THE PREVALENCE AND RISK FACTORS OF EPIRETINAL MEMBRANES The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study
Khin Z Aung, Galina Makeyeva, Madeleine K Adams, Elaine W-T Chong, Lucy Busija, Graham G Giles, Dallas R English, John Hopper, Paul N Baird, Robyn H Guymer, Liubov D Robman
RETINA-THE JOURNAL OF RETINAL AND VITREOUS DISEASES | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2013
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence of epiretinal membranes (ERMs) in Melbourne, Australia and its risk factors in this population. METHODS: The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study is a prospective study investigating the role of diet and life style in the causation of common chronic diseases. Eighty-six percent of participants were of Northern European origin born in Australia or United Kingdom and 14% were migrants from Greece or Italy (Southern European origin). Nonmydriatic digital retinal photography was implemented at Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study follow-up. The ERMs were recorded as cellophane macular reflex without retinal folds or preretinal macular fibrosis (PMF) with reti..View full abstract
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Cohort recruitment was funded by VicHealth and The Cancer Council Victoria. Further Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study funding: the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Program Grant 209057, Capacity Building Grant 251533 and Enabling Grant 396414. The ophthalmic component was funded by the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia; American Health Assistance Foundation, Jack Brockhoff Foundation, John Reid Charitable Trust, Perpetual Trustees (Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Fund), and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. People support was provided through the NHMRC Career Development and Practitioner Fellowships to R. H. Guymer. Wagstaff Fellowship and Macular Degeneration Foundation Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship to L. D. Robman. NHMRC PhD scholarship and Hugh Noel Puckle Scholarship to M. K. Adams, and NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship to P. N. Baird and J. Hopper. Centre for Eye Research Australia is a recipient of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence Grant 529923 and receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian Government. The funding organizations did not have any involvement in study design and data collection, analysis and interpretation. There have been no involvements that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or in the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated.