1. The role of Müller cells in tractional macular disorders: an optical coherence tomography study and physical model of mechanical force transmission

    The role of Müller cells in tractional macular disorders: an optical coherence tomography study and physical model of mechanical force transmission

    Background To explore the role of foveal and parafoveal Müller cells in the morphology and pathophysiology of tractional macular disorders with a mathematical model of mechanical force transmission. Methods In this retrospective observational study, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography images of tractional lamellar macular holes and patients with myopic foveoschisis were reviewed and analysed with a mathematical model of force transmission. Parafoveal z-shaped Müller cells were modelled as a structure composed of three rigid rods, named R1, R2 and R3. The angle formed between the rods was referred to as θ . R1, R2 and R3 lengths as well as the ...

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