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The Effect of Glaucoma Medication on Choroidal Thickness Measured with Enhanced Depth-Imaging Optical Coherence Tomography

Serife BAYRAKTAR, Zafer CEBECI, Belgin IZGI, Kamber KASALI


The aim of this study was to examine the effect of the glaucoma medication on Choroidal Thickness (CT) in those with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (POAG) and normal cases. This prospective study included 27 patients with newly diagnosed POAG (group 1; 49 eyes), undergoing glaucoma treatment, and 30 patients, whose treatment was terminated due to misdiagnosis (group 2; 57 eyes). Choroidal thickness was measured using Enhanced Depth Imaging (EDI) with Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) at the first visit and almost one month later. In group 1, the mean Sub-Foveal CT (SFCT) was 301 ± 91 µm, the mean CT was 264 ± 87 µm at the nasal point, 1 mm to the fovea, and 271 ± 84 µm at the temporal point, 1 mm to the fovea. The second measurements were obtained as 39 ± 8.5 days after treatment began; the SFCT was 319 ± 85 µm (P = 0.0017), the nasal 1 mm CT was 275 ± 88 µm (P = 0.162), and the temporal 1mm CT was 291 ± 80 µm (P = 0.007). In group 2, the mean SFCT was 292 ± 100 µm, the nasal 1 mm CT was 254 ± 97 µm, and the temporal 1 mm CT was 261 ± 97 µm. The second measurements were obtained 37.5 ± 5.5 days after the treatment ended; the SFCT was 295 ± 107 µm (P = 0.212), the nasal 1 mm CT was 262 ± 104 µm (P = 0.709), and the temporal 1 mm CT was 266 ± 104 µm (P = 0.792). Glaucoma medication affects the CT as a marker for choroidal blood flow in patients with glaucoma. Further studies with larger sample sizes are required to examine each glaucoma medication subgroup.


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