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Eye Diseases - Top 30 Publications

PTEN Reduced UVB-Mediated Apoptosis in Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness and progressive loss of central vision in the elderly population. The important factor of AMD pathogenesis is the degeneration of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells by oxidative stress. Inactivation of PTEN can disrupt intercellular adhesion in the RPE cells, but the mechanism of oxidative stress is less known. Here we presented evidence that UVB-mediated oxidative stress induced apoptosis in ARPE-19 cells. Downregulation of the expression of PTEN in UVB-irradiative RPE cells triggered DNA damage and increased the level of UVB-induced apoptosis by activating p53-dependent pathway. However, overexpression of PTEN increased cell survival by suppressing p-H2A in response to DNA damage and apoptosis. When using Pifithrin-α (one of p53 inhibitors), the level of p53-dependent apoptosis was significantly lower than untreated, which suggested that p53 was possibly involved in PTEN-dependent apoptosis. Thus, it elucidated the molecular mechanisms of UVB-induced damage in RPE cells and may offer an alternative therapeutic target in dry AMD.

X-Linked Retinoschisis in Juveniles: Follow-Up by Optical Coherence Tomography.

Purpose. To explore the structural progression of X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS) in patients by using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Design. Retrospective, observational study. Methods. Patients who were diagnosed with XLRS by genetic testing underwent comprehensive ophthalmological examinations from December 2014 to October 2016. Each eye was measured by SD-OCT using the same clinical protocol. A correlation between best-corrected visual acuity (VA) and SD-OCT measurements was observed. Results. Six patients demonstrated retinoschisis (12 eyes) and typical foveal cyst-like cavities (10 eyes) on SD-OCT images with a mean logMAR VA of 0.48. The median age was 7.5 years at the initial visit. Their foveal retinal thickness (516.9 μm) and choroid thickness (351.4 μm) decreased at a rate of 38.1 and 7.5 μm, respectively, at the 10.5-month follow-up visit; however, there were no significant differences (P = 0.622 and P = 0.406, resp.). There was no significant correlation between VA, the foveal retinal thickness, and subfoveal choroid thickness. Conclusions. SD-OCT images for XLRS patients during the juvenile period revealed no significant changes in the fundus structure, including the foveal retinal thickness and choroid thickness within one-year follow-up. There was a lack of correlation between VA, foveal retinal thickness, and subfoveal choroid thickness.

Unilateral malignant optic glioma following glioblastoma multiforme in the young: a case report and literature review.

Malignant optic gliomas are rare, but they rapidly become lethal visual pathway tumors. We present the clinical course, treatment, and prognosis of a case of unilateral malignant optic glioma in a young man with a history of brain glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

Vogt Koyanagi Harada Syndrome mimicking multiple sclerosis: A case report and review of the literature.

Vogt Koyanagi Harada (VKH) Syndrome, also called uveomeningioencephalitis, is a chronic disorder characterized by inflammation of the uvea, meninges, auditory system, and integumentary system. The association between VKH syndrome and multiple sclerosis (MS) has been reported only once in the literature in a patient who developed VKH syndrome after two years of the diagnosis of MS. In this article, we report a case who was misdiagnosed and treated as MS until she was proven to have VKH syndrome, and a diagnosis of MS was excluded. VKH syndrome is a systemic disorder that may present with clinical and/or radiological features mimicking MS. Applying diagnostic criteria is extremely important for confirming or excluding the diagnosis. Detailed history and physical examination are of paramount importance to score the final diagnosis. Rigorous search for red flags for both conditions is very helpful.

Comparing epidemiology and baseline characteristic of multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica: A case-control study.

Autoimmune syndromes such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) are chronic, demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system which usually affect young adults. Both environmental risk factors and genetic susceptibility have been proposed to explain the etiology of these diseases. The aim of this study was to compare epidemiology and possible risk factors in MS and NMO in Tehran, Iran.

Ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer and retinal nerve fiber layer thickness according to myopia and optic disc area: a quantitative and three-dimensional analysis.

To determine the influences of myopia and optic disc size on ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer (GCIPL) and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness profiles obtained by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Headache in Neuromyelitis Optica.

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) classically features a clinical presentation that includes longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis and optic neuritis. However, many other pathognomonic phenomena have more recently been described in patients diagnosed with NMO, including intractable hiccups, vomiting, and painful tonic spasms, but less has been reported regarding the relationship between NMO and headache. Though headache is well established as both a symptom and comorbidity of multiple sclerosis (MS), it has been much less described thus far in the NMO literature and warrants more careful evaluation. Many questions remain unanswered about the relationship between NMO and headache, including headache prevalence in certain groups, distribution of primary and symptomatic headache disorders that are seen most frequently and the specific neuroimaging findings that are associated with an increased risk of headache.

A super-infection in the cornea caused by Stemphylium, Acremonium, and α-Streptococcus.

Polymicrobial keratitis with fungus and bacteria can lead to blindness and is challenging to treat. Here, we introduce a case of fungal keratitis caused by two different strains in addition to definite bacterial super-infection caused by an α-Streptococcus sp., and describe the importance of microscopic examination.

Development of a laser controlled device to modulate intraocular pressure.

The current standard of treatment for glaucoma is trabeculectomy. The use of glaucoma drainage devices has increased in recent years since its efficacy and safety was established as it provides an alternative surgical option. A downfall of these devices is the lack of proper flow rate control. Areas covered: In this paper we describe a glaucoma drainage device regulator that has already been protoyped and undergone initial testing. It consists of an implantable device with a semipermeable membrane that is used during glaucoma surgery and can be opened with either thermal or photodisruptive laser to adjust the amount of flow precisely and non-invasively, addressing the current difficulties of glaucoma surgeries. A literature search was conducted using MEDLINE and manuscript references for studies published in English between 2000 and 2015 using the terms glaucoma, trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage devices. Expert commentary: The GDDR device can decrease surgical risk and allow surgeons to post-operatively adjust flow as clinically needed using a non-invasive method. Further testing is planned to substantiate these initial results and evaluate the device's biocompatibility, tunability and efficacy.

Protective effects of Cassia tora leaves in experimental cataract by modulating intracellular communication, membrane co-transporters, energy metabolism and the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway.

Cataract is the clouding of eye lens which causes impairment in vision and accounts for the leading factor of global blindness. Functional food-based prevention of cataract finds application in vision research because of its availability and easy access to all classes of the society. Cassia tora Linn. (Caesalpinaceae) is an edible plant mentioned in the traditional systems of medicine for whole body health, especially to the eyes.

Targeting Oxidative Stress for Treatment of Glaucoma and Optic Neuritis.

Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease of the eye and it is one of the leading causes of blindness. Glaucoma is characterized by progressive degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and their axons, namely, the optic nerve, usually associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Current glaucoma therapies target reduction of IOP, but since RGC death is the cause of irreversible vision loss, neuroprotection may be an effective strategy for glaucoma treatment. One of the risk factors for glaucoma is increased oxidative stress, and drugs with antioxidative properties including valproic acid and spermidine, as well as inhibition of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1, an enzyme that is involved in oxidative stress, have been reported to prevent glaucomatous retinal degeneration in mouse models of glaucoma. Optic neuritis is a demyelinating inflammation of the optic nerve that presents with visual impairment and it is commonly associated with multiple sclerosis, a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Although steroids are commonly used for treatment of optic neuritis, reduction of oxidative stress by approaches such as gene therapy is effective in ameliorating optic nerve demyelination in preclinical studies. In this review, we discuss oxidative stress as a therapeutic target for glaucoma and optic neuritis.

Analysis of novel Sjogren's syndrome autoantibodies in patients with dry eyes.

