Laminar and Prelaminar Tissue Characteristics of Glaucomatous Eyes Using Enhanced Depth Imaging OCT

Shahin Yazdani, Afsaneh Naderi Beni, Mohammad Pakravan

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Purpose: To investigate characteristics of the lamina cribrosa (LC) and prelaminar tissue (PLT) in eyes of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG), and pseudoexfoliation glaucoma (PXG) using enhanced depth imaging (EDI) OCT. Design: Observational case-control study. Participants: A total of 116 eyes from 116 participants with POAG (n = 30 eyes), PACG (n = 29 eyes), or PXG (n = 29 eyes) and 28 healthy eyes. Methods: Participants underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination in addition to corneal pachymetry, standard achromatic perimetry, peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) OCT, and EDI OCT, as well as measurement of LC, PLT thickness, and LC depth. Main Outcome Measures: Lamina cribrosa measurement, PLT thickness, and LC thickness. Results: Average LC thickness was significantly different among the 4 groups with the thinnest values in the PXG group. Prelaminar tissue also was significantly thinner in PXG eyes. The POAG eyes demonstrated the largest LC depths (P < 0.05), whereas PACG and healthy eyes demonstrated the smallest LC depths (P < 0.05). Mean deviation on standard achromatic perimetry and average thickness on peripapillary RNFL OCT were associated significantly with LC and PLT thickness. Conclusions: Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma eyes demonstrate reduced LC and PLT thickness compared with POAG, PACG, and healthy eyes. Lamina cribrosa depth was larger in POAG eyes as compared with PXG, PACG, and healthy eyes. These findings may account for the peculiar appearance of the optic nerve head in PXG eyes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-101
Number of pages7
JournalOphthalmology Glaucoma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Enhanced depth imaging OCT
  • Lamina cribrosa
  • Primary angle-closure glaucoma
  • Primary open-angle glaucoma
  • Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • General Medicine


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