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Retina. 2013 May;33(5):1005-10. doi: 10.1097/IAE.0b013e31827d266e.

Optical coherence tomography-based correlation between choroidal thickness and drusen load in dry age-related macular degeneration.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Spectral domain optical coherence tomography can be used to measure both choroidal thickness and drusen load. The authors conducted an exploratory study using spectral domain optical coherence tomography to determine if a correlation between choroidal thickness and drusen load exists in patients with dry age-related macular degeneration.

METHODS:

Forty-four patients with dry age-related macular degeneration were recruited. The drusen area and volume were determined using the automated software algorithm of the spectral domain optical coherence tomography device, and choroidal thickness was measured using enhanced depth imaging. Correlations were determined using multivariable and univariable analyses.

RESULTS:

The authors found an inverse correlation between choroidal thickness and drusen load (r = -0.35, P = 0.04). Drusen load was also correlated with visual acuity (r = 0.32, P = 0.04). A correlation between choroidal thickness and visual acuity was suggested (r = -0.22, P = 0.21).

CONCLUSION:

Spectral domain optical coherence tomography can be used to assess the correlation between drusen load and choroidal thickness, both of which show a relationship with visual acuity. The measurement of these outcomes may serve as important outcome parameters in routine clinical care and in clinical trials for patients with dry age-related macular degeneration.

PMID:
23474546
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PMCID:
PMC3947382
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