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Effect of age, refractive error, and axial length on choroidal thickness in normal eyes

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Session Title: Glaucoma & Posterior Segment

Session Date/Time: Monday 24/09/2018 | 08:00-10:30

Paper Time: 10:00

Venue: Room A3, Podium 1

First Author: : K.Abdelazeem EGYPT

Co Author(s): :    E. Rifat   A. Abdalla   H. Fahmy              

Abstract Details


To study the influence of age, refractive error and axial length on choroidal thickness in normal eyes using swept-source OCT


Assiut University and Alforsan eye center, Assiut, Egypt


Choroidal thickness (CT) was measured by a swept-source optical coherence tomography in 97 eyes of 49 normal myopic volunteers. The subjects were classified into groups according to age, the degree of myopia and axial length. Correlation between CT and age, axial length and myopia were done for different groups. Axial length was measured using IOL Master. OCT measurements were performed using Topcon DRI-1 SS-OCT. CT was automatically calculated and shown as a colored topographic map with nine subfields defined by the ETDRS-style grid.


CT tends to decrease with advance of age. A negative correlation found between the central subfoveal CT and the age (r= -0.329, P= 0.001, R²= 0.108). Although there was no significant correlation between CT and degree of myopia (r= 0.159, P= 0.120, R²= 0.025), CT decreases with increase of myopia except with group > -8 D. CT tends to decrease as the axial length increase. A negative correlation was found between the central subfoveal CT and axial length (r= -0.340, P= 0.001, R²= 0.115) for ETDRS map and (r= -0.202, p= 0.047, R²= 0.041) for central subfoveal line.


Axial length and age have a negative correlation with choroidal thickness, while the spherical equivalent of refractive error in myopes doesn’t affect choroidal thickness.

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