Nick Astbury

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UNLABELLED PURPOSE; To investigate the underlying causes of acquired external punctal stenosis (AEPS) and assess the associated tear drainage problems. DESIGN Prospective, noncomparative observational case series. METHODS Seventy-eight eyes of 52 patients with symptomatic AEPS were prospectively assessed by or under supervision of a consultant(More)
Smoking is associated with common sight-threatening eye conditions. We suspected that this link was little known and it might be a potent novel health promotional tool. We therefore developed a programme ultimately aiming to reduce the burden of eye disease attributable to smoking. The programme aims were to (1) raise awareness of the link between smoking(More)
PURPOSE To introduce and assess the results of a long-term follow-up of a one-snip punctoplasty with monocanalicular stent (Mini Monoka) for acquired external punctal stenosis (AEPS) with and without associated internal punctal and canalicular stenosis. DESIGN Prospective non-comparative interventional case series. METHODS Thirty-five eligible patients(More)
In May 2008, a report of two workers from the same construction equipment manufacturing plant who were admitted to hospital with Legionnaires disease confirmed by urine antigen prompted an outbreak investigation. Both cases were middle aged men, smokers, and with no travel, leisure or other common community exposure to Legionella sources. There were no wet(More)
Single corneas of nine patients about to undergo full-thickness corneal keratoplasty were exposed to thiomersal by application of a hydrophilic gel contact lens preserved with this mercurial agent. These lenses were removed at operation 4 h later, and the lenses, corneal buttons, and samples of aqueous were taken for determination of total mercury by wet(More)
PURPOSE The recent focus on healthcare errors and safety suggest that practitioners and policy makers might appraise their cataract surgical care from a patient safety perspective. This paper reviews patient safety issues relevant to cataract care. Causation and consequences of incidents in cataract surgery, with implications for policy, are discussed. (More)