Eye Exercises for People With Cataracts

StrongSight Vision by Dr. Benjamin Miller

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Glaucoma Clinical Summary

Acute narrow or closed-angle glaucoma (ACG) results from a physical impedance of aqueous humor outflow. Symptoms range from colored halos around lights and blurred vision to severe pain (described as a headache or brow ache) with nausea and vomiting. Intraocular pressure (IOP) is markedly elevated. Perilimbal vessels are injected, the pupil is middilated and poorly reactive to light, and the cornea may be hazy and edematous. Two-thirds of glaucoma patients have open-angle glaucoma. Often they are asymptomatic. They may have a family history of glaucoma. Funduscopy may show asymmetric cupping of the optic nerves. The optic nerve may show notching, local thinning of tissue, or disk hemorrhage. Optic cups enlarge, especially vertically, with progressive damage. Tissue loss is associated with visual field abnormalities. The IOP is often but not always greater than 21 mm Hg.

In Neurology And Ophthalmology

The classical application of VEP measurements for clinical purposes is its contribution to the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). The main characteristic of this disease is the patchy demyelination of afferent and efferent nerve fibers distributed all over the nervous system, and the patients have neurological symptoms that cannot be explained by a single lesion. Myelin is an insulating sheath, found on most axons, that increases conduction velocity (cf. Kandel et al., 2000), thus, electrophysiologically, latency prolongations are expected when demyelination occurs. In many patients the visual system is affected at an early state of the disease, and one finds patients with pathological VEP results who, however, do not display any subjective visual symptoms (i.e., they have normal visual acuity and visual fields). An optic neuritis occurs frequently at a very early stage of the disease, which in general is followed by a recovery after several weeks, whereas other symptoms...

Local Anesthetics For Eye Surgery

Anesthesia of the cornea and conjunctiva can be obtained readily by topical application of local anesthetics. However, most of the local anesthetics described earlier are too irritating for ophthalmologic use. The Figure 13-19 The most frequently used local anesthetics in ophthalmology. Figure 13-19 The most frequently used local anesthetics in ophthalmology. first local anesthetic used in ophthalmology, cocaine, has the disadvantage of producing mydriasis and corneal sloughing and has fallen out of favor. The two compounds used most frequently today are proparacaine (Alcaine, Ophthaine, others) and tetracaine ( Fig. 13-19 ). In addition to being less irritating during administration, proparacaine has the added advantage of bearing little antigenic similarity to the other benzoate local anesthetics. Thus, it sometimes can be used in individuals sensitive to the amino ester local anesthetics. For use in ophthalmology, these local anesthetics are instilled a single drop at a time. If...

Hearing and Vision Screening

Eyesight evaluation is a recommended part of routine health maintenance examinations in children beginning in the newborn period. In young children (< 3 years) the evaluation, besides the actual eye examination, is somewhat subjective and based on parental history. Children with risk factors, such as prematurity, family history of retinoblastoma or glaucoma, or significant developmental delays or neurologic difficulties, should be referred to an experienced pediatric ophthalmologist. More formal testing of visual acuity should begin at age 3 years, using standardized systems such as the Allen Cards, which have easily recognized pictures (AAP Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, 2003). Normal visual acuity is in the 20 30 to 20 40 range for children 3 to 4 years old, but increases to 20 20 by early school age. Eye-specific screening should be attempted in an effort to detect amblyopia (more than one line difference on the chart) (SOR B). The suspicion of amblyopia or...

Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

Evaluate patients 2 to 4 weeks after the initiation or alteration of medical therapy. The clinician should elicit the status of ocular health since the last visit, systemic medical history, medication history, and presence of local and ocular adverse effects of medications. IOP measurement, visual acuity assessment, and slit-lamp biomicroscopy at every POAG follow-up visit is necessary. The frequency of visual fields and optic nerve evaluation depends on whether IOP is controlled, the length of time IOP has been controlled, and whether there is progression of the disease. Patients who are at target IOP and have no disease progression should have optic nerve head evaluation and visual field testing every 6 to 18 months. Patients with disease progression or who are not at target IOP should receive optic nerve head evaluation every 2 to 12 months eye drops. ' (See Application of Ophthalmic Solutions of Suspensions textbox.) Finally, evaluate the patient's adherence to their medical...

Vision Screening and Ocular Examination

Appropriate vision screening is one of the most important factors in pediatric eye care. Because focused visual stimuli are critical to normal development, early detection and correction of visual problems reduce serious vision impairment or blindness. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) strongly support the goal of early detection and treatment of eye problems in children. In particular, vision screening is needed to detect four major conditions strabismus, amblyopia, ocular disease, and refractive errors. Family physicians are ideal vision screeners because of their ability to detect abnormalities at an early age. Essential components of vision screening are age, testing format, testing procedures, efficacy, and referral criteria. On a practical level, vision screening must be cost-effective and time-efficient. The testing devices must be readily available and...

Testing Visual Acuity

Several diagnostic tests are used to detect strabismus, amblyopia, ocular disease, and refractive errors. These include visual acuity and fixation preference tests, corneal light reflex test, cover test, simultaneous red reflexes test, fundus examination, stereoscopic tests, and photorefractive techniques. The best way to screen for possible visual loss caused by amblyopia is to measure the visual acuity or fixation preference of each eye separately. The covered eye should be firmly occluded during the assessment to avoid any peeking. When there is no apparent sign of amblyopia, the only clue to poor vision may be the child's objection to having the better eye occluded. Additionally, the child may demonstrate a fixation preference of the better-seeing eye, with an inability to fixate on distance objects in the amblyopic eye. Both are common signs of amblyopia that may be caused by a refractive error, media opacities, retinal or optic nerve abnormality, or cortical processing problem.

Strabismus and Amblyopia

Strabismus and amblyopia are two of the most common visual problems affecting children. Strabismus occurs in 4 and amblyopia in 4 of the population. Half of all amblyopia patients have a concomitant strabismus. Conversely, half of all amblyopia patients will have no demonstrable strabismus. Loss of vision in a relatively normal eye is called amblyopia. The phrase lazy eye should not be used in diagnosing patients because it can be confused with amblyopia and strabismus. As mentioned earlier, these two distinct clinical entities Figure 41-12 Amblyopia. This 5-year-old patient also required patching of the better-seeing eye to improve vision in the amblyopic eye. Figure 41-12 Amblyopia. This 5-year-old patient also required patching of the better-seeing eye to improve vision in the amblyopic eye. are associated with each other in only 50 of cases. In children younger than 4 years, amblyopia is the most frequent cause of unilateral vision loss (Fig. 41-12). The condition is usually...

History and Ocular Examination

In patients with pediatric cataracts, the physician should determine the age when the cataract or decreased vision occurred. A detailed history of maternal intrauterine infections should include rubella, toxoplasmosis, herpes simplex, cytomegalovirus, and varicella. Drug and medication use during pregnancy and birth trauma should be ruled out. A complete ocular examination should be performed, including visual acuity assessment using fixation and following responses. Infants with complete bilateral congenital cataracts usually demonstrate decreased visual interest and may have delayed development. Nystagmus results from early visual deprivation and is an ominous sign of poor vision. Ocular fixation and following movements may be decreased or absent. In some cases, strabismus is a presenting sign, especially in children with monocular cataracts. Glaucoma and other ocular disorders must be ruled out. Examination of the red reflexes by retinoscopy can reveal even minute lens opacities....

Correction of Refractive Errors Contact Lenses

A major use of contact lenses is to correct myopia, apha-kia, and astigmatism. It is critical to have a well-motivated patient who will wear contacts successfully. The many types of contact lenses mainly fall into four groups (1) daily-wear hard lenses, (2) daily-wear soft lenses, (3) rigid, gas-permeable lenses, and (4) extended-wear soft lenses. Hard lenses have generally been constructed of polymethyl methacrylate. The material absorbs less fluid than soft contact lenses. Soft contacts may become 80 or more hydrated. New materials for hard and soft lenses continue to be developed. Complications of contact lenses, particularly extended-wear contacts, include infection, ocular allergies, follicular conjunctivitis, contact lens opacification, corneal edema, and corneal vas-cularization. Therefore, patients wearing contacts and complaining of red eyes require urgent evaluation.

Thyroid Eye Disease Thyroid Orbitopathy

Hyperthyroidism may induce an orbitopathy in some patients. In such cases, there is diffuse hyperplasia of the thyroid and infiltrative ophthalmopathy. Thyroid eye disease is seen in association with thyroid dysfunction, although thyroid function test results may be normal. With thyroid orbitopathy, the extraocular muscle becomes infiltrated this may occur even when the disease appears to be under good systemic control. The precise extraocular mechanism is unknown and the genetic predisposition uncertain.

Eye Problems in Childhood and Their Influence on

It may appear paradoxical that an individual with poor eyesight would decide upon a career as a visual artist, yet this has happened repeatedly and with a variety of visual impairments. When the visual condition occurs in childhood, then as with other early illnesses, it is important to have an encouraging and nurturing caregiver, one who focuses on the young person's desire for creativity rather than on the presence of a visual disorder. Albert Pinkham Ryder (American, 1847-1917) had the good fortune to have such a caretaker in his father. When Ryder developed a severe inflammation of both eyes in response to a childhood vaccination, his father, knowing that his son liked to draw, gave him art supplies. The gift changed Ryder's life. He said, When my father placed a box of colors and brushes in my hands and I stood before my easel with its square of stretched canvas, I realized that I had in my possession the wherewith to create a masterpiece that would live throughout the coming...

Macular Degeneration and Cataract

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness after age 65, and nothing prevents or delays its progression. Smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day increases the risk of macular degeneration two- to threefold. As with other smoking-related disorders, macular degeneration also appears to be dose related, with the incidence increasing with the number of pack-years (Christen et al., 1996 Thornton et al., 2005). Smoking is also a cause of nuclear cataract, with smokers having two to three times the risk of never-smokers.

Patient Encounter 1 Part 1 Risk Factor Evaluation and Recommended Frequency of Eye Care

A 65-year-old African American female with a history of type 2 diabetes, mild intermittent asthma, and hypertension presents to your clinic for her yearly checkup. She states that she is concerned about losing her eyesight because her sister has started losing her vision from glaucoma. She denies any changes in her vision. What risk factors does this patient have for glaucoma

Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma

Table 61-4 Topical Drugs Used in the Treatment of Glaucoma FIGURE 61-4. Algorithm for the pharmacotherapy of open-angle glaucoma. a ourth-line agents not commonly used any longer. bMost clinicians believe laser procedures should be performed earlier (e.g., after three-drug maximum, poorly adherent patient). CAI, carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. (From Lesar TS, Fiscella RG, Edward D. Glaucoma. In DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, et al., eds. Pharma-cotheraphy A Pathophysiologic Approach, 7th ed. New York McGraw-Hill, 2008 1557.)

Directed Neurological Examination Visual Acuity

Visual acuity is a measurement of the individual's capacity for visual discrimination of fine details of high contrast. Best corrected visual acuity should be tested for each eye. 1 Distance vision is assessed with a standard Snellen chart and near vision with a hand-held card. If the patient does not bring corrective lenses for the examination, a pinhole can correct most refractive errors. Acuity is most often recorded as, for example, 20 40, in which the numerator refers to the distance (in feet) from which the patient sees the letters and the denominator the distance from which a patient with normal vision sees the same letters. Visual acuity with the near card is often recorded using the standard Jaeger notation (J1, J3, etc). If a patient is unable to read the largest Snellen letters (20 200 or 20 400), the acuity should be characterized by the ability to count fingers (CF) (and at what distance), detect hand motions (HM), or have light perception (LP). An eye that is blind has...

Pathophysiology of Angle Closure Glaucoma

The development of PACG is associated with several anatomical risk factors that lead to shallow anterior chambers. PACG patients may have a thick, anteriorly displaced lens that results from myopia or old age. The axial length ofthe eye is smaller in individuals with PACG which leads to a lens that is situated more anteriorly than those without PACG.25,26


A detailed history of visual symptoms is essential in examining these patients. Visual field defects are often not obvious to the patient, especially homonymous hemianopic defects, but history taking may document the consequence of visual-field defects on everyday life (e.g., frequent auto accidents). Loss of vision is an important symptom that may indicate tumors near the optic nerve, chiasm, or tract, but the patient often is not aware of the loss. Early signs of progressive visual loss are not always easy to detect, but a history of poor vision under poor lighting or disturbances of color sensation is suggestive of optic nerve dysfunction. Patients with papilledema may experience sudden visual loss lasting usually not more than 30 seconds and more often only a few seconds. These attacks may be preceded by photopsias for example, a sensation of sparks or lightning usually in both eyes and both visual fields. tion suggest a lesion of oculomotor subnucleus in the midbrain, whereas...

Visual Acuity

Visual acuity is expressed as a ratio, such as 20 20. The first number is the distance at which the patient reads the chart. The second number is the distance at which a person with normal Myopia Acute narrow-angle glaucoma Opacities in lens or cornea Cataracts If a standard Snellen eye chart is available, the patient should stand 20 feet from the chart. If the patient wears glasses, he or she should wear them for the examination. The patient is asked to cover one eye with the palm and read the smallest line possible. If the best he or she can see is the 20 200 line, the patient's vision in that eye is 20 200 this means that at 20 feet, the patient can see what a person with normal vision can see at 200 feet. If a patient at 20 feet cannot see the 20 200 line, he or she is moved closer until the letters are recognized. If the patient can read these letters at 5 feet, the patient's visual acuity in that eye is 5 200. Using a Pocket Visual Acuity Card If the standard Snellen chart is...

Deficiency Amblyopia

This disorder is most likely related to the depletion of one or more B vitamins, although none has been specifically implicated. Deficiency amblyopia occurs only after severe and prolonged nutritional deprivation. The strict dietary deficiencies required to produce amblyopia are known to occur mainly in mistreated prisoners of war and alcoholics. Smoking tobacco was once considered another risk factor (hence, the alias tobacco-alcohol amblyopia), but this is no longer believed to be true. Patients with this disorder experience the subacute onset (over days to weeks) of symmetrical loss of visual acuity, and colors perceived appear to be washed out. On examination, the central portion of vision is especially impaired, and occasionally patients exhibit pallor of the optic discs. Patients often have evidence of other syndromes of nutritional deficiency, including a predominantly sensory polyneuropathy. The possible causes of optic neuropathy are legion, and most are much more common than...


Strabismus and Amblyopia Pediatric Cataracts Adult Ophthalmology Pediatric Ophthalmology Vision Screening and Ocular Examination Testing Visual Acuity Patients present to the family physician with a limited set of symptoms, often with subtle differences to indicate mild or serious ocular conditions. To decide when to treat patients and when to refer them to an ophthalmologist, the family physician must possess a complete appreciation of these subtle differences. Knowledge of the basic anatomy of the eye is essential in determining these diagnostic differences (Fig. 41-1).

Congenital Glaucoma

Congenital glaucoma is a potentially blinding condition with an incidence of 1 per 10,000 births. It is often confused with chronic dacryocystitis. About two thirds of these cases are bilateral. These patients, similar to those with dacryo-cystitis, present with excessive tearing. The infants usually are light sensitive (photophobic) and frequently bury their head in a pillow or blanket. These infants often have intense Figure 41-5 Congenital glaucoma in a 2-month-old infant who presented with a cloudy cornea involving the right eye. Intraocular pressure was elevated. The diagnosis was congenital glaucoma. blinking or lid spasm (blepharospasm). An enlarged cornea or corneal clouding can be detected clinically and measured with a plastic ruler (normal, < 12 mm) (Fig. 41-5). Corneal edema is the result of elevated IOP, which causes breaks in the inner corneal layers (Descemet's membrane) and intrusion of anterior chamber fluid into the corneal stroma. Increased IOP causes significant...