Dry eye is a common problem in Ophthalmology and may occur for many reasons including Sjogren's syndrome (SS). Recent studies have identified autoantibodies, anti-salivary gland protein 1 (SP1), anti-carbonic anhydrase 6 (CA6) and anti-parotid secretory protein (PSP), which occur early in the course of SS. The current studies were designed to evaluate how many patients with idiopathic dry eye and no evidence of systemic diseases from a dry eye practice have these autoantibodies.

Oxidative Stress-Related Mechanisms and Antioxidant Therapy in Diabetic Retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the most common microvascular complications of diabetes and is the leading cause of blindness in young adults. Oxidative stress has been implicated as a critical cause of DR. Metabolic abnormalities induced by high-glucose levels are involved in the development of DR and appear to be influenced by oxidative stress. The imbalance between reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and the antioxidant defense system activates several oxidative stress-related mechanisms that promote the pathogenesis of DR. The damage caused by oxidative stress persists for a considerable time, even after the blood glucose concentration has returned to a normal level. Animal experiments have proved that the use of antioxidants is a beneficial therapeutic strategy for the treatment of DR, but more data are required from clinical trials. The aims of this review are to highlight the improvements to our understanding of the oxidative stress-related mechanisms underlying the development of DR and provide a summary of the main antioxidant therapy strategies used to treat the disease.

Kerato-lenticular ocular deposits and visual impairment with prolonged chlorpromazine use: A case series.

Chlorpromazine is a low potency "typical" antipsychotic agent used to treat schizophrenia. It continues to be prescribed frequently in India owing to its lower cost. There have been previous reports of ocular adverse effects with prolonged use of chlorpromazine. We report three patients who developed corneal and lenticular opacities secondary to prolonged chlorpromazine use leading to visual impairment. Early detection of ocular deposits and switching over to risperidone from chlorpromazine helped in the reversal of chlorpromazine- induced ocular side effects in one of them. The case series further adds evidence to the causative relationship between chlorpromazine and ocular side effects.

Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, November 2016.

Infectious keratoconjunctivitis in wild Caprinae: merging field observations and molecular analyses sheds light on factors shaping outbreak dynamics.

Infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) is an ocular infectious disease caused by Mycoplasma conjunctivae which affects small domestic and wild mountain ruminants. Domestic sheep maintain the pathogen but the detection of healthy carriers in wildlife has raised the question as to whether M. conjunctivae may also persist in the wild. Furthermore, the factors shaping the dynamics of IKC outbreaks in wildlife have remained largely unknown. The aims of this study were (1) to verify the etiological role of M. conjunctivae in IKC outbreaks recorded between 2002 and 2010 at four study sites in different regions of France (Pyrenees and Alps, samples from 159 Alpine ibex Capra ibex, Alpine chamois Rupicapra rupicapra and Pyrenean chamois Rupicapra pyrenaica); (2) to establish whether there existed any epidemiological links between the different regions through a cluster analysis of the detected strains (from 80 out of the 159 animals tested); (3) to explore selected pathogen, host and environmental factors potentially influencing the dynamics of IKC in wildlife, by joining results obtained by molecular analyses and by field observations (16,609 animal observations). All of the samples were tested for M. conjunctivae by qPCR, and cluster analysis was based on a highly variable part of the lppS gene.

Alterations in Tear Biochemistry Associated with Postanesthetic Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome.

Perioperative dry eye syndrome (DES) is a common ocular complication of long-term general anesthesia. Chronic DES can lead to permanent damage to the cornea and disturbance of visual function, up to total loss of vision. Here, a relationship between the duration of general anesthesia and the risk of chronic DES in patients was demonstrated. Using an experimental model of perioperative corneal abrasions in rabbits, it was found that introduction of animals to 3-h general anesthesia resulted in clinically significant chronic damage to the cornea in 50% of cases. The development of the complication was not associated with irreversible or long-term impairment of tear secretion, but it was accompanied by a decrease in tear film stability and growth of the total protein content as well as decrease in total antioxidant activity of the tear induced by low molecular weight antioxidants. In addition, anesthesia-induced changes in activity of tear antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase and enzymes providing homeostasis of reduced glutathione (glutathione peroxidase, glutathione-S-transferase, glutathione reductase) were observed. All these alterations were protracted (up to 1-2 weeks) and therefore might account for transition of the perioperative DES into the chronic form. These findings can be useful in the development of novel approaches for the prevention and treatment of chronic forms of DES in the postanesthetic period.

