OCT Measurement of Peripapillary RNFL Thickness in Unilateral Amblyopic Eyes

  • Ethar Talb Hussien M.B.CH.B, Dip of Ophthalmology
Keywords: Amblyopia, RNFL, OCT


Background: Amblyopia is also called lazy eye, it is a faintness in the central vision of the eye, without an organic cause, or in a way that is not commensurate with the organic imperfection in the eye. Aim: The study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of OCT technique in the diagnosis of RNFL thickness in amblyopic patients. Material and method: A prospective cross-sectional hospital based study was performed in Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf province/Iraq through the period from January to September/2014. The study involves 30 patients (16 male and 14 female) with the age ranging from (10-40) years who suffering from unilateral amblyopia. Result: The thickness of inferior peripapillary RNFL was recorded thinner than those of normal eyes significantly with p-value ≤ 0.05. But, peripapillary RNFL thickness in nasal, superior and temporal types have no significant differences when compared with normal eyes. Conclusion: In brief, our results suggested that the peripapillary RNFL thickening was significantly affected in strabismic and anisometropic amblyopia. Further, instrumental and histo-pathological studies are required to confirm the differences between amblyopic and normal eyes.


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