RESEARCH ARTICLE


LETTER TO THE EDITOR Screening for Fingolimod Associated Macular Oedema: Experience Versus Guidelines



R Moosavi*, F Bremner, J Acheson
University of Torino – Department of Surgical Sciences – Eye Clinic, Via Juvarra 19 – 10121 – Torino, Italy
Department of Neuro-ophthalmology, National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen’s Square, London, UK


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Abstract

We report adherence to United Kingdom national guidelines on surveillance for Fingolimod associated macular oedema (FAME) and the impact on clinical services at our unit. We conducted a 9-month study, measuring referral interval, visual function and performing OCT scans for all patients referred for FAME surveillance. 38 patients in total were seen, representing 9% of all new ophthalmic referrals during the study period. 26% were seen between 2 and 4 months after starting Fingolimod treatment, 74% between 3 and 4 months after starting Fingolimod treatment. The impact on clinical services is discussed.

Keywords: Fingolimod, guidelines, macular oedema, screening.