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May 2000

Accurately Analyzing Aqueous Flare Data

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(5):730-731. doi:

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We thank Drs Sun and Gimbel for their interesting and constructive comments concerning our article.1 We would like to answer the points raised by them as follows: They expressed that it was not adequate to simply compare postoperative values of aqueous flare between groups because the baseline values of aqueous flares in eyes with pseudoexfoliation (PEX) was significantly higher than in the control group. It is true that the relative increase in aqueous flare in patients with PEX, by taking into account the difference between preoperative and postoperative values, was not much higher than that of the control eyes. However, regarding the absolute flare values, these markedly increased and may be expected to cause postoperative complications such as fibrin formation, rise in intraocular pressure, and formation of synechiae.2

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