Pediatric Optical Coherence Tomography in Clinical Practice-Recent Progress

Helena Lee, Frank A Proudlock, Irene Gottlob
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 2016 July 1, 57 (9): OCT69-79

PURPOSE: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has revolutionized the diagnosis and management of adult retinal and optic nerve disease. Children were deprived of this technology until the recent development of handheld spectral-domain OCT (HH-SDOCT). In this article, we review the applications of OCT imaging in pediatric ophthalmology.

METHODS: This study was a review of the literature.

RESULTS: The acquisition and interpretation of pediatric tomograms differ significantly from those for adults, with adjustments needed to account for the shorter axial lengths, higher refractive errors, and ongoing retinal and optic nerve development in the pediatric eye. Handheld SDOCT is increasingly being used as an adjunctive diagnostic tool in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and nonaccidental injury (NAI) by providing additional morphologic information that is not normally clinically discernible. The role of HH-SDOCT in streamlining diagnosis in infantile nystagmus syndrome, retinal dystrophies, and degenerations has been established. Optical coherence tomography can also help differentiate between pediatric intraocular tumors, for example, hamartomas and retinoblastoma; monitor tumor progression; and monitor treatment response. In addition, HH-SDOCT is establishing its role as a noninvasive monitoring tool in children affected by optic nerve pathology such as glaucoma, optic nerve atrophy and hypoplasia, optic pathway glioma, and pseudotumor cerebri.

CONCLUSIONS: Handheld SDOCT can provide novel insights into the natural history of retinal and optic nerve diseases in young children. For example, in achromatopsia and albinism, in vivo OCT studies have provided evidence of altered but ongoing retinal development in early childhood, which suggests that potentially targeting treatment at an earlier age may optimize visual function by normalizing retinal development.


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