A Tablet-Based Retinal Function Test in Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Eyes and At-Risk Fellow Eye
AuthorHo, CYD; Wu, Z; Turpin, A; Lawson, DJ; Luu, CD; McKendrick, AM; Guymer, RH
Source TitleTRANSLATIONAL VISION SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
PublisherASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC
University of Melbourne Author/sGuymer, Robyn; WU, ZHICHAO; Ho, Doreen; Luu, Chi; Lawson, David; Turpin, Andrew; McKendrick, Allison; Luu, Chi
AffiliationOphthalmology (Eye & Ear Hospital)
Clinical School (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHo, C. Y. D., Wu, Z., Turpin, A., Lawson, D. J., Luu, C. D., McKendrick, A. M. & Guymer, R. H. (2018). A Tablet-Based Retinal Function Test in Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Eyes and At-Risk Fellow Eye. TRANSLATIONAL VISION SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 7 (2), https://doi.org/10.1167/tvst.7.2.2.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5837668
Purpose: To determine the feasibility of a tablet-based application to detect changes in retinal sensitivity and correlations with underlying pathology in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) eyes undergoing treatment and in at-risk fellow eyes. Method: Participants with nAMD in at least one eye were recruited, examined, and imaged using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Retinal sensitivity was measured within the central 5° at 12 locations using a customized test delivered on an iPad. Test points were superimposed on SD-OCT locations to investigate structure/function relationships. Results: Included in the study were 53 nAMD eyes and 21 at-risk fellow eyes. In nAMD eyes, the mean retinal sensitivity was 24.1 ± 1.8 dB with reduced retinal sensitivity associated with the presence of atrophy (P < 0.01), retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) disruption (P < 0.01), and absent ellipsoid zone (EZ) (P < 0.01), but not with the presence of subretinal fluid (P = 0.94) nor intraretinal fluid (P = 0.52). In at-risk eyes, the average retinal sensitivity was 28.8 ± 0.6 dB, with reduced sensitivity significantly associated with the presence of drusen, atrophy, RPE disruption, and absent EZ (P < 0.01). Conclusion: The tablet-based test of retinal sensitivity was able to be performed by an elderly cohort with nAMD. The ability to correlate differences in sensitivity with pathology is encouraging when considering using the tablet devices as a home monitoring tool with remote surveillance. Dual pathology often present with retinal fluid confounded our ability to correlate fluid with sensitivity. Translational Relevance: These findings highlight the potential of tablet-based devices in performing visual function measures as a home monitoring tool with remote surveillance for the earlier detection of nAMD.
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