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Analysis of choroidal maps in non-exudative age-related macular degeneration using swept source optical coherence tomography

Session Details

Session Title: Imaging III

Session Date/Time: Saturday 13/09/2014 | 14:30-16:00

Paper Time: 15:42

Venue: Boulevard C

First Author: : V.Capuano FRANCE

Co Author(s): :    G. Querques   E. Cavallero   P. Frascio   E.H. Souied     

Abstract Details


To analyze choroidal maps (CMs) in patients with non-exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using swept source optical coherence tomography (Swept-OCT).


Comparative observational study.


CMs were obtained using Swept-OCT (Topcon Medical Systems, Oakland, NJ). A standardized imaging protocol was performed in all patients: Radial diameter 9.0 mm 16 overlap scans through the foveal center with automated ETDRS choroidal thickness map. Fundus autofluorescence (FAF) was obtained, exported and matched from Spectralis HRA+OCT (Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany) to Swept-OCT. Eyes were divided in Late non-exudative AMD/Geographic Atrophy (GA), Early AMD with medium and large drusen (Dr-AMD), Early AMD with Reticular Pseudodrusen (Pd-AMD), and without AMD (No-AMD) through FAF and OCT appearance. Eyes with GA were classified into 2 subgroups for each ETDRS sector: HypoFAF >50% of the sector (>50%) and <50% of the sector (<50%).


Overall CMs (mean) were 117 ± 12 µm for the GA group (18 eyes of 18 patients), 158 ± 20 µm for Dr-AMD (13 eyes of 13 patients), 124 ± 15 µm for Pd-AMD (18 eyes of 18 patients), and 192 ± 17 µm in No-AMD (11 eyes of 11 patients). CMs were significantly reduced via Student t test in GA group compared to Dr-AMD group (p<0,05) in 7/9 ETDRS sectors and to No-AMD group (p<0.05) in 9/9 ETDRS sectors. There was no significant difference in CMs between GA group and Pd-AMD group (p>0,05) in 9/9 ETDRS sectors. No statistical differences in CMs were found among ETDRS sectors with >50% and <50% atrophic (HypoFAF) or preserved retina (Hyper/IsoFAF) in GA group.


CMs reveal a thinner choroid in eyes with GA and Pd-AMD compared with Dr-AMD and No-AMD. CM in the different ETDRS sectors is not associated with FAF features in eyes with GA.

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