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      Functional and Morphological Changes after Macular Pucker Surgery: An Optical Coherence Tomography and Microperimetric Study

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          Purpose: To investigate the relationship among functional and morphological findings before and after macular pucker surgery. Methods: Thirty-eight eyes with idiopathic macular pucker that underwent 25-gauge vitrectomy and infracyanine green-assisted internal limiting membrane peeling were prospectively enrolled. Main outcome measures were best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), spectral-domain optical coherence tomography findings and MP-1 microperimetry findings. Results: Mean BCVA improvement was 0.34 logMAR (p < 0.0001). Mean central retinal thickness (CRT) reduction was 50 µm (p = 0.0041). Mean retinal sensitivity improvement was 0.9. Patients with a greater improvement of postoperative BCVA showed worse baseline BCVA (p < 0.001), shorter final inner/outer segment (IS/OS) interruption length (p = 0.039) and thinner final CRT (p = 0.035). Furthermore, final BCVA was correlated with baseline IS/OS interruption length (p = 0.001). Conclusion: Baseline BCVA, CRT and IS/OS integrity can be used to predict the functional outcomes after macular pucker surgery.

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            Recent developments in optical coherence tomography for imaging the retina.

            Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was introduced in ophthalmology a decade ago. Within a few years in vivo imaging of the healthy retina and optic nerve head and of retinal diseases was a fact. In particular the ease with which these images can be acquired considerably changed the diagnostic strategy used by ophthalmologists. The OCT technique currently available in clinical practice is referred to as time-domain OCT, because the depth information of the retina is acquired as a sequence of samples, over time. This can be done either in longitudinal cross-sections perpendicular to, or in the coronal plane parallel to the retinal surface. Only recently, major advances have been made as to image resolution with the introduction of ultrahigh resolution OCT and in imaging speed, signal-to-noise ratio and sensitivity with the introduction of spectral-domain OCT. Functional OCT is the next frontier in OCT imaging. For example, polarization-sensitive OCT uses the birefringent characteristics of the retinal nerve fibre layer to better assess its thickness. Blood flow information from retinal vessels as well as the oxygenation state of retinal tissue can be extracted from the OCT signal. Very promising are the developments in contrast-enhanced molecular optical imaging, for example with the use of scattering tuneable nanoparticles targeted at specific tissue or cell structures. This review will provide an overview of these most recent developments in the field of OCT imaging focussing on applications for the retina.
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              Associations between macular findings by optical coherence tomography and visual outcomes after epiretinal membrane removal.

               Min Suh,  Jong Seo,  Kyu Park (2009)
              To identify characteristics measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT) that are correlated with visual outcome after epiretinal membrane (ERM) removal by pars plana vitrectomy (PPV). Interventional, prospective, randomized case series. One hundred and one eyes of 101 patients with idiopathic ERM underwent PPV for ERM removal. Ophthalmic evaluations included best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and Stratus OCT preoperatively at 3 and 6 months postoperatively. Relations between three OCT features including integrity of junction between inner and outer segments of photoreceptors (IS/OS junction), macular thickness, foveal contour and the three visual acuity parameters such as preoperative BCVAs, postoperative BCVAs, and the differences between preoperative and postoperative BCVAs (BCVA differences) were evaluated with respect to time. Eyes with disruption of IS/OS junction had significantly lower postoperative BCVA and BCVA differences than those without disruption (P 0.25; P .05, respectively). Photoreceptor disruption detected by OCT was found to be a predictor of poor visual outcome in eyes with idiopathic ERM, and it was found that this disruption may be irreversible. Thus, early membrane removals may beneficially prevent further progression of photoreceptor damage in ERM patients with photoreceptor disruption.

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                S. Karger AG
                December 2014
                09 October 2014
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                aMedical and Biological Sciences - Ophthalmology, University of Udine, and bIstituto Europeo di Microchirurgia, Udine, Italy
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                *Paolo Lanzetta, MD, Medical and Biological Sciences - Ophthalmology, University of Udine, Piazza Santa Maria della Misericordia, IT-33100 Udine (Italy), E-Mail paolo.lanzetta@uniud.it
                365108 Ophthalmologica 2014;232:200-206
                © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

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