April 2011
Volume 52, Issue 14
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   April 2011
Pattern Electroretinogram As Predictor Of Structural Glaucomatous Damage
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Michael Banitt
    University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • Lori M. Ventura
    University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • Olga Shif
    University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • Brandon Bosse
    University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • William J. Feuer
    University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • Vittorio Porciatti
    University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  Michael Banitt, None; Lori M. Ventura, None; Olga Shif, None; Brandon Bosse, None; William J. Feuer, None; Vittorio Porciatti, None
  • Footnotes
    Support  NIH-NEI RO1 EY014957, NIH center grant P30-EY014801, unrestricted grant to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute from Research to Prevent Blindness
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science April 2011, Vol.52, 5478. doi:
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      Michael Banitt, Lori M. Ventura, Olga Shif, Brandon Bosse, William J. Feuer, Vittorio Porciatti; Pattern Electroretinogram As Predictor Of Structural Glaucomatous Damage. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2011;52(14):5478.

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To evaluate the ability of Pattern Electroretinogram (PERG), a measure of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) function, to predict future worsening of optic disc damage in patients suspected of glaucoma.


PERGs (PERGLA paradigm) were measured every 6 months in patients suspected of glaucoma (n=427) over an average of 28 (SD=18) months. During the observation period, a subgroup of patients (n=56) developed deterioration of optic disc cupping. Hazard ratios for predicting time-to-worsening of optic disc cupping were obtained by Cox proportional regression model. Post-hoc Kaplan-Meier analysis was done on cases stratified in three groups based on the amount of PERG amplitude/phase deficit from normal (no deficit; moderate deficit; severe deficit).


Patients with more delayed phase at baseline had a significantly earlier time to worsened optic disc (p=0.003, Cox proportional hazards regression). Fifteen ms of delay was associated with a 51% higher risk of progression (95% CI:15% to 98%). Post-hoc analysis stratified cases into three severity groups: delayed 17.1 ms or more (n=116), delayed < 17.1 ms (n=209), and not delayed (n=100). Those with delayed phase had a higher incidence of optic disc worsening (see figure, p=0.002). PERG amplitude had a similar, albeit insignificant trend (Cox regression p=0.18).


In our population of glaucoma suspects, an abnormal PERG phase at baseline was highly predictive for future worsening of optic disc cupping. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that RGC become dysfunctional before loss of optic nerve tissue in early glaucoma.  

Keywords: ganglion cells • electroretinography: clinical • optic disc 

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