PURPOSE: We aimed to determine normal macular thickness values, assessed with optical coherence tomography (OCT), in a population of full-term children of normal birthweight.
METHODS: A total of 56 children, aged 5-16 years, randomly chosen from the population register, were examined with Stratus OCT. Only children with visual acuity
RESULTS: All children co-operated well and no child was excluded for lack of concentration. Mean ± standard deviation central macular thickness was 204 ± 19 μm. Mean total macular volume was 7.11 ± 0.35 mm(3). No correlations were found between age, gender and macular thickness. Coefficients of variance were 0.9 in all areas, except the foveal minimum.
CONCLUSIONS: Normal values for macular thickness in healthy full-term children were reported. As the Stratus OCT provides normal values only for adults, these data are a better alternative for comparison with children with retinal abnormalities. We concluded that OCT is suitable for examining the retina in children aged 5-16 years and has the same high level of repeatability as in adults.
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