneal dystrophy and amyloid corneal degeneration. (United States)

    Gorevic, P D; Rodrigues, M M; Krachmer, J H; Green, C; Fujihara, S; Glenner, G G


    Amyloid fibrils occurring in primary and myeloma-associated (AL), secondary (AA), and certain neuropathic hereditary forms of systemic amyloidosis can be distinguished biochemically or immunohistologically as being composed of immunoglobulin light chain, protein AA, or prealbumin respectively. All types of systemic and several localized forms of amyloidosis contain amyloid P component (protein AP). We studied formalin-fixed tissue from eight cases of lattice corneal dystrophy by the immunoperoxidase method using antisera to proteins AA and AP, to normal serum prealbumin and prealbumin isolated from a case of hereditary amyloidosis, and to light-chain determinants; additional cases were examined by indirect immunofluorescence of fresh-frozen material. We found weak (1:10 dilution) staining with anti-AP, but no reactivity with other antisera. Congo red staining was resistant to pretreatment of sections with potassium permanganate, a characteristic of non-AA amyloid. Two-dimensional gels of solubilized proteins from frozen tissue from two cases of lattice corneal dystrophy resembled those obtained from normal human cornea. Western blots of two cases of polymorphous amyloid degeneration and solubilized protein from normal cornea did not react with radioactive iodine-labeled anti-AA or anti-AP with purified protein AP and unfixed protein AA amyloid tissue as controls. We were unable to corroborate the presence of protein AA in the amyloid deposits of lattice corneal dystrophy. Although staining with antiserum to protein AP was demonstrable, the molecular configuration of this protein in stromal deposits remains to be defined.

  6. Corneal Chromoblastomycosis Caused by Fonsecaea pedrosoi

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    Winai Chaidaroon


    Full Text Available Purpose: To report 2 unusual cases of fungal keratitis due to Fonsecaea pedrosoi. Methods: Two patients were diagnosed with Fonsecaea pedrosoi keratitis. Their files were reviewed for predisposing factors, clinical characteristics, microbiological study, treatment, and outcome. Results: Two consecutive patients presented with brownish pigmented corneal ulcers in their eyes after sustaining eye trauma from vegetative matter. In both cases, corneal scrapings were collected for microscopic examination and culture. Dematiaceous hyphae were seen on the smears, and dark pigmented colonies grew on the culture media, identified as F. pedrosoi. Both patients were treated and cured with combined topical antifungal agents and oral itraconazole. The first patient required an amniotic membrane patch, while the second received an intracameral amphotericin B injection. Conclusions: Pigmented infiltrates can be an important diagnostic clue, but a microscopic evaluation and culture are required to obtain an accurate diagnosis of Fonsecaea keratitis. The prompt diagnosis and combined antifungal treatment can prevent morbidity associated with this fungal infection.

  7. An environmental Sporothrix as a cause of corneal ulcer


    Morrison, Annie S.; Lockhart, Shawn R.; Bromley, Jennifer G.; Kim, Joung Y.; Burd, Eileen M.


    In this case we introduce Sporothrix pallida, a non-pathogenic environmental Sporothrix species as a cause of infectious keratitis in a corneal transplant recipient. Human infections caused by S. schenckii are well-known but human infection with Sporothrix pallida has not been previously reported.

  8. Alterations of epithelial adhesion molecules and basement membrane components in lattice corneal dystrophy (LCD). (United States)

    Resch, Miklós D; Schlötzer-Schrehardt, Ursula; Hofmann-Rummelt, Carmen; Kruse, Friedrich E; Seitz, Berthold


    The aim of the study was to investigate the histopathological and ultrastructural correlate of delayed epithelial healing in eyes with lattice corneal dystrophy (LCD). Corneal buttons from 4 patients with LCD (two with subepithelial, two with stromal amyloid deposits) and 2 control corneas were examined. Cell-matrix adhesion molecules and basement membrane components of the corneal epithelium were analyzed by immunohistochemistry and hemidesmosomes between epithelium and stroma were quantified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By TEM well-developed hemidesmosomes anchored the basal epithelial cells to the underlying basement membrane in all normal and LCD corneas. Hemidesmosome density was not significantly different in subepithelial (224.7 +/- 34.1/100 microm) and stromal (234.3 +/- 36.3/100 microm) LCD compared to controls (241.3 +/- 26.8/100 microm). The basement membrane was interrupted in subepithelial, but continuous in stromal LCD. Integrin alpha6 and beta4 staining formed a continuous line along the basal surface of the corneal epithelium in control corneas, whereas it appeared discontinuous and patchy both in subepithelial and stromal forms of LCD. Staining for alphaV integrin showed irregular staining patterns, i.e. enhanced labelling intensity in subepithelial and interrupted pattern in stromal LCD, respectively. Integrins alpha3, beta1, beta2, and beta5, dystroglycan, and plectin were not markedly different in dystrophic corneas. Type VII collagen showed a discontinuous staining in subepithelial forms of LCD. In stromal forms of LCD, type VII collagen staining occurred in additional patches underneath the epithelial basement membrane zone. Type XVII collagen staining was reduced in subepithelial LCD. Laminin-1, laminin-5 and laminin gamma2 showed variable irregular staining patterns in dystrophic corneas with focal interruptions, focal thickenings, and reduplications of basement membrane. Some irregularities in corneas with subepithelial

  9. Delayed healing of corneal epithelium after phototherapeutic keratectomy for lattice dystrophy. (United States)

    Das, Sujata; Langenbucher, Achim; Seitz, Berthold


    To evaluate the time period necessary for complete epithelial healing after phototherapeutic keratectomy (o-PTK) carried out for various superficial corneal opacities. A total of 197 eyes were divided into 9 groups: group 1, Cogan dystrophy including recurrences (n = 15); group 2, Reis Bucklers dystrophy including recurrences (n = 12); group 3, granular dystrophy including recurrences (n = 63); group 4, lattice dystrophy including recurrences (n = 19); group 5, macular dystrophy including recurrences (n = 10); group 6, herpetic scars (n = 5); group 7, corneal scars of nonherpetic origin (including scrofulous, traumatic, central keratoconus, post-pterygium surgery) (n = 31); group 8, Salzmann nodular degeneration (n = 22); and group 9, miscellaneous (such as bullous keratopathy, acute chemical burn, corneal degeneration) (n = 20). After o-PTK, patients were examined daily at the slit lamp using fluorescein and blue light. The time period necessary for complete healing of the epithelial defect was compared among these groups. Delayed healing was considered where the epithelium was not closed after 7 days. One hundred sixty-one eyes (95%) healed within 7 days. Overall, 63%, 80%, and 85% of epithelial defects were closed within 3, 4, and 5 days, respectively. Out of 9 eyes that had delayed healing, 6 eyes (67%) belonged to lattice dystrophy category. Mean time taken for healing in group 4 (8.6 +/- 8.4 days) was significantly longer than those in group 1 (3.0 +/- 1.5 days, P = 0.009), group 2 (3.7 +/- 3.1 days, P = 0.03), group 3 (3.1 +/- 1.5 days, P = 0.001), group 5 (2.7 +/- 0.8 days, P = 0.01), group 7 (3.6 +/- 2.4 days, P = 0.007), group 8 (3.3 +/- 1.3 days, P = 0.009), and group 9 (3.0 +/- 1.9 days, P = 0.011). Eyes with lattice corneal dystrophy suffered from delayed epithelial healing after o-PTK. In addition to adequate counseling, these patients should be followed up closely until complete closure of the epithelium to avoid ulceration, scarring, or even


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    E. Ramadevi


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Corneal disease is responsible for less than 2% of blindness in children in industrialised countries. In poor countries of the world, corneal scarring occurs due to vitamin A deficiency, measles and ophthalmia neonatorum. Thus, corneal disease is an important cause of blindness among children living in developing nations, which already carry a major burden of blindness. The aim of the study is to study the1. Prevalence of corneal blindness in the paediatric age group. 2. Causes of corneal blindness in the paediatric age group. 3. Morbidity of corneal blindness in the paediatric age group. MATERIALS AND METHODS It was cross-sectional observational study. Study Period- December 2014 to August 2016. Study Done- Government General Hospital, Kakinada. Sample Size- 50 patients. Inclusion Criteria- Children of age group 6 to 12 years with corneal blindness who have attended the outpatient department during the study period. Exclusion Criteria- Children with childhood blindness other than corneal pathology. Study Tools- Predesigned, semi-structured questionnaire regarding age, sex and age of onset of visual loss, laterality, history of ocular injury, vitamin A immunisation, family history of consanguinity and place of residence and socioeconomic status was taken. Visual acuity was measured using an E optotype and Landolt broken C chart with best corrected vision. Visual loss was classified according to the WHO categories of visual impairment. Ophthalmic examination was done by slit lamp and B scan. RESULTS Ocular trauma and corneal ulcers are most common cause of corneal blindness. 84% of corneal blindness cases were preventable and curable. CONCLUSION Trauma was the commonest cause of corneal blindness followed by infectious keratitis. 84% of corneal blindness was preventable and curable. Most causes of corneal blindness were avoidable.

  11. Reichenbach's Common Cause in an Atomless and Complete Orthomodular Lattice (United States)

    Kitajima, Yuichiro


    Hofer-Szabo, Redei and Szabo (Int. J. Theor. Phys. 39:913 919, 2000) defined Reichenbach’s common cause of two correlated events in an orthomodular lattice. In the present paper it is shown that if logical independent elements in an atomless and complete orthomodular lattice correlate, a common cause of the correlated elements always exists.

  12. Corneal dystrophies

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    Klintworth Gordon K


    Full Text Available Abstract The term corneal dystrophy embraces a heterogenous group of bilateral genetically determined non-inflammatory corneal diseases that are restricted to the cornea. The designation is imprecise but remains in vogue because of its clinical value. Clinically, the corneal dystrophies can be divided into three groups based on the sole or predominant anatomical location of the abnormalities. Some affect primarily the corneal epithelium and its basement membrane or Bowman layer and the superficial corneal stroma (anterior corneal dystrophies, the corneal stroma (stromal corneal dystrophies, or Descemet membrane and the corneal endothelium (posterior corneal dystrophies. Most corneal dystrophies have no systemic manifestations and present with variable shaped corneal opacities in a clear or cloudy cornea and they affect visual acuity to different degrees. Corneal dystrophies may have a simple autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive or X-linked recessive Mendelian mode of inheritance. Different corneal dystrophies are caused by mutations in the CHST6, KRT3, KRT12, PIP5K3, SLC4A11, TACSTD2, TGFBI, and UBIAD1 genes. Knowledge about the responsible genetic mutations responsible for these disorders has led to a better understanding of their basic defect and to molecular tests for their precise diagnosis. Genes for other corneal dystrophies have been mapped to specific chromosomal loci, but have not yet been identified. As clinical manifestations widely vary with the different entities, corneal dystrophies should be suspected when corneal transparency is lost or corneal opacities occur spontaneously, particularly in both corneas, and especially in the presence of a positive family history or in the offspring of consanguineous parents. Main differential diagnoses include various causes of monoclonal gammopathy, lecithin-cholesterol-acyltransferase deficiency, Fabry disease, cystinosis, tyrosine transaminase deficiency, systemic lysosomal storage

  13. Keratitis caused by Absidia corymbifera in an immunocompetent male with no corneal injuries. (United States)

    Mesa Varona, D; Celis Sánchez, J; Alfaya Muñoz, L; Avendaño Cantos, E M; Romero Moraleda, L


    Case Report A healthy 55-years-old male went to emergency due to a white infiltrate in the left eye without corneal trauma which partially responds to antibiotic treatment. The infiltrate worsened by the use of topical steroids. Direct microscopic evaluation and Gram stain are a valuable diagnostic tool for the detection of Absidia filaments. There is a successful treatment with anphotericin and posaconazole. Discussion Keratitis caused by Zygomicetes are unusual. This is a rare condition in healthy patients with no corneal trauma. The treatment with amphotericin and posaconazole are synergistic against filamentous fungi. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. UBIAD1 mutation alters a mitochondrial prenyltransferase to cause Schnyder corneal dystrophy.

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    Michael L Nickerson


    Full Text Available Mutations in a novel gene, UBIAD1, were recently found to cause the autosomal dominant eye disease Schnyder corneal dystrophy (SCD. SCD is characterized by an abnormal deposition of cholesterol and phospholipids in the cornea resulting in progressive corneal opacification and visual loss. We characterized lesions in the UBIAD1 gene in new SCD families and examined protein homology, localization, and structure.We characterized five novel mutations in the UBIAD1 gene in ten SCD families, including a first SCD family of Native American ethnicity. Examination of protein homology revealed that SCD altered amino acids which were highly conserved across species. Cell lines were established from patients including keratocytes obtained after corneal transplant surgery and lymphoblastoid cell lines from Epstein-Barr virus immortalized peripheral blood mononuclear cells. These were used to determine the subcellular localization of mutant and wild type protein, and to examine cholesterol metabolite ratios. Immunohistochemistry using antibodies specific for UBIAD1 protein in keratocytes revealed that both wild type and N102S protein were localized sub-cellularly to mitochondria. Analysis of cholesterol metabolites in patient cell line extracts showed no significant alteration in the presence of mutant protein indicating a potentially novel function of the UBIAD1 protein in cholesterol biochemistry. Molecular modeling was used to develop a model of human UBIAD1 protein in a membrane and revealed potentially critical roles for amino acids mutated in SCD. Potential primary and secondary substrate binding sites were identified and docking simulations indicated likely substrates including prenyl and phenolic molecules.Accumulating evidence from the SCD familial mutation spectrum, protein homology across species, and molecular modeling suggest that protein function is likely down-regulated by SCD mutations. Mitochondrial UBIAD1 protein appears to have a highly

  15. Homozygous Mutations in PXDN Cause Congenital Cataract, Corneal Opacity, and Developmental Glaucoma (United States)

    Khan, Kamron; Rudkin, Adam; Parry, David A.; Burdon, Kathryn P.; McKibbin, Martin; Logan, Clare V.; Abdelhamed, Zakia I.A.; Muecke, James S.; Fernandez-Fuentes, Narcis; Laurie, Kate J.; Shires, Mike; Fogarty, Rhys; Carr, Ian M.; Poulter, James A.; Morgan, Joanne E.; Mohamed, Moin D.; Jafri, Hussain; Raashid, Yasmin; Meng, Ngy; Piseth, Horm; Toomes, Carmel; Casson, Robert J.; Taylor, Graham R.; Hammerton, Michael; Sheridan, Eamonn; Johnson, Colin A.; Inglehearn, Chris F.; Craig, Jamie E.; Ali, Manir


    Anterior segment dysgenesis describes a group of heterogeneous developmental disorders that affect the anterior chamber of the eye and are associated with an increased risk of glaucoma. Here, we report homozygous mutations in peroxidasin (PXDN) in two consanguineous Pakistani families with congenital cataract-microcornea with mild to moderate corneal opacity and in a consanguineous Cambodian family with developmental glaucoma and severe corneal opacification. These results highlight the diverse ocular phenotypes caused by PXDN mutations, which are likely due to differences in genetic background and environmental factors. Peroxidasin is an extracellular matrix-associated protein with peroxidase catalytic activity, and we confirmed localization of the protein to the cornea and lens epithelial layers. Our findings imply that peroxidasin is essential for normal development of the anterior chamber of the eye, where it may have a structural role in supporting cornea and lens architecture as well as an enzymatic role as an antioxidant enzyme in protecting the lens, trabecular meshwork, and cornea against oxidative damage. PMID:21907015

  16. Bilateral Corneal Ulceration Caused by Vitamin A Deficiency in Eosinophilic Gastroenteropathy

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    Alex P. Lange


    Full Text Available Purpose: Vitamin A deficiency is a very rare condition in the developed world and can lead to a variety of ocular changes from xerosis and xerophthalmia to corneal ulcer and perforation. The treatment of this devastating disease is simple and inexpensive. It is therefore important to recognize and treat accordingly, especially in the event of ulcers unresponsive to treatment or in the presence of severe malnutrition/malabsorption syndromes. The purpose of this case report is to remind physicians of the potentially devastating effects of vitamin A deficiency on the eyes and to demonstrate outcomes after vitamin A treatment. Methods: Single observational case report. Results: A 29-year-old male with known eosinophilic gastroenteropathy was treated with oral steroids for peripheral ulcerative keratitis. Two weeks after resolution, the patient suffered from peripheral ulcerative keratitis in his other eye, with a self-sealing perforation. Vitamin A deficiency was confirmed and successfully treated, leading to subsequent resolution of signs and symptoms. Conclusions: Vitamin A deficiency can be present in patients with malabsorption and malnutrition syndromes and should be considered as cause of corneal ulceration.

  17. Corneal Laceration

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  19. Corneal Laceration

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  20. Corneal Laceration

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  2. Surface deformation caused by the Abrikosov vortex lattice

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    Lipavský, Pavel; Morawetz, K.; Koláček, Jan; Brandt, E. H.


    Roč. 77, č. 18 (2008), 184509/1-184509/7 ISSN 1098-0121 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/08/0326; GA AV ČR IAA100100712 Grant - others:GA ČR(CZ) GA202/07/0597 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : superconductivity * magneto-elastic effect * vortex lattice Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.322, year: 2008

  3. Ocular Rosacea Causing Corneal Melt in an African American Patient and a Hispanic Patient

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    Joanna S. Saade


    Full Text Available Purpose. To discuss two rare presentations of ocular rosacea in a Hispanic patient and an African American patient with unusual ocular manifestations. Case Report. Case  1: a 43-year-old Hispanic woman presented with right eye corneal perforation. Her prior medical history was significant for rosacea only, diagnosed clinically by a dermatologist. Her eye exam showed signs of bilateral ocular rosacea. An emergent full thickness tectonic corneal patch graft was done. The patient’s bilateral eye symptoms improved one month after initiating rosacea treatment. Case  2: a 51-year-old African American man with long standing history of untreated rosacea presented with bilateral peripheral corneal thinning with neovascularization that led to right eye corneal perforation. Glue and bandage contact lens were applied. The patient did well 4 weeks after starting antibacterial, oral steroids, and rosacea treatment. Discussion. Ocular rosacea can present in Hispanic and African American patients with severe manifestations such as corneal perforation.

  4. Corneal Laceration

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  5. Dangerous reef aquaristics: Palytoxin of a brown encrusting anemone causes toxic corneal reactions. (United States)

    Ruiz, Yasmin; Fuchs, Joan; Beuschel, Ralf; Tschopp, Markus; Goldblum, David


    Although frequently observed in domestic saltwater aquariums, literature on exposure to palytoxin (PTX) of encrusting anemones (Zoanthidea) kept in aquariums is rare. Handling these animals for propagation purposes or during cleaning work can lead to dermal, ocular or respiratory contact with the PTX generated by some Zoanthids. The present study describes a case of ocular exposure to liquid from a Zoanthid, which led to corneal ulcers. The patient also suffered from systemic symptoms of dyspnea and shivering and a suspected rhabdomyolysis, which required monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit. After symptomatic treatment provided insufficient results, the corneal ulcers improved with an amniotic membrane transplantation. A review of the literature regarding ocular exposures to this diverse order of Hexacorallia reveals that severe and systemic symptoms can develop with minimal contact. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Cyclodextrin Enhances Corneal Tolerability and Reduces Ocular Toxicity Caused by Diclofenac

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    Hamdy Abdelkader


    Full Text Available With advances in refractive surgery and demand for cataract removal and lens replacement, the ocular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs has increased. One of the most commonly used NSAIDs is diclofenac (Diclo. In this study, cyclodextrins (CDs, α-, β-, γ-, and HP-β-CDs, were investigated with in vitro irritation and in vivo ulceration models in rabbits to reduce Diclo toxicity. Diclo-, α-, β-, γ-, and HP-β-CD inclusion complexes were prepared and characterized and Diclo-CD complexes were evaluated for corneal permeation, red blood cell (RBCs haemolysis, corneal opacity/permeability, and toxicity. Guest- (Diclo- host (CD solid inclusion complexes were formed only with β-, γ-, and HP-β-CDs. Amphipathic properties for Diclo were recorded and this surfactant-like functionality might contribute to the unwanted effects of Diclo on the surface of the eye. Contact angle and spreading coefficients were used to assess Diclo-CDs in solution. Reduction of ocular toxicity 3-fold to16-fold and comparable corneal permeability to free Diclo were recorded only with Diclo-γ-CD and Diclo-HP-β-CD complexes. These two complexes showed faster healing rates without scar formation compared with exposure to the Diclo solution and to untreated groups. This study also highlighted that Diclo-γ-CD and Diclo-HP-β-CD demonstrated fast healing without scar formation.

  7. Corneal Ulcer (United States)

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  8. Round atrophic holes in lattice degeneration--an important cause of phakic retinal detachment. (United States)

    Tillery, W V; Lucier, A C


    Round atrophic holes in lattice degeneration are an important cause of phakic retinal detachment. Detachments due solely to round holes in lattice accounted for almost 2.8% of all retinal detachments treated at Wills Eye Hospital from January 1970 to August 1973. These detachments had the following important characteristics: 1. One of the patients were under the age of 30 years. 2. Over 75% of the patients had refractive errors more myopic than -3 D spherical equivalent. 3. Inferior detachments were slightly more common than superior detachments. When located inferiorly, there was a tendency for slow progression as indicated by the frequent presence of pigmented demarcation lines. 4. Surgical repair with standard scleral buckling techniques was successful in 98% of these detachments. Young, moderate to highly myopic patients with round holes in areas of lattice degeneration seem to have a greater risk of developing this type of detachment. Patients with the triad of youth, myopia, and round holes in lattice degeneration deserve close observation.

  9. Confocal Cornea Microscopy Detects Involvement of Corneal Nerve Fibers in a Patient with Light-Chain Amyloid Neuropathy Caused by Multiple Myeloma: A Case Report

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    Dietrich Sturm


    Full Text Available Changes in the subbasal corneal plexus detected by confocal cornea microscopy (CCM have been described for various types of neuropathy. An involvement of these nerves within light-chain (AL amyloid neuropathy (a rare cause of polyneuropathy has never been shown. Here, we report on a case of a patient suffering from neuropathy caused by AL amyloidosis and underlying multiple myeloma. Small-fiber damage was detected by CCM.

  10. Mutations in TCF8 Cause Posterior Polymorphous Corneal Dystrophy and Ectopic Expression of COL4A3 by Corneal Endothelial Cells (United States)

    Krafchak, Charles M. ; Pawar, Hemant ; Moroi, Sayoko E. ; Sugar, Alan ; Lichter, Paul R. ; Mackey, David A. ; Mian, Shahzad ; Nairus, Theresa ; Elner, Victor ; Schteingart, Miriam T. ; Downs, Catherine A. ; Kijek, Theresa Guckian ; Johnson, Jenae M. ; Trager, Edward H. ; Rozsa, Frank W. ; Ali Mandal, Md Nawajes ; Epstein, Michael P. ; Vollrath, Douglas ; Ayyagari, Radha ; Boehnke, Michael ; Richards, Julia E. 


    Posterior polymorphous corneal dystrophy (PPCD, also known as PPMD) is a rare disease involving metaplasia and overgrowth of corneal endothelial cells. In patients with PPCD, these cells manifest in an epithelial morphology and gene expression pattern, produce an aberrant basement membrane, and, sometimes, spread over the iris and nearby structures in a way that increases the risk for glaucoma. We previously mapped PPCD to a region (PPCD3) on chromosome 10 containing the gene that encodes the two-handed zinc-finger homeodomain transcription factor TCF8. Here, we report a heterozygous frameshift mutation in TCF8 that segregates with PPCD in the family used to map PPCD3 and four different heterozygous nonsense and frameshift mutations in TCF8 in four other PPCD probands. Family reports of inguinal hernia, hydrocele, and possible bone anomalies in affected individuals suggest that individuals with TCF8 mutations should be examined for nonocular anomalies. We detect transcripts of all three identified PPCD genes (VSX1, COL8A2, and TCF8) in the cornea. We show presence of a complex (core plus secondary) binding site for TCF8 in the promoter of Alport syndrome gene COL4A3, which encodes collagen type IV α3, and we present immunohistochemical evidence of ectopic expression of COL4A3 in corneal endothelium of the proband of the original PPCD3 family. Identification of TCF8 as the PPCD3 gene provides a valuable tool for the study of critical gene regulation events in PPCD pathology and suggests a possible role for TCF8 mutations in altered structure and function of cells lining body cavities other than the anterior chamber of the eye. Thus, this study has identified TCF8 as the gene responsible for approximately half of the cases of PPCD, has implicated TCF8 mutations in developmental abnormalities outside the eye, and has presented the TCF8 regulatory target, COL4A3, as a key, shared molecular component of two different diseases, PPCD and Alport syndrome. PMID:16252232

  11. Contact Lens Related Corneal Ulcer


    Loh, KY; Agarwal, P


    A corneal ulcer caused by infection is one of the major causes of blindness worldwide. One of the recent health concerns is the increasing incidence of corneal ulcers associated with contact lens user especially if the users fail to follow specific instruction in using their contact lenses. Risk factors associated with increased risk of contact lens related corneal ulcers are: overnight wear, long duration of continuous wear, lower socio-economic classes, smoking, dry eye and poor hygiene. Th...

  12. Haemophilus influenzae corneal ulcer in a therapeutic contact lens wearer.


    Armstrong, J. R.; Cohen, K. L.; McCarthy, L. R.


    Haemophilus influenzae is an unusual corneal pathogen and an unusual cause of corneal ulcers in Western society. In previous reports corneal complications from H. influenzae have been secondary to a conjunctivitis. The first case of a primary H. influenzae corneal ulcer as a complication of therapeutic contact lens wear is presented. Since other uncommon bacteria have been reported as causes of contact lens related corneal ulcers, the bacteriology of contact lens related corneal ulcers is rev...

  13. Corneal stromal dystrophies: a clinical pathologic study

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    Elvira Barbosa Abreu


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Corneal dystrophy is defined as bilateral and symmetric primary corneal disease, without previous associated ocular inflammation. Corneal dystrophies are classified according to the involved corneal layer in superficial, stromal, and posterior dystrophy. Incidence of each dystrophy varies according to the geographic region studied. PURPOSE: To evaluate the prevalence of stromal corneal dystrophies among corneal buttons specimens obtained by penetrating keratoplasty (PK in an ocular pathology laboratory and to correlate the diagnosis with patient age and gender. METHODS: Corneal button cases of penetrating keratoplasty from January-1996 to May-2009 were retrieved from the archives of The Henry C. Witelson Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory and Registry, Montreal, Canada. The cases with histopathological diagnosis of stromal corneal dystrophies were stained with special stains (Peroxid acid Schiff, Masson trichrome, Congo red analyzed under polarized light, and alcian blue for classification and correlated with epidemiological information (age at time of PK and gender from patients' file. RESULTS: 1,300 corneal buttons cases with clinical diagnose of corneal dystrophy were retrieved. Stromal corneal dystrophy was found in 40 (3.1% cases. Lattice corneal dystrophy was the most prevalent with 26 cases (65%. Nineteen were female (73.07% and the PK was performed at average age of 59.3 years old. Combined corneal dystrophy was found in 8 (20% cases, 5 (62.5% of them were female and the average age of the penetrating keratoplasty was 54.8 years old. Granular corneal dystrophy was represented by 5 (12.5% cases, and 2 (40% of them were female. Penetrating keratoplasty was performed at average age of 39.5 years old in granular corneal dystrophy cases. Macular corneal dystrophy was present in only 1 (2.5% case, in a 36 years old female. CONCLUSION: Systematic histopathological approach and evaluation, including special stains in all stromal



    Padmaja; Nageswara Rao


    Corneal ulcers are the common cause of corneal blindness. Of the corneal ulcers, majority of the cases are because of the fungal etiology. The present study is aimed to identify the pathogenic organisms responsible for corneal infections. Majority of the cases are secondary to trauma. Of the fungal cases, Aspergillus is found to be the predominant fungus affecting corneal ulcers, followed by bacteria affecting the corneal ulcers.

  15. Herpes simplex virus-1 infection or Simian virus 40-mediated immortalization of corneal cells causes permanent translocation of NLRP3 to the nuclei

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    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate into the potential involvement of pyrin containing 3 gene (NLRP3, a member of the nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptors with cytosolic pattern recognition, in the host defense of corneas against viruses. METHODS: The herpes viral keratitis model was utilized in BALB/c mice with inoculation of herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1. Corneal tissues removed during therapy of patients with viral keratitis as well as a Simian vacuolating virus 40 (SV40-immortalized human corneal epithelial cell line were also examined. Immunohistochemistry was used to detect NLRP3 in these subjects, focusing on their distribution in tissue or cells. Western blot was used to measure the level of NLRP3 and another two related molecules in NLPR3 inflammasome, namely caspase-1 and IL-1β. RESULTS: The NLRP3 activation induced by HSV-1 infection in corneas was accompanied with redistribution of NLRP3 from the cytoplasm to the nucleus in both murine and human corneal epithelial cells. Furthermore, in the SV40-immortalized human corneal epithelial cells, NLRP3 was exclusively located in the nucleus, and treatment of the cells with high concentration of extracellular potassium (known as an inhibitor of NLRP3 activation effectively drove NLRP3 back to the cytoplasm as reflected by both immunohistochemistry and Western blot. CONCLUSION: It is proposed that herpes virus infection activates and causes redistribution of NLRP3 to nuclei. Whether this NLRP3 translocation occurs with other viral infections and in other cell types merit further study.

  16. Corneal Laceration

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  19. [Influence of corneal transparency on the quality of topographies]. (United States)

    Franko Zeitz, P; Kohlhaas, M


    Corneal topographs that measure the anterior and posterior corneal surface with optical methods need a clear cornea for precise measurements. Opacities cause artifacts in the corneal thickness (with measurements usually being too thin) and corneal curvatures. This is important to know as certain pathologies may repeatedly cause similar artifacts. This is highly relevant after a corneal cross-linking, Lasek or PRK, as these procedures cause typical artifacts that can easily be misinterpreted. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  20. Late Stage of Corneal Decompensation Caused by Progressive Keratoconus: Can We Treat It and Save the Cornea?

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    Full Text Available Aim. To report a case of 40-year-old male with progressive bilateral keratoconus who had undergone transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy (TE-PTK and corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL using hypoosmolar riboflavin solution in a same day procedure. Methods. Eye examination showed that UCDVA on both eyes was 0,01 according to Snellen charts, and slit lamp biomicroscopy showed paracentral diffuse intrastromal corneal haze. Anterior OCT marked stromal hyperreflective zones and localized paracentral thinning of the cornea. Scheimpflug tomography noted keratoconus stages III-IV on both eyes. After 40/35 microns TE-PTK, a CXL was performed for 30 minutes using hypoosmolar riboflavin solution. The left eye was treated first and the right eye 1 month after. Follow-up period was 10 months. Results. One month after the treatment both eyes showed improvement in corneal topography and the UCDVA was better. Eight months after the treatment BSCVA improved to 0,6 in both eyes using Rose K2 contact lenses and remained stable. Conclusion. TE-PTK and CXL using hypotonic riboflavin solution as a same day procedure have been shown to be a safe and promising method in this case of progressive keratoconus. It was necessary to consider certain parameters that could influence the safety and the final outcome of this combined protocol.

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  5. Apoptosis of Corneal Epithelial Cells Caused by Ultraviolet B-induced Loss of K+ is Inhibited by Ba2+ (United States)

    Glupker, Courtney D.; Boersma, Peter M.; Schotanus, Mark P.; Haarsma, Loren D.; Ubels, John L.


    UVB exposure at ambient outdoor levels triggers rapid K+ loss and apoptosis in human corneal limbal epithelial (HCLE) cells cultured in medium containing 5.5 mM K+, but considerably less apoptosis occurs when the medium contains the high K+ concentration that is present in tears (25 mM). Since Ba2+ blocks several K+ channels, we tested whether Ba2+-sensitive K+ channels are responsible for some or all of the UVB-activated K+ loss and subsequent activation of the caspase cascade and apoptosis. Corneal epithelial cells in culture were exposed to UVB at 80 or 150 mJ/cm2. Patch-clamp recording was used to measure UVB-induced K+ currents. Caspase-activity and TUNEL assays were performed on HCLE cells exposed to UVB followed by incubation in the presence or absence of Ba2+. K+ currents were activated in HCLE cells following UVB-exposure. These currents were reversibly blocked by 5 mM Ba2+. When HCLE cells were incubated with 5 mM Ba2+ after exposure to UVB, activation of caspases-9, -8, and -3 and DNA fragmentation were significantly decreased. The data confirm that UVB-induced K+ current activation and loss of intracellular K+ leads to activation of the caspase cascade and apoptosis. Extracellular Ba2+ inhibits UVB-induced apoptosis by preventing loss of intracellular K+ when K+ channels are activated. Ba2+ therefore has effects similar to elevated extracellular K+ in protecting HCLE cells from UVB-induced apoptosis. This supports our overall hypothesis that elevated K+ in tears contributes to protection of the corneal epithelium from adverse effects of ambient outdoor UVB. PMID:27189864

  6. Introduction of phenomenological parameters of stress relaxation caused by disparity between lattice constants on heterojunction

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    Analytical formula describing increase in the forbidden gap in quantum cluster, which is considered as inclusion of the simplest shape (spherical or plane) with random value of disparity between constant lattices of the cluster and surrounding matrix, was obtained. Phenomenological relation of the parameter and stressed boundary relaxation parameter is introduced, being considered as an adjustment one. It is shown that relaxation is low in case of a quantum hole, being fully pronounced in case of a quantum point

  7. Corneal Transplantation

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    Corneal transplantation has been performed for more than 100 years. Until 15 years ago the state-of-the art type of transplantation was penetrating keratoplasty, but since the start of this millennium, newly designed surgical techniques have developed considerably. Today, the vast majority of ker...

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    The central corneal zone is depicted on keratoscope photographs using a small target aperture and a large object distance. Information on the peripheral area is included by employing a hemispherical target with a dense circular and radial pattern. On a 16 mm (R = 8 mm) reference steel sphere the ...

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  11. Corneal Intelligence

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    Corneal Intelligence. Ian Murdoch. Institute of Ophthalmology, Bath Street, London. In 2002, the ocular hypertension treatment study (OHTS) published their results. This study had taken 1636 ocular hypertensives. 1, 2. (IOP 24-32mmHg) and randomized them to receive therapy or no therapy. The primary outcome of the ...

  12. Corneal Ectasia and Hydrops in Ocular Hypotony: The Corneal Crease. (United States)

    Farooq, Asim V; Soin, Ketki; Williamson, Samantha; Joslin, Charlotte E; Cortina, Maria S; Tu, Elmer Y


    To report the association of chronic ocular hypotony with the development of progressive corneal ectasia and hydrops. Retrospective case series. Three patients with ocular hypotony were referred for corneal evaluation and found to have ectasia and acute corneal hydrops in their hypotonous eye(s). Clinically, the globes were easily deformable with either external digital palpation and/or simple blinking. All 3 patients had a history of chronic iridocyclitis, including one with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. In each case, the area of thinning was narrow and arcuate in configuration, distinctive from other ectatic disorders. Also uncharacteristically, the acute hydrops resolved rapidly within 2 to 3 weeks without surgical intervention. In 1 case, severe thinning with perforation occurred requiring urgent penetrating keratoplasty. This case series demonstrates a unique clinical entity in which corneal ectasia and hydrops developed in the setting of ocular hypotony and easily deformable corneas, in a pattern unlike previously described forms of ectasia. Acute hydrops, even with associated corneal perforation, demonstrated a short and self-limited course. Corneal ectasia and irregular astigmatism should be suspected as a cause of unexplained visual loss in the ever-increasing number of patients with chronic, stable ocular hypotony. Further study is warranted to determine the pathophysiology of corneal ectasia in this setting, which may include mechanical and inflammatory factors.

  13. Smaller Calcite Lattice Deformation Caused by Occluded Organic Material in Coccoliths than in Mollusk Shell

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    Froelich, Simon; Sørensen, H.O.; Hakim, S.S.


    The growth and nucleation of biominerals are directed and affected by associated biological molecules. In this paper, we investigate the influence of occluded biomolecules on biogenic calcite from the coccolithophorid Pleurochrysis carterae and from chalk, a rock composed predominantly of fossil....... Two heating cycles allow us to differentiate the effects of thermal agitation and organic molecules. Single peak analysis and Rietveld refinement were combined to show significant differences resulting from the occluded biomolecules on the mineral phase in biogenic calcite in the mollusk shell....... This suggests that the interaction between biomolecules and calcite is not as tight in the coccoliths as in the shell. Although the shape of chalk has been preserved over millions of years, no major influence on the crystal lattice was observed in the chalk samples....


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    Full Text Available A corneal ulcer caused by infection is one of the major causes of blindness worldwide. One of the recent health concerns is the increasing incidence of corneal ulcers associated with contact lens user especially if the users fail to follow specific instruction in using their contact lenses. Risk factors associated with increased risk of contact lens related corneal ulcers are:overnight wear, long duration of continuous wear, lower socio-economic classes, smoking, dry eye and poor hygiene. The presenting symptoms of contact lens related corneal ulcers include eye discomfort, foreign body sensation and lacrimation. More serious symptoms are redness (especially circum-corneal injection, severe pain, photophobia, eye discharge and blurring of vision. The diagnosis is established by a thorough slit lamp microscopic examination with fluorescein staining and corneal scraping for Gram stain and culture of the infective organism. Delay in diagnosing and treatment can cause permanent blindness, therefore an early referral to ophthalmologist and commencing of antimicrobial therapy can prevent visual loss.

  15. Pharmacological treatment for infectious corneal ulcers. (United States)

    Miller, Darlene


    Cornea ulceration and infectious keratitis are leading causes of corneal morbidity and blindness. Infectious causes are among the most frequent and most severe. Management strategies for bacterial corneal ulcers have changed significantly over the last decades, however with a more limited progress in the treatment and management of nonbacterial, infectious ulcers. This paper provides an overview of the current principles, strategies and treatment choices for infectious corneal ulcers in adults. Topical application with a broad-spectrum antimicrobial remains the preferred method for the pharmacological management of infectious corneal ulcers. Increasing reports of clinical failures and in vitro resistance to antibiotics to treat the most common infectious (bacterial) corneal ulcers are increasing concerns. New approaches for improvement in the pharmacological management of corneal ulcers should focus on strategies for a more rational and evidence-based use of current antimicrobials and development of products to modulate the host immune response and to neutralize microbial toxins and other immune modulators.

  16. Turning the tide of corneal blindness

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    Matthew S Oliva


    Full Text Available Corneal diseases represent the second leading cause of blindness in most developing world countries. Worldwide, major investments in public health infrastructure and primary eye care services have built a strong foundation for preventing future corneal blindness. However, there are an estimated 4.9 million bilaterally corneal blind persons worldwide who could potentially have their sight restored through corneal transplantation. Traditionally, barriers to increased corneal transplantation have been daunting, with limited tissue availability and lack of trained corneal surgeons making widespread keratoplasty services cost prohibitive and logistically unfeasible. The ascendancy of cataract surgical rates and more robust eye care infrastructure of several Asian and African countries now provide a solid base from which to dramatically expand corneal transplantation rates. India emerges as a clear global priority as it has the world′s largest corneal blind population and strong infrastructural readiness to rapidly scale its keratoplasty numbers. Technological modernization of the eye bank infrastructure must follow suit. Two key factors are the development of professional eye bank managers and the establishment of Hospital Cornea Recovery Programs. Recent adaptation of these modern eye banking models in India have led to corresponding high growth rates in the procurement of transplantable tissues, improved utilization rates, operating efficiency realization, and increased financial sustainability. The widespread adaptation of lamellar keratoplasty techniques also holds promise to improve corneal transplant success rates. The global ophthalmic community is now poised to scale up widespread access to corneal transplantation to meet the needs of the millions who are currently blind.

  17. Corneal blindness and current major treatment concern-graft scarcity

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    Kah Hie Wong


    Full Text Available According to World Health Organization, the global prevalence of blindness in 2010 was 39 million people, among which 4% were due to corneal opacities. Often, the sole resort for visual restoration of patients with damaged corneas is corneal transplantation. However, despite rapid developments of surgical techniques, instrumentations and immunosuppressive agents, corneal blindness remains a prevalent global health issue. This is largely due to the scarcity of good quality corneal grafts. In this review, the causes of corneal blindness, its major treatment options, and the major contributory factors of corneal graft scarcity with potential solutions are discussed.

  18. Corneal Toxicity Following Exposure to Asclepias Tuberosa

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    Mikkelsen, Lauge Hjorth; Hamoudi, Hassan; Gül, Cigdem Altuntas


    PURPOSE: To present a case of corneal toxicity following exposure to milky plant latex from Asclepias tuberosa. METHODS: A 70-year-old female presented with blurred vision and pain in her left eye after handling an Ascepias tuberosa. Clinical examination revealed a corneal stromal oedema with small...... that inhibit the Na+/ K+-ATPase in the corneal endothelium. The oedema resolved after 96 hours. After nine months the best corrected visual acuity was 20/20. CONCLUSION: Corneal toxicity has previously been reported for plants of the Asclepias family. This is a rare case describing severe corneal toxicity...... caused by exposure to latex from Asclepias tuberosa. Handling of plants of the Asclepias family should be kept as a differential diagnosis in cases of acute corneal toxicity....

  19. Topical thrombin-related corneal calcification. (United States)

    Kiratli, Hayyam; Irkeç, Murat; Alaçal, Sibel; Söylemezoğlu, Figen


    To report a highly unusual case of corneal calcification after brief intraoperative use of topical thrombin. A 44-year-old man underwent sclerouvectomy for ciliochoroidal leiomyoma, during which 35 UNIH/mL lyophilized bovine thrombin mixed with 9 mL of diluent containing 1500 mmol/mL calcium chloride was used. From the first postoperative day, corneal and anterior lenticular capsule calcifications developed, and corneal involvement slightly enlarged thereafter. A year later, 2 corneal punch biopsies confirmed calcification mainly in the Bowman layer. Topical treatment with 1.5% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid significantly restored corneal clarity. Six months later, a standard extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens placement improved visual acuity to 20/60. This case suggests that topical thrombin drops with elevated calcium concentrations may cause acute corneal calcification in Bowman layer and on the anterior lens capsule.

  20. Infliximab eye drops treatment in corneal neovascularization. (United States)

    Voiculescu, O B; Voinea, L M


    Corneal neovascularization is a serious condition that may arise secondary to chemical burns, ischemia, infection, trauma, and inflammation and represents a major cause of blindness. This study investigated the efficacy of topical application of infliximab [tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) monoclonal antibody] in the treatment of corneal neovascularization in the rabbit model.

  1. Complications from Infective Corneal Conditions Treated by ...

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    Background: Complications from infective corneal conditions are an important cause of blindness in adults and children. The eyelids play a major role in the pathogenesis of staphyloma and the perforation of descemetoceles. Tarsorrhaphy could, therefore, be beneficial in treating serious complications from infective corneal ...

  2. Corneal staining after treatment with topical tetracycline

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    Lapid-Gortzak, Ruth; Nieuwendaal, Carla P.; Slomovic, Allan R.; Spanjaard, Lodewijk


    PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to report a case of corneal staining after treatment with topical tetracycline. METHODS: A patient with crystalline keratopathy caused by Streptococcus viridans after corneal transplantation was treated topically with tetracycline eye drops, based on results of

  3. Pattern of corneal opacity in Ibadan, Nigeria | Ashaye | Annals of ...

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    Background: The prevalence and causes of corneal blindness vary from one region of the world to another. There is even variation within the developing countries of Africa. Method: A retrospective review of 675 patients with corneal scarring out of the 3,753 new patients corneal scarring in patients attending the eye clinic of ...

  4. Corneal thickness changes after corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus and corneal ectasia: one-year results. (United States)

    Greenstein, Steven A; Shah, Vinnie P; Fry, Kristen L; Hersh, Peter S


    To determine the changes in corneal thickness over time after corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) for keratoconus and corneal ectasia. Cornea and refractive surgery subspecialty practice. Prospective randomized controlled clinical trial. Corneal thickness at the apex, thinnest point, and pupil center were measured using Scheimpflug imaging (Pentacam) at baseline and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after CXL. The treatment group was compared with both a sham-procedure control group and a fellow-eye control group. Associations with clinical outcomes (uncorrected and corrected distance visual acuities and maximum keratometry) were analyzed. The study comprised 82 eyes, 54 with keratoconus and 28 with ectasia after laser in situ keratomileusis. The mean preoperative thinnest pachymetry was 440.7 μm ± 52.9 (SD). After CXL, the cornea thinned at 1 month (mean change -23.8 ± 28.7 μm; Pcorneal thickness between 3 months and 6 months (mean +20.5 ± 20.4 μm; Pcorneal thickness was more rapid in ectasia than in keratoconus. There was no association between the degree of corneal thinning at 3 months and clinical outcomes after CXL. After CXL, the cornea thins and then recovers toward baseline thickness. The cause and implications of corneal thickness changes after CXL remain to be elucidated. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Additional disclosure is found in the footnotes. Copyright © 2011 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Corneal neovascularization and biological therapy. (United States)

    Voiculescu, O B; Voinea, L M; Alexandrescu, C


    Corneal avascularity is necessary for the preservation of optimal vision. The cornea maintains a dynamic balance between pro- and antiangiogenic factors that allows it to remain avascular under normal homeostatic conditions. Corneal neovascularization (NV) is a condition that can develop in response to inflammation, hypoxia, trauma, or limbal stem cell deficiency and it is a significant cause of blindness. New therapeutic options for diseases of the cornea and ocular surface are now being explored in experimental animals and clinical trials. Antibody based biologics are being tested for their ability to reduce blood and lymphatic vessel ingrowth into the cornea, and to reduce inflammation. Numerous studies have shown that biologics with specificity for VEGF A such as bevacizumab and ranibizumab (a recombinant antibody and an antibody fragment, respectively) or anti-tumor necrosis factor-α microantibody, are effective in the treatment of corneal neovascularization.

  6. Acute corneal hydrops in keratoconus

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    Prafulla K Maharana


    Full Text Available Acute corneal hydrops is a condition characterized by stromal edema due to leakage of aqueous through a tear in descemet membrane. The patient presents with sudden onset decrease in vision, photophobia, and pain. Corneal thinning and ectasias combined with trivial trauma to the eye mostly by eye rubbing is considered as the underlying cause. With conservative approach self-resolution takes around 2 to 3 months. Surgical intervention is required in cases of non-resolution of corneal edema to avoid complications and for early visual rehabilitation. Intracameral injection of air or gas such as perflouropropane is the most common surgical procedure done. Recent investigative modality such as anterior segment optical coherence tomography is an extremely useful tool for diagnosis, surgical planning, and postoperative follow up. Resolution of hydrops may improve the contact lens tolerance and visual acuity but most cases require keratoplasty for visual rehabilitation.


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    Apr 10, 1971 ... At times one has had to improvise or temporize. cause the cornea to become taut, and in practice one ... In a donor eye the corneal surface flattens before the trephine and results in a trephine hole with sides ..... cornea that is clear and extends from just short of the central area to the limbus. In this way an ...

  8. Corneal Toxicity Associated With Aquarium Coral Palytoxin. (United States)

    Farooq, Asim V; Gibbons, Allister G; Council, Matthew D; Harocopos, George J; Holland, Simon; Judelson, Jeffrey; Shoss, Bradley L; Schmidt, Eric J; Md Noh, Umi Kalthum; D'Angelo, Alexander; Chundury, Rao V; Judelson, Richard; Perez, Victor L; Huang, Andrew J W


    To report a series of patients who developed corneal toxicity after exposure to aquarium coral palytoxin. Multicenter retrospective case series. Retrospective review. Seven patients presented with corneal findings ranging from superficial punctate epitheliopathy to bilateral corneal melt with subsequent perforation. Among those with mild corneal findings, resolution was achieved with topical steroids and lubrication, whereas some patients who developed progressive corneal melt required therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty. The history in all patients revealed exposure to aquarium zoanthid corals shortly before disease onset. A review of the literature revealed that there are few prior reports of coral-associated corneal toxicity and that some species of coral secrete a substance known as palytoxin, a potent vasoconstrictor that inhibits the membranous sodium-potassium ATPase pump across cell types and can cause rapid death if inhaled or ingested. This is the largest case series to date demonstrating patients with aquarium coral palytoxin-associated corneal toxicity, and is the first to provide details of related histopathologic findings. Similar to other forms of toxic keratoconjunctivitis, a detailed history and careful clinical assessment are required, as well as timely removal of the offending agent from the patients' ocular milieu and environment. Mild ocular surface and corneal disease may be treated effectively with aggressive topical steroid therapy and lubrication. Given the potential severity of ocular as well as systemic adverse effects, there should be increased awareness of this entity among eye care professionals, aquarium enthusiasts, and the general public. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Ultrahigh lattice thermal conductivity in topological semimetal TaN caused by a large acoustic-optical gap. (United States)

    Guo, San-Dong; Liu, Bang-Gui


    Topological semimetals may have potential applications such as in topological qubits, spintronics and quantum computations. Efficient heat dissipation is a key factor for the reliability and stability of topological semimetal-based nano-electronics devices, which is closely related to high thermal conductivity. In this work, the elastic properties and lattice thermal conductivity of TaN are investigated using first-principles calculations and the linearized phonon Boltzmann equation within the single-mode relaxation time approximation. According to the calculated bulk modulus, shear modulus and C 44 , TaN can be regarded as a potential incompressible and hard material. The room-temperature lattice thermal conductivity is predicted to be 838.62 [Formula: see text] along the a axis and 1080.40 [Formula: see text] along the c axis, showing very strong anisotropy. It is found that the lattice thermal conductivity of TaN is several tens of times higher than other topological semimetals, such as TaAs, MoP and ZrTe, which is due to the very longer phonon lifetimes for TaN than other topological semimetals. The very different atomic masses of Ta and N atoms lead to a very large acoustic-optical band gap, and then prohibit the scattering between acoustic and optical phonon modes, which gives rise to very long phonon lifetimes. Calculated results show that isotope scattering has little effect on lattice thermal conductivity, and that phonons with mean free paths larger than 20 (80) [Formula: see text] along the c direction at 300 K have little contribution to the total lattice thermal conductivity. This work implies that TaN-based nano-electronics devices may be more stable and reliable due to efficient heat dissipation, and motivates further experimental works to study lattice thermal conductivity of TaN.

  10. Ultrahigh lattice thermal conductivity in topological semimetal TaN caused by a large acoustic-optical gap (United States)

    Guo, San-Dong; Liu, Bang-Gui


    Topological semimetals may have potential applications such as in topological qubits, spintronics and quantum computations. Efficient heat dissipation is a key factor for the reliability and stability of topological semimetal-based nano-electronics devices, which is closely related to high thermal conductivity. In this work, the elastic properties and lattice thermal conductivity of TaN are investigated using first-principles calculations and the linearized phonon Boltzmann equation within the single-mode relaxation time approximation. According to the calculated bulk modulus, shear modulus and C 44, TaN can be regarded as a potential incompressible and hard material. The room-temperature lattice thermal conductivity is predicted to be 838.62 W~m-1~K^{-1} along the a axis and 1080.40 W~m-1~K^{-1} along the c axis, showing very strong anisotropy. It is found that the lattice thermal conductivity of TaN is several tens of times higher than other topological semimetals, such as TaAs, MoP and ZrTe, which is due to the very longer phonon lifetimes for TaN than other topological semimetals. The very different atomic masses of Ta and N atoms lead to a very large acoustic-optical band gap, and then prohibit the scattering between acoustic and optical phonon modes, which gives rise to very long phonon lifetimes. Calculated results show that isotope scattering has little effect on lattice thermal conductivity, and that phonons with mean free paths larger than 20 (80) μm along the c direction at 300 K have little contribution to the total lattice thermal conductivity. This work implies that TaN-based nano-electronics devices may be more stable and reliable due to efficient heat dissipation, and motivates further experimental works to study lattice thermal conductivity of TaN.

  11. A genome-wide association study identifies a potential novel gene locus for keratoconus, one of the commonest causes for corneal transplantation in developed countries (United States)

    Li, Xiaohui; Bykhovskaya, Yelena; Haritunians, Talin; Siscovick, David; Aldave, Anthony; Szczotka-Flynn, Loretta; Iyengar, Sudha K.; Rotter, Jerome I.; Taylor, Kent D.; Rabinowitz, Yaron S.


    Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea progressively thins over time, and is a major cause for cornea transplantation. To identify keratoconus susceptibility regions, we performed a comprehensive genome-wide association study (GWAS) using a discovery and replication design. A discovery panel of 222 keratoconus Caucasian patients and 3324 Caucasian controls was genotyped using Illumina 370K beadchips. Further associated and fine-mapping single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (n= 4905) were genotyped in an independent replication case–control panel of 304 cases and 518 controls and a family panel of 307 subjects in 70 families. Logistic regression models implemented in PLINK were performed to test associations in case–control samples with and without principal component (PC) adjustments. Generalized estimation equation models accounting for familial correlations implemented in GWAF were used for association testing in families. No genome-wide associations were identified in the discovery GWAS panel. From the initial testing without adjustments for PCs, the top three SNPs located at 3p26 (rs6442925), 2q21.3 (rs4954218) and 19q13.3 (rs1428642) were identified with unadjusted P-values of 6.5 × 10−8, 2.4 × 10−7 and 3.1 × 10−7, respectively. After adjustments for PCs, rs1428642 became the most significant through the genome with a P-value of 1.4 × 10−6, while rs6442925 and rs4954218 were less significant (P= 1.9 × 10−5 and 2.6 × 10−4). SNP rs4954218 was confirmed in two independent replication panels with P-values of 0.004 and 0.009, respectively. Meta-analysis revealed a highest association at rs4954218 with adjusted P= 1.6 × 10−7 (unadjusted P= 1.2 × 10−9). These findings suggest SNP rs4954218, located near the RAB3GAP1 gene, previously reported to be associated with corneal malformation, is a potential susceptibility locus for keratoconus. PMID:21979947

  12. Minimising Corneal Scarring from the use of Harmful Traditional Eye ...

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    Corneal scarring is the fourth largest cause of blindness globally, and a much more prominent factor in developing countries. Blindness from corneal scarring is largely a preventable phenomenon, and is capable of causing significant morbidity that can last for a lifetime. A significant proportion of these cases are caused by ...

  13. Equine corneal stromal abscesses

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    Henriksen, M. D. L.; Andersen, P. H.; Plummer, C. E.


    The last 30 years have seen many changes in the understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of equine corneal stromal abscesses (SAs). Stromal abscesses were previously considered an eye problem related to corneal bacterial infection, equine recurrent uveitis, corneal microtrauma and corneal...... foreign bodies in horses. They were more commonly diagnosed in horses living in subtropical climatic areas of the world. Therapeutic recommendations to treat equine SAs were historically nearly always a medical approach directed at bacteria and the often associated severe iridocyclitis. Today...... the pathogenesis of most equine SAs appears to be more often related to fungal inoculation of the anterior corneal stroma followed by posterior migration of the fungi deeper into the corneal stroma. There is also now an increased incidence of diagnosis of corneal SAs in horses living in more temperate climates...

  14. Corneal endothelial dysfunction in Pearson syndrome. (United States)

    Kasbekar, Shivani A; Gonzalez-Martin, Jose A; Shafiq, Ayad E; Chandna, Arvind; Willoughby, Colin E


    Mitochondrial disorders are associated with well recognized ocular manifestations. Pearson syndrome is an often fatal, multisystem, mitochondrial disorder that causes variable bone marrow, hepatic, renal and pancreatic exocrine dysfunction. Phenotypic progression of ocular disease in a 12-year-old male with Pearson syndrome is described. This case illustrates phenotypic drift from Pearson syndrome to Kearns-Sayre syndrome given the patient's longevity. Persistent corneal endothelial failure was noted in addition to ptosis, chronic external ophthalmoplegia and mid-peripheral pigmentary retinopathy. We propose that corneal edema resulting from corneal endothelial metabolic pump failure occurs within a spectrum of mitochondrial disorders.

  15. Should nylon corneal sutures be routinely removed? (United States)

    Jackson, H.; Bosanquet, R.


    Three groups of patients who had undergone cataract extraction through a corneal incision closed with 10/0 nylon sutures one, two, and three years previously were recalled to determine the incidence of suture related complications. Broken corneal sutures were found in 87.5% of patients after two years and 90% after three years and were causing symptoms in over half the patients. It is recommended that 10/0 nylon corneal sutures be routinely removed no later than one year after surgery. Images PMID:1751460

  16. Construction of a human corneal stromal equivalent with non-transfected human corneal stromal cells and acellular porcine corneal stromata. (United States)

    Diao, Jin-Mei; Pang, Xin; Qiu, Yue; Miao, Ying; Yu, Miao-Miao; Fan, Ting-Jun


    A tissue-engineered human corneal stroma (TE-HCS) has been developed as a promising equivalent to the native corneal stroma for replacement therapy. However, there is still a crucial need to improve the current approaches to render the TE-HCS equivalent more favorable for clinical applications. At the present study, we constructed a TE-HCS by incubating non-transfected human corneal stromal (HCS) cells in an acellular porcine corneal stromata (aPCS) scaffold in 20% fetal bovine serum supplemented DMEM/F12 (1:1) medium at 37 °C with 5% CO2in vitro. After 3 days of incubation, the constructed TE-HCS had a suitable tensile strength for transplantation, and a transparency that is comparable to native cornea. The TE-HCS had a normal histological structure which contained regularly aligned collagen fibers and differentiated HCS cells with positive expression of marker and functional proteins, mimicking a native HCS. After transplantation into rabbit models, the TE-HCS reconstructed normal corneal stroma in vivo and function well in maintaining corneal clarity and thickness, indicating that the completely biological TE-HCS could be used as a HCS equivalent. The constructed TE-HCS has promising potentials in regenerative medicine and treatment of diseases caused by corneal stromal disorders. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. [Results of corneal crosslinking for pellucid marginal corneal degeneration]. (United States)

    Bikbov, M M; Surkova, V K; Khalimov, A R; Usubov, E L

    to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of crosslinking in patients with progressive pellucid marginal corneal degeneration (PMCD). A total of 9 patients (16 eyes) with progressive PMCD were treated by standard crosslinking. The cornea was saturated with Dextralink solution and UV-A irradiated at 3 mW/cm2 for 30 minutes. The follow-up period was 12 months. One month after treatment, there was a slight decrease in uncorrected and best corrected visual acuity (UCVA and BCVA) - from 0.08±0.03 and 0.4±0.15 preoperatively down to 0.06±0.02 and 0.3±0.07, respectively, caused by pseudohaze of the cornea. Keratometric parameters (the average refractive power of the cornea, corneal astigmatism, and corneal thickness) did not change significantly. The demarcation line was identified in 56% of cases. By the 3-month follow-up, UCVA and BCVA improved up to 0.1±0.07 and 0.52±0.1, respectively. The refractive power of the cornea decreased by 2.0 diopters and corneal astigmatism - by 0.7 diopters reaching 46.8±2.7 and 5.1±1.3 diopters, respectively (p≤0.04). Central corneal thickness decreased by an average of 29 microns. The demarcation line remained visible in 25% of cases. At 6 months, BCVA averaged 0.58±0.13, at that, 56% of eyes gained 1 line and 31% - 2 lines. The refractive power of the cornea decreased down to 45.7±1.6 diopters, corneal astigmatism - down to 4.8±1.5 diopters. The demarcation line was not detected. At 1 year, there were no significant changes in the average values of optometric indices as compared to the 6-month period. Сonclusion. Pellucid marginal corneal degeneration should be regarded as a kind of primary ectasia, often bilateral and notable for its characteristic clinical picture and late onset. In progressive disease, photochemical crosslinking of the cornea contributes to the improvement of optometric parameters and stabilization of the process.

  18. Corneal Laceration

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  20. Clinical research on corneal perforation

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    Cheng-Huan Dong


    Full Text Available AIM: To study the clinical characteristics of corneal perforation(CP.METHODS: A retrospective analysis in July 1995 to July 2010 the First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University diagnosed CP 72 patients(72 eyes, clinical characteristics of all the patients were analyzed. RESULTS: The incidence of corneal ulcer perforation rised year by year, the morbidity of male and female was 17:7, the onset age focused on 48 years old. Of 23 industrial workers(32%with clear history of trauma, pathogeny identification results: top two: fungal infection and Acanthamoeba keratitis. A using history of glucocorticoid was found in 10 cases. CONCLUSION: There are plenty of primary causes of CP such as traumas, fungal infection, Acanthamoeba keratitis, eroded keratitis, etc. CP happens in middle-aged males in Fujian province, most traumas are the causes, the main pathogenic bacteria is fungal infection.

  1. Terrien's marginal degeneration accompanied by latticed stromal opacities. (United States)

    Zhang, Yibing; Jia, Hui


    We report a case of Terrien's marginal degeneration (TMD) with a unilaterally typical narrow band of peripheral corneal stroma thinning, accompanied by the presence of an unusual network of opacities diffusing throughout the anterior stroma layers. A 43-year-old woman presented with superior nasal peripheral corneal thinning and an unusual network of polygonal stromal opacities in the anterior corneal stroma of the right eye. Latticed corneal changes were unusually extensive and distributed diffusely in the stroma. No abnormalities were found in the corneal epithelium and in the basal epithelial cells. No noticeable changes were found in the left eye. Because of a progressively worse ocular irritation of the right eye, a diagnosis of TMD was made for this patient. This case of TMD accompanied by keratopathy was unusual. The branching stromal lattice pattern of the corneal opacities was difficult to distinguish from lattice corneal dystrophy. In this case, the polygonal stromal opacities were located in the anterior corneal stroma and therefore were distinguished from a similar manifestation in posterior crocodile shagreen.

  2. Terrien’s Marginal Degeneration Accompanied by Latticed Stromal Opacities (United States)

    Zhang, Yibing; Jia, Hui


    ABSTRACT Purpose We report a case of Terrien’s marginal degeneration (TMD) with a unilaterally typical narrow band of peripheral corneal stroma thinning, accompanied by the presence of an unusual network of opacities diffusing throughout the anterior stroma layers. Case Report A 43-year-old woman presented with superior nasal peripheral corneal thinning and an unusual network of polygonal stromal opacities in the anterior corneal stroma of the right eye. Latticed corneal changes were unusually extensive and distributed diffusely in the stroma. No abnormalities were found in the corneal epithelium and in the basal epithelial cells. No noticeable changes were found in the left eye. Because of a progressively worse ocular irritation of the right eye, a diagnosis of TMD was made for this patient. Conclusions This case of TMD accompanied by keratopathy was unusual. The branching stromal lattice pattern of the corneal opacities was difficult to distinguish from lattice corneal dystrophy. In this case, the polygonal stromal opacities were located in the anterior corneal stroma and therefore were distinguished from a similar manifestation in posterior crocodile shagreen. PMID:24681833

  3. Enhanced vibronic interaction caused by local lattice symmetry lowering in the (Fe, Mg)As2 ternary system (United States)

    Pishtshev, A.; Rubin, P.


    By means of periodic density functional theory (DFT) electronic structure calculations, we investigate iron-site doping effects in a structural model of bulk FeAs2. Simulations performed within the projector augmented-wave method-Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functional scheme reveal that the impacts of the two stoichiometric substitutions Fe → Mg and Fe → Ni are radically different with respect to the structural and electronic behavior of the dopants. In particular, unlike the Ni dopant, the Mg dopant incorporated in FeAs2 occupies a noncentral equilibrium position characterized by an off-center displacement from the reference higher-symmetry position. Analysis of the respective electron and vibrational factors allows us to explain this result in terms of the local pseudo Jahn-Teller effect (pJTE). On the basis of DFT calculations, we deduce which electron orbitals and lattice vibrational modes are appropriate for promoting the local instability at the origin of the pJTE. Quantitative evaluations of the pJTE parameters performed within the polyatomic formalism of an effective tight-binding model show that it is just the enhanced vibronic interaction in the Mg-[FeAs6] cluster that is responsible for the local lattice symmetry breaking.