Pediatric Cataracts

Approximately 40 of acquired pediatric cataracts are secondary to trauma, and as many as approximately one third of pediatric cataracts are inherited. The basic approach to the patient with pediatric cataracts is to determine whether the cataract is an isolated finding, part of a systemic abnormality, or associated with ocular disease. When several members of the same family are affected by congenital cataracts, a hereditary origin may be assumed. Autosomal dominant hereditary patterns are the most frequent mode of transmission. X-linked cataracts are rare and occur primarily with the ocu-locerebrorenal syndrome. Congenital or infantile cataracts have been described in association with a large number of congenital anomalies. (See online content for additional information on pediatric cataract differential.)


A cataract is a condition that affects a large percentage of the population. As a result, cataract surgery is the most common U.S. surgery performed. Currently, cataracts affect approximately 40 million people in the United States. Generally, the normal aging and cataractous changes in the lens are related to its metabolic activity. Acquired cataracts may be caused by penetrating trauma, irradiation, heat, or blunt trauma. Metabolic cataracts occur particularly in association with diabetes. Changes in the blood glucose concentration may alter the refractive power of the lens. With hyperglycemia, glucose byproducts enter the lens, causing it to swell and inducing a myopic shift. Nuclear sclerosis cataract is the most common cause of lens opacity seen by the ophthalmologist an increased central density makes lens power stronger. As a result, frequent changes in the eyeglass prescription are necessary to correct the changing lens power. This type of cataract develops slowly, and surgery...


Glaucoma is responsible for at least 10 of people with blindness in the United States. Glaucoma is four times more common in African Americans, who are also eight times more likely to develop blindness from glaucoma. Glaucoma appears to increase with age in the United States and decreases with age in Japan. Diabetic patients also have an increased risk for developing glaucoma. The most common form of glaucoma in the United States is primary open-angle glaucoma, which accounts for about two thirds of all cases. In Asia the most common form of glaucoma is angle-closure glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma tends to be genetically based, with multifactorial inheritance or as an autosomal recessive trait, with a high prevalence of carriers. Glaucoma is bilateral and occurs predominantly after age 50, although incidence is significant during the 30s and 40s, and it may even occur during the teenage years. Glaucoma is more severe in the African American population. Current incidence of glaucoma is...

The Birth of Regional Anesthesia

The decisive step in the development of regional anesthesia was taken by C. Koller (1858-1944), a young Viennese physician who had been working for some time in S. Stricker's experimental pathology laboratory, and who also devoted himself to the study of ophthalmology ( Fig. 1-5 ). Both these circumstances were of importance, because Koller became familiar with experimental methods and also had personal experience with the need for using local anesthesia when operating on the eyes. He had observed the unsuitability of general narcosis for eye operations, because not only is the cooperation of the patient greatly desirable in such operations but the sequelae of general narcosis vomiting, retching, and general restlessness are frequently so severe that they could constitute a grave danger to the operated eye. This was especially true at a time when narcosis was not skillfully administered by trained experts, as it is now. During Koller's time, eye operations were performed without the...

Emergency Department Treatment and Disposition

Orbital CT scan should be performed in all patients with a suspected orbital floor fracture or entrapment. Patients without eye injury or entrapment may be treated conservatively with ice and analgesics and referred for follow-up in 3 days. Patients with blood in the maxillary sinus are usually treated with antibiotics. Patients with a true blowout fracture should be seen by ophthalmology, since up to 30 of these patients sustain a globe injury. Patients with entrapment should undergo consultation on a same-day basis.

The First Spinal Anesthetic

James Corning ( Fig. 2-1 ), a New York City neurologist, heard in 1885 of the local anesthetic properties of cocaine, which had been discovered by the Viennese ophthalmologist, Carl Koller, in 1884. 3 Corning began a series of experiments to determine whether local medication of the spinal cord was within the range of practical achievement. He reasoned that cocaine might be the ideal agent to treat neurologic disease if applied in the vicinity of the venae spinales of the cord. If it were delivered to the spinal region, it could be absorbed and carried to the affected area, having a much greater effect, like that of strychnine when it was injected in the same way. His first subject was a dog. Corning injected cocaine below the spinous processes of two of the inferior dorsal vertebrae. After a few minutes, the dog's hindquarters became paralyzed. A short while later, he tried the same technique on a young man with seminal incontinence. The young man received 2 mL of a 3 solution of the...

Literature and Specialties

Tion works and individual monographs were devoted to such problems as children's diseases, the diseases of women, skin problems, eye complaints, and throat ailments. The following provide a few examples The earliest extant title concerned with the diseases of children is the Lu-hsin ching (Classic of the Fontanel), of unknown authorship and compiled around A.D. 907, which was presumably based on sources of the fourth century or even earlier. The oldest available text today on women's diseases and obstetrics is the Fu-jen liang fang (Good prescriptions for females) of 1237 by Ch'en Tzu-ming. A text, lost now, possibly dating back to T'ang times and indicating the Indian origins of Chinese ophthalmology, is the Lung-shu p'u-sa yen lun (Bodhisattva Nagaijuna's discourse on the eyes), and a first monograph on leprosy was published by Hsiieh Chi in 1529 under the title Li-yang chi-yao (Essentials of the li-lesions). On ailments affecting the throat, the oldest text extant is the Yen-hou...

Transient Monocular Vision Loss TMVL

In the emergency department, his blood pressure was 148 88 and pulse 84. He had a right carotid bruit. His heart was regular rate and rhythm without a murmur. He had poor dorsalis pedis and femoral pulses bilaterally. Ophthalmologic exam showed bright, yellow-orange, round plaques within retinal arteries in both eyes. No hemorrhages were seen. His visual acuity was 20 30 in both eyes. Visual fields were intact to confrontation bilaterally. Otherwise, his neurological exam was intact.

Future Of The Preparticipation Examination

Functionally one-eyed athlete, loss of an eye, detached retina, previous eye surgery, or serious eye injury Explanation A functionally one-eyed athlete has a best-corrected visual acuity of less than 20 40 in the eye with worse acuity. These athletes would suffer significant disability if the better eye were seriously injured, as would those with loss of an eye. Some athletes who previously have undergone eye surgery or had a serious eye injury may have an increased risk of injury because of weakened eye tissue. Availability of eye guards approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials and other protective equipment may allow participation in most sports, but this must be judged on an individual basis.

Craniofacial Reconstruction

To be a help, a stimulus, or a lead towards ID by the next of kin if some resemblance does indeed exist. One must be aware that the result of CFR will be only an approximation of the face (Rathbun 1984) since the statistical average of soft tissue thicknesses that is used only allows the reconstruction of the general features of the face. In addition, certain features cannot be ascertained from the bony matrix, for example, physiological features (weight), chromatic features (color of eyes and hair), and social features (hairstyle, eyeglasses). Unfortunately, these features are often considered by the next of kin as vital clues for identification. Sometimes these elements can partly be known if an autopsy of the remains is still possible, as with decomposed bodies. More often, however, the reconstitution of anatomical features raises difficult questions (e.g., the precise positioning of the nasal tip), so that certain subtle details of the face will never be known. It is evident that...

Scleritis Clinical Summary

The trigeminal nerve, as well as tearing and photophobia. There may be sectorial or diffuse involvement, with intense redness of the affected area. Bilateral involvement occurs in over half of cases. Sectorial scleritis may mimic the less-threatening condition episcleritis however, in scleritis, the dilated blood vessels do not move with movement of the overlying conjunctiva with a cotton-tipped applicator, and do not blanch with topical 2.5 phenylephrine drops. The associated pain often responds poorly to topical anesthetic drops, and the globe is notably tender on palpation. Associated iritis and keratitis are common, and secondary glaucoma may occur these may cause decreased visual acuity.

Pharmacologic Therapies

Ergics in the elderly patient can also worsen cognitive function or cause drug-induced delirium, mimicking dementia. Newer medications that are theoretically more uroselective and preferentially bind to the muscarinic receptors in the bladder may be associated with fewer adverse side effects. Incontinence medications should not be prescribed to those patients with untreated closed-angle glaucoma and in memory-impaired patients already taking cholinesterase inhibitors, to prevent further deterioration of memory function. The anticholinergic agents and cholinesterase inhibitors work in direct opposition and, if taken together, can lead to rapid loss of cognitive function (Sink et al., 2008).

