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Macular edema in the era of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography

Authors Hunter A, Chin EK, Telander DG

Received 6 June 2013

Accepted for publication 2 July 2013

Published 18 October 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 2085—2089

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S49552

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Allan Hunter,1 Eric K Chin,1 David G Telander,2

1Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, Davis, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Retinal Consultants, Sacramento, CA, USA

Abstract: The development of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows for the highest commercially available resolution of in vivo retinal anatomic details to date. The ability to see the macula with ever increasing detail is dramatically improving our understanding of the pathogenesis of retinal disease. However, the only prospective study that partially evaluated spectral-domain OCT versus time-domain OCT failed to show any clinical benefit of increased OCT resolution. Clinical outcomes, eg, best-corrected visual acuity, central macular thickness and number of injections, with “newer” OCT technologies remain an unproven advantage.

Keywords: retina, macular edema, optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography

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