  4. [The status quo and expectation of corneal research in China]. (United States)

    Shi, Weiyun; Xie, Lixin


    In China, corneal disease is currently the second leading cause of blindness. Severe donor shortage, insufficient technique supports and promotion, and the lack of corneal disease specialists due to poor systematic training are all urgent problems to be resolved. The last 5 years have witnessed a considerable progress in basic and clinical researches of corneal disease. Investigations on the pathogenesis and treatment of fungal keratitis have won an international reputation. Results from the study of corneal reconstruction with tissue-engineered and acellular matrix corneas have been tested in clinical trials with good preliminary performance. Moreover, the clinical researches of corneal refractive surgery have kept pace with the latest international progresses. However, Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty needs further promotion, and the development and application of keratoprosthesis remains a blank. Although keratoprosthesis and corneal collagen cross-linking have been widely applied in Europe with satisfactory clinical efficacy, they are still under assessment by China Food and Drug Administration for approval of use.

  5. [Corneal neurotrophic ulcers--clinical and etiopathogenic aspects]. (United States)

    Damian, Carmen; Craitoiu, Stefania; Preda, Mirela; Manescu, Rodica; Irimia, Anca; Marinescu, Florentina


    The aim of this paper is to observe the corneal neurotrophic ulcers in patients with ophthalmic and systemic diseases associated with impairment of the sensory innervation of the cornea. We have performed a retrospective study using a lot of patients with corneal neurotrophic ulcers, admitted in Ophthalmology Clinic in 2003-2006. We have analyzed the etiopathogenic factors that have determined the corneal trophic ulcers, the treatment and the complications occurred. The study spot-lighted two main causes responsible for the corneal trophic ulcers: ocular and systemic disorders. For many patients the etiopathogenic factor is multiple. 1. Corneal neurotrophic ulcer is a severe complication of an ophthalmic or a systemic disorder. 2. The moderate outcome of ophthalmic complications require early treatment, adjusted for each patient. 3. Prevention of the corneal neurotrophic ulcers is the best method of treatment.

  6. [Management of corneal hydrops using air and micro-punctures]. (United States)

    Campos Polo, R; Chacón Iglesias, J; Gamazo Carrasco, M; Mencía Bartolomé, J M; Solana Fajardo, J; García Guisado, D; Fernández Miranda, C; Bueno Álvarez-Arenas, J; Sánchez Trancón, Á; García Ardoy, E


    A 22-year- old woman with an acute hydrops and Descemet membrane detachment was managed by intracameral air injection combined with multiple corneal stromal venting incisions for the drainage of intrastromal fluid. No intraoperative complications were encountered, and the intrastromal fluid was resolved over 2 weeks. Acute corneal hydrops is a significant complication of keratoconus. If not treated, resolution usually occurs over a period of 2-4 months. The persistent oedema can cause complications, such as corneal neovascularisation, infection and corneal perforation. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  7. Corneal optics after reading, microscopy and computer work. (United States)

    Collins, Michael J; Buehren, Tobias; Bece, Andrej; Voetz, Stephanie C


    To compare lid-induced changes in corneal optics following reading, microscopy and computer work. Nine subjects with normal ocular health were recruited for the study. Five subjects were myopic, two were emmetropic, one was astigmatic and one was hyperopic. Corneal topography was measured before and after 60 mins of reading a novel, performing a blood cell counting task on a microscope and Internet searching. Corneal topography data were used to derive the corneal wavefront Zernike coefficients up to the fourth order. A meridian analysis of instantaneous corneal power along the upper 90-degree semi-meridian was performed to examine local changes caused by eyelid pressure. Digital photography was used to capture body posture and eyelid position during the tasks. Each of the three tasks showed systematically different effects on both the characteristics and location of corneal topography changes. Reading and microscopy generally exhibited larger and more centrally located changes compared with the computer task. Differences in wavefront aberration characteristics between the three tasks were apparent in both lower and higher order aberrations. The location of corneal distortions differed significantly between microscopy and computer work, with microscopy causing distortions to occur closer to the videokeratoscope measurement axis compared with computer work (p = 0.015). Reading, microscopy and computer work have different effects on corneal aberrations. The results are in agreement with the hypothesis that lid-induced corneal aberrations may play a role in myopia development.

  8. Intrastromal corneal ring implants for corneal thinning disorders: an evidence-based analysis. (United States)


    progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge or forward protrusion in response to the normal pressure of the eye. Thinning occurs primarily in the stoma layers and is believed to be a breakdown in the collagen network. This bulging can lead to an irregular shape or astigmatism of the cornea and, because the anterior part of the cornea is largely responsible for the focusing of light on the retina, results in loss of visual acuity. This can make even simple daily tasks, such as driving, watching television or reading, difficult to perform. Keratoconus (KC) is the most common form of corneal thinning disorder and is a noninflammatory chronic disease process. Although the specific causes of the biomechanical alterations that occur in KC are unknown, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that genetic factors may play an important role. KC is a rare condition (management for this condition follows a step-wise approach depending on disease severity. Contact lenses are the primary treatment of choice when there is irregular astigmatism associated with the disease. When patients can no longer tolerate contact lenses or when lenses no longer provide adequate vision, patients are referred for corneal transplant. Keratoconus is one of the leading indications for corneal transplants and has been so for the last three decades. Yet, despite high graft survival rates of up to 20 years, there are reasons to defer receiving transplants for as long as possible. Patients with keratoconus are generally young and life-long term graft survival would be an important consideration. The surgery itself involves lengthy time off work and there are potential complications from long term steroid use following surgery, as well as the risk of developing secondary cataracts, glaucoma etc. After transplant, recurrent KC is possible with need for subsequent intervention. Residual refractive errors and astigmatism can remain challenging after transplantation and high refractive surgery rates and re

  9. Corneal donations in South Africa: A 15-year review | York | South ...

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    Background. Corneal pathology is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in South Africa (SA). A corneal transplant can restore or significantly improve vision in most cases. However, in SA there is a gross shortage of corneal tissue available to ophthalmologists. Little has been published describing the ...

  10. Comparative Study of Anterior Eye Segment Measurements with Spectral Swept-Source and Time-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography in Eyes with Corneal Dystrophies

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    Full Text Available Purpose. To compare anterior eye segment measurements and morphology obtained with two optical coherence tomography systems (TD OCT, SS OCT in eyes with corneal dystrophies (CDs. Methods. Fifty healthy volunteers (50 eyes and 54 patients (96 eyes diagnosed with CD (epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, EBMD = 12 eyes; Thiel-Behnke CD = 6 eyes; lattice CD TGFBI type = 15 eyes; granular CD type 1 = 7 eyes, granular CD type 2 = 2 eyes; macular CD = 23 eyes; and Fuchs endothelial CD = 31 eyes were recruited for the study. Automated and manual central corneal thickness (aCCT, mCCT, anterior chamber depth (ACD, and nasal and temporal trabecular iris angle (nTIA, tTIA were measured and compared with Bland-Altman plots. Results. Good agreement between the TD and SS OCT measurements was demonstrated for mCCT and aCCT in normal individuals and for mCCT in the CDs group. The ACD, nTIA, and tTIA measurements differed significantly in both groups. TBCD, LCD, and FECD caused increased CCT. MCD caused significant corneal thinning. FECD affected all analyzed parameters. Conclusions. Better agreement between SS OCT and TD OCT measurements was demonstrated in normal individuals compared to the CDs group. OCT provides comprehensive corneal deposits analysis and demonstrates the association of CD with CCT, ACD, and TIA measurements.

  11. Acute corneal edema without epithelium compromise. A case report and literature review

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    Full Text Available Acute corneal edema is caused by various factors, with different levels of severity, and various forms of presentation. This paper reports the case of a male patient presenting with acute corneal edema without epithelium compromise, whose clinical picture, ophthalmological examination and additional tests did not reveal its etiology. Also, a review of available literature was conducted looking for all known causes of acute corneal edema, which are classified according to the etiology of the corneal edema into injury or inflammation of the corneal epithelium or stroma, endothelial dysfunction or increase in intraocular pressure.

  12. Utilización del bevacizumab en la neovascularización corneal Use of Bevacizumab in corneal neovascularization

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    Taimi Cárdenas Díaz


    Full Text Available La neovascularización corneal es causa de pérdida de su transparencia y también es un factor de riesgo para el rechazo secundario de trasplantes en esa estructura. El bevacizumab es un anticuerpo monoclonal humanizado que bloquea selectivamente la cascada de formación del VEGF y con esto disminuye la formación de vasos sanguíneos. Se presentan tres casos con neovascularización corneal por diferentes causas, a los cuales se le administró tres dosis subconjuntival de 2,5 mg de bevacizumab, con una frecuencia mensual. En los ojos tratados se observó una regresión parcial de la neovascularización corneal y fue más visible en el paciente con antecedente de quemadura corneal.Neovascularization of the cornea is a cause of loss of transparency of the same and is also a risk factor for secondary rejection corneal transplants. Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that selectively blocks the formation of the VEGF cascade and, with this, decreases the formation of blood vessels. Three cases with corneal neovascularization from different causes were presented, which were given three doses of 2.5 mg subconjunctival bevacizumab once a month. A partial regression of corneal neovascularization was observed in the treated eyes, being more visible in the patient with a history of corneal burn.

  13. Applications of biomaterials in corneal wound healing

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    Full Text Available Disease affecting the cornea is a common cause of blindness worldwide. To date, the amniotic membrane (AM is the most widely used clinical method for cornea regeneration. However, donor-dependent differences in the AM may result in variable clinical outcomes. To overcome this issue, biomaterials are currently under investigation for corneal regeneration in vitro and in vivo. In this article, we highlight the recent advances in hydrogels, bioengineered prosthetic devices, contact lenses, and drug delivery systems for corneal regeneration. In clinical studies, the therapeutic effects of biomaterials, including fibrin and collagen-based hydrogels and silicone contact lenses, have been demonstrated in damaged cornea. The combination of cells and biomaterials may provide potential treatment in corneal wound healing in the future.

  14. [Purulent corneal ulcers: etiology, pathogenesis, classification]. (United States)

    Kasparova, Evg A; Kasparova, Evg A


    Advanced purulent corneal ulcer, as well as abscess, is a serious vision-threatening condition notable for its fulminant course and possible loss of the eye due to endophthalmitis. Its leading causes, pathogenesis, and classifications are described and analyzed in this paper.

  15. Corneal ulcers: For the general practitioner

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    may be important predisposing factors and give clues as to the aetiology. Contact lens use is a very common cause of corneal ulcers. Tools for examination. In general practice it is presumed that a slit-lamp and other specialised equipment is unavailable. It would be reasonable to have the following ophthalmic tools at one's ...

  16. Bioactive self-assembled peptide nanofibers for corneal stroma regeneration. (United States)

    Uzunalli, G; Soran, Z; Erkal, T S; Dagdas, Y S; Dinc, E; Hondur, A M; Bilgihan, K; Aydin, B; Guler, M O; Tekinay, A B


    Defects in the corneal stroma caused by trauma or diseases such as macular corneal dystrophy and keratoconus can be detrimental for vision. Development of therapeutic methods to enhance corneal regeneration is essential for treatment of these defects. This paper describes a bioactive peptide nanofiber scaffold system for corneal tissue regeneration. These nanofibers are formed by self-assembling peptide amphiphile molecules containing laminin and fibronectin inspired sequences. Human corneal keratocyte cells cultured on laminin-mimetic peptide nanofibers retained their characteristic morphology, and their proliferation was enhanced compared with cells cultured on fibronectin-mimetic nanofibers. When these nanofibers were used for damaged rabbit corneas, laminin-mimetic peptide nanofibers increased keratocyte migration and supported stroma regeneration. These results suggest that laminin-mimetic peptide nanofibers provide a promising injectable, synthetic scaffold system for cornea stroma regeneration. Copyright © 2013 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Corneal reshaping and wavefront aberrations during overnight orthokeratology. (United States)

    Lian, Yan; Shen, Meixiao; Huang, Shenghai; Yuan, Yimin; Wang, Yaozeng; Zhu, Dexi; Jiang, Jun; Mao, Xinjie; Wang, Jianhua; Lu, Fan


    To investigate changes of corneal thickness at the vertical and horizontal meridians and of wavefront aberrations (WA) over a 30-day period of overnight myopia orthokeratology (OK) lens wear. Sixteen subjects (11 women, 5 men, 26.3±3.2 years) were enrolled and fitted for OK lenses. Long scan depth optical coherence tomography was used to measure corneal thickness profiles at both horizontal and vertical meridians at baseline and on days 1, 7, and 30 days. Corneal and ocular WA of a 6-mm pupil were measured and the root-mean-square (RMS) of the astigmatism, coma, spherical aberration (SA), and total higher-order aberrations (HOAs) were determined. During the 30-day period, the central cornea thinned in the horizontal and vertical meridians, whereas corneal thickening occurred in the temporal, nasal, and inferior mid-peripheries. In contrast, the cornea thinned in the mid-peripheral superior. There were significant increases in RMS for astigmatism, SA, coma, and positive horizontal coma during the study period. After OK, there were significant positive correlations between the midperipheral-central thickness change difference and the changes in corneal and ocular RMS of total HOAs and SA (r range: 0.281 to 0.492, POK caused unique changes in corneal thickness profiles at the vertical and horizontal meridians and increased corneal and ocular HOAs related to corneal reshaping.

  18. Void lattices

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    Chadderton, L.T.; Johnson, E.; Wohlenberg, T.


    Void lattices in metals apparently owe their stability to elastically anisotropic interactions. An ordered array of voids on the anion sublattice in fluorite does not fit so neatly into this scheme of things. Crowdions may play a part in the formation of the void lattice, and stability may derive from other sources. (Auth.)

  19. Corneal Protection for Burn Patients (United States)


    Create ectropion by blepharoplasty in New Zealand white rabbits. Assess epithelial defects and corneal ulcers . Measure inflammatory cytokines and...7, with corneal ulceration developing in the most severe cases by week 3. Histopathological results revealed epithelium infiltrated by heterophilic...excellent surgical model of evaporative dry eye. Damage to the cornea and conjunctiva manifesting as punctate epithelial erosions and corneal ulceration is

  20. Spheroidal degeneration in H626R TGFBI variant lattice dystrophy: a multimodality analysis. (United States)

    Lai, Kevin; Reidy, Jason; Bert, Benjamin; Milman, Tatyana


    The aim of this study was to describe clinical, imaging, molecular genetic, histopathologic, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural characteristics of coexistent amyloid and spheroidal degeneration-type deposits in a family with histidine-626-arginine transforming growth factor beta-induced (H626R TGFBI) variant lattice dystrophy. This is a retrospective clinical-pathological and genetic analysis of one family with H626R variant lattice dystrophy. Pedigree analysis showed an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern of the disease. Examination of 3 affected family members revealed asymmetric, thick, branching lattice-like deposits associated with corneal haze. Sequencing of the TGFBI gene revealed a high-penetrance disease-causing sequence variation (H626R CAT>CGT heterozygous). Optical coherence tomography demonstrated fusiform, poorly demarcated hyperechoic stromal deposits with focal hypoechoic central regions. Histology of the corneal discs from 2 affected family members showed stromal deposits consistent with TGFBI amyloid. Some amyloid deposits contained a central nidus of spheroidal degeneration-type material that demonstrated autofluorescence, stained with elastic and Masson trichrome stains, did not stain with periodic acid-Schiff or Congo red stains, was nonbirefringent, and did not immunoreact with keratoepithelin antibodies. Transmission electron microscopy confirmed the presence of amyloid fibrils with central, electrodense, homogeneous, discrete, spheroidal degeneration-type deposits. The presence of spheroidal deposits in a subset of affected patients, variability in presentation within an individual and between family members, predominant anterior corneal stromal location and nonimmunoreactivity of deposits for keratoepithelin suggest that these deposits are degenerative in nature. The deposits may arise from ultraviolet light-altered proteins diffused from the limbus, which form a nidus for keratoepithelin deposition.

  1. Lattice strings

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    The possibility of studying non-perturbative effects in string theory using a world sheet lattice is discussed. The light-cone lattice string model of Giles and Thorn is studied numerically to assess the accuracy of ''coarse lattice'' approximations. For free strings a 5 by 15 lattice seems sufficient to obtain better than 10% accuracy for the bosonic string tachyon mass squared. In addition a crude lattice model simulating string like interactions is studied to find out how easily a coarse lattice calculation can pick out effects such as bound states which would qualitatively alter the spectrum of the free theory. The role of the critical dimension in obtaining a finite continuum limit is discussed. Instead of the ''gaussian'' lattice model one could use one of the vertex models, whose continuum limit is the same as a gaussian model on a torus of any radius. Indeed, any critical 2 dimensional statistical system will have a stringy continuum limit in the absence of string interactions. 8 refs., 1 fig. , 9 tabs

  2. Feasibility of cell-based therapy combined with descemetorhexis for treating Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy in rabbit model.

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    Naoki Okumura

    Full Text Available Corneal transparency is maintained by the corneal endothelium through its pump and barrier function. Severe corneal endothelial damage results in dysregulation of water flow and eventually causes corneal haziness and deterioration of visual function. In 2013, we initiated clinical research of cell-based therapy for treating corneal decompensation. In that study, we removed an 8-mm diameter section of damaged corneal endothelium without removing Descemet's membrane (the basement membrane of the corneal endothelium and then injected cultured human corneal endothelial cells (CECs into the anterior chamber. However, Descemet's membrane exhibits clinically abnormal structural features [i.e., multiple collagenous excrescences (guttae and thickening] in patients with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD and the advanced cornea guttae adversely affects the quality of vision, even in patients without corneal edema. The turnover time of cornea guttae is also not certain. Therefore, we used a rabbit model to evaluate the feasibility of Descemet's membrane removal in the optical zone only, by performing a small 4-mm diameter descemetorhexis prior to CEC injection. We showed that the corneal endothelium is regenerated both on the corneal stroma (the area of Descemet's membrane removal and on the intact peripheral Descemet's membrane, based on the expression of function-related markers and the restoration of corneal transparency. Recovery of the corneal transparency and central corneal thickness was delayed in areas of Descemet's membrane removal, but the cell density of the regenerated corneal endothelium and the thickness of the central corneal did not differ between the areas with and without residual Descemet's membrane at 14 days after CEC injection. Here, we demonstrate that removal of a pathological Descemet's membrane by a small descemetorhexis is a feasible procedure for use in combination with cell-based therapy. The current strategy might be

  3. Congenital Corneal Anesthesia and Neurotrophic Keratitis: Diagnosis and Management

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    Flavio Mantelli


    Full Text Available Neurotrophic keratitis (NK is a rare degenerative disease of the cornea caused by an impairment of corneal sensory innervation, characterized by decreased or absent corneal sensitivity resulting in epithelial keratopathy, ulceration, and perforation. The aetiopathogenesis of corneal sensory innervation impairment in children recognizes the same range of causes as adults, although they are much less frequent in the pediatric population. Some extremely rare congenital diseases could be considered in the aetiopathogenesis of NK in children. Congenital corneal anesthesia is an extremely rare condition that carries considerable diagnostic and therapeutic problems. Typically the onset is up to 3 years of age and the cornea may be affected in isolation or the sensory deficit may exist as a component of a congenital syndrome, or it may be associated with systemic somatic anomalies. Accurate diagnosis and recognition of risk factors is important for lessening long-term sequelae of this condition. Treatment should include frequent topical lubrication and bandage corneal or scleral contact lenses. Surgery may be needed in refractory cases. The purpose of this review is to summarize and update data available on congenital causes and treatment of corneal hypo/anesthesia and, in turn, on congenital NK.

  4. Lattice gases

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    Boghosian, B.M.


    In recent years an important class of cellular automata known as lattice gases have been successfully used to model a variety of physical systems, traditionally modeled by partial differential equations. The 2-D and 3-D Navier Stokes equations for single-phase and multiphase flow, Burgers' equation, and various types of diffusion equations are all examples. The first section of this chapter is meant to be a survey of the different ideas and techniques used in this simulations. In the second section, using lattice gases for the diffusion equation and for Burgers' equation as examples, the discrete Chapman-Enskog method is demonstrated. Beginning with rules governing particle motion on a lattice, the lattice Boltzmann equation is derived, and the Chapman-Enskog method is used to derive hydrodynamical equations for the conserved quantities. The approximations used at each step are discussed in detail. The intent is to provide an introduction to the Chapman-Enskog analysis for simple lattice gases in order to prepare the reader to better understand that for the (generally more complicated) models proposed for the simulation of the Navier-Stokes equations. 29 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs

  5. Impact of facial conformation on canine health: corneal ulceration. (United States)

    Packer, Rowena M A; Hendricks, Anke; Burn, Charlotte C


    Concern has arisen in recent years that selection for extreme facial morphology in the domestic dog may be leading to an increased frequency of eye disorders. Corneal ulcers are a common and painful eye problem in domestic dogs that can lead to scarring and/or perforation of the cornea, potentially causing blindness. Exaggerated juvenile-like craniofacial conformations and wide eyes have been suspected as risk factors for corneal ulceration. This study aimed to quantify the relationship between corneal ulceration risk and conformational factors including relative eyelid aperture width, brachycephalic (short-muzzled) skull shape, the presence of a nasal fold (wrinkle), and exposed eye-white. A 14 month cross-sectional study of dogs entering a large UK based small animal referral hospital for both corneal ulcers and unrelated disorders was carried out. Dogs were classed as affected if they were diagnosed with a corneal ulcer using fluorescein dye while at the hospital (whether referred for this disorder or not), or if a previous diagnosis of corneal ulcer(s) was documented in the dogs' histories. Of 700 dogs recruited, measured and clinically examined, 31 were affected by corneal ulcers. Most cases were male (71%), small breed dogs (mean± SE weight: 11.4±1.1 kg), with the most commonly diagnosed breed being the Pug. Dogs with nasal folds were nearly five times more likely to be affected by corneal ulcers than those without, and brachycephalic dogs (craniofacial ratio ulcer risk. Exposed eye-white was associated with a nearly three times increased risk. The results demonstrate that artificially selecting for these facial characteristics greatly heightens the risk of corneal ulcers, and such selection should thus be discouraged to improve canine welfare.

  6. Human corneal epithelial subpopulations

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    Søndergaard, Chris Bath


    subpopulations in human corneal epithelium using a combination of laser capture microdissection and RNA sequencing for global transcriptomic profiling. We compared dissociation cultures, using either expansion on γ-irradiated NIH/3T3 feeder cells in serum-rich medium or expansion directly on plastic in serum......-free EpiLife medium, using a range of physiologically relevant oxygen concentrations (2%, 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%). Using immunocytochemistry and advanced fluorescence microscopy, cells were characterized regarding growth, cell cycle distribution, colony-forming efficiency (CFE), phenotypes...... was not dependent on the system used for propagation (Bath et al. 2013a). Laser capture microdissection was used to isolate cellular subpopulations in situ from the spatially defined differentiation pathway in human corneal epithelium according to an optimized protocol for maintenance of expression profiles...

  7. Corneal cross-linking treatment of keratoconus

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    Mahgol Farjadnia


    Full Text Available Keratoconus as the most common cause of ectasia is one of the leading cause of corneal transplants worldwide. The current available therapies do not modify the underlying pathogenesis of the disease, and none of the available approaches but corneal transplant hinder the ongoing ectasia. Several studies document Crosslink defect between collagen fibrils in the pathogenesis of keratoconus. Collagen cross link is a relatively new approach that with the application of the riboflavin and ultraviolet A, new covalent bands reform. Subjective and objective results following this method seem to be promising. Endothelial damage besides other deep structural injury, which is the major concern of this technique have not yet been reported, when applying the standard method.

  8. Lattice QCD

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    Mackenzie, Paul


    Modern lattice gauge theory calculations are making it possible for lattice QCD to play an increasingly important role in the quantitative investigation of the Standard Model. The fact that QCD is strongly coupled at large distances has required the development of nonperturbative methods and large-scale computer simulations to solve the theory. The development of successful numerical methods for QCD calculations puts us in a good position to be ready for the possible discovery of new strongly coupled forces beyond the Standard Model in the era of the Large Hadron Collider. (author)

  9. Operator lattices

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    Bender, C.M.


    The finite-element method enables us to convert the operator differential equations of a quantum field theory into operator difference equations. These difference equations are consistent with the requirements of quantum mechanics and they do not exhibit fermion doubling, a problem that frequently plagues lattice treatments of fermions. Guage invariance can also be incorporated into the difference equations. On a finite lattice the operator difference equations can be solved in closed form. For the case of the Schwinger model the anomaly is computed and results in excellent agreement are obtained with the known continuum value

  10. [Corneal ulcers in systemic autoimmunologic diseases]. (United States)

    Augsten, R; Dawczynski, J; Voigt, U; Oelzner, P; Schulze, E; Königsdörffer, E


    Keratolysis is a rare severe complication following systemic autoimmunologic diseases. Despite of complex therapeutic treatments, the prognosis is very poor. Ten eyes from seven patients with corneal ulcers were reported (age 45 - 73 years, mean 63 years; 6 women, 1 man). The corneal ulcer was perforated in 7 eyes. Five patients suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and one patient developed a Sjögren's syndrome. Besides, one patient had shown both autoimmunologic diseases. After clinical attendance, visual acuity in the eyes with nonperforated ulcers was between 0.1 and 0.4, and in the eyes with perforated ulcers between light perception and 0.2. In 7 eyes with perforated corneal ulcers an emergency tectonic conjunctival plasty and, 1 - 2 days later, a keratoplasty had been performed. Postoperatively, local therapies had been initiated with antibiotic and immunosuppressive eyedrops as well as with conventional drops for dry-eye symptoms. Because of the autoimmunologic diseases of the patients, a systemic immunosuppressive therapy had been arranged. Follow-up period had been between 4 weeks and 3,5 years (mean 16 months). In the three eyes with nonperforated ulcers which received an antibiotic and immunosuppressive treatment, visual acuity was found at 1 / 20 and 0.4. However, in spite of stabilized findings in the 5 eyes with perforated ulcers, the visual acuity was in this case only between light perception and 0.05. One patient with a perforated ulcer and one patient with a recurrent corneal perforation after keratoplasty refused further operative procedures. Finally, both eyes had to undergo evisceration. Despite of intensive local and systemic immunosuppressive as well as operative therapies, corneal ulcers associated with autoimmunologic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome) may cause a marked decrease of visual acuity or the loss of an eye. With regard to the healthy eye, an immunosuppressive therapy for life is most important.

  11. Inflammatory cytokine TNF-α promotes corneal endothelium apoptosis via upregulating TIPE2 transcription during corneal graft rejection. (United States)

    Wang, Qun; Wei, Chao; Ma, Li; Wang, Xin; Li, Lin; Zhou, Qingjun; Shi, Weiyun


    Endothelial dysfunction accounts for 50% of total corneal transplantation failures, suggesting that corneal endothelial damage is the leading cause of graft failure. Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is known to contribute to the negative regulation of corneal transplantation, but how it does so remains unclear. Here, we report a regulatory loop involving TNF-α, TNF-α-induced protein 8 like 2 (TNFAIP8L2 or TIPE2), and apoptosis during corneal graft rejection. We established mice models of penetrating keratoplasty to verify whether the quantification of TNF-α in allogeneic corneas is enhanced through ELISA assay and immunofluorescence staining. In cornea tissues, we obtained corneal endothelium and measured apoptosis of the removed cells. Meanwhile, quantitative real-time PCR and Western blotting were used to detect the mRNA and protein expression of TIPE2. In human corneal endothelial cells, we verified the conclusions through some experiments. By specifically knocking down TIPE2, we detected the importance of TIPE2 in TNF-α-triggered apoptosis. In mice models, TNF-α was higher in the cornea and aqueous humor in allograft group and TNF-α elevation increased the apoptosis of the corneal endothelium. In addition, high levels of TIPE2 were found in allograft rejection models following TNF-α elevation. In human corneal endothelial cells (HCECs), TNF-α clearly augments TIPE2 expression and promotes cell apoptosis through upregulating TIPE2 transcription. Knocking down markedly decreased cell apoptosis. Our study identifies the molecular mechanisms underlying the interplay of TNF-α, TIPE2, and apoptosis during allograft rejection, and it suggests that both TNF-α and TIPE2 might be potential targets for the successfully grafted corneal endothelium.

  12. Restoration of Corneal Transparency by Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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    Sharad K. Mittal


    Full Text Available Transparency of the cornea is indispensable for optimal vision. Ocular trauma is a leading cause of corneal opacity, leading to 25 million cases of blindness annually. Recently, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs have gained prominence due to their inflammation-suppressing and tissue repair functions. Here, we investigate the potential of MSCs to restore corneal transparency following ocular injury. Using an in vivo mouse model of ocular injury, we report that MSCs have the capacity to restore corneal transparency by secreting high levels of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF. Interestingly, our data also show that HGF alone can restore corneal transparency, an observation that has translational implications for the development of HGF-based therapy.

  13. Collagen cross-linking using riboflavin and ultraviolet-a for corneal thinning disorders: an evidence-based analysis. (United States)

    Pron, G; Ieraci, L; Kaulback, K


    durable?Effectiveness - Refractive Outcomes: What impact does remodeling have on refractive outcomes?Effectiveness - Visual Quality (Symptoms): What impact does corneal cross-linking have on vision quality such as contrast vision, and decreased visual symptoms (halos, fluctuating vision)?Effectiveness - Contact lens tolerance: To what extent does contact lens intolerance improve after corneal cross-linking?Vision-Related QOL: What is the impact of corneal cross-linking on functional visual rehabilitation and quality of life?PATIENT SATISFACTION: Are patients satisfied with their vision following the procedure?Disease Process:What impact does corneal cross-linking have on the underling corneal thinning disease process?Does corneal cross-linking delay or defer the need for a corneal transplant?What is the comparative safety and effectiveness of corneal cross-linking compared with other minimally invasive treatments for corneal ectasia such as intrastromal corneal rings? TARGET POPULATION AND CONDITION Corneal ectasia (thinning) disorders represent a range of disorders involving either primary disease conditions, such as keratoconus (KC) and pellucid marginal corneal degeneration, or secondary iatrogenic conditions, such as corneal thinning occurring after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) refractive surgery. Corneal thinning is a disease that occurs when the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge or forward protrusion in response to the normal pressure of the eye. The thinning occurs primarily in the stroma layers and is believed to be a breakdown in the collagen process. This bulging can lead to irregular astigmatism or shape of the cornea. Because the anterior part of the cornea is responsible for most of the focusing of the light on the retina, this can then result in loss of visual acuity. The reduced visual acuity can make even simple daily tasks, such as driving, watching television or reading, difficult to perform

  14. Dynamic corneal deformation response and integrated corneal tomography

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    Marcella Q Salomão


    Full Text Available Measuring corneal biomechanical properties is still challenging. There are several clinical applications for biomechanical measurements, including the detection of mild or early forms of ectatic corneal diseases. This article reviews clinical applications for biomechanical measurements provided by the Corvis ST dynamic non contact tonometer

  15. Dynamic corneal deformation response and integrated corneal tomography (United States)

    Salomão, Marcella Q; Hofling-Lima, Ana Luisa; Faria-Correia, Fernando; Lopes, Bernardo Teixeira; Rodrigues-Barros, Sandra; Roberts, Cynthia J; Ambrósio, Renato


    Measuring corneal biomechanical properties is still challenging. There are several clinical applications for biomechanical measurements, including the detection of mild or early forms of ectatic corneal diseases. This article reviews clinical applications for biomechanical measurements provided by the Corvis ST dynamic non contact tonometer PMID:29480246

  16. Unilateral corneal leukoplakia without limbal involvement

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    Full Text Available Koji Hirano,1 Mihoko Koide,2 Yoshikazu Mizoguchi,3 Yasuhiro Osakabe,4 Kaoru-Araki Sasaki5 1Department of Ophthalmology, Ban Buntane Hotokukai Hospital, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Nagoya, Japan; 2Koide Internal Medicine and Eye Clinic, Nagoya, Japan; 3Department of Pathology, Ban Buntane Hotokukai Hospital, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Nagoya, Japan; 4Department of Molecular Pathology, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan; 5Department of Ophthalmology, Japan Health Care Organization, Hoshigaoka Medical Center, Hirakata, Japan Purpose: Leukoplakia is the term given to a white patch or plaque that is found mainly on the oral mucus membrane. It can occasionally be seen on the corneal surface. We report our clinical and histopathological findings in a case of unilateral corneal leukoplakia. Methods: A 26-year-old woman was referred to our hospital because of a white patch on her right cornea that continued to expand. She first noticed the white patch when she was 20 years old, and the white patch had expanded to cover the pupillary area affecting her vision. After plastic surgery on both eyelids for bilateral entropion to alleviate the pain caused by the eyelashes rubbing the cornea, the white corneal patch decreased in size. Because of this reduction, we performed surgery to remove the patch with microforceps under topical anesthesia. The plaque was removed easily and completely, and submitted for histopathological examination. Results: Histopathological examination showed that the specimen had characteristics of epidermis with a basal cell layer, spinous cell layer, granular cell layer, and horny layer with hyperkeratosis. She was diagnosed with leukoplakia of the corneal surface. The basic structure of the squamous cell layer was preserved, and there were no signs of metaplasia. Six months after the removal of the leukoplakia, no recurrence was seen and her corrected decimal visual acuity recovered to 1

  17. Conjunctival Chemosis as a Specific Feature of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Corneal Ulcers. (United States)

    Michael, Kaleena B; Rotchford, Alan; Ramaesh, Kanna


    Timely identification of a bacterial agent and its corresponding antibiotic sensitivity pattern is paramount in the management of infective corneal ulcers. Isolating the microbiological agents can take time; during this time, the initial therapy used is a chosen form of broad-spectrum antibiotics. There are no specific features of bacterial corneal ulcers that aid in identification of the involved pathogen with certainty. A clinical "marker" would undoubtedly be useful in the management of corneal ulcers. Early clinical photographs and clinical notes of 62 cases with confirmed infective corneal ulcers were examined by a masked reviewer. Conjunctival chemosis was observed in 14 out of 16 cases of Pseudomonas aeruginosa-related corneal ulcers, as compared with 6 out of 46 cases caused by other organisms. The association between conjunctival chemosis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa is statistically significant, with P value corneal ulcers.

  18. Central Corneal Melting Associated with Reformulated Generic Diclofenac in a Patient with Inferior Fornix Foreshortening

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    Cameron Campbell Johnson


    Full Text Available Purpose To report a case of corneal melting in a patient with fornix foreshortening being treated with reformulated generic diclofenac. Methods Case report. Results An asymptomatic 76-year old man presented with central corneal melting while being treated with reformulated generic diclofenac. This formulation did not contain the vitamin E derivative, tocophersolan, which has been felt to contribute to corneal melting associated with generic diclofenac in the past. Other factors for corneal melting included multiple medication use and altered forniceal architecture, but did not include previous corneal or cataract surgery. Following discontinuation of the topical medications and temporary tarsorrhapy, the defect reepithelialized. Conclusion In patients with a compromised ocular surface, reformulated generic diclofenac has the potential to cause corneal melting without prior cataract or refractive surgery. Use should not be indiscriminate or without close supervision.

  19. Clinical correlates of common corneal neovascular diseases:a literature review

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    Nizar Saleh Abdelfattah


    Full Text Available A large subset of corneal pathologies involves the formation of new blood and lymph vessels (neovascularization, leading to compromised visual acuity. This article aims to review the clinical causes and presentations of corneal neovascularization (CNV by examining the mechanisms behind common CNV-related corneal pathologies, with a particular focus on herpes simplex stromal keratitis, contact lenses-induced keratitis and CNV secondary to keratoplasty. Moreover, we reviewed CNV in the context of different types of corneal transplantation and keratoprosthesis, and summarized the most relevant treatments available so far.

  20. Genetics of corneal endothelial dystrophies

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    Dec 31, 2009 ... Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre,. L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, ... Keywords. genetics; corneal dystrophy; corneal endothelium; gene mapping; mutations. Journal of Genetics .... PPCD and autosomal dominant keratoconus (including ker- atoconus in ...

  1. Genetics Home Reference: lattice corneal dystrophy type I (United States)

    ... dystrophy type I change single protein building blocks ( amino acids ) in the TGFBI protein. Mutated TGFBI proteins abnormally clump together and form amyloid deposits. However, it is unclear how the ...

  2. Lattice QCD on fine lattices

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    Schaefer, Stefan [DESY (Germany). Neumann Inst. for Computing


    These configurations are currently in use in many on-going projects carried out by researchers throughout Europe. In particular this data will serve as an essential input into the computation of the coupling constant of QCD, where some of the simulations are still on-going. But also projects computing the masses of hadrons and investigating their structure are underway as well as activities in the physics of heavy quarks. As this initial project of gauge field generation has been successful, it is worthwhile to extend the currently available ensembles with further points in parameter space. These will allow to further study and control systematic effects like the ones introduced by the finite volume, the non-physical quark masses and the finite lattice spacing. In particular certain compromises have still been made in the region where pion masses and lattice spacing are both small. This is because physical pion masses require larger lattices to keep the effects of the finite volume under control. At light pion masses, a precise control of the continuum extrapolation is therefore difficult, but certainly a main goal of future simulations. To reach this goal, algorithmic developments as well as faster hardware will be needed.

  3. Prevalence and associated factors of corneal blindness in Ningxia in northwest China

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    Xun-Lun Sheng


    Full Text Available AIM:To describe the prevalence and demographic characteristics of corneal blindness in an urban and rural region of Ningxia, located in the northwest part of China.METHODS:A stratified, randomized sampling procedure was employed in the study, including urban and rural area of all age group. Visual acuity, anterior segment and ocular fundus were checked. Related factor of corneal disease, including age, gender, education status, ethnic group, location and occupation, were identified according to uniform customized protocol. An eye was defined to be corneal blindness if the visual acuity was <20/400 due to a corneal disease.RESULTS:Three thousand individuals (1290 from urban area and 1710 from rural area participated in the investigation, with a response rate of 80.380%. The prevalence of corneal blindness was 0.023% in both eyes and 0.733% in at least one eye. The blindness in at least one eye with varied causes was present in 106 participants (3.533% and in bilateral eyes in 34 participants (1.133%. The corneal diseases accounted for 20.754% of blindness in at least one eye and 20.588% of bilateral blindness. The prevalence of corneal disease was higher in older and Han ethnic group, especially those who occupied in agriculture and outdoor work. People with corneal blindness were more likely to be older and lower education. Rural population were more likely to suffer from bilateral corneal blindness than the urban population in ≥59-year group (χ2=6.716, P=0.019. Infectious, trauma and immune corneal disease were the three leading causes of corneal disease. Trauma corneal disease was more likely leading to blindness in one eye. However, infectious and immune corneal diseases make more contribution to the bilateral corneal blindness.CONCLUSION: Corneal blindness is a significant burden of in Ningxia population, encompassing a variety of corneal infections and trauma; the majority of those were avoidable. Health promotion strategies and good

  4. RHIC lattice

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    Lee, S.Y.; Claus, J.; Courant, E.D.; Hahn, H.; Parzen, G.


    An antisymmetric lattice for the proposed Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory is presented, which has been designed to have (1) and energy range from 7 GeV/amu up to 100 GeV/amu; (2) a good tunability of β and betatron tune; (3) freedom in the choice of crossing angle between beams; and (4) capability of operating unequal species, for example, proton on gold. Suppression of structure resonances is achieved by a proper choice of the phase advances across the insertion and the arc cells. 8 refs., 7 figs


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    S. V. Trufanov


    Full Text Available Recurrent corneal erosion (RCE syndrome is characterized by episodes of recurrent spontaneous epithelial defects. Main clinical symptoms (pain, redness, photophobia, lacrimation occurred at night. Corneal lesions revealed by slit lamp exam vary depending on the presence of corneal epithelium raise, epithelial microcysts or epithelial erosions, stromal infiltrates and opacities. Microtraumas, anterior corneal dystrophies, and herpesvirus give rise to RCE. Other causes or factors which increase the risk of RCE syndrome include meibomian gland dysfunction, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, diabetes, and post-LASIK conditions. Basal membrane abnormalities and instability of epithelial adhesion to stroma play a key role in RCE pathogenesis. Ultrastructural changes in RCE include abnormalities of basal epithelial cells and epithelial basal membrane, absence or deficiency of semi-desmosomes, loss of anchor fibrils. Increase in matrix metalloproteinases and collagenases which contribute to basal membrane destruction results in recurrent erosions and further development of abnormal basal membrane. The goals of RCE therapy are to reduce pain (in acute stage, to stimulate re-epithelization, and to restore «adhesion complex» of basal membrane. In most cases, RCE responds to simple conservative treatment that includes lubricants, healing agents, and eye patches. RCEs that are resistant to simple treatment, require complex approach. Non-invasive methods include long-term contact lens use, instillations of autologous serum (eye drops, injections of botulinum toxin (induces ptosis, antiviral agent use or oral intake of metalloproteinase inhibitors. Cell membrane stabilizers, i.e., antioxidants, should be included into treatment approaches as well. Antioxidant effect of Emoxipine promotes tissue reparation due to the prevention of cell membrane lipid peroxidation as well as due to its anti-hypoxic, angioprotective, and antiplatelet effects. If conservative therapy

  6. Effects of chalazia on corneal astigmatism : Large-sized chalazia in middle upper eyelids compress the cornea and induce the corneal astigmatism. (United States)

    Jin, Ki Won; Shin, Young Joo; Hyon, Joon Young


    A chalazion is a common eyelid disease that causes eye morbidity due to inflammation and cosmetic disfigurement. Corneal topographic changes are important factors in corneal refractive surgery, intraocular lens power calculations for cataract surgery, and visual acuity assessments. However, the effects of chalazia on corneal astigmatism have not been thoroughly investigated. The changes in corneal astigmatism according to chalazion size and location is necessary for better outcome of ocular surgery. The aim of this study is to evaluate changes in corneal astigmatism according to chalazion size and location. In this cross-sectional study, a total of 44 eyes from 33 patients were included in the chalazion group and 70 eyes from 46 patients comprised the control group. Chalazia were classified according to location and size. An autokeratorefractometer (KR8100, Topcon; Japan) and a Galilei™ dual-Scheimpflug analyzer (Ziemer Group; Port, Switzerland) were utilized to evaluate corneal changes. Oblique astigmatism was greater in the chalazion group compared with the control group (p chalazion group (p chalazion group, whole area group, and large-sized chalazion group (p Chalazion should be treated before corneal topography is performed preoperatively and before the diagnosis of corneal diseases.

  7. The Impact of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus on Corneal Epithelial Nerve Morphology and the Corneal Epithelium


    Cai, Daniel; Zhu, Meifang; Petroll, W. Matthew; Koppaka, Vindhya; Robertson, Danielle M.


    Diabetic corneal neuropathy can result in chronic, sight-threatening corneal pathology. Although the exact etiology is unknown, it is believed that a reduction in corneal sensitivity and loss of neurotrophic support contributes to corneal disease. Information regarding the relationship between nerve loss and effects on the corneal epithelium is limited. We investigated changes in the corneal epithelium and nerve morphology using three-dimensional imaging in vivo and in situ in a streptozotoci...

  8. Temporary corneal stem cell dysfunction after radiation therapy

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    Hiroshi, Fujishima; Kazuo, Tsubota


    Radiation therapy can cause corneal and conjuctival abnormalities that sometimes require surgical treatment. Corneal stem cell dysfunction is described, which recovered after the cessation of radiation. Methods - A 44-year-old man developed a corneal epithelial abnormality associated with conjuctival and corneal inflammation following radiation therapy for maxillary cancer. Examination of brush cytology samples showed goblet cells in the upper and lower parts of the cornea, which showed increased fluorescein permeability, and intraepithelial lymphocytes. Impression cytology showed goblet cells in the same part of the cornea. Specular microscopy revealed spindle type epithelial cells. Patient follow up included artificial tears and an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment. The corneal abnormalities resolved after 4 months with improved visual acuity without any surgical intervention, but the disappearance of the palisades of Vogt did not recover at 1 year after radiation. Radiation therapy in this patient caused temporary stem cell dysfunction which resulted in conjunctivalisation in a part of the cornea. Although limbal stem cell function did not fully recover, this rare case suggested that medical options should be considered before surgery. (Author)

  9. Evaluation of Etiologic Agents and Antibiotic Susceptibility of Patients with Corneal Ulcer

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    F. Eslami


    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Corneal ulcer is one of the most important medical emergencies that in the absence of on time diagnosis and treatment can lead to loss of vision. Therefore, identification of microorganisms and their response to drugs in each region is important. The aim of this study was to determine the most common organisms that cause keratitis and antibiotic sensitivity in this region. Materials & Methods: In this cross-sectional study, the effect of various factors such as age, sex, demographic properties, risk factors, culture results and antibiotic sensitivity of patients with corneal ulcer were studied in Farshchian Hospital. Results: In this study, 80 patients with corneal ulcers were investigated. 46 cases with corneal ulcers had positive results (55.7%. 54% of culture-positives were men and 46% were female. Age distribution of outbreaks in two age ranges including under ten years and 50 to 69 years of age were more than others. Among the patients, trauma was the most important risk factor for corneal ulcer. Of the 80 evaluated corneal ulcers 57.5% of patients had positive corneal culture and 42.5% showed negative culture results. 84.4% out of 57.5% culture-positive samples had positive bacterial culture, and 15.6% had positive fungal cultures. The most common microorganism causing corneal ulcers was staph aureus with 36.8 percent among which Staph epidermidis (21.7% is the most prevalent. The corneal ulcer causing microorganisms responded well to Ciprofloxacin therapy. Conclusions: The result of this study shows that culture and antibiogram of corneal ulcers are essential to determine the cause of ulcer and antibiotic susceptibility. Before obtaining culture results and antibiotic sensitivity, the most appropriate antibiotic must be selected as the empirical therapy based on the epidemiological conditions and the most common microorganism. (Sci J Hamadan Univ Med Sci 2016; 23 (1:83-87

  10. [Methods for sealing of corneal perforations]. (United States)

    Samoilă, O; Totu, Lăcrămioara; Călugăru, M


    A variety of corneal pathology can lead to corneal ulcers and perforations. A deep corneal ulcer may need surgical treatment to allow good volume restoration and reepithelisation. Corneal perforation must be sealed and when the perforation is large, the task of repairing the defect can be underwhelming. The elegant solution is the corneal transplant, but this is not always readily available, especially in undeveloped countries. We present here two cases with different solutions to seal the perforated cornea: the first one has a large peripheral defect and it is successfully sealed with scleral patch and the second one is central with small perforation and is successfully sealed with multilayered amniotic membrane. Both cases are followed for over 12 months and demonstrate good corneal restoration (both on clinical examination and corneal topography). Sclera and amniotic membrane can be used to seal corneal defects when corneal transplant is not readily available.

  11. Assessment of refractive astigmatism and simulated therapeutic refractive surgery strategies in coma-like-aberrations-dominant corneal optics. (United States)

    Zhou, Wen; Stojanovic, Aleksandar; Utheim, Tor Paaske


    The aim of the study is to raise the awareness of the influence of coma-like higher-order aberrations (HOAs) on power and orientation of refractive astigmatism (RA) and to explore how to account for that influence in the planning of topography-guided refractive surgery in eyes with coma-like-aberrations-dominant corneal optics. Eleven eyes with coma-like-aberrations-dominant corneal optics and with low lenticular astigmatism (LA) were selected for astigmatism analysis and for treatment simulations with topography-guided custom ablation. Vector analysis was used to evaluate the contribution of coma-like corneal HOAs to RA. Two different strategies were used for simulated treatments aiming to regularize irregular corneal optics: With both strategies correction of anterior corneal surface irregularities (corneal HOAs) were intended. Correction of total corneal astigmatism (TCA) and RA was intended as well with strategies 1 and 2, respectively. Axis of discrepant astigmatism (RA minus TCA minus LA) correlated strongly with axis of coma. Vertical coma influenced RA by canceling the effect of the with-the-rule astigmatism and increasing the effect of the against-the-rule astigmatism. After simulated correction of anterior corneal HOAs along with TCA and RA (strategies 1 and 2), only a small amount of anterior corneal astigmatism (ACA) and no TCA remained after strategy 1, while considerable amount of ACA and TCA remained after strategy 2. Coma-like corneal aberrations seem to contribute a considerable astigmatic component to RA in eyes with coma-like-aberrations dominant corneal optics. If topography-guided ablation is programmed to correct the corneal HOAs and RA, the astigmatic component caused by the coma-like corneal HOAs will be treated twice and will result in induced astigmatism. Disregarding RA and treating TCA along with the corneal HOAs is recommended instead.

  12. The effects of chalazion excision on corneal surface aberrations. (United States)

    Park, Young Min; Lee, Jong Soo


    This study is the first to consider the effects of chalazion on corneal surface aberrations taking into account of corneal zones, and to establish the size standard for the excision of chalazion. Twenty three eyes from 23 patients with central upper eyelid chalazion larger than 3mm were recruited in this prospective study. The participants were classified into two groups, depending on size of the lesion: Group 1 with lesion size 3-5mm and Group 2 with lesion size >5mm Chalazion was excised by standard transconjunctival vertical incision. Corneal surface aberrations were measured using a Galilei™ analyzer and an auto-refractometer before and 2 months after the excision. Corneal astigmatism in all patients decreased significantly in both auto refractometer (P=0.012) and Galilei™ (P=0.020) measurements after chalazion excision. RMS of total HOAs decreased significantly in 6mm (P=0.043) and 3mm zone (P=0.051). The RMS of Zernike orders in the vertical and horizontal trefoil decreased significantly in 6mm (P=0.035) and 3mm (P=0.041) zone. Group 2 showed a significant decrease in corneal astigmatism in both auto refractometer (P=0.040) and Galilei™ (P=0.017) parameters after chalazion excision. Group 1 showed an insignificant decrease in corneal astigmatism. Unlike Group 1, the RMS of total HOAs and vertical and horizontal trefoil in 6mm zone decreased significantly in Group 2 (Pchalazion increases astigmatism and HOAs, especially at the peripheral cornea. Significantly induced astigmatism and HOAs are caused by chalazion >5mm in size. Thus, we recommend the surgical excision of chalazion >5mm in size to reduce corneal surface aberrations. Copyright © 2014 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Expansion and cryopreservation of porcine and human corneal endothelial cells. (United States)

    Marquez-Curtis, Leah A; McGann, Locksley E; Elliott, Janet A W


    Impairment of the corneal endothelium causes blindness that afflicts millions worldwide and constitutes the most often cited indication for corneal transplants. The scarcity of donor corneas has prompted the alternative use of tissue-engineered grafts which requires the ex vivo expansion and cryopreservation of corneal endothelial cells. The aims of this study are to culture and identify the conditions that will yield viable and functional corneal endothelial cells after cryopreservation. Previously, using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), we employed a systematic approach to optimize the post-thaw recovery of cells with high membrane integrity and functionality. Here, we investigated whether improved protocols for HUVECs translate to the cryopreservation of corneal endothelial cells, despite the differences in function and embryonic origin of these cell types. First, we isolated endothelial cells from pig corneas and then applied an interrupted slow cooling protocol in the presence of dimethyl sulfoxide (Me 2 SO), with or without hydroxyethyl starch (HES). Next, we isolated and expanded endothelial cells from human corneas and applied the best protocol verified using porcine cells. We found that slow cooling at 1 °C/min in the presence of 5% Me 2 SO and 6% HES, followed by rapid thawing after liquid nitrogen storage, yields membrane-intact cells that could form monolayers expressing the tight junction marker ZO-1 and cytoskeleton F-actin, and could form tubes in reconstituted basement membrane matrix. Thus, we show that a cryopreservation protocol optimized for HUVECs can be applied successfully to corneal endothelial cells, and this could provide a means to address the need for off-the-shelf cryopreserved cells for corneal tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Corneal densitometry as an indicator of corneal health. (United States)

    Otri, Ahmad Muneer; Fares, Usama; Al-Aqaba, Mouhamed A; Dua, Harminder S


    To establish prospectively the normal values of corneal density of healthy subjects using the Pentacam Scheimpflug system (Oculus, Inc., Wetzlar, Germany) and to investigate alteration in corneal density during active and healed stages of bacterial keratitis. Prospective, comparative case series. Sixty-four eyes of 40 healthy controls and 36 eyes of 35 patients with bacterial keratitis were studied. This study was conducted at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom. A Pentacam system was used to study corneal density. Corneal densitometry readings in subjects with bacterial keratitis were recorded during the active stage and 4 to 6 weeks after complete healing. Densitometry was recorded at the site of infection and at a point in clear cornea furthest away from the infectious infiltrate. Corneal thickness also was measured. Densitometry values of normal cornea, at the site of corneal ulcer or abscess, and at a distant point of clear cornea during active and healed keratitis. The mean densitometry value of normal corneas was 12.3 ± 2.4. In infectious keratitis, the densitometry values were greatest at the site of the active infection and significantly more than in controls. The densitometry values at the points of clear cornea furthest away from the site of infection also were significantly higher than in controls during active disease, but failed to return to normal values, despite complete resolution of infection. The density of the infiltrates was much higher than that of residual scars after healing of ulcers. No correlation was found between the pachymetry and the densitometry values. Densitometry of active infectious corneal infiltrates is more than that resulting from the corneal scarring after healing. Persistent increase in density of clear cornea furthest away from the focus of corneal infection suggests that the host response extends beyond the immediate area of infection and indeed may occur through the entire cornea. These changes

  15. Corneal Confocal Microscopy Detects Corneal Nerve Damage in Patients Admitted With Acute Ischemic Stroke. (United States)

    Khan, Adnan; Akhtar, Naveed; Kamran, Saadat; Ponirakis, Georgios; Petropoulos, Ioannis N; Tunio, Nahel A; Dargham, Soha R; Imam, Yahia; Sartaj, Faheem; Parray, Aijaz; Bourke, Paula; Khan, Rabia; Santos, Mark; Joseph, Sujatha; Shuaib, Ashfaq; Malik, Rayaz A


    Corneal confocal microscopy can identify corneal nerve damage in patients with peripheral and central neurodegeneration. However, the use of corneal confocal microscopy in patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke is unknown. One hundred thirty patients (57 without diabetes mellitus [normal glucose tolerance], 32 with impaired glucose tolerance, and 41 with type 2 diabetes mellitus) admitted with acute ischemic stroke, and 28 age-matched healthy control participants underwent corneal confocal microscopy to quantify corneal nerve fiber density, corneal nerve branch density, and corneal nerve fiber length. There was a significant reduction in corneal nerve fiber density, corneal nerve branch density, and corneal nerve fiber length in stroke patients with normal glucose tolerance ( P diabetes mellitus ( P nerve fiber density ( r =-0.187, P =0.03; r =-0.229 P =0.01), corneal nerve fiber length ( r =-0.228, P =0.009; r =-0.285; P =0.001), and corneal nerve branch density ( r =-0.187, P =0.033; r =-0.229, P =0.01). Multiple linear regression showed no independent associations between corneal nerve fiber density, corneal nerve branch density, and corneal nerve fiber length and relevant risk factors for stroke. Corneal confocal microscopy is a rapid noninvasive ophthalmic imaging technique that identifies corneal nerve fiber loss in patients with acute ischemic stroke. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  16. Chronic pesticide exposure and consequential keratectasia & corneal neovascularisation. (United States)

    Sanyal, Shalini; Law, Atrayo; Law, Sujata


    Ocular toxicity as a consequence of chronic pesticide exposure is one of the health hazards caused due to extended exposure to pesticides. The cornea, due to its position as the outer ocular layer and its role in protecting the internal layers of the eye; is gravely affected by this xenobiotic insult to the eye, leading to ocular irritation and damage to normal vision. The deleterious effects of chronic pesticide exposure on the various corneal layers and the ocular risks involved therein, were explored by mimicking the on-field scenario. Cytological, histological and flowcytometric parameters were taken into consideration to determine the enhanced risk of corneal neovascularisation and keratectasia, specifically, keratoconus. Chronic exposure to pesticides leads to heightened ocular morbidity wherein there were visible pathophysiological changes to the ocular surface. The cornea was found to be adversely affected with visible protuberance in a cone-like shape, characteristic of keratoconus in a majority of the experimental animals. Further analyses revealed a detrimental impact on all the corneal layers and an amplified expression of inflammation markers such as TNF-α, VCAM-1 and ICAM-1. Additionally, it was found that post pesticide exposure, the corneal surface developed hypoxia, leading to a significant increase of angiogenesis promoting factors and consequential neovascularisation. Apart from ocular toxicity, chronic exposure to pesticides significantly increases the risks of keratectasia and corneal neovascularisation; disorders which lead to diminished vision and if untreated, blindness. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Experimental study on cryotherapy for fungal corneal ulcer. (United States)

    Chen, Yingxin; Yang, Weijia; Gao, Minghong; Belin, Michael Wellington; Yu, Hai; Yu, Jing


    Fungal corneal ulcer is one of the major causes of visual impairment worldwide. Treatment of fungal corneal ulcer mainly depends on anti-fungal agents. In the current study, we developed an integrated combination therapy of cryotherapy and anti-fungal agents to facilitate effective treatment of fungal corneal ulcer. Rabbit models of cornea infection were established using a combined method of intrastromal injection and keratoplasty. After treatment with cryotherapy and anti-fungal agents, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and confocal microscopy were conducted to observe changes in microstructure in the rabbits. Periodic acid Schiff A and hematoxylin and eosin staining were used for detection of histological changes. Continuous scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy observations showed that cryothermal treatment inhibited growth of fungal mycelium by destroying fungal cellular structures. Typical cryotherapy was effective in curing fungal corneal ulcer. Different fungi showed different susceptibilities to treatment. The curative effect of Candida albicans was the best, while that of Aspergillus fumigates was the worst. Our study provides a novel method of a combination of cryotherapy and anti-fungal agents for treatment of fungal corneal ulcer. This treatment could help facilitate the practice of fungal keratitis treatment in the future.

  18. Corneal topography indices after corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus and corneal ectasia: one-year results. (United States)

    Greenstein, Steven A; Fry, Kristen L; Hersh, Peter S


    To evaluate changes in corneal topography indices after corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) in patients with keratoconus and corneal ectasia and analyze associations of these changes with visual acuity. Cornea and refractive surgery subspecialty practice. Prospective randomized controlled clinical trial. Corneal collagen crosslinking was performed in eyes with keratoconus or ectasia. Quantitative descriptors of corneal topography were measured with the Pentacam topographer and included 7 indices: index of surface variance, index of vertical asymmetry, keratoconus index, central keratoconus index, minimum radius of curvature, index of height asymmetry, and index of height decentration. Follow-up was 1 year. The study comprised 71 eyes, 49 with keratoconus and 22 with post-LASIK ectasia. In the entire patient cohort, there were significant improvements in the index of surface variance, index of vertical asymmetry, keratoconus index, and minimum radius of curvature at 1 year compared with baseline (all P ectasia subgroups. Improvements in postoperative indices were not correlated with changes in corrected or uncorrected distance visual acuity. There were improvements in 4 of 7 topography indices 1 year after CXL, suggesting an overall improvement in corneal shape. However, no significant correlation was found between the changes in individual topography indices and changes in visual acuity after CXL. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Corneal Sparing Conjunctival Abrasion

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    Hamid Ehsani-Nia


    Full Text Available History of present illness: A 15-year-old male was transported to the emergency department via ambulance as a trauma activation after being struck by an automobile while jogging. Patient was alert and oriented, with no focal neurological deficits and no loss of consciousness. The patient complained of right eye foreign body sensation. Significant findings: Physical exam was significant for multiple broken teeth, multiple minor abrasions on the face, and fine shards of shattered glass on his face and hair. His right eye had conjunctival injection, with no signs of subconjunctival hemorrhage or ocular penetration. Vision, extraocular movement, and pupillary exam were grossly intact. Fluorescein staining with slit lamp exam with cobalt blue filter examination of the right eye revealed superficial bulbar conjunctival uptake of fluorescein dye staining an area of the conjunctiva inferior to the limbus 5 mm vertical by 2 mm horizontal (estimation by photo provided. No foreign bodies were visualized in the inferior fornix. These findings were consistent with superficial conjunctival abrasion. The exam noted sparing of the corneal epithelium. Discussion: The conjunctiva is a thin, transparent membrane covering the ocular surface from the corneal limbus to the posterior eyelid margin.1 When damaged, the patient will classically have a “foreign body” sensation. It is important to identify the extent of the injury as not extending over the cornea, and also to search for lodged foreign bodies that damage the conjunctiva further with each blink. Classically retained foreign bodies will form a linear and vertical pattern of staining with fluorescein.2,3 Fluorescein stains expose basement membrane and fluoresces bright green under ultraviolet light, thus indicating areas of damage in contrast to its surrounding tissue.4,5 In the setting of acute trauma, urgent Ophthalmologic consultation is indicated if there is anterior chamber hemorrhage, a ruptured or

  20. Congruence amalgamation of lattices

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    Grätzer, G; Wehrung, F; Gr\\"{a}tzer, George; Lakser, Harry; Wehrung, Friedrich


    J. Tuma proved an interesting "congruence amalgamation" result. We are generalizing and providing an alternate proof for it. We then provide applications of this result: --A.P. Huhn proved that every distributive algebraic lattice $D$ with at most $\\aleph\\_1$ compact elements can be represented as the congruence lattice of a lattice $L$. We show that $L$ can be constructed as a locally finite relatively complemented lattice with zero. --We find a large class of lattices, the $\\omega$-congruence-finite lattices, that contains all locally finite countable lattices, in which every lattice has a relatively complemented congruence-preserving extension.

  1. LATTICE: an interactive lattice computer code

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    Staples, J.


    LATTICE is a computer code which enables an interactive user to calculate the functions of a synchrotron lattice. This program satisfies the requirements at LBL for a simple interactive lattice program by borrowing ideas from both TRANSPORT and SYNCH. A fitting routine is included

  2. Femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty in a child with corneal opacity:case report

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    E. Yu. Markova


    Full Text Available Corneal opacities are the fourth cause of blindness world-wide. Over the past two centuries, various corneal transplantation (i.e., keratoplasty methods have been developed and improved. Nowadays, femtolaserssisted keratoplasty is one of most promising techniques. Femtosecond laser have several advantages that provide additional surgical benefits. Among them, no thermal injury, the ability to cut deeply on a single plane and to perform various corneal profiles should be mentioned. In children, corneal disorders are of special importance while femtosecondassisted keraatoplasty case reports are rare. Here, we describe femtosecond laserssisted penetrating keratoplasty in a girl with a rough central corneal opacity.

  3. Corneal asphericity in eye bank eyes implanted with the intrastromal corneal ring. (United States)

    Burris, T E; Holmes-Higgin, D K; Silvestrini, T A; Scholl, J A; Proudfoot, R A; Baker, P C


    To evaluate the effects of the intrastromal corneal ring, a device developed to reduce myopia, on corneal asphericity in a large set of eye bank eyes. Forty-one deturgesced eye bank eyes were implanted with intrastromal corneal rings of five different thicknesses, ranging from 0.25 mm to 0.45 mm. Corneal asphericity, before and after implantation, was examined using two different metrologies. Corneal asphericity profiles were produced from dioptric power data collected from videokeratography. To statistically assess the corneal asphericity differences between exam times for each intrastromal corneal ring thickness, dependent sample confidence intervals (95%) were calculated for the mean differences between preoperative and postoperative measures for each topographic diameter zone. Laser holographic interferometry was used to inspect corneal asphericity in one eye bank eye case study for four intrastromal corneal ring sizes. Wave unit map and geometric zonal spot ray tracing analyses derived from laser holographic interferometry topography were surveyed. Videokeratographic analysis suggested that preoperative corneal shape was prolate, i.e., flattened from central to paracentral cornea. Corneal shape became more prolate with intrastromal corneal ring implantation for all intrastromal corneal ring thicknesses. Laser holographic interferometry demonstrated that prolate asphericity was preserved with the intrastromal corneal ring sizes tested and that optical collection efficiency of the cornea was not diminished. Using two different measurement techniques, this eye bank eye study demonstrated that intrastromal corneal rings maintain prolate corneal asphericity.

  4. Acanthamoeba corneal infection in a contact lens wearer. (United States)

    Logar, J; Kraut, A


    Corneal infections cause by micro-organisms are the most serious complications of wearing contact lenses. The paper presents the first case of contact lens-associated keratitis caused by the protozoon Acanthamoeba sp. identified in Slovenia so far. The identification of Acanthamoeba as a cause of keratitis in a soft contact lens wearer alerted us to the fact that this health issue should be given more attention in the future.

