Short-Term Retinal Sensitivity and Metamorphopsia Changes following Half-Fluence Photodynamic Therapy in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

Giuseppe Casalino, Claudia Del Turco, Federico Corvi, Omer Rafaeli, Francesco Bandello, Giuseppe Querques

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the short-term retinal sensitivity and metamorphopsia changes after half-fluence photodynamic therapy (PDT) in patients with central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC). Methods: Patients with acute CSC and evidence of angiographic leakage and subretinal fluid on optical coherence tomography (OCT) were enrolled. Before, and 1 week (W-1) and 2 months (M-2) after PDT, all patients underwent best-corrected visual acuity, enhanced depth imaging OCT, microperimetry (MP) and preferential hyperacuity perimetry (PHP). We considered 'affected' the Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) sectors showing a mean retinal thickness greater than 350 μm on the baseline OCT thickness map. MP retinal sensitivity, PHP 'score' and retinal thickness were measured in each ETDRS 'affected sector'. Functional correlation between MP and PHP was also investigated. Results: Twelve eyes of 12 patients were included. MP and PHP correlated with each other at baseline (p = 0.04) but not at W-1 (p = 0.12) and M-2 (p = 0.05). Mean MP retinal sensitivity slightly improved from 12.9 ± 5.0 dB at baseline to 14.5 ± 4.7 dB at M-2 (p = 0.2). The PHP score changed from 0.33 at baseline to 0.32 at M-2 (p = 0.3). In the ETDRS 'affected sectors', MP retinal sensitivity improved significantly from 12.9 ± 5.0 dB at baseline to 14.5 ± 4.7 dB at M-2 (p = 0.03), whereas the PHP score did not show significant changes over time. Conclusion: Half-fluence PDT achieved short-term improvement in the sensitivity of the retinal 'affected sectors' but did not influence metamorphopsia as measured on PHP in patients with acute CSC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23 - 29
Number of pages7
JournalOphthalmic Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2016



  • Central serous chorioretinopathy
  • Choroidal thickness
  • Enhanced depth imaging
  • Half-fluence photodynamic therapy
  • Metamorphopsia
  • Microperimetry
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Preferential hyperacuity perimetry
  • Retinal sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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