Details of glaucomatous damage are better seen on OCT en face images than on OCT retinal nerve fiber layer thickness maps

Donald C. Hood, Brad Fortune, Maria A. Mavrommatis, Juan Reynaud, Rithambara Ramachandran, Robert Ritch, Richard B. Rosen, Hassan Muhammad, Alfredo Dubra, Toco Y.P. Chui

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PURPOSE. High-resolution images of glaucomatous damage to the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) were obtained with an adaptive optics-scanning light ophthalmoscope (AO-SLO) and used as a basis for comparisons between en face slab images and thickness maps derived from optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans. METHODS. Wide-field (9 × 12 mm) cube scans were obtained with swept-source OCT (DRIOCT) from six eyes of six patients. All eyes had a deep defect near fixation as seen on a 10-2 visual field test. Optical coherence tomography en face images, based on the average reflectance intensity, were generated (ATL 3D-Suite) from 52-lm slabs just below the vitreal border of the inner limiting membrane. The RNFL thickness maps were generated from the same OCT data. Both were compared with the AO-SLO peripapillary images that were previously obtained. RESULTS. On AO-SLO images, three eyes showed small regions of preserved and/or missing RNFL bundles within the affected region. Details in these regions were seen on the OCT en face images but not on the RNFL thickness maps. In addition, in the healthier hemi-retinas of two eyes, there were darker, arcuate-shaped regions on en face images that corresponded to abnormalities seen on AO-SLO. These were not seen on RNFL thickness maps. CONCLUSIONS. Details of local glaucomatous damage, missing or easily overlooked on traditional OCT RNFL thickness analysis used in clinical OCT reports, were seen on OCT en face images based on the average reflectance intensity. While more work is needed, it is likely that en face slab imaging has a role in the clinical management of glaucoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6208-6216
Number of pages9
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive optics
  • En face imaging
  • Glaucoma
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Retinal nerve fiber layer


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