Parasympathetic agonists

Synthetic parasympathetic agonists (e.g. carbachol, bethanechol) produce predominantly muscarinic effects and have been used historically as gastrointestinal tract and bladder smooth muscle stimulants. Bethanechol is not hydrolysed by AChE and its action lasts several hours. Pilocarpine is a naturally occurring agonist which is used as a topical miotic in the treatment of glaucoma. Bradycardia, flushing, sweating and excessive salivation are predictable adverse effects, which may occur after topical or systemic administration.

Anticholinesterase drugs

Cholinesterase, thereby decreasing the breakdown of released ACh they exert both nicotinic and muscarinic effects. The action on the ANS tends to appear at low doses, as nicotinic effects are dose-related. They are used in anaesthesia to reverse the neuromuscular blockade of non-depolarizing muscle relaxants (see Ch. 19). Their other uses include the diagnosis and symptomatic management of myasthenia gravis, where pyridostigmine is a useful, relatively long-acting agent. Anticholinesterases are used occasionally for their muscarinic effects to increase gastrointestinal and bladder smooth muscle tone topical anticholinesterases are also used in ophthalmology' as miotic agents.

My daughter becomes overexcited if there is too much to look at but she loves staring at lights

One theory suggests that children identify people and objects by their overall shapes rather than by the details of their appearances. While people typically use their central vision for identifying details, it's possible that children with ASDs instead favor the peripheral part of the retina that focuses on shape and movement. This may explain why some children with ASDs are so comfortable moving about in the dark or running aimlessly without looking where they're going. It turns out that the motion-sensing part of the eye is engaged mostly when we're in near-darkness, when we can't make out details. Like Jake, many children I work with demonstrate a preference for peripheral vision you can observe it through their stimming behaviors. They will peer out of the corners

Athletes with Organ Loss or Impairment

Athletes with one functional eye must take special precautions to protect the intact eye, and must realize that depth perception is decreased, making them more prone to injury. Athletes who have undergone eye surgery or serious eye injury likewise need special protective eye gear. Sports involving a puck or ball carry an increased risk for these individuals.

Access Emergency Medicines

Corneal abrasions present with acute onset of eye discomfort, tearing, and often a foreign-body sensation. A ciliary flush (conjunctival injection hugging the limbus) may be seen. Visual acuity may be affected by large abrasions or those in the central visual axis. Photophobia and headache from ciliary muscle spasm may be present. Associated findings or complications include traumatic iritis, hypopyon, or a corneal ulcer. Fluorescein examination, preferably with a slit lamp, reveals the defect.

Diagnostic Considerations for Esthetic Implant Therapy

Accurate and precise planning includes detecting any existing clinical difficulties prior to the treatment and viewing or foreseeing the final result before the treatment is started. This requires imagination, creativity, and farsightedness on the part of the clinician, but surely helps the dentist determine what is needed to restore the missing dentition and or its supporting structures if dental implants are to be considered.

Effectiveness of Early Detection and Intervention

Intensive glycemic control in persons with clinically detected diabetes can reduce progression of microvascular disease. The benefits of tight glycemic control on microvas-cular clinical outcomes, such as severe visual impairment or end-stage renal disease, require long-term follow-up. There is inadequate evidence that early diabetes control as a result of screening provides an incremental benefit for microvascular clinical outcomes compared with initiating treatment after clinical diagnosis (USPSTF, 2008).

Clinical Research

Cocaine began to receive attention in Europe and America during the mid-19th century. Around 1860, the alkaloid was isolated in crystalline form. Twenty years later, von Anrep wrote an extensive review on the physiologic and pharmacologic properties of cocaine, clearly citing the locally numbing effect on the tongue and dilatation of the pupil, the former leading him to suggest that someday cocaine might become of medical importance.1 In Vienna, Freud began to study the properties of the drug when he was given samples for trial by the Merck Company. In 1884, Freud wrote a report (Uber Coca) about the properties of cocaine. At this time, Karl Koller was an intern in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Ailgemeinen Krankenhaus in Vienna. Because he was familiar with the limitations of general anesthesia for ophthalmic surgery, Koller was interested in anesthetizing the cornea and conjunctiva for ophthalmologic operations and had already tried morphine and chloral bromide. Koller and...

Single Gene Inheritance

Blond hair Straight hair Color blindness Nearsightedness Hemophilia Sickle-cell anemia Normal brain Albinism Let's look at the trait of nearsightedness. About three quarters of all people have normal vision, while the remaining quarter are nearsighted. The gene that bestows normal vision is dominant, and the nearsighted gene is a weaker, recessive allele. This means that someone can be born nearsighted only when they inherit two recessive, nearsighted alleles. People of this genotype will then pass a nearsighted gene to their children who will display a nearsighted phenotype. But can two normal-sighted people produce a nearsighted child Yes. If the mother and father both carry one normal vision allele and one nearsighted allele, they both can pass on the recessive allele and produce a nearsighted child.

History And Definitions

The afferent visual pathways encompass structures responsible for perceiving, relaying, and processing visual information the eyes, optic nerves (cranial nerve II), chiasm, tracts, lateral geniculate nuclei, optic radiations, and striate cortex. In general, the visual abnormalities caused by lesions anterior to and including the chiasm cause acuity (clarity) loss, color deficits, and visual field defects (abnormal central or peripheral vision). From a neuro-ophthalmical standpoint, patients with unilateral retrochiasmal disturbances present primarily with visual field defects without acuity abnormalities. Higher order processing, which is instrumental for interpreting visual images, occurs in extrastriate association cortex. Abnormalities in these areas cause, for instance, deficits in object recognition, color perception, and visual attention (neglect of visual stimuli in left or right hemifields).

Optic Tract and Lateral Geniculate Body

Figure 8-4 (Figure Not Available) Pupillary light reflex-parasympathetic pathway. Light entering one (syraight black arrow, bottom right) stimulates the retinal photoreceptors (RET), resulting in excitation of ganglion cells, whose axons travel within the optic nerve (ON), partially decussate in the chiasm (CHI), then leave the optic tract (OT) (before the lateral geniculate nucleus LGN ) and pass through the brachium of the superior colliculus (SC) before synapsing at the mesencephalic pretectal nucleus (PTN). This structure connects bilaterally within the oculomotor nuclear complex at the Edinger-Westphal (E-W) nuclei, which issues parasympathetic fibers that travel within the third nerve (inferior division) and terminate at the ciliary ganglion (CG) in the orbit. Postsynaptic cells innervate the pupillary sphincter, resulting in miosis. Note light in one eye causes bilateral pupillary constrictf Tom Liu GT Disorders of the eyes and eyelids. In Samuels MA, Feske S eds The Office...

Associated Neurological Findings

Patients with cerebellar disease and acquired nystagmus, particularly pendular, may complain of oscillopsia, the illusion of motion, and may suffer a reduction in visual acuity. Conversely, patients with bilateral visual loss involving the anterior visual pathways, especially if congenital or acquired in childhood, may develop nystagmus with vertical and horizontal components. Patients with severe visual loss of any type may also display a searching nystagmus in their attempt to localize objects without adequate visual feedback.

