Mini Balaram

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PURPOSE To determine whether the relative amounts of mucin mRNA in the conjunctival epithelium and mucin protein in the tears are altered in patients with Sjögren syndrome compared with healthy individuals. METHODS Tear fluid was collected from the inferior fornix of normal subjects (n = 17) and patients with Sjögren syndrome (n = 11) after instillation(More)
PURPOSE Silicone punctal plugs are widely used to conserve moisture in tear-deficient eyes. We studied the efficacy and tolerability of punctal plugs in symptom reduction and improvement of ocular surface disease parameters in dry eye syndrome. METHODS We reviewed the records of 50 consecutive patients with dry eye syndrome who were symptomatic despite(More)
PURPOSE To obtain in vivo specular images of human lens epithelial cells (LECs) from persons with or without age-related cataract (ARC); to identify features that describe individual aspects of these complex images; to develop feature scales to quantify the severity of each feature; and to study the association of these features with LEC count, age, Lens(More)
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (allo-BMT). Ocular surface disease (OSD) is one of the most common manifestations of chronic ocular GVHD, yet little is known about it. In this article, we review the available literature on this condition and present results from our study of the(More)
CONTEXT Low-level lead exposure may increase the risk for a number of chronic age-related diseases. Several studies have documented the presence of lead in lenses with cataract. The intrusion of lead into the lens may alter lens redox status and cause protein conformational changes that decrease lens transparency. OBJECTIVE To determine the relationship(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the outcomes of phacoemulsification in allogeneic bone marrow transplant (allo-BMT) recipients. DESIGN Retrospective, noncomparative, interventional case series. METHODS Retrospective study of 34 eyes of 19 consecutive patients who had visually significant cataracts after allo-BMT and subsequently underwent phacoemulsification. MAIN(More)
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