1. Articles from Leopold Schmetterer

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    1. Compensation of retinal nerve fibre layer thickness as assessed using optical coherence tomography based on anatomical confounders

      Compensation of retinal nerve fibre layer thickness as assessed using optical coherence tomography based on anatomical confounders

      Background/Aims To compensate the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) thickness assessed by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) for anatomical confounders. Methods The Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases is a population-based study, where 2698 eyes (1076 Chinese, 704 Malays and 918 Indians) with high-quality SD-OCT images from individuals without eye diseases were identified. Optic disc and macular cube scans were registered to determine the distance between fovea and optic disc centres (fovea distance) and their respective angle (fovea angle). Retinal vessels were segmented in the projection images and used to calculate the circumpapillary retinal vessel density profile. Compensated RNFL thickness ...

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    2. Automatic assessment of tear film and tear meniscus parameters in healthy subjects using ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography

      Automatic assessment of tear film and tear meniscus parameters in healthy subjects using ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography

      Many different parameters exist for the investigation of tear film dynamics. We present a new tear meniscus segmentation algorithm which automatically extracts tear meniscus area (TMA), height (TMH), depth (TMD) and radius (TMR) from UHR-OCT measurements and apply it to a data set including repeated measurements from ten healthy subjects. Mean values and standard deviations are 0.0174 ± 0.007 mm 2 , 0.272 ± 0.069 mm, 0.191 ± 0.049 mm and 0.309 ± 0.123 mm for TMA, TMH, TMD and TMR, respectively. A significant correlation was found between all respective tear meniscus parameter pairs (all p < 0 ...

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    3. Impact of systemic vascular risk factors on the choriocapillaris using optical coherence tomography angiography in patients with systemic hypertension

      Impact of systemic vascular risk factors on the choriocapillaris using optical coherence tomography angiography in patients with systemic hypertension

      We investigated the characteristics of the choriocapillaris flow voids using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in 85 patients (164 eyes) with hypertension (mean ± SD age, 56 ± 11 years; 45% women; 20% poorly controlled BP; 16% diabetes) who are without ocular diseases and determined possible correlations with systemic vascular risk factors. Data on 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (BP), serum creatinine, and urine microalbumin/creatinine ratio (MCR) were collected. Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was calculated based on CKD-EPI Creatinine Equation. OCTA imaging (6 × 6 mm scans; AngioVue) with quantitative microvascular analysis of the choriocapillaris was performed. Linear regression was used to ...

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    4. Ultrahigh‐resolution anterior segment optical coherence tomography for analysis of corneal microarchitecture during wound healing

      Ultrahigh‐resolution anterior segment optical coherence tomography for analysis of corneal microarchitecture during wound healing

      Purpose To employ ultrahigh‐resolution (UHR) optical coherence tomography (OCT) for investigation of the early wound healing process in corneal epithelium. Methods A custom‐built UHR‐OCT system assessed epithelial healing in human keratoconic cornea after epi‐off crosslinking (CXL) procedure and a wound healing model in rabbits with iatrogenic corneal injury. 3D OCT data sets enhanced obtaining epithelial thickness maps and evaluation of reepithelization stage. Accompanying changes in deeper corneal microarchitecture were analysed. Results The mean central corneal thickness in 40 eyes with keratoconus at baseline was 482.7 ± 38.2 μ m, while mean central epithelial thickness (CET) was ...

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    5. Optical coherence tomography angiography for the anterior segment

      Optical coherence tomography angiography for the anterior segment

      Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a rapid and non-invasive technique for imaging vasculature in the eye. As OCTA can produce high-resolution cross-sectional images and allow depth-resolved analysis for accurate localization of pathology of interest, it has become a promising method for anterior segment imaging. Furthermore, OCTA offers a more patient-friendly alternative to the conventional invasive dye-based fluorescent angiography. However, conventional OCTA systems are typically designed and optimized for the posterior segment of the eye, and thus using OCTA for anterior segment imaging can present several difficulties and limitations. In this review, we summarized the recent developments and clinical applications ...

