Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo

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Juan Gonzalo
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Carracedo Rodríguez
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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Óptica y Optometría
Optometría y Visión
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  • Publication
    Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye in Keratoconus Patients Before and After Intrastromal Corneal Rings Surgery
    (Taylor & Francis, 2017) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Recchioni, Alberto; Alejandre Alba, Nicolás; Martín Gil, Alba; Batres Valderas, Laura; Jiménez Alfaro-Morote, Ignacio; Pintor, Jesús
    Purpose: Based on the relationship between keratoconus and dry eye, the aim of this study was to evaluate changes in signs and symptoms of dry eye in keratoconus patients before and after intrastromal corneal ring surgery. Methods: Fifteen keratoconus patients were enrolled in Fundación Jiménez-Díaz of Madrid and University Clinic of Optometry of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid, Spain). Tear break up time (TBUT), Schirmer test without anesthesia, corneal staining, diadenosine tetraphosphate (Ap4A) concentration, and ocular surface disease index (OSDI) were evaluated. Impression cytology combined with laser confocal microscopy was performed to evaluate goblet cell density, mucin cloud height (MCH), and cell layer thickness (CLT). All measurements were performed before (pre) surgery, 1 month (post) and 6 months after surgery (post6m). Results: We found no statistical differences in time in Schirmer test, TBUT, and corneal staining. OSDI scores were 44.96  ±  8.65, 26.30 ± 6.79, and 19.31 ± 4.28 for (pre), (post), and (post6m) surgery, respectively (p < 0.001). Impression cytology showed a decrease in cell density at (post6m) compared with presurgery (47.36 ± 35.15 cells/mm2 and 84.88 ± 32.08 cells/mm2, respectively, p = 0.04). At post6m, the MCH increased compared with presurgery values (13.97 ± 4.26 µm and 6.77 ± 2.51 µm, respectively, p < 0.001). There was a statistically significant increase in CLT in time. Ap4A tear concentrations were lower post6m than presurgery (1.02  ±  0.65 and 2.56   ± 1.10  µM, respectively, p < 0.001). Conclusion: Intrastromal corneal ring surgery induces changes improving dry eye symptoms but no changes were found in signs of dry eye after surgery in keratoconus patients except for the MCH that increases drastically. More studies are needed to clarify the reason of its improvement.
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    Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye in Keratoconus Patients: A Pilot Study
    (Taylor & Francis, 2015-11) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Recchioni, Alberto; Alejandre Alba, Nicolás; Martín Gil, Alba; Crooke, Almudena; Jiménez Alfaro-Morote, Ignacio; Pintor, Jesús
    Purpose: To compare signs and symptoms of dry eye in keratoconus (KC) patients versus healthy subjects. Methods: A total of 15 KC patients (KC group, n = 15 eyes) and 16 healthy subjects (control group, 16 eyes) were enrolled in this study. The Schirmer I test with no anesthetic, tear break-up time (TBUT), corneal staining characteristics, and ocular surface disease index (OSDI) scores were evaluated for both groups. Impression cytology, combined with/scanning laser confocal microscopy (LCM), was performed to evaluate goblet cell density, mucin cloud height (MCH), and goblet cell layer thickness (CLT). Finally, tear concentrations of di-adenosine tetraphosphate (Ap4A) were assessed. Results were statistically analyzed using Shapiro–Wilk and non-parametric Wilcoxon rank sum tests. Statistical significance was set at p < 0.05. Results: KC patients had lower tear volumes and greater corneal staining than did healthy subjects (p < 0.05). OSDI scores were 44.96 ± 8.65 and 17.78 ± 6.50 for the KC and control groups, respectively (p < 0.05). We found no statistically significant differences in TBUT between groups. Impression cytology revealed lower goblet cell densities in KC group patients versus control group subjects (84.88 ± 32.98 and 128.88 ± 50.60 cells/mm,2 respectively, p < 0.05). There was a statistically significant reduction in MCH and CLT in KC group patients compared with control group subjects. Ap4A tear concentrations were higher in KC group patients than in control group subjects (2.56 ± 1.10 and 0.15 ± 0.12 µM, respectively, p < 0.05). Conclusions: The parameters evaluated in this study indicate that KC patients suffer greater symptoms of dry eye and greater tear instability, primarily due to the decreased mucin production in their tears, than do healthy patients with no KC.
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    A review of international medical device regulations: Contact lenses and lens care solutions
    (Elsevier, 2018-11-14) Zaki, Marina; Pardo, Jesús; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo
    Medical devices are under strict regulatory oversight worldwide and such regulations prioritise patient safety and efficacy over anything else. Contact lenses fall under the medical device category - a result of direct contact with the eye. Equally regulated are the contact lens care product solutions, which include cleaning and maintenance solutions and lubricating and rewetting drops. In the USA, it is the FDA Centre for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) overseeing the regulations of medical devices, since 1976. In the European Union, it is the EU Commission responsible for regulating devices in Member States. The categorisation of contact lenses into medical devices is based on their inherent risk to the wearer. Contact lenses are subject to crucial regulatory oversight from concept to clinical evaluation, clinical investigations through to the finished lens product, and finally, strict conditions associated with their marketing approval including post-marketing surveillance. The physiochemical and manufacturing testing, such as biocompatibility testing alongside pre-clinical stability, sterility and microbiological testing are just some of the essential testing lenses must endure. Only through understanding the inherent risks and potential complications that can arise from contact lens wear, can one truly appreciate the need to adhere to strict regulations. The challenge however, lies in the need for more standardised regulations and flexible approaches, ensuring innovative device technologies reach patients in a timely manner without compromising public health and safety. This review highlights some key requirement, differences and similarities between the FDA and EU administrations in the approval of contact lenses.
