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Br J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jun 1. pii: bjophthalmol-2018-312225. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2018-312225. [Epub ahead of print]

Correlation between aqueous flare and residual visual field area in retinitis pigmentosa.

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1
Department of Advanced Ophthalmic Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan nishiguchi@oph.med.tohoku.ac.jp.
2
Department of Ophthalmology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.
3
Department of Retinal Disease Control, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.
4
Division of Clinical Cell Therapy, Center for Translational and Advanced Animal Research, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.
5
Department of Advanced Ophthalmic Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS:

To investigate the relationship between aqueous flare, visual function and macular structures in retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

METHODS:

Clinical data from 123 patients with RP (227 eyes), 35 patients with macular dystrophy (68 eyes) and 148 controls (148 eyes) were analysed. The differences in aqueous flare between clinical entities and the correlation between aqueous flare (measured with a laser flare cell meter) versus visual acuity, visual field area (Goldmann perimetry) and macular thickness (optical coherence tomography) in patients with RP were determined. Influence of selected clinical data on flare was assessed using linear mixed-effects model.

RESULTS:

Aqueous flare was higher in patients with RP than patients with macular dystrophy or controls (p=7.49×E-13). Aqueous flare was correlated with visual field area (R=-0.379, p=3.72×E-9), but not with visual acuity (R=0.083, p=0.215). Macular thickness (R=0.234, p=3.74×E-4), but not foveal thickness (R=0.122, p=0.067), was positively correlated with flare. Flare was not affected by the presence of macular complications. All these associations were maintained when the right and the left eyes were assessed separately. Analysis by linear mixed-effects model revealed that age (p=8.58×E-5), visual field area (p=8.01×E-7) and average macular thickness (p=0.037) were correlated with flare.

CONCLUSION:

Aqueous flare and visual field area were correlated in patients with RP. Aqueous flare may reflect the degree of overall retinal degeneration more closely than the local foveal impairment.

KEYWORDS:

Degeneration; Field of vision; Inflammation; Retina

Conflict of interest statement

Competing interests: None declared.

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