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OCTA useful for early detection in diabetic retinopathy

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Optical coherence tomography angiography detected microaneurysms that were not seen in fundus photography, according to Jessica Steen, OD, FAAO.

Steen presented her study results here at a press conference sponsored by the American Academy of Optometry.

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Jessica Steen

She presented a case series of three female patients between the ages of 62 and 68 years who had diabetes mellitus type 2 for a duration of 16 to 32 years. Their clinical level of diabetic retinopathy ranged from none to proliferative.

“Microaneurysms are the earliest marker for diabetic retinopathy,” Steen said.

In these three patients, Steen “qualitatively identified microaneurysms on OCT angiography,” where nothing remarkable was seen in those areas in the fundus photos, she said.

“The most important thing to understand is how advanced this technology has become,” Steen said. “It’s important that we develop simple solutions for the clinician to better use this information in managing patients more effectively, to potentially aid in evaluation and interpretation of that information to better apply to our diabetic patients.” – by Nancy Hemphill, ELS, FAAO

Reference:

Steen J. The role of OCT angiography in detection of microaneurysms in patients with diabetes mellitus. Presented at: American Academy of Optometry; Anaheim, Calif.; Nov. 8-12, 2016.

Disclosure: Steen reported no relevant financial disclosures.

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Optical coherence tomography angiography detected microaneurysms that were not seen in fundus photography, according to Jessica Steen, OD, FAAO.

Steen presented her study results here at a press conference sponsored by the American Academy of Optometry.

Steen AAO
Jessica Steen

She presented a case series of three female patients between the ages of 62 and 68 years who had diabetes mellitus type 2 for a duration of 16 to 32 years. Their clinical level of diabetic retinopathy ranged from none to proliferative.

“Microaneurysms are the earliest marker for diabetic retinopathy,” Steen said.

In these three patients, Steen “qualitatively identified microaneurysms on OCT angiography,” where nothing remarkable was seen in those areas in the fundus photos, she said.

“The most important thing to understand is how advanced this technology has become,” Steen said. “It’s important that we develop simple solutions for the clinician to better use this information in managing patients more effectively, to potentially aid in evaluation and interpretation of that information to better apply to our diabetic patients.” – by Nancy Hemphill, ELS, FAAO

Reference:

Steen J. The role of OCT angiography in detection of microaneurysms in patients with diabetes mellitus. Presented at: American Academy of Optometry; Anaheim, Calif.; Nov. 8-12, 2016.

Disclosure: Steen reported no relevant financial disclosures.

 

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