Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Table of Contents - Year : 2016 | Month : July | Volume : 10 | Issue : 7 | Page : NC01 - NC04

Morphometric Analysis of Peripapillary Thickness in Hypertensives and Normotensives using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) NC01-NC04

Krishna Rao Addoor, Sulatha V. Bhandary, Lavanya G. Rao, Smita Kapoor

Correspondence
Dr. Sulatha V. Bhandary,
Additional Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal-576104, Karnataka, India.
E-mail: sulatha_bhandary@yahoo.co.in

Introduction: Hypotension following antihypertensive treatment is associated with retinal nerve fibre loss. There are studies that have reported the changes in RNFL in hypertensives.

Aim: To compare the Retinal Nerve Fibre Layer (RNFL) thickness using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in hypertensive and normotensive individuals.

Materials and Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted from October 2012 to September 2014 to compare the RNFL thickness using SD OCT in hypertensive {no other ocular or systemic co-morbidity, vision better or equal to 6/9 (n=30)} and normotensive (n=30) individuals.

Results: Statistically significant RNFL loss was detected in hypertensives (98.31 7.01) when compared to the normotensives (102.51 8.72) p=0.001.

Conclusion: Significant loss of RNFL in hypertensives point towards the altered autoregulation and warrants larger studies to assess the clinical relevance.