  5. Quiste dermoide corneal bilateral

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    Michel Guerra Almaguer

    Full Text Available El dermoide es un tipo de coristoma (tejido embrionario normal en una localización anormal que afecta con frecuencia la córnea. Aparece como una masa sólida, blanca, redonda y elevada. Suele localizarse en el limbo inferotemporal, aunque puede hacerlo en cualquier lugar del globo ocular o de la órbita. Se presenta un paciente masculino, de 8 años de edad, quien desde su nacimiento muestra una mancha blanca en ambos ojos, agudeza visual sin corrección de movimiento de mano a 33 centímetros en el ojo derecho y percepción luminosa en el ojo izquierdo. En la exploración oftalmológica de ambos ojos se apreciaron lesiones blanquecinas sobre la córnea. Se le realizó exéresis del quiste y queratoplastia lamelar de ambos ojos, con resultados visuales satisfactorios. Se concluye que el caso presenta un quiste dermoide corneal bilateral.

  6. Trends and Associations in Hospitalizations Due to Corneal Ulcers in the United States, 2002-2012. (United States)

    Lee, Rachel; Manche, Edward E


    To estimate incidence, temporal trends, and factors associated with inpatient hospitalization due to corneal ulcers in the United States. Data on inpatient hospitalizations due to corneal ulcers between 2002 and 2012 were reviewed using the National Inpatient Sample. A literature review was conducted to identify the most common causes of corneal ulcers, and use of contact lenses. An estimated 19,878 patients were seen in US emergency departments for evaluation of corneal ulcers in 2012. Rates of inpatient hospitalization due to corneal ulcers remained comparable over the decade (2003: 4.9, 95% confidence interval, CI, 3.0-6.7; 2012: 2.7, 95% CI 2.2-3.3 patients per million US population). Among those hospitalized for ophthalmic disease, patients holding public or no insurance (odds ratio, OR, 1.8 and 2.5, respectively, pcorneal ulceration. Medical conditions associated with hospitalization for corneal ulcer included history of keratitis (7.7%, p corneal transplant. Factors associated with hospitalization for corneal ulcer include insurance status in addition to history of contact lens-related disease and keratitis. Efforts should be made to address these factors prior to development of severe ulcers.

  7. A clinical microbiological study of corneal ulcer patients at western Gujarat, India. (United States)

    Somabhai Katara, Rajesh; Dhanjibhai Patel, Nilesh; Sinha, Mala


    Corneal ulcer is a major cause of blindness throughout the world. When the cornea is injured by foreign particles, there are chances of infection by the organism and development of ulcer. Bacterial infection in the cornea is invariably an alteration of the defense mechanism of the outer eye. It is essential to determine the local etiology within a given region when planning a corneal ulcer management strategy. Laboratory evaluation is necessary to establish the diagnosis and to guide the antibiotic therapy. One hundred corneal ulcer patients were studied by collecting their corneal scraping samples and processing at Clinical Microbiology department of Shree Meghaji Petharaj Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India during a period of 17 months. All clinical microbiology laboratory procedures followed standard protocols described in the literature. 40 (40%) patients from the age group of 20-70 years had been confirmed as - any organism culture positive - within the corneal ulcer patient population. Fungi were isolated from 26 (26%) corneal ulcer patients. The bacterial etiology was confirmed in 14 (14%) corneal ulcer patients. The major risk factors for mycotic keratitis were vegetative injury (16, (62%)), followed by conjunctivitis (4, (15%)), and blunt trauma (3, (11%)). Pseudomonas aeruginosa was the most commonly isolated bacterium (6, (43%)), followed by Proteus spp. (4, (29%)). Corneal Infections due to bacteria and filamentous fungi are a frequent cause of corneal damage. Microbiological investigation is an essential tool in the diagnosis of these infections. The frequency of fungal keratitis has risen over the past 20 to 30 years. Prognosis of bacterial corneal infection has improved since the introduction of specific antibacterial therapy.

  8. Lattices for the lattice Boltzmann method. (United States)

    Chikatamarla, Shyam S; Karlin, Iliya V


    A recently introduced theory of higher-order lattice Boltzmann models [Chikatamarla and Karlin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 190601 (2006)] is elaborated in detail. A general theory of the construction of lattice Boltzmann models as an approximation to the Boltzmann equation is presented. New lattices are found in all three dimensions and are classified according to their accuracy (degree of approximation of the Boltzmann equation). The numerical stability of these lattices is argued based on the entropy principle. The efficiency and accuracy of many new lattices are demonstrated via simulations in all three dimensions.

  9. Progress of research on corneal collagen cross-linking for corneal melting

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    Ke-Ren Xiao


    Full Text Available Corneal collagen cross-linking(CXLcould increase the mechanical strength, biological stability and halt ectasia progression due to covalent bond formed by photochemical reaction between ultraviolet-A and emulsion of riboflavin between collagen fibers in corneal stroma. Corneal melting is an autoimmune related noninfectious corneal ulcer. The mechanism of corneal melting, major treatment, the basic fundamental of ultraviolet-A riboflavin induced CXL and the clinical researches status and experiment in CXL were summarized in the study.

  10. Ocular dimensions, corneal thickness, and corneal curvature in quarter horses with hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia. (United States)

    Badial, Peres R; Cisneros-Àlvarez, Luis Emiliano; Brandão, Cláudia Valéria S; Ranzani, José Joaquim T; Tomaz, Mayana A R V; Machado, Vania M; Borges, Alexandre S


    The aim of this study was to compare ocular dimensions, corneal curvature, and corneal thickness between horses affected with hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA) and unaffected horses. Five HERDA-affected quarter horses and five healthy control quarter horses were used. Schirmer's tear test, tonometry, and corneal diameter measurements were performed in both eyes of all horses prior to ophthalmologic examinations. Ultrasonic pachymetry was performed to measure the central, temporal, nasal, dorsal, and ventral corneal thicknesses in all horses. B-mode ultrasound scanning was performed on both eyes of each horse to determine the dimensions of the ocular structures and to calculate the corneal curvature. Each corneal region examined in this study was thinner in the affected group compared with the healthy control group. However, significant differences in corneal thickness were only observed for the central and dorsal regions. HERDA-affected horses exhibited significant increases in corneal curvature and corneal diameter compared with unaffected animals. The ophthalmologic examinations revealed mild corneal opacity in one eye of one affected horse and in both eyes of three affected horses. No significant between-group differences were observed for Schirmer's tear test, intraocular pressure, or ocular dimensions. Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia-affected horses exhibit decreased corneal thickness in several regions of the cornea, increased corneal curvature, increased corneal diameter, and mild corneal opacity. Additional research is required to determine whether the increased corneal curvature significantly impacts the visual accuracy of horses with HERDA. © 2014 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  11. Mycotic corneal ulcers in upper Assam

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    Reema Nath


    Full Text Available Purpose : To study the association of various risk factors and epidemiological variables of mycotic keratitis treated at a tertiary referral hospital of upper Assam. Materials and Methods: In this hospital-based prospective study a total of 310 consecutive corneal ulcer cases attending the ophthalmology outpatient department of Assam Medical College were enrolled between April 2007 and March 2009. After clinical and slit-lamp biomicroscopic examination in all suspected cases, smears and culture examination for fungus was done to establish the etiology. Demographic information and associated probable risk factors of individual cases were noted in a predesigned questionnaire. Results: In 188 (60.6% cases fungal etiology could be established. Out of them 67.6% were males. The most commonly affected age group was 41-50 years (25.5%. The maximum (23.4% cases were reported during the paddy harvesting season in Assam (January and February. Fungal element could be demonstrated in 65.2% cases in direct potassium hydroxide (KOH mount. The commonest predisposing factor was corneal injury (74.5%. While diabetes was a significant systemic predisposing factor in mixed bacterial and fungal infections in 11.1% cases, blocked naso-lacrimal duct was the local predisposing factor in 11.1% of cases. Fusarium solani (25% was the commonest isolate followed by Aspergillus species (19%, Curvularia species (18.5% and Penicillium species (15.2%. Yeasts were isolated in 2.7% (n=5 cases. Conclusions : Ocular trauma was the commonest cause of fungal corneal ulcer in Assam and Fusarium solani was the commonest species responsible for it. Most of the mycotic ulcer cases come from rural areas including the tea gardens.

  12. Mycotic corneal ulcers in upper Assam. (United States)

    Nath, Reema; Baruah, Syamanta; Saikia, Lahari; Devi, Bhanu; Borthakur, A K; Mahanta, J


    To study the association of various risk factors and epidemiological variables of mycotic keratitis treated at a tertiary referral hospital of upper Assam. In this hospital-based prospective study a total of 310 consecutive corneal ulcer cases attending the ophthalmology outpatient department of Assam Medical College were enrolled between April 2007 and March 2009. After clinical and slit-lamp biomicroscopic examination in all suspected cases, smears and culture examination for fungus was done to establish the etiology. Demographic information and associated probable risk factors of individual cases were noted in a predesigned questionnaire. In 188 (60.6%) cases fungal etiology could be established. Out of them 67.6% were males. The most commonly affected age group was 41-50 years (25.5%). The maximum (23.4%) cases were reported during the paddy harvesting season in Assam (January and February). Fungal element could be demonstrated in 65.2% cases in direct potassium hydroxide (KOH) mount. The commonest predisposing factor was corneal injury (74.5%). While diabetes was a significant systemic predisposing factor in mixed bacterial and fungal infections in 11.1% cases, blocked naso-lacrimal duct was the local predisposing factor in 11.1% of cases. Fusarium solani (25%) was the commonest isolate followed by Aspergillus species (19%), Curvularia species (18.5%) and Penicillium species (15.2%). Yeasts were isolated in 2.7% (n=5) cases. Ocular trauma was the commonest cause of fungal corneal ulcer in Assam and Fusarium solani was the commonest species responsible for it. Most of the mycotic ulcer cases come from rural areas including the tea gardens.

  13. [A Case of Corneal Injury due to Herbicide Containing Paraquat: Effectiveness of 2% Rebamipide Eye Drops]. (United States)

    Uno, Makoto


    Herbicides containing paraquat are widely used and have occasionally been causing ocular damage. The initial ocular injury caused by paraquat tends to worsen within a few days to 1 week. The toxicity of paraquat is based on the oxidative stress induced by reactive oxygen species. An 82-year-old woman who had been exposed to herbicide containing paraquat in her left eye presented at Koumeikan Eye Clinic 2 days after the incident. Moderate corneal erosion was diagnosed and treated with ordinary medication, but the corneal lesion worsened. After administration of topical 2% rebamipide eye drops, the corneal lesion resolved rapidly. Because of its role as a radical scavenger, rebamipide has great potential for treatment of corneal injuries caused by herbicides such as paraquat.

  14. Progress in corneal wound healing (United States)

    Ljubimov, Alexander V.; Saghizadeh, Mehrnoosh


    Corneal wound healing is a complex process involving cell death, migration, proliferation, differentiation, and extracellular matrix remodeling. Many similarities are observed in the healing processes of corneal epithelial, stromal and endothelial cells, as well as cell-specific differences. Corneal epithelial healing largely depends on limbal stem cells and remodeling of the basement membrane. During stromal healing, keratocytes get transformed to motile and contractile myofibroblasts largely due to activation of transforming growth factor-β system. Endothelial cells heal mostly by migration and spreading, with cell proliferation playing a secondary role. In the last decade, many aspects of wound healing process in different parts of the cornea have been elucidated, and some new therapeutic approaches have emerged. The concept of limbal stem cells received rigorous experimental corroboration, with new markers uncovered and new treatment options including gene and microRNA therapy tested in experimental systems. Transplantation of limbal stem cell-enriched cultures for efficient re-epithelialization in stem cell deficiency and corneal injuries has become reality in clinical setting. Mediators and course of events during stromal healing have been detailed, and new treatment regimens including gene (decorin) and stem cell therapy for excessive healing have been designed. This is a very important advance given the popularity of various refractive surgeries entailing stromal wound healing. Successful surgical ways of replacing the diseased endothelium have been clinically tested, and new approaches to accelerate endothelial healing and suppress endothelial-mesenchymal transformation have been proposed including Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor eye drops and gene therapy to activate TGF-β inhibitor SMAD7. Promising new technologies with potential for corneal wound healing manipulation including microRNA, induced pluripotent stem cells to generate corneal epithelium, and

  15. Corneal stroma microfibrils

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    Hanlon, Samuel D.


    Elastic tissue was first described well over a hundred years ago and has since been identified in nearly every part of the body. In this review, we examine elastic tissue in the corneal stroma with some mention of other ocular structures which have been more thoroughly described in the past. True elastic fibers consist of an elastin core surrounded by fibrillin microfibrils. However, the presence of elastin fibers is not a requirement and some elastic tissue is comprised of non-elastin-containing bundles of microfibrils. Fibers containing a higher relative amount of elastin are associated with greater elasticity and those without elastin, with structural support. Recently it has been shown that the microfibrils, not only serve mechanical roles, but are also involved in cell signaling through force transduction and the release of TGF-β. A well characterized example of elastin-free microfibril bundles (EFMBs) is found in the ciliary zonules which suspend the crystalline lens in the eye. Through contraction of the ciliary muscle they exert enough force to reshape the lens and thereby change its focal point. It is believed that the molecules comprising these fibers do not turn-over and yet retain their tensile strength for the life of the animal. The mechanical properties of the cornea (strength, elasticity, resiliency) would suggest that EFMBs are present there as well. However, many authors have reported that, although present during embryonic and early postnatal development, EFMBs are generally not present in adults. Serial-block-face imaging with a scanning electron microscope enabled 3D reconstruction of elements in murine corneas. Among these elements were found fibers that formed an extensive network throughout the cornea. In single sections these fibers appeared as electron dense patches. Transmission electron microscopy provided additional detail of these patches and showed them to be composed of fibrils (~10nm diameter). Immunogold evidence clearly

  16. PROSE treatment of corneal ectasia. (United States)

    Baran, Inna; Bradley, James A; Alipour, Fateme; Rosenthal, Perry; Le, Hong-Gam; Jacobs, Deborah S


    Prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem (PROSE) uses custom designed and fabricated prosthetic devices in a treatment that restores vision, supports healing, reduces symptoms and improves quality of life in patients with complex corneal disease. We report the success rate for PROSE treatment of corneal ectasia. Records of 59 patients with corneal ectasia seen in consultation over 6 months were reviewed. Candidacy for treatment, topographic indices, change in visual acuity, achievement of satisfactory fit, device wear status and change in visual function at 6 months were recorded. Sixteen eyes were non-candidates because conventional correction was adequate. Trial devices were inserted but not dispensed for 13 eyes. No eyes were excluded for severity of ectasia. In the remaining 89 eyes, satisfactory fit was achieved and a device was dispensed. Twenty-one eyes (15 patients) had undergone penetrating keratoplasty. Device wear at 6 months was documented in 78/89 eyes (88%). NEI VFQ-25 score improved 27.6 points (pcorneal ectasia could be fitted with a PROSE device. PROSE treatment has a high success rate when measured by ability to achieve satisfactory fit, impact on visual acuity and 6 month data on both rate of continued wear and impact on visual function. PROSE treatment is an alternative to penetrating keratoplasty for patients with corneal ectasia who are contact lens intolerant. Copyright © 2012 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Corneal ectasia after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Leccisotti, Antonio


    Corneal ectasia after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) has only been occasionally reported, and its incidence has not been assessed. In a retrospective, non-comparative case series, incidence of corneal ectasia was evaluated in a personal consecutive 6453-case series of myopic PRK with a minimum follow-up of 18 months. Features and prognosis were evaluated in all patients with ectasia after PRK (in both personal and referred cases). Ectasia was detected in three eyes of two patients (patients 1 and 2) 3 years and 1 year after PRK performed elsewhere. In addition, in the personal PRK series, two eyes of two patients (patients 3 and 4) developed corneal ectasia 5 months after surgery (incidence: 0.03%). Pre-operatively, forme fruste keratoconus was present in patients 1, 3 and 4; keratoconus in the fellow eye in patient 2; pachymetry corneal ectasia in predisposed eyes, even after low myopic ablations. Forme fruste keratoconus and keratoconus in the fellow eye were the main pre-operative findings. Prognosis varies according to severity.

  18. Corneal endothelial glutathione after photodynamic change

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    Hull, D.S.; Riley, M.V.; Csukas, S.; Green, K.


    Rabbit corneal endothelial cells perfused with 5 X 10(-6)M rose bengal and exposed to incandescent light demonstrated no alteration of either total of or percent oxidized glutathione after 1 hr. Addition of 5400 U/ml catalase to the perfusing solution had no effect on total glutathione levels but caused a marked reduction in percent oxidized glutathione in corneas exposed to light as well as in those not exposed to light. Substitution of sucrose for glucose in the perfusing solution had no effect on total or percent oxidized glutathione. Perfusion of rabbit corneal endothelium with 0.5 mM chlorpromazine and exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light resulted in no change in total glutathione content. A marked reduction in percent oxidized glutathione occurred, however, in corneas perfused with 0.5 mM chlorpromazine both in the presence and absence of UV light. It is concluded that photodynamically induced swelling of corneas is not the result of a failure of the glutathione redox system

  19. Generation and Feasibility Assessment of a New Vehicle for Cell-Based Therapy for Treating Corneal Endothelial Dysfunction.

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    Naoki Okumura

    Full Text Available The corneal endothelium maintains corneal transparency by its pump and barrier functions; consequently, its decompensation due to any pathological reason causes severe vision loss due to corneal haziness. Corneal transplantation is the only therapeutic choice for treating corneal endothelial dysfunction, but associated problems, such as a shortages of donor corneas, the difficulty of the surgical procedure, and graft failure, still need to be resolved. Regenerative medicine is attractive to researchers as a means of providing innovative therapies for corneal endothelial dysfunction, as it now does for other diseases. We previously demonstrated the successful regeneration of corneal endothelium in animal models by injecting cultured corneal endothelial cells (CECs in combination with a Rho kinase (ROCK inhibitor. The purpose of the present study was to optimize the vehicle for clinical use in cell-based therapy. Our screening of cell culture media revealed that RELAR medium promoted CEC adhesion. We then modified RELAR medium by removing hormones, growth factors, and potentially toxic materials to generate a cell therapy vehicle (CTV composed of amino acid, salts, glucose, and vitamins. Injection of CECs in CTV enabled efficient engraftment and regeneration of the corneal endothelium in the rabbit corneal endothelial dysfunction model, with restoration of a transparent cornea. The CECs retained >85% viability after a 24 hour preservation as a cell suspension in CTV at 4°C and maintained their potency to regenerate the corneal endothelium in vivo. The vehicle developed here is clinically applicable for cell-based therapy aimed at treating the corneal endothelium. Our strategy involves the generation of vehicle from a culture medium appropriate for a given cell type by removing materials that are not favorable for clinical use.

  20. Investigation on fibrous collagen modifications during corneal laser welding by second harmonic generation microscopy (United States)

    Matteini, Paolo; Ratto, Fulvio; Rossi, Francesca; Cicchi, Riccardo; Stringari, Chiara; Kapsokalyvas, Dimitrios; Pavone, Francesco S.; Pini, Roberto


    The structural modifications in the collagen lattice of corneal stroma induced by near-infrared laser welding were investigated with second-harmonic generation (SHG) imaging. The corneal laser welding procedure is performed by staining the wound edges with a saturated water solution of Indocyanine Green (ICG) followed by irradiation with a 810 nm diode laser operated in continuous (CWLW: continuous wave laser welding) or pulsed (PLW: pulsed laser welding) mode. Both these procedures can provide closure of corneal wounds by inducing different structural modifications in the extracellular matrix. SHG imaging of native corneal stroma revealed collagen bundles composed of many regularly aligned collagen fibrils. After CWLW the regular lamellar arrangement was lost; collagen bundles appeared densely packed with an increasing disordered arrangement toward the welded cut. The weld was characterized by a loss of details; nevertheless, the observation of the second harmonic signal at this site indicated the lack of collagen denaturation. By contrast, PLW mode produced welding spots at the interface between donor and recipient corneal layers, which were characterized by a severe loss of the SHG signal, suggesting the occurrence of a complete collagen denaturation. SHG imaging appeared to be a powerful tool for visualizing the supramolecular morphological modifications in the collagen matrix after laser welding.

  1. Inhibition of multiple pathogenic pathways by histone deacetylase inhibitor SAHA in a corneal alkali-burn injury model (United States)

    Li, Xinyu; Zhou, Qinbo; Hanus, Jakub; Anderson, Chastain; Zhang, Hongmei; Dellinger, Michael; Brekken, Rolf; Wang, Shusheng


    Neovascularization (NV) in the cornea is a major cause of vision impairment and corneal blindness. Hemangiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis induced by inflammation underlie the pathogenesis of corneal NV. The current mainstay treatment, corticosteroid, treats the inflammation associated with corneal NV, but is not satisfactory due to such side effects as cataract and the increase in intraocular pressure. It is imperative to develop a novel therapy that specifically targets the hemangiogenesis, lymphangiogenesis and inflammation pathways underlying corneal NV. Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) have been in clinical trials for cancer and other diseases. In particular, HDACi suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA, vorinostat, Zolinza) has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. The functional mechanism of SAHA in cancer and especially in corneal NV remains unclear. Here, we show that topical application of SAHA inhibits neovascularization in an alkali-burn corneal injury model. Mechanistically, SAHA inhibits corneal NV by repressing hemangiogenesis, inflammation pathways and previously overlooked lymphangiogenesis. Topical SAHA is well tolerated on the ocular surface. In addition, the potency of SAHA in corneal NV appears to be comparable to the current steroid therapy. SAHA may possess promising therapeutic potential in alkali-burn corneal injury and other inflammatory neovascularization disorders. PMID:23186311

  2. Management of corneal bee sting

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    Full Text Available Hassan Razmjoo1,2, Mohammad-Ali Abtahi1,2,4, Peyman Roomizadeh1,3, Zahra Mohammadi1,2, Seyed-Hossein Abtahi1,3,41Medical School, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (IUMS; 2Ophthalmology Ward, Feiz Hospital, IUMS; 3Isfahan Medical Students Research Center (IMSRC, IUMS; 4Isfahan Ophthalmology Research Center (IORC, Feiz Hospital, IUMS, Isfahan, IranAbstract: Corneal bee sting is an uncommon environmental eye injury that can result in various ocular complications with an etiology of penetrating, immunologic, and toxic effects of the stinger and its injected venom. In this study we present our experience in the management of a middle-aged male with a right-sided deep corneal bee sting. On arrival, the patient was complaining of severe pain, blurry vision with acuity of 160/200, and tearing, which he had experienced soon after the injury. Firstly, we administered conventional drugs for eye injuries, including topical antibiotic, corticosteroid, and cycloplegic agents. After 2 days, corneal stromal infiltration and edema developed around the site of the sting, and visual acuity decreased to 100/200. These conditions led us to remove the stinger surgically. Within 25 days of follow-up, the corneal infiltration decreased gradually, and visual acuity improved to 180/200. We suggest a two-stage management approach for cases of corneal sting. For the first stage, if the stinger is readily accessible or primary dramatic reactions, including infiltration, especially on the visual axis, exist, manual or surgical removal would be indicated. Otherwise, we recommend conventional treatments for eye injuries. Given this situation, patients should be closely monitored for detection of any worsening. If the condition does not resolve or even deteriorates, for the second stage, surgical removal of the stinger under local or generalized anesthesia is indicated.Keywords: bee sting, stinger, cornea, removal, management, surgery

  3. [Lattice degeneration of the retina]. (United States)

    Boĭko, E V; Suetov, A A; Mal'tsev, D S


    Lattice degeneration of the retina is a clinically important type of peripheral retinal dystrophies due to its participation in the pathogenesis of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. In spite of extensive epidemiological, morphological, and clinical data, the question on causes of this particular type of retinal dystrophies currently remains debatable. Existing hypotheses on pathogenesis of retinal structural changes in lattice degeneration explain it to a certain extent. In clinical ophthalmology it is necessary to pay close attention to this kind of degenerations and distinguish between cases requiring preventive treatment and those requiring monitoring.


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    Gangotri Barui


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Corneal ulcer is one of the leading causes of ocular morbidity in developing country. Early diagnosis and targeted therapy is indispensable. Sociodemographic variables along with predisposing factors plays a major role in its development and clinicopathological correlation in diagnosis is very much helpful in diagnosis and subsequent management. The aim of the study is to identify the epidemiological factors and causative organism of the suppurative corneal ulcer. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this observational cross-sectional study, after taking proper history, patients with suppurative corneal ulcer are examined for clinical diagnosis. Applying sterile method of swab collection from the ulcer for standard microbiological examination (staining, culture swabs are taken for predetermined laboratory investigations. Sociodemographic variables (age, gender, occupation relevant injury history, microbiological data are tabulated for statistical calculations. RESULTS After application of inclusion and exclusion criteria wiling 81 patients, M:F=55:26 were assessed. Major number of patients (n=61, 75.30% are middle aged between 33-62 years of age. Occupation played a major role as evidenced by 44.44% (n=36 contribution from agricultural workers (tea garden worker, pineapple farmer, other agricultural worker followed by household worker (n=13, 16.05%. Positive history of prior corneal injury is common in fungal corneal ulcer (n=22, 51.16% as well as in bacterial (n=8, 66.66%. Among the prior corneal injury associated fungal ulcer vegetative matter injury in 15 patients (32.60%, while in bacterial variety, it is 5 (10.86% in number. In laboratory investigations, pure fungal growths are found in 37 patients (45.68%, while pure bacterial are 12 in number (14.81%. A good number (n=8, 9.81% shows mixed infection. Culture negative ulcers are good in number (n=24, 29.63% among which 6 (7.47% are microscopically positive. The sensitivity and specificity of

  5. Corneal collagen cross-linking. A review of its clinical applications. (United States)

    Balparda, K; Maldonado, M J


    To perform a literature review of the current clinical applications of corneal collagen cross-linking. An exhaustive literature search was made, including the main biomedical databases, and encompassing all years since the introduction of cross-linking in ophthalmology practice. Corneal collagen cross-linking using UVA irradiation and riboflavin is a surgical technique that is currently being optimised, and is supported by a good amount of pre-clinical and clinical studies. These papers found show the beneficial effect of the surgery on preventing the progression of corneal ectasia, especially keratoconus, but also on pellucid marginal degeneration and keratectasia after refractive surgery. The effect of cross-linking on avoiding the occurrence of iatrogenic keratectasia when combined with a photo-ablative procedure is less clear to date. Additionally, it appears that cross-linking may have a considerable beneficial effect on controlling corneal infection caused by fungi, bacteria and amoebae. However, its effect on viral keratitis can be detrimental. The benefit on bullous keratopathy seems to be rather transient. Corneal collagen cross-linking may be used with relative safety and efficacy in patients with progressive keratoconus. Its use could also be considered in patients with other corneal ectasias or with corneal infections of non-viral origin. Currently, there is still a need for more studies as regards its effect on preventing iatrogenic keratectasia. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  6. The Impact of Pterygium Excision on Corneal Astigmatism

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    Khan, F. A.; Niazi, S. P. K.; Khan, D. A.


    Objective: To compare the corneal astigmatism before and after the excision of pterygium and also to determine the correlation of pterygium size with the postoperative corneal astigmatism. Study Design: Cross-sectional interventional study. Place and Duration of Study: Eye Department, Combined Military Hospital, Abbottabad, from May 2011 to March 2012. Methodology: Thirty patients underwent pterygium excision. Pre-operatively Snellen visual acuity, manifest refraction and slit lamp examination was done. The size of the pterygium was recorded in mm by projecting a horizontal slit lamp beam from the limbus to the apex. All the pterygium were equal to or greater than 2.5 mm. Keratometry was performed with an automated keratometer. Keratometric data was recorded pre-operatively and at 28 days postoperatively. Wilcoxon signed rank test was used for comparing the pre-operative and the postoperative corneal astigmatism. Spearman's rank order was calculated to observe correlation of pterygium size with the postoperative astigmatism. Results: The median (mean rank) pre-operative astigmatism of 2.25 (15.50) reduced to a median (mean rank) postoperative astigmatism of 1.30 (14.96). This decrease in the postoperative astigmatism was statistically significant (p < 0.001). There was a statistically non-significant correlation between the postoperative astigmatism and the pterygium size (rs = -0.29, p = 0.12). Conclusion: Pterygium excision caused significant reduction in corneal astigmatism. (author)

  7. Electrothermal technique for the alteration of corneal curvature

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    Doss, J.D.; Hutson, R.L.; Albillar, J.I.


    Extreme cases of refractive error, such as those caused by keratoconus, are often not correctable by the addition of external refraction. In such cases, corneal transplant is the usual remedy. Alternatives have recently included modification of the corneal shape by thermal techniques which exploit the dramatic shrinkage of corneal collagen at temperatures of 55 to 63/sup 0/C. The use of conventional thermal techniques has been limited by damage to the epithelium and Bowman's membrane, and by the observation that the change in corneal shape is often temporary. Each of these problems appears to be related to the thermal dose profile that is generated by the conductive heating method; temperature is relatively high in the epithelium, but is below the critical shrinkage temperature in the deeper stromal collagen. A wide variability in treatment results has also been reported; this may be due to unintentional variation in technique, especially in timing the treatment. An alternative heating technique will be discussed that has a more desirable thermal dose distribution. In addition, the technique allows precise electronic control of treatment duration, and other parameters that affect thermal dose to the cornea.

  8. Conjunctival-corneal melt in association with carotid artery stenosis

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    Rosalind MK Stewart


    Full Text Available Rosalind MK Stewart1, Say Aun Quah1, Dan Q Nguyen2, Stephen B Kaye11Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK; 2Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol, UKPurpose: To report a case of severe conjunctival-corneal melt in association with carotid artery stenosis.Methods: Observational case report.Results: A 76-year-old man with a history of bilateral severe carotid artery occlusion and nonarteritic ischemic optic neuropathy developed a spontaneous bulbar conjunctival defect. Despite intensive lubrication, and attempts at surgical closure including an amniotic membrane patch graft, it progressed with subsequent adjacent corneal perforation. Thorough investigations revealed no underlying disease, except markedly delayed episcleral vessel filling on anterior segment fluorescein angiography.Conclusions: Neovascularisation is a known factor in the inhibition of ulceration. In light of the findings in this report, ocular ischemia should be considered as a cause or contributing factor in the differential diagnosis of conjunctival-corneal melt.Keywords: conjunctival melt, corneal melt, ocular ischemia, carotid artery stenosis

  9. Morphology and neurochemistry of canine corneal innervation. (United States)

    Marfurt, C F; Murphy, C J; Florczak, J L


    To determine the architectural pattern and neuropeptide content of canine corneal innervation. Corneal nerve fibers in normal dog eyes were labeled immunohistochemically with antibodies against protein gene product (PGP)-9.5, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH). Relative innervation densities and distribution patterns for each fiber population were assessed qualitatively by serial line-drawing reconstructions and quantitatively by computer-assisted analyses. More than 99% of all corneal PGP-9.5-immunoreactive (IR) nerves contained both CGRP and SP, approximately 30% contained TH, and none contained VIP. Distribution patterns of corneal PGP-9.5-, CGRP-, SP-, and TH-IR nerves were indistinguishable, except that TH-IR fibers were absent from the corneal epithelium. Morphologically, canine corneal innervation consisted of a rich anterior stromal plexus, divided on the basis of morphologic criteria into anterior and posterior levels, and a rich epithelial innervation, characterized by large numbers of horizontally oriented, basal epithelial "leash" formations. Leash axons in all quadrants of the corneal epithelium oriented preferentially toward a common locus in the perilimbal cornea. The results of this study demonstrate for the first time the detailed architectural features, distinctive basal epithelial leash orientations, and peptidergic content of canine corneal innervation. The normal innervation pattern described in this study will provide other investigators with essential baseline data for assessing corneal nerve alterations in canine patients with spontaneous chronic corneal epithelial defects (SCCED) and other ocular diseases or injuries.

  10. Designs, groups and lattices


    Bachoc, Christine


    We study the Grassmannian 4-designs contained in lattices, in connection with the local property of the Rankin constant. We prove that the sequence of Barnes-Wall lattices contain Grassmannian 6-designs.

  11. Evaluation of corneal symmetry after UV corneal crosslinking for keratoconus. (United States)

    Mofty, Hanan; Alzahrani, Khaled; Carley, Fiona; Harper, Sophie; Brahma, Arun; Au, Leon; Morley, Debbie; Hillarby, M Chantal


    The purpose of this study was to assess UV corneal crosslinking (CXL) treatment outcomes for keratoconus by evaluating the corneal regularity in patients through follow-up using the Oculus Pentacam. A total of 18 eyes from CXL patients with keratoconus were studied before and after CXL treatment, and six eyes from six patients who were not treated with CXL served as controls. Treated patients had Pentacam images taken before CXL treatment and regularly 3 months post treatment up to the 12th month. Controls were imaged during their first appointment and after 12 months. Symmetry and asphericity were evaluated and correlated with both best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and maximum K -readings. In the CXL-treated group, there was a significant improvement in the index of symmetrical variation (ISV) and keratoconus index (KI) at 3 months and in the index of height asymmetry (IHA) and minimum radius of curvature ( R min ) at 9 months post treatment. On the contrary, the untreated group's indices showed some significant worsening in ISV, KI, central keratoconus index (CKI), and R min . A novel finding in our study was a slight positive shift of anterior asphericity in the 6 mm, 7 mm, and 8 mm 3 months after treatment, which had a correlation with BCVA ( R 2 =0.390, p =0.053) and a strong correlation with maximum K -reading ( R 2 =0.690, p =0.005). However, the untreated group had no significant changes after 1 year. The corneal asymmetrical shape is associated with the spherical aberration alteration influenced by temporal evolution of surface ablation and increased corneal haze. However, insignificant changes in symmetry attest the stabilization effect on cornea postoperatively as compared with controls.

  12. Residuation in orthomodular lattices

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    Chajda Ivan


    Full Text Available We show that every idempotent weakly divisible residuated lattice satisfying the double negation law can be transformed into an orthomodular lattice. The converse holds if adjointness is replaced by conditional adjointness. Moreover, we show that every positive right residuated lattice satisfying the double negation law and two further simple identities can be converted into an orthomodular lattice. In this case, also the converse statement is true and the corresponence is nearly one-to-one.

  13. Corneal Collagen Cross-linking for Treatment of Non-healing Corneal Ulcers. (United States)

    Zamani, Mitra; Panahi-Bazaz, Mahmoodreza; Assadi, Mona


    To evaluate the efficacy of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) for treatment of corneal ulcers not responding to antimicrobial therapy. Eight patients with corneal ulcers associated with corneal melting, not responding to conventional antibiotic therapy, were treated with CXL. The procedure was performed according to the standardized protocol for keratoconus. Preoperative medications were continued after CXL in all cases. Microbiological exams revealed Pseudomonas aeruginosa in 3 cases. Follow up continued from 1 to 10 months. In 6 of 8 eyes, progression of corneal melting was halted and complete epithelialization occurred. In one eye emergency keratoplasty was needed due to corneal perforation. A conjunctival flap was performed to treat severe localized corneal thinning in one of the patients a few days after CXL. Significant clinical improvement occurred in all cases of Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis. CXL can be considered as a promising new treatment in the management of refractory non-healing corneal ulcers, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis.

  14. Corneal cross-linking in the treatment of corneal ulcers. (United States)

    Price, Marianne O; Price, Francis W


    New treatments for corneal ulcers are needed to address challenges with antibiotic resistance, cost, and specificity requiring timely pathogen identification. This review assesses the evidence regarding safety and efficacy of corneal cross-linking (CXL) as an adjunct or stand-alone treatment. To date approximately 200 clinical cases of CXL used with various types of infectious keratitis have been reported in about 30 publications. Most employed the CXL protocol developed for keratoconus as an adjunct to antibiotics for resistant ulcers, and a number of cases resolved after this intervention. However, a few studies raised concerns about resurgence and perforation when CXL was utilized with deep fungal infections. The infiltrate depth is an important consideration, because the standard CXL treatment is cytotoxic (to keratocytes) to a depth of approximately 200-300 μm and 50% of the energy is absorbed within the first 100 μm. CXL was used successfully as a monotherapy in approximately 16 eyes with early bacterial or shallow fungal infections. Further work is needed to develop optimized CXL protocols for treatment of corneal ulcers, define the appropriate conditions for use, and determine the safety and efficacy relative to standard antibiotic treatments.

  15. Infinite resistive lattices

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    Atkinson, D; van Steenwijk, F.J.

    The resistance between two arbitrary nodes in an infinite square lattice of:identical resistors is calculated, The method is generalized to infinite triangular and hexagonal lattices in two dimensions, and also to infinite cubic and hypercubic lattices in three and more dimensions. (C) 1999 American

  16. Corneal collagen cross-linking for treatment of non-healing corneal ulcers


    Mitra Zamani; Mahmoodreza Panahi-Bazaz; Mona Assadi


    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) for treatment of corneal ulcers not responding to antimicrobial therapy. Methods: Eight patients with corneal ulcers associated with corneal melting, not responding to conventional antibiotic therapy, were treated with CXL. The procedure was performed according to the standardized protocol for keratoconus. Preoperative medications were continued after CXL in all cases. Microbiological exams revealed Pseudomonas aeru...

  17. Corneal sensation after cataract and refractive surgery. (United States)

    Kohlhaas, M


    Most surgical procedures involving the anterior segment of the eye disrupt the normal organization of corneal innervation. Since denervation of the cornea results in impaired epithelial wound healing, increased epithelial permeability, decreased epithelial metabolic activity, and loss of cytoskeletal structures associated with cellular adhesion, it is important to identify the factors that determine the extent of neural regeneration. Mechanisms of corneal nerve damage and studies of corneal nerve fiber loss and reinnervation after cataract and refractive surgery--epikeratophakia, cryokeratomileusis, keratomileusis in situ, photorefractive keratectomy, laser in situ keratomileusis, and phacoemulsification--are reviewed and the decrease in corneal sensitivity, as a measure of corneal destruction and corneal metabolism, after these surgical procedures is compared.

  18. Immunoglobulins in granular corneal dystrophy Groenouw type I

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    Møller, H U; Bojsen-Møller, M; Schrøder, H D


    Three patients with granular corneal dystrophy Groenouw type I underwent corneal grafting, and cryostat sections of the corneal buttons were examined immunohistochemically for immunoglobulins. Positive results were obtained for IgG, Kappa-, and Lambda chains with immunofluorescence technique...

  19. Another Risk From Cigarette Smoking: Corneal Burn

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    Volkan Hürmeriç


    Full Text Available A 21-year-old male presented with corneal injury in his left eye after one of his friends had moved his arm backwards and accidentally hit his eye with the lit end of a cigarette. Slit lamp examination revealed epithelial defect and significant stromal edema at the superior temporal quadrant of the cornea. Cigarette ashes were noted in his lashes and inferior conjunctival fornix at the initial examination in the emergency service. 6 weeks after the injury, slit lamp examination revealed stromal thinning and haze in the temporal part of the cornea. His best spectacle-corrected distance visual acuity was 20/25 with a refractive error of -6.75x135 diopters in the left eye. Our case demonstrates that ocular thermal injury due to cigarette smoking can cause serious damage to the ocular tissues. (Turk J Oph thal mol 2012; 42: 484-5

  20. Corneal hemangiosarcoma in a cat. (United States)

    Cazalot, G; Regnier, A; Deviers, A; Serra, F; Lucas, M N; Etienne, C L; Letron, I Raymond


    A 10 year-old castrated male Domestic Short-hair cat with a history of chronic bilateral keratitis was referred for assessment of a red, elevated mass involving the left cornea. The rapid growth of the mass, over a month period in combination with pronounced vascularization and invasion of the corneal surface suggested an aggressive inflammatory or neoplastic process. Following keratectomy, the lesion was diagnosed histopathologically as a hemangiosarcoma. The tumor recurred locally within 3 weeks and enucleation was performed. Histopathologic examination of the globe confirmed the diagnosis and did not reveal infiltration of the limbus and conjunctiva. No signs of local recurrence or metastatic disease have been observed 18 months following enucleation. To the authors' knowledge this is the first case of primary corneal hemangiosarcoma described in the feline species. © 2011 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  1. Evaluation of corneal symmetry after UV corneal crosslinking for keratoconus

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    Mofty H


    Full Text Available Hanan Mofty,1,2 Khaled Alzahrani,2 Fiona Carley,3 Sophie Harper,3 Arun Brahma,3 Leon Au,3 Debbie Morley,3 M Chantal Hillarby2 1Optometry Department, College of Applied Medical Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 2Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, 3Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester, UK Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess UV corneal crosslinking (CXL treatment outcomes for keratoconus by evaluating the corneal regularity in patients through follow-up using the Oculus Pentacam.Patients and methods: A total of 18 eyes from CXL patients with keratoconus were studied before and after CXL treatment, and six eyes from six patients who were not treated with CXL served as controls. Treated patients had Pentacam images taken before CXL treatment and regularly 3 months post treatment up to the 12th month. Controls were imaged during their first appointment and after 12 months. Symmetry and asphericity were evaluated and correlated with both best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA and maximum K-readings.Results: In the CXL-treated group, there was a significant improvement in the index of symmetrical variation (ISV and keratoconus index (KI at 3 months and in the index of height asymmetry (IHA and minimum radius of curvature (Rmin at 9 months post treatment. On the contrary, the untreated group’s indices showed some significant worsening in ISV, KI, central keratoconus index (CKI, and Rmin. A novel finding in our study was a slight positive shift of anterior asphericity in the 6 mm, 7 mm, and 8 mm 3 months after treatment, which had a correlation with BCVA (R2=0.390, p=0.053 and a strong correlation with maximum K-reading (R2=0.690, p=0.005. However, the untreated group had no significant changes after 1 year.Conclusion: The corneal asymmetrical shape is associated with the spherical aberration alteration

  2. A comparative study of corneal sensitivity in birds of prey. (United States)

    Lacerda, Rodrigo P; Obón, Elena; Peña, Maria T; Costa, Daniel; Ríos, Jose; Leiva, Marta


    To determine and compare the corneal sensitivity in healthy wild diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey (BP) indigenous to Catalonia (Spain), and to establish if age is a determining factor in corneal sensitivity in those species. Ophthalmic examination was performed in 105 BP. Only birds with no ocular abnormalities were included in the study (n = 81): 21 diurnal BP (Falco tinnunculus: 16 fledglings, 5 adults) and 60 nocturnal BP (20 Athene noctua [9 fledglings, 11 adults], 20 Strix aluco [15 fledglings, 5 adults], and 20 Otus scops [6 fledglings and 14 adults]). Corneal touch threshold (CTT) was determined for each eye in five different corneal regions. Five attempts to cause a blink reflex were made in each region, and when three or more reflexes were positive, the pressure was deemed the CTT. Statistical analysis was performed using a Student's t-test for independent data or an anova model. The results between species and age groups were compared using the Generalized Estimated Equations model. There were no significant differences between any of the corneal regions (P = 0.25), or between the right (CTT = 4.9 ± 1.7 cm) and left (CTT = 4.8 ± 1.7 cm) eye in any of the species (P = 0.692). No difference was found between diurnal and nocturnal species (P = 0.913). Considering all the species, a significant difference was found between the mean CTT of fledglings (5.4 ± 1.2 cm) and adults (4.1 ± 2 cm), P birds of prey. Age is a determining factor in the CTT of A. noctua and S. aluco, with fledglings having a significantly higher CTT. © 2013 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  3. Personalised genome editing - The future for corneal dystrophies. (United States)

    Moore, C B Tara; Christie, Kathleen A; Marshall, John; Nesbit, M Andrew


    The potential of personalised genome editing reaching the clinic has come to light due to advancements in the field of gene editing, namely the development of CRISPR/Cas9. The different mechanisms of repair used to resolve the double strand breaks (DSBs) mediated by Cas9 allow targeting of a wide range of disease causing mutations. Collectively, the corneal dystrophies offer an ideal platform for personalised genome editing; the majority of corneal dystrophies are monogenic, highly penetrant diseases with a known pattern of inheritance. This genetic background coupled with the accessibility, ease of visualisation and immune privilege status of the cornea make a gene editing strategy for the treatment of corneal dystrophies an attractive option. Off-target cleavage is a major concern for the therapeutic use of CRISPR/Cas9, thus current efforts in the gene editing field are focused on improving the genome-wide specificity of Cas9 to minimise the risk of off-target events. In addition, the delivery of CRISPR/Cas9 to different tissues is a key focus; various viral and non-viral platforms are being explored to develop a vehicle that is highly efficient, specific and non-toxic. The rapid pace and enthusiasm with which CRISPR/Cas9 has taken over biomedical research has ensured the personalised medicine revolution has been realised. CRISPR/Cas9 has recently been utilised in the first wave of clinical trials, and the potential for a genome editing therapy to treat corneal dystrophies looks promising. This review will discuss the current status of therapeutic gene editing in relation to the corneal dystrophies. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  4. Organ transplantation scandal influencing corneal donation rate

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    Tobias Röck


    Full Text Available In the majority of countries, there is a shortage of donor corneas for corneal transplantations. This study investigated the impact of organ transplantation scandals on corneal donation rate at the University Hospital Tübingen. Each deceased patient was considered as a potential corneal donor. An ophthalmic resident handled with stable methods of procedures the corneal donor procurement from 2009 to 2015. The rates of corneal donation were examined and analyzed. Among the 5712 hospital deaths, consent for corneal donation was obtained in 711 cases. The mean annual corneal donation rate was 12.4%. Since 2009, the donation rate per year could be increased with exception of 2013 and 2015. In the end of 2012 and 2014 two huge organ donation scandals were known in Germany. In the following years 2013 and 2015 corneal donation rate decreased significantly (P=0.0181 and P=0.0006. We concluded that transplantation scandals have a significant impact on corneal donation rate. Improving professional's performance through full transparency and honesty is very important to earn trust of potential donors and their families.

  5. Organ transplantation scandal influencing corneal donation rate. (United States)

    Röck, Tobias; Bramkamp, Matthias; Bartz-Schmidt, Karl Ulrich; Röck, Daniel


    In the majority of countries, there is a shortage of donor corneas for corneal transplantations. This study investigated the impact of organ transplantation scandals on corneal donation rate at the University Hospital Tübingen. Each deceased patient was considered as a potential corneal donor. An ophthalmic resident handled with stable methods of procedures the corneal donor procurement from 2009 to 2015. The rates of corneal donation were examined and analyzed. Among the 5712 hospital deaths, consent for corneal donation was obtained in 711 cases. The mean annual corneal donation rate was 12.4%. Since 2009, the donation rate per year could be increased with exception of 2013 and 2015. In the end of 2012 and 2014 two huge organ donation scandals were known in Germany. In the following years 2013 and 2015 corneal donation rate decreased significantly ( P =0.0181 and P =0.0006). We concluded that transplantation scandals have a significant impact on corneal donation rate. Improving professional's performance through full transparency and honesty is very important to earn trust of potential donors and their families.

  6. Generalized isothermic lattices

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    Doliwa, Adam


    We study multi-dimensional quadrilateral lattices satisfying simultaneously two integrable constraints: a quadratic constraint and the projective Moutard constraint. When the lattice is two dimensional and the quadric under consideration is the Moebius sphere one obtains, after the stereographic projection, the discrete isothermic surfaces defined by Bobenko and Pinkall by an algebraic constraint imposed on the (complex) cross-ratio of the circular lattice. We derive the analogous condition for our generalized isothermic lattices using Steiner's projective structure of conics, and we present basic geometric constructions which encode integrability of the lattice. In particular, we introduce the Darboux transformation of the generalized isothermic lattice and we derive the corresponding Bianchi permutability principle. Finally, we study two-dimensional generalized isothermic lattices, in particular geometry of their initial boundary value problem

  7. Density-gradient centrifugation enables the purification of cultured corneal endothelial cells for cell therapy by eliminating senescent cells (United States)

    Okumura, Naoki; Kusakabe, Ayaka; Hirano, Hiroatsu; Inoue, Ryota; Okazaki, Yugo; Nakano, Shinichiro; Kinoshita, Shigeru; Koizumi, Noriko


    The corneal endothelium is essential for maintaining corneal transparency; therefore, corneal endothelial dysfunction causes serious vision loss. Tissue engineering-based therapy is potentially a less invasive and more effective therapeutic modality. We recently started a first-in-man clinical trial of cell-based therapy for treating corneal endothelial dysfunction in Japan. However, the senescence of corneal endothelial cells (CECs) during the serial passage culture needed to obtain massive quantities of cells for clinical use is a serious technical obstacle preventing the push of this regenerative therapy to clinical settings. Here, we show evidence from an animal model confirming that senescent cells are less effective in cell therapy. In addition, we propose that density-gradient centrifugation can eliminate the senescent cells and purify high potency CECs for clinical use. This simple technique might be applicable for other types of cells in the settings of regenerative medicine. PMID:26443440

  8. A native-like corneal construct using donor corneal stroma for tissue engineering.

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    Jing Lin

    Full Text Available Tissue engineering holds great promise for corneal transplantation to treat blinding diseases. This study was to explore the use of natural corneal stroma as an optimal substrate to construct a native like corneal equivalent. Human corneal epithelium was cultivated from donor limbal explants on corneal stromal discs prepared by FDA approved Horizon Epikeratome system. The morphology, phenotype, regenerative capacity and transplantation potential were evaluated by hematoxylin eosin and immunofluorescent staining, a wound healing model, and the xeno-transplantation of the corneal constructs to nude mice. An optically transparent and stratified epithelium was rapidly generated on donor corneal stromal substrate and displayed native-like morphology and structure. The cells were polygonal in the basal layer and became flattened in superficial layers. The epithelium displayed a phenotype similar to human corneal epithelium in vivo. The differentiation markers, keratin 3, involucrin and connexin 43, were expressed in full or superficial layers. Interestingly, certain basal cells were immunopositive to antibodies against limbal stem/progenitor cell markers ABCG2 and p63, which are usually negative in corneal epithelium in vivo. It suggests that this bioengineered corneal epithelium shared some characteristics of human limbal epithelium in vivo. This engineered epithelium was able to regenerate in 4 days following from a 4mm-diameter wound created by a filter paper soaked with 1 N NaOH. This corneal construct survived well after xeno-transplantation to the back of a nude mouse. The transplanted epithelium remained multilayer and became thicker with a phenotype similar to human corneal epithelium. Our findings demonstrate that natural corneal stroma is an optimal substrate for tissue bioengineering, and a native-like corneal construct has been created with epithelium containing limbal stem cells. This construct may have great potential for clinical use in

  9. Semi-quantitative assessments of dextran toxicity on corneal endothelium: conceptual design of a predictive algorithm. (United States)

    Filev, Filip; Oezcan, Ceprail; Feuerstacke, Jana; Linke, Stephan J; Wulff, Birgit; Hellwinkel, Olaf J C


    Dextran is added to corneal culture medium for at least 8 h prior to transplantation to ensure that the cornea is osmotically dehydrated. It is presumed that dextran has a certain toxic effect on corneal endothelium but the degree and the kinetics of this effect have not been quantified so far. We consider that such data regarding the toxicity of dextran on the corneal endothelium could have an impact on scheduling and logistics of corneal preparation in eye banking. In retrospective statistic analyses, we compared the progress of corneal endothelium (endothelium cell loss per day) of 1334 organ-cultured corneal explants in media with and without dextran. Also, the influence of donor-age, sex and cause of death on the observed dextran-mediated effect on endothelial cell counts was studied. Corneas cultured in dextran-free medium showed a mean endothelium cell count decrease of 0.7% per day. Dextran supplementation led to a mean endothelium cell loss of 2.01% per day; this reflects an increase by the factor of 2.9. The toxic impact of dextran was found to be time dependent; while the prevailing part of the effect was observed within the first 24 h after dextran-addition. Donor age, sex and cause of death did not seem to have an influence on the dextran-mediated toxicity. Based on these findings, we could design an algorithm which approximately describes the kinetics of dextran-toxicity. We reproduced the previously reported toxic effect of dextran on the corneal endothelium in vitro. Additionally, this is the first work that provides an algorithmic instrument for the semi-quantitative calculation of the putative endothelium cell count decrease in dextran containing medium for a given incubation time and could thus influence the time management and planning of corneal transplantations.

  10. A Novel Tectonic Keratoplasty with Femtosecond Laser Intrastromal Lenticule for Corneal Ulcer and Perforation. (United States)

    Jiang, Yang; Li, Ying; Liu, Xiao-Wei; Xu, Jing


    Small incision refractive lenticule extraction (SMILE) is an effective laser procedure that treats myopia. This research was to describe a novel approach to treat corneal ulcer or perforation using the corneal lenticules obtained from SMILE and to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of tectonic keratoplasty with femtosecond laser intrastromal lenticule (TEKIL). A total of twenty patients (22 eyes) were monitored for at least 6 months and were assessed using slit lamp microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA). Postoperative complications throughout the study period were recorded. Corneal ulcer in 14 patients (16 eyes) and corneal perforation in six patients (6 eyes) were treated with TEKIL. The patients were ten females and ten males, with a mean age of 58.5 ± 16.3 years (range: 16-81 years). In this study, the most causes of corneal ulcer or perforation were immunologic causes (54.5%). After TEKIL procedure, global integrity was achieved in all cases. No immune rejection or perforation was detected. The mean BCVA improved from 0.17 ± 0.20 preoperatively to 0.27 ± 0.25 postoperatively at the final follow-up (t = 2.095, P = 0.052). The postoperative BCVA improved in 12 eyes (54.5%) and maintained in nine eyes (40.9%). Vision function successfully maintained in all eyes (100%). In three cases, corneal ulcers were treated by reoperation of TEKIL at 3 months after the initial surgery for the reason that the residual corneal thickness was corneal ulcer and perforation in the condition of emergency and donor shortage.

  11. Surgical technique: coupling of intrastromal corneal ring segments for ectatic corneal disorders in eye bank corneas

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    Moshirfar M


    Full Text Available Majid Moshirfar1 Maylon Hsu1 Yousuf M Khalifa21Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, UT, 2Flaum Eye Institute, Rochester, NY, USAAbstract: The management of corneal ectasia is evolving, with intrastromal corneal ring segments playing an important role in delaying or eliminating the need for penetrating keratoplasty. This paper describes a modification in the implantation technique of intrastromal corneal ring segments that allows for coupling of the two segments with suture, affording more structural support.Keywords: intrastromal corneal ring segments, Intacs, keratonconus, corneal ectasia, keratoectasia

  12. Denervation of the Lacrimal Gland Leads to Corneal Hypoalgesia in a Novel Rat Model of Aqueous Dry Eye Disease. (United States)

    Aicher, Sue A; Hermes, Sam M; Hegarty, Deborah M


    Some dry eye disease (DED) patients have sensitized responses to corneal stimulation, while others experience hypoalgesia. Many patients have normal tear production, suggesting that reduced tears are not always the cause of DED sensory dysfunction. In this study, we show that disruption of lacrimal innervation can produce hypoalgesia without changing basal tear production. Injection of a saporin toxin conjugate into the extraorbital lacrimal gland of male Sprague-Dawley rats was used to disrupt cholinergic innervation to the gland. Tear production was assessed by phenol thread test. Corneal sensory responses to noxious stimuli were assessed using eye wipe behavior. Saporin DED animals were compared to animals treated with atropine to produce aqueous DED. Cholinergic innervation and acetylcholine content of the lacrimal gland were significantly reduced in saporin DED animals, yet basal tear production was normal. Saporin DED animals demonstrated normal eye wipe responses to corneal application of capsaicin, but showed hypoalgesia to corneal menthol. Corneal nerve fiber density was normal in saporin DED animals. Atropine-treated animals had reduced tear production but normal responses to ocular stimuli. Because only menthol responses were impaired, cold-sensitive corneal afferents appear to be selectively altered in our saporin DED model. Hypoalgesia is not due to reduced tear production, since we did not observe hypoalgesia in an atropine DED model. Corneal fiber density is unaltered in saporin DED animals, suggesting that molecular mechanisms of nociceptive signaling may be impaired. The saporin DED model will be useful for exploring the mechanism underlying corneal hypoalgesia.

  13. Inhibition of Corneal Neovascularization by Hydrazinocurcumin ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the effect of hydrazinocurcumin on a human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-induced corneal neovascularization in rabbit model. Methods: Murine corneal neovascularization (CorNV) was induced via two intrastromal implantations of VEGF polymer 2 mm from the limbus.


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    Corneal scraping in corneal ulcerations was done for five children who had not used any medication. These children, with others suspected of having bacterial ulcers that were inadequately treated, were given. *Correspondence: Dr OO Onabolu, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmology Department, OACHS, PMB 2027, ...

  15. Serratia corneal ulcers: a retrospective clinical study. (United States)

    Mah-Sadorra, Jeane Haidee; Najjar, Dany M; Rapuano, Christopher J; Laibson, Peter R; Cohen, Elisabeth J


    To study the clinical and microbiological profile of Serratia corneal ulcers at the Cornea Service of the Wills Eye Hospital. This was a retrospective, observational case series. The clinical records of patients with Serratia marcescens corneal ulcers seen at the Cornea Service of the Wills Eye Hospital between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2002 were reviewed. Twenty-four cases of Serratia keratitis were identified in 21 patients. Two patients (9.5%) had recurrent keratitis, 1 of which recurred twice. Both had corneal graft edema and were on topical steroids and antiglaucoma drops. The Serratia infection in 15 patients (71%) was associated with an abnormal corneal surface. Twelve of these patients (57%) had the ulcer in a corneal graft, 4 (19%) of which were associated with suture infiltrates. Fifteen patients (71%) were on topical medications-15 used corticosteroids and 13 used antiglaucoma drops. Six patients (29%) were contact lens wearers-1 had a concomitant suture infiltrate associated with a corneal graft, and 5 had otherwise healthy corneas. One isolate lacked in vitro susceptibility to ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin but was susceptible to gentamicin and tobramycin. Nineteen patients had a favorable response to medical therapy. Two patients with poor outcome had large corneal ulcers with severe necrosis and thinning associated with delay in treatment. Serratia marcescens keratitis is associated with the presence of an abnormal corneal surface, use of topical medications, and contact lens wear. Prompt medical therapy results in a good clinical response in the majority of cases.

  16. Transient Anisocoria after Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

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    George D. Kymionis


    Full Text Available Purpose. To report a case with transient anisocoria after corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL. Methods. Case report. Results. A 24-year-old male underwent corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL in his right eye for keratoconus. At the end of the procedure, the pupil of the treated eye was irregular and dilated, while the pupil of the fellow eye was round, regular, and reactive (anisocoria. The following day, pupils were round, regular, and reactive in both eyes. Conclusion. Anisocoria may be a transient and innocuous complication after CXL. A possible cause for this complication might be the anesthetic drops used before and during the surgical procedure or/and the ultraviolet A irradiation during the treatment.

  17. Jamming within Lattices (United States)

    Wentworth-Nice, Prairie; Graves, Amy

    Numerical methods are used in two dimensions to find the minimum energy configuration of soft bidisperse spheres, in the presence of lattices of fixed, pointlike particles. The lattice provides a supporting structure for the jammed configuration, resulting in changes in the jamming threshold. The excess coordination number and other properties of interest near jamming are calculated as a function of the lattice structure and number density. Acknowledgement is made to the donors of the Petrolium Research Fund, administered by the American Chemical Society.

  18. Metaharmonic Lattice Point Theory

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    Freeden, Willi


    Metaharmonic Lattice Point Theory covers interrelated methods and tools of spherically oriented geomathematics and periodically reflected analytic number theory. The book establishes multi-dimensional Euler and Poisson summation formulas corresponding to elliptic operators for the adaptive determination and calculation of formulas and identities of weighted lattice point numbers, in particular the non-uniform distribution of lattice points. The author explains how to obtain multi-dimensional generalizations of the Euler summation formula by interpreting classical Bernoulli polynomials as Green

  19. Corneal ectasia after intrastromal presbyopic surgery. (United States)

    Courjaret, Jean-Christophe; Matonti, Frederic; Savoldelli, Michele; D'Hermies, Francois; Legeais, Jean-Marc; Hoffart, Louis


    To report histopathologic findings in a case of bilateral corneal ectasia following intrastromal femtosecond laser presbyopia surgery. Case report. A 56-year-old patient was referred for bilateral corneal ectasia. He was treated for hyperopia using LASIK twice in both eyes. A bilateral femtosecond laser intrastromal presbyopia correction was secondarily performed. The patient complained of progressive loss of distance visual acuity shortly after. Corneal topography showed a bilateral central corneal protrusion. Rigid contact lenses were successfully fitted on the right eye and, because the patient still complained, a deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty was performed in the left eye. Light and electronic microscopy of the corneal button revealed that the inner intrastromal incision crossed the LASIK interface and led to stromal bed dehiscence. This case illustrates that intrastromal refractive surgery should not be recommended in eyes previously treated by lamellar refractive surgery.

  20. Corneal autofluorescence in presence of diabetic retinopathy (United States)

    Rovati, Luigi; Docchio, Franco; Azzolini, Claudio; Van Best, Jaap A.


    Recently corneal autofluorescence has been proposed as an ocular diagnostic tool for diabetic retinopathy. The method is based on the sensible increase of the natural fluorescence of corneal tissue within specific wavelength in presence of early stage of diabetic retinopathy. The main advantages of this method are that the corneal autofluorescence has been demonstrated to be not age-related and that the cornea is readily accessible to be investigated. In this study 47 insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and 51 non-insulin- dependent diabetes mellitus patients aged 20 - 90 years have been considered. Patients were selected from the Eye Clinic of S. Raffaele Hospital. The modified Airlie House classification was used to grade the diabetic retinopathy. Corneal autofluorescence has been measured by using both a specifically designed instrument and the Fluorotron Master. Corneal autofluorescence mean value for each diabetic retinopathy measured by using both the instruments correlated with the retinopathy grade.

  1. Azithromycin and Doxycycline Attenuation of Acanthamoeba Virulence in a Human Corneal Tissue Model. (United States)

    Purssell, Andrew; Lau, Rachel; Boggild, Andrea K


    Amoebic keratitis is a potentially blinding eye infection caused by ubiquitous, free-living, environmental acanthamoebae, which are known to harbor bacterial endosymbionts. A Chlamydia-like endosymbiont has previously enhanced Acanthamoeba virulence in vitro. We investigated the potential effect of Acanthamoeba-endosymbiont coinfection in a human corneal tissue model representing clinical amoebic keratitis infection. Environmental and corneal Acanthamoeba isolates from the American Type Culture Collection were screened for endosymbionts by amplifying and sequencing bacterial 16S as well as Chlamydiales-specific DNA. Each Acanthamoeba isolate was used to infect EpiCorneal cells, a 3-dimensional human corneal tissue model. EpiCorneal cells were then treated with azithromycin, doxycycline, or control medium to determine whether antibiotics targeting common classes of bacterial endosymbionts attenuated Acanthamoeba virulence, as indicated by decreased observed cytopathic effect and inflammatory biomarker production. A novel endosymbiont closely related to Mycobacterium spp. was identified in Acanthamoeba polyphaga 50495. Infection of EpiCorneal cells with Acanthamoeba castellanii 50493 and A. polyphaga 50372 led to increased production of inflammatory cytokines and cytopathic effects visible under microscopy. These increases were attenuated by azithromycin and doxycycline. Our findings suggest that azithromycin and doxycycline may be effective adjuvants to standard antiacanthamoebal chemotherapy by potentially abrogating virulence-enhancing properties of bacterial endosymbionts. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, e-mail

  2. Electronic properties of graphene antidot lattices

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    Fürst, Joachim Alexander; Pedersen, Jesper Goor; Flindt, C.


    Graphene antidot lattices constitute a novel class of nano-engineered graphene devices with controllable electronic and optical properties. An antidot lattice consists of a periodic array of holes that causes a band gap to open up around the Fermi level, turning graphene from a semimetal...... into a semiconductor. We calculate the electronic band structure of graphene antidot lattices using three numerical approaches with different levels of computational complexity, efficiency and accuracy. Fast finite-element solutions of the Dirac equation capture qualitative features of the band structure, while full...

  3. Lattice-Algebraic Morphology

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    McGuire, Dennis


    ... invariance present in concrete morphology theories. The other, developed by Banon and Barrera, analyzes general mappings between complete lattices and develops morphological decomposition formulas for such mappings...

