Prevalence of peripapillary choroidal neovascular membranes (PPCNV) in an elderly UK population—the Bridlington eye assessment project (BEAP): a cross-sectional study (2002–2006)

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There is paucity of data on the epidemiology of peripapillary choroidal neovascularisartion (PPCNV). Our aim was to determine prevalence of PPCNV in the elderly UK population of Bridlington residents aged ≥65 years.


Eyes with PPCNV in the Bridlington eye assessment project (BEAP) database of 3475 participants were analysed. PPCNV outline was drawn, its area measured, and clock-hour involvement of disc circumference recorded. Location and shortest distance from the lesion edge to fovea were recorded. Masked grading for age-related maculopathy (ARM)/reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) within the ETDRS grid was assigned for each eye using a modified Rotterdam scale. Peripapillary retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) changes/drusen were recorded. Visual acuity (VA) and demographic details analysed separately were merged with grading data.


PPCNV were identified in ten subjects, and were bilateral in two (20%), a population prevalence of 0.29%, and 0.06% bilaterality. Gender-specific prevalence were 0.36% and 0.19% for females and males, respectively. Age ranged from 66 to 85 years [mean 76.3 (SD 6.4)]. PPCNV were located nasal to disc in 41.7%, measuring 0.46–7.93 mm2 [mean 2.81 mm2 (SD 2.82)]. All PPCNV eyes had peripapillary RPE changes. One subject had no ARM, 1 angioid streaks, and 30% RPD. No direct foveal involvement, or reduced VA attributable to PPCNV was observed.


PPCNV were infrequent in this population, more common in females, and often located nasal to the disc, without foveal extension. Peripapillary degenerative changes were universal, and strong association with ARM was observed in eyes with PPCNV. Typically, PPCNV were asymptomatic with VA preservation.

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This research was funded in part by a Research Grant from the Macular Society UK, Andover, Hants, UK. The Bridlington Eye Assessment Project was funded by an unrestricted grant from Pfizer. We would also like to thank the following organisations for financial support of the Project: Pharmacia, Yorkshire Wolds and Coast Primary Care Trust, The Lords Feoffees of Bridlington, Bridlington Hospital League of Friends, The Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust, The National Eye Research Centre (Yorkshire), The Rotary Club of Bridlington, The Alexander Pigott Wernher Memorial Trust, Bridlington Lions Club, The Inner Wheel Club of Bridlington, Soroptimist International of Bridlington, and The Patricia and Donald Shepherd Charitable Trust. The authors thank Sheila MacNab (Project Manager), and Stephen Brown, Janet Button, Graham Langton, and Mark Kunz (Optometrists) for their work with the Project; John Bapty, Nigel Connell, Peter Jay, and Gillian Poole for their work as the charity trustees of the Bridlington Eye Assessment Project.

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WMA: consultant for Abbvie, Alimera, Allergan Inc, Bayer, Novartis, Pfizer, Santen, and Thrombogenics, and has undertaken research sponsored by Allergan, Novartis, and Pfizer. He has received speaker fees and travel grants from Allergan, Bausch and Lomb, Bayer, Novartis and Pfizer. JGH: none. HKM: none. RM: none. MM: none. GM: none. AP: none. SAV: consultant for Allergan and Alcon, and has undertaken research sponsored by Allergan and Pfizer. He has received speaker fees from Allergan, Alcon, Pfizer, Optivue and Topcon. CW: none.

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Wilde, C., Poostchi, A., Mehta, R.L. et al. Prevalence of peripapillary choroidal neovascular membranes (PPCNV) in an elderly UK population—the Bridlington eye assessment project (BEAP): a cross-sectional study (2002–2006). Eye 33, 451–458 (2019).

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