The importance of optical coherence tomography examination of normal fellow eyes in neovascular age-related macular degeneration monitoring clinics

Jonathan Gibson, Ajith Kumar, Antonio Calcagni

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Purpose: To demonstrate the importance of OCT examination of fellow, normal eyes in unilateral nAMD follow up clinics. Methods: The authors present three cases of unilateral nAMD who were undergoing treatment with ranibizumab, in whom OCT evaluation of the previously unaffected, asymptomatic fellow eye allowed early diagnosis, treatment and preservation of vision. Fundus examination had previously failed to demonstrate abnormality. Results: Intravitreal anti-VEGF treatment for nAMD has caused a sharp increase in the number of subjects attending macular clinics, frequently overburdening the system. It may sometimes be tempting for hospitals to reduce the workload by for example, concentrating only on OCT examination of the affected eye in cases of unilateral nAMD. The three reported cases demonstrate that OCT scanning of the fellow, previously unaffected eye is essential in detecting asymptomatic nAMD, which gives a better chance of preservation of vision. Conclusions: Patients with unilateral neovascular AMD undergoing review in macular clinics should always undergo OCT scanning of normal, fellow eyes, as otherwise asymptomatic, “invisible” choroidal neovascular membranes may be missed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2011

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The importance of optical coherence tomography examination of normal fellow eyes in neovascular age-related macular degeneration monitoring clinics. / Gibson, Jonathan; Kumar, Ajith; Calcagni, Antonio.

In: European Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 21, 14.04.2011.

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