  4. Twisted mass lattice QCD

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    Shindler, A. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC


    I review the theoretical foundations, properties as well as the simulation results obtained so far of a variant of the Wilson lattice QCD formulation: Wilson twisted mass lattice QCD. Emphasis is put on the discretization errors and on the effects of these discretization errors on the phase structure for Wilson-like fermions in the chiral limit. The possibility to use in lattice simulations different lattice actions for sea and valence quarks to ease the renormalization patterns of phenomenologically relevant local operators, is also discussed. (orig.)

  5. Lattice degeneracies of fermions

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    Raszillier, H.


    We present a detailed description of the minimal degeneracies of geometric (Kaehler) fermions on all the lattices of maximal symmetries in n = 1, ..., 4 dimensions. We also determine the isolated orbits of the maximal symmetry groups, which are related to the minimal numbers of ''naive'' fermions on the reciprocals of these lattices. It turns out that on the self-reciprocal lattices the minimal numbers of naive fermions are equal to the minimal numbers of degrees of freedom of geometric fermions. The description we give relies on the close connection of the maximal lattice symmetry groups with (affine) Weyl groups of root systems of (semi-) simple Lie algebras. (orig.)

  6. Late onset corneal ectasia after LASIK surgery. (United States)

    Said, Ashraf; Hamade, Issam H; Tabbara, Khalid F


    To report late onset corneal ectasia following myopic LASIK. A retrospective cohort case series. Nineteen patients with late onset corneal ectasia following LASIK procedure were examined at The Eye Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Patients underwent LASIK for myopia with spherical equivalent ranging from -1.4 to -13.75 diopters. Age and gender, history of systemic or local diseases, and time of onset of corneal ectasia were recorded. Eye examination and corneal topographical analyses were done before and after LASIK surgery. Nineteen patients (29 eyes) with late onset corneal ectasia were identified from 1998 to 2008 in 13 male and six female patients. The mean follow-up period was 108 ± 23 months (range 72-144 months). No patient had pre-operative identifiable risk factors for corneal ectasia and the mean time of onset was 57 ± 24 months (range 24-120 months after LASIK). The pre-operative values included mean central pachymetry 553 ± 25 μm, mean keratometry reading of 42.9 ± 1.5 diopters, average oblique cylinder of 1.4 ± 1.2 diopters, posterior surface elevation of 26 ± 2.1 diopters, corneal flap thickness of 160 μm, mean spherical equivalent of -5.6 ± 3.6 diopters, and calculated residual corneal stromal bed thickness was 288 ± 35 μm. Three (5 eyes) patients developed ectasia after pregnancy. Three (4 eyes) patients developed corneal ectasia following severe adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis and had positive PCR for adenovirus type 8. Corneal ectasia may develop many years after LASIK surgery and symptoms could go undetected for some time. Pregnancy and adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis occurred post-operatively in six patients.

  7. Corneal sensitivity in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. (United States)

    Bansal, Surbhi; Myneni, Ajay A; Mu, Lina; Myers, Bennett H; Patel, Sangita P


    Neurotrophic keratitis may result from a variety of ocular or systemic diseases. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is an autoimmune neuropathy that affects any nerve plexus but with no known association with corneal disease. We observed 2 patients with CIDP and visually compromising neurotrophic corneal ulcers. This study was performed to determine the prevalence of neurotrophic corneas in patients with CIDP to identify a subpopulation of asymptomatic patients who are at risk for vision loss. This is an observational case series of 2 patients with CIDP with visually compromising neurotrophic corneal ulcers and a prospective clinical study comparing corneal sensitivity in 9 patients with CIDP versus 9 age- and sex-matched controls. Corneal sensitivity was tested with an esthesiometer. Statistical analyses were performed to determine patterns or significances in relation to the subject's age, gender, and duration and severity of the disease. The overall median corneal sensitivity was 5.7 for patients with CIDP and 6.0 for controls (P = 0.09). The mean corneal sensitivity was 5.6 ± 0.4 in patients with CIDP compared with 5.8 ± 0.3 in controls. No specific pattern was found with age, gender, or duration and severity of the disease among patients with CIDP. Although the case series demonstrated decreased corneal sensitivity in both patients with CIDP, the prospective study detected reduced corneal sensitivity in patients with CIDP when compared with controls, but did not reach statistical significance. Ophthalmic examinations with measurement of corneal sensitivity should be considered in the management of patients with CIDP.Clinical Trial Registration-URL: Unique identifier: NCT01379833.


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    Rekha Gyanchand


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Requirement of donor cornea is essential to target the corneal blind. The best method to procure such corneas is from any major hospitals, which has a mortuary facility. The eye donation with hanging as the cause of death is very common in a mortuary setup. Some factors that are concerning regarding corneas procured from death due to hanging is the prolonged exposure of the cornea at the time of death, the exact time of death is not known, most of the cadavers are refrigerated for investigations as these arrive at the mortuary usually at night. Due to these reasons, the corneal surgeons are hesitant to use corneas procured from death due to hanging for corneal transplantation. Analysing these corneas would contribute to a great extent to the donor cornea pool in providing sight to the corneal blind, especially as majority are young individuals who commit suicide by hanging. In this study, the donor corneas were analysed with regards to corneal epithelial defect, endothelial cell morphology and utilisation of these corneas for transplantation. The aim of the HCRP study is to analyse the effect of death due to hanging on donor cornea. 1. Corneal epithelial status. 2. Corneal endothelial cell morphology. 3. Utilisation of corneas for transplantation. MATERIALS AND METHODS Donor corneas from 22 donors who died due to hanging were procured from hospital mortuary. All the 44 corneas were transplanted. Various parameters like demography, death to enucleation time, cadaver preservation in cold storage, endothelial cell density and utilisation of cornea for transplantation were noted. Design- Retrospective study. Statistical Analysis- Descriptive statistics, Pearson and Spearman correlation and Chi-square test were used to test the hypotheses. RESULTS Out of the 44 corneas analysed, 75% of the donors were refrigerated as a part of medicolegal investigations protocol. The average DTP time was 12 hours in refrigerated group and 5 hours in non

  9. The prognosis of retinal detachment due to lattice degeneration. (United States)

    Benson, W E; Morse, P H


    In a series of 553 consecutive retinal detachments, 29% (120) were due to lattice degeneration. Forty-five percent of these were due to atrophic holes in the lattice degeneration and 55% were due to tears caused by traction posterior to or at the end of a patch of lattice. In phakic patients, retinal detachments due to atrophic holes were most common in young myopes. Detachments due to traction tears were seen in older, less myopic patients. The incidence of massive periretinal proliferation was less (5%) in detachments due to lattice degeneration than in detachments not due to lattice degeneration (6.5%).

  10. Intraoperative corneal thickness measurements during corneal collagen cross-linking with isotonic riboflavin solution without dextran in corneal ectasia. (United States)

    Cınar, Yasin; Cingü, Abdullah Kürşat; Sahin, Alparslan; Türkcü, Fatih Mehmet; Yüksel, Harun; Caca, Ihsan


    Abstract Objective: To monitor the changes in corneal thickness during the corneal collagen cross-linking procedure by using isotonic riboflavin solution without dextran in ectatic corneal diseases. The corneal thickness measurements were obtained before epithelial removal, after epithelial removal, following the instillation of isotonic riboflavin solution without dextran for 30 min, and after 10 min of ultraviolet A irradiation. Eleven eyes of eleven patients with progressive keratoconus (n = 10) and iatrogenic corneal ectasia (n = 1) were included in this study. The mean thinnest pachymetric measurements were 391.82 ± 30.34 µm (320-434 µm) after de-epithelialization of the cornea, 435 ± 21.17 µm (402-472 µm) following 30 min instillation of isotonic riboflavin solution without dextran and 431.73 ± 20.64 µm (387-461 µm) following 10 min of ultraviolet A irradiation to the cornea. Performing corneal cross-linking procedure with isotonic riboflavin solution without dextran might not induce corneal thinning but a little swelling throughout the procedure.

  11. Corneal Regeneration by Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK Using Decellularized Corneal Matrix.

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    Yoshihide Hashimoto

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the feasibility of DALK using a decellularized corneal matrix obtained by HHP methodology. Porcine corneas were hydrostatically pressurized at 980 MPa at 10°C for 10 minutes to destroy the cells, followed by washing with EGM-2 medium to remove the cell debris. The HHP-treated corneas were stained with H-E to assess the efficacy of decellularization. The decellularized corneal matrix of 300 μm thickness and 6.0 mm diameter was transplanted onto a 6.0 mm diameter keratectomy wound. The time course of regeneration on the decellularized corneal matrix was evaluated by haze grading score, fluorescein staining, and immunohistochemistry. H-E staining revealed that no cell nuclei were observed in the decellularized corneal matrix. The decellularized corneal matrices were opaque immediately after transplantation, but became completely transparent after 4 months. Fluorescein staining revealed that initial migration of epithelial cells over the grafts was slow, taking 3 months to completely cover the implant. Histological sections revealed that the implanted decellularized corneal matrix was completely integrated with the receptive rabbit cornea, and keratocytes infiltrated into the decellularized corneal matrix 6 months after transplantation. No inflammatory cells such as macrophages, or neovascularization, were observed during the implantation period. The decellularized corneal matrix improved corneal transparency, and remodelled the graft after being transplanted, demonstrating that the matrix obtained by HHP was a useful graft for corneal tissue regeneration.

  12. The impact of type 1 diabetes mellitus on corneal epithelial nerve morphology and the corneal epithelium. (United States)

    Cai, Daniel; Zhu, Meifang; Petroll, W Matthew; Koppaka, Vindhya; Robertson, Danielle M


    Diabetic corneal neuropathy can result in chronic, sight-threatening corneal pathology. Although the exact etiology is unknown, it is believed that a reduction in corneal sensitivity and loss of neurotrophic support contributes to corneal disease. Information regarding the relationship between nerve loss and effects on the corneal epithelium is limited. We investigated changes in the corneal epithelium and nerve morphology using three-dimensional imaging in vivo and in situ in a streptozotocin-induced diabetic mouse model. Streptozotocin-treated mice showed increased levels of serum glucose and growth retardation consistent with a severe diabetic state. A reduction in the length of the subbasal nerve plexus was evident after 6 weeks of disease. Loss of the subbasal nerve plexus was associated with corneal epithelial thinning and a reduction in basal epithelial cell density. In contrast, loss of the terminal epithelial nerves was associated with animal age. Importantly, this is the first rodent model of type 1 diabetes that shows characteristics of corneal epithelial thinning and a reduction in basal epithelial cell density, both previously have been documented in humans with diabetic corneal neuropathy. These findings indicate that in type 1 diabetes, nerve fiber damage is evident in the subbasal nerve plexus before terminal epithelial nerve loss and that neurotrophic support from both the subbasal nerve plexus and terminal epithelial nerves is essential for the maintenance of corneal epithelial homeostasis. Copyright © 2014 American Society for Investigative Pathology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. High interocular corneal symmetry in average simulated keratometry, central corneal thickness, and posterior elevation. (United States)

    Myrowitz, Elliott H; Kouzis, Anthony C; O'Brien, Terrence P


    The purpose of this study was to assess interocular corneal symmetry in average simulated keratometry, corneal thickness, and posterior corneal elevation. This retrospective analysis included data from scanning slit topography (Orbscan II; Bausch and Lomb, Rochester, NY) on 242 eyes from 121 consecutive patients undergoing standard evaluation for consideration of elective laser vision correction. The symmetry between the right and left eye in average simulated keratometry, minimum central corneal thickness, and posterior corneal elevation was assessed by comparative data analysis. Simulated keratometry ranged from 39.9 to 48.6 D. The interocular difference in average simulated keratometry was 0.47 D (standard deviation [SD] 0.43). The interocular Pearson correlation coefficient for average simulated keratometry was 0.90 (p central corneal thickness was 0.95 (p symmetry in all these parameters was very high in this group of consecutive patients. Asymmetry of these interocular parameters may warrant repeat clinical testing for accuracy and may predict corneal abnormalities. Normative data on posterior cornea elevation is presented. This study points out potentially clinically important high interocular corneal symmetry data in simulated keratometry, corneal thickness, and posterior corneal elevation.

  14. Corneal modeling for analysis of photorefractive keratectomy (United States)

    Della Vecchia, Michael A.; Lamkin-Kennard, Kathleen


    Procedurally, excimer photorefractive keratectomy is based on the refractive correction of composite spherical and cylindrical ophthalmic errors of the entire eye. These refractive errors are inputted for correction at the corneal plane and for the properly controlled duration and location of laser energy. Topography is usually taken to correspondingly monitor spherical and cylindrical corneorefractive errors. While a corneal topographer provides surface morphologic information, the keratorefractive photoablation is based on the patient's spherical and cylindrical spectacle correction. Topography is at present not directly part of the procedural deterministic parameters. Examination of how corneal curvature at each of the keratometric reference loci affect the shape of the resultant corneal photoablated surface may enhance the accuracy of the desired correction. The objective of this study was to develop a methodology to utilize corneal topography for construction of models depicting pre- and post-operative keratomorphology for analysis of photorefractive keratectomy. Multiple types of models were developed then recreated in optical design software for examination of focal lengths and other optical characteristics. The corneal models were developed using data extracted from the TMS I corneal modeling system (Computed Anatomy, New York, NY). The TMS I does not allow for manipulation of data or differentiation of pre- and post-operative surfaces within its platform, thus models needed to be created for analysis. The data were imported into Matlab where 3D models, surface meshes, and contour plots were created. The data used to generate the models were pre- and post-operative curvatures, heights from the corneal apes, and x-y positions at 6400 locations on the corneal surface. Outlying non-contributory points were eliminated through statistical operations. Pre- and post- operative models were analyzed to obtain the resultant changes in the corneal surfaces during PRK

  15. Terahertz sensing in corneal tissues (United States)

    Bennett, David B.; Taylor, Zachary D.; Tewari, Pria; Singh, Rahul S.; Culjat, Martin O.; Grundfest, Warren S.; Sassoon, Daniel J.; Johnson, R. Duncan; Hubschman, Jean-Pierre; Brown, Elliott R.


    This work introduces the potential application of terahertz (THz) sensing to the field of ophthalmology, where it is uniquely suited due to its nonionizing photon energy and high sensitivity to water content. Reflective THz imaging and spectrometry data are reported on ex-vivo porcine corneas prepared with uniform water concentrations using polyethylene glycol (PEG) solutions. At 79% water concentration by mass, the measured reflectivity of the cornea was 20.4%, 14.7%, 11.7%, 9.6%, and 7.4% at 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, and 1 THz, respectively. Comparison of nine corneas hydrated from 79.1% to 91.5% concentration by mass demonstrated an approximately linear relationship between THz reflectivity and water concentration, with a monotonically decreasing slope as the frequency increases. The THz-corneal tissue interaction is simulated with a Bruggeman model with excellent agreement. THz applications to corneal dystrophy, graft rejection, and refractive surgery are examined from the context of these measurements. PMID:21639581

  16. Nuclear lattice simulations

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    Epelbaum E.


    Full Text Available We review recent progress on nuclear lattice simulations using chiral effective field theory. We discuss lattice results for dilute neutron matter at next-to-leading order, three-body forces at next-to-next-toleading order, isospin-breaking and Coulomb effects, and the binding energy of light nuclei.

  17. Therapeutic effects of zerumbone in an alkali-burned corneal wound healing model. (United States)

    Kim, Jong Won; Jeong, Hyuneui; Yang, Myeon-Sik; Lim, Chae Woong; Kim, Bumseok


    Cornea is an avascular transparent tissue. Ocular trauma caused by a corneal alkali burn induces corneal neovascularization (CNV), inflammation, and fibrosis, leading to vision loss. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Zerumbone (ZER) on corneal wound healing caused by alkali burns in mice. CNV was induced by alkali-burn injury in BALB/C female mice. Topical ZER (three times per day, 3μl each time, at concentrations of 5, 15, and 30μM) was applied to treat alkali-burned mouse corneas for 14 consecutive days. Histopathologically, ZER treatment suppressed alkali burn-induced CNV and decreased corneal epithelial defects induced by alkali burns. Corneal tissue treated with ZER showed reduced mRNA levels of pro-angiogenic genes, including vascular endothelial growth factor, matrix metalloproteinase-2 and 9, and pro-fibrotic factors such as alpha smooth muscle actin and transforming growth factor-1 and 2. Immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated that the infiltration of F4/80 and/or CCR2 positive cells was significantly decreased in ZER-treated corneas. ZER markedly inhibited the mRNA and protein levels of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in human corneal fibroblasts and murine peritoneal macrophages. Immunoblot analysis revealed that ZER decreased the activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), with consequent reduction of MCP-1 production by these cells. In conclusion, topical administration of ZER accelerated corneal wound healing by inhibition of STAT3 and MCP-1 production. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  18. Corneal allograft rejection: Risk factors, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment

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    Dua Harminder


    Full Text Available Recent advances in corneal graft technology, including donor tissue retrieval, storage and surgical techniques, have greatly improved the clinical outcome of corneal grafts. Despite these advances, immune mediated corneal graft rejection remains the single most important cause of corneal graft failure. Several host factors have been identified as conferring a "high risk" status to the host. These include: more than two quadrant vascularisation, with associated lymphatics, which augment the afferent and efferent arc of the immune response; herpes simplex keratitis; uveitis; silicone oil keratopathy; previous failed (rejected grafts; "hot eyes"; young recipient age; and multiple surgical procedures at the time of grafting. Large grafts, by virtue of being closer to the host limbus, with its complement of vessels and antigen-presenting Langerhans cells, also are more susceptible to rejection. The diagnosis of graft rejection is entirely clinical and in its early stages the clinical signs could be subtle. Graft rejection is largely mediated by the major histocompatibility antigens, minor antigens and perhaps blood group ABO antigens and some cornea-specific antigens. Just as rejection is mediated by active immune mediated events, the lack of rejection (tolerance is also sustained by active immune regulatory mechanisms. The anterior chamber associated immune deviation (ACAID and probably, conjunctiva associated lymphoid tissue (CALT induced mucosal tolerance, besides others, play an important role. Although graft rejection can lead to graft failure, most rejections can be readily controlled if appropriate management is commenced at the proper time. Topical steroids are the mainstay of graft rejection management. In the high-risk situations however, systemic steroids, and other immunosuppressive drugs such as cyclosporin and tacrolimus (FK506 are of proven benefit, both for treatment and prevention of rejection.

  19. [Contact lens related corneal ulcers: clinical, microbiological and therapeutic features]. (United States)

    Benhmidoune, L; Bensemlali, A; Bouazza, M; Karami, R; El Mansouri, H; El Belhadji, M; Rachid, R; Chakib, A; Amraoui, A


    Corneal ulcers in contact lens wearers are becoming more common, and can sometimes lead to severe complications. The purpose of this study is to define the epidemiological, clinical, microbiological and therapeutic considerations of these ulcers within the above context. We conducted an uncontrolled, descriptive, retrospective study of 51 patients presenting with contact lens related corneal ulcers to the ophthalmology department of the August 20, 1953 Hospital in Casablanca between January 2009 and January 2012. The average age of our patients was 22 years, with a gender ratio of 7.5 female to male. General risk factors (diabetes and tuberculosis) were found in 17.5% of cases. The average length of hospital stay was 15 days. Of our patients, 58.8% wore cosmetic contact lenses and 41.18% wore therapeutic contact lenses. Mean duration prior to consultation was 5 days. The predominant clinical signs were eye pain and redness, with a decrease in visual acuity worse than 1/10 in 82.3% of patients. In 70.6% of cases, the ulcer was central. The average size was 4.3mm. An anterior chamber reaction was found in 47.1%. Corneal bacterial cultures were positive in 47.8%. Pathogens found were Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acanthamœba. Contact lens and solution cultures were positive in 73.6% of cases. Outcomes were favorable with local and systemic antibiotic treatment adapted to microbiological results in only 41.2% of cases. In the remaining patients, significant secondary opacities persisted. Cosmetic and therapeutic contact lens wear is a major cause of corneal ulcer. Delayed consultation results in severe sequelae with persistently decreased visual acuity. The ophthalmologist plays an important role in preventing complications of contact lens wear, through better hygiene instruction and follow-up of his or her patients. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Corneal Ulcer Leading to Evisceration or Enucleation in a Tertiary Eye Care Center in Thailand: Clinical and Microbiological Characteristics. (United States)

    Hongyok, Teeravee; Leelaprute, Worapa


    Very severe corneal infection can lead to permanent visual loss, and there is still inadequate knowledge about these severe cases. To identify clinical and microbiological characteristics of corneal ulcers resulting in evisceration or enucleation in a tertiary eye care center in Thailand. A retrospective chart review was performed of all patients who required evisceration or enucleation due to corneal ulcer at Rajavithi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand between October 2008 and September 2013. One hundred patients who underwent evisceration or enucleation as a result of corneal ulcer were included in the study. The mean age of the patients was 56.5 ± 12 years, most cases were referred from other hospitals (93%), and 13% of patients were diabetic. At presentation, visual acuity was worse than 5/200 in almost all cases (98%), and trauma (66%), especially by organic substances (36%), was the most common cause. Most cases had full thickness infiltration (81%) with mean size of 6.6 ± 2 mm. Corneal perforation was found in 18% of patients at presentation, and 60% of corneal scraping cultures were positive. Bacteria were the most common pathogens (65%), leading by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (10 cases), and the most common fungus was Fusarium spp. (7 cases). Secondary glaucoma (39%) and corneal perforation (25%) were the main ocular complications. Over half of the patients (52%) needed therapeutic or tectonic surgical intervention during admission. Following evisceration (94%) or enucleation (6%), 23 cases had wound complications that required further surgical treatment. Bacterial infection was found to increase the risk of wound complications more than infection by other pathogen groups (40.9%, p = 0.013). Despite aggressive medical and surgical treatments, very severe corneal ulcers at referral can lead to loss of an eye. Bacterial infection, especially by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, following eye trauma was the most common cause. Evisceration in bacterial corneal ulcers had greater

  1. Epidemiology and laboratory diagnosis of fungal corneal ulcer in the Sundarban Region of West Bengal, eastern India. (United States)

    Bandyopadhyay, S; Das, D; Mondal, K K; Ghanta, A K; Purkrit, S K; Bhasrar, R


    Corneal ulcers are the second most-common cause of preventable blindness after cataract in tropical developing countries. Fungal corneal ulcers constitute 30 to 62 % of the total microbial culture-positive corneal ulcers. To study the epidemiological characteristics, risk factors and laboratory diagnosis of fungal corneal ulcer in the Sundarban Region, West Bengal, eastern India. A retrospective review of 399 culture-positive, fungal corneal ulcers out of a total 928 corneal ulcer patients attending a tertiary care hospital in Kolkata,eastern India, over a period of four years from February 2007 to January 2011. Males (246; 61.65 %) were more commonly affected than females (P less than .0001).The affected people were mostly (342; 85.71 %) residing in the rural areas (P less than .0001). 196 patients (49.12 %) were involved in agricultural activities (P less than .0001). The younger people of, 21 - 50 years of age, were particularly prone to this disease (269; 67.41 %). Corneal trauma (354; 88.72 %) was the commonest risk factor (P less than .0001) and 261 patients (61.41 %) had a history of trauma with vegetative matter (P less than .0001). The use of topical corticosteroids was implicated in 65 (16.29 %) cases. The incidence of the disease was highest in the monsoon season, between June to September (192; 48.12 %). The aspergillus spp was the most common fungal growth (151; 37.84 %), followed by an Fusarium spp (81; 20.3 %). The fungal corneal ulcers are an important cause of ocular morbidity in people residing in the Sundarban Region. The identification of the etiology and the predisposing factors of corneal ulcers in this region are important for the prevention and early treatment of the disease. © NEPjOPH.

  2. Applications of corneal topography and tomography: a review. (United States)

    Fan, Rachel; Chan, Tommy Cy; Prakash, Gaurav; Jhanji, Vishal


    Corneal imaging is essential for diagnosing and management of a wide variety of ocular diseases. Corneal topography is used to characterize the shape of the cornea, specifically, the anterior surface of the cornea. Most corneal topographical systems are based on Placido disc that analyse rings that are reflected off the corneal surface. The posterior corneal surface cannot be characterized using Placido disc technology. Imaging of the posterior corneal surface is useful for diagnosis of corneal ectasia. Unlike corneal topographers, tomographers generate a three-dimensional recreation of the anterior segment and provide information about the corneal thickness. Scheimpflug imaging is one of the most commonly used techniques for corneal tomography. The cross-sectional images generated by a rotating Scheimpflug camera are used to locate the anterior and posterior corneal surfaces. The clinical uses of corneal topography include, diagnosis of corneal ectasia, assessment of corneal astigmatism, and refractive surgery planning. This review will discuss the applications of corneal topography and tomography in clinical practice. © 2017 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  3. Corneal iron ring after hyperopic photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Akata, F; Gürelik, G; Adigüzel, U; Akpinar, M; Hasanreisoğlu, B


    To report the incidence and course of corneal iron deposition after hyperopic photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Gazi University, Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology, Ankara, Turkey. Between January 1995 and December 1997, 62 eyes had PRK to correct hyperopia. Nine eyes developed corneal iron ring 5 to 8 months (mean 6.25 months +/- 1.3 [SD]) after PRK for hyperopia. The rings persisted during the mean follow-up of 19 +/- 11.09 months. The ring-shaped iron deposition after PRK for hyperopia must be differentiated from the Fleischer ring. Our results suggest that the slitlamp findings of peripheral corneal iron deposition in hyperopic PRK patients correlate with achieved correction.

  4. Corneal dermoid in two laboratory beagle dogs. (United States)

    Horikiri, K; Ozaki, K; Maeda, H; Narama, I


    Two male laboratory beagle dogs used in toxicity studies, one 7 months old and the other 9 months old, showed the evidence of corneal dermoid. Grossly, the dermoid was observed in both cases as hair growth from the cornea. In one case, the hairs had been removed from the cornea, but regrowth was observed about 70 days later. Histopathologically, melanocytes, melanin granules, hairs, hair bulbs, adipose tissue and sebaceous and sweat glands were observed in the corneal epithelium and propria. According to the information obtained from 4 breeders, the incidence of corneal dermoid was extremely rare in laboratory beagle dogs.

  5. Post-LASIK ectasia treated with intrastromal corneal ring segments and corneal crosslinking


    Lam, Kay; Rootman, Dan B.; Lichtinger,, Alejandro; Rootman, David S.


    Corneal ectasia is a serious complication of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). We report the case of a 29-year-old man who underwent LASIK in both eyes and in whom corneal ectasia developed in the left eye 3 years after surgery. He was treated sequentially with intraocular pressure–lowering medication, intrastromal corneal ring segment (ICRS) implants, and collagen cross-linking. Vision improved and the ectasia stabilized following treatment. Combined ICRS implantation and collagen cross-...

  6. Comparison of Changes in Central Corneal Thickness During Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking, Using Isotonic Riboflavin Solutions With and Without Dextran, in the Treatment of Progressive Keratoconus. (United States)

    Zaheer, Naima; Khan, Wajid Ali; Khan, Shama; Khan, M Abdul Moqeet


    To compare intraoperative changes in central corneal thickness (CCT) during corneal cross-linking, using 2 different isotonic riboflavin solutions either with dextran or with hydroxy propyl methylcellulose, in the treatment of progressive keratoconus. In this retrospective study, we analyzed records of corneal thickness measurements, taken during various steps of cross-linking. Cross-linking was performed using either isotonic riboflavin with dextran (group A) or isotonic riboflavin with hydroxy propyl methylcellulose (without dextran) (group B). CCT measurements were recorded before and after epithelial removal, after saturation with respective isotonic riboflavin solution, after use of hypotonic riboflavin in selected cases, and after ultraviolet A (UV-A) application. A mixed-way analysis of variance was conducted on CCT readings within each group and between both groups, and p riboflavin, CCT was decreased by a mean of 51.4 μm (12.1%). In 64%, CCT was riboflavin was used. After UV-A irradiation, CCT was decreased by a mean of 46.7 μm (11.4%). In group B (100 cases), after saturation with isotonic riboflavin, CCT was increased by a mean of 109.4 μm (26.1%). After UV-A exposure, CCT was increased by a mean of 59.2 μm (11.2%). There was a substantial main effect for time on CCT during corneal cross-linking (CXL), p riboflavin with dextran causes a significant decrease in corneal thickness, whereas dextran-free isotonic riboflavin causes a significant increase in corneal thickness, thus facilitating the procedure.

  7. On singularities of lattice varieties


    Mukherjee, Himadri


    Toric varieties associated with distributive lattices arise as a fibre of a flat degeneration of a Schubert variety in a minuscule. The singular locus of these varieties has been studied by various authors. In this article we prove that the number of diamonds incident on a lattice point $\\a$ in a product of chain lattices is more than or equal to the codimension of the lattice. Using this we also show that the lattice varieties associated with product of chain lattices is smooth.

  8. Correlation of both corneal surfaces in corneal ectasia after myopic LASIK. (United States)

    Peinado, Teresa Fernández; Piñero, David P; López, Ignacio Alcaraz; Alio, Jorge L


    We report a case of corneal ectasia in a 25-year-old man after myopic laser in situ keratomileusis in which a complete characterization of the corneal structure was performed by means of a Scheimpflug photography-based system. The patient presented in the ectatic eye with a subjective refraction of +0.50 to 6.00 × 100°, which with correction gave a visual acuity of 20/25. With the topographic analysis, corneal shapes from both corneal surfaces at the four different quadrants were found to be complementary, maintaining the meniscus-shaped profile of the cornea. This correlation between the anterior and posterior corneal surfaces was also confirmed with an optical tomography evaluation. Corneal biomechanics was also evaluated by means of the Ocular Response Analyzer (Reichert), which confirmed the biomechanical alteration. In summary, biomechanical changes leading to corneal ectasia in this case affected the global corneal structure, inducing alterations in the shape of both anterior and posterior corneal surfaces.

  9. Repair of corneal ulcer or perforation using the corneal stromal lenticule

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    Xiao-Feng Hao


    Full Text Available AIM: To describe the outcomes of corneal stromal lenticules in repairing of corneal ulcer and/or perforation. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of 6 eyes of 6 patients from January to June 2017,who underwent corneal ulcer repair with the corneal, stromal lenticules harvested from femtosecond laser refractive surgery and kept in pure glycerin for use. Three cases of infectious corneal ulcers were bacterial, fungal, and infection with foreign bodies in corneal deep layer, one each. The other 3 were corneal ulcer perforation. Making sure no air bubble between donor graft and Descemet membrane. The mean follow-up time was 3.71±1.56mo(range 1-6mo. RESULTS: All eyes were successfully treated under control of infection without intra-operative complications, and early postoperative evaluation showed a clear graft in all cases. The last follow-up visit showed the mean best corrected visual acuity(VAsignificantly improved after surgery. There was significant difference from 0.48±0.12 to 1.50±0.08(PCONCLUSION: The preliminary results suggest that the use of corneal stromal lenticules may be a safe and effective surgical alternative for corneal ulcer, even though the long-term outcome of the graft needs to be further observed.

  10. Inhibition of TGF-β signaling enables human corneal endothelial cell expansion in vitro for use in regenerative medicine.

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    Naoki Okumura

    Full Text Available Corneal endothelial dysfunctions occurring in patients with Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy, pseudoexfoliation syndrome, corneal endotheliitis, and surgically induced corneal endothelial damage cause blindness due to the loss of endothelial function that maintains corneal transparency. Transplantation of cultivated corneal endothelial cells (CECs has been researched to repair endothelial dysfunction in animal models, though the in vitro expansion of human CECs (HCECs is a pivotal practical issue. In this study we established an optimum condition for the cultivation of HCECs. When exposed to culture conditions, both primate and human CECs showed two distinct phenotypes: contact-inhibited polygonal monolayer and fibroblastic phenotypes. The use of SB431542, a selective inhibitor of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β receptor, counteracted the fibroblastic phenotypes to the normal contact-inhibited monolayer, and these polygonal cells maintained endothelial physiological functions. Expression of ZO-1 and Na(+/K(+-ATPase maintained their subcellular localization at the plasma membrane. Furthermore, expression of type I collagen and fibronectin was greatly reduced. This present study may prove to be the substantial protocol to provide the efficient in vitro expansion of HCECs with an inhibitor to the TGF-β receptor, and may ultimately provide clinicians with a new therapeutic modality in regenerative medicine for the treatment of corneal endothelial dysfunctions.

  11. [Frequency of corneal ulcer: Retrospective study of 380 cases carried out in two centers in the DR Congo]. (United States)

    Ngoie Maloba, V; Ngayuna Nkiene, J; Tunku Kabamba, G; Chenge Borasisi, G


    To determine the frequency of corneal ulcer in our practice environment. This study was conducted at Saint-Joseph Hospital in Kinshasa and at the Lubumbashi University Clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo from January 2011 to December 2014. We studied the frequency, demographic and clinical variables of corneal ulcer patients. A total of 380 cases of corneal ulcers were recorded out of 44,722 ophthalmologic consultations performed, with a frequency of 0.85% and a sex ratio ranging from 1.4 to 1.7 men to women. Corneal ulcer was diagnosed in patients of all ages; the mean age was 38.67±18.67 years. Patients with corneal ulcers presented for eye pain (80%), followed by tearing, photophobia, eye redness and blurred vision. The frequency of visual impairment was 10.30%; 2.1% of patients had vision reduced to light perception, and 1% of patients had no light perception. Corneal dystrophy was present in 41.6% of cases. Perforation of the globe and endophthalmitis were observed in 3.4% of cases each. Corneal ulceration is one of the leading causes of visual impairment and blindness in our practice environment. An early ophthalmologic consultation at the onset of symptoms and adequate management would improve the visual prognosis of patients. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  12. Corneal infection in Shandong peninsula of China: a 10-year retrospective study on 578 cases

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    Xiao-Jing Pan


    Full Text Available AIM: To determine the epidemiological characteristics, clinical signs, laboratory findings, and outcomes in patients with corneal infection in Shandong peninsula of China. METHODS: The medical records of 578 inpatients (578 eyes with corneal infection were reviewed retrospectively for demographic characteristics, risk factors, seasonal variation, clinical signs, laboratory findings, and treatment strategy. Patient history, ocular examination findings using slit-lamp biomicroscopy, laboratory findings resulted from microbiological cultures, and treatment. RESULTS: Fungal keratitis constituted 58.48% of cases of infectious keratitis among the inpatients, followed by herpes simplex keratitis (20.76%, bacterial keratitis (19.03% and acanthamoeba keratitis (1.73%. The most common risk factor was corneal trauma (71.80%. The direct microscopic examination (338 cases using potassium hydroxide (KOH wet mounts was positive in 296 cases (87.57%. Among the 298 fungal culture-positive cases, Fusarium species were the most common isolates (70.47%. A total of 517 cases (89.45% received surgical intervention, including 255 (44.12% cases of penetrating keratoplasty, 74 (12.80% cases of lamellar keratoplasty which has become increasingly popular, and 77 cases (13.32% of evisceration or enucleation. CONCLUSION: At present, infectious keratitis is a primary corneal disease causing blindness in China. With Fusarium species being the most commonly identified pathogens, fungal keratitis is the leading cause of severe infectious corneal ulcers in Shandong peninsula of China.

  13. Evaluation of topical povidone-iodine versus gentamycin in staphylococcus coagulase positive corneal ulcers-An experimental study

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    Sharma G


    Full Text Available Povidone iodine was found highly effective in controlling the infection and reducing the period of morbidity caused by experimentally produced staphylococcal coagulase positive corneal ulcers in 50 eyes of rabbits in comparison to Gentamycin sulphate. Povidone-iodine was also found to be safe, without any adverse reaction. Hence it can be considered for use in human beings for effective control of corneal infections.

  14. Collagen Cross-Linking Using Riboflavin and Ultraviolet-A for Corneal Thinning Disorders (United States)

    Pron, G; Ieraci, L; Kaulback, K


    predictable, stable, adjustable and durable? Effectiveness - Refractive Outcomes: What impact does remodeling have on refractive outcomes? Effectiveness - Visual Quality (Symptoms): What impact does corneal cross-linking have on vision quality such as contrast vision, and decreased visual symptoms (halos, fluctuating vision)? Effectiveness - Contact lens tolerance: To what extent does contact lens intolerance improve after corneal cross-linking? Vision-Related QOL: What is the impact of corneal cross-linking on functional visual rehabilitation and quality of life? Patient satisfaction: Are patients satisfied with their vision following the procedure? Disease Process: What impact does corneal cross-linking have on the underling corneal thinning disease process? Does corneal cross-linking delay or defer the need for a corneal transplant? What is the comparative safety and effectiveness of corneal cross-linking compared with other minimally invasive treatments for corneal ectasia such as intrastromal corneal rings? Clinical Need: Target Population and Condition Corneal ectasia (thinning) disorders represent a range of disorders involving either primary disease conditions, such as keratoconus (KC) and pellucid marginal corneal degeneration, or secondary iatrogenic conditions, such as corneal thinning occurring after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) refractive surgery. Corneal thinning is a disease that occurs when the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge or forward protrusion in response to the normal pressure of the eye. The thinning occurs primarily in the stroma layers and is believed to be a breakdown in the collagen process. This bulging can lead to irregular astigmatism or shape of the cornea. Because the anterior part of the cornea is responsible for most of the focusing of the light on the retina, this can then result in loss of visual acuity. The reduced visual acuity can make even simple daily tasks, such as driving

  15. Evaluation of corneal changes after myopic LASIK using the Pentacam®

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    Khairat YM


    Full Text Available Yehia M Khairat, Yasser H Mohamed, Ismail ANO Moftah, Narden N Fouad Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, El-Minya University, Egypt Background: In this study, we used a Pentacam® device to evaluate the corneal changes that occur after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK. Methods: Our study included 60 eyes of 32 patients. All patients were treated for myopia and myopic astigmatism using LASIK. The eyes were examined preoperatively and 3 months postoperatively using a Pentacam to assess corneal changes with regard to curvature, elevation, and asphericity of the cornea. Results: A statistically significant decrease in mean keratometric power of the anterior corneal surface (P = 0.001 compared with its pre-LASIK value was detected after 3 months, but there was no significant change in keratometric power of the posterior surface (P = 0.836. Asphericity (Q-value of the anterior and posterior surfaces increased significantly after LASIK (P = 0.001. A significant forward bulge of the anterior corneal surface 4 mm and 7 mm from the central zone was detected 3 months post-LASIK (P = 0.001 for both, but there was no significant increase in posterior elevation at 4 mm and 7 mm from the center (P = 0.637 and P = 0.26, respectively. No cases of post-LASIK ectasia were detected. Correlation between different parameters of the corneal surface revealed an indirect relation between changes in pachymetry and anterior corneal elevation at 4 mm and 7 mm from the central zone (r = −0.27, P = 0.13, and r = −0.37, P = 0.04, respectively, and a direct proportion between changes in pachymetry and mean keratometric power of the anterior and posterior corneal surfaces (r = 0.7, P = 0.001 and r = 0.4, P = 0.028, respectively. Conclusion: LASIK causes significant changes at the anterior corneal surface but the effect is subtle and insignificant at the posterior surface. Keywords: LASIK, laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, Pentacam®, corneal


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    Dipak Bhuyan


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Corneal transplantation or grafting is an operation in which abnormal corneal host tissue is replaced by healthy donor cornea. According to the World Health Organization (WHO, corneal diseases are among the major causes of vision loss and blindness in the world today after cataract and glaucoma. The aim of the study is to- 1. Evaluate the different aetiology of corneal opacity including active infective aetiology as indicated for penetrating keratoplasty. 2. Determine the clinical outcome of penetrating keratoplasty in relation to graft survival, graft rejection and peri-operative complications in different aetiology groups. 3. Determine the final visual outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS Candidates for keratoplasty were selected from- 1. Eye Bank of Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (R.I.O. 2. R.I.O OPD. The study period was from September 2014 to August 2015. 30 cases were taken in the study. Descriptive statistics were applied to analyse the data wherever necessary. RESULTS 34.6±19.73 yrs. (mean±SD was the mean age at which transplants were done in the study. Out of total 30 cases, 13 (43.33% and 17 (56.66% were male and female, respectively. The different indications for penetrating keratoplasty are- Post ulcer corneal opacity in 14 cases (46.66%, posttraumatic corneal opacity 9 cases (30%, pseudophakic bullous keratopathy 4 cases (13.33%, corneal dystrophy in 2 cases (6.66% and non-healing corneal ulcer in 1 case (3.33%. 16 cases (53.33% showed clear graft till the last follow up while 11 (33.33% cases showed partially clear graft resulting in improved visual outcome while 3 cases (10.00% of the grafts were opaque due to graft failure. CONCLUSION The major indications for penetrating keratoplasty in this part of the world are post ulcer and posttraumatic corneal opacity and majority of them are illiterate agricultural workers who failed to get adequate treatment on time. Graft survival rate is high, which can be attributed to the

  17. Genetics Home Reference: congenital stromal corneal dystrophy (United States)

    ... the cornea appears cloudy and may have an irregular surface. These corneal changes lead to visual impairment, ... IGF I) epitopes recognized by monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies to IGF I. Endocrinology. 1990 Jun;126(6): ...

  18. Conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia with corneal furrow degeneration

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    Pukhraj Rishi


    Full Text Available A 68-year-old man presented with redness of left eye since six months. Examination revealed bilateral corneal furrow degeneration. Left eye lesion was suggestive of conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma, encroaching on to cornea. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT confirmed peripheral corneal thinning. Fluorescein angiography confirmed intrinsic vascularity of lesion. Patient was managed with "no touch" surgical excision, dry keratectomy without alcohol, cryotherapy, and primary closure. Pathologic examination of removed tissue confirmed clinical diagnosis. Management of this particular case required modification of standard treatment protocol. Unlike the alcohol-assisted technique of tumor dissection described, ethyl alcohol was not used for risk of corneal perforation due to underlying peripheral corneal thinning. Likewise, topical steroids were withheld in the post-operative period. Three weeks post-operatively, left eye was healing well. Hence, per-operative usage of absolute alcohol and post-operative use of topical steroids may be best avoided in such eyes.

  19. [Nanostructured bioplastic material for traumatic corneal injuries]. (United States)

    Kanyukov, V N; Stadnikov, A A; Trubina, O M; Yakhina, O M


    To substantiate the use of nanostructured bioplastic material for the treatment of traumatic eye injuries. The study enrolled 96 eyes of 48 rabbits and was carried out in 3 series of experiments, different in the type of induced corneal trauma: mechanical erosion, alkaline or acid burn. The animals were clinically monitored and sacrificed for morphological investigation at days 3, 7, 14, 30, and 90. The size of mechanical corneal erosions was repeatedly evaluated with fluorescein eye stain test. In the experimental group, Hyamatrix biomaterial was topically administered according to an original technique. In the controls, soft contact lenses were inserted and sutured. Complete closure of the epithelial defect with no impact on corneal properties was achieved in 3 days in the experimental group and in4 days in the control group. As for alkaline and acid corneal burns, experimental and control groups received Hyamatrix biomaterial and Solcoseryl eye gel correspondingly. In the experimental group of alkaline burn the defect closed by day 7, in the controls--by day 10-11. Acid-induced corneal edema also resolved by day 7 in the experimental group and by day 14 in the control group. 1. The results of this experimental and morphological study prove the hyaluronic acid-derived nanostructured bioplastic material effective in accelerating corneal re-epithelialization after mechanical erosions as compared with the controls. 2. Topical application of the hyaluronic acid-derived nanostructured bioplastic material shortens the exudative phase of inflammation, promotes corneal defect closure with formation of a more subtle opacification, and stimulates corneal restoration after chemical burns.

  20. Risk factors for corneal ectasia after LASIK. (United States)

    Tabbara, Khalid F; Kotb, Amgad A


    To establish a grading system that helps identify high-risk individuals who may experience corneal ectasia after LASIK. Retrospective, comparative, interventional case series. One hundred forty-eight consecutive patients (148 eyes) were included in this study. Thirty-seven patients who underwent LASIK at other refractive centers experienced corneal ectasia in 1 eye after LASIK. One hundred eleven eyes of 111 patients who underwent successful LASIK during the same period were age and gender matched and served as controls. All patients underwent preoperative and postoperative topographic analysis of the cornea. The follow-up period in both groups of patients ranged from 2 to 5 years, with a mean follow-up of 3.6 years. All patients underwent LASIK for myopia (spherical equivalent, -4.00 to -8.00 diopters). Corneal keratometry, oblique cylinder, pachymetry, posterior surface elevation, difference between the inferior and superior corneal diopteric power, and posterior best sphere fit (BSF) over anterior BSF were given a grade of 1 to 3 each. An ectasia grading system was established, and the cumulative risk score was assessed. Patients who had a grade of 7 or less showed no evidence of corneal ectasia, whereas 16 (59%) of 27 patients who had a grade of 8 to 12 had corneal ectasia. Twenty-one (100%) of 21 patients with a grade of more than 12 had corneal ectasia after LASIK (P<0.0001). A risk score may help in the prediction of patients who are at risk of experiencing corneal ectasia after LASIK. A prospective clinical study is needed to assess the validity of these risk factors.

  1. IκB kinase β regulates epithelium migration during corneal wound healing.

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    Liang Chen


    Full Text Available The IKKβ is known to regulate transcription factor NF-κB activation leading to inflammatory responses. Recent gene knockout studies have shown that IKKβ can orchestrate local inflammatory responses and regulate homeostasis of epithelial tissues. To investigate whether IKKβ has an intrinsic role in epithelial cells, we established an in vivo system in the immune privileged corneal epithelium. We generated triple transgenic Krt12(rtTA/rtTAt/tet-O-Cre/Ikkβ(F/F (Ikkβ(ΔCE/ΔCE mice by crossing the Krt12-rtTA knock-in mice, which express the reverse tetracycline transcription activator in corneal epithelial cells, with the tet-O-Cre and Ikkβ(F/F mice. Doxycycline-induced IKKβ ablation occurred in corneal epithelial cells of triple transgenic Ikkβ(ΔCE/ΔCE mice, but loss of IKKβ did not cause ocular abnormalities in fetal development and postnatal maintenance. Instead, loss of IKKβ significantly delayed healing of corneal epithelial debridement without affecting cell proliferation, apoptosis or macrophage infiltration. In vitro studies with human corneal epithelial cells (HCEpi also showed that IKKβ was required for cytokine-induced cell migration and wound closure but was dispensable for cell proliferation. In both in vivo and in vitro settings, IKKβ was required for optimal activation of NF-κB and p38 signaling in corneal epithelial cells, and p38 activation is likely mediated through formation of an IKKβ-p38 protein complex. Thus, our studies in corneal epithelium reveal a previously un-recognized role for IKKβ in the control of epithelial cell motility and wound healing.

  2. Hyaluronan protection of corneal endothelial cells against extracellular histones after phacoemulsification. (United States)

    Kawano, Hiroki; Sakamoto, Taiji; Ito, Takashi; Miyata, Kazunori; Hashiguchi, Teruto; Maruyama, Ikuro


    To determine the effect of histones on corneal endothelial cells generated during cataract surgery. Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan. Experimental study. Standard phacoemulsification was performed on enucleated pig eyes. Histones in the anterior segment of the eye were determined by immunohistochemistry. Cultured human corneal endothelial cells were exposed to histones for 18 hours, and cell viability was determined by 2-(2-methoxy-4-nitrophenyl)-3-(4-nitro-phenyl)-5-(2,4-disulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium, monosodium salt assay. The concentration of interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the culture medium of human corneal endothelial cells was measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The effects of signal inhibitors U0126, SB203580, and SP600125 were evaluated. The protective effect of hyaluronan against histones was evaluated in human corneal endothelial cells with and without hyaluronan. Cellular debris containing histones was observed in the anterior chamber of pig eyes after phacoemulsification. Exposure of human corneal endothelial cells to 50 μg/mL of histones or more led to cytotoxic effects. The IL-6 concentration was significantly increased dose dependently after exposure of human corneal endothelial cells to histones (Phistone-induced IL-6 production was significantly decreased by extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 and p-38 mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitors (Phistones caused formation of histone aggregates, decreased the cytotoxic effects of the histones, and blocked the increase in IL-6 (PHistones were released extracellularly during phacoemulsification and exposure of human corneal endothelial cells to histones increased the IL-6 secretion. The intraoperative use of hyaluronan may decrease the cytotoxic effects of histones released during cataract surgery. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Effects of axial length and corneal curvature on corneal biomechanics in elderly population

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    Sha-Sha Song


    Full Text Available AIM:To explore the corneal biomechanical properties of the elderly with different axial length(ALand corneal curvature by corneal visualization Scheimpflug Technology(Corvis ST. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. A total of 161 patients(297 eyesundergoing phacoemulsification were collected in this study. They were divided into 22-24mm, 24-26mm, more than 26mm groups according to axial length(190 eyes, 54 eyes and 53 eyes, respectively. Those of whom axial length was 22-24mm and the corneal curvature was 42-44D were divided into male and female groups(44 eyes and 49 eyes, respectively. Those of whom axial length was 22-24mm were divided into 42-44D group, more than 44D group according to corneal curvature(88 eyes, 102 eyes, respectively. Corvis ST was used to measure the biomechanical parameters of the cornea. The differences in the parameters between different groups were analyzed using the independent-samples t test or one-way analysis of variance and correlation analyses were performed using Pearson correlation analysis. RESULTS: When comparing the corneal biomechanical parameters, no statistically significant differences were found between male and female groups(P>0.05. The first applanation length and second applanation length among different corneal curvatures were statistically significant(PPr=0.429, 0.278; Pr=-0.291, -0.415; PCONCLUSION: The corneal curvature and ocular axial length may be the factors affecting the corneal biomechanical characteristics. The longer axial length, the thinner corneal thickness, the more easily the corneal is deformed, and with the increase of the axial length, intraocular pressure also increases.

  4. Intracorneal Ring Segments Implantation for Corneal Ectasia. (United States)

    Giacomin, Natalia T; Mello, Glauco R; Medeiros, Carla S; Kiliç, Alyin; Serpe, Cristine C; Almeida, Hirlana G; Kara-Junior, Newton; Santhiago, Marcony R


    To provide an overview of the predictability, safety, and efficacy of intrastromal corneal ring segment (ICRS) implantation as a tool to improve visual acuity and its association with other techniques such as corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL), addressing biomechanical outcomes, models, surgical planning and technique, indications, contraindications, and complications in ectatic corneas. Literature review. ICRSs have been used to regularize the corneal shape and reduce corneal astigmatism and higher order aberrations, improve visual acuity to acceptable limits, and delay, or eventually prevent, a corneal keratoplasty in keratoconic eyes. Changes in ICRS thickness and size, combination of techniques, and the addition of femtosecond lasers to dissect more foreseeable channels represent an improvement toward more predictable results. Several studies have shown, over time, the long-term efficacy and safety of ICRS treatment for keratoconus, with variable predictability, maintaining the early satisfactory outcomes regarding visual acuity, keratometry, and corneal thickness. It is just as important to ensure that the disease will not progress as it is to improve the visual acuity. Therefore, many studies have shown combined techniques using ICRS implantation and CXL. Also, further limitations of ICRS implantation can be addressed when associated with phakic intraocular lens implantation and photorefractive keratectomy. ICRS implantation has shown effectiveness and safety in most cases, including combined procedures. In properly selected eyes, it can improve both refraction and vision in patients with keratoconus. [J Refract Surg. 2016;32(12):829-839.]. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

  5. Corneal crystals: a precursor to cancer. (United States)

    Chou, Janel L; Sink, Makesha L


    Corneal crystalline deposits are a sign of a limited number of conditions that can often be differentiated based on the appearance and pattern of the deposits. Although, there are limited treatment options available to reduce the appearance or effects of corneal crystals, it is important to identify the correct etiology of these deposits. There are several associated systemic conditions, some of which are life threatening, for which treatments are available. A 51-year-old black male presented to the clinic with the complaint of "glare at night due to crystals on [the] cornea." Slitlamp findings revealed diffuse subepithelial and anterior stromal crystals across both corneas. The patient had a medical history of renal insufficiency and arthralgia. Through systemic testing, the patient was found to have monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), and subsequent follow-up of this patient revealed a conversion of MGUS to multiple myeloma. Corneal crystals can appear diffusely through the cornea secondary to corneal dystrophies, gammopathies, cystinosis, or other rare systemic conditions. In this case report, these crystals are secondary to MGUS, which progressed to multiple myeloma. These crystals consist of immunoglobulin, primarily IgG, and excessive kappa light chains. It is important to obtain laboratory tests and make appropriate referrals to determine whether corneal crystal deposits are associated with a serious systemic disease or merely a corneal dystrophy.

  6. Optical lattices: Orbital dance (United States)

    Lewenstein, Maciej; Liu, W. Vincent


    Emulating condensed-matter physics with ground-state atoms trapped in optical lattices has come a long way. But excite the atoms into higher orbital states, and a whole new world of exotic states appears.

  7. Root lattices and quasicrystals (United States)

    Baake, M.; Joseph, D.; Kramer, P.; Schlottmann, M.


    It is shown that root lattices and their reciprocals might serve as the right pool for the construction of quasicrystalline structure models. All noncrystallographic symmetries observed so far are covered in minimal embedding with maximal symmetry.

  8. Angles in hyperbolic lattices

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    Risager, Morten S.; Södergren, Carl Anders


    It is well known that the angles in a lattice acting on hyperbolic n -space become equidistributed. In this paper we determine a formula for the pair correlation density for angles in such hyperbolic lattices. Using this formula we determine, among other things, the asymptotic behavior of the den......It is well known that the angles in a lattice acting on hyperbolic n -space become equidistributed. In this paper we determine a formula for the pair correlation density for angles in such hyperbolic lattices. Using this formula we determine, among other things, the asymptotic behavior...... of the density function in both the small and large variable limits. This extends earlier results by Boca, Pasol, Popa and Zaharescu and Kelmer and Kontorovich in dimension 2 to general dimension n . Our proofs use the decay of matrix coefficients together with a number of careful estimates, and lead...

  9. MEETING: Lattice 88

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    Mackenzie, Paul


    The forty-year dream of understanding the properties of the strongly interacting particles from first principles is now approaching reality. Quantum chromodynamics (QCD - the field theory of the quark and gluon constituents of strongly interacting particles) was initially handicapped by the severe limitations of the conventional (perturbation) approach in this picture, but Ken Wilson's inventions of lattice gauge theory and renormalization group methods opened new doors, making calculations of masses and other particle properties possible. Lattice gauge theory became a major industry around 1980, when Monte Carlo methods were introduced, and the first prototype calculations yielded qualitatively reasonable results. The promising developments over the past year were highlighted at the 1988 Symposium on Lattice Field Theory - Lattice 88 - held at Fermilab

  10. Automated Lattice Perturbation Theory

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    Monahan, Christopher


    I review recent developments in automated lattice perturbation theory. Starting with an overview of lattice perturbation theory, I focus on the three automation packages currently "on the market": HiPPy/HPsrc, Pastor and PhySyCAl. I highlight some recent applications of these methods, particularly in B physics. In the final section I briefly discuss the related, but distinct, approach of numerical stochastic perturbation theory.

  11. Permutohedral Lattice CNNs


    Kiefel, Martin; Jampani, Varun; Gehler, Peter V.


    This paper presents a convolutional layer that is able to process sparse input features. As an example, for image recognition problems this allows an efficient filtering of signals that do not lie on a dense grid (like pixel position), but of more general features (such as color values). The presented algorithm makes use of the permutohedral lattice data structure. The permutohedral lattice was introduced to efficiently implement a bilateral filter, a commonly used image processing operation....

  12. Reshaping procedures for the surgical management of corneal ectasia. (United States)

    Ziaei, Mohammed; Barsam, Allon; Shamie, Neda; Vroman, David; Kim, Terry; Donnenfeld, Eric D; Holland, Edward J; Kanellopoulos, John; Mah, Francis S; Randleman, J Bradley; Daya, Sheraz; Güell, Jose


    Corneal ectasia is a progressive, degenerative, and noninflammatory thinning disorder of the cornea. Recently developed corneal reshaping techniques have expanded the treatment armamentarium available to the corneal specialist by offering effective nontransplant options. This review summarizes the current evidence base for corneal collagen crosslinking, topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy, and intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation for the treatment of corneal ectasia by analyzing the data published between the years 2000 and 2014. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2015 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Penetrating keratoplasty for perforated corneal ulcers: preservation of iris by corneal debulking. (United States)

    Vajpayee, Rasik B; Singhvi, Arun; Sharma, Namrata; Sinha, Rajesh


    This study was designed to study an alternative technique of lamellar separation of corneal layers for therapeutic keratoplasty in place of an en bloc removal of host corneal button in eyes with perforated corneal ulcers with pseudocornea. Twelve eyes with perforated corneal ulcers with pseudocornea in which therapeutic keratoplasty was planned were included in the study. A new technique was used in which the host corneal tissue was removed in layers by lamellar dissection started peripherally and proceeding centripetally with care taken to prevent perforation at the site of iris incarceration. After injection of viscoelastic into the anterior chamber with a 26-gauge needle entered tangentially, the deeper layer of the cornea was then gently dissected and peeled away from the iris tissue, with care not to avulse the fragile iris and the overlying fibrotic membrane. Adjunctive procedures were performed, and the donor tissue was secured over the host bed. A complete separation of the iris tissue from corneal button and the fibrous membrane was achieved in 9 eyes. In 3 eyes, iris was partly trimmed along with the fibrous membrane, because the membrane was totally adherent to the iris tissue. Eight patients required pupilloplasty. Apart from minimal bleeding, no other complication was encountered. At the end of 3 months, 9 of 12 grafts remained clear. Debulking and layer-by-layer removal of host corneal tissue is effective in preservation of iris while performing therapeutic keratoplasty in eyes with perforated corneal ulcers with pseudocornea.

  14. Vortex lattices in layered superconductors

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    Prokic, V.; Davidovic, D.; Dobrosavljevic-Grujic, L.


    We study vortex lattices in a superconductor--normal-metal superlattice in a parallel magnetic field. Distorted lattices, resulting from the shear deformations along the layers, are found to be unstable. Under field variation, nonequilibrium configurations undergo an infinite sequence of continuous transitions, typical for soft lattices. The equilibrium vortex arrangement is always a lattice of isocell triangles, without shear

  15. Gamma-Irradiated Sterile Cornea for Use in Corneal Transplants in a Rabbit Model. (United States)

    Yoshida, Junko; Heflin, Thomas; Zambrano, Andrea; Pan, Qing; Meng, Huan; Wang, Jiangxia; Stark, Walter J; Daoud, Yassine J


    Gamma irradiated corneas in which the donor keratocytes and endothelial cells are eliminated are effective as corneal lamellar and glaucoma patch grafts. In addition, gamma irradiation causes collagen cross inking, which stiffens collagen fibrils. This study evaluated gamma irradiated corneas for use in corneal transplantations in a rabbit model comparing graft clarity, corneal neovascularization, and edema. Penetrating keratoplasty was performed on rabbits using four types of corneal grafts: Fresh cornea with endothelium, gamma irradiated cornea, cryopreserved cornea, and fresh cornea without endothelium. Slit lamp examination was performed at postoperative week (POW) one, two, and four. Corneal clarity, edema, and vascularization were graded. Confocal microscopy and histopathological evaluation were performed. A P cornea with endothelium compared to the other three groups (P cornea scored better than the cryopreserved and fresh cornea without endothelium groups in clarity (0.9 vs. 1.5 and 2.6, respectively), and edema (0.6 vs. 0.8 and 2.0, respectively). The gamma irradiated corneas, cryopreserved corneas and the fresh corneas without endothelium, developed haze and edema after POW 2. Gamma irradiated cornea remained statistically significantly clearer than cryopreserved and fresh cornea without endothelium during the observation period (P cornea. Gamma irradiated corneas remained clearer and thinner than the cryopreserved cornea and fresh cornea without endothelium. However, this outcome is transient. Gamma irradiated corneas are useful for lamellar and patch grafts, but cannot be used for penetrating keratoplasty.

  16. Optical coherence elastography assessment of corneal viscoelasticity with a modified Rayleigh-Lamb wave model. (United States)

    Han, Zhaolong; Li, Jiasong; Singh, Manmohan; Wu, Chen; Liu, Chih-Hao; Raghunathan, Raksha; Aglyamov, Salavat R; Vantipalli, Srilatha; Twa, Michael D; Larin, Kirill V


    The biomechanical properties of the cornea play a critical role in forming vision. Diseases such as keratoconus can structurally degenerate the cornea causing a pathological loss in visual acuity. UV-A/riboflavin corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) is a clinically available treatment to stiffen the cornea and restore its healthy shape and function. However, current CXL techniques do not account for pre-existing biomechanical properties of the cornea nor the effects of the CXL treatment itself. In addition to the inherent corneal structure, the intraocular pressure (IOP) can also dramatically affect the measured biomechanical properties of the cornea. In this work, we present the details and development of a modified Rayleigh-Lamb frequency equation model for quantifying corneal biomechanical properties. After comparison with finite element modeling, the model was utilized to quantify the viscoelasticity of in situ porcine corneas in the whole eye-globe configuration before and after CXL based on noncontact optical coherence elastography measurements. Moreover, the viscoelasticity of the untreated and CXL-treated eyes was quantified at various IOPs. The results showed that the stiffness of the cornea increased after CXL and that corneal stiffness is close to linear as a function of IOP. These results show that the modified Rayleigh-Lamb wave model can provide an accurate assessment of corneal viscoelasticity, which could be used for customized CXL therapies. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Corneal hysteresis: a useful tool in the diagnosis and management of primary open angle glaucoma. (United States)

    Molinari, Joseph F; Dance, Donnie D


    To describe a case of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) and to illustrate a new principle in detecting and managing the disease using intraocular pressure (IOP) corneal hysteresis as a clinical guide. A case report is reviewed of a white 87-year-old male who was detected with ocular hypertension (OHTN) with bilateral asymmetrical corneal stiffness and POAG. A new indicator and alternative approach to determine and manage POAG is presented using evidence-based technology for clinical care and facilitating positive outcomes for one of the leading causes of blindness in the world.

  18. Corneal topograph-guided laser subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) corrects decentered ablation after laser in situ. (United States)

    Yu, Ke Ming; Zhang, Jing; Luo, Hui Hui


    Corneal topograph-guided laser subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) can effectively correct decentered ablation occurring post laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and to enhance our understanding and diagnosis of decentered ablation following LASIK. Previous studies in the relevant literature are reviewed, and a case report is provided. A patient with high myopia undergoing LASIK in both eyes presented with distorted vision in the left eye, which interfered with the vision in the right eye and caused blurred vision in both eyes. The patient was unable to see objects with both eyes. After receiving corneal topography-guided LASEK, the signs of distorted vision in the left eye and bilateral blurred vision were significantly alleviated, and the patient could see objects with both eyes simultaneously. Clinical ophthalmologists should be aware of the occurrence of decentered ablation after LASIK. Corneal topography-guided LASEK is an efficacious tool for correcting decentered ablation.

  19. A Case Report of Severe Corneal Toxicity following 0.5% Topical Moxifloxacin Use

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    A.P. Vignesh


    Full Text Available Moxifloxacin is a widely used topical antibiotic in various bacterial infections of the eye. Its safety and efficacy have been proved by many studies. We report a case of a rare adverse effect following its use. A 10-year-old female who had presented with acute bacterial conjunctivitis in both eyes with no corneal involvement was started on preservative-free 0.5% topical moxifloxacin four times a day. The child developed a severe form of corneal toxicity in both eyes with circumcorneal congestion and corneal edema following its use. The child's visual acuity had dropped from 20/20 to 20/400 in both the eyes. Topical moxifloxacin was discontinued, following which the cornea cleared dramatically and the visual acuity became normal. This case indicates that though rare, topical moxifloxacin can cause severe keratitis and that more studies need to be conducted to evaluate its safety.

  20. Outcomes of Infectious versus Sterile Perforated Corneal Ulcers after Therapeutic Penetrating Keratoplasty in the United States (United States)

    Rush, Sloan W.