Extraskeletal orbital mesenchymal chondrosarcoma: surgical approach and mini review.

Extraskeletal orbital mesenchymal chondrosarcoma (MC) is an extremely rare and highly aggressive tumour. It has characteristic radiological features and pathognomic histological biphasic pattern. Radical resection with negative margins is the mainstay of treatment; role of adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy is yet not well defined. We report a rare case of 18-year-old man who was diagnosed to have orbital MC. He presented with locally advanced disease with no vision in the affected eye. He underwent right orbital exenteration; a transcranial intradural approach was used to divide the optic nerve, and the temporalis muscle flap was utilised to fill the exenterated orbit. Though optic nerve involvement is rare in orbital MCs, a transcranial approach may be used effectively to avoid traction on optic chiasma and ensure margin-free resection in case of optic nerve involvement up to orbital apex. Unfortunately, prognosis remains dismal in MCs despite treatment.

A Mouse Model for Ocular Surface Staphylococcus aureus Infection.

Creation of an appropriate animal model that accurately reflects the disease and host immune response to bacterial infection in humans is a major challenge in ocular-surface infection research. For decades, mice have been the ideal small animal model for ocular-surface infection research because of the availability and relatively low cost of various genetic backgrounds, targeted defects, and immunologic reagents. By employing different combinations of mouse and bacterial strains, murine infection models can be used to explore a complete picture of bacterial infection and innate immunity of the ocular surface. A murine model of Staphylococcus aureus infection under normal ocular circumstances is presented here as a convenient and tractable model system in which to study mammalian host responses to pathogens. © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Molecular and Histopathological Changes Associated with Keratoconus.

Keratoconus (KC) is a corneal thinning disorder that leads to loss of visual acuity through ectasia, opacity, and irregular astigmatism. It is one of the leading indicators for corneal transplantation in the Western countries. KC usually starts at puberty and progresses until the third or fourth decade; however its progression differs among patients. In the keratoconic cornea, all layers except the endothelium have been shown to have histopathological structural changes. Despite numerous studies in the last several decades, the mechanisms of KC development and progression remain unclear. Both genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the pathogenesis of KC. Many previous articles have reviewed the genetic aspects of KC, but in this review we summarize the histopathological features of different layers of cornea and discuss the differentially expressed proteins in the KC-affected cornea. This summary will help emphasize the major molecular defects in KC and identify additional research areas related to KC, potentially opening up possibilities for novel methods of KC prevention and therapeutic intervention.

Unusual complication of radiation therapy, corneal perforation: about a case.

Radiation-induced ocular complications are common during radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck. Some are mild and transient, others can be very serious jeopardizing visual function. This rare and unusual case study aims to highlight the different clinical manifestations and the ocular but especially corneal complications associated with radiation therapy as well as the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of a corneal perforation which is a serious complication of radiation therapy.

Whole Exome Sequencing Identifies a Novel Mutation in the PITX3 Gene, Causing Autosomal Dominant Congenital Cataracts in a Chinese Family.

Congenital cataract is the cloudiness of the eye's natural lens and is a primary cause of congenital vision loss. It accounts for almost 10% of childhood vision loss worldwide.

Macular hole closure following spontaneous release of vitreomacular traction.

We describe the temporal changes observed with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in the left eye of a 65-year-old man who developed a stage 1 macular hole secondary to vitreomacular traction (VMT). After 1 month, VMT had resolved spontaneously with a complete posterior vitreous detachment. Following VMT resolution, macular hole demonstrated progressive improvement and outer retinal disruption recovered spontaneously. This report highlights the importance of observation before any intervention for cases of stage 1 macular hole associated with VMT.

