Francesco Fasce

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PURPOSE To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing anxiety in patients having cataract surgery under topical anesthesia. SETTING Vita-Salute University of Milan and IRCCS H. San Raffaele, Milan, Italy. METHODS In a prospective randomized double-blind controlled trial, anxiety levels before and after cataract surgery in 3 groups (A = no(More)
The natural prognosis of subfoveal neovascularization is severe visual acuity loss. Perifoveal laser photocoagulation is meant to spare a small portion of the central retina so as to possibly preserve foveal fixation. The aim of this retrospective study was to detect the persistence of central fixation and to evaluate the visual function of patients who had(More)
PURPOSE To develop an in vitro procedure providing data on the visual performance obtainable with intraocular lenses (IOLs), for objective comparison between IOL models and direct correlation with the relative visual performance attainable in vivo. SETTING University Hospital San Raffaele, Milan, Italy. METHODS An optomechanical eye model was developed(More)
Post-surgical macular edema is the most common cause of vision loss after phacoemulsification, and one of the main causes of reduced vision in patients undergoing other ocular surgery. At present, there are no reliable randomized clinical trials specifically designed to define the best therapeutic approach, and little information is available regarding the(More)
PURPOSE To report a case of extrusion of a new soft punctum plug with thermoexpansion property (Medennium SmartPLUG). METHODS A soft punctum plug was implanted in a 32-year-old woman with a severe dry eye syndrome in juvenile arthritis. RESULTS One week after implant the plug partially extruded outside the punctum. Despite this adverse event, all(More)
PURPOSE To compare the quantitative and qualitative visual performances of different multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) in an experimental model of the human eye. SETTING University Hospital San Raffaele, Milan, Italy. METHODS Five multifocal IOLs and 1 monofocal IOL were implanted in an optomechanical eye model with imaging capability. The(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to evaluate the systemic adverse events triggering on-call anesthesiologist's intervention during 2005 phacoemulsification under topical anesthesia on a day-surgery monitored anesthesia care regimen. METHODS Adverse events triggering an anesthesiologist call by the attending nurse were registered. Comorbidities (7(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of three different concentrations of ropivacaine (0.5%, 0.75%, and 1%) together with a single concentration of hyaluronidase administered for peribulbar block. DESIGN Prospective, randomized, double-blind study. SETTING Anesthesia department of a university teaching hospital. PATIENTS 68 ASA physical status I,(More)
Focal choroidal excavation (FCE) has recently been described as one or more localized areas of choroidal excavation on spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). The authors describe a case of bilateral FCE in Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (VMD). SD-OCT revealed FCE in both eyes characterized by interruption of the internal segment-outer(More)