    Purpose. To compare the long-term outcomes of infectious versus sterile perforated corneal ulcers after therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty in the United States. Methods. The charts of 45 consecutive eyes that underwent primary therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty for a perforated corneal ulcer at a single center were retrospectively reviewed. The perforated ulcers were classified as infectious or sterile and the underlying demographics, clinical features, and 36-month outcomes were compared among the two groups. Results. Mean follow-up among subjects was 38.6 (±6.9) months. Patients presenting with sterile perforated ulcers were more likely to have a peripheral perforation location (p = 0.0333) and recurrence of the underlying disease condition (p = 0.0321), require adjunctive surgical measures in the immediate postoperative period (p ulcer group. Conclusions. Sterile perforated corneal ulcers have a worse prognosis and may be more frequent than those caused by infectious disease in the United States compared to the developing world. PMID:28070416

  1. [Corneal protection in contact lens users]. (United States)

    Egorova, G B; Mitichkina, T S; Shamsudinova, A R


    To evaluate the efficacy of corneoprotective agents (Corneregel and Solcoseryl) in contact lens users. A total of 66 long-term contact lens wearers with dry eye symptoms and varying degrees of corneal epitheliopathy were monitored. All patients used artificial tears, which, however, were not effective enough to suppress manifestations of corneal epitheliopathy and to release the associated discomfort. The therapy was supplemented with Corneregel. The following examination methods were applied: biomicroscopy with fluorescent staining, Norn test, Schirmer's test, advanced tearscopy with digital image analysis of the precorneal tear film lipid layer, corneal confocal microscopy. In all cases the assessment was performed prior to starting Corneregel and repeated in 7 days, 14 days and 1 month. Complete corneal re-epithelization and restoration of the most superficial layer of the epithelium were achieved within 7-14 days. In case of severe initial epitheliopathy the effect of Corneregel was not sufficient and epithelium defects remained. These patients additionally received Solcoseryl Eye Gel. After the treatment course the condition of corneal epithelium ameliorated and contact lens wearing comfort increased. A longer precorneal tear film break-up time indicated an increase of tear film stability. The total tear production did not change significantly. The moistening effect of Corneregel and low-viscosity artificial tears together with intensive regeneration of corneal epithelium enables structural recovery of the epithelial membrane and considerable improvement of the anterior corneal stroma. At the first stage of corneoprotective treatment it is appropriate to use preservative-free artificial tears of low and high viscosity. If the effect of tear substitutive therapy is unsatisfactory it is recommended to prescribe Corneregel and Solcoseryl. The regimen is to be adjusted individually.

  2. Local covering optimality of lattices: Leech lattice versus root lattice $E_8$

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    A. Schuermann; F. Vallentin (Frank)


    textabstractWe show that the Leech lattice gives a sphere covering which is locally least dense among lattice coverings. We show that a similar result is false for the root lattice $E_8$. For this we construct a less dense covering lattice whose Delone subdivision has a common refinement with the

  3. Microbiological profile of corneal ulcer cases diagnosed in a tertiary care ophthalmological institute in Nepal. (United States)

    Suwal, Sharmila; Bhandari, Dinesh; Thapa, Pratigya; Shrestha, Mohan Krishna; Amatya, Jyoti


    Corneal ulcer, a major cause of monocular blindness in developing countries has consistently been listed as the major cause of blindness and visual disability in many of the developing nations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, ranking second only to cataract. This study was carried out to determine the microbiological profile of corneal ulcer cases diagnosed among patients visiting Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), Nepal. A total of 101 corneal scrapping samples were tested for routine culture and antibiotic susceptibility at the pathology department of TIO Nepal from April to October 2014. Microorganisms were identified by using standard microbiological procedures following the manual of American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and their antibiotic susceptibility test, performed by Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method in conformity with the CLSI guideline. Out of 101 samples analyzed, 44.6% (45/101) showed positive growth with bacterial isolates i.e., 56% (25/45), more prevalent than fungus i.e., 44% (20/45). Among bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (31.1%, N = 14) was isolated in highest number whereas Fusarium (13.4%, N = 6) was the most common fungus species. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was the only Gram negative bacteria isolated from corneal ulcer cases. All bacterial isolates were found to be susceptible to the quinolone group of antibiotics (moxifloxacin followed by ofloxacin and ciprofloxacin). These findings showcase the current trend in the microbiological etiology of corneal ulcer in Nepal, which have important public health implications for the treatment as well as prevention of corneal ulceration in the developing world.

  4. Riboflavin for corneal cross-linking. (United States)

    O'Brart, D P S


    Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) with riboflavin and ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation is the first therapeutic modality that appears to arrest the progression of keratoconus and other corneal ectasias. Riboflavin is central to the process, acting as a photosensitizer for the production of oxygen singlets and riboflavin triplets. These free radicals drive the CXL process within the proteins of the corneal stroma, altering its biomechanical properties. Riboflavin also absorbs the majority of the UVA radiation, which is potentially cytotoxic and mutagenic, within the anterior stroma, preventing damage to internal ocular structures, such as the corneal endothelium, lens and retina. Clinical studies report cessation of ectatic progression in over 90% of cases and the majority document significant improvements in visual, keratometric and topographic parameters. Clinical follow-up is limited to 5-10 years, but suggests sustained stability and enhancement in corneal shape. Sight-threatening complications are rare. The optimal stromal riboflavin dosage for CXL is as yet undetermined. Copyright 2016 Prous Science, S.A.U. or its licensors. All rights reserved.

  5. MicroRNA-184 Regulates Corneal Lymphangiogenesis. (United States)

    Grimaldo, Sammy; Yuen, Don; Theis, Jaci; Ng, Melissa; Ecoiffier, Tatiana; Chen, Lu


    MicroRNAs are a class of small noncoding RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression by binding to complimentary sequences of target messenger RNA. Their roles in corneal lymphangiogenesis are largely unknown. This study was to investigate the specific role of microRNA-184 (mir-184) in corneal lymphangiogenesis (LG) in vivo and lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) in vitro. Standard murine suture placement model was used to study the expressional change of mir-184 in corneal inflammatory LG and the effect of synthetic mir-184 mimic on this process. Additionally, a human LEC culture system was used to assess the effect of mir-184 overexpression on cell functions in vitro. Expression of mir-184 was significantly downregulated in corneal LG and, accordingly, its synthetic mimic suppressed corneal lymphatic growth in vivo. Furthermore, mir-184 overexpression in LECs inhibited their functions of adhesion, migration, and tube formation in vitro. These novel findings indicate that mir-184 is involved critically in LG and potentially could be used as an inhibitor of the process. Further investigation holds the promise for divulging new therapies for LG disorders, which occur inside and outside the eye.

  6. Corneal reconstruction by stem cells and bioengineering

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    Arjamaa O


    Full Text Available Olli ArjamaaDepartment of Biology, University of Turku, Turku, FinlandAbstract: Almost 300 million people are visually impaired worldwide due to various eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and corneal diseases. Notably, ten million people are blind because of severe ocular surface diseases and the majority of cases occur in developing countries. Blinding ocular surface diseases have, however, become treatable by grafting of surface layers, or by full-thickness transplantation of the cornea. As the demand for human corneal tissue for surface reconstruction and transplantation far exceeds the supply, methods are being developed to supplement tissue donation. Xenotransplantation of the cornea or cells from genetically modified pigs may become one of the solutions. Transplantation of limbal stem cells within tissue biopsies, to restore the transparency of the cornea is another remarkable method, which has shown its potential in several clinical studies. The combination of stem cell technology and engineering of biocompatible tissue equivalent, still at preclinical stage, has shown us how synthetic corneal tissue is able to guide cultured corneal stromal stem cells of human origin, to become native-like stroma, the most important layer of the cornea. These findings give hope for a large-quantity production of biomaterial for corneal reconstruction. As such, clinical ophthalmologists should become more familiar with the methods of laboratory science.Keywords: eye, grafting, keratoplasty, xenotransplantation, cell reservoir, biocompatible tissue equivalent

  7. Primary central corneal hemangiosarcoma in a dog. (United States)

    Haeussler, David J; Rodríguez, Laura Muñoz; Wilkie, David A; Premanandan, Chris


    To report a case of primary central corneal hemangiosarcoma in the dog. An 11-year-old, neutered, female, German shepherd mixed breed dog was referred to the Hospital Veterinario Sierra de Madrid (Spain) for evaluation of an enlarging corneal mass of the left eye (OS). The dog was predominantly housed outdoors and was diagnosed with a history of chronic superficial keratitis of both eyes (OU) by the referring veterinarian. The corneal mass was resected by routine superficial keratectomy and submitted for histopathology and Factor VIII immunohistochemical staining. The mass was diagnosed as a corneal hemangiosarcoma with complete excision. Postoperatively, the keratectomy site healed without complication and there was no evidence of recurrence three and a half months postoperatively. Complete systemic evaluation, including abdominal ultrasound and CT scan of the head and thorax, indicated no other detectable neoplasia in the dog. Outdoor housing and ultraviolet exposure, breed, and chronic superficial keratitis were all suspected as contributing factors to the development of a primary corneal hemangiosarcoma. Surgical removal and postoperative treatment for chronic superficial keratitis provided effective therapy. © 2011 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  8. Bilateral coexistence of keratoconus and macular corneal dystrophy

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    Ghazi Al-Hamdan


    The authors hereby report a 21-year-old female who presented with the typical signs and topographic evidence of keratoconus in association with macular corneal dystrophy. Histopathologic evaluation from the excised corneal button after corneal transplant confirmed the diagnosis. To our knowledge, there is only one previous report in the literature linking the association of keratoconus and macular corneal dystrophy in the same eye bilaterally.

  9. Graphene antidot lattice waveguides

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    Pedersen, Jesper Goor; Gunst, Tue; Markussen, Troels


    We introduce graphene antidot lattice waveguides: nanostructured graphene where a region of pristine graphene is sandwiched between regions of graphene antidot lattices. The band gaps in the surrounding antidot lattices enable localized states to emerge in the central waveguide region. We model...... the waveguides via a position-dependent mass term in the Dirac approximation of graphene and arrive at analytical results for the dispersion relation and spinor eigenstates of the localized waveguide modes. To include atomistic details we also use a tight-binding model, which is in excellent agreement...... with the analytical results. The waveguides resemble graphene nanoribbons, but without the particular properties of ribbons that emerge due to the details of the edge. We show that electrons can be guided through kinks without additional resistance and that transport through the waveguides is robust against...

  10. Recent advances in the treatment of corneal ectasia with intrastromal corneal ring segments. (United States)

    Poulsen, David M; Kang, Joann J


    To review the recent advances and reported outcomes in the use of intrastromal corneal ring segments (ICRS) for the treatment of corneal ectasia. ICRS are a well-tolerated and effective treatment for patients with corneal ectasia, particularly keratoconus, offering long-term improvement in visual, refractive, and keratometric measures. ICRS do not consistently decrease corneal aberrations. Patients with mild-to-moderate keratoconus, known to have less predictable outcomes with ICRS, may be better selected and treated with the use of customized nomograms, accounting for factors such as internal astigmatism. Corneal collagen cross-linking performed after ICRS implantation is an important complementary treatment in preventing the progression of ectasia, whereas subsequent treatment with either photorefractive keratectomy or toric intraocular lens implantation offers a significantly improved visual and refractive result. ICRS are an important component to the treatment of corneal ectasia. Knowledge of outcomes among specific groups of patients should improve treatment planning and nomograms. Combined treatments with ICRS allow for notable improvements in corneal stability and refractive error, in addition to the improvement in irregular astigmatism seen with ICRS.

  11. Keratocyte apoptosis and corneal antioxidant enzyme activities after refractive corneal surgery. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Bilgihan, A; Adiguzel, U; Sezer, C; Yis, O; Akyol, G; Hasanreisoglu, B


    Refractive corneal surgery induces keratocyte apoptosis and generates reactive oxygen radicals (ROS) in the cornea. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the correlation between keratocyte apoptosis and corneal antioxidant enzyme activities after different refractive surgical procedures in rabbits. Rabbits were divided into six groups. All groups were compared with the control group (Group 1), after epithelial scraping (Group 2), epithelial scrape and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) (traditional PRK: Group 3), transepithelial PRK (Group 4), creation of a corneal flap with microkeratome (Group 5) and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK, Group 6). Terminal deoxyribonucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-digoxigenin nick-end labelling assay (to detect DNA fragmentation in situ) and light microscopy were used to detect apoptosis in rabbit eyes. Glutathione peroxidase (Gpx) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activities of the corneal tissues were measured with spectrophotometric methods. Corneal Gpx and SOD activities decreased significantly in all groups when compared with the control group (P<0.05) and groups 2, 3 and 6 showed a significantly higher amount of keratocyte apoptosis (P<0.05). Not only a negative correlation was observed between corneal SOD activity and keratocyte apoptosis (cc: -0.3648) but Gpx activity also showed negative correlation with keratocyte apoptosis (cc: -0.3587). The present study illustrates the negative correlation between keratocyte apoptosis and corneal antioxidant enzyme activities. This finding suggests that ROS may be partly responsible for keratocyte apoptosis after refractive surgery.

  12. Analysis of the horizontal corneal diameter, central corneal thickness, and axial length in premature infants

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    Ozdemir Ozdemir


    Full Text Available Purpose: To determine the horizontal corneal diameter, central corneal thickness, and axial length in premature infants. Methods: Infants with a birth weight of less than 2,500 g or with a gestation period of less than 36 weeks were included in the study. Infants with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP were allocated to Group 1 (n=138, while those without ROP were allocated to Group 2 (n=236. All infants underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination, including corneal diameter measurements, pachymetry, biometry, and fundoscopy. Between-group comparisons of horizontal corneal diameter, central corneal thickness, and axial lengths were performed. Independent sample t-tests were used for statistical analysis. Results: Data was obtained from 374 eyes of 187 infants (102 female, 85 male. The mean gestational age at birth was 30.7 ± 2.7 weeks (range 25-36 weeks, the mean birth weight was 1,514 ± 533.3 g (range 750-1,970 g, and the mean postmenstrual age at examination was 40.0 ± 4.8 weeks. The mean gestational age and the mean birth weight of Group 1 were statistically lower than Group 2 (p0.05. Conclusions: The presence of ROP in premature infants does not alter the horizontal corneal diameter, central corneal thickness, or axial length.

  13. Exact Lattice Supersymmetry

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    Catterall, Simon; Kaplan, David B.; Unsal, Mithat


    We provide an introduction to recent lattice formulations of supersymmetric theories which are invariant under one or more real supersymmetries at nonzero lattice spacing. These include the especially interesting case of N = 4 SYM in four dimensions. We discuss approaches based both on twisted supersymmetry and orbifold-deconstruction techniques and show their equivalence in the case of gauge theories. The presence of an exact supersymmetry reduces and in some cases eliminates the need for fine tuning to achieve a continuum limit invariant under the full supersymmetry of the target theory. We discuss open problems.

  14. Detection of aldehyde dehydrogenase activity in human corneal extracts

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    Gondhowiardjo, T. D.; van Haeringen, N. J.; Hoekzema, R.; Pels, L.; Kijlstra, A.


    The major soluble protein in bovine corneal epithelial extracts is a 54 kD protein (BCP 54) which has recently been identified as the corneal aldehyde dehydrogenase. Although ALDH activity has been reported in human corneal extracts it was not yet clear whether this was identical with the 54 kD

  15. A fibrin sealant for perforated and preperforated corneal ulcers.


    Lagoutte, F M; Gauthier, L; Comte, P R


    Fibrin sealant is used to close perforated or preperforated corneal ulcers. In addition to the usual advantages of cyanoacrylates it is degraded physiologically and provides a good support for corneal healing. Corneal grafting can be avoided when contraindicated or postponed when conditions allow. This technique has been successful in nine eyes of eight patients.

  16. Complications Caused by Contact Lens Wearing


    Beljan, Jasna; Beljan, Kristina; Beljan, Zdravko


    Complications in wearing contact lenses are very rare and caused by poor maintenance, over-extended wear and wearing of contact lenses in a polluted environment. Regular control by a professional person can efficiently reduce the number of complications. This paper describes the most common risks factors for complications, and complications of wearing contact lenses with the classification according to the anatomic parts of the eye: eyelids, tear film, limbus, corneal epithelium, corneal stro...

  17. Practice patterns in the management of fungal corneal ulcers. (United States)

    Loh, Allison R; Hong, Kevin; Lee, Salena; Mannis, Mark; Acharya, Nisha R


    The purpose of this study was to determine the practice patterns of ophthalmologists in the management of fungal corneal ulcers. In December 2007, a survey of 13 questions addressing the actual and preferred treatment of fungal ulcers was sent to the kera-net e-mail listserv facilitated by the Cornea Society. Ninety-two respondents from North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia participated by completing the electronic questionnaire. Natamycin was the most commonly used topical treatment for ulcers caused by filamentous fungi (96%) followed by amphotericin (75%) and voriconazole (63%). However, voriconazole was most often listed as the preferred topical treatment in an ideal world (79%) compared with 55% for natamycin. Approximately half of the respondents use combination topical therapy (56%) and the remainder monotherapy. The majority of respondents rescrape the epithelium at some time during the course of treatment, but the frequency of rescraping varied among the different topical treatments. The most common reasons cited for not using their preferred treatment were cost and a desire for further evidence to support preferred treatment. There appears to be significant variation in the management of fungal corneal ulcers. Although natamycin was the most commonly used treatment for ulcers caused by filamentous fungi, voriconazole was the most preferred as the ideal treatment. These results highlight the need for more evidence regarding the efficacy of the newer topical antifungals.

  18. Post-LASIK ectasia treated with intrastromal corneal ring segments and corneal crosslinking. (United States)

    Lam, Kay; Rootman, Dan B; Lichtinger, Alejandro; Rootman, David S


    Corneal ectasia is a serious complication of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). We report the case of a 29-year-old man who underwent LASIK in both eyes and in whom corneal ectasia developed in the left eye 3 years after surgery. He was treated sequentially with intraocular pressure-lowering medication, intrastromal corneal ring segment (ICRS) implants, and collagen cross-linking. Vision improved and the ectasia stabilized following treatment. Combined ICRS implantation and collagen cross-linking should be considered early in the management of post-LASIK ectasia.

  19. Late complications following cryotherapy of lattice degeneration. (United States)

    Benson, W E; Morse, P H; Nantawan, P


    We observed 341 patients who had received cryotherapy for lattice degeneration in order to identify possible late complications. Sequelae such as retinal tears posterior to an operculum or flap tears within treated areas showed that treatment did not necessarily prevent subsequent vitreous traction. Moreover, the newly created flap tears may extend beyond the treated area and can cause retinal detachment. Even scleral buckling did not necesserily prevent further traction. Therefore, we concluded that when cryotherapy is used to treat lattice degeneration, an adequate margin of surrounding retina should be treated and the treatment should extend to the ora serrata.

  20. Changes in corneal deformation parameters after lenticule creation and extraction during small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE procedure.

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    Yang Shen

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of lenticule creation and subsequent corneal lenticule extraction on corneal deformation parameters during small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE procedure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective study, 18 eyes of 10 patients (27.90 ± 7.11 years, -5.64 ± 2.45 diopters scheduled for SMILE procedure were enrolled. Changes in the corneal deformation parameters, including deformation amplitude (DA, applanation time(AT1 and AT2, applanation length(AL1 and AL2, corneal velocity(CV1 and CV2, peak distance(P.Dist., radius and intraocular pressure values were measured preoperatively, immediately after lenticule creation and subsequent to corneal lenticule extraction in all eyes with the Corvis Scheimpflug Technology (Corvis ST, OCULUS, Wetzlar, Germany. Repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA with bonferroni-adjusted post hoc comparisons was performed to investigate changes following each step of the procedure. RESULTS: All surgical procedures were uneventful. A significant difference was detected among the three time points (pre-operation, post-lenticule creation and post lenticule extraction for AT1 (P0.05, but there was a significant change in these parameters following subsequent corneal lenticule extraction (post hoc P<0.01, when compared to values obtained pre-operatively. The scheimpflug camera of the Corvis ST demonstrated the intralamellar small gas bubbles formed from the vaporisation of tissue after lenticule creation and a gray zone was observed between the cap and the residual stromal bed after lenticule extraction. CONCLUSIONS: There is a significant change in corneal deformation parameters following SMILE procedure. The changes may be caused predominantly by stromal lenticule extraction, while lenticule creation with femtosecond laser may not have an obvious effect on corneal deformation properties.

  1. Corneal versus ocular aberrations after overnight orthokeratology. (United States)

    Gifford, Paul; Li, Melanie; Lu, Helen; Miu, Jonathan; Panjaya, Monica; Swarbrick, Helen A


    To investigate relationships between changes to corneal and ocular aberrations induced by orthokeratology (OK) and their influence on visual function. Eighteen subjects (aged 20 to 23 years) were fitted with OK lenses (BE Enterprises Pty Ltd, Australia), manufactured in Boston XO material (Bausch & Lomb Boston, Wilmington, MA), and worn overnight for seven nights. Corneal and ocular aberrations were simultaneously captured (Discovery, Innovative Visual Systems, Elmhurst, IL), and contrast sensitivity function was measured on days 1 and 7, within 2 and 8 hours after lens removal on waking. Data from the eye achieving the higher myopic correction were analyzed for changes over time. There was a significant refractive effect at all visits. Orthokeratology induced an increase in corneal and ocular root mean square higher order aberrations (HOAs) and a positive shift in spherical aberration (SA) on day 1, with further increases by day 7. Increases in root mean square coma became significant by day 7. Changes to corneal and ocular SA were similar on day 1; however, by day 7, there was a greater increase in corneal than ocular SA, indicating a change in internal SA. Orthokeratology led to an overall decrease in contrast sensitivity function, which was isolated to spatial frequency changes on day 1 at 1 cycle per degree and on day 7 at 1 and 8 cycles per degree. A greater positive shift in corneal compared with ocular SA on day 7 suggests a negative shift in internal SA, which would be consistent with an increased accommodative response. Lack of any difference on day 1 indicates that this may be an ocular adaptation response toward neutralizing induced positive SA, rather than a direct effect of SA changes on the accommodation mechanism.

  2. Corneal nerve microstructure in Parkinson's disease. (United States)

    Misra, Stuti L; Kersten, Hannah M; Roxburgh, Richard H; Danesh-Meyer, Helen V; McGhee, Charles N J


    Ocular surface changes and blink abnormalities are well-established in Parkinson's disease. Blink rate may be influenced by corneal sub-basal nerve density, however, this relationship has not yet been investigated in Parkinson's disease. This case-control study examined the ocular surface in patients with moderately severe Parkinson's disease, including confocal microscopy of the cornea. Fifteen patients with moderately severe Parkinson's disease (modified Hoehn and Yahr grade 3 or 4) and fifteen control participants were recruited. Ophthalmic assessment included slit-lamp examination, blink rate assessment, central corneal aesthesiometry and in vivo corneal confocal microscopy. The effect of disease laterality was also investigated. Of the 15 patients with Parkinson's disease, ten were male and the mean age was 65.5±8.6years. The corneal sub-basal nerve plexus density was markedly reduced in patients with Parkinson's disease (7.56±2.4mm/mm 2 ) compared with controls (15.91±2.6mm/mm 2 ) (pParkinson's disease (0.79±1.2mBAR) and the control group (0.26±0.35mBAR), p=0.12. Sub-basal nerve density was not significantly different between the eye ipsilateral to the side of the body with most-severe motor symptoms, and the contralateral eye. There was a significant positive correlation between ACE-R scores and sub-basal corneal nerve density (R 2 =0.66, p=0.02). This is the first study to report a significant reduction in corneal sub-basal nerve density in Parkinson's disease and demonstrate an association with cognitive dysfunction. These results provide further evidence to support the involvement of the peripheral nervous system in Parkinson's disease, previously thought to be a central nervous system disorder. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Corneal epithelial inclusion cyst in a dog

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    Campos Carla de Freitas


    Full Text Available An unilateral corneal epithelial inclusion cyst in a 7-year-old male Boxer dog is reported. The cyst had been observed for thirty days, was unique, not congenital and only one eye was involved. Seven months prior to the referral the dog had manifested indolent corneal ulcer treated with grade keratotomy and third eyelid flap. The cyst was removed by superficial keratectomy followed by a conjunctival pedicle graft. Recovery was uncomplicated and there wasn?t recurrence seven months after the surgery.

  4. Corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus. A review

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    M. M. Bikbov


    Full Text Available Photochemical crosslinking is widely applied in ophthalmology. Its biochemical effect is due to the release of singlet oxygen that promotes anaerobic photochemical reaction. Keratoconus is one of the most common corneal ectasia affecting 1 in 250 to 250 000 persons. Currently, the rate of iatrogenic ectasia following eximer laser refractive surgery increases due to biomechanical weakening of the cornea. Morphologically and biochemically, ectasia is characterized by corneal layers thinning, contact between the stroma and epithelium resulting from Bowman’s membrane rupture, chromatin fragmentation in keratocyte nuclei, phagocytosis, abnormal staining and arrangement of collagen fibers, enzyme system disorders, and keratocyte apoptosis. In corneal ectasia, altered enzymatic processes result in the synthesis of abnormal collagen. Collagen packing is determined by the activity of various extracellular matrix enzymes which bind amines and aldehydes of collagen fiber amino acids. In the late stage, morphological changes of Descemet’s membrane (i.e., rupture and detachment develop. Abnormal hexagonal-shaped keratocytes and their apoptosis are the signs of endothelial dystrophy. The lack of analogs in domestic ophthalmology encouraged the scientists of Ufa Eye Research Institute to develop a device for corneal collagen crosslinking. The parameters of ultraviolet (i.e., wavelength, exposure time, power to achieve the desired effect were identified. The specifics of some photosensitizers in the course of the procedure were studied. UFalink, a device for UV irradiation of cornea, and photosensitizer Dextralink were developed and adopted. Due to the high risk of endothelial damage, this treatment is contraindicated in severe keratoconus (CCT less than 400 microns. Major effects of corneal collagen crosslinking are the following: Young’s modulus (modulus of elasticity increase by 328.9 % (on average, temperature tolerance increase by 5

  5. The corneal stroma during contact lens wear. (United States)

    Jalbert, Isabelle; Stapleton, Fiona


    Recent technological advances have lead to novel descriptions of the microanatomy of the corneal stroma. In the first section of this review, these findings and the role they play in the maintenance of vital properties such as corneal transparency, mechanical strength, homeostasis, wound-healing response and metabolism are described. In the second part, contact lens induced stromal alterations such as acidosis, oedema, striae, thinning and opacities are reviewed as well as the more recently described phenomenon of microdot deposits and keratocyte loss with an emphasis on how lens wearing stromal effects can be minimised.

  6. Postnatal periodontal ligament as a novel adult stem cell source for regenerative corneal cell therapy. (United States)

    Yam, Gary Hin-Fai; Teo, Ericia Pei-Wen; Setiawan, Melina; Lovatt, Matthew J; Yusoff, Nur Zahirah Binte M; Fuest, Matthias; Goh, Bee-Tin; Mehta, Jodhbir S


    Corneal opacities are a leading cause of global blindness. They are conventionally treated by the transplantation of donor corneal tissue, which is, restricted by a worldwide donor material shortage and allograft rejection. Autologous adult stem cells with a potential to differentiate into corneal stromal keratocytes (CSKs) could offer a suitable choice of cells for regenerative cell therapy. Postnatal periodontal ligament (PDL) contains a population of adult stem cells, which has a similar embryological origin as CSK, that is cranial neural crest. We harvested PDL cells from young adult teeth extracted because of non-functional or orthodontic reason and differentiated them towards CSK phenotype using a two-step protocol with spheroid formation followed by growth factor and cytokine induction in a stromal environment (human amnion stroma and porcine corneal stroma). Our results showed that the PDL-differentiated CSK-like cells expressed CSK markers (CD34, ALDH3A1, keratocan, lumican, CHST6, B3GNT7 and Col8A2) and had minimal expression of genes related to fibrosis and other lineages (vasculogenesis, adipogenesis, myogenesis, epitheliogenesis, neurogenesis and hematogenesis). Introduction of PDL spheroids into the stroma of porcine corneas resulted in extensive migration of cells inside the host stroma after 14-day organ culture. Their quiescent nature and uniform cell distribution resembled to that of mature CSKs inside the native stroma. Our results demonstrated the potential translation of PDL cells for regenerative corneal cell therapy for corneal opacities. © 2018 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  7. The effect of intravitreal bevacizumab injection on the corneal endothelial cells

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    Akbar Derakhshan


    Full Text Available Introduction:Bevacizumab (Avastin, as an effectiveness treatment modality, is currently used in patients with various ocular disease. However the results have been promising, the use of bevacizumab in the treatment of ocular disease is an off-label application. Hence, the aim of this study was to systematically review the effectiveness of intravitreal injection of bevacizumab on various ocular tissues, especially corneal endothelial cells. Methods: The articles related to the effect of application of Avastin in the treatment of ophthalmic diseases and especially its effect on corneal endothelial cells were collected and reviewed. We searched PubMed, Google scholar, and Scopus databases and used Avastin, ocular diseases and corneal endothelial cells as search keywords.Result: Of all 55 articles found in all databases, only 10 were relevant to the purpose of this study, and 45 articles were excluded in several step by step process of article selection according to the inclusion/exclusion criteria. The results revealed that intracameral bevacizumab injection caused no changes in specular microscopy and corneal pachymetry. Moreover, it had no significant toxicity on corneal endothelial cells.Discussion: Effectiveness of bevacizumab as a new modality in the treatment of different ophthalmic diseases have been suggested. Recent data on both human and animal models showed that intravitreal injection of bevacizumab resulted in no significant toxicity on various ocular cells, and it could be considered as a suitable therapeutic approach in clinical use.Conclusion: According to the results of included documents, bevacizumab was not toxic to corneal endothelial cells at various clinically relevant doses.

  8. Evaluation of the cytotoxic effects of ophthalmic solutions containing benzalkonium chloride on corneal epithelium using an organotypic 3-D model

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    Jessen Bart A


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Benzalkonium chloride (BAC is a common preservative used in ophthalmic solutions. The aim of this study was to compare the cytotoxic effects of BAC-containing ophthalmic solutions with a BAC-free ophthalmic solution using an organotypic 3-dimensional (3-D corneal epithelial model and to determine the effects of latanoprost ophthalmic solution and its BAC-containing vehicle on corneal thickness in a monkey model. Methods The cytotoxicity of commercially available BAC-containing ophthalmic formulations of latanoprost (0.02% BAC and olopatadine (0.01% BAC was compared to that of BAC-free travoprost and saline in a corneal organotypic 3-D model using incubation times of 10 and 25 minutes. To compare the extent of differentiation of 3-D corneal cultures to monolayer transformed human corneal epithelial (HCE-T cell cultures, expression levels (mRNA and protein of the corneal markers epidermal growth factor receptor, transglutaminase 1 and involucrin were quantified. Finally, latanoprost ophthalmic solution or its vehicle was administered at suprapharmacologic doses (two 30 μL drops twice daily in 1 eye for 1 year in monkey eyes, and corneal pachymetry was performed at baseline and at weeks 4, 13, 26 and 52. Results In the 3-D corneal epithelial culture assays, there were no significant differences in cytotoxicity between the BAC-containing latanoprost and olopatadine ophthalmic solutions and BAC-free travoprost ophthalmic solution at either the 10- or 25-minute time points. The 3-D cultures expressed higher levels of corneal epithelial markers than the HCE-T monolayers, indicating a greater degree of differentiation. There were no significant differences between the corneal thickness of monkey eyes treated with latanoprost ophthalmic solution or its vehicle (both containing 0.02% BAC and untreated eyes. Conclusion The lack of cytotoxicity demonstrated in 3-D corneal cultures and in monkey studies suggests that the levels of BAC

  9. Shaken Lattice Interferometry (United States)

    Weidner, Carrie; Yu, Hoon; Anderson, Dana


    This work introduces a method to perform interferometry using atoms trapped in an optical lattice. Starting at t = 0 with atoms in the ground state of a lattice potential V(x) =V0cos [ 2 kx + ϕ(t) ] , we show that it is possible to transform from one atomic wavefunction to another by a prescribed shaking of the lattice, i.e., by an appropriately tailored time-dependent phase shift ϕ(t) . In particular, the standard interferometer sequence of beam splitting, propagation, reflection, reverse propagation, and recombination can be achieved via a set of phase modulation operations {ϕj(t) } . Each ϕj(t) is determined using a learning algorithm, and the split-step method calculates the wavefunction dynamics. We have numerically demonstrated an interferometer in which the shaken wavefunctions match the target states to better than 1 % . We carried out learning using a genetic algorithm and optimal control techniques. The atoms remain trapped in the lattice throughout the full interferometer sequence. Thus, the approach may be suitable for use in an dynamic environment. In addition to the general principles, we discuss aspects of the experimental implementation. Supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Northrop Grumman.

  10. Lattice Multiverse Models


    Williamson, S. Gill


    Will the cosmological multiverse, when described mathematically, have easily stated properties that are impossible to prove or disprove using mathematical physics? We explore this question by constructing lattice multiverses which exhibit such behavior even though they are much simpler mathematically than any likely cosmological multiverse.

  11. Gravitinos on the lattice

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    Maturana, G.; Vanden Doel, C.P. (California Univ., Santa Cruz (USA). Physics Dept.)


    We study spin 3/2 fields on the lattice. Species doubling is found to be totally curable with an analogue of Wilson's method and partially with an analogue of the Kogut-Susskind formalism. Only the latter preserves local supersymmetry but describes at least four species.

  12. Elastic lattice polymers

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    Baiesi, M.; Barkema, G.T.; Carlon, E.


    We study a model of “elastic” lattice polymer in which a fixed number of monomers m is hosted by a self-avoiding walk with fluctuating length l. We show that the stored length density m 1− l /m scales asymptotically for large m as m= 1− /m+. . . , where is the polymer entropic exponent, so that can

  13. Quarks, gluons and lattices

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    Krojts, M.


    The book by the known american physicist-theoretist M.Kreuts represents the first monography in world literature, where a new perspective direction in elementary particle physics and quantum field theory - lattice formulation of gauge theories is stated systematically. Practically all main ideas of this direction are given. Material is stated in systematic and understandable form

  14. Lattices for antiproton rings

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    Autin, B.


    After a description of the constraints imposed by the cooling of Antiprotons on the lattice of the rings, the reasons which motivate the shape and the structure of these machines are surveyed. Linear and non-linear beam optics properties are treated with a special amplification to the Antiproton Accumulator. (orig.)

  15. lattice gauge theory

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    activities in non-perturbative QCD. Keywords. Deflation; overlap operator; GPU; CUDA. PACS Nos 11.15.Ha; 12.38.-t. 1. Introduction. The lattice gauge theory subgroup of the working group in non-perturbative QCD consisted of Mridupavan Deka, Sourendu Gupta, N D Hari Dass, Rajarshi Roy, Sayantan Sharma and.

  16. Noetherian and Artinian Lattices

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    Derya Keskin Tütüncü


    Full Text Available It is proved that if L is a complete modular lattice which is compactly generated, then Rad(L/0 is Artinian if, and only if for every small element a of L, the sublattice a/0 is Artinian if, and only if L satisfies DCC on small elements.

  17. Decidability in Orthomodular Lattices (United States)

    Hyčko, Marek; Navara, Mirko


    We discuss the possibility of automatic simplification of formulas in orthomodular lattices. We describe the principles of a program which decides the validity of equalities and inequalities, as well as implications between them and other important relations significant in quantum mechanics.

  18. Electronic properties of graphene antidot lattices

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    Fuerst, J A; Brandbyge, M; Jauho, A-P; Pedersen, J G; Mortensen, N A; Flindt, C; Pedersen, T G


    Graphene antidot lattices constitute a novel class of nano-engineered graphene devices with controllable electronic and optical properties. An antidot lattice consists of a periodic array of holes that causes a band gap to open up around the Fermi level, turning graphene from a semimetal into a semiconductor. We calculate the electronic band structure of graphene antidot lattices using three numerical approaches with different levels of computational complexity, efficiency and accuracy. Fast finite-element solutions of the Dirac equation capture qualitative features of the band structure, while full tight-binding calculations and density functional theory (DFT) are necessary for more reliable predictions of the band structure. We compare the three computational approaches and investigate the role of hydrogen passivation within our DFT scheme.

  19. Reversal of second-hand cigarette smoke-induced impairment of corneal wound healing by thymosin beta4 combined with anti-inflammatory agents. (United States)

    Yuan, Hongwei; Ma, Chongze; Moinet, Lisa; Sato, Noboru; Martins-Green, Manuela


    Abnormalities in corneal reepithelialization caused by second-hand cigarette smoke (CS) are less known than the effects of CS on other tissues. The effects of CS on corneal epithelial cell migration and associated signaling mechanisms were examined, to determine the mechanisms by which CS delays corneal wound healing. Corneal epithelial cells in two-dimensional or organ culture were exposed to sidestream whole (SSW) smoke, a major component of second-hand CS. Thymosin beta 4 (Tbeta4), a molecule thought to promote wound healing in the cornea, was tested to determine whether it can reverse the adverse effects of SSW smoke on corneal healing. Cell migration, actin reorganization, and phosphorylation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and paxillin were all inhibited by exposure to SSW smoke, and the distribution of phospho-src in the cells was disrupted. Activation of RhoA, an important regulator of the cytoskeleton during cell migration, was also inhibited. Tbeta4 stimulated corneal epithelial cell migration in the presence of SSW smoke in culture and in vivo, and it partially reversed the inhibition of corneal healing by SSW smoke. However, Tbeta4 plus dexamethasone, an inhibitor of inflammation, together, reversed the effects of SSW smoke on corneal healing. These findings suggest that SSW smoke exerts its effects on cell migration during corneal epithelial healing through inhibition of actin reorganization, activation of focal adhesion molecules, formation of the focal adhesion complex, and activation of Rho-GTPases. Furthermore, they strongly suggest that corneal injury induced by toxicants can be treated using anti-inflammatory agents coupled with Tbeta4.

  20. Unilateral Keratectasia Treated with Femtosecond Fashioned Intrastromal Corneal Inlay (United States)

    Jadidi, Khosrow; Hasanpour, Hossein


    Purpose: In this case report, we describe the surgical procedure of corneal inlay preparation and corneal pocket creation using a femtosecond laser system. Case Report: A 7-year-old girl who presented with unilateral paracentral corneal thinning underwent the surgical procedure of corneal inlay. Preoperatively, the refraction was +10.00-6.00 × 170. One month after the procedure, astigmatism and hyperopia were decreased and the refraction was +5.00-1.25 × 110. Conclusion: Femtosecond laser–assisted pocket creation for the implantation of corneal inlays offers accuracy of pocket parameters, enhancing predictability, resulting in better final outcomes, and improving the safety of the procedure. PMID:28791068

  1. Current status of accelerated corneal cross-linking

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    Michael Mrochen


    Full Text Available Corneal cross-linking with riboflavin is a technique to stabilize or reduce corneal ectasia, in diseases such as keratoconus and post-laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK ectasia. There is an interest by patient as well as clinicians to reduce the overall treatment time. Especially, the introduction of corneal cross-linking in combination with corneal laser surgery demands a shorter treatment time to assure a sufficient patient flow. The principles and techniques of accelerated corneal cross-linking is discussed.

  2. Area and depth of surfactant-induced corneal injury predicts extent of subsequent ocular responses. (United States)

    Jester, J V; Petroll, W M; Bean, J; Parker, R D; Carr, G J; Cavanagh, H D; Maurer, J K


    To correlate area and depth of initial corneal injury induced by surfactants of differing type and irritant properties with corneal responses and outcome in the same animals over time by using in vivo confocal microscopy (CM). Six groups of six adult rabbits were treated with anionic, cationic, and nonionic surfactants that caused different levels of ocular irritation. Test materials included slight irritants: 5% sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), polyoxyethylene glycol monoalkyl ether (POE), and 5% 3-isotridecyloxypropyl-bis(polyoxyethylene) ammonium chloride (ITDOP); mild irritants: 5% 3-decyloxypropyl-bis(polyoxyethylene) amine (DOP) and sodium linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS); and a moderate irritant: a proprietary detergent (DTRGT). Ten microliters surfactant were directly applied to the cornea of one eye of each rabbit. Ten untreated rabbits served as control subjects. Area and depth of initial injury was determined by using in vivo CM to measure epithelial thickness, epithelial cell size, corneal thickness, and depth of stromal injury in four corneal regions at 3 hours and at day 1. Area and depth of corneal responses to injury were evaluated at various times from days 3 through 35 by macroscopic grading and quantitative confocal microscopy through-focusing (CMTF). In vivo CM revealed corneal injury with slight irritants to be restricted to the epithelium, whereas the mild and moderate irritants caused complete epithelial cell loss with increasing anterior stromal damage: DOP < LAS < DTRGT. With the slight ocular irritants there was little or no change in corneal thickness or the CMTF intensity profiles. Three hours after treatment, mild and moderate ocular irritants caused a significant increase in corneal thickness, which peaked at day 1 with DOP (483.3+/-80.1 microm) and LAS (572.3+/-60.0 microm) and day 3 with DTRGT (601.4+/-68.7 microm); returning to normal (similar to control values) by day 7 with DOP and day 35 with LAS and DTRGT. The CMTF intensity

  3. Control of Scar Tissue Formation in the Cornea: Strategies in Clinical and Corneal Tissue Engineering

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    Samantha L. Wilson


    Full Text Available Corneal structure is highly organized and unified in architecture with structural and functional integration which mediates transparency and vision. Disease and injury are the second most common cause of blindness affecting over 10 million people worldwide. Ninety percent of blindness is permanent due to scarring and vascularization. Scarring caused via fibrotic cellular responses, heals the tissue, but fails to restore transparency. Controlling keratocyte activation and differentiation are key for the inhibition and prevention of fibrosis. Ophthalmic surgery techniques are continually developing to preserve and restore vision but corneal regression and scarring are often detrimental side effects and long term continuous follow up studies are lacking or discouraging. Appropriate corneal models may lead to a reduced need for corneal transplantation as presently there are insufficient numbers or suitable tissue to meet demand. Synthetic optical materials are under development for keratoprothesis although clinical use is limited due to implantation complications and high rejection rates. Tissue engineered corneas offer an alternative which more closely mimic the morphological, physiological and biomechanical properties of native corneas. However, replication of the native collagen fiber organization and retaining the phenotype of stromal cells which prevent scar-like tissue formation remains a challenge. Careful manipulation of culture environments are under investigation to determine a suitable environment that simulates native ECM organization and stimulates keratocyte migration and generation.

  4. Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy after corneal collagen cross linking in keratoconus

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    Massimo Camellin


    Conclusions: Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial PRK ablation profiles after conventional CXL yields to good visual, optical, and refractive results. These treatments are safe and efficacious for the correction of refracto-therapeutic problems in keratoconic patients.

  5. Corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus or corneal ectasia without epithelial debridement. (United States)

    Hirji, N; Sykakis, E; Lam, F C; Petrarca, R; Hamada, S; Lake, D


    Corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) is a relatively new technique to reduce the progression of keratoconus. The technique can be performed with or without complete debridement of the corneal epithelium. We describe a novel intermediate technique involving mechanical disruption of the epithelium, and evaluate its safety and efficacy. The case notes of 128 eyes with progressive keratoconus or iatrogenic corneal ectasia who had undergone CXL using the epithelial disruption technique were retrospectively reviewed. Thin corneas were treated with hypotonic riboflavin. All others were treated with an isotonic solution. Note was made of preoperative and postoperative parameters, including uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), refraction, endothelial cell count, and corneal tomography. Occurrence of procedure-related complications was recorded. Statistical analyses were performed using the paired sample t-test and Wilcoxon signed-rank test, with a level of Pcorneal ectasia, and may be better tolerated by patients than the epithelium-off technique.

  6. The influence of central corneal thickness and corneal curvature on intraocular pressure measured by tono-pen and rebound tonometer in children. (United States)

    Sahin, Afsun; Basmak, Hikmet; Yildirim, Nilgun


    To find out the effect of central corneal thickness (CCT) and radius of the corneal curvature on intraocular pressure (IOP) measurements using rebound tonometer (RBT) and Tono-Pen in healthy schoolchildren. IOP was measured with Tono-Pen and RBT, respectively, in 165 healthy schoolchildren with a mean age 9.8+/-3.1 (range: 7 to 12 y) years. Corneal radius of curvature (in mm) was determined using a keratometer before CCT and IOP measurements. CCT was measured using an ultrasonic pachymeter after all IOP determinations had been made. The effect of CCT, radius of the corneal curvature, and sex on measured IOP was evaluated by linear regression analysis. The mean IOP readings were 17.47+/-2.7 mm Hg using Tono-Pen, and 16.81+/-3.1 mm Hg using RBT. Tono-Pen measured IOP values slightly greater than that of RBT (P=0.006). Mean CCT was found to be 561.37+/-33 microm. A significant association between measured IOP and CCT was found with each device (r=0.220 for the Tono-Pen, r=0.373 for the RBT; P=0.006 for the Tono-Pen and P<0.0001 for the RBT). The IOP increased 2.2 and 3.7 mm Hg for every 100-microm increase in CCT for the Tono-Pen and the RBT, respectively. The relation between IOP and CCT was not different for boys and girls. Mean radius of the corneal curvature readings was 7.68+/-0.41 mm (42.75+/-1.37 D) for both sexes. There was no significant relationship between either the mean corneal curvature readings, or CCT and IOP (r=0.02; P=0.4 for CCT and r=0.01; P=0.5 for IOP). Both the Tono-Pen and RBT have a systematic error in IOP readings caused by its dependence on CCT. The CCT measurements should be considered to ensure proper interpretation of IOP measurements in children, like in adults. The corneal radius of curvature had no significant effect on measured IOP with each device.

  7. Conical diffraction in honeycomb lattices

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    Ablowitz, Mark J.; Nixon, Sean D.; Zhu Yi


    Conical diffraction in honeycomb lattices is analyzed. This phenomenon arises in nonlinear Schroedinger equations with honeycomb lattice potentials. In the tight-binding approximation the wave envelope is governed by a nonlinear classical Dirac equation. Numerical simulations show that the Dirac equation and the lattice equation have the same conical diffraction properties. Similar conical diffraction occurs in both the linear and nonlinear regimes. The Dirac system reveals the underlying mechanism for the existence of conical diffraction in honeycomb lattices.

  8. Visual outcome and corneal changes in children with chronic blepharokeratoconjunctivitis. (United States)

    Jones, Sophie M; Weinstein, Joel M; Cumberland, Phillippa; Klein, N; Nischal, Ken K


    To describe the cause, management, and effect of chronic blepharokeratoconjunctivitis (BKC) on the cornea and visual function in children. Noncomparative, interventional, retrospective case series. Twenty-seven children with BKC. Presenting age, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), refractive error, and any corneal or eyelid pathologic features were recorded. Treatment included modified lid hygiene, topical antibiotics, and steroids. Systemic therapy included oral antibiotics and, from 2003 onward, flaxseed oil as an alternative to long-term antibiotics. Amblyopia therapy included refractive correction, occlusion, or atropine therapy. Corneal and eyelid status, visual acuity (VA), and refractive error at final examination. Mean age at presentation was 6.9 years (range, 7 months-15.9 years), and mean follow-up was 2.3 years (range, 5 months-6.1 years). All patients had discomfort, conjunctival injection, and signs of posterior blepharitis at presentation. Photophobia was reported in 14 patients (52%), whereas anterior eyelid inflammation was noted in 6 (22%). Acne rosacea was confirmed in 3 patients (11%). Corneal involvement occurred in 44 eyes (81%), and a history of recurrent chalazia was seen in 18 patients (67%). Median monocular BCVAs in affected eyes were 0.28 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) units (interquartile range [IqR], 0.02-0.40) at presentation and 0.02 logMAR units (IqR, 0.00-0.18) at last visit. Best-corrected VA improved in 70% of affected eyes and remained unchanged in 30%. Superimposed amblyopia was present and treated in 15 patients (48%). All 8 patients (20%) who failed to achieve VA of 0.2 logMAR units or better at the final examination had bilateral corneal involvement at presentation. One child experienced a systemic side effect from oral antibiotics. No child had significant side effects from topical treatment. Twelve patients (44%) received flaxseed oil as part of their tapering regimen. A 2-year lag between symptom

  9. Normative values for corneal nerve morphology assessed using corneal confocal microscopy: a multinational normative data set. (United States)

    Tavakoli, Mitra; Ferdousi, Maryam; Petropoulos, Ioannis N; Morris, Julie; Pritchard, Nicola; Zhivov, Andrey; Ziegler, Dan; Pacaud, Danièle; Romanchuk, Kenneth; Perkins, Bruce A; Lovblom, Leif E; Bril, Vera; Singleton, J Robinson; Smith, Gordon; Boulton, Andrew J M; Efron, Nathan; Malik, Rayaz A


    Corneal confocal microscopy is a novel diagnostic technique for the detection of nerve damage and repair in a range of peripheral neuropathies, in particular diabetic neuropathy. Normative reference values are required to enable clinical translation and wider use of this technique. We have therefore undertaken a multicenter collaboration to provide worldwide age-adjusted normative values of corneal nerve fiber parameters. A total of 1,965 corneal nerve images from 343 healthy volunteers were pooled from six clinical academic centers. All subjects underwent examination with the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph corneal confocal microscope. Images of the central corneal subbasal nerve plexus were acquired by each center using a standard protocol and analyzed by three trained examiners using manual tracing and semiautomated software (CCMetrics). Age trends were established using simple linear regression, and normative corneal nerve fiber density (CNFD), corneal nerve fiber branch density (CNBD), corneal nerve fiber length (CNFL), and corneal nerve fiber tortuosity (CNFT) reference values were calculated using quantile regression analysis. There was a significant linear age-dependent decrease in CNFD (-0.164 no./mm(2) per year for men, P < 0.01, and -0.161 no./mm(2) per year for women, P < 0.01). There was no change with age in CNBD (0.192 no./mm(2) per year for men, P = 0.26, and -0.050 no./mm(2) per year for women, P = 0.78). CNFL decreased in men (-0.045 mm/mm(2) per year, P = 0.07) and women (-0.060 mm/mm(2) per year, P = 0.02). CNFT increased with age in men (0.044 per year, P < 0.01) and women (0.046 per year, P < 0.01). Height, weight, and BMI did not influence the 5th percentile normative values for any corneal nerve parameter. This study provides robust worldwide normative reference values for corneal nerve parameters to be used in research and clinical practice in the study of diabetic and other peripheral neuropathies. © 2015 by the American Diabetes Association

  10. Basis reduction for layered lattices

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    Torreão Dassen, Erwin


    We develop the theory of layered Euclidean spaces and layered lattices. We present algorithms to compute both Gram-Schmidt and reduced bases in this generalized setting. A layered lattice can be seen as lattices where certain directions have infinite weight. It can also be

  11. Basis reduction for layered lattices

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    E.L. Torreão Dassen (Erwin)


    htmlabstractWe develop the theory of layered Euclidean spaces and layered lattices. With this new theory certain problems that usually are solved by using classical lattices with a "weighting" gain a new, more natural form. Using the layered lattice basis reduction algorithms introduced here these

  12. Selenium-binding lactoferrin is taken into corneal epithelial cells by a receptor and prevents corneal damage in dry eye model animals


    Akihiro Higuchi; Hiroyoshi Inoue; Yoshio Kaneko; Erina Oonishi; Kazuo Tsubota


    The ocular surface is strongly affected by oxidative stress, which causes many ocular diseases including dry eye. Previously, we showed that selenium compounds, e.g., selenoprotein P and Se-lactoferrin, were candidates for treatment of dry eye. This paper shows the efficacy of Se-lactoferrin for the treatment of dry eye compared with Diquas as a control drug using two dry eye models and incorporation of lactoferrin into corneal epithelial cells via lactoferrin receptors. We show the efficacy ...

  13. [Corneal neovascularisation treatments compared: Subconjunctival bevacizumab injections and/or photodynamic therapy]. (United States)

    Hamdan, J; Boulze, M; Aziz, A; Alessi, G; Hoffart, L


    To evaluate and compare the efficacy of subconjunctival bevacizumab injections alone, photodynamic therapy alone and combined treatments for reduction of corneal neovascularization. This study was conducted as a prospective case series. A total of seven eyes of 7 patients with corneal neovascularization caused by ocular surface disorders including fungal infectious keratitis and penetrating keratoplasty were included in the study. Patients were randomized into the three following groups: patients in group A received a single subconjunctival injection of 10mg (0.4mL) of bevacizumab, patients in group B were treated with photodynamic therapy with verteporfin (6mg/m(2)) to the neovascularized area and those in group C received a subconjunctival injection of bevacizumab and photodynamic therapy 7 days later. Morphological changes in neovascularization were evaluated over 6 months using slit-lamp biomicroscopy and digital corneal photography. A computer-assisted semi-automatic analysis of the area of corneal neovascularization was performed with Image J software. Recession of corneal vessels was observed in all eyes at 1 month post-treatment. The neovascularized surface area in all groups combined showed a decrease in the first month after treatment and this decrease continued up to the 6th month. The surface area of corneal neovascularization decreased by 34.05±8.28% in group A (subconjunctival injection of bevacizumab), by 42.06±28.36% in group B (photodynamic therapy with verteporfin) and by 51.67±18.93% in group C (combined subconjunctival injection of bevacizumab and photodynamic therapy). A combined treatment consisting of a subconjunctival injection followed by a PDT session 7 days later might be more effective for the treatment of corneal neovascularisation. No serious local or systemic adverse events were observed. Our medium-term results suggest that combined subconjunctival injection of bevacizumab and photodynamic therapy with verteporfin might be used

  14. Corneal endothelial expansion promoted by human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell-derived conditioned medium.

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    Makiko Nakahara

    Full Text Available Healthy corneal endothelium is essential for maintaining corneal clarity, as the damage of corneal endothelial cells and loss of cell count causes severe visual impairment. Corneal transplantation is currently the only therapy for severe corneal disorders. The greatly limited proliferative ability of human corneal endothelial cells (HCECs, even in vitro, has challenged researchers to establish efficient techniques for the cultivating HCECs, a pivotal issue for clinical applications. The aim of this study was to evaluate conditioned medium (CM obtained from human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs (MSC-CM for use as a consistent expansion protocol of HCECs. When HCECs were maintained in the presence of MSC-CM, cell morphology assumed a hexagonal shape similar to corneal endothelial cells in vivo, as opposed to the irregular cell shape observed in control cultures in the absence of MSC-CM. They also maintained the functional protein phenotypes; ZO-1 and Na(+/K(+-ATPase were localized at the intercellular adherent junctions and pump proteins of corneal endothelium were accordingly expressed. In comparison to the proliferative potential observed in the control cultures, HCECs maintained in MSC-CM were found to have more than twice as many Ki67-positive cells and a greatly increased incorporation of BrdU into DNA. MSC-CM further facilitated the cell migration of HCECs. Lastly, the mechanism of cell proliferation mediated by MSC-CM was investigated, and phosphorylation of Akt and ERK1/2 was observed in HCECs after exposure to MSC-CM. The inhibitor to PI 3-kinase maintained the level of p27(Kip1 for up to 24 hours and greatly blocked the expression of cyclin D1 and D3 during the early G1 phase, leading to the reduction of cell density. These findings indicate that MSC-CM not only stimulates the proliferation of HCECs by regulating the G1 proteins of the cell cycle but also maintains the characteristic differentiated phenotypes necessary

  15. Relationship between Central Corneal Thickness, Vitreous ...

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    Navarro R. The Optical Design of the Human Eye: a Critical Review J Optom. 2009; 2(1): 3–18. 2. David B, Fabrice M, Arthur H, Noel Z, Alexandre M. R, Rakhi J, Adriana A, ..... Mohamed H, Jorge LA, Pascual C, Walid HA, Juan JP. Relationship between Anterior Chamber Depth, Refractive State, Corneal Diameter, and Axial ...

  16. Corneal topography measurements for biometric applications (United States)

    Lewis, Nathan D.

    The term biometrics is used to describe the process of analyzing biological and behavioral traits that are unique to an individual in order to confirm or determine his or her identity. Many biometric modalities are currently being researched and implemented including, fingerprints, hand and facial geometry, iris recognition, vein structure recognition, gait, voice recognition, etc... This project explores the possibility of using corneal topography measurements as a trait for biometric identification. Two new corneal topographers were developed for this study. The first was designed to function as an operator-free device that will allow a user to approach the device and have his or her corneal topography measured. Human subject topography data were collected with this device and compared to measurements made with the commercially available Keratron Piccolo topographer (Optikon, Rome, Italy). A third topographer that departs from the standard Placido disk technology allows for arbitrary pattern illumination through the use of LCD monitors. This topographer was built and tested to be used in future research studies. Topography data was collected from 59 subjects and modeled using Zernike polynomials, which provide for a simple method of compressing topography data and comparing one topographical measurement with a database for biometric identification. The data were analyzed to determine the biometric error rates associated with corneal topography measurements. Reasonably accurate results, between three to eight percent simultaneous false match and false non-match rates, were achieved.

  17. Serological profile of candidates for corneal donation

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    Full Text Available Objetive: The purpose of this study is to map the serological profile of candidates to corneal donation at Irmandade Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre, identifying the percentage of disposal by serology and the marker involved. Methods: There have been analised – retrospectively – the results of serology of all corneal donors, made between the period of 1st january 2006 and 31st december 2012. Data analised were related to age, gender and the results of serology pertinent to viral markers (HBsAg, anti-HBc, anti-HCV and anti-HIV, these, determined by immunosorbent tests (ELISA. Results: In the period of the study, there were 2476 corneal donors at the institution, with a major incidence on the male gender, on an average of 58.7 years old. 23% of retention because of serological unfitness was also identified, that is, 570 samples were non-negative to any of the used tests. The marker anti- HBc was the most prevalent on the studied population, followed by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV and by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV. Conclusion: From the data found through this study, it is essential to have the participation of an efficient service on the serological evaluation of the candidates to corneal donation, once the security of the receptor must be taken into consideration in a population of donors with 23% of unfitness prevalence, in which the most prevalent marker is the one of Hepatits B.

  18. Relationship between Central Corneal Thickness, Vitreous ...

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    The central corneal thickness (CCT), Vitreous chamber depth (VCD) and axial length (AL) are important ocular parameters used in the assessment of ocular health in relation to some ocular morbidities. Determining the differences in these parameters in relation to each other is fundamental to understanding the general eye ...

  19. Inhibition of Corneal Neovascularization by Hydrazinocurcumin

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    This article previously published in Volume 15 Issue 2 of this journal in February 2016 has been retracted in line with the guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, Retracted: Zhan W, Zhu J, Zhang Y. Inhibition of corneal neovascularization by ...

  20. Mathematical analysis of corneal oxygenation | Avtar | International ...

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    Purpose: To develop a quasi steady state model for the time course concentration profile describing the oxygen diffusion and consumption in a multilayered corneal tissue and investigate the effect of various model parameters on the oxygen concentration for open and closed eyes. Method: A simple mathematical model for ...

  1. Retracted: Inhibition of Corneal Neovascularization by ...

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    This article previously published in Volume 15 Issue 2 of this journal in February 2016 has been retracted in line with the guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, Retracted: Zhan W, Zhu J, Zhang Y. Inhibition of corneal neovascularization by ...

  2. Ultraviolet induced lysosome activity in corneal epithelium

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    Cullen, A.P.


    A 5.000 W Xe-Hg high pressure lamp and a double monochromator were used to produce a 3.3 nm half-bandpass ultraviolet radiation at 295 nm. Pigmented rabbit eyes were irradiated with radiant exposures from 140 Jm -2 to 10.000 Jm -2 and evaluated by slit-lamp biomicroscopy, light and electron microscopy. Corneal threshold (Hsub(c) was 200 Jm -2 and lens threshold (Hsub(L)) was 7.500 Jm -2 . The most repeatable and reliable corneal response to these levels of UV was the development of corneal epithelial granules. Histological changes included a loss of superficial epithelial cells and selective UV induced autolysis of the wing cells. It is suggested that the biomicroscopically observed granules are the clinical manifestation of the secondary lysosomes revealed by light and electron microscopy. It is proposed that UV breaks down the primary lysosome membranes to release hydrolytic enzymes which in turn form the secondary lysosomes during autolysis. Extreme levels of radiant exposure at 295 nm result in indiscriminate destruction of all layers of the corneal epithelium, but the posterior cornea was spared. (orig.) [de

  3. Management of Corneal Bee Sting Injuries. (United States)

    Rai, Ruju R; Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Luis A; Papakostas, Thanos D; Siracuse-Lee, Donna; Dunphy, Robert; Fanciullo, Lisa; Cakiner-Egilmez, Tulay; Daly, Mary K


    To review the management of keratitis after corneal bee stings and to report a case of deep stromal corneal infiltrate secondary to a retained bee stinger managed conservatively in a patient who presented three days after unsanitary manipulation of the stinger apparatus. Case report and review of literature. A 57-year-old male beekeeper was evaluated for pain, blurry vision, and photosensitivity after a corneal bee sting. Of note, the venom sac had been removed with dirty tweezers three days prior to his visit. On exam, a focal infiltrate with diffuse edema was seen surrounding a retained bee stinger in the peripheral cornea. Trace cells in the anterior chamber were also noted. Based on a high suspicion for infectious keratitis, a conservative treatment strategy was elected. Administration of broad-spectrum topical antibiotics with concomitant abstention of corticosteroids led to rapid resolution of the symptoms. Over 16 months of follow-up, the stinger has remained in situ without migration and the patient has maintained 20/20 visual acuity without complications. There is debate on the preferred method for the management of corneal injury secondary to bee stings, especially when it is associated with a retained stinger. We herein present our findings in our appraisal of reported cases. In the aftermath of an ocular bee sting, close surveillance for inflammation and infection is essential. Individual manifestations of these injuries vary in timing, type, and severity; therefore, the accessibility of the stinger and the evolving clinical picture should guide therapeutic decisions.

  4. Corneal Intelligence | Murdoch | Nigerian Journal of Ophthalmology

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    Nigerian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Home · ABOUT THIS JOURNAL · Advanced Search · Current Issue · Archives · Journal Home > Vol 19, No 1 (2011) >. Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads. Username, Password, Remember me, or Register. Corneal Intelligence. I Murdoch. Abstract. No Abstract.

  5. The Relationship between Central Corneal Thickness and ...

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between central corneal thickness (CCT) and intraocular pressure (IOP) in a predominantly black population. A total of eighty-five subjects (right eyes) with mean age 44.7 ± 15.1 years consisting of 49 males and 36 females were recruited for this study. The central ...

  6. Polysaccharide coating of human corneal endothelium

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    Schroder, H D; Sperling, S


    Electron microscopy revealed the presence of a 600-1500 A thick layer of polysaccharide on the surface of human corneal endothelial cells. The surface layer was visualized by combined fixation and staining in a mixture of ruthenium red and osmium tetroxide. The coating material was stable...

  7. A brief history of corneal transplantation: From ancient to modern

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    Alexandra X Crawford


    Full Text Available This review highlights many of the fundamental concepts and events in the development of corneal transplantation - from ancient times to modern. Tales of eye, limb, and even heart transplantation appear in ancient and medieval texts; however, in the scientific sense, the original concepts of corneal surgery date back to the Greek physician Galen (130-200 AD. Although proposals to provide improved corneal clarity by surgical interventions, including keratoprostheses, were better developed by the 17 th and 18 th centuries, true scientific and surgical experimentation in this field did not begin until the 19 th century. Indeed, the success of contemporary corneal transplantation is largely the result of a culmination of pivotal ideas, experimentation, and perseverance by inspired individuals over the last 200 years. Franz Reisinger initiated experimental animal corneal transplantation in 1818, coining the term "keratoplasty". Subsequently, Wilhelmus Thorne created the term corneal transplant and 3 years later Samuel Bigger, 1837, reported successful corneal transplantation in a gazelle. The first recorded therapeutic corneal xenograft on a human was reported shortly thereafter in 1838-unsurprisingly this was unsuccessful. Further progress in corneal transplantation was significantly hindered by limited understanding of antiseptic principles, anesthesiology, surgical technique, and immunology. There ensued an extremely prolonged period of debate and experimentation upon the utility of animal compared to human tissue, and lamellar versus penetrating keratoplasty. Indeed, the first successful human corneal transplant was not performed by Eduard Zirm until 1905. Since that first successful corneal transplant, innumerable ophthalmologists have contributed to the development and refinement of corneal transplantation aided by the development of surgical microscopes, refined suture materials, the development of eye banks, and the introduction of

  8. Research on mouse model of grade II corneal alkali burn

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    Jun-Qiang Bai


    Full Text Available AIM: To choose appropriate concentration of sodium hydroxide (NaOH solution to establish a stable and consistent corneal alkali burn mouse model in grade II. METHODS: The mice (n=60 were randomly divided into four groups and 15 mice each group. Corneal alkali burns were induced by placing circle filter paper soaked with NaOH solutions on the right central cornea for 30s. The concentrations of NaOH solutions of groups A, B, C, and D were 0.1 mol/L, 0.15 mol/L , 0.2 mol/L, and 1.0 mol/L respectively. Then these corneas were irrigated with 20 mL physiological saline (0.9% NaCl. On day 7 postburn, slit lamp microscope was used to observe corneal opacity, corneal epithelial sodium fluorescein staining positive rate, incidence of corneal ulcer and corneal neovascularization, meanwhile pictures of the anterior eyes were taken. Cirrus spectral domain optical coherence tomography was used to scan cornea to observe corneal epithelial defect and corneal ulcer. RESULTS: Corneal opacity scores ( were not significantly different between the group A and group B (P=0.097. Incidence of corneal ulcer in group B was significantly higher than that in group A (P=0.035. Incidence of corneal ulcer and perforation rate in group B was lower than that in group C. Group C and D had corneal neovascularization, and incidence of corneal neovascularization in group D was significantly higher than that in group C (P=0.000. CONCLUSION: Using 0.15 mol/L NaOH can establish grade II mouse model of corneal alkali burns.

  9. An alternative lattice field theory formulation inspired by lattice supersymmetry (United States)

    D'Adda, Alessandro; Kawamoto, Noboru; Saito, Jun


    We propose an unconventional formulation of lattice field theories which is quite general, although originally motivated by the quest of exact lattice supersymmetry. Two long standing problems have a solution in this context: 1) Each degree of freedom on the lattice corresponds to 2 d degrees of freedom in the continuum, but all these doublers have (in the case of fermions) the same chirality and can be either identified, thus removing the degeneracy, or, in some theories with extended supersymmetry, identified with different members of the same supermultiplet. 2) The derivative operator, defined on the lattice as a suitable periodic function of the lattice momentum, is an addittive and conserved quantity, thus assuring that the Leibniz rule is satisfied. This implies that the product of two fields on the lattice is replaced by a non-local "star product" which is however in general non-associative. Associativity of the "star product" poses strong restrictions on the form of the lattice derivative operator (which becomes the inverse Gudermannian function of the lattice momentum) and has the consequence that the degrees of freedom of the lattice theory and of the continuum theory are in one-to-one correspondence, so that the two theories are eventually equivalent. We can show that the non-local star product of the fields effectively turns into a local one in the continuum limit. Regularization of the ultraviolet divergences on the lattice is not associated to the lattice spacing, which does not act as a regulator, but may be obtained by a one parameter deformation of the lattice derivative, thus preserving the lattice structure even in the limit of infinite momentum cutoff. However this regularization breaks gauge invariance and a gauge invariant regularization within the lattice formulation is still lacking.

  10. New corneal findings in chromosome 10 deletion syndrome: report of two cases of corneal ectasia of varying severity. (United States)

    Lim, Lik Thai; Rehman, Ajmal; Masoud, Mohammad Tahir; Jaiya, Amrita; Tan, Peng Yi; Scott, J Angus


    To describe corneal changes associated with chromosome 10 terminal deletion (chromosome 10, monosomy 10qter) syndrome. Report of two cases of bilateral corneal ectasia with literature review. Corneal pathology has not previously been reported in the limited number of case reports on 10qter syndrome. However, Rodrigues et al.(1) have reported sclerocornea in 10q translocation. Ophthalmic manifestations of 10qter syndrome include strabismus, lid, and facial anomalies. We present two cases of corneal ectasia of varying severity. Possible etiologies include the following: secondary to genetic factors, acquired corneal exposure during sleep, or possible intrinsic immunocompromise exacerbating ocular surface infections. Corneal ectasia with specific histological changes is a feature of various genetic disorders (e.g., Down's, Ehler's Danlos, and Marfan's syndromes). It is unknown whether genetics plays a role in the development of corneal changes in 10qter syndrome. Management of inflammation and visual rehabilitation in these patients poses a therapeutic challenge.

  11. Lattice QCD for cosmology

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    Borsanyi, Sz.; Kampert, K.H.; Fodor, Z.; Forschungszentrum Juelich; Eoetvoes Univ., Budapest


    We present a full result for the equation of state (EoS) in 2+1+1 (up/down, strange and charm quarks are present) flavour lattice QCD. We extend this analysis and give the equation of state in 2+1+1+1 flavour QCD. In order to describe the evolution of the universe from temperatures several hundreds of GeV to the MeV scale we also include the known effects of the electroweak theory and give the effective degree of freedoms. As another application of lattice QCD we calculate the topological susceptibility (χ) up to the few GeV temperature region. These two results, EoS and χ, can be used to predict the dark matter axion's mass in the post-inflation scenario and/or give the relationship between the axion's mass and the universal axionic angle, which acts as a initial condition of our universe.

  12. Datagrids for lattice QCD

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    Buechner, O. [Zentralinstitut fuer Angewandte Mathematik ZAM, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Ernst, M. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, 22603 Hamburg (Germany); Jansen, K. [John von Neumann-Institut fuer Computing NIC/DESY, 15738 Zeuthen (Germany); Lippert, Th. [Zentralinstitut fuer Angewandte Mathematik ZAM, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Melkumyan, D. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, 15738 Zeuthen (Germany); Orth, B. [Zentralinstitut fuer Angewandte Mathematik ZAM, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Pleiter, D. [John von Neumann-Institut fuer Computing NIC/DESY, 15738 Zeuthen (Germany)]. E-mail:; Stueben, H. [Konrad-Zuse-Institut fuer Informationstechnik ZIB, 14195 Berlin (Germany); Wegner, P. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, 15738 Zeuthen (Germany); Wollny, S. [Konrad-Zuse-Institut fuer Informationstechnik ZIB, 14195 Berlin (Germany)


    As the need for computing resources to carry out numerical simulations of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) formulated on a lattice has increased significantly, efficient use of the generated data has become a major concern. To improve on this, groups plan to share their configurations on a worldwide level within the International Lattice DataGrid (ILDG). Doing so requires standardized description of the configurations, standards on binary file formats and common middleware interfaces. We describe the requirements and problems, and discuss solutions. Furthermore, an overview is given on the implementation of the LatFor DataGrid [], a France/German/Italian grid that will be one of the regional grids within the ILDG grid-of-grids concept.

  13. Introduction to lattice QCD

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    Gupta, R.


    The goal of the lectures on lattice QCD (LQCD) is to provide an overview of both the technical issues and the progress made so far in obtaining phenomenologically useful numbers. The lectures consist of three parts. The author`s charter is to provide an introduction to LQCD and outline the scope of LQCD calculations. In the second set of lectures, Guido Martinelli will discuss the progress they have made so far in obtaining results, and their impact on Standard Model phenomenology. Finally, Martin Luescher will discuss the topical subjects of chiral symmetry, improved formulation of lattice QCD, and the impact these improvements will have on the quality of results expected from the next generation of simulations.

  14. Varieties of lattices

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    Jipsen, Peter


    The study of lattice varieties is a field that has experienced rapid growth in the last 30 years, but many of the interesting and deep results discovered in that period have so far only appeared in research papers. The aim of this monograph is to present the main results about modular and nonmodular varieties, equational bases and the amalgamation property in a uniform way. The first chapter covers preliminaries that make the material accessible to anyone who has had an introductory course in universal algebra. Each subsequent chapter begins with a short historical introduction which sites the original references and then presents the results with complete proofs (in nearly all cases). Numerous diagrams illustrate the beauty of lattice theory and aid in the visualization of many proofs. An extensive index and bibliography also make the monograph a useful reference work.

  15. Lattices of dielectric resonators

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    Trubin, Alexander


    This book provides the analytical theory of complex systems composed of a large number of high-Q dielectric resonators. Spherical and cylindrical dielectric resonators with inferior and also whispering gallery oscillations allocated in various lattices are considered. A new approach to S-matrix parameter calculations based on perturbation theory of Maxwell equations, developed for a number of high-Q dielectric bodies, is introduced. All physical relationships are obtained in analytical form and are suitable for further computations. Essential attention is given to a new unified formalism of the description of scattering processes. The general scattering task for coupled eigen oscillations of the whole system of dielectric resonators is described. The equations for the  expansion coefficients are explained in an applicable way. The temporal Green functions for the dielectric resonator are presented. The scattering process of short pulses in dielectric filter structures, dielectric antennas  and lattices of d...

  16. Light water lattices

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    The panel was attended by prominent physicists from most of the well-known laboratories in the field of light-water lattices, who exchanged the latest information on the status of work in their countries and discussed both the theoretical and the experimental aspects of the subjects. The supporting papers covered most problems, including criticality, resonance absorption, thermal utilization, spectrum calculations and the physics of plutonium bearing systems. Refs, figs and tabs

  17. Computing: Lattice work

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    Bowler, Ken


    One of the major recent developments in particle theory has been the use of very high performance computers to obtain approximate numerical solutions of quantum field theories by formulating them on a finite space-time lattice. The great virtue of this new technique is that it avoids the straitjacket of perturbation theory and can thus attack new, but very fundamental problems, such as the calculation of hadron masses in quark-gluon field theory (quantum chromodynamics - QCD)

  18. Automated lattice data generation

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    Ayyar Venkitesh


    Full Text Available The process of generating ensembles of gauge configurations (and measuring various observables over them can be tedious and error-prone when done “by hand”. In practice, most of this procedure can be automated with the use of a workflow manager. We discuss how this automation can be accomplished using Taxi, a minimal Python-based workflow manager built for generating lattice data. We present a case study demonstrating this technology.

  19. Robots and lattice automata

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    Adamatzky, Andrew


    The book gives a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art research and engineering in theory and application of Lattice Automata in design and control of autonomous Robots. Automata and robots share the same notional meaning. Automata (originated from the latinization of the Greek word “αυτόματον”) as self-operating autonomous machines invented from ancient years can be easily considered the first steps of robotic-like efforts. Automata are mathematical models of Robots and also they are integral parts of robotic control systems. A Lattice Automaton is a regular array or a collective of finite state machines, or automata. The Automata update their states by the same rules depending on states of their immediate neighbours. In the context of this book, Lattice Automata are used in developing modular reconfigurable robotic systems, path planning and map exploration for robots, as robot controllers, synchronisation of robot collectives, robot vision, parallel robotic actuators. All chapters are...

  20. Dielectric lattice gauge theory

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    Mack, G.


    Dielectric lattice gauge theory models are introduced. They involve variables PHI(b)epsilong that are attached to the links b = (x+esub(μ),x) of the lattice and take their values in the linear space g which consists of real linear combinations of matrices in the gauge group G. The polar decomposition PHI(b)=U(b)osub(μ)(x) specifies an ordinary lattice gauge field U(b) and a kind of dielectric field epsilonsub(ij)proportionalosub(i)osub(j)sup(*)deltasub(ij). A gauge invariant positive semidefinite kinetic term for the PHI-field is found, and it is shown how to incorporate Wilson fermions in a way which preserves Osterwalder Schrader positivity. Theories with G = SU(2) and without matter fields are studied in some detail. It is proved that confinement holds, in the sense that Wilson loop expectation values show an area law decay, if the Euclidean action has certain qualitative features which imply that PHI = 0 (i.e. dielectric field identical 0) is the unique maximum of the action. (orig.)

  1. Toward lattice fractional vector calculus (United States)

    Tarasov, Vasily E.


    An analog of fractional vector calculus for physical lattice models is suggested. We use an approach based on the models of three-dimensional lattices with long-range inter-particle interactions. The lattice analogs of fractional partial derivatives are represented by kernels of lattice long-range interactions, where the Fourier series transformations of these kernels have a power-law form with respect to wave vector components. In the continuum limit, these lattice partial derivatives give derivatives of non-integer order with respect to coordinates. In the three-dimensional description of the non-local continuum, the fractional differential operators have the form of fractional partial derivatives of the Riesz type. As examples of the applications of the suggested lattice fractional vector calculus, we give lattice models with long-range interactions for the fractional Maxwell equations of non-local continuous media and for the fractional generalization of the Mindlin and Aifantis continuum models of gradient elasticity.

  2. Factors Influencing Efficacy of Peripheral Corneal Relaxing Incisions during Cataract Surgery

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    Nino Hirnschall


    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate influencing factors on the residual astigmatism after performing peripheral corneal relaxing incisions (PCRIs during cataract surgery. Methods. This prospective study included patients who were scheduled for cataract surgery with PCRIs. Optical biometry (IOLMaster 500, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Germany was taken preoperatively, 1 week, 4 months, and 1 year postoperatively. Additionally, corneal topography (Atlas model 9000, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Germany, ORA (Ocular Response Analyzer, Reichert Ophthalmic Instruments, USA, and autorefraction (Autorefractometer RM 8800 Topcon were performed postoperatively. Results. Mean age of the study population n=74 was 73.5 years (±9.3; range: 53 to 90 and mean corneal astigmatism preoperatively was −1.82 D (±0.59; 1.00 to 4.50. Mean corneal astigmatism was reduced to 1.14 D (±0.67; 0.11 to 3.89 4 months postoperatively. A partial least squares regression showed that a high eccentricity of the cornea, a large deviation between keratometry and topography, and a high preoperative astigmatism resulted in a larger postoperative error concerning astigmatism. Conclusions. PCRI causes a reduction of preoperative astigmatism, though the prediction is difficult but several factors were found to be a relevant source of error.

  3. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy in conjunction with mitomycin C in corneal macular and granular dystrophies

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    Erdem Yuksel


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: To evaluate the visual outcomes, recurrence patterns, safety, and efficacy of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK in conjunction with mitomycin C (MMC for corneal macular and granular diystrophies. Methods: The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 included patients with macular corneal dystrophy (MCD that caused superficial corneal plaque opacities, and Group 2 included patients with granular corneal dystrophy (GCD. Patients in both groups were pre-, peri-, and postoperatively evaluated. The groups were compared in terms of uncorrected visual acuity (VA, best spectacle-corrected VA, presence of mild or significant recurrence, and time of recurrence. Results: Eighteen eyes (nine with MCD and nine with GCD of 18 patients (10 men and eight women were included. PTK was performed for each eye that was included in this study. The mean ablation amount was 117.8 ± 24.4 µm and 83.5 ± 45.7 µm in MCD and GCD, respectively, (p=0.18. The postoperative improvement of the mean VA was similar between the two groups before recurrences (p>0.43 and after recurrences (p>0.71. There were no statistically significant differences in the recurrence rate and the recurrence-free period for any recurrence type. Conclusion: PTK was an effective, safe, and minimally invasive procedure for patients with MCD and GCD. PTK in conjunction with MMC was similarly effective for both groups in terms of recurrence and visual outcomes.

  4. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy in conjunction with mitomycin C in corneal macular and granular dystrophies. (United States)

    Yuksel, Erdem; Cubuk, Mehmet Ozgur; Eroglu, Hulya Yazıcı; Bilgihan, Kamil


    To evaluate the visual outcomes, recurrence patterns, safety, and efficacy of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) in conjunction with mitomycin C (MMC) for corneal macular and granular diystrophies. The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 included patients with macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) that caused superficial corneal plaque opacities, and Group 2 included patients with granular corneal dystrophy (GCD). Patients in both groups were pre-, peri-, and postoperatively evaluated. The groups were compared in terms of uncorrected visual acuity (VA), best spectacle-corrected VA, presence of mild or significant recurrence, and time of recurrence. Eighteen eyes (nine with MCD and nine with GCD) of 18 patients (10 men and eight women) were included. PTK was performed for each eye that was included in this study. The mean ablation amount was 117.8 ± 24.4 µm and 83.5 ± 45.7 µm in MCD and GCD, respectively, (p=0.18). The postoperative improvement of the mean VA was similar between the two groups before recurrences (p>0.43) and after recurrences (p>0.71). There were no statistically significant differences in the recurrence rate and the recurrence-free period for any recurrence type. PTK was an effective, safe, and minimally invasive procedure for patients with MCD and GCD. PTK in conjunction with MMC was similarly effective for both groups in terms of recurrence and visual outcomes.

  5. Surface quality of human corneal lenticules after femtosecond laser surgery for myopia comparing different laser parameters. (United States)

    Kunert, Kathleen S; Blum, Marcus; Duncker, Gernot I W; Sietmann, Rabea; Heichel, Jens


    To determine the surface characteristics of human corneal lenticules after femtosecond laser surgery for myopia. The Carl Zeiss Meditec AG VisuMax® femtosecond laser system was used for refractive correction called Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction on 24 myopic eyes. The surface regularity on the refractive corneal lenticules recovered was evaluated by assessing scanning electron microscopy images using an established scoring system. Three different energy levels 150, 180, and 195 nJ were compared (n = 8 in each group). Surface irregularities were caused by tissue bridges, cavitation bubbles, or scratches. The surface regularity index (R(2) = 0.74) decreased as pulse energy increased. The average surface regularity score obtained was 7.5 for 150 nJ, 7.25 for 180 nJ, and 6.25 for 195 nJ. The human corneal lenticules created with the VisuMax® femtosecond laser system are of predictable, good-quality surface. This study shows the influence of pulse energy on surface regularity in human eyes. Further studies should focus on optimization of laser parameters as well as surgical technique to improve the regularity of the corneal stromal bed and so make the advantages of the femtosecond laser technology over conventional techniques clearer in the future.

  6. Plastic compressed collagen as a novel carrier for expanded human corneal endothelial cells for transplantation.

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    Hannah J Levis

    Full Text Available Current treatments for reversible blindness caused by corneal endothelial cell failure involve replacing the failed endothelium with donor tissue using a one donor-one recipient strategy. Due to the increasing pressure of a worldwide donor cornea shortage there has been considerable interest in developing alternative strategies to treat endothelial disorders using expanded cell replacement therapy. Protocols have been developed which allow successful expansion of endothelial cells in vitro but this approach requires a supporting material that would allow easy transfer of cells to the recipient. We describe the first use of plastic compressed collagen as a highly effective, novel carrier for human corneal endothelial cells. A human corneal endothelial cell line and primary human corneal endothelial cells retained their characteristic cobblestone morphology and expression of tight junction protein ZO-1 and pump protein Na+/K+ ATPase α1 after culture on collagen constructs for up to 14 days. Additionally, ultrastructural analysis suggested a well-integrated endothelial layer with tightly opposed cells and apical microvilli. Plastic compressed collagen is a superior biomaterial in terms of its speed and ease of production and its ability to be manipulated in a clinically relevant manner without breakage. This method provides expanded endothelial cells with a substrate that could be suitable for transplantation allowing one donor cornea to potentially treat multiple patients.

  7. Classifying the severity of corneal ulcers by using the "1, 2, 3" rule. (United States)

    Vital, Mark C; Belloso, Marcel; Prager, Thomas C; Lanier, Jeffrey D


    To propose and define the "1, 2, 3" rule as a system of categorizing the severity of bacterial keratitis and to determine its value in predicting the likelihood of visual loss after healing of bacterial corneal infection. Seventy patients were evaluated for infectious corneal ulcers by 2 cornea subspecialists (J.D.L., M.C.V.) at a tertiary facility between October 30, 2001, and November 1, 2004. Forty-one patients met the inclusion criteria. Visual acuities, ulcer characteristics, culture results, and treatment data were collected. The sensitivity of the "1, 2, 3" rule for detecting potentially sight-threatening (PST) ulcers that would result in 0.20 logMAR (2 Snellen lines) or greater loss in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) was 100%. The specificity of the "1, 2, 3" rule in correctly labeling an ulcer that did not cause vision loss as rarely sight threatening (RST) was 57.14%. The positive predictive value of the "1, 2, 3" rule was 28.57%. The negative predictive value of the "1, 2, 3" rule was 100%. Corneal ulcers classified as PST are at significantly higher risk for sustaining loss of BCSVA compared with RST corneal ulcers. The "1, 2, 3" rule is sensitive and specific enough to be clinically useful in predicting which ulcers are more likely to have vision loss and which ulcers are not.

  8. A study of bacterial isolates from corneal specimens and their antibiotic resistance profile

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    Begum, N. N.; Al-Khattaf, Abdulaziz S.; Yeboah, E. A.; Kambal, Abdel-Majed M.; Al-Mansouri, Samir M.


    We aim to examine the spectrum of bacteria causing corneal infections and their antibiotic susceptibility patterns. This will serve as a guideline for empiric therapy of corneal infections. We conducted the study over a period of 18 months from March 2001 through December 2002 in King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Corneal specimens taken from 200 patients were inoculated directly onto different types of media. The isolates were identified and then tested against the appropriate topical or systemic antibiotics. Sixty-seven (33.5%) of the total specimens were culture positive and 133 (66.5%) were culture negative. Fourteen (7%) of these showed organisms in the Gram stained smears and correlated well with the culture reports. Of the 67 positive cultures, 53 (79.1%) were Gram-positive bacteria mostly coagulase-negative Staphylococci 29 (43.3%) followed by Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) 13 (19.4%). Among Gram-negative bacteria 14 (20.9%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) 10 (14.9%) was the predominant isolate. All the isolates were sensitive to ofloxacin and the commonly used ocular antibiotics. All the isolated bacteria were sensitive to ofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone. Having marked potency for broad-spectrum activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, make the fluoroquinolones especially the newer generations, a potential single drug therapy for corneal infections. (author)

  9. Bilateral corneal ulceration in ocular graft-versus-host disease. (United States)

    Stevenson, William; Shikari, Hasanain; Saboo, Ujwala S; Amparo, Francisco; Dana, Reza


    To report on corneal ulceration in ocular graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). This was a retrospective, observational case series investigating corneal ulceration and perforation in a cohort of ocular GVHD patients seen between June 2007 and October 2012. Four of 243 ocular GVHD patients developed corneal ulcerations attributable to ocular GVHD, and all four cases involved bilateral corneal ulceration. The median length of time from the diagnosis of ocular GVHD to the diagnosis of the first corneal ulceration was 317 days (range 168-434). The median length of time between the diagnosis of corneal ulceration in each patient's first and second eye was 248 days (range 9-645). Outcomes varied from complete resolution with medical treatment to corneal perforation necessitating penetrating keratoplasty. In cases of corneal perforation, the median length of time from the diagnosis of corneal ulceration to perforation was 10 days (range 0-20). Common clinical features included: centrally or paracentrally located ulcerations and perforations, concomitant dry eye, and the use of topical or systemic corticosteroids. Frequent follow-up and bilateral monitoring are highly recommended in cases of ocular GVHD-associated stromal thinning, as bilateral involvement or rapid progression to corneal perforation can occur.

  10. Corneal neurotization: a novel technique for the anesthetic cornea. (United States)

    Terzis, Julia K; Dryer, Marylou M; Bodner, Bruce I


    This report describes and evaluates the efficacy of a novel procedure, direct corneal neurotization using contralateral, supraorbital, and supratrochlear nerves in patients with unilateral facial palsy and corneal anesthesia. The charts of 6 patients were thoroughly reviewed. Evaluated outcome parameters included corneal sensibility, improvement in best-corrected visual acuity, blink reflex, donor deficit, synesthesia, long-term corneal health, several psychosocial measures, and overall patient satisfaction. The mean age at time of surgery in our study was 41.7 +/- 9.07 years. Average time from denervation to surgery was 7.00 +/- 8.56 years with an average follow-up time of 16.3 +/- 2.42 years. After surgery, all 6 eyes showed improvement of corneal sensibility, visual acuity, and corneal health and remained free of ulcers without adjunctive surgical treatment. Average time to sensibility was 2.80 +/- 2.17 years, and average corneal sensibility improved from 2.00 +/- 4.47 mm before surgery to 27.8 +/- 22.6 mm after corneal neurotization (P corneal sensibility in patients with unilateral facial palsy and anesthetic cornea. This procedure preserves ocular anatomy and cosmesis while restoring function by improving corneal health and visual acuity and by reestablishing the blink reflex.

  11. Cytopathic effect of Acanthamoeba on human corneal fibroblasts (United States)

    Takaoka-Sugihara, Noriko; Yokoo, Seiichi; Matsubara, Masao; Yagita, Kenji


    Purpose Acanthamoeba keratitis is associated with keratocyte depletion in humans. We investigated how Acanthamoebae isolated from corneas affected by Acanthamoeba keratitis interacted with human corneal stromal cells in vitro. Methods Acanthamoebae were isolated from 6 patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis and genotyping was done. Whether the isolated Acanthamoebae could invade the corneal stroma was assessed with denuded corneal stroma ex vivo. The cytopathic effect of Acanthamoeba on cultured corneal fibroblasts from donor corneas was quantitatively evaluated by the MTT assay after culture under various conditions. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL) and Annexin V staining were employed to detect apoptotic cells among the corneal fibroblasts co-cultured with Acanthamoebae. Results All 6 Acanthamoebae isolated from the patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis were shown to have the T4 genotype by 18S rDNA sequence analysis. Acanthamoebae invaded the denuded corneal stroma in the ex vivo experiments and had a cytopathic effect on human corneal fibroblasts after direct adhesion, but not via chemical mediators. A cytopathic effect was detected with all 6 Acanthamoebae and corneal fibroblasts mainly died by apoptosis, as evidenced by Annexin V staining. Conclusions Acanthamoebae isolated from patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis had a cytopathic effect on human corneal fibroblasts, mainly via induction of apoptosis after direct adhesion. Our findings may provide some clues to the pathophysiology of corneal keratocyte depletion in patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis. PMID:22933834

  12. Rejeição de transplante de córnea Corneal Transplant Rejection

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    Dácio Carvalho Costa


    Full Text Available A rejeição do transplante de córnea é um processo imunológico celular de ataque a córnea transplantada que pode resultar em sua descompensação. É a causa mais comum de falência de transplantes. Os fatores de risco mais comuns para rejeição são a vascularização corneana, falência prévia por rejeição, sinéquias anteriores, botão doador grande ou descentrado, inflamação intra-ocular e cirurgias no segmento anterior. O quadro clínico é caracterizado por hiperemia, dor ocular, edema corneano e inflamação na câmara anterior. As rejeições podem ser classificadas em epitelial, subepitelial, estromal, endotelial, mista e em retransplantes. A prevenção de rejeições pode ser realizada através de técnica cirúrgica meticulosa, utilização de transplantes lamelares, histocompatibilidade receptor-doador e estratégias farmacológicas. Os corticosteróides são a terapia de escolha para o tratamento da rejeição de transplante de córnea e podem ser utilizados em diversas vias e dosagens. Os autores propõem protocolo de tratamento para rejeições.Corneal transplant rejection is an immunological cellular process that attacks the donor cornea and may cause its failure. It is the most common cause of corneal transplant failure.The most common factors for rejection are corneal neovascularization, previous graft failure, anterior synechiae, large or descentered graft, intraocular inflammation and previous anterior segment surgeries. It commonly presents with hyperemia, ocular pain, corneal edema, and anterior chamber inflammation. Corneal graft rejection can be classified as epithelial rejection, subepithelial rejection, stromal rejection, endothelial rejection, combined stromal and endothelial rejection, and rejection in a repeat graft. Prevention of immune-mediated graft rejection can be achieved through meticulous surgical technique, lamellar surgery, enhanced compatibility between donor tissue and receptor cornea, and

  13. Anatomical characterization of central, apical and minimal corneal thickness

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    Federico Saenz-Frances


    Full Text Available AIM: To anatomically locate the points of minimum corneal thickness and central corneal thickness (pupil center in relation to the corneal apex.METHODS: Observational, cross-sectional study, 299 healthy volunteers. Thickness at the corneal apex (AT, minimum corneal thickness (MT and corneal thickness at the pupil center (PT were determined using the pentacam. Distances from the corneal apex to MT (MD and PT (PD were calculated and their quadrant position (taking the corneal apex as the reference determined:point of minimum thickness (MC and point of central thickness (PC depending on the quadrant position. Two multivariate linear regression models were constructed to examine the influence of age, gender, power of the flattest and steepest corneal axes, position of the flattest axis, corneal volume (determined using the Pentacam and PT on MD and PD. The effects of these variables on MC and PC were also determined in two multinomial regression models.RESULTS: MT was located at a mean distance of 0.909 mm from the apex (79.4% in the inferior-temporal quadrant. PT was located at a mean distance of 0.156 mm from the apex. The linear regression model for MD indicated it was significantly influenced by corneal volume (B=-0.024; 95%CI:-0.043 to -0.004. No significant relations were identified in the linear regression model for PD or the multinomial logistic regressions for MC and PC.CONCLUSION: MT was typically located at the inferior-temporal quadrant of the cornea and its distance to the corneal apex tended to decrease with the increment of corneal volume.

  14. Corneal biomechanical features in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. (United States)

    Cabuk, Kubra Serefoglu; Üstün, Emine Isil; Atalay, Kursat; Kirgiz, Ahmet; Aydin, Rukiye


    To evaluate the corneal biomechanical features and central corneal thickness in ankylosing spondylitis patients and to evaluate correlations of these parameters with disease activity. The study included 51 patients diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (mean age, 40.80 ± 13.15 years; range, 18-72 years) and 34 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (mean age, 42.00 ± 12.32 years; range, 18-60 years). All underwent a complete ophthalmological and physical examination, including visual acuity testing and biomicroscopic anterior and posterior segment examinations. Corneal hysteresis, corneal resistance factor, Goldmann-correlated intraocular pressure, and corneal compensated intraocular pressure were evaluated with an ocular response analyzer, and the central corneal thickness was measured with Sirius® corneal tomography. The Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, Functional Index, and Metrology Index scores were recorded. In the ankylosing spondylitis patients, the mean disease duration was 7.73 ± 6.05 (range, 1-30) years. There was no statistically significant difference between the patients and controls in the corneal biomechanical features. The Goldmann-correlated intraocular pressure and corneal compensated intraocular pressure both showed positive correlations with age (p=0.003 and p=0.001, res-pectively). There was a negative correlation between corneal hysteresis and disease duration (p=0.002), and between central corneal thickness and the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index score (p=0.003). This study demonstrated a significant negative correlation between corneal hysteresis and disease duration in ankylosing spondylitis patients. Furthermore, the central corneal thickness value decreased with an increase in Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index score, which may result in an underestimate of intraocular pressure readings and thus an inaccurate risk assessment of glaucoma.

  15. Corneal collagen cross-linking to stop corneal ectasia exacerbated by radial keratotomy. (United States)

    Mazzotta, Cosimo; Baiocchi, Stefano; Denaro, Rosario; Tosi, Gian Marco; Caporossi, Tomaso


    To assess the efficacy of riboflavin ultraviolet A (UV-A) corneal collagen cross-linking in the management of keratoconic corneal ectasia exacerbated by radial keratotomy (RK). A patient with progressive corneal ectasia and hyperopic shift, occurring 10 years after RK performed in the left eye, was treated with riboflavin UV-A corneal collagen cross-linking according to the Siena protocol: Pilocarpin 0.1% drop (1 hour before), lidocaine 4% drops 15 minutes before, mechanical scraping of epithelium (9-mm-diameter area), preirradiation stromal soaking for 10 minutes in riboflavin 0.1%-dextrane 20% (Ricrolin; Sooft Italy) applied every 2 minutes, and 30 minutes of total exposure (6 steps of 5 minutes) to solid-state UV-A illuminator (Caporossi, Baiocchi, Mazzotta Vega X linker; CSO Opthalmics, Florence, Italy), energy delivered 3 mW/cm, and irradiated area 9 mm in diameter. After the operation, uncorrected visual acuity and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity improved from 0.2 to 0.6 and from 0.3 to 0.8 Snellen lines, respectively, in a 12-month follow-up. Improved topographical K readings and corneal symmetry index were also recorded starting from the first postoperative month and continuing thereafter. No adverse effects were recorded after treatment. Riboflavin UV-A-induced corneal cross-linking seems to be a promising surgical option in the management of unstable corneal ectasia exacerbated by RK, particularly in eyes with preexisting keratoconus. A large cohort and longer follow-up are needed to determine its long-term efficacy in this clinical setting.

  16. Adipose Derived Stem Cells for Corneal Wound Healing after Laser Induced Corneal Lesions in Mice

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    Full Text Available The aim of our study was to assess the clinical effectiveness of topical adipose derived stem cell (ADSC treatment in laser induced corneal wounds in mice by comparing epithelial repair, inflammation, and histological analysis between treatment arms. Corneal lesions were performed on both eyes of 40 mice by laser induced photorefractive keratectomy. All eyes were treated with topical azythromycin bid for three days. Mice were divided in three treatment groups (n = 20, which included: control, stem cells and basic serum; which received topical treatment three times daily for five consecutive days. Biomicroscope assessments and digital imaging were performed by two masked graders at 30, 54, 78, 100, and 172 h to analyze extent of fluorescein positive epithelial defect, corneal inflammation, etc. Immunohistochemical techniques were used in fixed eyes to assess corneal repair markers Ki67, α Smooth Muscle Actin (α-SMA and E-Cadherin. The fluorescein positive corneal lesion areas were significantly smaller in the stem cells group on days 1 (p < 0.05, 2 (p < 0.02 and 3. The stem cell treated group had slightly better and faster re-epithelization than the serum treated group in the initial phases. Comparative histological data showed signs of earlier and better corneal repair in epithelium and stromal layers in stem cell treated eyes, which showed more epithelial layers and enhanced wound healing performance of Ki67, E-Cadherin, and α-SMA. Our study shows the potential clinical and histological advantages in the topical ADSC treatment for corneal lesions in mice.

  17. Factores de riesgo en pacientes con sospecha de úlcera corneal micótica en Pinar del Río Risk factors found in patients with possible diagnosis of mycotic corneal ulcer in Pinar del Río province

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    patients suspected of mycotic corneal ulcer in Pinar del Río province. METHODS: An observational and analytical case-control study was conducted. Data were collected from the medical histories of those patients with possible diagnosis of mycotic corneal ulcer, who had been admitted at the Ophthalmology Service of "Abel Santamaría Cuadrado" clinical and surgical hospital from January 1st, 2004 to November 30th, 2007. The variables such as age, sex, occupation, kind of residence place, recent history of corneal trauma caused by vegetable matter, corneal trauma, use of contact lenses, use of topical steroids, immunosuppressive systemic diseases, previous eye surgery and and ocular surface chronic illness were all used . The frequency and association measures were also used. RESULTS: It was determined that occupation, kind of residence place and recent history of corneal trauma with vegetable matter are possible risk factors of mycotic corneal ulcer in the province. The frequency of mycotic corneal ulcer was 27 % of the total number of patients admitted and diagnosed with that disease. Males were the most affected and the 38-57 y age group as well. CONCLUSIONS: The recent history of corneal trauma caused by the vegetable material, rural place of residence and direct handling of plants at work were those risk factors in the studied patients. The frequency of mycotic corneal ulcer in this study matched that of the pattern seen in those countries with warm and humid climate, particularly near the Equator. Mycotic corneal ulcer is more common in men at working age.

  18. Selenium-binding lactoferrin is taken into corneal epithelial cells by a receptor and prevents corneal damage in dry eye model animals. (United States)

    Higuchi, Akihiro; Inoue, Hiroyoshi; Kaneko, Yoshio; Oonishi, Erina; Tsubota, Kazuo


    The ocular surface is strongly affected by oxidative stress, which causes many ocular diseases including dry eye. Previously, we showed that selenium compounds, e.g., selenoprotein P and Se-lactoferrin, were candidates for treatment of dry eye. This paper shows the efficacy of Se-lactoferrin for the treatment of dry eye compared with Diquas as a control drug using two dry eye models and incorporation of lactoferrin into corneal epithelial cells via lactoferrin receptors. We show the efficacy of Se-lactoferrin eye drops in the tobacco smoke exposure rat dry eye model and short-term rabbit dry eye model, although Diquas eye drops were only effective in the short-term rabbit dry eye model. These results indicate that Se-lactoferrin was useful in the oxidative stress-causing dry eye model. Se-lactoferrin was taken into corneal epithelium cells via lactoferrin receptors. We identified LRP1 as the lactoferrin receptor in the corneal epithelium involved in lactoferrin uptake. Se-lactoferrin eye drops did not irritate the ocular surface of rabbits. Se-lactoferrin was an excellent candidate for treatment of dry eye, reducing oxidative stress by a novel mechanism.

  19. Lattice topology dictates photon statistics. (United States)

    Kondakci, H Esat; Abouraddy, Ayman F; Saleh, Bahaa E A


    Propagation of coherent light through a disordered network is accompanied by randomization and possible conversion into thermal light. Here, we show that network topology plays a decisive role in determining the statistics of the emerging field if the underlying lattice is endowed with chiral symmetry. In such lattices, eigenmode pairs come in skew-symmetric pairs with oppositely signed eigenvalues. By examining one-dimensional arrays of randomly coupled waveguides arranged on linear and ring topologies, we are led to a remarkable prediction: the field circularity and the photon statistics in ring lattices are dictated by its parity while the same quantities are insensitive to the parity of a linear lattice. For a ring lattice, adding or subtracting a single lattice site can switch the photon statistics from super-thermal to sub-thermal, or vice versa. This behavior is understood by examining the real and imaginary fields on a lattice exhibiting chiral symmetry, which form two strands that interleave along the lattice sites. These strands can be fully braided around an even-sited ring lattice thereby producing super-thermal photon statistics, while an odd-sited lattice is incommensurate with such an arrangement and the statistics become sub-thermal.

  20. Ciliary neurotrophic factor promotes the activation of corneal epithelial stem/progenitor cells and accelerates corneal epithelial wound healing. (United States)

    Zhou, Qingjun; Chen, Peng; Di, Guohu; Zhang, Yangyang; Wang, Yao; Qi, Xia; Duan, Haoyun; Xie, Lixin


    Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), a well-known neuroprotective cytokine, has been found to play an important role in neurogenesis and functional regulations of neural stem cells. As one of the most innervated tissue, however, the role of CNTF in cornea epithelium remains unclear. This study was to explore the roles and mechanisms of CNTF in the activation of corneal epithelial stem/progenitor cells and wound healing of both normal and diabetic mouse corneal epithelium. In mice subjecting to mechanical removal of corneal epithelium, the corneal epithelial stem/progenitor cell activation and wound healing were promoted by exogenous CNTF application, while delayed by CNTF neutralizing antibody. In cultured corneal epithelial stem/progenitor cells, CNTF enhanced the colony-forming efficiency, stimulated the mitogenic proliferation, and upregulated the expression levels of corneal epithelial stem/progenitor cell-associated transcription factors. Furthermore, the promotion of CNTF on the corneal epithelial stem/progenitor cell activation and wound healing was mediated by the activation of STAT3. Moreover, in diabetic mice, the content of CNTF in corneal epithelium decreased significantly when compared with that of normal mice, and the supplement of CNTF promoted the diabetic corneal epithelial wound healing, accompanied with the advanced activation of corneal epithelial stem/progenitor cells and the regeneration of corneal nerve fibers. Thus, the capability of expanding corneal epithelial stem/progenitor cells and promoting corneal epithelial wound healing and nerve regeneration indicates the potential application of CNTF in ameliorating limbal stem cell deficiency and treating diabetic keratopathy. © 2014 AlphaMed Press.

  1. Spontaneous expulsive suprachoroidal hemorrhage caused by decompensated liver disease

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    Krishnagopal Srikanth


    Full Text Available Expulsive suprachoroidal hemorrhage can be surgical or spontaneous. Spontaneous expulsive suprachoroidal hemorrhage (SESCH is a rare entity. Most of the reported cases of SESCH were caused by a combination of corneal pathology and glaucoma. We are reporting a rare presentation of SESCH with no pre-existing glaucoma or corneal pathology and caused by massive intra- and peri-ocular hemorrhage due to decompensated liver disease.

  2. Induction of corneal collagen cross-linking in experimental corneal alkali burns in rabbits

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    Marcello Colombo-Barboza


    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the effect of riboflavin-ultraviolet-A-induced cross-linking (CXL following corneal alkali burns in rabbits. Methods: The right corneas and limbi of ten rabbits were burned using a 1N solution of NaOH and the animals were then divided into two groups: a control group submitted to clinical treatment alone and an experimental group that was treated 1 h after injury with CXL, followed by the same clinical treatment as administered to the controls. Clinical parameters were evaluated post-injury at 1, 7, 15, and 30 days by two independent observers. Following this evaluation, the corneas were excised and examined histologically. Results: There were no statistically significant differences in clinical parameters, such as hyperemia, corneal edema, ciliary injection, limbal ischemia, secretion, corneal neovascularization, symblepharon, or blepharospasm, at any of the time-points evaluated. However, the size of the epithelial defect was significantly smaller in the CXL group (p<0.05 (day 15: p=0.008 and day 30: p=0.008 and the extent of the corneal injury (opacity lesion was also smaller (day 30: p=0.021. Histopathology showed the presence of collagen bridges linking the collagen fibers in only the CXL group. Conclusions: These results suggest that the use of CXL may improve the prognosis of acute corneal alkali burns.

  3. Effect of central corneal thickness, corneal curvature, and axial length on applanation tonometry. (United States)

    Kohlhaas, Markus; Boehm, Andreas G; Spoerl, Eberhard; Pürsten, Antje; Grein, Hans J; Pillunat, Lutz E


    To evaluate the effect of central corneal thickness (CCT), corneal curvature, and axial length on applanation tonometry in an in vivo study. In a masked, prospective clinical trial, we examined 125 eyes of 125 patients scheduled for cataract surgery. Corneal curvature was measured by means of keratometry and axial length by A-scan ultrasonography. By cannulating the anterior chamber before surgery, intraocular pressure (IOP) was set to 20, 35, and 50 mm Hg in a closed system by means of a water column. After measuring thickness, the IOP was measured with an applanation tonometer. Pearson product moment correlations and multiple linear regression analyses were performed, and significance levels were evaluated by the paired, 2-tailed t test. The difference between measured and real IOP was significantly dependent (P < .001) on CCT. The associations between IOP and corneal curvature or IOP and axial length were not statistically significant (P = .31). The association between IOP reading and CCT is shown in the "Dresdner correction table," which illustrates an approximately 1-mm Hg correction for every 25-microm deviation from a CCT of 550 microm. The correction values were positive as thickness decreased and negative as thickness increased. Central corneal thickness significantly affects IOP readings obtained by applanation tonometry according to the Goldmann principle. A correction of IOP readings by considering CCT according to the Dresdner correction table might be helpful for determining an accurate IOP value.

  4. Corneal Shape, Volume, and Interocular Symmetry: Parameters to Optimize the Design of Biosynthetic Corneal Substitutes. (United States)

    Durr, Georges M; Auvinet, Edouard; Ong, Jeb; Meunier, Jean; Brunette, Isabelle


    To characterize the three-dimensional (3D) shape, volume distribution, and mirror symmetry of the right and left corneas at the scale of a large population, based on the integrated analysis of 3D corneal shape average maps and topography parameters. A total of 7670 Orbscan II corneal topographies from 3835 consenting subjects with no history of ocular disease were studied. Average topography maps were created using the right and left corneal topographies of all subjects. To quantify symmetry, left eye topographies were flipped horizontally into "right eye" topographies and statistics maps were generated, including difference and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) maps. The standard deviation of the anterior and posterior average elevation maps in the 3-mm radius central zone of the right and left corneas ranged within ± 8 μm and ± 44 μm, respectively. The ICC maps showed almost perfect interocular agreement for anterior elevation, posterior elevation, and pachymetry (all ICCs > 0.96). All studied shape parameters also showed excellent agreement (ICCs ≥ 0.80). Mirror symmetry was not affected by age, sex, or spherical equivalent. We also showed that this horizontal reflection (flip) of the right and left corneal shapes could not be replaced by a simple rotation. These results indicate that in normal eyes, the anterior elevation, posterior elevation, and pachymetry of the right and left corneas show remarkable symmetry. This comprehensive analysis was achieved with the purpose of guiding the development of future biosynthetic corneal substitutes.

  5. Epidemiological characteristics, predisposing factors and microbiological profiles of infectious corneal ulcers: the Portsmouth corneal ulcer study. (United States)

    Ibrahim, Y W; Boase, D L; Cree, I A


    The aim of the study was to identify the epidemiological characteristics, predisposing factors, and the clinical and microbiological diagnosis of infectious corneal ulcers in a population based in southern England. A retrospective review was undertaken of the medical records of patients presenting with infectious corneal ulcers at the eye casualty department of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK, between January 1997 and December 2003. A total of 1786 patients presented with infectious corneal ulcers, with a mean age of 45 years and female predominance (54.5%). Contact lens wear was the main predisposing factor in 554 patients (31%). Corneal scrapes from 1254 patients grew positive cultures in 800 patients. Gram-positive bacteria accounted for 696 (71.1%) of the total 979 bacterial isolates, while Gram-negative bacteria accounted for 283 (28.9%) with the predominance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Nine out of 11 patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis were contact lens wearers. The majority of patients 1728 (96.8%) sought medical help more than once and 34 patients (1.9%) had poor visual outcome. Follow-up was completed in 1633 patients (91.4%) with an average of 11.5 days. Wearing contact lenses remains the most important risk factor for infectious corneal ulcers. Reduction of the rate and severity of infectious keratitis requires continuous education of patients, and of professionals.

  6. [Peripheral corneal melting syndrome in psoriatic arthritis treated with adalimumab]. (United States)

    Restrepo, Juan Pablo; Medina, Luis Fernando; Molina, María del Pilar


    Peripheral corneal melting syndrome is a rare immune condition characterized by marginal corneal thinning and sometimes perforation. It is associated with rheumatic and non-rheumatic diseases. Few cases of peripheral corneal melting have been reported in patients with psoriasis. The pathogenesis is not fully understood but metalloproteinases may play a pathogenic role. Anti-TNF therapy has shown to decrease skin and serum metalloproteinases levels in psoriasis. We report a 61-year-old man with peripheral corneal melting syndrome associated with psoriatic arthritis who received Adalimumab to control skin and ocular inflammation. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of peripheral corneal melting syndrome in psoriatic arthritis treated with Adalimumab showing resolution of skin lesions and complete healing of corneal perforation in three months. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  7. Relationship between central and peripheral corneal astigmatism in elderly patients (United States)

    Kawamorita, Takushi; Shimizu, Kimiya; Hoshikawa, Rie; Kamiya, Kazutaka; Shoji, Nobuyuki


    Abstract Purpose We investigated the relationship between central and peripheral corneal astigmatism in elderly patients. Methods Seventy-six eyes of 76 elderly subjects (mean age = 72.6 ± 3.0 years) were included in the study. Corneal shape was evaluated using the Pentacam HR (Oculus, Wetzlark, Germany), which is comprised of a rotating Scheimpflug camera and a short-wavelength slit light. The power distribution map was selected and corneal astigmatism was calculated using front K-Readings in zones centered on the pupil. Analyzed zones were 2.0-6.0 mm in diameter. Results Corneal astigmatism decreased as diameter increased, similar to what was observed in eyes with with-the-rule astigmatism and against-the-rule astigmatism (ANOVA, p axis of corneal astigmatism (ANOVA, p = 0.98). Conclusion These results suggest that the relationship between central and peripheral corneal astigmatism should be taken into consideration to optimize vision when astigmatic correction is needed.

  8. Systemic immunomodulatory strategies in high-risk corneal transplantation

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    Tulio B Abud


    Full Text Available The cornea is the most commonly transplanted tissue in the body. Although corneal grafts generally have high success rates, transplantation onto inflamed and vascularized host beds, or so-called high-risk corneal transplantation, has a high rate of graft rejection. The management of this high-risk corneal transplantation is challenging and involves numerous measures. One of the key measures to prevent graft rejection in these cases is the use of systemic immunosuppressive agents. In this article, we will review the systemic immunosuppressive agents most commonly used for high-risk corneal transplantation, which include corticosteroids, cysclosporine A, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, and rapamycin. Benefits, risks, and published data on the use of these medications for high-risk corneal transplantation will be detailed. We will also summarize novel immunoregulatory approaches that may be used to prevent graft rejection in high-risk corneal transplantation.

  9. Study of Gd lattices

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    Vidovsky, I.; Kereszturi, A.


    The results of experiments and calculations on Gd lattices are presented, and a comparison of experimental and calculational data is given. This latter can be divided into four groups. The first belongs to the comparison of criticality parameters, the second group is related with the comparison of 2D distributions, the third one relates the comparison of intra-macrocell distributions, whereas the fourth group is devoted for the comparison of spectral parameters. For comparison, the computer code RFIT based on strict statistical criteria has been used. The calculated and measured results agree, in most cases, sufficiently. (R.P.) 11 refs.; 13 figs.; 9 tabs

  10. Lattice Vibrations in Chlorobenzenes:

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    Reynolds, P. A.; Kjems, Jørgen; White, J. W.


    Lattice vibrational dispersion curves for the ``intermolecular'' modes in the triclinic, one molecule per unit cell β phase of p‐C6D4Cl2 and p‐C6H4Cl2 have been obtained by inelastic neutron scattering. The deuterated sample was investigated at 295 and at 90°K and a linear extrapolation to 0°K...... was applied in order to correct for anharmonic effects. Calculations based on the atom‐atom model for van der Waals' interaction and on general potential parameters for the aromatic compounds agree reasonably well with the experimental observations. There is no substantial improvement in fit obtained either...

  11. Lattice of quantum predictions (United States)

    Drieschner, Michael


    What is the structure of reality? Physics is supposed to answer this question, but a purely empiristic view is not sufficient to explain its ability to do so. Quantum mechanics has forced us to think more deeply about what a physical theory is. There are preconditions every physical theory must fulfill. It has to contain, e.g., rules for empirically testable predictions. Those preconditions give physics a structure that is “a priori” in the Kantian sense. An example is given how the lattice structure of quantum mechanics can be understood along these lines.

  12. Ordered sets and lattices

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    Drashkovicheva, Kh; Igoshin, V I; Katrinyak, T; Kolibiar, M


    This book is another publication in the recent surveys of ordered sets and lattices. The papers, which might be characterized as "reviews of reviews," are based on articles reviewed in the Referativnyibreve Zhurnal: Matematika from 1978 to 1982. For the sake of completeness, the authors also attempted to integrate information from other relevant articles from that period. The bibliography of each paper provides references to the reviews in RZhMat and Mathematical Reviews where one can seek more detailed information. Specifically excluded from consideration in this volume were such topics as al

  13. Lattice cell burnup calculation

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    Pop-Jordanov, J.


    Accurate burnup prediction is a key item for design and operation of a power reactor. It should supply information on isotopic changes at each point in the reactor core and the consequences of these changes on the reactivity, power distribution, kinetic characters, control rod patterns, fuel cycles and operating strategy. A basic stage in the burnup prediction is the lattice cell burnup calculation. This series of lectures attempts to give a review of the general principles and calculational methods developed and applied in this area of burnup physics

  14. Contact Lens Visual Rehabilitation in Keratoconus and Corneal Keratoplasty

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    Yelda Ozkurt


    Full Text Available Keratoconus is the most common corneal distrophy. It’s a noninflammatory progressive thinning process that leads to conical ectasia of the cornea, causing high myopia and astigmatism. Many treatment choices include spectacle correction and contact lens wear, collagen cross linking, intracorneal ring segments implantation and finally keratoplasty. Contact lenses are commonly used to reduce astigmatism and increase vision. There are various types of lenses are available. We reviewed soft contact lenses, rigid gas permeable contact lenses, piggyback contact lenses, hybrid contact lenses and scleral-semiscleral contact lenses in keratoconus management. The surgical option is keratoplasty, but even after sutur removal, high astigmatism may stil exists. Therefore, contact lens is an adequate treatment option to correct astigmatism after keratoplasty.

  15. Lattice Mismatch in Crystalline Nanoparticle Thin Films. (United States)

    Gabrys, Paul A; Seo, Soyoung E; Wang, Mary X; Oh, EunBi; Macfarlane, Robert J; Mirkin, Chad A


    For atomic thin films, lattice mismatch during heteroepitaxy leads to an accumulation of strain energy, generally causing the films to irreversibly deform and generate defects. In contrast, more elastically malleable building blocks should be better able to accommodate this mismatch and the resulting strain. Herein, that hypothesis is tested by utilizing DNA-modified nanoparticles as "soft," programmable atom equivalents to grow a heteroepitaxial colloidal thin film. Calculations of interaction potentials, small-angle X-ray scattering data, and electron microscopy images show that the oligomer corona surrounding a particle core can deform and rearrange to store elastic strain up to ±7.7% lattice mismatch, substantially exceeding the ±1% mismatch tolerated by atomic thin films. Importantly, these DNA-coated particles dissipate strain both elastically through a gradual and coherent relaxation/broadening of the mismatched lattice parameter and plastically (irreversibly) through the formation of dislocations or vacancies. These data also suggest that the DNA cannot be extended as readily as compressed, and thus the thin films exhibit distinctly different relaxation behavior in the positive and negative lattice mismatch regimes. These observations provide a more general understanding of how utilizing rigid building blocks coated with soft compressible polymeric materials can be used to control nano- and microstructure.

  16. [Morphologic Corneal Changes after Crosslinking for Keratoconus]. (United States)

    Müller, P L; Löffler, K U; Kohlhaas, M; Holz, F G; Herwig-Carl, M C


    Keratoconus is a relatively common (1 : 2000) bilateral disease leading to a change in biochemical and biomechanical corneal structure as well as thinning and ectasia. For more than 10 years, crosslinking has been a therapeutic option in cases of progression. Using riboflavin and UVA-radiation, the anterior corneal stroma (300 µm) gets stiffened by crosslinking of collagen fibers. When protocols and limitations are adhered, the procedure is described to be effective and of low-risk. This review gives an overview about physiologic and pathologic changes in keratoconic corneas before and after crosslinking. Based on histopathologic examination, the current knowledge in published literature is reviewed and is complemented by our own investigations. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  17. Corneal biomechanics in asymmetrical normal-tension glaucoma

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    Full Text Available Hazem Helmy,1 Mahmoud Leila,2 Ahmed Atef Zaki3 1Department of Glaucoma and Optic Nerve Diseases, 2Retina Department, 3Corneal Diseases Department, Research Institute of Ophthalmology, Cairo, Egypt Purpose: We aimed to assess corneal biomechanics using the ocular response analyzer in patients with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG, and to evaluate the relationship between corneal biomechanics and visual field loss. Methods: This was a prospective observational case series including patients with bilateral asymmetric NTG. For all patients, corneal hysteresis (CH, corneal resistance factor (CRF, CH - CRF difference, and central corneal thickness values were matched against the mean deviation (MD of the visual field and the cup/disc ratio. For paired-eye comparison in each patient, both eyes were categorized into a better-eyes group and a worse-eyes group according to lower and higher corneal-compensated intraocular pressure readings, respectively. Statistical analysis was carried out with the independent-samples Student’s t-test, and the level of statistical significance was set at 0.05. Correlation was assessed using Pearson’s correlation coefficient. Results: The study included 240 eyes of 120 patients. CH was inversely proportional to the MD in the visual field (P=0.01. CRF in both eyes was inversely proportional to the MD of the visual field (P=0.01. CH - CRF difference was directly proportional to the MD of the visual field (P=0.01. For paired-eye comparison, lower corneal-compensated intraocular pressure was associated with higher CH, higher CRF, smaller cup/disc ratio, and less deterioration of MD of visual field. Conclusion: CH, CRF, and CH - CRF are more powerful predictors of NTG progression than central corneal thickness. Keywords: corneal-compensated intraocular pressure, corneal hysteresis, corneal resistance factor

  18. The receptor for advanced glycation end products RAGE is involved in corneal healing. (United States)

    Nass, Norbert; Trau, Stefanie; Paulsen, Friedrich; Kaiser, Delia; Kalinski, Thomas; Sel, Saadettin


    Impaired corneal healing is still a major cause of blindness. As RAGE (receptor for advanced glycation endproducts) is involved in inflammation and wound healing in other tissues, we here investigated its relevance for corneal wound healing. Corneal re-epithelialization after alkaline injury was analysed in an ex-vivo approach with cultured, enucleated eyes from mice either of the C57Bl/6 NChR genotype (RAGE+/+) and mice of the same strain lacking the RAGE gene (RAGE-/-). The wound area was determined time dependently by fluorescence imaging using fluorescein staining. The eyes of RAGE-/- mice showed a significantly slower re-epithelialization than eyes of the RAGE+/- and the RAGE+/+ genotype. In immunohistochemistry, RAGE expression was increased in wounded corneas whereas the abundance of the RAGE ligand HMGB1 was unaffected, but an increase in S100b-like proteins was revealed upon injury. However, neither the addition of the RAGE agonist HMGB1 or an HMGB1 antagonising antibody nor bovine S100b protein to the culture medium of the wounded eyes had an effect on corneal wound closure in ex-vivo. Further gene expression analysis by RT-PCR demonstrated an increase in RAGE expression on the mRNA level, no significant regulation of HMGB1 and a differential regulation of the S100 gene family after alkaline burn of the cornea. In conclusion, RAGE is clearly involved in corneal re-epithelialization most probably mediated by signalling via S100 proteins. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  19. Abnormal activity of corneal cold thermoreceptors underlies the unpleasant sensations in dry eye disease. (United States)

    Kovács, Illés; Luna, Carolina; Quirce, Susana; Mizerska, Kamila; Callejo, Gerard; Riestra, Ana; Fernández-Sánchez, Laura; Meseguer, Victor M; Cuenca, Nicolás; Merayo-Lloves, Jesús; Acosta, M Carmen; Gasull, Xavier; Belmonte, Carlos; Gallar, Juana


    Dry eye disease (DED) affects >10% of the population worldwide, and it provokes an unpleasant sensation of ocular dryness, whose underlying neural mechanisms remain unknown. Removal of the main lachrymal gland in guinea pigs caused long-term reduction of basal tearing accompanied by changes in the architecture and density of subbasal corneal nerves and epithelial terminals. After 4 weeks, ongoing impulse activity and responses to cooling of corneal cold thermoreceptor endings were enhanced. Menthol (200 μM) first excited and then inactivated this augmented spontaneous and cold-evoked activity. Comparatively, corneal polymodal nociceptors of tear-deficient eyes remained silent and exhibited only a mild sensitization to acidic stimulation, whereas mechanonociceptors were not affected. Dryness-induced changes in peripheral cold thermoreceptor responsiveness developed in parallel with a progressive excitability enhancement of corneal cold trigeminal ganglion neurons, primarily due to an increase of sodium currents and a decrease of potassium currents. In corneal polymodal nociceptor neurons, sodium currents were enhanced whereas potassium currents remain unaltered. In healthy humans, exposure of the eye surface to menthol vapors or to cold air currents evoked unpleasant sensations accompanied by increased blinking frequency that we attributed to cold thermoreceptor stimulation. Notably, stimulation with menthol reduced the ongoing background discomfort of patients with DED, conceivably due to use-dependent inactivation of cold thermoreceptors. Together, these data indicate that cold thermoreceptors contribute importantly to the detection and signaling of ocular surface wetness, and develop under chronic eye dryness conditions an injury-evoked neuropathic firing that seems to underlie the unpleasant sensations experienced by patients with DED.

  20. Acquired Nonpigmented Vitreous Cyst Associated With Lattice Degeneration. (United States)

    Lu, Jing; Mai, Guiying; Liu, Ruyuan; Luo, Yan; Lu, Lin


    A 63-year-old male presented with a round-shaped floater and visual obscuration in the right eye. Clinical evaluation showed a nonpigmented vitreous cyst connected to a lattice degeneration by a stalk. Immunostaining of the vitreous cyst obtained from vitrectomy showed its origin of retinal neuroepithelium. The cyst was formed by continuous vitreous traction, which might tear up the disrupted retina at the area of lattice degeneration. This report added the lattice degeneration to the list of causes for the acquired vitreous cyst. [Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2017;48:856-858.]. Copyright 2017, SLACK Incorporated.

  1. Biomechanics of corneal ectasia and biomechanical treatments. (United States)

    Roberts, Cynthia J; Dupps, William J


    Many algorithms exist for the topographic/tomographic detection of corneas at risk for post-refractive surgery ectasia. It is proposed that the reason for the difficulty in finding a universal screening tool based on corneal morphologic features is that curvature, elevation, and pachymetric changes are all secondary signs of keratoconus and post-refractive surgery ectasia and that the primary abnormality is in the biomechanical properties. It is further proposed that the biomechanical modification is focal in nature, rather than a uniform generalized weakening, and that the focal reduction in elastic modulus precipitates a cycle of biomechanical decompensation that is driven by asymmetry in the biomechanical properties. This initiates a repeating cycle of increased strain, stress redistribution, and subsequent focal steepening and thinning. Various interventions are described in terms of how this cycle of biomechanical decompensation is interrupted, such as intrastromal corneal ring segments, which redistribute the corneal stress, and collagen crosslinking, which modifies the basic structural properties. Proprietary or commercial disclosures are listed after the references. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Decreased central corneal thickness in ankylosing spondylitis. (United States)

    Ortak, Huseyin; Inanır, Ahmet; Demir, Selim; Uysal, Alper; Şahin, Şafak; Sağcan, Mustafa; Önder, Yalçın; Alim, Sait; Demir, Ayşe Kevser


    Central corneal thickness and dry eye tests were evaluated in a study population consisting of 68 ankylosing spondylitis patients diagnosed according to the modified New York criteria, and 61 age-matched controls without ankylosing spondylitis. A full ophthalmological evaluation was performed on each subject. All subjects were screened for age, gender, HLA-B27, tear break-up time test, Schirmer test, and duration of disease. Central corneal thickness was measured under topical anesthesia with an ultrasonic pachymeter. The mean central corneal thickness was 537.3 ± 30.6 μm, range 462-600 μm, in ankylosing spondylitis patients, whereas it was 551.7 ± 25.2 μm, range 510-620 μm, in controls (p = 0.005). The Schirmer test result was 7.3 ± 5.9 mm for the ankylosing spondylitis patients and 11.7 ± 5.8 mm for the control group (p = 0.002). Tear break-up time was 7.3 ± 3.2 s for the ankylosing spondylitis patients and 14.0 ± 4.5 s for the control group (p ankylosing spondylitis. In addition, attention must be given to lower dry eye tests in surgical interventions such as photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis in ankylosing spondylitis patients.

  3. Study on phototherapeutic keratotomy for bacterial corneal lesions in rabbit

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    Xin Zhou


    Full Text Available AIM: To study the effect of phototherapeutic keratectomy(PTKon rabbit bacterial corneal ulcer model and explore the clinical potential of this method. METHODS: Totally 48 eyes from all the 24 New Zealand rabbits were inoculated with Staphylococcus aureus and bacterial corneal ulcer model was established successfully. At 1d after inoculation, 48 eyes were given levofloxacin eye drops when corneal ulcer was confirmed. Then slit lamp inspection and optical coherence tomography(OCTwere performed to measure the central corneal ulcer depth. All the rabbits right eyes were treated with PTK, as an observation group, left eyes were not treated as a control group. The eye section were observed by slit lamp and central thickness of corneal ulcer was measured by OCT at 3 and 7d after this operation. Rabbits were sacrificed and the cornea was removed for pathological section 7d later. RESULTS: The corneal ulcers in both groups had a tendency to heal, showing a decrease in ulcer area and smoothness of the surface. There was no significant difference in the depth of corneal ulcer between the observation group and the control group before PTK(t=0.706, P=0.484. The difference between the two groups of eyes at 3 and 7d after PTK was obviously(PCONCLUSION: PTK can effectively cure rabbit Staphylococcus aureus corneal ulcer and promote ulcer wound healing, which may be used for clinical treatment of patients with bacterial corneal lesions.

