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Systematic correlation of morphologic alterations and retinal function in eyes with uveitis-associated cystoid macular oedema during development, resolution and relapse
  1. Marion R Munk1,
  2. Christopher G Kiss1,
  3. Irene Steiner2,
  4. Florian Sulzbacher1,
  5. Phillipp Roberts1,
  6. Maria Kroh1,
  7. Alessio Montuoro3,
  8. Christian Simader1,3,
  9. Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth1
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  2. 2Section for Medical Statistics, Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  3. 3Vienna Reading Center, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christopher Kiss, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, Vienna A-1090, Austria; christopher.kiss{at}


Purpose To evaluate morphological changes due to uveitis-associated cystoid macular oedema (uvCME) and their impact on central retinal sensitivity (CRS) before and after intravitreal triamcinolone-acetonide (IVTA).

Methods 28 eyes with uvCME were examined with microperimetry and spectral-domain optical-coherence-tomography (SD-OCT) before and after IVTA. Microperimetry-maps were superimposed on SD-OCT and morphological-alterations were correlated point to point with CRS and followed-up for 3 months. The effects of morphological-alterations on CRS over time were evaluated with a linear mixed-model.

Results Mean-CRS increased significantly after IVTA (p=0.009). Proportion of cysts correlated negatively with corresponding CRS (estimate/95% CI −3.8dB/−6.6 to −0.9, p=0.011). Proportion of diffuse macular-oedema (DifME) had no significant effect on mean-CRS (−0.76dB/−4.9 to 3.3, p=0.71). The proportion of serous retinal detachment (SRD) had a borderline significant effect on mean-CRS (−9.5dB/−19.1 to 0.1, p=0.052), however the initial presence of SRD at baseline had no significant negative effect on mean-CRS (−1.3dB/−4.9 to 2.3, p=0.46). Patients with epiretinal-membrane showed lower mean-CRS than patients without (−3.3dB/−6.5 to −0.008, p=0.05). The lowest percentage of morphological-alterations was achieved 30 days post IVTA concordant to best visual-acuity (logMAR 0.16±0.26), while best mean-CRS was achieved 90 days post IVTA (16.9±1.8dB). Fixation-stability showed no significant improvement.

Conclusions UvCME Morphological-alterations were associated with specific CRS-decreases. DifME showed no significant- and SRD only a borderline effect on mean-CRS, which implicates that their presence should be considered when interpreting SD-OCT and making treatment-decisions.

  • Imaging
  • Macula
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