Peripapillar and nerve head vessel density (VD) was measured in 10 patients affected by Dominant optic atrophy (DOA) using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) and compared to the measurements of 15 age- and gender-matched controls. DOA patients showed VD reduction, mostly in the temporal and inferotemporal peripapillary sectors, according to the preferential involvement of the papillomacular bundle. Despite poor best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), OCT-A revealed good repeatability. VD correlated with functional (mean deviation of visual field and BCVA) and structural (retinal nerve fiber layer thickness) parameters and could be a non-invasive, quantitative tool for the monitoring of the disease and of the therapeutic approaches.
Keywords: DOA; Dominant optic atrophy; Inherited mitochondrial optic neuropathies; Optical coherence tomography angiography; Vessel density.
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