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Macular thickness measurements in healthy eyes using spectral optical coherence tomography


Vesela T. Mitkova-Hristova1 / Marieta I. Konareva-Kostyaneva2
1Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Citation Information: Folia Medica. Volume 53, Issue 4, Pages 28–33, ISSN (Online) 1314-2143, ISSN (Print) 0204-8043, DOI: 10.2478/v10153-011-0064-z, October 2012
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AIM: The aim of the present study was to measure macular thickness in healthy eyes and find whether it changes with age.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: We examined 163 healthy eyes of 84 healthy volunteers. In order to measure their macular thickness the patients were examined using spectral-domain optical coherent tomography (SD-ОСТ - iVue, Optovue). They were allocated into 6 age groups.

RESULTS: The mean central macular thickness (inner circle - fovea centralis) was 248.9 ± 17.9 μm (mean ± SD), and the mean total macular thickness (an area including 9 subfields as defined by ETDRS) was 286.2 ± 13.9 μm (mean ± SD). We found that it correlated negatively with age (r = - 0.18; p = 0.03; Pearson correlation).

CONCLUSION: We found a statistically significant decrease of mean macular thickness as age increased.