Optic Tract Lateral Geniculate Body

Complete lesions of both these structures cause dense contralateral homonymous hemianopias. Isolated syndromes involving these structures are rare. Incongruous homonymous hemianopias characterize partial optic tract and lateral geniculate body lesions (Fig. 8-7 (Figure Not Available) ). A contralateral relative afferent pupillary defect can accompany an optic tract lesion much rarer pupillary abnormalities include contralateral mydriasis (Behr's pupil), and a hemianopic pupillary reactivity (Wernicke's pupil). Because of presynaptic interruption, patients may have bilateral optic atrophy with ipsilateral temporal pallor and contralateral bowtie or band atrophy. Visual acuity is normal in isolated tract lesions. Sellar and parasellar masses, especially craniopharyngiomas and aneurysms, commonly compress

Functional Visual Loss

Nonphysiological or functional visual loss can be either subconscious (hysteria) or deliberate and willful (malingering). Commonly encountered neuro-ophthalmic complaints include visual impairment or complete loss of vision, visual field defects such as constricted fields, and monocular diplopia. When confronted with a patient whose complaints and examination do not seem to correlate (subjective objective mismatch) or whose visual deficit is nonphysiological, there are several clinical tools that help determine whether these findings are nonorganic. The following clinical tests, when abnormal, are useful in a patient with suspected nonphysiological visual loss (1) lack of a normal linear improvement of Snellen visual acuity with decreasing distance or increasing letter size (for example, a patient who correctly identifies a 20 100 letter at 20 feet should equally identify a 20 50 letter at 10 feet) (2) presence of normal color vision and stereoacuity despite severely affected Snellen...

General Management Goals

Low vision aids may be helpful in some of these cases. In people with poor visual acuity, magnifiers can help them to read newspapers or other printed material. Closed circuit televisions, which enlarge written material without the distortion lenses may produce, are becoming popular for this purpose as well.

Trochlear Nerve Cranial Nerve IV

Figure 9-5 View of the posterior orbit showing the origins of the extraocular muscles and their relationships to the optic and ocular motor neReproduced with permission from Miller NR Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, Vol 2, 4th ed. Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1985.)

Anatomy of the Pursuit System

Subcortical nuclei and pathways are undoubtedly important in generating smooth pursuit, although the result of focal lesions of these structures is uncertain. The thalamic pulvinar receives direct input from the retina and SC, and it projects to several cortical areas involved in the generation of eye movement. There is evidence that the pulvinar may function in visual suppression during saccades to eliminate perception of image motion as the eyes are traveling to a new fixation point. The pulvinar may also play a role in shifts in spatial attention and efference copy by which brain stem ocular motor structures provide feedback to cortical eye movement control systems about the moment-to-moment state of the eye movement. The internal medullary lamina of the thalamus receives input from brain stem nuclei, including the SC, vestibular nuclei, and nucleus prepositus hypoglossi, and provides reciprocal connections to the FEF, SEF, and PEF in the cerebral hemisphere. The clinical result of...

Allochthonous Parasites in the Americas Previous Syntheses

Rubella was added to the list for two reasons. First, although a relatively mild disease in adults, it can seriously affect the reproductive fitness of a population. If a woman develops German measles during the first trimester of pregnancy, the fetus may be born with major congenital defects, including cataracts, heart disease, microcephaly, and mental retardation (Top 1976). Second, although rubella was confused with measles and smallpox until the eighteenth century, the presence of measles and smallpox in America during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries suggested that rubella could have been introduced at the same time.

Development of EP Systems in the United Kingdom

The Burton on Trent Trust has also been working with electronic medicines management systems since 1992.21 Queen's Hospital, Burton, had a Meditech HISS (hospital information support system) already in place, and implemented the pharmacy module of the Meditech system in 1992. In 1995, the Trust was selected by the then NHS Information Management Group to be one of two sites to participate in the EPR programme. The chief criterion for this was that the Trust was already operating an integrated HISS and had commitment from all the major stakeholders in the implementation process - clinicians, hospital management and suppliers. The EPR programme included electronic prescribing as one of its subprojects and, when the EPR programme was complete in December 1996, three pilot wards in the elderly care directorate were using the EP system. The system was subsequently extended to two further care of the elderly wards, the admissions unit and the ophthalmology ward. The EP system at Burton...

Neurophysiological Bases Of Evoked Electrical Brain Activity

Visually elicited activity may be recorded noninvasively, both at the level of the retina as electroretinogram (ERG) and from the visual cortex as visual evoked potential. Here the focus is concentrated on VEP activity, and the reader is referred elsewhere for a more detailed description of electroretinographical methods in basic research and in clinical settings (Armington, 1974 Heckenlively and Arden, 1991). Skrandies and Leipert (1988) give some instructive examples on how the combination of cortical and retinal electro-physiological recordings allows the topo-logical identification and diagnosis of the causes of visual field defects in neuro-ophthalmologic patients.

Reviews And Selected Updates

Miller NR Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, 4th ed, Vol 2. Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1985. Pierrot-Deseilligny C Brainstem control of horizontal gaze Effect of lesions. In Kennard C, Clifford-Rose F (eds) Physiologic Aspects of Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology. London, Chapman and Hall, 1988. 26. Pierrot-Deseilligny C Brainstem control of horizontal gaze Effect of lesions. In Kennard C, Clifford-Rose F (eds) Physiologic Aspects of Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology. London, Chapman and Hall, 1988, pp 209-2 23. 47. Thompson HS Sector palsies of the iris sphincter in Adie's syndrome. In Thompson HS, Daroff R, Frisen L, et al (eds) Topics in Neuro-Ophthalmology. Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1979, pp 113- 15. 58. Miller NR Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, 4th ed. Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1985, pp 915-9 16. 60. Keltner JL, Satterfield D, Dublin AB, Lee BCP Dural and carotid cavernous sinus fistulas. Diagnosis, management, and complications....

Sympathetic Nervous System

Activation of the sympathetic nervous system produces an immediate and sustained increase in catecholamine secretion (i.e., epinephrine and norepinephrine EPI NE). Sympathetic nerve terminals secrete EPI NE directly onto target tissues, which elicits an immediate postsynaptic response that clears and subsides within a very short time frame (i.e., within a few seconds). For instance, secretion of EPI NE from sympathetic nerve terminals directly onto cardiac muscle potently increases heart rate and strengthens the force of contractions. Meanwhile, EPI NE release within the eye dilates the pupil to boost visual acuity and responsivity. These are just two common examples of how direct sympathetic innervation can promote coordinated activity within different effector organs, and thus promote survival in a threatening context.

Ms perceptual motor and cognitive functions are intact

The results of extensive testing of sensory functions showed that H.M.'s perceptual capacities are entirely normal. He performs well within the normal range on tests of visual acuity, adaptation, and other commonly tested visual-perceptual functions. He can recognize and name common objects. He has some loss of touch and fine motor coordination revealed in sophisticated tests, but these are not noticed in his generally good performance on tasks that require coordination in his daily environment. H.M.'s intelligence was above average in standard IQ tests just before the operation. After the surgery his IQ actually rose somewhat, perhaps because of the alleviation of his seizures. H.M.'s language capacities are largely intact, although he exhibits slight deficits in the fluency of his speech, and his spelling is poor. He appreciates puns and linguistic ambiguities, and communicates well and freely. His spatial perceptual capacities that do not depend on memory are mixed. For example, he...

Eye Ear Nose and Throat Diseases

Because of their debilitating effect and their direct influence on daily life activities, eye diseases were readily observed and described. Although eye disorders caused by problems within the body or peculiar diseases inside the eyeballs were hard to detect, conditions affecting the surface were described in detail. The Tongui pogam described eye diseases, including pterygium and trachoma, in terms of more than 20 symptoms. Liver diseases were thought to cause problems behind the eyeball, which led to incurable loss of vision.

Neurologic Examination

Kim et al reported the neurologic findings in 16 GC patients.14 The most common disturbances were papilledema (63 ), decreased visual acuity or visual field deficit (33 ), facial palsy (25 ), trigeminal nerve dysfunction (19 ), extraocular movement disturbance (13 ), lower cranial nerve dysfunction (6 ), and hearing deficit (6 ).

Eyes Ears Noses Teeth

According to Woods and Avison, eye diseases were quite common. Eye disorders included purulent conjunctivitis, ulceration of the cornea, and complete destruction of the eyeball. Often severe eye disease began with simple conjunctivitis following measles or smallpox. Surgical operations for cataract and pterygium were often successful (Avison 1897). During the 1940s, trachoma was frequently the cause of the pannus, entropion, trichiasis, and corneal ulcerations that caused loss of vision. Other causes of blindness were gonorrheal ophthalmia and smallpox. Hemophilus influenzae (Koch-Weeks bacillus) was one of the causes of purulent conjunctivitis reported in the 1940s (Simmons et al. 1944).

