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Selective RPE Laser Treatment (SRT) for Various Macular Diseases

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2006 by University of Regensburg.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Dr. Werner Jackstaedt Foundation
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University of Regensburg Identifier:
First received: November 24, 2006
Last updated: January 11, 2010
Last verified: November 2006

In this prospective clinical study SRT is performed with various pulse durations at 1.7µs and additionally 200ns to evaluate the different clinical effects of both laser regimens. The macular diseases to be treated are drusen maculopathy and geographic atrophy due to age-related macular degeneration as well as diabetic macular edema and central serous chorioretinopathy.

The beneficial effect in laser treatment is thought to be associated with the restoration of a new barrier of retinal pigment epithelium cells. If this theory is true, the destruction of the photoreceptors causing visual field defects would be only an unwanted and unnecessary side effect. Thus, SRT is able to avoid these unintentional side effects and to achieve the benefit by just treating the RPE.

In this study the clinical effect of SRT for these diseases is evaluated on a long-term basis.

Condition Intervention
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Diabetic Maculopathy Central Serous Chorioretinopathy Procedure: Selective RPE laser treatment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Selective RPE Laser Treatment (SRT) for Various Macular Diseases

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Further study details as provided by University of Regensburg:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Visual acuity [ Time Frame: up to 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • drusen reduction [ Time Frame: up to 2 years ]
  • area of geographic atrophy [ Time Frame: up to 2 years ]
  • reduction of retinal edema [ Time Frame: up to 2 years ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Selective RPE laser treatment
    interventional SRT laser treatment
    Other Name: SRT vario, Medical Laser Center, Luebeck, Germany
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • symmetric drusen maculopathy with soft drusen both eyes
  • symmetric geographic atrophy both eyes
  • diabetic macular edema single eye
  • acute or chronic central serous chorioretinopathy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • previous laser treatment
  • previous intravitreal injections
  • choroidal neovascularization
  • visual acuity > 0.1
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00403884

University Eye Hospital Regensburg
Regensburg, Germany, 93042
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Regensburg
Dr. Werner Jackstaedt Foundation
Principal Investigator: Carsten Framme, MD University Eye Hospital Regensburg
  More Information

Responsible Party: PD Dr. med. Carsten Framme, FEBO, MHM, University Eye Hospital Regensburg Identifier: NCT00403884     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: University Eye Hospital SRT
Study First Received: November 24, 2006
Last Updated: January 11, 2010

Keywords provided by University of Regensburg:
Geographic atrophy
macular edema
retinal pigment epithelium

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Macular Degeneration
Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Eye Diseases processed this record on August 18, 2017