Projection-Resolved Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography of the Peripapillary Retina in Glaucoma

Liang Liu, Beth Edmunds, Hana Takusagawa, Shandiz Tehrani, Lorinna Lombardi, John C. Morrison, Yali Jia, David Huang

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Purpose: To detect plexus-specific peripapillary retinal perfusion defects in glaucoma, using projection-resolved optical coherence tomography angiography (PR-OCTA). Design: Prospective cross-sectional study. Methods: One eye each of 45 perimetric glaucoma participants and 37 age-matched normal participants were scanned using 4.5-mm OCTA scans centered on the disc. The PR-OCTA algorithm removed flow projection artifacts in OCT angiograms. Five en face OCTA slabs were analyzed: nerve fiber layer plexus (NFLP), ganglion cell layer plexus (GCLP), superficial vascular complex (SVC [NFLP + GCLP]), deep vascular complex (DVC), and all plexi combined. Peripapillary retinal capillary density (CD) and vessel density (VD) were calculated using a reflectance-compensated algorithm. Results: Focal capillary dropout could be visualized more clearly in the NFLP than in the other slabs. The NFLP, SVC, and all-plexus CD in the glaucoma group were significantly lower (P < 0.001) than in the normal group, but no significant differences in GCLP-CD and DVC-CD appeared between the 2 groups. Both NFLP-CD and SVC-CD had excellent diagnostic accuracy, as measured by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AROC = 0.981 and 0.976), correlation with visual field mean deviation (Pearson r = 0.819 and 0.831), and repeatability (intraclass correlation coefficients = 0.947 and 0.942). Performances of NFLP-VD and SVC-VD were similar to the corresponding CD parameters. Conclusions: In this glaucoma group, reduction in perfusion was more pronounced in superficial layers of the peripapillary retina (NFLP and SVC) than in the deeper layers. Reflectance-compensated CD and VD parameters for both NFLP and SVC could be useful in the clinical management of glaucoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-109
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
StatePublished - Nov 2019

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  • Ophthalmology


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