Purpose: To evaluate spectral-domain (SD)-OCT features associated with baseline vision and visual outcomes in the prospective, multicenter Study Evaluating Dosing Regimens for Treatment with Intravitreal Ranibizumab Injections in Subjects with Macular Edema following Retinal Vein Occlusion (SHORE). Design: Post hoc analysis of prospective clinical trial data. Participants: Two hundred two participants in the 15-month, phase 4 SHORE study comparing monthly versus pro re nata ranibizumab after 7 monthly doses in eyes with retinal vein occlusion (RVO) with macular edema. Methods: Baseline SD-OCT images were assessed for (1) central subfield thickness (CST); (2) presence of vitreomacular adhesion, vitreomacular traction, or epiretinal membrane; (3) presence, location, and amount of intraretinal fluid or subretinal fluid (SRF); (4) presence, location, and amount of hyperreflective foci (HF); (5) disorganization of retinal inner layers (DRIL); and (6) disruption of external limiting membrane (ELM), ellipsoid zone (EZ), and interdigitation zone (IZ). Univariate and multivariate regression analyses were performed to evaluate the association of these features with baseline best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and change in BCVA after 7 monthly ranibizumab injections. Main Outcome Measures: Association of SD-OCT features with baseline BCVA and change in BCVA after 7 monthly ranibizumab injections. Results: Before therapy, worse baseline BCVA was associated with ERM presence (P = 0.0045), thicker SRF (P = 0.0006), larger intraretinal cysts (P = 0.0015), and higher percentage of DRIL (P < 0.0001), percentage of ELM disruption (P < 0.0001), percentage of EZ disruption (P = 0.0003), and percentage of IZ disruption (P = 0.0018). In multivariate models, only percentage of ELM disruption independently impacted baseline BCVA (P < 0.0001). After 7 monthly ranibizumab injections, mean BCVA improved by 18.3±12.6 Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study letters in treated eyes. The only factors independently associated with BCVA gain after 7 monthly ranibizumab treatments were younger age (P < 0.0001) and worse baseline BCVA (P < 0.0001). Conclusions: Although SD-OCT features may be associated with presenting vision in eyes with macular edema and RVO, most eyes treated with ranibizumab achieve substantial vision gains, and only older age and better baseline BCVA limited visual improvements.
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