Glaucoma is a complex neurodegenerative disease with many clinical subtypes. Some of its rare forms include pigmentary glaucoma, uveitic glaucoma and congenital glaucoma. While they all share common features of progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, optic nerve damage and corresponding visual field loss, the exact mechanisms underlying glaucomatous neuron loss are not clear. This has largely hindered the development of a real cure for this disease. Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is a known major risk factor of glaucoma; however, progressive degeneration of RGCs and axons can also be found in patients with a normal IOP, i.e., normal tension glaucoma (NTG). Interestingly, patients who carry the gain-of-function mutation of the pro-inflammatory gene TBK1 - tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor associated factor NF-κB activator (TANK) binding kinase 1 - are at increased risk to develop NTG. This finding suggests a causal link between neuroinflammatory processes and glaucoma. Various studies have reported the presence of neuroinflammatory responses by microglia, astrocytes and other blood-born immune cells in the optic nerve head (ONH) at early stages of experimental glaucoma. Inhibition of certain pro-inflammatory pathways, particularly those associated with microglial activation, appears to be neuroprotective. In this review, we will focus on the inflammatory responses, in particular the proposed roles of microglia, in the pathogenesis of glaucoma.
PURPOSE: The centenarian population is growing and ophthalmic plastic surgeons are providing care to an increasing number of elderly patients. Outcomes of centenarians have not been previously studied in the ophthalmic plastic surgery literature. The goal of the current review was to examine the baseline characteristics, surgical problems, and outcomes of this select group of patients. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed. Patients who underwent ophthalmic plastic surgery at age 100 or older between January 2000 and June 2016 by a member of the New England Oculoplastics Society were included in the study. RESULTS: Fifteen patients met inclusion criteria. The majority (66%) were female. More than half (60%) presented with a surgical problem of an urgent nature. Most disorders involved the lacrimal system or eyelids, and many were the result of trauma or infection. There were no cases of orbital tumor or thyroid eye disease. There were no surgical or anesthesia-related complications. Most patients (80%) had no documented history of dementia, and only 1 was diabetic. Notably, 33% of patients presented with no light perception vision in at least 1 eye. CONCLUSIONS: Ophthalmic plastic surgery can be performed safely in select patients 100 years of age and older. Formal prospective studies are needed to improve surgical care in this group.
PURPOSE: To report the long-term outcome of Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem (PROSE) for delivery of bevacizumab in the treatment of corneal neovascularization (KNV). METHODS: Retrospective, non-comparative, interventional case series of 13 sequential patients treated for KNV at the BostonSight between 2006 and 2017. In all cases, PROSE treatment was initiated for management of ocular surface disease and patients wore PROSE consistently on a daily wear basis prior to bevacizumab treatment. Patients applied a drop of 1% preservative free bevacizumab to the reservoir of PROSE device twice daily. Patients continued with daily wear of the device during treatment and afterwards. RESULTS: 13 patients (8 female and mean age of 45 years) are included with a mean follow-up of 5.1 years (range 6 months-11 years). Underlying ocular diagnoses included Stevens-Johnson syndrome (7), ocular chronic graft-versus-host disease (2), corneal transplant (2), contact lens-related corneal ulcer and limbal stem cell deficiency (1), and familial dysautonomia (1). Median duration of bevacizumab use was 6 months (range 3 months-10 years). Twelve cases (92%) had regression of KNV and 10 cases (77%) had improved best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) with treatment. Median BCVA improved from -1.1 (LogMAR) at baseline, to -0.66 at end of bevacizumab treatment, and remained -0.63 at last follow-up (P = 0.047). KNV progressed in one eye after discontinuation of bevacizumab. There were no ophthalmic or systemic complications. CONCLUSIONS: Topical bevacizumab used in PROSE is effective in treating KNV and improving vision. Long-term follow-up reveals durable response and no complications.