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Ophthalmology. 2006 May;113(5):773-7.

Peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness variations with myopia.

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Singapore National Eye Centre & Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore.



To determine the relationship between peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness and myopia using optical coherence tomography (OCT).


Prospective observational case series.


One hundred thirty-two young males with myopia (spherical equivalent [SE], -0.50 to -14.25 diopters) underwent ophthalmic examination of one randomly selected eye. Optical coherence tomography (OCT-1, version 4.1) was performed by a single operator using circular scans concentric with the optic disc with scan diameters of 3.40 mm, 4.50 mm, and 1.75 x vertical disc diameter (VDD). For each scan diameter, mean peripapillary RNFL thickness was calculated. Statistical analysis comprised repeated-measurements analysis and Pearson correlation.


Mean peripapillary RNFL thickness did not correlate with SE for the 3.40-mm (r = -0.11, P = 0.22), 4.50-mm (r = -0.103, P = 0.24), or 1.75xVDD (r = -0.08, P = 0.36) OCT scan diameters. Neither did mean peripapillary RNFL thickness correlate with axial length for the 3.40-mm (r = -0.04, P = 0.62), 4.50-mm (r = 0.03, P=0.75), or 1.75xVDD (r = -0.02, P = 0.78) scan diameters. Mean peripapillary RNFL thicknesses for the 3.40-mm, 4.50-mm, and 1.75xVDD scans were 101.1+/-8.2 microm (95% confidence interval [CI], 99.4-102.8), 78.9+/-8.2 microm (95% CI, 77.5-80.3), and 97.5+/-10.9 microm (95% CI, 95.6-99.4), respectively.


Mean peripapillary RNFL thickness did not vary with myopic SE or axial length for any OCT scan diameter investigated. Retinal NFL thickness measurements may be a useful parameter to assess and monitor glaucoma damage in myopic subjects.

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