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Chatziralli I.P.,Specialized Eye Hospital Ophthalmiatreion | Sergentanis T.N.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Peponis V.G.,Specialized Eye Hospital Ophthalmiatreion | Papazisis L.E.,General Hospital of Veroia | Moschos M.M.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology | Year: 2013

Background: Our study aims to investigate the possible risk factors for poor vision-related quality of life in patients scheduled to undergo phacoemulsification. Methods: Participants in our study were 220 patients who were eligible for phacoemulsification cataract surgery. All participants underwent a routine ophthalmological examination and completed the Visual Function Questionnaire-25 (VFQ-25), which encompasses 12 subscales and the composite score. Sociodemographic and lifestyle parameters were evaluated as potential risk factors for low VFQ-25 composite score, as well as subscale scores. Multivariate regression analysis was performed. Results: Composite score did not exhibit any significant associations. General Health subscale score was positively associated with higher educational level. Patients who currently worked presented with lower Vision Specific Mental Health subscale score (OR: 0.33, 95 % CI: 0.18 to 0.63). Vision Specific Role Difficulties subscale score was positively associated with exercise (OR: 1.89, 95 % CI: 1.30 to 2.75). Vision Specific Dependency subscale score was independently positively associated with marital status (married vs single/widowed/divorced, OR: 1.83, 95 % CI: 1.08 to 3.12) but inversely with current working status (OR: 0.40, 95 % CI: 0.20 to 0.79). Males exhibited lower Peripheral Vision subscale score compared with females (OR: 0.19, 95 % CI: 0.04 to 0.91). Conclusions: Baseline vision-related quality of life in cataract patients presenting for surgery seems affected by inherent sociodemographic and lifestyle parameters, such as gender, educational level, marital status, current working status and exercise. Therefore, clinicians should be aware of the discrepancies that risk factors may confer, and should thus focus on the most vulnerable subgroups. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source

Moschos M.M.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Chatziralli I.P.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Siasou G.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Papazisis L.,General Hospital of Veroia
Klinische Monatsblatter fur Augenheilkunde | Year: 2012

Background: Computer use can cause visual problems. The purpose of our study was to evaluate visual problems due to computer use in young adults. Patients and Methods: Participants in our study were 87 adults, 48 male and 39 female, mean aged 31.3 years old (SD 7.6). All the participants completed a questionnaire regarding visual problems detected after computer use. Results: The mean daily use of computers was 3.2 hours (SD 2.7). 65.5 % of the participants complained for dry eye, mainly after more than 2.5 hours of computer use. 32 persons (36.8 %) had a foreign body sensation in their eyes, while 15 participants (17.2 %) complained for blurred vision which caused difficulties in driving, after 3.25 hours of continuous computer use. 10.3 % of the participants sought medical advice for their problem. There was a statistically significant correlation between the frequency of visual problems and the duration of computer use (p = 0.021). 79.3 % of the participants use artificial tears during or after long use of computers, so as not to feel any ocular discomfort. Conclusions: The main symptom after computer use in young adults was dry eye. All visual problems associated with the duration of computer use. Artificial tears play an important role in the treatment of ocular discomfort after computer use. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York. Source

Chatziralli I.P.,General Hospital of Veroia
Bulletin de la Société belge d'ophtalmologie | Year: 2011

The benefit of cataract surgery in the general population concerning visual acuity and subjective visual function has been well established. However, a small proportion of patients are dissatisfied after cataract surgery. Our study aims to evaluate patients' dissatisfaction after phacoemulsification cataract surgery related to low visual function and to analyze the factors associated with this outcome. 397 patients, who underwent uneventful phacoemulsification cataract surgery, participated in the study. All the participants completed a self-administered questionnaire which evaluated their visual function pre- and post-operatively. Best Corrected Visual Acuity (BCVA) was measured before and after cataract surgery and patients' contentment if they were satisfied or not with the result of the surgery was also recorded. Macular disease, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma were the main factors limiting the final visual result after phacoemulsification cataract surgery. It is very important for the patients to be preoperatively fully aware of the presentation of the aforementioned fundus pathology and to be warned about the predicted visual outcome after cataract surgery. Source

Gougoulias N.E.,University of Thessaly | Varitimidis S.E.,University of Thessaly | Bargiotas K.A.,University of Thessaly | Dovas T.N.,General Hospital of Veroia | And 2 more authors.
Hippokratia | Year: 2010

Muscle hydatidosis is rare, accounting only for 3-5% of all cases. We present a case series of 9 patients (8 male, one female, mean age 59.3 years, range 48-75 years) with primary echinococcosis of skeletal muscles. The cysts presented as soft tissue masses in 8 patients, whereas in one, the cyst was an incidental finding on a CT scan performed for investigation of a lung problem. All hydatid cysts were confined into muscles, without affecting the bone. The location was the thigh region in 6 patients (quadriceps in 4, biceps in 2), the popliteal fossa (gastrocnemius) in one, the humerus (triceps branchii) in one and the shoulder (infraspinatus) in one patient. MRI showed multi-vesicular cysts in all patients. Indirect hemagglutination serological test was positive in 6 out of 9 cases. En block surgical excision of the cysts was undertaken in all patients. Two patients received antihelminthic chemotherapy preoperatively. Histopathologic findings confirmed the diagnosis. No recurrence occurred during the follow-up period (1-8 years). Skeletal muscle echinococcosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of limb masses, especially in endemic countries. A meticulous history taking and MRI imaging are essential, while pericystectomy is an effective method of treatment. Source

Chatziralli I.P.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Keryttopoulos P.,General Hospital of Veroia | Papazisis L.,General Hospital of Veroia | Moschos M.M.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Clinical and Experimental Optometry | Year: 2012

An 86-year-old man presented with blurred vision and pain in the left eye. A slitlamp examination revealed anterior uveitis with hypopyon. During the investigation of the uveitis, the diagnosis of tuberculosis was confirmed. Hypopyon is a rare manifestation of uveitis due to tuberculosis. © 2012 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Optometry © 2012 Optometrists Association Australia. Source

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