Copenhagen 2016 Registration Programme Exhibitor Information Virtual Exhibition Satellite Meetings Glaucoma Day 2016 Hotel Star Alliance

10 - 14 Sept. 2016, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

This Meeting has been awarded 27 CME credits


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The effect of Ramadan fasting on choroidal and retinal thickness measurements: a pilot study

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First Author: A. Kurt TURKEY

Co Author(s):    R. Kilic                    

Abstract Details


To evaluate the effects of hunger and thirst on peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and choroidal thickness (CT) parameters during Ramadan fasting.


Ahi Evran University Medical School, Ophthalmology Department, Kırşehir, Turkey


We included 42 eyes of 21 fasting healthy volunteers in the study. RNFL and CT measurements were obtained using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Subfoveal and perifoveal CT were measured using enhanced depth imaging optic coherence tomography. Perifoveal CT was measured at a distance of 500 μm, 1000 μm, and 1500 μm nasally and temporally from the foveal center in each eye.


CT was statistically thinner in the fasting state than in the nonfasting state at the subfoveal location (CSF) ( p<0,001), at 500 μm temporal to the fovea (CT500) (p<0,001), at 1000 μm temporal to the fovea (CT1000) (p<0,001), at 1500 μm temporal to the fovea (CT1500) (p<0,001), at 500 μm nasal to the fovea (CN500) (p=0,001), at 1000 μm nasal to the fovea (CNl000) (p=0,003), and at 1500 μm nasal to the fovea (CN1500) (p=0,002). There was no statistically significant difference between fasting and nonfasting RNFL thickness.


Subfoveal and perifoveal CT values were significantly thinner in fasting than in nonfasting subjects. It is possible that decreased choroidal vascular bed volume during fasting caused the reduction in choroidal thickness.

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