Retinal Function in Patients with Adalimumab Treatment: Long-term Follow-up with Microperimetry

Zsuzsanna Szepessy, Mirella T.S. Barboni, Alexandra Farkas, Zoltán Zsolt Nagy, János Németh

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Purpose: To examine the effects of a biological treatment (adalimumab) on visual function in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and in uveitic patients without macular edema during one-year treatment with adalimumab. Methods: Sixteen eyes of eight consecutive Caucasian patients treated with adalimumab were followed up using microperimetry (MAIA; CenterVue, Padova, Italy). Five patients had ankylosing spondylitis without uveitis, three patients had panuveitis without macular edema. Macular sensitivity and macular integrity were recorded. Results: During six-month follow-up, the average threshold did not change significantly (p =.649). Macular integrity was stable (p =.225). The macular sensitivity point analysis showed no significant effects (examination F(3,56) = 0.494 and p =.688; point*examination F(108,2016) = 0.688 and p =.994) during the follow-up. Conclusions: During one-year follow-up, adalimumab did not affect macular function, unlike the well-established maculopathy induced by hydroxychloroquine. Microperimetry may be considered when following-up macular function in patients undertaking adalimumab.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • Adalimumab
  • microperimetry
  • spondyloarthropathy
  • uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology

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