Subgrouping of primary angle-closure suspects based on anterior segment optical coherence tomography parameters

Ophthalmology. 2013 Dec;120(12):2525-2531. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.05.028. Epub 2013 Aug 2.


Purpose: To identify subgroups of primary angle-closure suspects (PACS) based on anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) and biometric parameters.

Design: Cross-sectional study.

Participants: We evaluated 243 PACS subjects in the primary group and 165 subjects in the validation group.

Methods: Participants underwent gonioscopy and AS-OCT (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA). Customized software (Zhongshan Angle Assessment Program, Guangzhou, China) was used to measure AS-OCT parameters. An agglomerative hierarchical clustering method was first used to determine the optimum number of parameters to be included in the determination of subgroups. The best number of subgroups was then determined using Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) and Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) methods.

Main outcome measures: Subgroups of PACS.

Results: The mean age of the subjects was 64.8 years, and 65.02% were female. After hierarchical clustering, 1 or 2 parameters from each cluster were chosen to ensure representativeness of the parameters and yet keep a minimum of redundancy. The parameters included were iris area, anterior chamber depth (ACD), anterior chamber width (ACW), and lens vault (LV). With the use of GMM, the optimal number of subgroups as given by AIC was 3. Subgroup 1 was characterized by a large iris area, subgroup 2 was characterized by a large LV and a shallow ACD, and subgroup 3 was characterized by elements of both subgroups 1 and 2. The results were replicated in a second independent group of 165 PACS subjects.

Conclusions: Clustering analysis identified 3 distinct subgroups of PACS subjects based on AS-OCT and biometric parameters. These findings may be relevant for understanding angle-closure pathogenesis and management.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Eye Segment / pathology*
  • Biometry
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Glaucoma, Angle-Closure / diagnosis*
  • Gonioscopy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pupil
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence*