On the protective role of the blood vessels in glaucomatous damage: A transversal study
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Author/sCánovas Serrano, Yaiza; Valles San Leandro, Lorenzo; Rodríguez Izquierdo, Miguel Ángel; Lajara Blesa, Jerónimo; López Serrano, Rafael
Primary open-angle glaucoma
Purpose: To corroborate whether vessels on the surface of the optic nerve head can provide pro- tection against the loss of underlying axons in subjects with manifest glaucoma. Methods: In this pilot study, thirty-six glaucomatous eyes with a perimetric defect in the Bjerrum area were included. The retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness was measured in each of the sectors of the clock-hour map obtained by Cirrus HD-OCT considering the presence or absence of blood vessels. These sectors were related with their corresponding areas of the retina examined in the visual field using a mathematical model of the retina introduced by Jansonius, in order to determine the values of threshold sensitivity in those areas in the presence or absence of vessels. Results: We corroborated the protective role of the blood vessel for peripapillary RNFL thickness of clock-hour 12 despite obtaining a p-value (p = 0.023; w = 228.5) close to the acceptance zone (p 0.05). The mean § standard devia...