OCT-Angiography: Mydriatic phenylephrine and tropicamide do not influence retinal microvasculature in macula and peripapillary region

Autoři: Bettina Hohberger aff001;  Meike Müller aff001;  Sami Hosari aff001;  Christian Y. Mardin aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Ophthalmology, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany aff001
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0221395



Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) enables visualization of retinal microcirculation. As a potential influence of mydriatic eye drops on retinal vessel density (VD) was proposed, the purpose of the present study was to investigate an influence of 5% phenylephrine and 0.5% tropicamide on macula and peripapillary VD.


30 eyes of 30 healthy persons were measured by en face OCT-A (Spectralis OCT II, Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg). Scans of the macula (12 sectors, region of interest, ROI: 6.10 mm2) and peripapillary region (4 sectors, ROI: 2.67 mm2) were performed before (-) and 30 minutes after application of phenylephrine 5% and tropicamide 0.5% (+) eye drops (scan size was 8.41 mm2). Macula microcirculation was quantified in 3 retinal layers (superficial vascular plexus (SVP), deep capillary plexus (DCP), intermediate capillary plexus (ICP)). Data analysis was performed with the Erlangen-Angio-Tool.


(I) Mean VD was 33.03±2.3 (SVP), 23.53±2.9 (ICP) and 25.48±4.2 (DCP) before and 33.12±2.4 (SVP), 23.74±2.9 (ICP) and 25.82±4.0 (DCP) with mydriasis respectively. (II) Sectorial analysis: 30.63±2.9–34.45±2.9 (-) and 31.04±2.9–34.34±2.7 (+) in SVP; 22.61±2.9–24.93±3.2 (-) and 22.75±2.5–25.20±3.0 (+) in ICP; 24.56±4.7–26.45±3.4 (-) and 25.00±4.1–27.07±3.5 (+) in DCP. (III) Peripapillary region showed a mean VD of 31.82±3.8 before and 31.59±4.3 after mydriasis. Sectorial analysis of VD yielded a range of 31.04±4.1–32.65±3.8 (-) and 30.98±4.4–31.89±4.1 (+). (IV) Macula and peripapillary VD were not different before and after mydriasis (p>0.05).


Pharmacologic mydriasis did not influence retinal microcirculation in macula and peripapillary region enabling OCT-A scans with enhanced imaging process and scan quality.

Klíčová slova:

Blood flow – Capillaries – Eye diseases – Eyes – Lasers – Retinal vessels – Tomography – Microcirculation


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