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Ophthalmic Res. 2014;51(3):140-5. doi: 10.1159/000357737. Epub 2014 Feb 8.

Effect of a single intravitreal bevacizumab injection on contrast sensitivity and macular thickness in eyes with macular edema from central retinal vein occlusion: a prospective, nonrandomized, three-month follow-up study.

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Department of Ophthalmology, University of São Paulo Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil.



To evaluate the results of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) injection on contrast sensitivity (CS), best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), foveal thickness (FT) and macular volume (MV) as measured by optical coherence tomography in patients with macular edema (ME) from central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO).


Sixteen consecutive eyes from 16 patients with ME from unilateral CRVO were treated with a single IVB injection. The CS, BCVA, FT and MV measurements were obtained before the treatment and 1 and 3 months after the injection.


CS demonstrated significant improvement at all spatial frequencies - 1.5, 3, 6, 12 and 18 cycles per degree (cpd) - 1 month after the injection and at 6 cpd at the 3-month follow-up. The mean BCVA measurements in log of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) units improved from 1.03 at baseline to 0.83 logMAR 1 month after the injection, but worsened to 0.97 logMAR at 3 months. The mean baseline FT ± standard deviation (SD; 620.06 ± 177.60 µm) was reduced significantly 1 month (270.93 ± 74.17 µm) and 3 months (535.56 ± 222.33 µm) after the treatment. The mean baseline MV ± SD (12,765.56 ± 3,769.70 mm(3)) was reduced significantly at the 1-month (8,324.93 ± 932.04 mm(3)) and 3-month (11,319.44 ± 3,044.74 mm(3)) follow-up visits.


IVB improved CS, BCVA, FT and MV within a short time period (1 month). Although VA was not improved at 3 months, improvements were observed for CS, FT and MV, which indicates that, despite ME recurrence, there still was some benefit to visual function.

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