J Korean Ophthalmol Soc.  2008 Dec;49(12):1954-1960.

Quantitative Analysis of Aqueous Flare in Diabetic Patients

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. kjoonmo@dreamwiz.com
  • 2Department of Ophthalmology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: We performed quantitative analysis of aqueous flare to evaluate the influence of diabetes mellitus on the flare values reflecting microvascular injuries of the retina.
METHODS
We compared aqueous flare values of diabetic patients without diabetic retinopathy (80 patients, 160 eyes), with those of normal control group (21 persons, 42 eyes) and diabetic retinopathy patients (20 patients, 40 eyes). The correlation between flare values and the risk factors of diabetic retinopathy was evaluated in diabetic patients without diabetic retinopathy.
RESULTS
Flare values were highest in diabetic retinopathy patients, and higher in diabetic patients without diabetic retinopathy than normal control group with statistical significance (p<0.01). Flare values were not significantly correlated with the risk factors of diabetic retinopathy.
CONCLUSIONS
Microvascular injury appears to be developed in diabetic patients without diabetic retinopathy.

Keyword

Aqueous flare; Diabetes mellitus; Diabetic retinopathy

MeSH Terms

Aqueous Humor
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetic Retinopathy
Humans
Risk Factors
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