March 2012
Volume 53, Issue 14
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   March 2012
Peripheral Autofluorescence Imaging in Age Related Macular Degeneration
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  • Matthew T. Witmer
    Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • Szilard Kiss
    Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
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    Commercial Relationships  Matthew T. Witmer, None; Szilard Kiss, Optos, PLC (C)
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science March 2012, Vol.53, 2067. doi:
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      Matthew T. Witmer, Szilard Kiss; Peripheral Autofluorescence Imaging in Age Related Macular Degeneration. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2012;53(14):2067.

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To describe the peripheral autofluorescent findings in patients with age-related macular degeneration using ultra-wide-field imaging.


We retrospectively reviewed the ultra-wide-field autofluorescent images of all patients diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or macular drusen at the Department of Ophthalmology of Weill Cornell Medical College from July 2010 to September 2011. Peripheral autofluorescent phenotypes included normal autofluorescence, focal pinpoint hyperfluorescence, granular fluorescent changes, patchy hypofluorescence, and reticular hypofluorescence.


One hundred and ten consecutive patients (220 eyes) with a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration or macular drusen were imaged with ultra-wide-field autofluorescent technology during the study period. Eighty-three patients (157 eyes) were included in the final analysis. Peripheral autofluorescent abnormalities were present in 63.6% of eyes with AMD versus 35.7% of control eyes (p = 0.049). Granular fluorescent changes (p = 0.0001) and patchy hypofluorescence (p = 0.0015) were more common in eyes with advanced AMD than in eyes with early AMD or control eyes. Granular fluorescent changes were also more common in eyes with choroidal neovascularization (p = 0.026) or geographic atrophy (p = 0.0001). Patchy hypofluorescence (0.0001) was more common in eyes with geographic atrophy.


Peripheral autofluorescent abnormalities are common in eyes with age-related macular degeneration. The peripheral findings in eyes with AMD may represent different phenotypes, which may indicate different environmental or genetic factors in the development of AMD. Characterizing the different peripheral phenotypes may have implications for diagnosis and treatment of AMD subtypes.

Keywords: age-related macular degeneration • imaging/image analysis: clinical • imaging methods (CT, FA, ICG, MRI, OCT, RTA, SLO, ultrasound) 

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