Normal macular thickness measurements in healthy eyes using stratus optical coherence tomography

Annie Chan, Jay S. Duker, Tony H. Ko, James G. Fujimoto, Joel S. Schuman

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Objective: To report normal macular thickness measurements in healthy eyes using the latest commercially available optical coherence tomography (OCT) mapping software, version 3.0, from the Stratus OCT (OCT3). Methods: Thirty-seven eyes from 37 healthy subjects underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination, including OCT. Six radial scans, 6 mm in length and centered on the fovea, were obtained using the OCT3. Retinal thickness was automatically calculated by OCT mapping software. Measurements were displayed as the meanand standard deviation for each of the 9 regions defined in the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study. Results: Foveal thickness (mean thickness in the central 1000-μm diameter area) and central foveal thickness (mean thickness at the point of intersection of 6 radial scans) on the OCT3 were 212±20 and 182±23 μm, respectively. Macular thickness measurements were thinnest at the center of the fovea, thickest within 3-mm diameter of the center, and diminished toward the periphery of the macula. The temporal quadrant was thinner than the nasal quadrant. Central foveal thickness was also manually determined as 170±18 μm, approximately 12 μm less than the value automatically obtained from the OCT3 software. There was no correlation between age and foveal thickness (P=.80). Conclusions: Mean foveal thickness measurements were 38 to 62 μm thicker than previously reported values, while mean central foveal thickness measurements were 20 to 49 μm thicker than previously published values. This discrepancy should be considered when interpreting OCT scans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-198
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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