Keratoconus diagnosis with optical coherence tomography-based pachymetric scoring system

Bing Qin, Shihao Chen, Robert Brass, Yan Li, Maolong Tang, Xinbo Zhang, Xiaoyu Wang, Qinmei Wang, David Huang

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Purpose To develop an optical coherence tomography (OCT) pachymetry map-based keratoconus risk scoring system. Settings Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, and Brass Eye Center, New York, New York, USA; Department of Ophthalmology, Affiliated Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou, China. Design Cross-sectional study. Methods Fourier-domain OCT was used to acquire corneal pachymetry maps in normal and keratoconus subjects. Pachymetric variables were minimum, minimum-median, superior-inferior (S-I), superonasal-inferotemporal (SN-IT), and the vertical location of the thinnest cornea (Ymin). A logistic regression formula and a scoring system were developed based on these variables. Keratoconus diagnostic accuracy was measured by the area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve. Results One hundred thirty-three eyes of 67 normal subjects and 82 eyes from 52 keratoconus subjects were recruited. The keratoconus logistic regression formula = 0.543 × minimum + 0.541 × (S-I) - 0.886 × (SN-IT) + 0.886 × (minimum-median) + 0.0198 × Ymin. The formula gave better diagnostic power with the area under the ROC than the best single variable (formula = 0.975, minimum = 0.942; P<.01). The diagnostic power with the area under the ROC of the keratoconus risk score (0.949) was similar to that of the formula (P=.08). Conclusion The OCT corneal pachymetry map-based logistic regression formula and the keratoconus risk scoring system provided high accuracy in keratoconus detection. These methods may be useful in keratoconus screening. Financial Disclosure Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Drs. Huang, Li, and Tang have a significant financial interest in Optovue, Inc., a company that may have a commercial interest in the results of this research and technology. These potential conflicts of interest has been reviewed and managed by OHSU. Dr. Brass receives speaker honoraria from Optovue, Inc. No other author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1864-1871
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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