Stroke Associated With Varicella Zoster Vasculopathy: A Clinicoradiological Profile of 3 Patients.

Varicella zoster (VZ) vasculopathy is a rare but well recognized cause of stroke. In the absence of zoster rash and infection in remote past, the disease can pose diagnostic challenge. We report 3 cases of anterior circulation stroke occurring in close temporal relation to VZ. Their clinical, radiologic, and angiographic features are discussed.

Causes of visual impairment in patients with ocular toxoplasmosis.

The aim of this study was to report the causes of visual impairment in patients with the classic clinical presentation of ocular toxoplasmosis (OT).

Visual Outcomes and Prognostic Factors after Pars Plana Vitrectomy for Traumatic Endophthalmitis.

Purpose. To evaluate visual outcomes and identify prognostic factors after pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) surgery for traumatic endophthalmitis. Methods. Medical records of 121 consecutive patients (121 eyes) diagnosed with traumatic endophthalmitis that had undergone pars plana vitrectomy were retrospectively reviewed. Results. 121 patients, aged from 6 to 71 years, all underwent PPV surgery. 113 cases had improved best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) after surgery and 60% of them obtained BCVA better than fingers counting (FC). Good final visual prognosis was significantly associated with time between trauma and initial treatment less than 12 hrs (40% versus 98%; P < 0.001), time between trauma and PPV treatment less than 24 hrs (62% versus 98%; P < 0.001), laceration length less than 10 mm (63% versus 96%; P < 0.001), and presenting VA better than LP (42% versus 96%; P < 0.001), while gender, type of laceration, presence of IOFB or retinal detachment, and the use of silicone oil tamponade were not significant factors resulting in better BCVA. Bacteria were identified in 43.8% of specimens and most of the microorganisms were identified as nonvirulent ones. Conclusions. Pars plana vitrectomy surgery was preferred as a primary treatment option for traumatic endophthalmitis. A good final visual prognosis was significantly associated with timely treatment, prompt vitrectomy surgery, shorter length of laceration, and better presenting visual acuity.

Nutritional Supplementation Inhibits the Increase in Serum Malondialdehyde in Patients with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Purpose. To compare serum levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD), patients with dry AMD (dAMD), and patients without AMD and to evaluate the efficacy of nutritional supplementation for treating elevated serum MDA in patients with wAMD. Methods. MDA levels were measured in sera from 20 patients with wAMD, 20 with dAMD, and 24 without AMD. Patients with wAMD were randomized to receive or not receive nutritional supplementation (10 patients in each group), and MDA levels were measured after 3 months of treatment. Results. MDA levels in patients with wAMD were significantly greater compared with patients without AMD. In eyes with wAMD, there was a significant correlation between MDA levels and choroidal neovascularization lesion area. Serum MDA levels decreased in most patients that received supplementation and significantly increased in those who did not. Conclusion. Baseline serum MDA levels were elevated in patients with wAMD, and MDA levels were directly correlated with choroidal neovascularization lesion area. In addition, nutritional supplementation appeared to exert a protective effect against oxidative stress in patients with wAMD.

Initial Pattern of Optic Nerve Enhancement in Korean Patients with Unilateral Optic Neuritis.

The purpose of this study was to demonstrate whether the pattern of optic nerve enhancement in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help to differentiate between idiopathic optic neuritis (ON), neuromyelitis optica (NMO), and multiple sclerosis (MS) in unilateral ON.

Prevalence and Factors Associated with the Use of Eye Care Services in South Korea: Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2010-2012.

To estimate the factors and prevalence of eye care service utilization in the South Korean population.

Outcomes of Cataract Surgery Following Treatment for Retinoblastoma.

To evaluate the long-term visual outcomes and complications of cataract surgery in eyes previously treated for retinoblastoma.