  4. Histopathological features of equine superficial, nonhealing, corneal ulcers. (United States)

    Hempstead, Julie E; Clode, Alison B; Borst, Luke B; Gilger, Brian C


    To evaluate corneal changes associated with chronic, nonhealing, superficial, corneal ulcers in horses via common histopathological stains. Retrospective study. Twenty-four horses diagnosed with chronic, nonhealing, superficial, corneal ulceration. The medical records of horses evaluated at North Carolina State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (NCSU-VTH) from 2005 to 2011, diagnosed with a chronic, nonhealing, superficial, corneal ulcer and treated with superficial keratectomy (SK) were reviewed. Inclusion criteria were superficial corneal ulceration, no cellular infiltration via slit-lamp biomicroscopy, no microorganisms evident on corneal cytology, and acquisition of samples for aerobic bacterial and common fungal cultures. Corneal tissue samples were evaluated histopathologically for the presence or absence of a nonadherent epithelial 'lip', epithelial dysmaturity, intraepithelial inflammatory cells, an acellular hyaline zone in the anterior stroma, and stromal inflammatory cells, fibrosis and vascularization. In the majority of analyzed samples, epithelial cells adjacent to the ulcerated site showed nonadherence to the basement membrane and dysmaturity. Intraepithelial inflammatory cell infiltration was uncommon. Histopathological features of an anterior stromal hyaline zone, intrastromal inflammation, fibrosis and vascularization were variably present. The most consistent histopathological characteristics of equine chronic, nonhealing, superficial, corneal ulcers include epithelial nonadherence, epithelial dysmaturity and mild to moderate stromal inflammation; however, one set of histopathological characteristics does not definitively define this syndrome in horses. Additionally, the anterior stromal acellular hyaline zone commonly cited in canine spontaneous chronic corneal epithelial defects (SCCED) is not a consistent finding in equine corneas. © 2013 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  5. Clinical study of topography-guided off-flap Epi-LASIK in treating traumatic corneal astigmatism

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    Su-Fang Duan


    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the visual performance of the patients with traumatic corneal astigmatism, after the treatment of topography guided off-flap epipolis laser in situ keratomileusi(off-flap Epi-LASIK.METHODS: This prospective clinical study was comprised of 21 eyes of 21 patients with irregular corneal astigmatism caused by trauma, they were treated by off-flap Epi-LASIK from July 2012 to December 2013. The data included uncorrected visual acuity(UCVA, best spectacle-corrected visual acuity(BSCVA, contrast sensitivity 1, 6mo before and after surgery; the healing area percentage of corneal epithelia, the healing time of corneal epithelia and pain score at 3d after surgery.RESULTS: Postoperative 1mo both UCVA and BSCVA were improved significantly than that before surgery(t=15.703, 4.351, Pt=6.867, P t=1.497, P=0.140. After surgery, mean spherical equivalent(SEwas reduced from -2.43±3.02D to -0.23±0.49D(PPP>0.05. Postoperative 6mo except the 3c/d spatial frequency, the remaining 3 spatial frequency contrast sensitivity compared with those before operation were significantly improved(PCONCLUSION: Topography-guided off-flap Epi-LASIK is safe and effective in treating the patients with traumatic corneal irregular astigmatism. The operation can improve both the contrast sensitivity and the visual performance.

  6. Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) combined with refractive procedures for the treatment of corneal ectatic disorders: CXL plus. (United States)

    Kymionis, George D; Grentzelos, Michael A; Portaliou, Dimitra M; Kankariya, Vardhaman P; Randleman, J Bradley


    To discuss current combined corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) and refractive surgical techniques (herein termed "CXL plus") for the treatment of corneal ectatic disorders to improve functional visual acuity in addition to corneal stability from CXL alone. Literature review. Efficacious combined treatments with CXL include: photorefractive keratectomy, transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy, intrastromal corneal ring segments implantation, phakic intraocular lens implantation, and multiple combined procedures. Some uncertainty remains as to the optimal strategies for each patient. A decision tree is proposed to facilitate optimal patient management. With multiple adjuvant techniques, CXL plus is likely to benefit many patients with corneal ectatic disorders. The appropriate combined procedure will depend on multiple factors, such as refraction, corneal thickness, and degree of irregular astigmatism. Copyright 2014, SLACK Incorporated.

  7. Extreme lattices: symmetries and decorrelation (United States)

    Andreanov, A.; Scardicchio, A.; Torquato, S.


    We study statistical and structural properties of extreme lattices, which are the local minima in the density landscape of lattice sphere packings in d-dimensional Euclidean space {{{R}}d} . Specifically, we ascertain statistics of the densities and kissing numbers as well as the numbers of distinct symmetries of the packings for dimensions 8 through 13 using the stochastic Voronoi algorithm. The extreme lattices in a fixed dimension of space d (d≥slant 8 ) are dominated by typical lattices that have similar packing properties, such as packing densities and kissing numbers, while the best and the worst packers are in the long tails of the distribution of the extreme lattices. We also study the validity of the recently proposed decorrelation principle, which has important implications for sphere packings in general. The degree to which extreme-lattice packings decorrelate as well as how decorrelation is related to the packing density and symmetry of the lattices as the space dimension increases is also investigated. We find that the extreme lattices decorrelate with increasing dimension, while the least symmetric lattices decorrelate faster.

  8. Corneal Tomographic Changes After UV Cross-Linking for Corneal Ectasia (1-Year Results). (United States)

    Baksoellah, Zainab; Lavy, Itay; Baydoun, Lamis; Hooijmaijers, Hilde C M; van Dijk, Korine; Melles, Gerrit R J


    To evaluate changes in maximum keratometry (Kmax), corneal higher-order aberrations (HOAs), and densitometry (backscattered light) up to 1 year after UV cross-linking and their possible relation with changes in the visual outcome. Retrospective cohort study on 18 eyes of 16 patients, who underwent UV cross-linking after the Dresden protocol for progressive keratoconus or ectasia after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. Corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), Scheimpflug-based corneal tomography, mean image brightness (corneal densitometry) from the anterior 120 μm of the midcornea, and posterior 60 μm of the central 6 mm of the cornea, and HOAs were evaluated. Kmax at 1 month (59.7 ± 6.0D) after UV cross-linking resembled preoperative Kmax (59.3 ± 6.4D, P = 0.368), decreased until 3 months postoperatively (58.3 ± 6.3D, P = 0.002), and stabilized thereafter (P > 0.227). All postoperative corneal densitometry values were higher than preoperative values in all measured depths (P corneal HOAs (4.28 ± 1.64 μm and 3.87 ± 1.62 μm, respectively) resembled preoperative values (4.10 ± 1.70 μm and 3.67 ± 1.62 μm, respectively; P > 0.221) and then decreased until 12 months postoperatively (3.86 ± 1.84 μm and 3.40 ± 1.80 μm, respectively; P 0.345 and P > 0.257, respectively). No relations were found between CDVA and the evaluated parameters (P > 0.05). One year after UV cross-linking, the observation of stable CDVA and thinnest point thickness, together with reduced Kmax suggests no ectasia progression within the study period in these cases. Although HOAs showed a trend toward improvement, corneal densitometry remained elevated.

  9. Effects of single-segment Intacs implantation on visual acuity and corneal topographic indices of keratoconus

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    Kazem Amanzadeh


    Conclusion: Intacs implantation in keratoconic eyes increased visual acuity and made corneal shape less irregular. However, the improvements of visual acuity and corneal shape were not strongly correlated.

  10. Long-term changes in corneal endothelial morphology after discontinuation of low gas-permeable contact lens wear

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    Odenthal, M. T. P.; Gan, I. M.; Oosting, J.; Kijlstra, A.; Beekhuis, W. H.


    Purpose: Low gas-permeable contact lens wear of polymethyl methacrylate or hydroxyethyl methacrylate material is known to cause morphologic abnormalities in the corneal endothelial cell layer. These tenses were widely prescribed and successfully worn until their use was actively discouraged in the

  11. Long-term changes in corneal endothelial morphology after discontinuation of low gas-permeable contact lens wear

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    Odenthal, M.T.; Gan, I.M.; Oosting, J.; Kijlstra, A.; Beekhuis, W.H.


    Low gas-permeable contact lens wear of polymethyl methacrylate or hydroxyethyl methacrylate material is known to cause morphologic abnormalities in the corneal endothelial cell layer. These lenses were widely prescribed and successfully worn until their use was actively discouraged in the late 1980s

  12. Corneal ulcer due to a rare coelomycetes fungusChaetomium strumarium: Case report and global review ofChaetomiumkeratomycosis. (United States)

    Reddy, Mamatha; Venugopal, Ramya; Prakash, Peralam Yegneswaran; Kamath, Yogish Subraya


    We present a rare case of corneal ulcer caused by a species of a coelomycetes fungus, Chaetomium strumarium. This fungal genus is a rare causative agent of keratomycosis, with only a handful of cases reported. The clinical presentation, investigative techniques, and preliminary management of our patient are reported. The cases reported in global literature are also summarized in a tabular form in the discussion.

  13. Manifestaciones corneales en las enfermedades sistémicas Corneal manifestations in systemic diseases


    J. Zarranz-Ventura; E. De Nova; J. Moreno-Montañés


    Un gran número de enfermedades sistémicas presentan manifestaciones corneales dentro de su espectro de enfermedad. El estudio detallado de todos los cuadros que asocian patología corneal resulta inabarcable, por ello se presentan las enfermedades más prevalentes o características. Este estudio contempla las enfermedades pulmonares y conectivopatías (colagenosis, enfermedades reumatológicas y enfermedades inflamatorias idiopáticas), las enfermedades dermatológicas, cardiovasculares, hematológi...

  14. Corneal layer plate removal with Fluconazole injected corneal stroma and autologous conjunctival transplantation for keratomycosis

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    Li-Dong Yang


    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the clinical effect of corneal layer plate removal with Fluconazole injected corneal stroma and autologous conjunctival transplantation for keratomycosis.METHODS: There were 168 cases suffered keratomycosis that the focus located shallow of the cornea and was not obvious to drug, who registered in our hospital from March 2005 to June 2010. In surgery we removed plate layer to cormea clear, the region was greater than focus for 0.5mm,then we injected fluconazole which is 2g/L density in corneal stroma to make the edema area greater than Removal of area for 0.5mm. At last we took pedicle conjunctival flap to cover the plant bed by continuous suture. Postoperative day use drug to drop eye and to observe that whether recurrent of the keratomycosis and how was the edema degrade, the blood supply of conjunctival graft pieces, how about the stimulating signs of the surgery eye, the vision.RESULTS: The improvement rate was 96.2% after surgery for seven days and the cure rate was 95.5% after surgery for one months. We found in 157 eyes accepted trigeminy surgery there were 6 eyes recurrence and the recurrence rate was 3.8%. The mean time of corneal stromal edema faded away was 13.4 hours. After surgery for one month there were 39 eyes(24.8%whose vision removed than preoperative, there were 91 eyes(58.0%whose vision were same as preoperative and there were 27 eyes(17.2%whose vision lower than preoperative. In these operations the loss ratio of corneal endothelium was from 0%-8%, the mean was 2.9%. The irritative symptoms postoperative were mild for 87%, moderate for 10% and severe for 3%. By this surgery the mean length of stay was 7.3 days so the mean hospitalization expenses only were 2160 RMB. Three months after surgery, 4 cases were slight corneal ectasia.CONCLUSION: This operation combined corneal layer plate removal, Fluconazole injected corneal stroma and autologous conjunctival transplantation for keratomycosis which was in

  15. Elimination of spurious lattice fermion solutions and noncompact lattice QCD

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    Lee, T.D.


    It is well known that the Dirac equation on a discrete hyper-cubic lattice in D dimension has 2{sup D} degenerate solutions. The usual method of removing these spurious solutions encounters difficulties with chiral symmetry when the lattice spacing l {ne} 0, as exemplified by the persistent problem of the pion mass. On the other hand, we recall that in any crystal in nature, all the electrons do move in a lattice and satisfy the Dirac equation; yet there is not a single physical result that has ever been entangled with a spurious fermion solution. Therefore it should not be difficult to eliminate these unphysical elements. On a discrete lattice, particle hop from point to point, whereas in a real crystal the lattice structure in embedded in a continuum and electrons move continuously from lattice cell to lattice cell. In a discrete system, the lattice functions are defined only on individual points (or links as in the case of gauge fields). However, in a crystal the electron state vector is represented by the Bloch wave functions which are continuous functions in {rvec {gamma}}, and herein lies one of the essential differences.

  16. Bone Marrow Chimeras and c-fms Conditional Ablation (Mafia) Mice Reveal an Essential Role for Resident Myeloid Cells in Lipopolysaccharide/TLR4-Induced Corneal Inflammation1 (United States)

    Chinnery, Holly R.; Carlson, Eric C.; Sun, Yan; Lin, Michelle; Burnett, Sandra H.; Perez, Victor L.; McMenamin, Paul G.; Pearlman, Eric


    The mammalian cornea contains an extensive network of resident macrophages and dendritic cells. To determine the role of these cells in LPS-induced corneal inflammation, TLR4−/− mice were sublethally irradiated and reconstituted with bone marrow cells from either enhanced GFP (eGFP)+/C57BL/6 or eGFP+/TLR4−/− mice. The corneal epithelium was abraded, LPS was added topically, and cellular infiltration to the corneal stroma and development of corneal haze were examined after 24 h. TLR4−/− mice reconstituted with C57BL/6, but not TLR4−/− bone marrow cells donor cells were found to cause infiltration of eGFP+ cells to the cornea, including neutrophils, and also increased corneal haze compared with saline-treated corneas. In a second experimental approach, corneas of transgenic macrophage Fas induced apoptosis (Mafia) mice were stimulated with LPS. These mice express eGFP and a suicide gene under control of the c-fms promoter, and systemic treatment with the FK506 dimerizer (AP20187) causes Fas-mediated apoptosis of monocytic cells. AP20187-treated mice had significantly fewer eGFP+ cells in the cornea than untreated mice. After stimulation with LPS neutrophil recruitment and development of corneal haze were impaired in AP20187-treated mice compared with untreated controls. Furthermore, LPS induced CXCL1/KC and IL-1α production within 4 h in corneas of untreated Mafia mice, which is before cellular infiltration; however, cytokine production was impaired after AP20187 treatment. Together, results from both experimental approaches demonstrate an essential role for resident corneal monocytic lineage cells (macrophages and dendritic cells) in development of corneal inflammation. PMID:19234168

  17. Bone marrow chimeras and c-fms conditional ablation (Mafia) mice reveal an essential role for resident myeloid cells in lipopolysaccharide/TLR4-induced corneal inflammation. (United States)

    Chinnery, Holly R; Carlson, Eric C; Sun, Yan; Lin, Michelle; Burnett, Sandra H; Perez, Victor L; McMenamin, Paul G; Pearlman, Eric


    The mammalian cornea contains an extensive network of resident macrophages and dendritic cells. To determine the role of these cells in LPS-induced corneal inflammation, TLR4(-/-) mice were sublethally irradiated and reconstituted with bone marrow cells from either enhanced GFP (eGFP)(+)/C57BL/6 or eGFP(+)/TLR4(-/-) mice. The corneal epithelium was abraded, LPS was added topically, and cellular infiltration to the corneal stroma and development of corneal haze were examined after 24 h. TLR4(-/-) mice reconstituted with C57BL/6, but not TLR4(-/-) bone marrow cells donor cells were found to cause infiltration of eGFP(+) cells to the cornea, including neutrophils, and also increased corneal haze compared with saline-treated corneas. In a second experimental approach, corneas of transgenic macrophage Fas induced apoptosis (Mafia) mice were stimulated with LPS. These mice express eGFP and a suicide gene under control of the c-fms promoter, and systemic treatment with the FK506 dimerizer (AP20187) causes Fas-mediated apoptosis of monocytic cells. AP20187-treated mice had significantly fewer eGFP(+) cells in the cornea than untreated mice. After stimulation with LPS neutrophil recruitment and development of corneal haze were impaired in AP20187-treated mice compared with untreated controls. Furthermore, LPS induced CXCL1/KC and IL-1alpha production within 4 h in corneas of untreated Mafia mice, which is before cellular infiltration; however, cytokine production was impaired after AP20187 treatment. Together, results from both experimental approaches demonstrate an essential role for resident corneal monocytic lineage cells (macrophages and dendritic cells) in development of corneal inflammation.

  18. Selected parameters of the corneal deformation in the Corvis tonometer (United States)


    Introduction Contemporary ophthalmology knows many methods of measuring intraocular pressure, namely the methods of non-contact and impression applanation tonometry. In non-contact applanation tonometers, e.g. the Corvis, the corneal flattening is caused by an air puff. Image registration of the corneal deflection performed by a tonometer enables to determine other interesting biomechanical parameters of the eye, which are not available in the tonometer. The measurement of new selected parameters is presented in this paper. Material and method Images with an M × N × I resolution of 200 × 576 × 140 pixels were acquired from the Corvis device in the source recording format *.cst. A total of 13'400 2D images of patients examined routinely in the Clinical Department of Ophthalmology, in District Railway Hospital in Katowice, Poland, were analysed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. A new method has been proposed for the analysis of corneal deflection images in the Corvis tonometer with the use of the Canny edge detection method, mathematical morphology methods and context-free operations. Results The resulting image analysis tool allows determination of the response of the cornea and the entire eyeball to an air puff. The paper presents the method that enables the measurement of the amplitude of curvature changes in the frequency range from 150 to 500 Hz and automatic designation of the eyeball movement direction. The analysis of these data resulted in 3 new features of dynamics of the eye reaction to an air puff. Classification of these features enabled to propose 4 classes of deformation. The proposed algorithm allows to obtain reproducible results fully automatically at a time of 5 s per patient using the Core i5 CPU M460 @ 2.5GHz 4GB of RAM. Conclusions The paper presents the possibility of using a profiled algorithm of image analysis, proposed by the authors, to measure additional cornea deformation parameters. The new tool

  19. Characterization of projection lattices of Hilbert spaces

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    Szambien, H.H.


    The classical lattices of projections of Hilbert spaces over the real, the complex or the quaternion number field are characterized among the totality of irreducible, complete, orthomodular, atomic lattices satisfying the covering property. To this end, so-called paratopological lattices are introduced, i.e, lattices carrying a topology that renders the lattice operations restrictedly continuous.

  20. Toxic corneal ulcer: a frequent and sight-threatening disease. (United States)

    Sacchetti, Marta; Lambiase, Alessandro; Coassin, Marco; Bonini, Sergio; Bonini, Stefano


    Overtreatment with topical ophthalmic preparations can lead to toxic corneal ulcer development. This study aimed to investigate the clinical and visual impact of toxic corneal ulcers and the management and risk factors for their development and outcomes. Clinical records of 226 consecutive patients with corneal ulcers referred to our tertiary care center were retrospectively evaluated. Frequency, clinical features, and management of toxic corneal ulcers are described. The relationship between clinical severity and outcomes (healing time, corneal transparency, and visual acuity) of toxic corneal ulcers and the number and classes of topical drugs, the number of daily instillations, and the duration of treatment were statistically evaluated. Toxic corneal ulcer was diagnosed in 9% (21/226) of all patients. After topical treatment discontinuation, the cornea spontaneously healed in all patients in 2 to 21 days. A longer healing time was related to a greater number of topical drugs used (p=0.029), a greater frequency of daily instillations (p=0.042), and a longer duration of treatment (p=0.048). The specific drugs used did not significantly influence healing time. After resolution, 16 out of 21 patients showed corneal scarring and impairment of visual function. The severity of corneal haze was related to the number of drugs used (p=0.023), to the frequency of daily instillations (p=0.031), and to the healing time (p=0.008). Toxic corneal ulcer is a frequent disease that can potentially lead to permanent visual impairment. A high-dose regimen is the major risk factor for corneal toxic ulcer development and poor visual outcomes.

  1. Lattices, supersymmetry and Kaehler fermions

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    Scott, D.M.


    It is shown that a graded extension of the space group of a (generalised) simple cubic lattice exists in any space dimension, D. The fermionic variables which arise admit a Kaehlerian interpretation. Each graded space group is a subgroup of a graded extension of the appropriate Euclidean group, E(D). The relevance of this to the construction of lattice theories is discussed. (author)

  2. Fast simulation of lattice systems

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    Bohr, H.; Kaznelson, E.; Hansen, Frank


    A new computer system with an entirely new processor design is described and demonstrated on a very small trial lattice. The new computer simulates systems of differential equations of the order of 104 times faster than present day computers and we describe how the machine can be applied to lattice...

  3. Quantum phases in optical lattices

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    Dickerscheid, Dennis Brian Martin


    An important new development in the field of ultracold atomic gases is the study of the properties of these gases in a so-called optical lattice. An optical lattice is a periodic trapping potential for the atoms that is formed by the interference pattern of a few laser beams. A reason for the

  4. Lattice gauge theory: Present status

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    Creutz, M.


    Lattice gauge theory is our primary tool for the study of non- perturbative phenomena in hadronic physics. In addition to giving quantitative information on confinement, the approach is yielding first principles calculations of hadronic spectra and matrix elements. After years of confusion, there has been significant recent progress in understanding issues of chiral symmetry on the lattice

  5. Geometry of lattice field theory

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    Honan, T.J.


    Using some tools of algebraic topology, a general formalism for lattice field theory is presented. The lattice is taken to be a simplicial complex that is also a manifold and is referred to as a simplicial manifold. The fields on this lattice are cochains, that are called lattice forms to emphasize the connections with differential forms in the continuum. This connection provides a new bridge between lattice and continuum field theory. A metric can be put onto this simplicial manifold by assigning lengths to every link or I-simplex of the lattice. Regge calculus is a way of defining general relativity on this lattice. A geometric discussion of Regge calculus is presented. The Regge action, which is a discrete form of the Hilbert action, is derived from the Hilbert action using distribution valued forms. This is a new derivation that emphasizes the underlying geometry. Kramers-Wannier duality in statistical mechanics is discussed in this general setting. Nonlinear field theories, which include gauge theories and nonlinear sigma models are discussed in the continuum and then are put onto a lattice. The main new result here is the generalization to curved spacetime, which consists of making the theory compatible with Regge calculus

  6. Constraint percolation on hyperbolic lattices (United States)

    Lopez, Jorge H.; Schwarz, J. M.


    Hyperbolic lattices interpolate between finite-dimensional lattices and Bethe lattices, and they are interesting in their own right, with ordinary percolation exhibiting not one but two phase transitions. We study four constraint percolation models—k -core percolation (for k =1 ,2 ,3 ) and force-balance percolation—on several tessellations of the hyperbolic plane. By comparing these four different models, our numerical data suggest that all of the k -core models, even for k =3 , exhibit behavior similar to ordinary percolation, while the force-balance percolation transition is discontinuous. We also provide proof, for some hyperbolic lattices, of the existence of a critical probability that is less than unity for the force-balance model, so that we can place our interpretation of the numerical data for this model on a more rigorous footing. Finally, we discuss improved numerical methods for determining the two critical probabilities on the hyperbolic lattice for the k -core percolation models.

  7. Lattice quantum chromodynamics practical essentials

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    Knechtli, Francesco; Peardon, Michael


    This book provides an overview of the techniques central to lattice quantum chromodynamics, including modern developments. The book has four chapters. The first chapter explains the formulation of quarks and gluons on a Euclidean lattice. The second chapter introduces Monte Carlo methods and details the numerical algorithms to simulate lattice gauge fields. Chapter three explains the mathematical and numerical techniques needed to study quark fields and the computation of quark propagators. The fourth chapter is devoted to the physical observables constructed from lattice fields and explains how to measure them in simulations. The book is aimed at enabling graduate students who are new to the field to carry out explicitly the first steps and prepare them for research in lattice QCD.

  8. Ionic components of electric current at rat corneal wounds. (United States)

    Vieira, Ana Carolina; Reid, Brian; Cao, Lin; Mannis, Mark J; Schwab, Ivan R; Zhao, Min


    Endogenous electric fields and currents occur naturally at wounds and are a strong signal guiding cell migration into the wound to promote healing. Many cells involved in wound healing respond to small physiological electric fields in vitro. It has long been assumed that wound electric fields are produced by passive ion leakage from damaged tissue. Could these fields be actively maintained and regulated as an active wound response? What are the molecular, ionic and cellular mechanisms underlying the wound electric currents? Using rat cornea wounds as a model, we measured the dynamic timecourses of individual ion fluxes with ion-selective probes. We also examined chloride channel expression before and after wounding. After wounding, Ca(2+) efflux increased steadily whereas K(+) showed an initial large efflux which rapidly decreased. Surprisingly, Na(+) flux at wounds was inward. A most significant observation was a persistent large influx of Cl(-), which had a time course similar to the net wound electric currents we have measured previously. Fixation of the tissues abolished ion fluxes. Pharmacological agents which stimulate ion transport significantly increased flux of Cl(-), Na(+) and K(+). Injury to the cornea caused significant changes in distribution and expression of Cl(-) channel CLC2. These data suggest that the outward electric currents occurring naturally at corneal wounds are carried mainly by a large influx of chloride ions, and in part by effluxes of calcium and potassium ions. Ca(2+) and Cl(-) fluxes appear to be mainly actively regulated, while K(+) flux appears to be largely due to leakage. The dynamic changes of electric currents and specific ion fluxes after wounding suggest that electrical signaling is an active response to injury and offers potential novel approaches to modulate wound healing, for example eye-drops targeting ion transport to aid in the challenging management of non-healing corneal ulcers.

  9. Lattice Contraction Behavior due to Atomic Ordering in Alloy 600

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    Kim, Sungsoo; Kim, Dae Whan; Kim, Young Suk


    A PWSCC (primary water stress corrosion cracking) mechanism based on an ordering reaction has been proposed. However, there has been little investigation on the effects of ordering reaction on the lattice variation due to the ordering reaction in Alloy 600. To understand the lattice variation due to the ordering reaction in Alloy 600 is important, since this is unavoidable process in nuclear reactor environment. A lattice variation with ordering treatment at 400 .deg. C in Alloy 600 was systematically investigated using neutron diffraction. The magnitude of lattice contraction due to the ordering reaction is lager when the cooling rate is faster from the disordering temperature. The ordering treatment causes anisotropic lattice contraction according to the crystallographic planes. The ratio of minimum to maximum lattice contraction in WQ Alloy 600 is about 2. The maximum lattice contraction occurs in (111) and (200) planes are similarly about 0.04% in WQ Alloy 600. This saturates after 2,000H at 400 .deg. C. The effect of ordering reaction should be considered in the assessment of integrity of primary boundary materials made of Alloy 600, since the ordering reaction is an unavoidable phenomenon in nuclear reactor environment

  10. Customized toric intraocular lens implantation for correction of extreme corneal astigmatism due to corneal scarring

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    R Bassily


    Full Text Available R Bassily, J LuckOphthalmology Department, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath, UKAbstract: A 76-year-old woman presented with decreased visual function due to cataract formation. Twenty-five years prior she developed right sided corneal ulceration that left her with 10.8 diopters (D of irregular astigmatism at 71.8° (steep axis. Her uncorrected visual acuity was 6/24 and could only ever wear a balanced lens due to the high cylindrical error. Cataract surgery was planned with a custom designed toric intraocular lens (IOL with +16.0 D sphere inserted via a wound at the steep axis of corneal astigmatism. Postoperative refraction was -0.75/+1.50 × 177° with a visual acuity of 6/9 that has remained unchanged at six-week follow-up with no IOL rotation. This case demonstrates the value of high power toric IOLs for the correction of pathological corneal astigmatism.Keywords: intraocular lens, corneal ulceration, visual acuity, scarring

  11. Corneal Ectasia After LASIK Combined With Prophylactic Corneal Cross-linking. (United States)

    Taneri, Suphi; Kiessler, Saskia; Rost, Anika; Dick, H Burkhard


    To report a case of unilateral corneal ectasia following LASIK surgery combined with prophylactic corneal cross-linking (CXL) in a young patient. Case report. Preoperative topography was unremarkable in both eyes with a minimum corneal thickness of 554 μm in the right eye and 546 μm in the left eye. Preoperative corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) was 1.0 (20/20 Snellen) in both eyes with a refraction of +1.25 -2.75 × 10 in the right eye and +0.50 -2.00 × 163 in the left eye. LASIK combined with CXL was uneventful. After 12 months, postoperative topography was unremarkable with an uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) of 1.0 in both eyes. Two years after surgery, the patient presented with a loss of vision (UDVA 0.25) and an inferior steepening on topography in the left eye. Standard CXL was performed to arrest further progression. This report illustrates that the currently used prophylactic CXL protocol in combination with LASIK may not be effectively preventing corneal ectasia in every case. [J Refract Surg. 2017;33(1):50-52.]. Copyright 2017, SLACK Incorporated.

  12. In Vivo Corneal Biomechanical Properties with Corneal Visualization Scheimpflug Technology in Chinese Population

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    Ying Wu


    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the repeatability of recalculated corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology (CorVis ST parameters and to study the variation of biomechanical properties and their association with demographic and ocular characteristics. Methods. A total of 783 healthy subjects were included in this study. Comprehensive ophthalmological examinations were conducted. The repeatability of the recalculated biomechanical parameters with 90 subjects was assessed by the coefficient of variation (CV and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC. Univariate and multivariate linear regression models were used to identify demographic and ocular factors. Results. The repeatability of the central corneal thickness (CCT, deformation amplitude (DA, and first/second applanation time (A1/A2-time exhibited excellent repeatability (CV% ≤ 3.312% and ICC ≥ 0.929 for all measurements. The velocity in/out (Vin/out, highest concavity- (HC- radius, peak distance (PD, and DA showed a normal distribution. Univariate linear regression showed a statistically significant correlation between Vin, Vout, DA, PD, and HC-radius and IOP, CCT, and corneal volume, respectively. Multivariate analysis showed that IOP and CCT were negatively correlated with Vin, DA, and PD, while there was a positive correlation between Vout and HC-radius. Conclusion. The ICCs of the recalculated parameters, CCT, DA, A1-time, and A2-time, exhibited excellent repeatability. IOP, CCT, and corneal volume significantly influenced the biomechanical properties of the eye.

  13. Genomics of corneal wound healing: a review of the literature. (United States)

    Maycock, Nick J R; Marshall, John


    Corneal wound healing is a complex process: its mechanisms and the underlying genetic control are not fully understood. It involves the integrated actions of multiple growth factors, cytokines and proteases produced by epithelial cells, stromal keratocytes, inflammatory cells and lacrimal gland cells. Following an epithelial insult, multiple cytokines are released triggering a cascade of events that leads to repair the epithelial defect and remodelling of the stroma to minimize the loss of transparency and function. In this review, we examine the literature surrounding the genomics of corneal wound healing with respect to the following topics: epithelial and stromal wound healing (including inhibition); corneal neovascularisation; the role of corneal nerves in wound healing; the endothelium; the role of aquaporins and aptamers. We also examine the effect of ectasia on corneal wound healing with regard to keratoconus and following corneal surgery. A better understanding of the cellular and molecular changes that occur during repair of corneal wounds will provide the opportunity to design treatments that selectively modulate key phases of the healing process resulting in scars that more closely resemble normal corneal architecture. © 2013 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  14. Effects of genipin corneal crosslinking in rabbit corneas. (United States)

    Avila, Marcel Y; Narvaez, Mauricio; Castañeda, Juan P


    To evaluate the effect of genipin, a natural crosslinking agent, in rabbit eyes. Department of Ophthalmology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Centro de Tecnologia Oftalmica, Bogotá, Colombia. Experimental study. Ex vivo rabbit eyes (16; 8 rabbits) were treated with genipin 1.00%, 0.50%, and 0.25% for 5 minutes with a vacuum device to increase corneal permeability. Penetration was evaluated using Scheimpflug pachymetry (Pentacam). In the in vivo model (20 rabbits; 1 eye treated, 1 eye with vehicle), corneas were crosslinked with genipin as described. Corneal curvature, corneal pachymetry, and intraocular pressure (IOP) assessments as well as slitlamp examinations were performed 0, 7, 30, and 60 days after treatment. In the ex vivo model, Scheimpflug pachymetry showed deep penetration in the rabbit corneas with an increase in corneal density and a dose-dependent relationship. Corneal flattening was observed in treated eyes (mean 4.4 diopters ± 0.5 [SD]) compared with the control eyes. Pachymetry and IOP were stable in all evaluations. No eye showed toxicity in the anterior chamber or in the lens. Corneal crosslinking induced by genipin produced significant flattening of the cornea with no toxicity in rabbit eyes. This crosslinking could be useful in the treatment of corneal ectasia and in the modification of corneal curvature. None of the authors has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Complications Following Corneal Cross-Linking Treatment in Keratectasia

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    Faik Oruçoğlu


    Full Text Available Pur po se: To report complications of corneal cross-linking treatment in keratoconus and secondary ectatic eyes. Ma te ri al and Met hod: Cases that were treated between February 2007 and February 2011, had a minimum follow-up of one month, and developed complications following corneal cross-linking were retrospectively evaluated. Re sults: Complication data were present in eight cases. Scar formation developed in three cases. Scar density has decreased in one patient during long-term follow-up. Keratometric flattening was observed associated with scar development. Cross-linking was performed on the second eye of the affected patient, and no scar development was observed. Corneal clouding was observed in one patient three days after treatment. Corneal clouding has decreased in the following days. Local corneal edema has developed in one patient, and improvement was achieved in the following days. Uveitis has developed in one case with total improvement after adding topical steroids. Post-LASIK ectasia eye showed deep lamellar keratitis after cross-linking. In one patient, epithelization was completed in 14 days. Dis cus si on: Corneal scars, corneal clouding and edema, uveitis, and late epithelization are possible complications after corneal cross-linking. Scar density was decreased, while other complications showed total improvement. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2013; 43: 1-6

  16. Corneal Biomechanical Changes and Tissue Remodeling After SMILE and LASIK. (United States)

    Shetty, Rohit; Francis, Mathew; Shroff, Rushad; Pahuja, Natasha; Khamar, Pooja; Girrish, Molleti; Nuijts, Rudy M M A; Sinha Roy, Abhijit


    To evaluate transient corneal tissue healing and biomechanical changes between laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) eyes. In each patient, one eye underwent LASIK and the other underwent SMILE. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and dynamic Scheimpflug imaging (Corvis-ST) was used to assess tissue healing and biomechanics, respectively. Analyses of OCT scans yielded corneal speckle distribution (CSD) and Bowman's roughness index (BRI). Waveform analyses of deformation amplitude yielded corneal stiffness. Further, corneal force versus corneal deformation data helped compare the two procedures. BRI increased and then decreased transiently after both treatments (P < 0.05). However, SMILE eyes had BRI similar to that of their preoperative state compared to LASIK eyes at 6-month follow-up. CSD indicated a marked increase in the number of bright pixels and a decrease in the number of dark pixels after SMILE (1-month follow-up) and LASIK eyes (3-month follow-up), respectively. CSD returned to near preoperative state thereafter, respectively. Corneal stiffness change from preoperative state was similar between LASIK and SMILE eyes. However, deformation at discrete values of corneal force indicated some recovery of biomechanical strength after SMILE, but not in LASIK eyes. BRI and CSD indicated earlier tissue healing in SMILE eyes than in LASIK. CSD results may indicate delayed cell death in LASIK eyes and increased light scatter due to interface fluid in SMILE eyes. Corneal biomechanical strength remodeled better in SMILE. This may indicate some hydration-related recovery.

  17. Crosslinking and corneal cryotherapy in acanthamoeba keratitis -- a histological study. (United States)

    Hager, Tobias; Hasenfus, A; Stachon, T; Seitz, B; Szentmáry, N


    Acanthamoeba keratitis is rare, but difficult to treat. Penetrating keratoplasty is performed in therapy-resistant cases. Nevertheless, subsequent recurrences occur in 40 % of the cases. In addition to triple-topical therapy (polyhexamid, propamidinisoethionat, neomycin), treatment alternatives are corneal cryotherapy and/or crosslinking (CXL). The aim of our present histological study was to analyze the persistence of acanthamoebatrophozoites and cysts, the persistence of bacteria, and activation of keratocytes in corneas of acanthamoeba keratitis patients following corneal cryotherapy and/or CXL. We analyzed histologically corneal buttons (from penetrating keratoplasties) of nine patients with acanthamoeba keratitis, following corneal cryotherapy (two patients) or a combination of crosslinking and corneal cryotherapy (seven patients), using haematoxilin–eosin, periodic acid Schiff (PAS), Gram and alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA) stainings. Acanthamoeba trophozoites persisted in three corneas after cryotherapy and CXL. Cysts persisted in one of two corneas following corneal cryotherapy and in six of seven corneas after a combination of CXL and cryotherapy. One cornea showed positive Gram staining, but there were no alpha-SMA positive keratocytes in any of the corneas. Crosslinking and corneal cryotherapy have only limited impact on killing of acanthamoeba trophozoites, cysts, or bacteria. Corneal cryotherapy and CXL did not stimulate myofibroblastic transformation of keratocytes.

  18. Changes of Corneal Optical Properties after UVB Irradiation Investigated Spectrophotometrically

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    Čejka, Čestmír; Pláteník, J.; Širc, Jakub; Ardan, Taras; Michálek, Jiří; Brůnová, B.; Čejková, Jitka


    Roč. 59, č. 4 (2010), s. 591-597 ISSN 0862-8408 Grant - others:GA MŠk(CZ) 1M0538 Program:1M Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50390512; CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : corneal hydration * corneal light absorption * absorption coefficients Subject RIV: FF - HEENT, Dentistry Impact factor: 1.646, year: 2010

  19. Prevalence of corneal ulcer among contact lens wearers in Nigeria ...

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    Corneal Ulceration has been described as the most serious complication of contact lens wear worldwide. The incidence of corneal ulceration in contact lens wearers in Nigeria was determined retrospectively. 1759 case notes of patients who had worn contact lenses for at least one year were obtained from eye clinics in ...

  20. Matrix Regeneration Therapy: A Case Series of Corneal Neurotrophic Ulcers. (United States)

    Arvola, Riku P J; Robciuc, Alexandra; Holopainen, Juha M


    Treating corneal neurotrophic ulcers is challenging. Topical application of matrix regeneration therapy (RGTA), which is a dextran derivative polymer and heparan sulfate analog, is a promising regenerative therapy and an alternative or additional therapeutic regimen when corneal healing is compromised. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of RGTA (Cacicol) in the treatment of 6 patients with severe neurotrophic ulcers. We present an uncontrolled prospective case series of 6 patients (6 eyes) with severe corneal neurotrophic ulcers. Patients were treated with topical RGTA at a dose of 1 drop every second day. The main outcome measure was complete corneal epithelialization. We measured corneal thickness by anterior segment swept-source optical coherence tomography. Two patients (33%) showed complete corneal healing, one at 6 weeks and the other at 10 weeks. Treatment was considered failure in 4 patients (67%), and 1 patient had corneal perforation. None of the patients showed improvement in best-corrected visual acuity. There were no RGTA-related local or systemic side effects. Based on previous studies, RGTA seems to be a promising therapeutic agent for controlling ocular surface inflammation and promoting corneal healing. In this study, the efficacy of RGTA did not match the encouraging results from previous reports.

  1. Case Report: Corneal Pyogenic Granuloma: Rare Complication of ...

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    Slit lamp examination showed vascularized central corneal mass with surrounding stromal infiltrates. The mass was excised, and histopathological examination confirmed pyogenic granuloma of the cornea. Conclusion: Corneal pyogenic granuloma could be a rare complication of infectious keratitis. Therefore, it should be ...

  2. Investigation of corneal autoantibodies in horses with immune mediated keratitis (IMMK). (United States)

    Braus, B K; Miller, I; Kummer, S; Kleinwort, K J H; Hirmer, S; Hauck, S M; McMullen, R J; Kerschbaumer, M; Deeg, C A


    Immune mediated keratitis (IMMK) is primarily a non-ulcerative keratitis in horses causing intermittent ocular pain, eventually resulting in visual impairment. Affected horses typically respond to immunomodulatory treatment. However, the underlying cause of the disease remains enigmatic. The current study was undertaken to investigate the presence of autoantibodies in horses with immune mediated keratitis. Using 28 horses with IMMK and 27 healthy controls screening for serum autoantibodies against the corneal proteome using indirect immunofluorescence, one-dimensional (1DE) and two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE) with subsequent western blot analysis was performed followed by mass spectrometric identification of bands or spots of interest. Indirect immunofluorescence did not reveal a difference in immune response towards corneal proteins between healthy horses and those with IMMK. Using western blot analysis some horses affected by IMMK (4/28) showed a single band (1D) or a single spot (2DE) (5/28) not detected in healthy controls. The corresponding spot was identified as maspin (SERPINB5), a protein responsible for the inhibition of corneal vascularisation, cell migration and cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix. Tests with a recombinant human protein commercially available did not verify blot findings, but the human protein may not be fully cross-reactive. Still, maspin might play a role in some cases of equine IMMK. Further research is needed to clarify the etiology of this disease. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. Corneal ectasia after laser in situ keratomileusis after laser thermal keratoplasty. (United States)

    Nguyen, Myhanh T; Hamilton, David Rex


    To report a case of corneal ectasia following hyperopic laser in situ keratomileusis in a patient who had previous laser thermal keratoplasty. Case report. We report a case of a 66-year-old emmetropic man initially presented with complaint of difficulty reading without correction. Laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK) was performed on the non-dominant right eye, resulting in successful monovision. Three years later, the patient presented with decreased unaided near vision caused by hyperopic regression of the LTK. Conventional hyperopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) was performed, again resulting in successful monovision. More than three years later, the patient returned with worsening near vision. A focal corneal ectasia was noted in the same location as the 6 o'clock LTK leukoma. To our knowledge, this is the first report of ectasia occuring after LASIK following LTK. Consideration should be given to performing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) instead of LASIK following thermal keratoplasty.

  4. Efficient and safe gene delivery to human corneal endothelium using magnetic nanoparticles. (United States)

    Czugala, Marta; Mykhaylyk, Olga; Böhler, Philip; Onderka, Jasmine; Stork, Björn; Wesselborg, Sebastian; Kruse, Friedrich E; Plank, Christian; Singer, Bernhard B; Fuchsluger, Thomas A


    To develop a safe and efficient method for targeted, anti-apoptotic gene therapy of corneal endothelial cells (CECs). Magnetofection (MF), a combination of lipofection with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs; PEI-Mag2, SO-Mag5, PalD1-Mag1), was tested in human CECs and in explanted human corneas. Effects on cell viability and function were investigated. Immunocompatibility was assessed in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Silica iron-oxide MNPs (SO-Mag5) combined with X-tremeGENE-HP achieved high transfection efficiency in human CECs and explanted human corneas, without altering cell viability or function. Magnetofection caused no immunomodulatory effects in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Magnetofection with anti-apoptotic P35 gene effectively blocked apoptosis in CECs. Magnetofection is a promising tool for gene therapy of corneal endothelial cells with potential for targeted on-site delivery.

  5. Distributed scanning volumetric SDOCT for motion corrected corneal biometry. (United States)

    McNabb, Ryan P; Larocca, Francesco; Farsiu, Sina; Kuo, Anthony N; Izatt, Joseph A


    We present a method, termed distributed scanning OCT (DSOCT), which reduces the effects of patient motion on corneal biometry utilizing current-generation clinically available spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) systems. We first performed a pilot study of the power spectrum of normal patient axial eye motion based on repeated (M-mode) SDOCT. Using DSOCT to reduce the effects of patient motion, we conducted a preliminary patient study comparing the measured anterior and posterior corneal curvatures and the calculated corneal power to both corneal topography and Scheimpflug photography in normal subjects. The repeatability for the measured radius of curvature of both anterior and posterior surfaces as well as calculated corneal refractive power using DSOCT was comparable to those of both topography and Scheimpflug photography.

  6. Usefulness of corneal esthesiometry for screening diabetic retinopathy

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    Lênio Souza Alvarenga


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the usefulness of corneal esthesiometry for screening diabetic retinopathy. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out comprising 575 patients attending a diabetic retinopathy-screening program in the city of São Paulo. Corneal esthesiometry was assessed with the Cochet-Bonnet esthesiometer. The presence of diabetic retinopathy was detected with indirect fundoscopy. The validity of corneal esthesiometry in identifying diabetic retinopathy was evaluated by the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC curve. RESULTS: Sensitivity and specificity analyses of the corneal esthesiometry for detecting the stages of diabetic retinopathy using different cut-offs showed values less than 80%. The best indices (72.2% sensitivity and 57.4% specificity were obtained for the identification of patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. CONCLUSIONS: In the study series, corneal esthesiometry was not a good indicator of diabetic retinopathy.

  7. Corneal ectasia secondary to LASIK after arcuate keratotomy. (United States)

    Ghanem, Ramon C; Ghanem, Marcielle A; Bogoni, Ayla; Ghanem, Vinícius C


    To present a case of corneal ectasia after LASIK in a patient with previous arcuate keratotomy. Case report. The patient underwent arcuate keratotomy in both eyes in 1997 for with-the-rule regular hyperopic astigmatism and uneventful bilateral LASIK for residual astigmatism 5 years later. Visual acuity and refraction remained stable for 5 years, when the patient noticed worsening visual acuity. Corneal topography showed progressive inferior steepening, confirming the diagnosis of ectasia. Corneal high-resolution optical coherence tomography revealed a normal LASIK flap. The patient had no risk factors for corneal ectasia other than previous incisional surgery. This case suggests that isolated arcuate keratotomy can be a significant risk factor for the development of corneal ectasia after LASIK. Copyright 2013, SLACK Incorporated.

  8. Use of Topical Insulin to Treat Refractory Neurotrophic Corneal Ulcers. (United States)

    Wang, Angeline L; Weinlander, Eric; Metcalf, Brandon M; Barney, Neal P; Gamm, David M; Nehls, Sarah M; Struck, Michael C


    To report the clinical course of 6 patients with refractory neurotrophic corneal ulcers that were treated with topical insulin drops. Retrospective chart review of patients who had neurotrophic corneal ulcers or epithelial defects refractory to standard medical and surgical treatment. Insulin drops, prepared by mixing regular insulin in artificial tears with a polyethylene glycol and propylene glycol base at a concentration of 1 unit per milliliter, were prescribed 2 to 3 times daily. Six patients, aged 2 to 73 years, developed neurotrophic corneal ulcers refractory to a range of medical and surgical treatments, including bandage contact lens, amniotic membrane grafting, and permanent tarsorrhaphy. Each patient was administered topical insulin drops with complete corneal reepithelialization within 7 to 25 days. Topical insulin may be a simple and effective treatment for refractory neurotrophic corneal ulcers. Further study is required to determine the clinical efficacy and side effect profile of insulin drops.

  9. Intacs with or without same-day corneal collagen cross-linking to treat corneal ectasia. (United States)

    Legare, Marie Eve; Iovieno, Alfonso; Yeung, Sonia N; Lichtinger, Alejandro; Kim, Peter; Hollands, Simon; Slomovic, Allan R; Rootman, David S


    To compare combined intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation with same-day ultraviolet-A/riboflavin corneal collagen cross-linking (ICRS-CXL) versus ICRS implantation alone in patients with corneal ectasia. Retrospective comparative study. Sixty-six eyes from 54 patients with corneal ectasia were included in the study. The groups were composed of 32 eyes from 27 patients and 34 eyes from 27 patients for the ICRS-CXL and ICRS groups, respectively. We reviewed the charts of all patients who underwent these procedures from November 2008 to February 2011 for preoperative and for up to 1 year postoperative uncorrected (UDVA) and best corrected distance visual acuity (BDVA), refraction, topographical analysis (mean and steepest keratometry [K]), as well as root mean-square (RMS) of higher-order aberrations (HOAs). Overall, a significant improvement was seen in both groups for UDVA, BDVA, sphere, cylinder, mean refractive spherical equivalent (MRSE), mean and steepest K, coma, spherical and total HOA at 12 months. Trefoil did not improve, and higher-order astigmatism worsened in the ICRS group (p = 0.0466). There was no statistically significant difference between the 2 groups for visual acuity, sphere, cylinder, coma, trefoil, and spherical HOA. Outcomes were significantly more improved in the ICRS group for MRSE (p = 0.0082), mean K (p = 0.0021), steepest K (p = 0.0152), and total HOAs (p = 0.0208). No complications were observed. ICRS-CXL and ICRS alone were both safe and effective in treating corneal ectasia. The ICRS alone group demonstrated better outcomes of MRSE, mean and steepest K, as well as total HOA. Copyright © 2013 Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Corneal surface reconstruction - a short review

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    Madhavan H N


    Full Text Available Cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye and when damage due to burns or injury and several other diseases, stem cells residing in its rim called "limbus" are stimulated to multiply to support growth of new epithelial cells over its surface. If this ready source of stem cells is damaged or destroyed the natural repair is not possible and such a condition is known as corneal limbal stem cell deficiency (CLSCD disease. Stem cell transplant helps such persons to regenerate the corneal surface. Human corneal limbal stem cell transplantation is at present an established procedure with reasonable good clinical outcome particularly when autologous limbal epithelial tissue from a fellow unaffected eye is used. 1, 2 A major concern related to the autograft is the possibility of CLSCD at the donor site, 3 techniques that allowed the expansion of a small limbal biopsy in the laboratory using cell cultures that could be then transplanted to the affected eye have been developed ,4, 5 Human amniotic membrane (HAM is used as a scaffold for both culturing the human limbal epithelial cells and for ocular surface reconstruction with the cultured limbal epithelial cells. 4-7 However, researchers have used alternative scaffolds like collagen 8, fibrin gel 9 and cross-linked gel of fibronectin and fibrin. 10 All these are biological materials and also need for animal 3T3 feeder layer for stem cell cultures. The properties of HAM are unique including antiadhesive effects, bacteriostatic effects, wound protection, pain reduction, and improvement of epithelialization and characteristically lacking imunogenicity. The use of amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT to treat ocular surface abnormalities was first reported by Graziella Pellegrini, chief of stem cell laboratory at Giovanni Paolo Hospital in Venice, Italy, who was the first to demonstrate the limbal stem cell transplant in 1997. Amniotic membrane has been successfully used in

  11. Finite element modeling of corneal strip extensometry

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    Botha, N


    Full Text Available Donnell, ?Corneal tensile strength in fully healed radial keratotomy wounds.? Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 3022 ?3031, Jun. 1994. [Online]. Available: [12] A. Elsheikh, M. Brown...- timization process, are listed in Table I for two different age groups [12]. Note that the incompressibility parameter, D1, c SACAM 2012 26 is fixed at 0.004, which ensures the incompressibility of the material model. The corresponding extensometry test...

  12. Enhanced detection method for corneal protein identification using shotgun proteomics

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    Schlager John J


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The cornea is a specialized transparent connective tissue responsible for the majority of light refraction and image focus for the retina. There are three main layers of the cornea: the epithelium that is exposed and acts as a protective barrier for the eye, the center stroma consisting of parallel collagen fibrils that refract light, and the endothelium that is responsible for hydration of the cornea from the aqueous humor. Normal cornea is an immunologically privileged tissue devoid of blood vessels, but injury can produce a loss of these conditions causing invasion of other processes that degrade the homeostatic properties resulting in a decrease in the amount of light refracted onto the retina. Determining a measure and drift of phenotypic cornea state from normal to an injured or diseased state requires knowledge of the existing protein signature within the tissue. In the study of corneal proteins, proteomics procedures have typically involved the pulverization of the entire cornea prior to analysis. Separation of the epithelium and endothelium from the core stroma and performing separate shotgun proteomics using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry results in identification of many more proteins than previously employed methods using complete pulverized cornea. Results Rabbit corneas were purchased, the epithelium and endothelium regions were removed, proteins processed and separately analyzed using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. Proteins identified from separate layers were compared against results from complete corneal samples. Protein digests were separated using a six hour liquid chromatographic gradient and ion-trap mass spectrometry used for detection of eluted peptide fractions. The SEQUEST database search results were filtered to allow only proteins with match probabilities of equal or better than 10-3 and peptides with a probability of 10-2 or less with at least two unique peptides isolated within

  13. Halo Mitigation Using Nonlinear Lattices

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    Sonnad, Kiran G


    This work shows that halos in beams with space charge effects can be controlled by combining nonlinear focusing and collimation. The study relies on Particle-in-Cell (PIC) simulations for a one dimensional, continuous focusing model. The PIC simulation results show that nonlinear focusing leads to damping of the beam oscillations thereby reducing the mismatch. It is well established that reduced mismatch leads to reduced halo formation. However, the nonlinear damping is accompanied by emittance growth causing the beam to spread in phase space. As a result, inducing nonlinear damping alone cannot help mitigate the halo. To compensate for this expansion in phase space, the beam is collimated in the simulation and further evolution of the beam shows that the halo is not regenerated. The focusing model used in the PIC is analysed using the Lie Transform perturbation theory showing that by averaging over a lattice period, one can reuduce the focusing force to a form that is identical to that used in the PIC simula...

  14. Risk factors for visual impairment associated with corneal diseases in southern China. (United States)

    Xu, Sarah C; Chow, Jessica; Liu, Ji; Li, Liang; Maslin, Jessica S; Chadha, Nisha; Chen, Baihua; Teng, Christopher C


    To identify the most common etiologies of corneal disease and the risk factors associated with worse visual outcomes in Changsha, Hunan, located in southern China. This observational, cross-sectional study evaluated 100 consecutive patients seen at the cornea clinic of The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University. Ocular history, demographic information, and ocular use of traditional Chinese medicine were recorded and analyzed. Causes of infectious keratitis were diagnosed clinically. Fungal and acanthamoeba keratitis were confirmed by confocal microscopy. Visual impairment was categorized based on visual acuity according to World Health Organization recommendations. A binary logistic regression model was used to calculate odds ratio (OR). One hundred consecutive patients were evaluated. Sixty patients (60%) had noninfectious corneal diseases, most commonly dry eye syndrome (26.7%, n=16), followed by corneal abrasion (18.3%, n=11). Forty-five patients had infectious keratitis, five of whom had both infectious and noninfectious etiologies. Of the patients with infectious keratitis, viral keratitis was the most frequent cause (57.8%, n=26), followed by fungal (20%, n=9) and bacterial (20%, n=9). Older age (OR =5.08, P=0.048), male sex (OR =3.37, P=0.035), and rural residence (OR =3.11, P=0.017) had increased odds of having worse visual impairment. Rural residence was also associated with infectious keratitis (P=0.005), particularly bacterial and fungal keratitis (P=0.046), and a history of ocular trauma (P=0.003). Occupation was not a significant risk factor in this population. Fourteen patients reported use of traditional Chinese medicine, with no association with visual outcomes found. Older age, male sex, and rural residence were associated with worse visual impairment. Prevalence and outcome of corneal diseases may be improved with an increased awareness in these populations.

  15. Characteristics of corneal ectasia after LASIK for myopia. (United States)

    Twa, Michael D; Nichols, Jason J; Joslin, Charlotte E; Kollbaum, Pete S; Edrington, Timothy B; Bullimore, Mark A; Mitchell, G Lynn; Cruickshanks, Karen J; Schanzlin, David J


    There are numerous reports of corneal ectasia after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for myopia without a consistent definition of this condition or a definitive etiology. We conducted a retrospective analysis of published case reports to describe common characteristics of this postoperative event and compared them with findings from a group of successful LASIK patients. A MEDLINE search for "LASIK" and "ectasia" yielded 21 relevant articles published before May 2003 (n = 86 eyes, 59 patients). A comparison group (n = 103 eyes, 63 patients) was selected from a clinic-based sample of successful LASIK patients with 12 months of follow-up after treatment. Descriptive statistics are reported as median and interquartile range. Comparisons were performed using the Wilcoxon rank sum, Wilcoxon signed rank, and chi-square tests. Time to diagnosis of ectasia after LASIK was 13 months (6 to 20 months). Residual myopia in the ectasia group was -3.69 D (-6.00 to -2.13 D) and was significantly greater than the comparison group, -0.38 D (-0.75 to 0.00 D), P ectasia had increased corneal toricity 2.87 D (2.00 to 4.9 D) with increased oblique astigmatism 1.3 D (0.23 to 2.89 D) relative to eyes in the comparison group 0.00 D (0.00 to 0.08 D), and a loss of 2 lines (-0.5 to -6 lines) of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (all P corneal transplantation. Preoperative characteristics of corneal ectasia include worse visual acuity, less corneal thickness, greater residual myopia, and greater corneal toricity than nonectatic eyes. Treatment factors associated with corneal ectasia after LASIK are greater stromal ablation and less residual stromal bed thickness. Postoperative characteristics of corneal ectasia are myopic refractive error with increased astigmatism, worse spectacle-corrected visual acuity, increased corneal toricity with topographic abnormality, and progressive corneal thinning.

  16. Toward lattice fractional vector calculus

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    Tarasov, Vasily E


    An analog of fractional vector calculus for physical lattice models is suggested. We use an approach based on the models of three-dimensional lattices with long-range inter-particle interactions. The lattice analogs of fractional partial derivatives are represented by kernels of lattice long-range interactions, where the Fourier series transformations of these kernels have a power-law form with respect to wave vector components. In the continuum limit, these lattice partial derivatives give derivatives of non-integer order with respect to coordinates. In the three-dimensional description of the non-local continuum, the fractional differential operators have the form of fractional partial derivatives of the Riesz type. As examples of the applications of the suggested lattice fractional vector calculus, we give lattice models with long-range interactions for the fractional Maxwell equations of non-local continuous media and for the fractional generalization of the Mindlin and Aifantis continuum models of gradient elasticity. (papers)

  17. Introduction to lattice gauge theory

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    Gupta, R.


    The lattice formulation of Quantum Field Theory (QFT) can be exploited in many ways. We can derive the lattice Feynman rules and carry out weak coupling perturbation expansions. The lattice then serves as a manifestly gauge invariant regularization scheme, albeit one that is more complicated than standard continuum schemes. Strong coupling expansions: these give us useful qualitative information, but unfortunately no hard numbers. The lattice theory is amenable to numerical simulations by which one calculates the long distance properties of a strongly interacting theory from first principles. The observables are measured as a function of the bare coupling g and a gauge invariant cut-off ≅ 1/α, where α is the lattice spacing. The continuum (physical) behavior is recovered in the limit α → 0, at which point the lattice artifacts go to zero. This is the more powerful use of lattice formulation, so in these lectures the author focuses on setting up the theory for the purpose of numerical simulations to get hard numbers. The numerical techniques used in Lattice Gauge Theories have their roots in statistical mechanics, so it is important to develop an intuition for the interconnection between quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. This will be the emphasis of the first lecture. In the second lecture, the author reviews the essential ingredients of formulating QCD on the lattice and discusses scaling and the continuum limit. In the last lecture the author summarizes the status of some of the main results. He also mentions the bottlenecks and possible directions for research. 88 refs

  18. Applanation optical coherence elastography: noncontact measurement of intraocular pressure, corneal biomechanical properties, and corneal geometry with a single instrument (United States)

    Singh, Manmohan; Han, Zhaolong; Nair, Achuth; Schill, Alexander; Twa, Michael D.; Larin, Kirill V.


    Current clinical tools provide critical information about ocular health such as intraocular pressure (IOP). However, they lack the ability to quantify tissue material properties, which are potent markers for ocular tissue health and integrity. We describe a single instrument to measure the eye-globe IOP, quantify corneal biomechanical properties, and measure corneal geometry with a technique termed applanation optical coherence elastography (Appl-OCE). An ultrafast OCT system enabled visualization of corneal dynamics during noncontact applanation tonometry and direct measurement of micro air-pulse induced elastic wave propagation. Our preliminary results show that the proposed Appl-OCE system can be used to quantify IOP, corneal biomechanical properties, and corneal geometry, which builds a solid foundation for a unique device that can provide a more complete picture of ocular health.

  19. Lattice Methods for Quantum Chromodynamics

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    DeGrand, Thomas


    Numerical simulation of lattice-regulated QCD has become an important source of information about strong interactions. In the last few years there has been an explosion of techniques for performing ever more accurate studies on the properties of strongly interacting particles. Lattice predictions directly impact many areas of particle and nuclear physics theory and phenomenology. This book provides a thorough introduction to the specialized techniques needed to carry out numerical simulations of QCD: a description of lattice discretizations of fermions and gauge fields, methods for actually do

  20. Localized structures in Kagome lattices

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    Saxena, Avadh B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bishop, Alan R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Law, K J H [UNIV OF MASSACHUSETTS; Kevrekidis, P G [UNIV OF MASSACHUSETTS


    We investigate the existence and stability of gap vortices and multi-pole gap solitons in a Kagome lattice with a defocusing nonlinearity both in a discrete case and in a continuum one with periodic external modulation. In particular, predictions are made based on expansion around a simple and analytically tractable anti-continuum (zero coupling) limit. These predictions are then confirmed for a continuum model of an optically-induced Kagome lattice in a photorefractive crystal obtained by a continuous transformation of a honeycomb lattice.

  1. Lattice sums then and now

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    Borwein, J M; McPhedran, R C


    The study of lattice sums began when early investigators wanted to go from mechanical properties of crystals to the properties of the atoms and ions from which they were built (the literature of Madelung's constant). A parallel literature was built around the optical properties of regular lattices of atoms (initiated by Lord Rayleigh, Lorentz and Lorenz). For over a century many famous scientists and mathematicians have delved into the properties of lattices, sometimes unwittingly duplicating the work of their predecessors. Here, at last, is a comprehensive overview of the substantial body of

  2. Corneal topographer based on the Hartmann test. (United States)

    Mejía, Yobani; Galeano, Janneth C


    The purpose of this article is to show the performance of a topographer based on the Hartmann test for convex surfaces of F/# approximately 1. This topographer, called "Hartmann Test topographer (HT topographer)," is a prototype developed in the Physics Department of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. From the Hartmann pattern generated by the surface under test, and by the Fourier analysis and the optical aberration theory we obtain the sagitta (elevation map) of the surface. Then, taking the first and the second derivatives of the sagitta in the radial direction we obtain the meridional curvature map. The method is illustrated with an example. To check the performance of the HT topographer a toric surface, a revolution aspherical surface, and two human corneas were measured. Our results are compared with those obtained with a Placido ring topographer (Tomey TMS-4 videokeratoscope), and we show that our curvature maps are similar to those obtained with the Placido ring topographer. The HT topographer is able to reconstruct the corneal topography potentially eradicating the skew ray problem, therefore, corneal defects can be visualized more. The results are presented by elevation and meridional curvature maps.

  3. Corneal collagen denaturation in laser thermokeratoplasty (United States)

    Brinkmann, Ralf; Kampmeier, Juergen; Grotehusmann, Ulf; Vogel, Alfred; Koop, Norbert; Asiyo-Vogel, Mary; Birngruber, Reginald


    In laserthermokeratoplasty (LTK) thermal denaturation and shrinkage of corneal collagen is used to correct hyperopia and astigmatism. In order to optimize dosimetry, the temperature at which maximal shrinkage of collagen fibrils occurs is of major interest. Since the exposure time in clinical LTK-treatment is limited to a few seconds, the kinetics of collagen denaturation as a rate process has to be considered, thus the time of exposure is of critical importance for threshold and shrinkage temperatures. We investigated the time-temperature correlation for corneal collagen denaturation within different time domains by turbidimetry of scattered HeNe laser probe light using a temperature controlled water bath and pulsed IR laser irradiation. In the temperature range of 60 degree(s)C to 95 degree(s)C we found an exponential relation between the denaturation time and temperature. For the typical LTK-treatment time of 2 s, a temperature of 95 degree(s)C is needed to induce thermal damage. Use of pulsed Holmium laser radiation gave significant scattering of HeNe laser probe light at calculated temperatures of around 100 degree(s)DC. Rate parameters according to the formalism of Arrhenius were fitted to these results. Force measurements showed the simultaneous onset of light scattering and collagen shrinkage.

  4. Coefficient of Friction of Human Corneal Tissue. (United States)

    Wilson, Tawnya; Aeschlimann, Rudolf; Tosatti, Samuele; Toubouti, Youssef; Kakkassery, Joseph; Osborn Lorenz, Katherine


    A novel property evaluation methodology was used to determine the elusive value for the human corneal coefficient of friction (CoF). Using a microtribometer on 28 fresh human donor corneas with intact epithelia, the CoF was determined in 4 test solutions (≥5 corneas/solution): tear-mimicking solution (TMS) in borate-buffered saline (TMS-PS), TMS in phosphate-buffered saline (TMS-PBS), TMS with HEPES-buffered saline (TMS-HEPES), and tear-like fluid in PBS (TLF-PBS). Mean (SD) CoF values ranged from 0.006 to 0.015 and were 0.013 (0.010) in TMS-PS, 0.006 (0.003) in TMS-PBS, 0.014 (0.005) in TMS-HEPES, and 0.015 (0.009) in TLF-PBS. Statistically significant differences were shown for TMS-PBS versus TLF (P = 0.0424) and TMS-PBS versus TMS-HEPES (P = 0.0179), but not for TMS-PBS versus TMS-PS (P = 0.2389). Successful measurement of the fresh human corneal tissue CoF was demonstrated, with values differing in the evaluated buffer solutions, within this limited sample size.

