1. Clinical Corneal Optical Coherence Elastography Measurement Precision: Effect of Heartbeat and Respiration

    Clinical Corneal Optical Coherence Elastography Measurement Precision: Effect of Heartbeat and Respiration

    Purpose : Normal physiological movements (e.g., respiration and heartbeat) induce eye motions during clinical measurements of human corneal biomechanical properties using optical coherence elastography (OCE). We quantified the effects of respiratory and cardiac-induced eye motions on clinical corneal OCE measurement precision and repeatability. Methods : Corneal OCE was performed using low-force, micro-air-pulse tissue stimulation and high-resolution phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Axial surface displacements of the corneal apex were measured (M-mode) at a 70-kHz sampling rate and three different stimulation pressures (20–60 Pa). Simultaneously, the axial corneal position was tracked with structural OCT imaging, while the heartrate and respiration ...

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