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1 Optic Disc Evaluation IN Glaucoma Dr Deepak Megur DOMS FRCS Ed Glaucoma & Cataract Services Megur Eye Care Centre Bidar

2 What is Glaucoma…?

3 Glaucoma =Optic neuropathy The evaluation of the appearance of the optic disc is central to the diagnosis and management of Glaucoma Optic Disc Evaluation: –Why..? –How..? –What to look for..?

4 The 4 goals of optic disc evaluation Distinguishing between the healthy and the sick =Diagnosing. Quantifying the amount of damage: Healthy,Mild,Moderate,Advanced Disease Monitoring Change,for better or for worse Quantitating the rate of change

5 1.5 mm 3 mm

6 Optic Disc Evaluation.. Slit lamp biomicroscopy : Ideal –Stereoscopic View –Cupping –Measuring the optic disc size Direct Ophthalmoscopy – Good Magnification Indirect Ophthalmoscopy –Overall View Optic disc Photoghraphy. –Documentation,Monitoring for progression.

7 The 7 parameters to look for… 1)Disc: Size and Shape 2)Neuroretinal Rim (NRR): Size,Shape,Pallor ISNT rule 3)Cup: Size and Shape in relation to the optic disc size, - Vertical C/ D Ratio, Cup depth / Excavation 4) Optic Disc Hemorrhage: Presence & Location

8 The 7 parameters to look for… 5) Nerve Fibre Layer Defect: focal & diffuse 6) Para Papillary Atrophy; Size,location & Configuration 7) Retinal Arterial Attenuation: focal & diffuse

9 All these variables can be measured semiquantitavively by ophthalmoscopy without applying sophisticated techniques

10 1)Optic Disc: Size & Shape Determining the size of the disc =Crucial –Helps to differentiate Physiological cupping from Pathological. Large discs have big physiological cups. Small Discs have small cups or no cups Measurement of Vertical Disc diameter : –Length of the vertical beam of slit lamp light –Multiplied by correction factor of the condensing lens –Volk 60 D= X 1 –Volk 90D= X 1.5

11 Cup: Size, Shape, location in relation to the disc size Optic Cup= Excavation in the optic nerve head –Stereoscopic evaluation In normal eyes= Areas of optic disc & Optic cup are corelated Large optic discs=Large cup Small optic disc =Small cup or no cup Early & moderate glaucomatous damage in small disc may be missed because of the erroneously low cup disc ratios

12 Large Disc=Large Cup 3mm

13 1.5 mm 3 mm

14 Early & moderate glaucomatous damage in small disc may be missed because of the erroneously low cup disc ratios

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16 Vertical Cup Disc Ratio Vertically oval optic disc Horizontally oval optic cup In normal eyes: Horizontal CD ratio > than vertical CD ratio In Glaucomatous eyes: Vertical CD ratio > than the horizontal CD ratio

17 Vertical CD ratio

18 The Neuroretinal Rim Size, Shape, Pallor. The ISNT rule: I>S>N>T

19 Thinning of the NRR Pallor of NRR Notching: –A notch is a localized defect in the Neuroretinal rim on the cup side of the rim

20 The Neurretinal rim loss in Glaucoma Usual sequence of NRR loss in Glaucoma: –Inferotemporal –Superotemporal –Horizontal temporal –Inferonasal –Superonasal In contrast,in the non glaucomatous optic nerve damage, the NRR is not always affected and hence contour of NRR is maintained.

21 NRR, the ISNT Rule I>S>N>T

22 I T I N>T

23 I n>T I>S>N>T

24 Optic Disc Hemorrhage Splinter or Flame shaped hemorrhages At the margin of the disc Hallmark of Glaucomatous optic nerve damage 4 to 7 % of eyes with galucoma Found in early & moderately advanced Glaucoma and rare in very advanced stage Located usually in the inferotemporal & superotemporal disc margins Associated with localized RNFL defect and neuroretinal rim notches. Suggests Progression. More common in NTG

25 Optic Disc Hemorrhage

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28 Retinal Nerve Fibre Layer Defect RNFL contains retinal ganglion cells axons covered by astrocytes and bundled by processes of muller cells Seen as bright fine striations fanning off from the disc to the periphery. Dilated pupil, green light, clear optical media aids the evaluation of RNFL

29 Retinal Nerve Fibre Layer Defect Localized RNFL defects: –Can be detected before visual field defect has developed –Focal type of NTG –Early to medium advanced Glaucomatous damage Diffuse loss of RNFL: –More difficult to detect –Peripapillary retinal vessels appear bare –Underlying Choroidal vessels more clearly seen.

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31 Diffuse RNFL loss

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33 Parapapillary Chorioretinal atrophy 2 zones –Central Beta zone –Peripheral alpha zone Beta zone occurs more often in glaucomatous eyes than in normal eyes. Helps to differentiate various subtypes of POAG Helps to differentiate from nonglaucomatous optic nerve damage

34 Parapapillary Chorioretinal atrophy

35 Retinal Artery attenuation Diffuse narrowing: –Decreasing NRR –Increased RNFL loss –Increased Visual field defects Focal Attenuation –More common in NTG –Degree of narrowing increases with amount of damage.

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40 Diffuse Retinal arterial attenuation

41 Pre Perimetric Diagnosis of Glaucomatous Optic Nerve damage Most important Variables –Shape of the NRR –Size of the cup in relation to the optic disc –Diffuse or focal RNFL defects –Disc Hemorrhages

42 Pre Perimetric, Very Early

43 Early Damage

44 Moderate One pole of the disc is damaged

45 Advanced Both the poles affected

46 Advanced…

47 Disc Damage Likelihood Scale

48 Optic Disc Photographs Optic Disc Drawings Documentation of disc damage: Monitoring change for progression Rate of change

49 Thank You


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