The post-illumination pupil response is reduced in glaucoma patients

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  • PURPOSE. The post-illumination pupil response (PIPR), which is driven by the intrinsic response of melanopsin-containing, intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, has previously been characterized in healthy eyes. The present study examined whether the PIPR is affected in patients with glaucoma compared with healthy subjects. METHODS. Sixteen glaucoma patients (mean age, 63.7 years) were tested by presenting a 60°, 10-second light stimulus (13 log quanta/cm2/s retinal irradiance) of either 470 nm (blue) or 623 nm (red) to one eye after dilation. The consensual pupil response of the fellow undilated eye was recorded by infrared pupillometry for 50 seconds after light offset. These pupillary responses were compared with those of 19 age-matched controls (mean age, 59 years). RESULTS. The glaucoma patients displayed a net PIPR (blue PIPR minus red PIPR) that was significantly (t-test, P < 0.001) smaller (0.6 mm, SEM 0.12; P < 0.05) than in age-matched controls (1.3 mm, SEM 0.16; P < 0.001). For the patient population, the magnitude of the net PIPR was inversely correlated with the measured visual field loss (mean deviation) of the tested eye. CONCLUSIONS. This study demonstrates that there is a significant decrease in the ipRGC-mediated PIPR in glaucomatous patients when compared to age-matched controls. As the severity of the glaucomatous neuropathy increases, there is a correlated decrease in the PIPR. Therefore, this test has the potential for use as a clinical tool in evaluating patients with glaucoma. © 2011 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.
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    Author List

  • Kankipati L; Girkin CA; Gamlin PD
  • Start Page

  • 2287
  • End Page

  • 2292
  • Volume

  • 52
  • Issue

  • 5