Scanning laser polarimetry and detection of progression after optic disc hemorrhage in patients with glaucoma

Michael D. Boehm, Chad Nedrud, David S. Greenfield, Philip P. Chen

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Objective: To examine retinal nerve fiber layer changes with scanning laser polarimetry (SLP) in the eyes of patients with glaucoma and optic disc hemorrhage. Methods: Automated perimetry and SLP were performed in 17 eyes of 17 patients identified prospectively with optic disc hemorrhage. Criteria for visual field progression were based on decreased sensitivity seen at 3 adjacent points on the total deviation plot. Progression on SLP images was defined as a 15% or more decrease in the average thickness of the affected quadrant (superior or inferior), a 25% or more reduction in the affected quadrant ratio, an increase in the nerve fiber analyzer number of 10 or more (GDx Nerve Fiber Analyzer; Laser Diagnostic Technologies), or any change on Serial Analysis of the SLP images. Main Outcome Measures: Visual field progression and SLP image progression. Results: The mean follow-up was 31 months (minimum, 12 months). Of the 17 eyes, 10 (59%) had visual field progression. No significant change was seen on SLP images for either the total group or the group with visual field progression. Five eyes (29%) showed progression on SLP images, 3 of which also showed visual field progression. Ten eyes showed progression on SLP images that was not confirmed on subsequent imaging. Conclusions: In eyes with visual field progression after optic disc hemorrhage, a significant change in the SLP image was not seen. Fluctuation of SLP results in patients with glaucoma necessitates confirmation of progression seen on SLP images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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