Joelle A. Hallak

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OBJECTIVE To investigate potential risk factors associated with incident nuclear, cortical, and posterior subcapsular (PSC) cataracts and cataract surgery in participants in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). DESIGN Clinic-based prospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS Persons (n = 4425) 55 to 80 years of age enrolled in a controlled clinical(More)
In this article, we provide the results of experimental studies demonstrating that corneal avascularity is an active process involving the production of anti-angiogenic factors, which counterbalance the pro-angiogenic/lymphangiogenic factors that are upregulated during wound healing. We also summarize pertinent published reports regarding corneal(More)
PURPOSE To compare the visual and refractive outcomes of laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for the treatment of low to moderate myopia. DESIGN Retrospective, nonrandomized, control-matched study. METHODS The charts of 2257 eyes that underwent LASEK or LASIK treatment were reviewed. Patients who were 21(More)
PURPOSE To determine which sensory (symptom persistence and intensity) and reactive (activity and affective interference) domains of symptom analysis are essential for assessing symptom burden in dry eye disease (DED) patients. METHODS A symptom domain tool was developed to investigate all four symptom domains in DED. In a cross-sectional pilot study, we(More)
PURPOSE We determined whether nucleases are deficient in the tear fluid of dry eye disease (DED) patients, and whether this causes extracellular DNA (eDNA) and neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) accumulation in the precorneal tear film, thus causing ocular surface inflammation. METHODS Exfoliated cells adhered to Schirmer test strips were collected on(More)
PURPOSE To compare the refractive and visual outcomes of sub-Bowman keratomileusis (SBK) and thick-flap laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for moderate to high myopia and evaluate the effect of corneal flap thickness on outcomes. SETTING Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. METHODS Two studies were performed. In the first(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to determine and characterize the effect of topical application of benzalkonium chloride (BAK) on corneal nerves in vivo and in vitro. METHODS Thy1-YFP+ neurofluorescent mouse eyes were treated topically with vehicle or BAK (0.01% or 0.1%). Wide-field stereofluorescence microscopy was performed to sequentially image the(More)
PURPOSE We characterized fluorescent bone marrow cells (YFP(+) BMCs) in the thy1-YFP mouse and determine if they promote trigeminal ganglion (TG) cell neurite growth. METHODS Excimer laser annular keratectomy was performed in thy1-YFP mice, and corneas were imaged. BMCs were harvested from femur and tibia, and the expression of surface markers on YFP(+)(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to determine the impact of Boston keratoprosthesis (KPro) implantation on patient-reported visual function using the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire 25 (NEI VFQ-25). METHODS This is a prospective study of patients undergoing implantation of Boston KPro. The NEI VFQ-25 was used to assess vision-related(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate scleral pneumatonometry as an alternative method for measuring intraocular pressure (IOP). DESIGN Prospective cross-sectional study. METHODS Adult subjects with healthy eyes were recruited from the Comprehensive Eye Service at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary from August 2008 through February 2009. Study measurements(More)