Correlating structure with function in end-stage glaucoma

Eytan Z. Blumenthal, Amjad Horani, Rajesh Sasikumar, Chandrasekhar Garudadri, Addepalli Udaykumar, Ravi Thomas

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To correlate structure and function in eyes with end-stage glaucoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty six eyes of 48 patients with glaucoma presenting with end-stage glaucoma underwent scanning laser polarimetry (SLP) imaging using a commercially available GDx-variable corneal compensator unit (GDx-VCC; Laser Diagnostics Technologies, Inc., San Diego, CA). End-stage glaucoma was defined by both disc appearance and standard automated perimetry visual field criteria. Standard automated perimetry parameters included: mean deviation, pattern standard deviation, and total deviation plot. GDx parameters included: TSNIT average, superior average, inferior average, TSNIT standard deviation, and nerve fiber indicator. RESULTS: The visual field mean deviation was 26.75 ± 3.50 dB. The remaining retinal nerve fiber layer measured in this group of eyes was: TSNIT average, 29.76 ± 5.81 μm; superior average, 30.76 ± 6.25 μm; and inferior average, 31.14 ± 7.20 μm. A low structure-function correlation was found when analyzing separately the superior and inferior hemifields (R2 = 0.00001, R2 = 0.0016, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: In eyes with end-stage glaucoma, very thin but existing retinal nerve fiber layer is found on SLP. Such values rarely dropped below 10 to 20 μm. A flattening of the GDx TSNIT pattern was seen, and the correlation between structure and function was not evident.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages6
JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006


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