Role of photodynamic therapy in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy

Hussain, Nazimul; Hussain, Anjli; Natarajan, Sundaram
June 2005
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology;Jun2005, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p101
Academic Journal
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Purpose: To evaluate photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with Verteporfin for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) involving the fovea in Indian eyes, through a retrospective interventional case series.Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 9 patients (9 eyes) diagnosed to have PCV with foveal involvement between September 2001 and October 2002.Results: Nine eyes underwent PDT for PCV. Follow-up ranged from 12 to 16 months. Initial visual acuity (VA) ranged from 1/60 to 6/12 and final VA varied from 1/60 to 6/9 at the end of follow-up. VA improved in 4/9 eyes (44.4%) by one line and remained unchanged in 5/9 eyes (55.6%), hence it was considered stabilized in all eyes. No adverse effects or events were observed during or after treatment with verteporfin.Conclusion: PDT may be beneficial for PCV with foveal involvement. Its long-term efficacy requires to be evaluated.


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