Aqueous Flare and Choroidal Thickness in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection: A Pilot Study – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To investigate the status of the blood–aqueous barrier and to evaluate the subfoveal choroidal thickness (SCT) in patients with asymptomatic untreated chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection without any anterior or posterior ocular involvement and to search for possible correlations.Design: Observational case-control study.Participants and Controls: A total of 80 eyes of 20 HCV-positive patients (male-to-female ratio, 12:8; mean age, 46.9±7.23 years) and 20 healthy controls (male-to-female ratio, 10:10; mean age, 48.2±8.71 years) were examined.Methods: Participants underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination. Aqueous flare was quantified objectively by using the noninvasive laser flare cell meter FC-500 (Kowa Company Ltd, Tokyo, Japan), (Read more...)

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