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    Presence of melatonin in human tears
    (Spanish General Council of Optometrists, 2016-04-13) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Carpena, Carlos; Concepción, Pablo; Díaz, Victor; García-García, Miguel; Jemnic, Nahla; Lledó, Victoria Eugenia; Martín, Marina; Pastrana, Cristina; Pelissier, Raquel; Veselinova, Albena; Wang, Xiaoyu; Pintor, Jesús
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    The influence of rigid gas permeable lens wear on the concentrations of dinucleotides in tears and the effect on dry eye signs and symptoms in keratoconus
    (Elsevier, 2016-10) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; González-Méijome, José Manuel; Martín Gil, Alba; Carballo Álvarez, Jesús; Pintor, Jesús
    Purpose: To evaluate the signs and symptoms of dry eye and dinucleotide secretion in tears of keratoconus patients (KC) and the potential effect of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens wear. Methods: Twenty-three KC patients and forty control subjects were enrolled in this study. Signs of dry eye including tear volume, tear stability and corneal staining along with symptoms were assessed using the McMonnies questionnaire. Tears were collected using Schirmer strips, and dinucleotide concentrations in collected tears measured using high pressure liquid chromatography. Values obtained in KC and controls were compared. The effect of contact lens wear in KC was also assessed. Results: KC eyes showed a significantly lower tear volume compared to controls, shorter tear break up time (TBUT), higher corneal staining and higher McMonnies dry eye questionnaire scores (p < 0.05). When compared with non-wearers, KC contact lens wearers showed significantly higher symptoms, lower Schirmer and TBUT values (p < 0.05). Concentration of Ap4A (0.695 ± 0.304 μM vs. 0.185 ± 0.178 μM) and Ap5A (0.132 ± 0.128 μM vs. 0.045 ± 0.036 μM) were higher in KC compared to controls (p < 0.001) and only Ap4A was statistically higher in RGP wearers compared to non-wearers (0.794 ± 0.478 μM vs. 0.417 ± 0.313 μM) (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Signs and symptoms of dry eye as well as concentrations of Ap4A and Ap5A were markedly increased in KC patients compared to controls. Moreover, Ap4A and symptoms of dry eye were statistically higher in RGP wearers compared to non-wearers. This seems to indicate that factors such as RGP contact lens wear might exacerbate the clinical condition of dry eye.
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    Effect of Melatonin and Its Analogs on Tear Secretion
    (American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 2019-10) Navarro Gil, Francisco Javier; Huete Toral, Fernando; Crooke, Almudena; Dominguez Godínez, Carmen Olalla; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Pintor, Jesús
    Melatonin has been shown to enhance tear secretion associated with dinucleotide diadenosine tetraphosphate. This study investigated the isolated action of melatonin and its analogs, agomelatine, N-butanoyl-2-(2-methoxy-6H-isoindolo[2,1-a]indol-11-yl) ethanamine (IIK7), and 5-methoxycarbonylamino-N-cetyltryptamine (5-MCA-NAT) (10 µl at 100 µM), on tear secretion when applied topically in the rabbit cornea and its relationship with the melatonin MT1, MT2, and MT3/quinone reductase QR2 receptors. The results showed a significant increase in tear secretion, with a maximal effect at 60 minutes for the agonists (138.9% ± 6.5%, 128.9% ± 6.4%, and 120.0% ± 5.2%, respectively; P < 0.05; 100% control) but not for melatonin (101.6% ± 7.9%; P > 0.05). Agonist action was tested combined with the antagonists DH97 (MT2 selective), prazosin (MT3/QR2 inhibitor), and luzindole (nonselective MT membrane receptor) (10 µl at 100 µM). DH97 reversed the effect of agomelatine, IIK7, and 5-MCA-NAT up to 30.85% ± 7.6%,108% ± 7.2%, and 87.01% ± 7.6%, respectively (P < 0.05; 100% control). Luzindole antagonized agomelatine and 5-MCA-NAT up to 67.35% ± 7.6% and 92.12% ± 8%, respectively (P < 0.05). Prazosin only reversed 5-MCA-NAT action up to 84.2% ± 7.7% (P < 0.05). These results suggest different pathways for the agonists to act through MT membrane receptors. Therefore, agomelatine, IIK7, and 5-MCA-NAT act through MT membrane receptors as secretagogues of tear secretion, and these analogs could be considered excellent therapeutic candidates for dry eye treatment.