Therapeutic Uses Of Botulinum Toxin

Ophthalmologist who pioneered preclinical evaluation of botulinum toxin in monkeys and its subsequent clinical use in patients with strabismus (wandering eye) and blepharospasm 49 Edward Schantz was a protein chemist who had crystallized botulinum toxin type A and provided it on request to Scott.50 Botulinum toxin type A was licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration on December 1989 for the treatment of blepharospasm and strabismus, thus culminating more than a decade of collaborative effort by Scott and Schantz.

Head and Neck Diseases

In the hot, dry climate of northwestern India, eye diseases have always been common, and thus the sections on eye diseases are among the most detailed and remarkable of the Ayurveda. These diseases are divided into two broad groups Netrarogas, or diseases of the eyeball and Drshtirogas, or disturbances of vision. Seventy-three Netrarogas are described, although some seem to be different manifestations of the same disease. Four of these, for example, seem to be forms of trachoma and two more forms of blepharitis. Various types of corneal ulcers are dis cussed, as is conjunctivitis and glaucoma. The Ayurvedic variants of a disease called Adhimantha are actually the progressive stages of glaucoma, producing a swift loss of vision if untreated. The section on diseases of vision describes cataract and various forms of another disease that resulted in disturbed vision - possibly symptomatic of glaucoma. Other disturbances of vision included day blindness and night blindness.

Distortions as Clues to Reasoning

Early on, the Gestalt psychologists attempted to demonstrate that memory for figures got distorted in the direction of good figures (see Riley, 1962). This claim was contested and countered by increasingly sophisticated empirical demonstrations. The dispute faded in a resolution visual stimuli are interpreted, sometimes as good figures memory tends toward the interpretations. So if o - o is interpreted as eyeglasses, participants later draw the connection curved, whereas if it is interpreted as barbells, they do not (Carmichael, Hogan, & Walter,

Clinical Features

In their 1954 pineal tumor study, Ringertz and colleagues defined the pineal region as being bound by the splenium of the corpus callosum and telachoroidea dorsally, the quadrigeminal plate and midbrain tectum ventrally, the posterior aspect of the third ventricle rostrally, and the cerebellar vermis caudally.58 Mass lesions that compress these adjacent structures will result in typical clinical syndromes. One of the most common presentations is headache, nausea, and vomiting caused by aque-ductal compression and resultant obstructive hydrocephalus.15 Untreated, hydrocephalus may progressively lead to lethargy, obtundation, and death. Compromise of the superior colliculus either through direct compression or tumor invasion will result in a syndrome of vertical gaze palsy that can be associated with pupillary or oculomotor nerve paresis. This eponymic syndrome was first described by the French ophthalmologist Henri Parinaud in the late 1800s and has become virtually pathognomonic for...

Nonpharmacologic Therapy

Lifestyle modifications should be started early and continued throughout treatment. They may improve ADL, gait, balance, and mental health. The most common interventions include maintaining good nutrition, physical condition, and social interactions. Patients should avoid medications that block central dopamine (e.g., antipsychotics), as they may worsen PD symptoms.1,19 A multidisciplinary approach using the expertise of nutritionists, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers may optimize care, but may not be covered by insurance. Patients should maintain regular visits with their optometrist ophthalmologist and dentist. PD medications decrease saliva flow, increasing the risk of dental caries.

Perceiving the outer worldtt

Vision is an active information acquisition process - the eyes dart about frenetically under the direction of the brain. As we have arBn already discovered, clear vision is possible only when the fovea J inspects a scene. This provides a very restricted window of clarity and so to generate the perception of a 'movie in the head' the eyes must be moved around. The eyes move speedily from one place to another where they dwell for a while, enabling your brain to take a high definition snapshot. From a number of these sequential snaps the brain builds the mind's eye picture of the outside world. The whole process is an active feedback loop in which the retina supplies information to the brain, which then makes an educated guess about what is out there and on this basis instructs the eyes to move, thereby changing the visual information being supplied. Multiple brain regions are required to perform all of the computational tasks that are necessary to convert information supplied by the...

Hearing Loss in the Pediatric Population

Universal newborn hearing screening using otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem response allows early identification of impaired children. Intervention by age 6 months appears to improve language development. A temporal bone CT is often obtained to evaluate for inner ear malformations that would predispose the patient to further hearing loss with even mild head trauma. A genetics evaluation and counseling may be indicated. Mutations of the Con-nexin-26 gene, an autosomal recessive disorder, accounts for a significant percentage of nonsyndromic hereditary hearing loss. Hearing loss may coexist with other conditions (e.g., renal, ophthalmologic, thyroid, infectious, cardiac), so other testing may be indicated based on clinical suspicion.

The somatic marker hypothesis Cognition meets emotion

Initial investigations by Damasio and colleagues employed skin conductance response measures (SCR Damasio, 1994 Damasio et al., 1990) in reaction to emotionally laden stimuli as a measure of the somatic marker response. This data indicated that individuals with compromise of the VMPFC featured a blunted response to the stimulus material in comparison to unimpaired controls (Damasio & Anderson, 1993 Eslinger & Damasio, 1985). These impairments existed despite preserved intelligence, language, memory, perception, executive functions, and social knowledge (Eslinger & Damasio, 1985 Saver & Damasio, 1991). Damasio (1994 Saver & Damasio, 1991) has proposed that VMPFC-lesioned patients make choices that have high immediate reward but severe delayed punishment because they have a myopia for the future. They seem to be guided only by the immediate prospects of the gain associated with the stimulus, whatever that might be, and are insensitive to the ultimate consequences of the...

Diagnostic procedures in eczema herpeticum

Patients with EH should be seen by an ophthalmologist to monitor for herpetic keratitis. A neurologist should examine the patient if meningeal involvement is suspected. Clinical features of CNS infection with HSV may be headache, confusion, and fever. Areas with decreased attenuation in the temporal lobes in the CT scan of the head, abnormalities in the EEG, and pleo-cytosis and increased protein levels in the cerebrospinal fluid will only be found if the herpes encephalitis is suspected and the tests are ordered.26

Self preservation and survival

The horse has evolved over many centuries into what we now accept as the modern horse. As a prey species the horse has developed its use of eyesight and its 'flight or fight' instinct and it is important to remember these characteristics when approaching the horse and to appreciate why sudden movements in and out of the blind spot may precipitate a strong reaction. The horse's eyesight is not developed to cope with

Organophosphorus compounds

Ecothiopate is an organophosphorus compound with a quaternary amine group it was used as an eye drop preparation in ophthalmology to produce miosis in narrow-angle glaucoma. It inhibits cholinesterase by phosphorylation and thus potentiates all esters metabolized by this enzyme. It has now been withdrawn from the UK market.

Side Effect Monitoring

Regularly monitor patients for side effects and overall health status while taking antipsychotic medications.50,51 Perform orthostatic blood pressure measurements before initiating antipsychotics and throughout treatment. Ask about impaired menstruation, libido, and sexual performance regularly. Encourage patients to have annual eye exams, as several of the antipsychotic medications have been associated with the premature development of cataracts. Check body weight, fasting glucose, glycosylated

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor VEGF

A phase III clinical study set the stage for launching Macugen as the first ap-tamer-based therapeutic. In two prospective, randomized, double-blind, multicenter, dose-ranging study, Macugen was administered by intravitreal injection at a dose of 0.3, 1.0, and 3.0 mg every 6 weeks for 48 weeks (Gragoudas et al., 2004). The primary endpoint was prevention of loss of 15 letters of acuity (defined as three lines on the study eye chart) and in all three aptamer-treated groups, there was statistically significant improvement (0.3 mg, P < 0.001 1.0 mg, P< 0.001 3.0mg, P 0.03). In the 0.3mg Macugen-treated group, 70 of patients lost less than 15 letters of visual acuity compared with 55 of controls (P< 0.001). Severe loss of visual acuity, defined as loss of 30 letters or more, was decreased from 22 in vehicle-injected group to 10 in patients receiving 0.3 mg of Macugen (P< 0.001). Moreover, in the aptamer-treated patient group, 33 maintained or gained visual acuity compared with 23...

