Background: Recent clinical studies have shown that in some degenerative retinal diseases, like Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the sensitivity of the rods decreases more rapidly than the sensitivity of the cones. The aim of this study was to evaluate if there is a correlation between the presence of hard drusen at the macular level and the rod damage responsible for the reduction in scotopic retinal sensitivity in subjects at risk for AMD. Methods: The authors selected 24 subjects (14 men and 10 women) with an average age of 67.25±5.7 years. Macular hard drusen were present in 50% of the subjects at the fundus oculi exam. The researchers evaluated the retinal sensitivity to light in mesopic and scotopic conditions of each subject with a MP-1 Scotopic Microperimeter (MP-1S). Results: In subjects with hard drusen in the fundus oculi examination, there was a statistically significant reduction in scotopic retinal sensitivity, while the mesopic retinal sensitivity was not compromised. Conclusion: This study revealed how the presence of hard drusen at the macular level is associated with a reduction in scotopic retinal sensitivity compared to a control group of healthy subjects. Retinal functionality in a scotopic setting examined with MP-1S could be useful in early diagnosis of AMD.
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|Titolo:||Scotopic Microperimetry in the Early Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Preliminary Study|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|