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    Comparison of Intraocular Pressure before and after Laser In Situ Keratomileusis Refractive Surgery Measured with Perkins Tonometry, Noncontact Tonometry, and Transpalpebral Tonometry
    (Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2015) Cacho, Isabel; Sánchez Naves, Juan; Batres Valderas, Laura; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Pintor Just, Jesús
    Purpose. To compare the intraocular pressure (IOP) before and after Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), measured by Diaton, Perkins, and noncontact air pulse tonometers. Methods. Fifty-seven patients with a mean age of 34.88 were scheduled for myopia LASIK treatment. Spherical equivalent refraction (SER), corneal curvature (K), and central corneal thickness (CCT) and superior corneal thickness (SCT) were obtained before and after LASIK surgery. IOP values before and after surgery were measured using Diaton, Perkins, and noncontact air pulse tonometers. Results. The IOP values before and after LASIK surgery using Perkins tonometer and air tonometers were statistically significant (). However, no significant differences were found () for IOP values measured with Diaton tonometer. CCT decreases significantly after surgery () but no statistical differences were found in SCT (). Correlations between pre- and postsurgery were found for all tonometers used, with and for the air pulse tonometer, and for Perkins, and and for Diaton. Conclusion. Transpalpebral tonometry may be useful for measuring postsurgery IOP after myopic LASIK ablation because this technique is not influenced by the treatment.
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    Suso Pintor (1964-2019): The art of making science look easy
    (Spanish General Council of Optometrists, 2019-07) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Peral Cerdá, Assumpta
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    Comparison Between Viscous Teardrops and Saline Solution to Fill Orthokeratology Contact Lenses Before Overnight Wear
    (Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc, 2018-09) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Villa Collar, César; Martín Gil, Alba; Serramito Blanco, María; Santamaría, Leticia
    Objective: To compare, in terms of efficacy, the differences between the use of saline solution and a viscous artificial tear to fill the lens during the first month of orthokeratology wear. Methods: A pilot, double-masked, crossed, randomized, and prospective study was conducted. In this study, 20 subjects (14 males and 6 females) with a mean age of 16.29±6.22 years (range, 10–26) were fitted with orthokeratology contact lenses. For the study, nonpreserved 0.9% NaCl commercial saline solution (Avizor, Madrid, Spain) and nonpreserved artificial teardrops with 0.3% of hyaluronic acid (Ocudry 0.3%; Avizor, Madrid, Spain) were used. Corneal staining, tear break up time (TBUT), topography, refraction, visual acuity, and subjective comfort and vision with the visual analog scale (score from 0 to 10, being 10 better comfort and vision) were evaluated at 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month of contact lens wear. Results: The corneal staining was statistically greater in the saline group than in the Ocudry group for the first day and during 1 week of wear (P<0.05). Comfort was found to be statistically better, with Ocudry 0.3% than saline solution, being 7.17±1.94 and 6.37±1.63, for the first day, and 8.78±0.43 and 8.15±0.62 for the day 28, respectively (P<0.05). However, no differences were found for subjective vision scores, TBUT, spherical equivalent, best-corrected visual acuity and uncorrected visual acuity, and mean keratometry between groups for any visit (P>0.05). Conclusion: Viscous artificial tears improve the subjective comfort of patients and reduce the corneal staining, compared with saline solution during the orthokeratology lenses fitting process. However, no differences between solutions for the treatment efficacy, in vision and corneal topography, were found.
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    Symptoms and Signs in Rigid Gas Permeable Lens Wearers During Adaptation Period
    (Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc., 2016-03-01) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Martín Gil, Alba; Peixoto de Matos, Sofía C.; Abejón Gil, Pilar; Macedo de Araújo, Rute Juliana; González Méijome, José Manuel
    Objectives: To evaluate neophyte contact lens wearers' fitting to rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses in terms of wearing time, tear volume, stability, corneal staining, and subjective ratings, over a 1-month period of time. Methods: Twenty-two young healthy subjects were enrolled for wearing RGP on a daily wear basis. The participants included in this study never wore contact lenses and showed a value under 10 in McMonnies Questionnaire. Contact Lens Dry Eye Questionnaire, Visual Analog Scales, Schirmer test, tear film break-up time (BUT), and corneal staining grading were performed. Follow-up visits were scheduled at 1, 7, 15, and 28 days. Results: Six subjects dropped out due to discomfort from the study before 1 month (27% of discontinuation rate). Successful RGP wearers (16 participants) achieved high levels of subjective vision and reported comfort scores of approximately 9 of 10 between 10 and 15 days. They reported wearing their lenses for an average of 10.12±2.43 hr after 1 month of wear. Conversely, unsuccessful wearers discontinued wearing the lenses after the first 10 to 15 days, showing comfort scores and wearing time significantly lower compared with the first day of wear. Schirmer test showed a significant increase at 10 days (P<0.001), and the BUT trends decreased after the first week of wear in unsuccessful group. Conclusions: Symptomatology related with dryness and discomfort, detected during the first 10 days of the adaptation, may help the clinician to predict those participants who will potentially fail to adapt to RGP lens wear.