What are the alphablockers

Contraindicated in moderate to severe hepatic impairment, should not be used with co administration of potent CYP3A4 inhibitors. Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome has been reported in patients taking uroxatral while undergoing cataract surgery. Administer with caution if impaired hepatic function. Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome has been reported in patients taking doxazosin while undergoing cataract surgery. Use with caution in pts with mild or moderate hepatic impairment, not recommended with severe hepatic impairment. Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome has been reported in patients taking doxazosin while undergoing cataract surgery. As with other alpha-blockers, individuals taking silodosin should discuss this with opthalmolo-gist prior to undergoing cataract surgery due to risk of Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome. Use with caution in combination with moderate or strong CYP2D6 or CYP3A4 inhibitors if pt has a serious or life-threatening sulfa allergy, caution warranted...

Side Effects of Antidepressants

Be at much increased risk for this side effect and other anticholinergic side effects. The newer agents do not cause these effects. Antimuscarinic effects enhance pupillary dilatation, which can precipitate significant increases in intraocular pressure in patients with preexisting narrow-angle glaucoma.

Congenital Pulmonary Stenosis

In 1941, McAlister Gregg, an Australian ophthalmologist, described a relationship between maternal rubella and congenital abnormalities in offspring.45 Stenosis of the pulmonary artery and its branches22,37'72'79'102,112 and patent ductus arteriosis37,79 are features of what came to be known as the rubella syndrome. Maternal viremia is a prerequisite for placental and fetal infection during initial exposure to rubella.37 Maternal rubella can have serious noncardiac effects, including spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, mental retardation, cataracts, and deafness.37 Fetal risk is small when infection occurs later than the 16th

Screening For Vhl Disease

Any patients younger than 50 years old with a CNS hem-angioblastoma or any patient at any age with multicentric CNS hemangioblastoma should have full CNS MRI with contrast, ophthalmologic examination, abdominal CT scan with contrast, and single voided urine metanephrine assay. 2. Any patient with a VHL-disease pedigree should undergo routine CNS MRI (starting as early as age 10, no later than age 20) and ophthalmologic examination and should have routine abdominal CT scans with contrast (starting at 20 years of age).

Development Of The Dorsal And Ventral Visual Streams

Within the visual system there is a structural and functional segregation of motion and location information from color and form information along dorsal and ventral processing streams, respectively. Visual motion is processed principally by a population of cell types (magno) (M) in the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) that project to particular layers in the primary visual cortex (Ungerleider and Mishkin, 1982 Ungerleider and Haxby, 1994). Those layers, in turn, project to the middle temporal (MT) gyrus, a cortical region that specializes in the processing of visual motion (Maunsell and van Essen, 1983). Color and form information, on the other hand, are processed by a population of cell types (parvo) (P) in the LGN that are separate from those that process motion, and these cells project to different layers in primary visual cortex (Ungerleider and Mishkin, 1982 Ungerleider and Haxby, 1994). These layers project to cortical regions within the ventral temporal and occipital cortices...

Clinical Symptoms And Signs

Suprasellar, or neurohypophy-seal, tumors compress the optic chiasm, resulting in bitemporal hemianopsia and decreased visual acuity. Tumor invasion into the neurohypophysis produces panhypopituitarism and diabetes insipidus. The survey of pituitary function reveals lowered anterior pituitary hormones (especially GH, FSH, and LH) and vasopressin and elevated prolactin titer.21 Tumors in the basal ganglia or thalamus invade the pyramidal tract and result in contralateral hemiparesis. However, with the exception of HCG-secreting tumors, the clinical signs and symptoms of the different histologic subtypes are not tumor specific. Some tumors secreting HCG manifest intratumoral hemorrhage that results in acute intracranial hypertension. In sexually immature males, they induce precocious puberty. Of 50 patients with neurohypophyseal tumors, 43 (86.0 ) presented with diabetes insipidus. Visual disturbance, including narrowing of visual field and decreased visual...

Entry Into The Space Of Retzius

The space of Retzius can be reached by an intraperitoneal or an extraperitoneal approach. The suggested advantages of the extraperitoneal approach include not entering the intraperitoneal cavity, decreased risk of vascular and bowel injury, and bypassing intra-abdominal adhesions (23-24). Decreased blood loss reportedly is due to instillation of CO2 gas at 20 mmHg into the extraperitoneal space, causing compression of capillaries (23). Some authors suggest the extraperitoneal dissection allows better vision and gives the added advantage of using regional anesthesia (22,23). It also allows lower placement of trocars, making it easier to reach the operative field. At one center (24), extraperitoneal laparoscopic Burch was cheaper than open Burch ( 3100 vs. 6000).

Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors Acetazolamide

Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors are seldom used as primary diuretics because of their weak diuretic effect. In the management of salicylate overdose, they may be used to start an alkaline diuresis to eliminate the weak organic acids. The most common use of acetazolamide is to reduce the intraocular pressure of glaucoma patients. The inhibition of carbonic anhydrase results in a decreased formation of ocular aqueous humour and cerebrospinal fluid. It is valuable in the prevention and management of acute mountain sickness. When used in patients with familial periodic paralysis, the metabolic acidosis increases the potassium concentration in the skeletal muscles and improves symptoms.

Presenting Features Symptoms And Signs

No single symptom or sign is specific for patients with intracra-nial meningiomas. Some patients are asymptomatic, and their tumors are detected incidentally. Other patients have symptoms such as headache, paresis, seizures, personality change or confusion, and visual impairment. Headache and paresis occur in 36 and 30 of patients, respectively.13

Relative Contraindications

Additional side effects have been noted in some women. Women wearing contact lenses may have visual changes and more disturbances with lenses. If normal saline eye drops do not help, referral to an ophthalmologist is recommended. Melasma and chloasma can occur secondary to estrogen stimulation of melanocyte production. Women with darker pigmentation are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation effects. The melasma may not be completely reversible on discontinuation. Progestin-only products may be preferable, and sunscreen use is highly recommended.1

Classification And Clinical Presentation

Nonfunctioning pituitary tumors typically cause signs and symptoms of mass effect on surrounding structures. Bitemporal hemianopsia, loss of visual acuity, and chronic headache are all commonly described. A thorough visual-field examination is essential. Signs of cavernous sinus compression with facial pain, diplopia, and anisocoria may also occur.

What Practitioners Say It Does

Proponents indicate that qigong lowers heart rate and blood pressure, and improves relaxation potential. Specific qigong exercises aimed at directing the flow of qi to certain areas of the body are used to help prevent tension headaches, constipation, and insomnia. Practitioners describe reports of qigong curing disease, reducing farsightedness and nearsightedness and treating sinus allergies, hemorrhoids, and problems of the prostate (all highly unlikely). Other reports indicate that qigong can lessen the pain of arthritis and migraine headaches and alleviate depression, reduce anxiety, and promote sounder sleep (very probable).

Clinical Manifestations

Upper and lower cranial nerve palsies. Permanent or intermittent diplopia is the first symptom in most patients, generally the result of compromising of the sixth cranial nerve.1,8,16 Other symptoms include those related to other cranial nerve palsies, such as decreased visual acuity, facial numbness, facial weakness, hearing loss, dysphasia, dysarthria, hoarseness, and difficulty with speech and swallowing, as well as symptoms of brainstem or cerebellar compression such as dysmetria, gait ataxia, motor weakness, and memory disturbances. Local tumor extension into the retropharyngeal space or into the nasal cavity may occur, and nasopharyngeal symptoms, such as nasal obstruction or discharge, eustachian tube obstruction, throat fullness, dysphasia, or epistaxis, may occur, occasionally being the only symptoms.1,16,20,21 Physical examination often discloses optic nerve dysfunction or extraocular palsies, particularly when the tumor involves the upper clivus.8,20,21 Cranial nerve...

