Toxic Effects of Chronic Mercury Exposure on the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer and Macular and Choroidal Thickness in Industrial Mercury Battery Workers
Metin Ekinci, Erdinç Ceylan, Sadullah Keleş, Halil Hüseyin Çağatay, Aytekin Apil, Burak Tanyıldız, Gunay Uludag
(Department of Ophthalmology, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey)
Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:1284-1290
The aim of this study was to evaluate the toxic effects of mercury on retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (RNFLT), macular thickness (MT), and choroidal thickness (CT) by using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in battery industry workers who had been chronically exposed to mercury.
Material and Methods: Battery factory workers (n=31) and healthy non-factory employee controls (n=15) participated in the study. Participants were divided into 3 groups: Group 1 (n=15) was factory workers who had worked for more than 5 years in a mercury battery factory; Group 2 (n=16) was factory worker who had worked for less than 5 years in a mercury battery factory; and Group 3 (n=15) was healthy non-employees. Systemic symptoms were recorded. Ophthalmic...
Keywords: Mercury Poisoning, Nervous System, Retinal Ganglion Cells, Tomography, Optical Coherence