The rod-mediated multifocal electroretinogram in aging and early age-related maculopathy

Feigl, Beatrix, Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E., Swann, Peter G., & Brown, Brian (2006) The rod-mediated multifocal electroretinogram in aging and early age-related maculopathy. Current Eye Research, 31(7-8), pp. 635-644.

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Purpose: To measure function with the rod-mediated multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG) in younger and older subjects with normal vision and with early age-related maculopathy (ARM). Methods: Thirty subjects were studied: 10 healthy subjects with a mean age of 31 years (young group), 10 healthy subjects with a mean age of 71 years (old group), and 10 early ARM subjects with a mean age of 71 years (early ARM group). The influence of cataract was approximated by retesting five subjects of the young group through an 0.3 neutral density filter (ND filter group). We analyzed first-order N1P1-amplitude and P1-implicit time (P1-IT) mfERG responses and correlated them with funduscopic changes as defined by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) group. Results: Averaged concentric ring P1-ITs were significantly delayed in the old (p = 0.02) and early ARM (p < 0.001) compared with the young group and in the early ARM group compared with the old and ND group (p ≤ 0.01). There were no significant differences in N1P1-amplitudes between groups, but there was a significant location effect for all groups with highest mean amplitudes for the most peripheral ring of hexagons (p < 0.01). Significantly delayed overall P1-ITs (p < 0.05) were correlated with progressive funduscopic changes. Conclusions: Aging and early ARM affects the rod-mediated mfERG, and there is good correlation with funduscopic changes. Although a lens effect cannot be excluded, a neuronal transmission alteration at the postreceptoral level is suggested.

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ID Code: 5769
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: age, related maculopathy (ARM), aging, multifocal electroretinogram, rod, mediated multifocal ERG
DOI: 10.1080/02713680600762739
ISSN: 1460-2202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Current Eye Research 31(7-8):pp. 635-644.
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:23

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