The use of HRT with and without the aid of disc photographs.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: To evaluate the measurement of optic disc morphology using Heidelberg Retinal Tomography (HRT) with and without the aid of optic disc photos. METHODS: One hundred three children (aged 11 and 12 y, 52 boys) were selected randomly from the Singapore Cohort study of Risk Factors for Myopia. Optic nerve head topography and retinal nerve fiber layer thickness measurements were assessed using the HRT-II (Heidelberg, Germany) scanning laser ophthalmoscope. All contour lines were drawn by the same researcher on 2 occasions. The first drawing was made without optic disc photographs but using the 3-dimensional rotation assessment. The second drawing was made with the additional aid of digital monoscopic optic disc photographs. RESULTS: There was a high correlation between the measurements taken with and without optic disc photographs. For the global disc area, the difference between the mean readings was 0.67 mm and the intraclass correlation (ICC) was 0.81 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.73-0.86]. The mean difference for the global cup-to-disc ratio was 0.03 [ICC 0.86 (95% CI 0.80-0.90)]. The ICCs were high across almost all of the readings except rim volume, in which the ICC was 0.57 (95% CI 0.43-0.69). CONCLUSIONS: This study shows minimal differences in HRT measured optic disc parameters when optic disc photos are used to aid in the definition of the scleral ring. Omitting the use of disc photographs in measuring HRT outputs may translate into significant savings in time and logistics in simultaneously obtaining HRT and optic disc photographs in large population-based studies.

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Cited Authors

  • Loon, SC; Tong, L; Gazzard, G; Chan, YH; Sim, EL; Aung, T; Tan, DTH; Healey, PR; Wong, TY; Koh, V; Saw, SM

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 207 - 210

PubMed ID

  • 20577099

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-481X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/IJG.0b013e3181e08150


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States