Pattern electroretinogram detects localized glaucoma defects

Tommaso Salgarello, Andrea Giudiceandrea, Luigi Calandriello, Dario Marangoni, Alberto Colotto, Aldo Caporossi, Benedetto Falsini

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Purpose: We evaluated the clinical ability of pattern electroretinogram (PERG) to detect functional losses in the affected hemifield of open-angle glaucoma patients with localized perimetric defects. Methods: Hemifield (horizontally-defined) steady-state PERGs (h-PERGs) were recorded in response to 1.7 c/deg alternating gratings from 32 eyes of 29 glaucomatous patients with a perimetric, focal one-hemifield defect, 10 eyes of 10 glaucomatous patients with a diffuse perimetric defect, and 18 eyes of 18 age-matched normal subjects. Standard automated perimetry (SAP) and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) for retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness also were performed. h-PERG amplitudes and ratios, calculated corresponding hemifield perimetric deviations, as well as hemiretina RNFL thicknesses were analyzed. Results: h-PERG amplitudes, perimetric deviations, and RNFL thicknesses showed losses (P < 0.001) when comparing affected with unaffected hemifields of localized glaucomatous eyes. No differences were found in h-PERG amplitudes between hemifields of normal or diffuse glaucomatous eyes. h-PERG amplitude ratios (affected/ unaffected hemifield) in localized glaucoma were lower (P < 0.001) than the ratios from normal or diffuse glaucomatous eyes. The areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves for h-PERG amplitude ratios, comparing localized-defect glaucomatous eyes with normal or diffuse glaucomatous eyes, were 0.93 and 0.91, respectively. Conclusions: h-PERG assessment showed good diagnostic accuracy to confirm localized glaucomatous defects detected perimetrically. This test may be particularly useful in cognitively impaired patients or young/nonverbal patients unable to provide reliable visual fields. Translational Relevance: h-PERG provides a sensitive objective measure to confirm.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalTranslational Vision Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Electroretinogram
  • Glaucoma
  • Hemifield
  • Hemiretina
  • Localized defect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Ophthalmology


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