Predictors of Long-Term Visual Outcome in Intermediate Uveitis.


PURPOSE To describe factors that predict visual loss and complications in intermediate uveitis. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS Subjects with intermediate uveitis were identified from a database of 1254 uveitis patients seen in the clinic of a single consultant (S.L.L.) between 2011 and 2013. METHODS Information was gathered from the clinical notes of all subjects examined in clinic. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), moderate visual loss (MVL; ≤20/50), severe visual loss (SVL; ≤20/200). RESULTS Three hundred and five subjects (550 eyes) were included in the study, comprising 24.3% of subjects seen in clinic. Mean (± standard deviation) age at diagnosis was 40.9±16.9 years, and 64.6% of subjects were female. Median follow-up was 8.2 years (mean, 9.7 years, 5452 eye-years). Systemic diagnosis was made in 36.1% of patients, with sarcoidosis (22.6%) and multiple sclerosis (4.6%) the most frequent systemic associations. Median BCVA was 20/30 (mean logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution [logMAR] 0.26±0.38, n = 550 eyes) at presentation, 20/30 (mean logMAR 0.22±0.42, n = 430) at 5 years, and 20/30 (mean logMAR 0.23±0.46, n = 260) at 10 years. Macular edema was observed in 224 eyes (40.7%) and was associated with idiopathic disease (P = 0.001) and diabetes (P = 0.001). Topical therapy was used in 82.7%, and 34.2% received local injections of corticosteroids. A total of 50.5% required oral steroids and 13.8% required second-line immunosuppression. Subjects with a diagnosis of sarcoidosis were less likely to require a second-line agent (4.3% vs. 16.2%, P = 0.011). On multivariate analysis, visual acuity at referral, retinal pigment epithelial atrophy, and macular scarring were associated with increased risk of MVL; and visual acuity at referral, local therapy, macular scarring, retinal detachment, and hypotony and phthisis were associated with increased risk of SVL. CONCLUSIONS Intermediate uveitis has a long disease course with frequent complications and often requires systemic treatment. Despite this, most subjects are still able to achieve good long-term visual outcomes.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.11.013

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@article{Niederer2017PredictorsOL, title={Predictors of Long-Term Visual Outcome in Intermediate Uveitis.}, author={Rachael L. Niederer and Lazha Sharief and Asaf Bar and Susan L. Lightman and Oren Tomkins-Netzer}, journal={Ophthalmology}, year={2017}, volume={124 3}, pages={393-398} }