Choroidal thickness in dry age-related macular degeneration

POLAT O. A. , Sinim N. , Öner A.

Retina-Vitreus, vol.21, no.4, pp.265-268, 2013 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Title of Journal : Retina-Vitreus
  • Page Numbers: pp.265-268


Purpose: Evaluating choroidal thickness measurements in patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Material and Methods: The choroidal thickness measurements were performed in 54 eyes of 30 cases with dry AMD using Enhanced depth imaging (EDI) mode of spectral domain optic coherence tomography (SD-OCT), (Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany) in retina division of our ophthalmology department. Choroidal thickness was measured from the posterior edge of the retinal pigment epithelium to the choroid-sclera junction. The measurement values obtained from the dry AMD cases were compared with 40 eyes of 20 age-matched healthy controls. Results: The mean ages were 70.4±4.1 years in dry AMD patients and 68.2±5.5 years in the control group. The mean visual acuity values were 0.26±0.29 logMar in dry AMD group and 0.03±0.05 logMar in the control group and the values in dry AMD group were found to be statistically lower than the control group (p<0.05). The mean choroidal thickness measurements were 214.28±86.88 microns in AMD group and 326.23±45.98 microns in the control group. The choroid was significantly thinner in the AMD group than the control group (p<0.05). A positive correlation was observed between the visual acuity values and the choroidal thickness in AMD group. Conlusion: In dry AMD group, the choroid was thinner than healthy control group. This finding may be the result of the progression of the disease.