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PURPOSE To investigate the differential expression of stem cell factor (SCF) and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) and their correlation to mast cells, between patients diagnosed with superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis (SLK) and normal subjects. METHODS A laboratory investigation included 22 surgical specimens of the superior bulbar conjunctiva from(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effectiveness of conjunctival resection combined with Tenon layer excision in treating superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis (SLK) and the involvement of mast cells in SLK. DESIGN Retrospective, interventional case series. METHODS Forty eyes of 30 SLK patients who were unresponsive to medical treatment received superior bulbar(More)
A 45-year-old man was diagnosed with a 3 mm × 3 mm iris cyst located at 9 o'clock behind iris and protruding into temporal angle by slit lamp examination, gonioscopy, and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM). Phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PhS-OCT) was applied on this case for the quantitative measurements of trabecular meshwork (TM) motion. The(More)
We report successful treatment of a case of Mycobacterium abscessus keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with therapeutic lamellar keratectomy. A 34-year-old woman developed a 2 x 2 mm feathery infiltration within the interface inferior to the pupil margin with mild inflammation of the conjunctiva in her left eye 40 days after LASIK surgery.(More)
Ocular involvement can be quite symptomatic in patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The prevalence of and risk factors for ocular GVHD and its impact on quality of life (QOL) in patients with chronic GVHD were studied in a prospective, multicenter, longitudinal, observational study. This study enrolled 342 patients with 1483 follow-up(More)
PURPOSE To explore the presentations of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their tissue inhibitors (TIMPs) in superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis (SLK) with typical redundant superior conjunctiva. METHODS Eight surgical specimens from medically refractory SLK patients were examined. Another nine conjunctival specimens from patients who underwent(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the corneal epitheliotropic abilities of two commercialized human platelet lysates (HPLs) and to compare the results with other blood derivatives, including human peripheral serum (HPS) and bovine fetal serum (FBS). METHODS In vitro, human corneal epithelial cells were incubated in various concentrations (0%, 3%, 5% and 10%) of blood(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the changes of anterior corneal aberrations before and after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and to assess the correlation between contrast sensitivity and anterior corneal aberrations. METHODS Right eyes of 51 patients including 6 males and 45 females undergoing conventional LASIK from September 2000 to July 2003 were enrolled.(More)
Lactococcus lactis cremoris is one of the lactic acid bacteria. It is associated with dairy food products. L. lactis cremoris is classified as nonpathogenic and possibly even beneficial to health. In recent years, however, its pathogenic potential is increasingly being understood. Human infections due to L. lactis cremoris (Streptococcus lactis), include(More)
To examine safety and efficacy of bandage soft contact lenses (BSCLs) for ocular chronic graft-versus host disease (GVHD), we conducted a phase II clinical trial. Extended-wear BSCLs were applied under daily topical antibiotic prophylaxis. Patients completed standardized symptom questionnaires at enrollment and at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 3 months afterward.(More)