Performance of GDx VCC in eyes with peripapillary atrophy: Comparison of three circle sizes

S. Kunimatsu, A. Tomidokoro, H. Saito, M. Aihara, G. Tomita, M. Araie

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Purpose: A scanning laser polarimetry (GDx VCC) equips three different sized measurement circles. In eyes with peripapillary atrophy (PPA), the GDx measurement becomes inaccurate when the circle falls on PPA. The aim of this study was to evaluate performance of the three circles of GDx measurement in eyes with PPA. Methods: Three different sized circles were compared regarding frequency of PPA, which fell on each circle in 282 open-angle glaucoma (OAG) eyes, reproducibility of GDx parameters in 24 normal and 22 OAG eyes, and ability to detect glaucoma in 50 normal and 50 OAG eyes. Results: PPA was observed in 230 (82%) of 282 OAG eyes. PPA fell on the small circle (default setting), medium, and large circles in 119 (43%), 38 (14%), and 12 (4%) of the 280 OAG eyes. Reproducibility of GDx parameters was not significantly different among three circles in normal eyes (P>0.05), whereas coefficients of reproducibility of TSNIT average (P=0.006) and superior average (P=0.035) were smaller in the smaller circles in OAG eyes. GDx parameters significantly correlated (P<0.001), but were significantly different (P<0.05) between the small and medium circles. The area under receiver operating characteristic curves for dividing OAG from normal eyes using GDx parameters was similar between the small and medium circles. Conclusions: If the medium circles were used, obstructing influences of PPA on GDx measurement could be avoided more often in Japanese OAG eyes with similar reproducibility and comparable ability to detect glaucoma compared to those with the default small circle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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