Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
May 06, 2014
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Macular thickness in all quadrants associated with visual field defects

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Macular thickness measured by optical coherence tomography in all quadrants supports visual field test findings of visual field defects, according to a poster presentation.

“This study clarifies the structure-function relationship between macular thickness, using the full scan, and visual field testing defects,” Brandon DeCaluwe said at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting. “By showing that these correlations exist, we’re just showing that they are maybe another potential useful measure in treating and evaluating patients who have glaucoma or are glaucoma suspect.”

The retrospective chart review included 186 eyes of 186 patients who either had a diagnosis of glaucoma or were glaucoma suspects.

Visual field mean deviation and standard pattern deviation were statistically significantly associated with macular thickness in all macular quadrants — inferior, superior, nasal and temporal — and were most significantly associated in the inferior quadrant. 

“The macular thickness measurements, especially of the inferior quadrant, are a meaningful tool for clinicians and may complement [retinal nerve fiber layer] measurements in the evaluation of glaucoma and glaucoma suspect patients,” DeCaluwe and colleagues said in the poster.

Disclosure: DeCaluwe has no relevant financial disclosures.