Optical coherence tomography gauges HIV retinal damage
Updated: 2005-03-31 (Reuters Health)
By David Douglas
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is useful in assessing retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness in HIV patients, who can develop visual problems in the absence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis.
By using OCT, senior investigator Dr. William R. Freeman told Reuters Health, “one can objectively measure the damage to the retina which appears to result in these vision losses in HIV patients without infections in the retina.”