  5. Clinical utility of the KAMRA corneal inlay (United States)

    Naroo, Shehzad Anjam; Bilkhu, Paramdeep Singh


    The treatment of presbyopia has been the focus of much scientific and clinical research over recent years, not least due to an increasingly aging population but also the desire for spectacle independence. Many lens and nonlens-based approaches have been investigated, and with advances in biomaterials and improved surgical methods, removable corneal inlays have been developed. One such development is the KAMRA™ inlay where a small entrance pupil is exploited to create a pinhole-type effect that increases the depth of focus and enables improvement in near visual acuity. Short- and long-term clinical studies have all reported significant improvement in near and intermediate vision compared to preoperative measures following monocular implantation (nondominant eye), with a large proportion of patients achieving Jaeger (J) 2 to J1 (~0.00 logMAR to ~0.10 logMAR) at the final follow-up. Although distance acuity is reduced slightly in the treated eye, binocular visual acuity and function remain very good (mean 0.10 logMAR or better). The safety of the inlay is well established and easily removable, and although some patients have developed corneal changes, these are clinically insignificant and the incidence appears to reduce markedly with advancements in KAMRA design, implantation technique, and femtosecond laser technology. This review aims to summarize the currently published peer-reviewed studies on the safety and efficacy of the KAMRA inlay and discusses the surgical and clinical outcomes with respect to the patient’s visual function. PMID:27274194

  6. Percent tissue altered and corneal ectasia. (United States)

    Santhiago, Marcony R


    This article reviews the association of a novel metric, percentage tissue altered (PTA), with the occurrence of ectasia after laser in-situ keratomileusis in eyes with normal corneal topography, and analyses the influence of the variables that comprise it, and its role on eyes with suspicious topography. PTA is derived from [PTA = (FT + AD)/CCT] where FT = flap thickness, AD = ablation depth, and CCT = preoperative central corneal thickness. Our studies revealed that there is a robust relationship between high PTA and ectasia risk in eyes with normal preoperative topography. PTA higher or equal to 40% presented the highest odds ratio and highest predictive capabilities for ectasia risk than each of the variables that comprise it, residual stromal bed or age. Average thicker flaps alone were insufficient to create ectasia unless coupled with greater ablation depths, meaning a high PTA. In eyes with suspicious topography, even low PTA value is sufficient to induce ectasia. This new metric, PTA, should be taken into account when screening patients for refractive surgery. Patients with normal topography or tomography, presenting a PTA higher or equal to 40% should be considered at higher risk for post laser in-situ keratomileusis ectasia.

  7. Bilateral Keratectasia 34 Years after Corneal Transplant

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    Xavier Valldeperas


    Full Text Available We report the clinical findings of a patient with severe bilateral keratectasia 34 years after a penetrating keratoplasty (PK in both eyes. An otherwise healthy 67-year-old man complained of deterioration of the eyesight in both eyes over the last 6 months. The patient was diagnosed with bilateral keratoconus at the age of 32 years, and he underwent a bilateral PK. At presentation, visual acuity was 20/200 in the right eye and light perception in the left eye. A Pentacam pachymetric map revealed a central pachymetry of 720 µm in the right eye and of 710 µm in the left eye, as well as an average paracentral pachymetry of 436 and 270 µm in the 9-mm zone in the right and the left eye, respectively. Corneal topography revealed bilateral irregular and asymmetric bowing with generalized steepening and high corneal power. We describe a case of bilateral keratectasia 34 years after PK in a patient who was originally diagnosed with bilateral keratoconus.

  8. [New stimulants of corneal reparative regeneration]. (United States)

    Egorov, E A; Kalinin, N I; Kiiasov, A P


    The efficacy of corneregel, a drug containing pantothenic acid, a component of coenzyme A, in healing of corneal wounds has been evaluated. The study was carried out on 19 rabbits (38 eyes) with standard corneal defect made with a 5-mm trephine for lamellar transplantation of the cornea, divided into 2 groups: 1) instillations of corneregel (10 eyes) and 0.25% levomycetin solution (10 eyes) and 2) 20% solcoseryl gel (9 eyes) and 0.25% levomycetin (9 eyes). Time course of changes were evaluated by biomicroscopy (fluorescent test), histologically (hematoxylin-eosin staining), and immunohistochemically after 1, 2, 4, 7, 30, and 90 days. Proliferative activity was studied by expression of the proliferating cell nuclear antigen and the migration capacity of cells by expression of alpha-smooth muscle actin. The terms of epithelialization were as follows: corneregel 10 +/- 7 h, 20% solcoseryl gel 108 +/- 10 h, levomycetin 124 +/- 6.93 h. Earlier epithelialization in the corneregel group was apparently due to increased expression of alpha-smooth muscle actin and increase in the cell migration capacity. Hence, corneregel is recommended for practical use as a stimulant of reparative regeneration of the cornea.

  9. Femtosecond laser's application in the corneal surgery

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    Shu-Liang Wang


    Full Text Available With the rapid development over the past two decades,femtosecond(10-15slasers(FShas become a new application in ophthalmic surgery. As laser power is defined as energy delivered per unit time, decreasing the pulse duration to femtosecond level(100fsnot only increases the power delivered but also decreases the fluence threshold for laser induced optical breakdown. In ablating tissue, FS has an edge over nanosecond lasers as there is minimal collateral damage from shock waves and heat conduction during surgical ablation. Thus, application of FS has been widely spread, from flap creation for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis(LASIKsurgery, cutting of donor and recipient corneas in keratoplasty, creation of pockets for intracorneal ring implantation. FS applied in keratoplasty is mainly used in making graft and recipient bed, and can exactly cut different tissue of keratopathy. FS can also cut partial tissue of cornea, even if it is under the moderate corneal macula and corneal edema condition.

  10. Topographic corneal changes after collagen cross-linking in patients with corneal keratoconus

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    Hasan Razmjoo


    Full Text Available Background: Corneal collagen cross-linking with riboflavin, also known as collagen cross-linking (CXL, involves the application of riboflavin solution to the eye that is activated by illumination with ultraviolet A (UVA light. We survey here the topographic corneal changes one year after CXL in patients with corneal keratoconus. Materials and Methods: This prospective randomized clinical trial study comprised 66 patients with progression of keratoconus during one year who were enrolled at Feiz University Referral Eye Center in Isfahan. Before and after the operation, patients were examined with slit lamp and funduscopic examinations and measurement of uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA was done with a logarithm of minimal angle of resolution (logMAR scale. Corneal topographic and pachymetry values were derived from Orbscan II. The paired t-test test was used for statistical analyses with SPSS software version 20 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA. Results: All 66 patients completed postoperative follow-up at 12 months. The mean age of the patients was 22.4 ± 5.4 years (range: 18-29 years. Thirty-six (54.55% subjects were men and 30 (45.45% were women. The mean preoperative sphere was −2.66 ± 2.14 diopter (D, the mean cylinder was −3.97 ± 2.29, and the mean spherical equivalent (SE was −4.64 ± 2.56. Postoperatively, the mean sphere was −2.22 ± 2.57 D, the mean cylinder was −3.60 ± 2.40 D, and SE was −4.02 ± 2.93 D (P = 0.037. SE also demonstrated a mean difference of 0.62 ± 0.37 D significantly (P = 0.006.The mean diameter of preoperative posterior best-fit sphere (BFS was 6.33 ± 0.35mm (range: 5.51-7.73 mm before operation, and it improved to 6.28 ± 0.34mm (range: 4.36-6.13 mm after operation; the difference was significant (P = 0.039. Conclusion: Our study showed a significant improvement in topographic corneal changes and refractive results in patients with corneal ectasia after

  11. Corneal power evaluation after myopic corneal refractive surgery using artificial neural networks. (United States)

    Koprowski, Robert; Lanza, Michele; Irregolare, Carlo


    Efficacy and high availability of surgery techniques for refractive defect correction increase the number of patients who undergo to this type of surgery. Regardless of that, with increasing age, more and more patients must undergo cataract surgery. Accurate evaluation of corneal power is an extremely important element affecting the precision of intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation and errors in this procedure could affect quality of life of patients and satisfaction with the service provided. The available device able to measure corneal power have been tested to be not reliable after myopic refractive surgery. Artificial neural networks with error backpropagation and one hidden layer were proposed for corneal power prediction. The article analysed the features acquired from the Pentacam HR tomograph, which was necessary to measure the corneal power. Additionally, several billion iterations of artificial neural networks were conducted for several hundred simulations of different network configurations and different features derived from the Pentacam HR. The analysis was performed on a PC with Intel ® Xeon ® X5680 3.33 GHz CPU in Matlab ® Version (R2010b) with Signal Processing Toolbox Version 7.1 (R2010b), Neural Network Toolbox 7.0 (R2010b) and Statistics Toolbox (R2010b). A total corneal power prediction error was obtained for 172 patients (113 patients forming the training set and 59 patients in the test set) with an average age of 32 ± 9.4 years, including 67% of men. The error was at an average level of 0.16 ± 0.14 diopters and its maximum value did not exceed 0.75 dioptres. The Pentacam parameters (measurement results) providing the above result are tangential anterial/posterior. The corneal net power and equivalent k-reading power. The analysis time for a single patient (a single eye) did not exceed 0.1 s, whereas the time of network training was about 3 s for 1000 iterations (the number of neurons in the hidden layer was 400).

  12. Lattice gauge theory for QCD

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    DeGrand, T. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States). Dept. of Physics


    These lectures provide an introduction to lattice methods for nonperturbative studies of Quantum Chromodynamics. Lecture 1: Basic techniques for QCD and results for hadron spectroscopy using the simplest discretizations; lecture 2: Improved actions--what they are and how well they work; lecture 3: SLAC physics from the lattice-structure functions, the mass of the glueball, heavy quarks and {alpha}{sub s} (M{sub z}), and B-{anti B} mixing. 67 refs., 36 figs.

  13. Lattice Studies of Hyperon Spectroscopy

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    Richards, David G. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States)


    I describe recent progress at studying the spectrum of hadrons containing the strange quark through lattice QCD calculations. I emphasise in particular the richness of the spectrum revealed by lattice studies, with a spectrum of states at least as rich as that of the quark model. I conclude by prospects for future calculations, including in particular the determination of the decay amplitudes for the excited states.

  14. Harmonic oscillator on a lattice

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    Ader, J.P.; Bonnier, B.; Hontebeyrie, M.; Meyers, C.


    The continuum limit of the ground state energy for the harmonic oscillator with discrete time is derived for all possible choices of the lattice derivative. The occurrence of unphysical values is shown to arise whenever the lattice laplacian is not strictly positive on its Brillouin zone. These undesirable limits can either be finite and arbitrary (multiple spectrum) or infinite (overlapping sublattices with multiple spectrum). (orig.)

  15. Lattice gauge theory for QCD

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    These lectures provide an introduction to lattice methods for nonperturbative studies of Quantum Chromodynamics. Lecture 1: Basic techniques for QCD and results for hadron spectroscopy using the simplest discretizations; lecture 2: Improved actions--what they are and how well they work; lecture 3: SLAC physics from the lattice-structure functions, the mass of the glueball, heavy quarks and α s (M z ), and B-anti B mixing. 67 refs., 36 figs

  16. Punctiform and Polychromatophilic Dominant Pre-Descemet Corneal Dystrophy. (United States)

    Lagrou, Lisa; Midgley, Julian; Romanchuk, Kenneth Gerald


    To describe the slit-lamp appearance and corneal confocal microscopy of autosomal dominant punctiform and polychromatophilic pre-Descemet corneal dystrophy in 3 members of the same family. Slit-lamp examination of a 9-year-old boy showed bilateral polychromatophilic corneal opacities in a pre-Descemet membrane location evenly deposited limbus to limbus, both horizontally and vertically, with an intervening clear cornea. The corneal endothelium was normal on corneal confocal microscopy, with hyperreflective opacities of various sizes located pre-Descemet membrane. Slit-lamp examination of the patient's father and brother revealed identical crystalline deposition in the pre-Descemet corneal stroma. The remainders of the eye examinations were otherwise normal in all 3 individuals, and all were asymptomatic. The general physical examination and laboratory investigations of the patient were all normal, as were the laboratory investigations of the other 2 family members. There was no progression in the corneal findings over 6 months of follow-up. These patients likely illustrate a rare autosomal dominant pre-Descemet crystalline keratopathy that has been reported only once previously.

  17. Corneal Higher-Order Aberrations in Infectious Keratitis. (United States)

    Shimizu, Eisuke; Yamaguchi, Takefumi; Yagi-Yaguchi, Yukari; Dogru, Murat; Satake, Yoshiyuki; Tsubota, Kazuo; Shimazaki, Jun


    To characterize the corneal higher-order aberrations (HOAs) in eyes with Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), bacterial keratitis (BK), and fungal keratitis (FK). Retrospective consecutive case series. This retrospective study includes 18 normal subjects and 63 eyes of 62 consecutive patients with corneal scarring due to AK (20 eyes), BK (35 eyes), and FK (8 eyes) from 2010 to 2016. HOAs of the anterior and posterior surfaces and the total cornea were analyzed by anterior segment optical coherence tomography. Corneal HOA patterns were assigned on the basis of corneal topography maps. Corneal opacity grading was assigned on the basis of slit-lamp examinations. We evaluated corneal HOAs, corneal opacity grading, and their correlation with visual acuity. HOAs of the total cornea within a 4-mm diameter were significantly larger in eyes with infectious keratitis (AK, 1.15 ± 2.06 μm; BK, 0.91 ± 0.88 μm; FK, 1.39 ± 1.46 μm) compared with normal controls (0.09 ± 0.01 μm, all, P keratitis were associated with poorer visual acuity values. Asymmetric pattern was the most common topographic pattern in infectious keratitis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Corneal Biomechanics in Ectatic Diseases: Refractive Surgery Implications (United States)

    Ambrósio, Jr, Renato; Correia, Fernando Faria; Lopes, Bernardo; Salomão, Marcella Q.; Luz, Allan; Dawson, Daniel G.; Elsheikh, Ahmed; Vinciguerra, Riccardo; Vinciguerra, Paolo; Roberts, Cynthia J.


    Background: Ectasia development occurs due to a chronic corneal biomechanical decompensation or weakness, resulting in stromal thinning and corneal protrusion. This leads to corneal steepening, increase in astigmatism, and irregularity. In corneal refractive surgery, the detection of mild forms of ectasia pre-operatively is essential to avoid post-operative progressive ectasia, which also depends on the impact of the procedure on the cornea. Method: The advent of 3D tomography is proven as a significant advancement to further characterize corneal shape beyond front surface topography, which is still relevant. While screening tests for ectasia had been limited to corneal shape (geometry) assessment, clinical biomechanical assessment has been possible since the introduction of the Ocular Response Analyzer (Reichert Ophthalmic Instruments, Buffalo, USA) in 2005 and the Corvis ST (Oculus Optikgeräte GmbH, Wetzlar, Germany) in 2010. Direct clinical biomechanical evaluation is recognized as paramount, especially in detection of mild ectatic cases and characterization of the susceptibility for ectasia progression for any cornea. Conclusions: The purpose of this review is to describe the current state of clinical evaluation of corneal biomechanics, focusing on the most recent advances of commercially available instruments and also on future developments, such as Brillouin microscopy. PMID:28932334

  19. Intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation for ectasia after refractive surgery. (United States)

    Torquetti, Leonardo; Ferrara, Paulo


    To evaluate the clinical outcomes of implantation of Ferrara intrastromal corneal ring segments (ICRS) in patients with corneal ectasia after refractive surgery. Private clinic, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Charts of patients with corneal ectasia after refractive surgery were retrospectively reviewed. The following parameters were studied: uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), keratometry, corneal asphericity, and pachymetry. All patients were evaluated by Scheimpflug scanning-slit tomography (Pentacam). Twenty-five eyes (20 patients) with corneal ectasia (20 after laser in situ keratomileusis, 4 after radial keratotomy, 1 after photorefractive keratectomy) were evaluated. Postoperatively, the mean UDVA increased from 20/185 to 20/66 (P = .005) and the mean CDVA, from 20/125 to 20/40 (P = .008). The mean asphericity decreased from -0.95 preoperatively to -0.23 postoperatively (P = .006). The mean pachymetry at the apex of the cornea increased from 457.7 microm +/- 48.7 (SD) preoperatively to 466.2 +/- 49.8 mum postoperatively (P = .025) and the mean pachymetry at the thinnest point, from 436.3 +/- 46.2 microm to 453.9 +/- 49.3 microm (P = .000). The mean keratometry decreased from 45.41 +/- 5.63 diopters (D) to 42.88 +/- 4.44 D, respectively; the decrease was statistically significant (P = .000). Intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation significantly improved UDVA and CDVA in patients with corneal ectasia. (c) 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  20. Topical ranibizumab as a treatment of corneal neovascularization. (United States)

    Ferrari, Giulio; Dastjerdi, Mohammad H; Okanobo, Andre; Cheng, Sheng-Fu; Amparo, Francisco; Nallasamy, Nambi; Dana, Reza


    To examine the effect of topical ranibizumab on clinically stable corneal neovascularization (NV). This was a prospective, open-label, monocentric, uncontrolled noncomparative study. Ten eyes of 9 patients with corneal NV received topical ranibizumab (1%) 4 times a day for 3 weeks with a follow-up period of 16 weeks. The main corneal NV outcome measures were: neovascular area, the area occupied by the corneal neovessels; vessel caliber (VC), the mean diameter of the corneal neovessels; and invasion area (IA), the fraction of the total cornea area covered by the vessels. This study was conducted at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA. Statistically significant decreases in neovascular area (55.3%, P < 0.001), which lasted through 16 weeks, and VC (59%, P < 0.001), which continued to improve up to week 16, were observed after treatment. No significant decrease was observed in IA (12.3%, P = 0.49). There was no statistically significant change in visual acuity or intraocular pressure. No adverse events ascribed to the treatment were noted. Topical application of ranibizumab is effective in reducing the severity of corneal NV in the context of established corneal NV, mostly through decrease in VC rather than IA.

  1. Modeling Corneal Oxygen with Scleral Gas Permeable Lens Wear. (United States)

    Compañ, Vicente; Aguilella-Arzo, Marcel; Edrington, Timothy B; Weissman, Barry A


    The main goal of this current work is to use an updated calculation paradigm, and updated boundary conditions, to provide theoretical guidelines to assist the clinician whose goal is to improve his or her scleral gas permeable (GP) contact lens wearing patients' anterior corneal oxygen supply. Our model uses a variable value of corneal oxygen consumption developed through Monod equations that disallows negative oxygen tensions within the stroma to predict oxygen tension at the anterior corneal surface of scleral GP contact lens wearing eyes, and to describe oxygen tension and flux profiles, for various boundary conditions, through the lens, tears, and cornea. We use several updated tissue and boundary parameters in our model. Tear exchange with GP scleral lenses is considered nonexistent in this model. The majority of current scleral GP contact lenses should produce some levels of corneal hypoxia under open eye conditions. Only lenses producing the thinnest of tear vaults should result in anterior corneal surface oxygen tensions greater than a presumed critical oxygen tension of 100 mmHg. We also find that corneal oxygen tension and flux are each more sensitive to modification in tear vault than to changes in lens oxygen permeability, within the ranges of current clinical manipulation. Our study suggests that clinicians would be prudent to prescribe scleral GP lenses manufactured from higher oxygen permeability materials and especially to fit without excessive corneal clearance.

  2. Impact of Hydration Media on Ex Vivo Corneal Elasticity Measurements. (United States)

    Dias, Janice; Ziebarth, Noël M


    To determine the effect of hydration media on ex vivo corneal elasticity. Experiments were conducted on 40 porcine eyes retrieved from an abattoir (10 eyes each for phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), balanced salt solution, Optisol, 15% dextran). The epithelium was removed, and the cornea was excised with an intact scleral rim and placed in 20% dextran overnight to restore its physiological thickness. For each hydration media, corneas were evenly divided into two groups: one with an intact scleral rim and the other without. Corneas were mounted onto a custom chamber and immersed in a hydration medium for elasticity testing. Although in each medium, corneal elasticity measurements were performed for 2 hr: at 5-min intervals for the first 30 min and then 15-min intervals for the remaining 90 min. Elasticity testing was performed using nanoindentation with spherical indenters, and Young modulus was calculated using the Hertz model. Thickness measurements were taken before and after elasticity testing. The percentage change in corneal thickness and elasticity was calculated for each hydration media group. Balanced salt solution, PBS, and Optisol showed an increase in thickness and Young moduli for corneas with and without an intact scleral rim. Fifteen percent dextran exhibited a dehydrating effect on corneal thickness and provided stable maintenance of corneal elasticity for both groups. Hydration media affects the stability of corneal thickness and elasticity measurements over time. Fifteen percent dextran was most effective in maintaining corneal hydration and elasticity, followed by Optisol.

  3. Topical Ranibizumab as a Treatment of Corneal Neovascularization (United States)

    Ferrari, Giulio; Dastjerdi, Mohammad H.; Okanobo, Andre; Cheng, Sheng-Fu; Amparo, Francisco; Nallasamy, Nambi; Dana, Reza


    Purpose To examine the effect of topical ranibizumab on clinically stable corneal neovascularization (NV). Methods This was a prospective, open-label, monocentric, uncontrolled, non-comparative study. Ten eyes of 9 patients with corneal NV received topical ranibizumab (1%) 4 times a day for 3 weeks with a follow-up of 16 weeks. The main corneal neovascularization outcome measures were: neovascular area (NA), the area occupied by the corneal neovessels; vessel caliber (VC), the mean diameter of the corneal neovessels; and invasion area (IA), the fraction of the total cornea area covered by the vessels. This study was conducted at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA, USA. Results Statistically significant decreases in NA (55.3%, P<0.001), which lasted through 16 weeks, and VC (59%, P<0.001), which continued to improve up to week 16, were observed after treatment. No significant decrease was observed in IA (12.3%, P=0.49). There was no statistically significant change in visual acuity or intraocular pressure. No adverse events ascribed to the treatment were noted. Conclusions Topical application of ranibizumab is effective in reducing the severity of corneal NV in the context of established corneal NV, mostly through decrease in VC rather than IA. PMID:23407316

  4. Zitterbewegung with spin-orbit coupled ultracold atoms in a fluctuating optical lattice


    Argonov, V. Yu.; Makarov, D. V.


    Dynamics of non-interacting ultracold atoms with artificial spin-orbit coupling is considered. Spin-orbit coupling is created using two moving optical lattices with orthogonal polarizations. Our main goal is to study influence of lattice noise on Rabi oscillations. Special attention is paid to the phenomenon of the Zitterbewegung being trembling motion caused by Rabi transitions between states with different velocities. Phase and amplitude fluctuations of lattices are modelled by means of the...

  5. Corneal ectasia secondary to peripheral endotheliopathy in a patient with classic pars planitis


    Arellanes-Garcia, Lourdes; Preciado-Delgadillo, Maricarmen; Hernandez-Quintela, Everardo; Garza-Leon, Manuel


    Purpose To report a case of corneal ectasia secondary to pars planitis corneal endotheliopathy Methods Clinical case description and proposed hypothesis regarding development of corneal ectasia Results Eight-year-old male presented with 360° peripheral corneal endotheliopathy and edema, granulomatous keratic precipitates, and mild iritis OD. A progressive corneal ectasia then developed. Twenty months later, OS presented similarly and anterior chamber inflammatory cells, vitreous snowballs, an...

  6. Outcomes of Infectious versus Sterile Perforated Corneal Ulcers after Therapeutic Penetrating Keratoplasty in the United States

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    Sloan W. Rush


    Full Text Available Purpose. To compare the long-term outcomes of infectious versus sterile perforated corneal ulcers after therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty in the United States. Methods. The charts of 45 consecutive eyes that underwent primary therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty for a perforated corneal ulcer at a single center were retrospectively reviewed. The perforated ulcers were classified as infectious or sterile and the underlying demographics, clinical features, and 36-month outcomes were compared among the two groups. Results. Mean follow-up among subjects was 38.6 (±6.9 months. Patients presenting with sterile perforated ulcers were more likely to have a peripheral perforation location (p=0.0333 and recurrence of the underlying disease condition (p=0.0321, require adjunctive surgical measures in the immediate postoperative period (p<0.0001, have reperforation after keratoplasty (p=0.0079, have worse best corrected visual acuity (p=0.0130, develop no light perception vision (p=0.0053, and require enucleation/evisceration (p=0.0252 when compared to the infectious perforated ulcer group. Conclusions. Sterile perforated corneal ulcers have a worse prognosis and may be more frequent than those caused by infectious disease in the United States compared to the developing world.

  7. Blepharokeratoconjunctivitis in childhood: corneal involvement and visual outcome. (United States)

    Rodríguez-García, A; González-Godínez, S; López-Rubio, S


    The main objective of this study is to describe the prevalence, degree and risk of corneal involvement, and visual impact in a pediatric population with blepharokeratoconjunctivitis (BKC). Retrospective, observational, case-control study. Clinical records of patients ≤16 years old with BKC seen between 2006 and 2012 were reviewed. The prevalence and relative risk of corneal involvement was evaluated between patients with and without corneal affection through a univariate and multivariate analysis with logistic regression. Visual acuity at presentation and at last follow-up visit was also analyzed. One hundred and fourteen children with BKC, with a male-to-female ratio of 1 : 1 and a mean age at diagnosis of 9.13 years. The mean follow-up time was 26.4 (±25) months. Corneal involvement was present in 39.5% of patients, varying from superficial punctate keratitis to perforation. Corneal changes were not seen in children under 4 years old. The risk of corneal affection was greater in patients with photophobia, hordeolum, female gender and asymmetric disease (OR of 2.69, 11.6, 2.35 and 2.77, respectively). The mean best-corrected visual acuity at presentation was 0.20 (corneal affected group), compared to 0.11 (unaffected group; P=0.02). Our study showed an older age at time of diagnosis and a worse visual outcome in patients with BKC and corneal disease compared with previous reports. Early diagnosis and detection of risk factors for corneal involvement, as well as adequate treatment, is mandatory to prevent serious long-term visual repercussions in children with BKC.

  8. Using corneal topography design personalized cataract surgery programs

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    Jin-Ou Huang


    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate how to design personalized cataract surgery programs to achieve surgical correction of preoperative corneal astigmatism with surgical astigmatism under the guidance of corneal topography, improve postoperative visual quality and reduce the cost of treatment. METHODS: Totally 202 cases(226 eyescataract patients were divided into randomized treatment group and individualized treatment group. According to the method and location of the incision, randomized treatment group were divided into 8 groups. Surgical astigmatism after different incision were calculated with the use of preoperative and postoperative corneal astigmatism through vector analysis method. Individualized treatment groups were designed personably for surgical method with reference of every surgically induced astigmatism, the surgical method chooses the type of surgical incision based on close link between preoperative corneal astigmatism and surgically induced astigmatism, and the incision was located in the steep meridian. The postoperative corneal astigmatism of individualized treatment group was observed. RESULTS: Postoperative corneal astigmatism of individualized treatment group were lower than that of 3.0mm clear corneal tunnel incision in the randomized treatment group, there were statistically significance difference, while with 3.0mm sclera tunnel incision group there were no statistically significance difference. After 55.8% of patients with the use of individualized surgical plan could undergo the operation of extracapsular cataract extraction with relatively low cost and rigid intraocular lens implantation, the per capita cost of treatment could be reduced. CONCLUSION: Personalized cataract surgery programs are designed to achieve surgical correction of preoperative corneal astigmatism under the use of corneal topography, improve postoperative visual quality and reduce the cost of treatment.

  9. Development of a novel ex vivo equine corneal model. (United States)

    Marlo, Todd L; Giuliano, Elizabeth A; Sharma, Ajay; Mohan, Rajiv R


    To develop an ex vivo equine corneal organ culture model. Specifically, to assess the equine cornea's extracellular matrix and cellularity after 7 days using two different culture techniques: either (i) immersion system or (ii) air/liquid interface system, to determine the best ex vivo equine corneal model. Fourteen healthy equine corneas of various breeds. Equine corneas with 2 mm of perilimbal sclera were freshly harvested from 7 horses undergoing humane euthanasia. One corneal-scleral ring (CSR) from each horse was randomly placed in the (i) immersion condition organ culture system (IC), with the contralateral CSR being placed in the (ii) air/liquid interface organ culture system (ALC) for 7 days. All corneas were evaluated using serial daily gross photography, histology, qPCR, and TUNEL assay. corneal-scleral rings placed in the IC (i) had complete loss of corneal transparency on gross photography by 7 days, showed a significant level of corneal stromal disorganization, significantly increased α-SMA levels on qPCR, and apoptosis on TUNEL assay compared to controls. The ALC (ii) had weak stromal disorganization on histopathologic examination and was not significantly different from normal equine corneal controls on all other evaluated parameters. The air-liquid interface organ culture system maintains the equine cornea's extracellular matrix and preserves corneal transparency, while the immersion condition results in near complete degradation of normal equine corneal architecture after 7 days in culture. The air-liquid organ culture is a viable option to maintain a healthy equine cornea in an ex vivo setting for wound healing studies. © 2016 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  10. Corneal haze and visual outcome after collagen crosslinking for keratoconus: A comparison between total epithelium off and partial epithelial removal methods

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    Hasan Razmjoo


    Full Text Available Background: Keratoconus is an asymmetric, bilateral, progressive noninflammatory ectasia of the cornea that affects approximately 1 in 2000 of the general population. This may cause a significant negative impact on quality of life. Corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL is one of the recently introduced methods that have been used to decrease the progression of keratoconus, in particular, as well as other corneal-thinning processes. Materials and Methods: A total of 44 keratoconic eyes of 22 patients were enrolled in this randomized prospective study, after obtaining informed consent. In the first group, the corneal epithelium were totally removed and in the second group, the central 3 mm of epithelium was kept intact and partial removal was performed. After collagen crosslinking in both groups, comprehensive ophthalmologic examination was performed on all patients before and 6 months after the surgery. This article is registered at with registration number NCT01809977. Results: The difference between the two groups was not statistically significant regarding postoperative corneal haziness, refraction, and visual acuity (P > 0.05. However, comparison of pre- and postoperative parameters within each group revealed that total removal of the cornea has resulted in significant improvement of K-max (P value: 0.01 and Q-value (P value: 0.009; while eyes in partial removal group had better improvement of corrected vision (P value: 0.006. Both methods had significant and similar increase in optical corneal density (P < 0.0001. Conclusion: In our study, keeping the central corneal epithelium intact was not beneficial for decreasing corneal haziness, however, this method caused better improvement in corrected vision. Total epithelium off technique resulted in better improvement of K-max and Q-value.

  11. Complications caused by contact lens wearing. (United States)

    Beljan, Jasna; Beljan, Kristina; Beljan, Zdravko


    Complications in wearing contact lenses are very rare and caused by poor maintenance, over-extended wear and wearing of contact lenses in a polluted environment. Regular control by a professional person can efficiently reduce the number of complications. This paper describes the most common risks factors for complications, and complications of wearing contact lenses with the classification according to the anatomic parts of the eye: eyelids, tear film, limbus, corneal epithelium, corneal stroma and corneal endothelium. Every complication has been described by the characteristic signs and symptoms, etiology and pathology, as well as therapy and prognosis. The paper describes how to select adequate customers as contact lens users, with proper education in order to ensure minimal incidence of complications due to contact lens wear, thus attracting a lot of satisfied and healthy customers.

  12. Collagenase-mediated tissue modeling of corneal ectasia and collagen cross-linking treatments. (United States)

    Hong, Cheng W; Sinha-Roy, Abhijit; Schoenfield, Lynn; McMahon, James T; Dupps, William J


    Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) is a method for modifying the natural history of keratoconus and other corneal ectatic diseases. The authors evaluated the use of collagenase for generating an experimental model of ectasia to evaluate the topographic effects of CXL interventions. Nine human corneoscleral specimens unsuitable for transplantation were used. After epithelial debridement, mounting, and pressurization on an artificial anterior chamber, a solution of 10 mg/mL collagenase type II with 15% dextran was applied to five corneas for three hours. Three of these corneas subsequently underwent riboflavin/UV-A CXL. Scheimpflug-based tomography was performed before collagenase exposure, after collagenase exposure, and after CXL to evaluate changes in maximum axial curvature of the anterior surface (K(max)) at three IOP levels. Results were compared to four control eyes exposed to dextran alone. A statistically significant increase in K(max) was seen across all IOP levels in the collagenase group compared to the control group (+6.6 ± 1.1 diopters [D] and +0.3 ± 0.8 D, respectively, at physiological IOP). After CXL, K(max) decreased (-7.6 ± 2.0 D at physiological IOP). Anterior corneal aberrations increased after collagenase exposure and decreased after CXL. Light microscopy showed loss of normal stromal collagen architecture and localized edema after collagenase exposure. A method for generating topographic features of corneal ectasia in human tissue is demonstrated. No significant sensitivity of K(max) to IOP was observed. CXL caused regression of steepening and induced aberrations in this model, consistent with clinical trends. The model may be useful for testing modifications to standard CXL techniques.

  13. [Cell-based therapies - an innovative therapeutic option in ophthalmology: Treating corneal diseases with stem cells]. (United States)

    Bakker, Ann-Christin; Langer, Barbara


    Pathological changes and disorders of the cornea are a major cause of severe visual impairment and blindness. Replacement of a pathologically altered cornea with healthy corneal tissue from the eye of a suitable donor is among the most common and successful transplantation procedures in medicine. In Germany, approximately 5000-6000 corneal transplantations are performed each year, but the total demand per year is estimated to be twice as high. With a success rate of 90%, the outcome of cornea transplantation is very favourable. However, long-term maintenance and regeneration of a healthy new cornea requires tissue-specific corneal stem cells residing at the basal layer of the limbus, which is the annular transition zone between the cornea and sclera. When this important limbal stem cell population is destroyed or dysfunctional, a pathological condition known as limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) manifests. Limbal stem cell deficiency describes conditions associated with impaired corneal wound healing and regeneration. In this situation, transplantation of healthy limbal stem cells is the only curative treatment approach for restoration of an intact and functional ocular surface. To date, treatment of LSCD presents a great challenge for ophthalmologists. However, innovative, cell-therapeutic approaches may open new, promising treatment perspectives. In February 2015, the European Commission granted marketing authorization to the first stem cell-based treatment in the European Union. The product named Holoclar® is an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) for the treatment of moderate to severe LSCD due to physical and chemical burns in adults. Further cell-based treatment approaches are in clinical development.

  14. Inhibitory effects of polysaccharide extract from Spirulina platensis on corneal neovascularization (United States)

    Yang, Lingling; Wang, Yao; Zhou, Qingjun; Chen, Peng; Wang, Yiqiang; Wang, Ye; Liu, Ting


    Purpose To assess the effects of polysaccharide extract from Spirulina platensis (PSP) on corneal neovascularization (CNV) in vivo and in vitro. Methods PSP was extracted from dry powder of Spirulina platensis. Its anti-angiogenic activity was evaluated in the mouse corneal alkali burn model after topical administration of PSP four times daily for up to seven days. Corneal samples were processed for histochemical, immunohistochemical, and gene expression analyses. The effects of PSP on proliferation, migration, tube formation, and serine threonine kinase (AKT) and extracellular regulated kinase1/2 (ERK1/2) signaling levels in vascular endothelial cells were determined using 3-(4,5)-dimethylthiahiazo (-z-y1)-3, 5-di-phenytetrazoliumromide (MTT) and carboxyfluorescein succinimidyl ester (CFSE) labeling assays, wound healing assay, Matrigel tube formation assay, and western blot. Results Topical application of PSP significantly inhibited CNV caused by alkali burn. Corneas treated with PSP showed reduced levels of platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule (CD31) and stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF1) proteins, reduced levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2), matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9), SDF1, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) mRNAs, and an increased level of pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) mRNA. These are parameters that have all been related to CNV and/or inflammation. In human vascular endothelial cells, PSP significantly inhibited proliferation, migration, and tube formation in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, PSP also decreased the levels of activated AKT and ERK 1/2. Conclusions These data suggest that polysaccharide extract from Spirulina platensis is a potent inhibitor of CNV and that it may be of benefit in the therapy of corneal diseases involving neovascularization and inflammation. PMID:19784394

  15. Homomorphisms of complete distributive lattices | Pultr ...

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    A survey of analogous results on algebraic universality of categories based on finitary distributive (0, 1)-lattices is included to motivate further questions about categories based on complete distributive lattices. Keywords: complete distributive lattice, complete lattice homomorphism, frame, Heyting algebra, continuous map, ...

  16. Unidirectional Transition Waves in Bistable Lattices. (United States)

    Nadkarni, Neel; Arrieta, Andres F; Chong, Christopher; Kochmann, Dennis M; Daraio, Chiara


    We present a model system for strongly nonlinear transition waves generated in a periodic lattice of bistable members connected by magnetic links. The asymmetry of the on-site energy wells created by the bistable members produces a mechanical diode that supports only unidirectional transition wave propagation with constant wave velocity. We theoretically justify the cause of the unidirectionality of the transition wave and confirm these predictions by experiments and simulations. We further identify how the wave velocity and profile are uniquely linked to the double-well energy landscape, which serves as a blueprint for transition wave control.

  17. Pharmacologic strategies in the prevention and treatment of corneal transplant rejection. (United States)

    Tabbara, Khalid F


    Corneal transplantation remains one of the most successful organ transplantation procedures in humans. The unique structure of the cornea, with its absence of blood vessels and corneal lymphatic, allows the survival of corneal allograft. Recent advances in sutures, storage media, microsurgical instrumentation, and new pharmacological strategies have greatly improved the success of corneal transplantation and the prevention of corneal allograft rejection. Our strategies in the management and prevention of corneal graft rejection can modify and improve the survival of corneal allografts. Preoperative evaluation, understanding the risk factors, and management of ocular surface disorders may greatly improve the survival of the corneal transplant. Early recognition of corneal allograft rejection and aggressive treatment may improve the survival of the corneal graft. Furthermore, patients who undergo corneal transplantation should be maintained under close ophthalmic surveillance and patients should be informed to report immediately whenever symptoms of corneal graft rejection occur. The mainstay of therapy is topical corticosteroids. In severe cases, periocular, intravenous, and oral corticosteroids therapy can be rendered. New therapeutic modalities such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus, daclizumab, mycophenolate mofetil, leflunomide, rapamycin, and others may prove to be of help in the prevention and treatment of corneal graft rejection. Early recognition of corneal graft rejection and prompt treatment are mandatory for the successful survival of the corneal allograft.

  18. Methylene blue-related corneal edema and iris discoloration. (United States)

    Timucin, Ozgur Bulent; Karadag, Mehmet Fatih; Aslanci, Mehmet Emin; Baykara, Mehmet


    We report the case of a 70-year-old female patient who developed corneal edema and iris discoloration following the inadvertent use of 1% methylene blue instead of 0.025% trypan blue to stain the anterior capsule during cataract phacoemulsification surgery. Copious irrigation was performed upon realization of incorrect dye use. Corneal edema and iris discoloration developed during the early postoperative period and persisted at 24-months follow-up. However, keratoplasty was not required. The intracameral use of 1% methylene blue has a cytotoxic effect on the corneal endothelium and iris epithelium. Copious irrigation for at least 30 min using an anterior chamber maintainer may improve outcomes.

  19. Pseudomonas-induced corneal ulcers associated with contaminated eye mascaras. (United States)

    Wilson, L A; Ahearn, D G


    Seven Pseudomonas-induced corneal ulcers were associated with the use of four brands of mascara contaminated with P. aeruginosa. In laboratory studies, preservative systems of three of the four brands were inadequate in comparison with a control mascara of known antimicrobial activity. If the corneal epithelium is scratched during the application of mascara, particularly if the applicator is old, the cornea should be treated immediately and the mascara cultured to detect Pseudomonas. The high incidence of recurrent corneal ulceration in cases of Pseudomonas-induced keratitis indicates that initial chemotherapy should be intensive and maintained until the lesion stabilizes.

  20. Corneal perforation secondary to UV radiation from a tanning lamp. (United States)

    Funnell, Charlotte; Watson, Keith; Stewart, Owen; Dua, Gurcharan


    To report the case of a patient with keratoconus who developed a corneal perforation secondary to UV radiation from a tanning lamp. We believe this to be the first case of a corneal perforation secondary to UV radiation. The presentation and management of the patient and the pathophysiology of UV keratitis are discussed. Our patient developed a full-thickness corneal perforation after 30 minutes of tanning lamp exposure without eye protection. The cornea was temporized with cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive until penetrating keratoplasty could be performed. With an increased understanding of the pathophysiology of UV damage, treatment should be aimed at modulating the disease to reduce the likelihood of a poor outcome.

  1. Corneal endothelial cell density and morphology in healthy Turkish eyes. (United States)

    Arıcı, Ceyhun; Arslan, Osman Sevki; Dikkaya, Funda


    Purpose. To describe the normative values of corneal endothelial cell density, morphology, and central corneal thickness in healthy Turkish eyes. Methods. Specular microscopy was performed in 252 eyes of 126 healthy volunteers (M : F, 42 : 84). Parameters studied included mean endothelial cell density (MCD), mean cell area (MCA), coefficient of variation (CV) in cell size, percentage of hexagonal cells, and central corneal thickness (CCT). Results. The mean age of volunteers was 44.3 ± 13.5 (range, 20 to 70) years. There was a statistically significant decrease in MCD (P Filipino eyes and higher than that described in Indian, Thai, and Iranian eyes.

  2. Repositioning of pedicle conjunctival flap performed for refractory corneal ulcer. (United States)

    Sharma, Ashok; Mohan, Kanwar; Sharma, Rajan; Nirankari, Verinder S


    A 50-year-old male was referred with a previous history of conjunctival flap (CF) for a nonhealing fungal corneal ulcer with extreme corneal thinning in the right eye. The peritomy for the CF extended from 6:30 to 9:30 clock h on the cornea. The CF was disengaged, peritomy area deepithelialized, and CF was repositioned. He later underwent penetrating keratoplasty and achieved 20/40 best corrected visual acuity. The authors present a new concept for surgically repositioning CF s to the original site immediately after healing of the corneal ulcer.

  3. Lattice gauge theory using parallel processors

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    Lee, T.D.; Chou, K.C.; Zichichi, A.


    The book's contents include: Lattice Gauge Theory Lectures: Introduction and Current Fermion Simulations; Monte Carlo Algorithms for Lattice Gauge Theory; Specialized Computers for Lattice Gauge Theory; Lattice Gauge Theory at Finite Temperature: A Monte Carlo Study; Computational Method - An Elementary Introduction to the Langevin Equation, Present Status of Numerical Quantum Chromodynamics; Random Lattice Field Theory; The GF11 Processor and Compiler; and The APE Computer and First Physics Results; Columbia Supercomputer Project: Parallel Supercomputer for Lattice QCD; Statistical and Systematic Errors in Numerical Simulations; Monte Carlo Simulation for LGT and Programming Techniques on the Columbia Supercomputer; Food for Thought: Five Lectures on Lattice Gauge Theory

  4. Infiltrados corneales asociados al uso de lentes de contacto Corneal infiltrates associated with contact lens wear

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    Vivian Padrón Álvarez


    Full Text Available Se estudiaron 15 pacientes que usan lentes de contacto rígidas, permeables al gas (LCRPG y lentes de contacto blandas (LCB que presentaron infiltrados corneales. Se realizó estudio microbiológico de las lesiones y seguimiento clínico de estos casos. En 3 de los casos estudiados el cultivo fue positivo a estafilococo aureus, el resto de los estudios microbiológicos fueron negativos. Todos los pacientes respondieron rápidamente al retirar la lente de contacto y al tratamiento con antibióticos tópicos y ninguno tuvo afectación permanente de la agudeza visual. El diagnóstico exacto y el manejo apropiado de los infiltrados corneales en pacientes que usan lentes de contacto es de gran importancia por la posibilidad de infección o de secuela visual permanente.15 patients wearing gas permeable rigid contact lenses (GPRCL and soft contanct lenses (SCL that presented corneal infiltrates were studied. A microbiological study of the injuries and a clinical follow-up of these cases were conducted. In 3 of the studied cases the culture was positive to Staphyloccocus aureus. The rest of the mircobiological studies were negative. All the patients responded rapidly to the contact lens removal and to the treatment with topical antibiotics. None of them had permanent affection of visual acuity. The accurate diagnosis and the appropiate management of the corneal infiltrates in patients wearing contact lenses is very important due to the possibility of infection or of permanent visual sequela.

  5. Corneal stromal demarcation line after collagen cross-linking in corneal ectatic diseases: a review of the literature

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    Full Text Available Leopoldo Spadea, Emanuele Tonti, Enzo Maria Vingolo Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, Latina, Italy Abstract: Collagen cross-linking (CXL is a relatively new conservative approach for progressive corneal ectasia, which is able to strengthen corneal tissue reforming new covalent bonds. Subjective and objective results following this method seem to be promising. In recent years, newer CXL protocols have been developed to perform more effective and less invasive procedures. The increasing diffusion of CXL in the corneal ectatic disease has increased the need to have actual indices regarding the efficacy of the treatment. Evaluation of demarcation line (DL, a transition zone between the cross-linked anterior corneal stroma and the untreated posterior corneal stroma, is considered a measurement of the depth of CXL treatment into the stroma. Some evidence in the literature emphasize that DL could be a measure of effectiveness of the CXL. On the contrary, some authors believe that the “the deeper, the better” principle is rather a simplistic approach for interpreting the clinical importance of the corneal stromal DL. Keywords: corneal cross-linking, demarcation line, keratoconus, ultraviolet A

  6. U.S. Multicenter Clinical Trial of Corneal Collagen Crosslinking for Treatment of Corneal Ectasia after Refractive Surgery. (United States)

    Hersh, Peter S; Stulting, R Doyle; Muller, David; Durrie, Daniel S; Rajpal, Rajesh K


    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) for the treatment of corneal ectasia after laser refractive surgery. Prospective, randomized, multicenter, controlled clinical trial. One hundred seventy-nine subjects with corneal ectasia after previous refractive surgery. The treatment group underwent standard CXL, and the sham control group received riboflavin alone without removal of the epithelium. The primary efficacy criterion was the change over 1 year of topography-derived maximum keratometry (K), comparing treatment with control groups. Secondary outcomes evaluated were corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), manifest refraction spherical equivalent, endothelial cell count, and adverse events. In the crosslinking treatment group, the maximum K value decreased by 0.7 diopters (D) from baseline to 1 year, whereas there was continued progression in the control group (1.3 D difference between treatment and control, P Corneal haze was the most frequently reported crosslinking-related adverse finding. Corneal collagen crosslinking was effective in improving the maximum K value, CDVA, and UDVA in eyes with corneal ectasia 1 year after treatment, with an excellent safety profile. CXL is the first approved procedure to diminish progression of this ectatic corneal process. Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Corneal melanosis successfully treated using topical mitomycin-C and alcohol corneal epitheliectomy: a 3-year follow-up case report

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    Mehmet Balcı


    Full Text Available ABSTRACTWe report a case of primary acquired corneal melanosis without atypia associated with corneal haze in a patient with a history of limbal malignant melanoma and the effect of mitomycin-C. A 75-year-old woman with a history of limbal malignant melanoma presented with loss of vision in right eye. Corneal examination showed a patchy melanotic pigmentation with a central haze. Topical mitomycin-C improved visual acuity and corneal haze. However, the pigmented lesions persisted, and they were removed with alcohol corneal epitheliectomy. Histopathological examination demonstrated primary acquired melanosis without atypia. The lesions were successfully removed, and there were no recurrences during the follow-up period of 36 months. The association of conjunctival and corneal melanosis without atypia is a rare condition. In addition, co-existence of central corneal haze and melanosis may decrease visual acuity. Topical mitomycin-C and alcohol corneal epitheliectomy can be useful treatments in this condition.

  8. Evolution in the use of intrastromal corneal ring segments for corneal ectasia. (United States)

    Park, Jennifer; Gritz, David C


    To report the recent advances in the use of intrastromal corneal ring segments (ICRS) for treating patients with corneal ectasia. ICRS improve visual, refractive, and keratometric parameters in patients with keratoconus and postlaser in-situ keratomileusis ectasia. ICRS have been made safer, quicker, and more precise with the use of femtosecond lasers for ring insertion. ICRS produce better visual outcomes in patients with poor preoperative corrected distance visual acuity compared with patients with less preoperative visual impairment. Standard ICRS do not improve vision in patients with stage 3-4 keratoconus (Amsler-Krumeich classification), but newer models of ICRS, such as Intacs SK, appear promising for these patients. ICRS have been successfully combined with treatments such as corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL), penetrating keratoplasty, and photorefractive keratectomy. ICRS variably improve visual acuity. Numerous questions concerning ICRS remain, including the duration of the effects of ICRS and the changes that ICRS induce on a biomechanical level. The optimal method for combined CXL and ICRS placement has not yet been determined. Further well-designed randomized controlled studies with long-term follow-up are needed for clarification.

  9. Depósitos corneales de ciprofloxacino Corneal deposits of ciprofloxacin

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    Taimi Cárdenas Díaz


    Full Text Available Las fluoroquinolonas son ampliamente utilizadas para el tratamiento de infecciones oculares bacterianas, ya que tienen actividad tanto para grampositivos, como para gramnegativos. Son fármacos seguros, pero se han descrito depósitos blancos cristalinianos en pacientes con administración frecuente y prolongada;en la mayoría de los casos, ellos resuelven de forma lenta al interrumpir el tratamiento. Si esto no ocurre, los depósitos se deben desbridar. Se ilustran 3 casos operados de catarata que llevaron tratamiento con ciprofloxacino en el posoperatorio, en los cuales se presentaron depósitos corneales y aunque disminuyó la agudeza visual, esta se recuperó después de la queratectomía.Fluoroquinolones are broadly used for the treatment of bacterial ocular infections, since they can act upon both grampositive and gramnegative bacteria. They are safe drugs, but white corneal deposits have been described in patients who frequently take this drug for a long period of time. In most of the cases, the deposits disappear slowly after the treatment is interrupted. If this does not happen, the deposits should be eliminated. Three cases operated on from cataract were presented, who had been taken ciprofloxacin in the postoperative stage and had corneal deposits. Although their visual acuity decreased, it recovered after keratectomy.

  10. Validation of Na,K-ATPase pump function of corneal endothelial cells for corneal regenerative medicine. (United States)

    Hatou, Shin; Higa, Kazunari; Inagaki, Emi; Yoshida, Satoru; Kimura, Erika; Hayashi, Ryuhei; Tsujikawa, Motokazu; Tsubota, Kazuo; Nishida, Kohji; Shimmura, Shigeto


    Tissue-engineering approaches to cultivate corneal endothelial cells (CECs) or induce CECs from stem cells are under investigation for the treatment of endothelial dysfunction. Before clinical application, a validation method to determine the quality of these cells is required. In this study, we quantified the endothelial pump function required for maintaining the corneal thickness using rabbit CECs (RCECs) and a human CEC line (B4G12). The potential difference of RCECs cultured on a permeable polyester membrane (Snapwell), B4G12 cells on Snapwell, or B4G12 cells on a collagen membrane (CM6) was measured by an Ussing chamber system, and the effect of different concentrations of ouabain (Na,K-ATPase specific inhibitor) was obtained. A mathematical equation derived from the concentration curve revealed that 2 mM ouabain decreases pump function of RCECs to 1.0 mV, and 0.6 mM ouabain decreases pump function of B4G12 on CM6 to 1.0 mV. Ouabain injection into the anterior chamber of rabbit eyes at a concentration of pump function >1.0 mV is required to maintain the corneal thickness. These results can be used for standardization of CEC pump function and validation of tissue-engineered CEC sheets for clinical use.

  11. Generation of corneal epithelial cells from induced pluripotent stem cells derived from human dermal fibroblast and corneal limbal epithelium.

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    Ryuhei Hayashi

    Full Text Available Induced pluripotent stem (iPS cells can be established from somatic cells. However, there is currently no established strategy to generate corneal epithelial cells from iPS cells. In this study, we investigated whether corneal epithelial cells could be differentiated from iPS cells. We tested 2 distinct sources: human adult dermal fibroblast (HDF-derived iPS cells (253G1 and human adult corneal limbal epithelial cells (HLEC-derived iPS cells (L1B41. We first established iPS cells from HLEC by introducing the Yamanaka 4 factors. Corneal epithelial cells were successfully induced from the iPS cells by the stromal cell-derived inducing activity (SDIA differentiation method, as Pax6(+/K12(+ corneal epithelial colonies were observed after prolonged differentiation culture (12 weeks or later in both the L1B41 and 253G1 iPS cells following retinal pigment epithelial and lens cell induction. Interestingly, the corneal epithelial differentiation efficiency was higher in L1B41 than in 253G1. DNA methylation analysis revealed that a small proportion of differentially methylated regions still existed between L1B41 and 253G1 iPS cells even though no significant difference in methylation status was detected in the specific corneal epithelium-related genes such as K12, K3, and Pax6. The present study is the first to demonstrate a strategy for corneal epithelial cell differentiation from human iPS cells, and further suggests that the epigenomic status is associated with the propensity of iPS cells to differentiate into corneal epithelial cells.

  12. Embedded Lattice and Properties of Gram Matrix

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    Futa Yuichi


    Full Text Available In this article, we formalize in Mizar [14] the definition of embedding of lattice and its properties. We formally define an inner product on an embedded module. We also formalize properties of Gram matrix. We formally prove that an inverse of Gram matrix for a rational lattice exists. Lattice of Z-module is necessary for lattice problems, LLL (Lenstra, Lenstra and Lov´asz base reduction algorithm [16] and cryptographic systems with lattice [17].

  13. Risk factors for visual impairment associated with corneal diseases in southern China

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    Full Text Available Sarah C Xu,1 Jessica Chow,1 Ji Liu,1 Liang Li,2 Jessica S Maslin,1 Nisha Chadha,1 Baihua Chen,2 Christopher C Teng1 1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA; 2Department of Ophthalmology, The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, People’s Republic of China Purpose: To identify the most common etiologies of corneal disease and the risk factors associated with worse visual outcomes in Changsha, Hunan, located in southern China. Methods: This observational, cross-sectional study evaluated 100 consecutive patients seen at the cornea clinic of The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University. Ocular history, demographic information, and ocular use of traditional Chinese medicine were recorded and analyzed. Causes of infectious keratitis were diagnosed clinically. Fungal and acanthamoeba keratitis were confirmed by confocal microscopy. Visual impairment was categorized based on visual acuity according to World Health Organization recommendations. A binary logistic regression model was used to calculate odds ratio (OR. Results: One hundred consecutive patients were evaluated. Sixty patients (60% had noninfectious corneal diseases, most commonly dry eye syndrome (26.7%, n=16, followed by corneal abrasion (18.3%, n=11. Forty-five patients had infectious keratitis, five of whom had both infectious and noninfectious etiologies. Of the patients with infectious keratitis, viral keratitis was the most frequent cause (57.8%, n=26, followed by fungal (20%, n=9 and bacterial (20%, n=9. Older age (OR =5.08, P=0.048, male sex (OR =3.37, P=0.035, and rural residence (OR =3.11, P=0.017 had increased odds of having worse visual impairment. Rural residence was also associated with infectious keratitis (P=0.005, particularly bacterial and fungal keratitis (P=0.046, and a history of ocular trauma (P=0.003. Occupation was not a significant risk factor in this population

  14. In vivo confocal microscopy of pre-Descemet corneal dystrophy associated with X-linked ichthyosis: a case report. (United States)

    Shi, Hui; Qi, Xiao-Feng; Liu, Tao-Tao; Hao, Qian; Li, Xiao-Hong; Liang, Ling-Ling; Wang, Yi-Miao; Cui, Zhi-Hua


    Pre-Descemet corneal dystrophy (PDCD) is characterized by the presence of numerous, tiny, polymorphic opacities immediately anterior to Descemet membrane, which is a rare form of corneal stromal dystrophy and hard to be diagnosed. In vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) is a useful tool to examine the minimal lesions of the cornea at the cellular level. In this article, we report a rare case of PDCD associated with X-linked ichthyosis and evaluate IVCM findings. We present a 34-year-old male Chinese patient with PDCD associated with X-linked ichthyosis. Slit-lamp biomicroscopy showed the presence of tiny and pleomorphic opacities in the posterior stroma immediately anterior to Descemet membrane bilaterally. IVCM revealed regular distributed hyperreflective particles inside the enlarged and activated keratocytes in the posterior stroma. Hyperreflective particles were also observed dispersedly outside the keratocytes in the anterior stroma. Dermatological examination revealed that the skin over the patient's entire body was dry and coarse, with thickening and scaling of the skin in the extensor side of the extremities. PCR results demonstrated that all ten exons and part flanking sequences of STS gene failed to produce any amplicons in the patient. IVCM is useful for analyzing the living corneal structural changes in rare corneal dystrophies. We first reported the IVCM characteristics of PDCD associated with X-linked ichthyosis, which was caused by a deletion of the steroid sulfatase (STS) gene, confirmed by gene analysis.

  15. [In vivoconfocal microscopic observation of corneal changes in patients with chronic Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis]. (United States)

    Gao, T T; Li, Y; Liu, J; Long, Q


    Objective: To describe corneal alterations visible on in vivo confocal microscopy in patients with debilitating ocular sequelae caused by Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Methods: Twenty-two eyes of 11 consecutive patients suffering from chronic SJS or TEN were studied using slit lamp and in vivo confocal microscopy in the Ophthalmology Outpatient Department of Peking Union Medical College Hospital from March 2014 to April 2015. Results: Dry eye with meibomian gland dysfunction (19 eyes of 10 patients, 86.4%) was the most frequent clinical sequelae. Two patients (3 eyes, 13.6%) had severe vison loss with corneal neovascularization and conjunctivization. One patient had asymmetric binocular disease. Corneal epithelial cells were observed at an active state in 10 patients (19 eyes, 86.4%) and corneal stromal cells at an active state in all patients (22 eyes, 100%). Twenty eyes (10 patients, 91%) were noted with abnormal nerve layout and 10 eyes (5 patients, 45.5%) with dendritic cell infiltration around pathological nerve damages. Numerous inflammory cells were observed in 6 eyes (3 patients, 27.3%). Conclusions: The corneas of patients with chronic ocular sequelae associated with SJS or TEN present a number of abnormalities. In vivo confocal microscopy is a potetial useful tool for therapeutic indications and for follow-up of the debilitating chronic ocular problems linked to SJS and TEN. (Chin J Ophthalmol, 2017, 53:177-181) .

  16. Necessity to identify the causative agent for appropriate treatment in fungal corneal ulcer: an in vitro study. (United States)

    Gupta, M K; Chandra, A; Prakash, P; Tilak, R


    Fungal corneal ulcers are a major cause of preventable blindness. Different antifungal agents as natamycin, nystatin, fluconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole are used to treat these ulcers. Among these, natamycin is most widely used as a treatment modality. In natamycin non-responding cases, other drugs especially voriconazole is used. This study was done to assess the use of antifungal drugs in the treatment of fungal corneal ulcer by determining the minimum inhibitory concentration against common fungal pathogens. Minimum inhibitory concentration of fluconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, nystatin and natamycin was assessed against the 61 isolated corneal fungal pathogens as per CLSI guidelines. MIC value of different antifungal agents varies as per fungal strains. Voriconazole showed the lowest MIC against the isolated fungi, in comparison to fluconazole and itraconazole. In comparison to other fungi, higher natamycin MIC was observed against Aspergillus species. Itraconazole is poorly effective against Fusarium sp. Identification of causative fungi is necessary before antifungal treatment. Lowest voriconazole MIC promotes its use as 1st line drug. Comparative higher natamycin MIC, especially against Aspergillus species, warns clinician to have MIC in each case of a non-responding fungal corneal ulcer. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  17. Corneal sensation in scleritis and episcleritis. (United States)

    Lyne, A. J.


    A series of 59 patients were examined for loss of corneal sensitivity. Thirty-five of them suffered from scleritis and 24 suffered from episcleritis. There was a difference between the 2 conditions in that significantly more patients with scleritis were affected than patients with episcleritis. It was also found that among the scleritis patients there was a close relationship between the number of quadrants affected and decrease in sensitivity. Five patients had necrotising scleritis, and they all showed marked loss of sensitivity. Sensitivity returned to normal when the scleritis resolved except when a large area of scleral ectasia resulted. The test is of importance because it is one of the easiest methods of detecting the onset of necrotising scleritis in its earliest stages. Images PMID:588518

  18. Morphological evaluation of normal human corneal epithelium.

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    Ehlers, Niels; Heegaard, Steffen; Hjortdal, Jesper Østergaard


    of corneas from 100 consecutively selected paraffin-embedded eyes were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and Periodic Acid-Schiff (PAS). All specimens were evaluated by light microscopy. The eyes were enucleated from patients with choroidal melanoma. Corneas were considered to be normal. RESULTS: Ninety of 100...... eyes were evaluated. The central epithelial, stromal and total corneal thickness was measured as 36.0 µm, 618 µm and 651µm, respectively, with a variation coefficient from 0.21 to 0.22. Pathological appearances were found in 27% of corneas, including thickened basement membrane and alterations....... The high number of pathological observations suggests that 'normal' eyes harbour and potentially accumulate considerable pathology....

  19. Higher-order aberrations after corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus and corneal ectasia. (United States)

    Greenstein, Steven A; Fry, Kristen L; Hersh, Matthew J; Hersh, Peter S


    To determine changes in higher-order aberrations (HOAs) after corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL). Cornea and refractive surgery practice. Prospective randomized controlled clinical trial. Corneal and ocular HOAs were measured and analyzed using the Pentacam device and Ladarwave aberrometer, respectively, at baseline and 12 months after CXL. Ninety-six eyes (64 keratoconus, 32 ectasia) of 73 patients had CXL. A fellow-eye control group comprised 42 eyes. The mean preoperative total anterior corneal HOAs, total coma, 3rd-order coma, and vertical coma were 4.68 μm ± 2.33 (SD), 4.40 ± 2.32 μm, 4.36 ± 2.30 μm, and 4.04 ± 2.27 μm, respectively. At 1 year, the mean values decreased significantly to 4.27 ± 2.25 μm, 4.01 ± 2.29 μm, 3.96 ± 2.27 μm, and 3.66 ± 2.22 μm, respectively (all Pcorneal HOAs. The mean preoperative total ocular HOAs, total coma, 3rd-order coma, trefoil, and spherical aberration were 2.80 ± 1.0 μm, 2.60 ± 1.03 μm, 2.57 ± 1.03 μm, 0.98 ± 0.46 μm, and 0.90 ± 0.42 μm, respectively. At 1 year, the mean values decreased significantly to 2.59 ± 1.06 μm, 2.42 ± 1.07 μm, 2.39 ± 1.07 μm, 0.88 ± 0.49 μm, and 0.83 ± 0.38 μm, respectively (all P=.01). After CXL, HOAs were significantly improved compared with the control group. Changes in HOAs were not statistically associated with an improvement in visual acuity or most subjective visual symptoms, however. Corneal and ocular HOAs decreased after CXL, suggesting an improvement in corneal shape. Copyright © 2012 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Stereoacuity after small aperture corneal inlay implantation

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    Full Text Available Steven H Linn,1 David F Skanchy,2 Tyler S Quist,3 Jordan D Desautels,4 Majid Moshirfar1,5 1Department of Clinical Research, HDR Research Center, Hoopes Vision, Draper, UT, 2McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX, 3University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 4Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 5John A Moran Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare stereoacuity before and after KAMRA corneal inlay implantation for the correction of presbyopia.Patients and methods: This is a prospective study of 60 patients who underwent KAMRA inlay implantation. Patients were examined before and 6 months after surgery for stereoacuity, uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA, and uncorrected near visual acuity (UNVA.Results: The mean stereoacuity before surgery was 29.5±28.1 arcsec (range: 20–200 and at 6 months was 29.8±26.4 arcsec (range: 20–200. The decline in stereoacuity was not statistically significant. At 6 months follow-up, UDVA was 20/25 or better in all 60 patients and UNVA was J2 (20/25 or better in 51 (85% patients.Conclusion: There is no significant change in stereoacuity following KAMRA inlay implantation. The KAMRA inlay is a good treatment option for improving near vision in presbyopic patients while preserving stereoacuity and distance vision. Keywords: KAMRA, corneal inlay, AcuFocus, stereoacuity, presbyopia