This report describes a new system for digital indocyanine green videoangiography (ICGV) that provides enhanced imaging of the choroidal circulation. This newly assembled system was used to study a consecutive series of 129 patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and ill-defined or occult choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Overall, 39% of the patients in this study with occult CNV could be reclassified as having well-delineated or so-called classic CNV by virtue of the additional findings provided by ICGV. In this series, ICGV was particularly useful in identifying occult CNV in eyes with a large, serous pigment epithelial detachment (PED) and in eyes with recurrent CNV after previous laser photocoagulation treatment. Some of these patients were selected for laser photocoagulation of the abnormal choroidal vessels in order to evaluate the feasibility of this form of treatment on the basis of combined clinical, fluorescein angiographic, and ICGV findings. The results of this study suggest that ICGV is an important adjunct in the evaluation, classification, and laser treatment of patients with occult CNV secondary to AMD.
LuEsther T. Mertz Retinal Research Laboratory of The Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York, New York.
Reprint requests: Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD, Retinal Center, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, 210 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021.
Supported by The Macula Foundation, Inc., New York, New York.