OCT a useful glaucoma diagnostic

June 14, 2007

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) provides a convenient and quick method of assessing the configuration of the anterior chamber.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) provides a convenient and quick method of assessing the configuration of the anterior chamber, according to the results of a study published in the June issue of Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavia.

Maya Kalev-Landoy and colleagues from The Western Eye Hospital, London and the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, London, UK evaluated the use of OCT in patients with different angle configurations in a prospective observational study of 26 eyes of 26 patients.

A total of 16 patients had abnormal angle configurations, including narrow or closed angles and plateau irides. In each case, OCT provided high-resolution information and the anterior chamber angle could be clearly visualized in patients with narrow or closed angles.

The results suggest that OCT could prove helpful during routine clinical assessment and treatment of patients with glaucoma, particularly when gonioscopy is not possible.