Purpose: To use Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure the angle opening distance at Schwalbe's line (AOD-SL) and determine its value in anterior chamber angle assessment.
Methods: Horizontal scans of the nasal and temporal anterior chamber angles in glaucoma subjects were performed at 830 nm wavelength Fourier-domain OCT. Images were graded by 2 ophthalmologists who assessed the visibility of Schwalbe's line (SL), anterior limbus (AL), scleral spur (SS), and angle recess (AR). AOD-SL was measured with computer calipers. SL was manually identified by the termination of the corneal endothelium. Gonioscopy was used to classify anterior chamber angles according to a modified Shaffer system. Spearman ρ analysis was performed to assess correlation between AOD-SL and modified Shaffer grade. A cutoff value of AOD-SL for diagnosing occludable angles (modified Shaffer grade ≤ 1) was determined by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses.
Results: Thirty-five glaucoma subjects (65 eyes) were enrolled. SL, AL, AR, and SS were visible by OCT in 97.7%, 99.2%, 87.3%, and 80.8% of eyes, respectively. Nasal and temporal AOD-SLs were 322.6 ± 200.2 µm and 341.4 ± 197.4 µm, respectively. Correlation coefficients between AOD-SL and modified Shaffer grade were 0.80 (nasal) and 0.81 (temporal). The diagnostic cutoff value of AOD-SL for occludable angles was 290 µm. The areas under the ROC curve, sensitivity, specificity values were 0.90, 0.80, 0.87 (nasal) and 0.90, 0.85, 0.77 (temporal), respectively.
Conclusions: The measurement of AOD-SL by Fourier-domain OCT is highly correlated with gonioscopy and may be a useful noncontact method for assessing angle closure risk.