Aims To measure peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer thickness (RNFL) by using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) in patients who underwent successful retinal detachment repair with silicone oil tamponade.
Methods Sixty patients treated with pars plana vitrectomy and silicone oil tamponade for retinal detachment were prospectively enrolled in a study. Peripapillary RNFL thickness was measured with a Cirrus HD-OCT at 7, 30, 90 and 180 days postoperatively, using an Optic Disc Cube 200×200 protocol. The fellow eye of each study patient served as a control. Median peripapillary RNFL thickness in silicone oil filled eyes was compared with control eyes.
Results The median RNFL thickness in the group of vitrectomised eyes was significantly higher compared with control eyes at every visit. The analysis of variance showed that the median thickness in vitrectomised eyes differed between visits (F=4,3023; p=0.006). There was no time-related trend for RNFL thickness in this group. The analysis of variance of RNFL thickness in the fellow, unoperated eyes showed no difference between visits (F=2,3426; p=0.075).
Conclusions In patients with silicone oil tamponade, peripapillary RNFL was significantly thicker in comparison with fellow unoperated eyes over a 6-month period.
Trial registration number NCT 01255306.
- Optic Nerve
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