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Opt Express. 2009 Mar 2;17(5):4004-18.

Spectral domain-optical coherence tomography to detect localized retinal nerve fiber layer defects in glaucomatous eyes.

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Hamilton Glaucoma Center and Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.


This study examines the ability of RTVue, Cirrus and Spectralis OCT Spectral domain-optical coherence tomographs (SD-OCT) to detect localized retinal nerve fiber layer defects in glaucomatous eyes. In this observational case series, four glaucoma patients (8 eyes) were selected from the University of California, San Diego Shiley Eye Center and the Diagnostic Innovations in Glaucoma Study (DIGS) based on the presence of documented localized RNFL defects in at least one eye confirmed by masked stereophotograph assessment. One RTVue 3D Disc scan, one RTVue NHM4 scan, one Cirrus Optic Disk Cube 200x200 scan and one Spectralis scan centered on the optic disc (15x15 scan angle, 768 A-scans x 73 B-scans) were obtained on all undilated eyes within a single session. Results were compared with those obtained from stereophotographs. In 6 eyes the presence of localized RNFL defects was detected by stereophotography. In general, by qualitatively evaluating the retinal thickness maps generated, all SD-OCT instruments examined were able to confirm the presence of localized glaucomatous structural damage seen on stereophotographs. This study confirms SD-OCT is a promising technology for glaucoma detection as it may assist clinicians identify the presence of localized glaucomatous structural damage.

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