Antiepileptic Drugs Topiramate

Sedation can accompany use of TPM, so dosing in a single dose at night may be of benefit to patients who have difficulty sleeping. Other rare adverse effects include calcium phosphate renal calculi, hyperchloremic acidosis, oligohydrosis in younger patients, and narrow angle glaucoma, an ophthalmologic emergency.

Abnormal Findings and Clinical Uses of the VEP

Other disorders may also lead to VEP abnormalities. In particular, ocular pathology (e.g., refractive error, inability to focus on the pattern stimulus, or glaucoma) may be responsible. Compressive, ischemic, toxic, or nutritional optic neuropathies may also produce VEP changes, and abnormalities occur in Leber's hereditary optic atrophy.y , y Compressive lesions of the optic nerve typically lead to VEPs that are markedly abnormal in shape as well as delayed in latency y in ischemic or toxic neuropathies, the response is usually markedly attenuated in amplitude without being delayed significantly. y The findings, however, have always to be interpreted in the clinical context in which they were obtained. The pattern-elicited VEP can be used to measure refractive error or detect amblyopia in preverbal children who are unable to cooperate for behavioral testing. y For refractive purposes, the VEP is recorded while different lenses are placed in front of the eye to determine the lens with...

TABLE 629 Toxic Alcohol Ingestion Treatment

Moreover, since both parent compounds and metabolites are low molecular weight and have small volumes of distribution, hemodialysis is generally employed in methanol toxicity hemodialysis is indicated for levels > 50 mg dL, if acidemia is present, or visual acuity is impaired with ethylene glycol toxicity hemodialysis is generally employed for levels > 20 mg dL

Perception and Construction Abilities

Tests of visual perception typically assess color perception, object recognition, visual organizational abilities, visual scanning, and differentiation of figure from ground. Most neuropsychological assessments will assess color perception informally. The Color Vision Screening Inventory y is occasionally used by examiners, however. This test provides a screening measure of color blindness.

Nonsteroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs

Low-dose glucocorticoid treatment (equivalent to prednisone 10 mg day or less) effectively reduces inflammation through inhibition of cytokines and inflammatory mediators and prevents disease progression.19,21 The goal of glucocorticoid use is to minimize adverse drug events by keeping doses low and using the drugs as infrequently as possible. Patients may receive glucocorticoids for a brief time as bridge therapy following DMARD initiation or via intra-articular injections to relieve symptoms of active disease. Patients taking more than 10 mg day prednisone or equivalent are at an increased risk for clinically significant adverse reactions, especially bone loss leading to osteoporosis. Other glucocorticoid-related adverse reactions include Cushing's syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, hypertension, weight gain, infection, mood changes, cataracts, dyslipidemia, and hyperglycemia.

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Children undergoing bone marrow transplantation are exposed to high levels of chemotherapy and radiation and are thus at high risk for many of the physical sequelae, including neurocognitive impact (Wilkins et al. 2007). Typical problems encountered by over 25 of survivors in the first 10 years after transplant include infections, cataracts, bone and joint complications, hypothyroidism, learning disabilities, and psychological problems (Ferry et al.

Other Segmentation And Cleavage Disorders

Septo-optic dysplasia is pathologically defined as absence of the septum pellucidum and hypoplastic optic nerves. This clinical constellation of symptoms and signs has also been referred to as de Morsier's syndrome. Other abnormalities are variably reported, suggesting considerable heterogeneity underlying this phenotype. Clinically, there are optic nerve hypoplasia resulting in visual impairment, endocrine abnormalities resulting from hypothalamic-pituitary insufficiency, and frequently seizures, especially in cases in which there has been disruption of cortical development as well. The degree of visual impairment can vary from blindness, with the development of amaurotic nystagmoid eye movements after a few months, to normal vision in a few cases. The endocrine insufficiencies can lead to

Symptoms and Incidence

A concussion usually results in the rapid onset of brief neurologic impairment that resolves spontaneously. Symptoms of concussion include loss of consciousness, amnesia, confusion, headache, vision problems, nausea, and balance problems (Box 29-3). A concussion may or may not be associated with a loss of consciousness. Over 90 of concussions are not associated with a loss of consciousness, and unconsciousness is not a marker of the severity of the injury (Lovell et al., 1999). Amnesia can include loss of memory of the events before (retrograde amnesia) or

Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

Identify risk factors for the development of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and acute angle-closure glaucoma. 2. Recommend a frequency for glaucoma screening based upon patient-specific risk factors. 3. Compare and contrast the pathophysiologic mechanisms responsible for open-angle glaucoma and acute angle-closure glaucoma. 4. Compare and contrast the clinical presentation of chronic open-angle glaucoma and acute angle-closure glaucoma. 5. List the goals of treatment for patients with POAG suspect, POAG, and acute angle-closure glaucoma. 6. Choose the most appropriate therapy based upon patient-specific data for open-angle glaucoma, glaucoma suspect, and acute angle-closure glaucoma. 8. Counsel patients about glaucoma, drug therapy options, ophthalmic administration techniques, and the importance of adherence to the prescribed regimen.

Neurogenic and Vascular Tumors of the Head and Neck

The objectives of any proposed treatment beyond careful initial evaluation, parental reassurance, and monitoring for the development of complications (ulceration) must be very carefully defined. Exceptions to such a conservative approach to the treatment of hemangiomas are in the case of either a cutaneous hemangioma that arises from the periocular region that may require early treatment in order to prevent the development of disastrous functional consequences (deprivational amblyopia)3 or a sub-glottic hemangioma that may require early treatment for airway compromise.3

Patient Encounter 1 Part 2

The patient was referred to an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye evaluation. The ophthalmology report reveals the patient has an IOP (as assessed by applanation tonometry) of 26 mm Hg. Gonioscopic examination reveals open anterior angles in both eyes. Pachymetry reveals a corneal thickness of 510 microns. Ophthalmoscopy reveals cupping of the optic discs in both eyes. Visual field examination reveals a nerve fiber bundle defect consistent with glaucoma. Given this additional information, what additional risk factors does this patient have for glaucoma What is your assessment of this patient's glaucoma type Cholinergic agents (also called parasympathomimetics or miotics) were the first class of agents to treat glaucoma. The class can be divided into direct-acting cholinergic agents and indirect-acting cholinergic agents. The adverse effects of pilocarpine are caused by the induction of miosis. The contraction of the ciliary muscle causes the lens to displace forward, which can...

Patient Care and Monitoring

In undiagnosed patients assess their risk factors for glaucoma and their recommended interval of glaucoma screening 2. Obtain a thorough history of the patient's prescription, nonprescription, and natural product use. Review for potential drug-drug and drug-glaucoma interactions 3. Evaluate diagnostic tests (IOP, visual fields, optic nerve evaluations, etc.) to determine if patient's current glaucoma therapy is effective What causes glaucoma or puts people at risk for glaucoma Possible complications of glaucoma

Balance the neglected organs

Information from the balance organs splits in two in the brainstem. Part of the signal goes to the region of the brain controlling eye movements, which allows us to fix on an object and keep tracking it, even if our head is moving and we are in a moving object. This system is incredibly fast, accurate and sophisticated and allows us to keep images absolutely fixed on a minute part of the retina. If there is a problem with the balance organs or the eye movement control, we will have the flicking eye movements of nystagmus. The other part of the signal goes to the regions of the brain controlling limb and trunk position, so that we do not fall over (unless we want to). This makes sure our weight always passes through our centre of gravity, which is always over our feet.

Peroxisomal Leukodystrophies Adrenoleukodystrophy

Neonatal adrenoleukodystrophy is characterized clinically by early onset, dysmorphic features, and a very protracted course. Occasionally, the symptoms occur at a somewhat later period than expected.y One patient presented at 23 months with frequent emesis and acute mental deterioration, followed very quickly by refractive seizures. A long history of developmental, mental, and motor delay had previously been observed in this child. There tends to be a staggering course, sometimes with developmental stagnation or regression preceded or followed by improvement in stasis, visual impairment, truncal hypotonia, and limb spasticity. Subdural hematoma and its sequelae have been associated with this syndrome. '791