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Variability of choroidal and retinal thicknesses in healthy eyes using swept-source optical coherence tomography – implications for designing clinical trials

Authors Caramoy A, Heindl LM

Received 10 July 2017

Accepted for publication 30 August 2017

Published 12 October 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 1835—1839


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Albert Caramoy,1 Ludwig M Heindl2

1Eye Center Wolfsburg-Fallersleben, Wolfsburg, 2Department of Ophthalmology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Aim: The aim was to study the variability of choroidal scleral interface (CSI) thickness in healthy subjects and its relevance for designing future studies.
Methods: A total of 123 volunteers were imaged using swept-source optical coherence tomography. Early treatment diabetic retinopathy grid was used.
Results: Mean central retinal thickness was 285.85±14.53 µm and 287.18±12.93 µm, and mean central CSI thickness was 273.94±77.77 µm and 271.19±78.85 µm for the right and left eyes, respectively. Mean retinal and CSI thicknesses correlated negatively with age (p=0.023, r=–0.208 and p<0.0001, r=–0.426, respectively) and axial length (p=0.016, r=–0.220 and p<0.0001, r=–0.504, respectively). To detect a CSI change of at least 112 µm, a sample size of 11 or 36 per group is needed for a single- or double-arm study, respectively (α=0.05, power =0.90, no loss to follow-up, assuming standard deviation in future studies as 100 µm).
Conclusion: Future clinical studies using CSI as end point are possible with regard to sample size needed.

Keywords: swept-source optical coherence tomography, choroidal thickness, retinal thickness, clinical trials

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