Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab when administered on an as-needed basis for the treatment of myopic choroidal neovascularization (CNV), and to assess visual changes upon treatment.
Methods: This study was designed as a retrospective, interventional case series, for which the inclusion criteria were pathologic myopia, and documentation of untreated active macular CNV on fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography. Monthly changes in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), visual gain after each treatment, and correlation with refraction, age, location, and dimension of CNV were considered. The data were analyzed using the one-tailed, paired Wilcoxon test.
Results: Nineteen naive eyes were found suitable for the study. The mean number of treatments was 3.32 ± 2.36 (confidence interval 2.25-4.37) during a mean follow-up period of 18.95 ± 8.3 months. At baseline, mean BCVA was 0.58 ± 0.37 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) units. At 12 months, mean BCVA was 0.39 ± 0.35 logMAR and at 24 months was 0.39 ± 0.40. Mean improvement in BCVA from baseline was +0.17 ± 0.25 logMAR (P < 0.05) at month 12, +0.14 ± 0.25 logMAR (P = 0.1) at month 18, and +0.09 ± 0.32 logMAR (P = 0.5) at month 24. Improvement on pretreatment BCVA was significant (+0.16 logMAR, P < 0.01) after the first injection, but not after the second (-0.01 logMAR, P = 0.5) or third (+0.02 logMAR, P = 0.5) injections. There was a statistically significant correlation between age and number of treatments, and between improvement in BCVA of foveal versus extrafoveal location of CNV.
Conclusion: The use of intravitreal bevacizumab "as needed" is an effective treatment for myopic CNV, but visual gain is statistically significant only after the first injection and decreases in the second year.
Keywords: bevacizumab; choroidal neovascularization; macular degeneration; optical coherence tomography; pathologic myopia.