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    6. Vessel density and En-face segmentation of optical coherence tomography angiography to analyse corneal vascularisation in an animal model

      Vessel density and En-face segmentation of optical coherence tomography angiography to analyse corneal vascularisation in an animal model

      Background Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a novel non-invasive angiography technology that has recently been extensively studied for its utility in anterior segment imaging. In this study, we compared a split-spectrum amplitude decorrelation angiography (SSADA) OCTA and an optical micro-angiography (OMAG SD) OCTA system to current angiographic technique, indocyanine green angiography (ICGA), to assess corneal vascularisation in an animal model. Methods We imaged 16 rabbits, (one eye per animal) with corneal vascularisation using SSADA OCTA (AngioVue; Optovue Inc., USA), OMAG OCTA (Angioscan; RS-3000 Nidek Co. Ltd., Japan) and ICGA in the same region of interest of the cornea at ...

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    7. Imaging in myopia: potential biomarkers, current challenges and future developments

      Imaging in myopia: potential biomarkers, current challenges and future developments

      Myopia is rapidly increasing in Asia and around the world, while it is recognised that complications from high myopia may cause significant visual impairment. Thus, imaging the myopic eye is important for the diagnosis of sight-threatening complications, monitoring of disease progression and evaluation of treatments. For example, recent advances in high-resolution imaging using optical coherence tomography may delineate early myopic macula pathology, optical coherence tomography angiography may aid early choroidal neovascularisation detection, while multimodal imaging is important for monitoring treatment response. However, imaging the eye with high myopia accurately has its challenges and limitations, which are important for clinicians to ...

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    8. Quantitative analysis of choriocapillaris in non-human primates using swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography (SS-OCTA)

      Quantitative analysis of choriocapillaris in non-human primates using swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography (SS-OCTA)

      The choriocapillaris is a unique vascular plexus located posterior to the retinal pigment epithelium. In recent years, there is an increasing interest in the examination of the interrelationship between the choriocapillaris and eye diseases. We used several techniques to study choroidal perfusion, including laser Doppler flowmetry, laser speckle flowgraphy, and optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), but with the latter no standardized algorithm for quantitative analysis has been provided. We analyzed different algorithms to quantify flow voids in non-human primates that can be easily implemented into clinical research. In-vivo, high-resolution images of the non-human primate choriocapillaris were acquired with a swept-source ...

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    9. Future clinical applicability of optical coherence tomography angiography

      Future clinical applicability of optical coherence tomography angiography

      Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT‐A) is an emerging technology that allows for the non‐invasive imaging of the ocular microvasculature. Despite the wealth of observations and numerous research studies illustrating the potential clinical uses of OCT‐A, this technique is currently rarely used in routine clinical settings. In this review, technical and clinical aspects of OCT‐A imaging are discussed, and the future clinical potential of OCT‐A is considered. An understanding of the basic principles and limitations of OCT‐A technology will better inform clinicians of its future potential in the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases.

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    10. Artificial intelligence and deep learning in ophthalmology

      Artificial intelligence and deep learning in ophthalmology

      Artificial intelligence (AI) based on deep learning (DL) has sparked tremendous global interest in recent years. DL has been widely adopted in image recognition, speech recognition and natural language processing, but is only beginning to impact on healthcare. In ophthalmology, DL has been applied to fundus photographs, optical coherence tomography and visual fields, achieving robust classification performance in the detection of diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity, the glaucoma-like disc, macular oedema and age-related macular degeneration. DL in ocular imaging may be used in conjunction with telemedicine as a possible solution to screen, diagnose and monitor major eye diseases for ...

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    11. A Deep Learning Approach to Denoise Optical Coherence Tomography Images of the Optic Nerve Head

      A Deep Learning Approach to Denoise Optical Coherence Tomography Images of the Optic Nerve Head

      Purpose: To develop a deep learning approach to de-noise optical coherence tomography (OCT) B-scans of the optic nerve head (ONH). Methods: Volume scans consisting of 97 horizontal B-scans were acquired through the center of the ONH using a commercial OCT device (Spectralis) for both eyes of 20 subjects. For each eye, single-frame (without signal averaging), and multi-frame (75x signal averaging) volume scans were obtained. A custom deep learning network was then designed and trained with 2,328 "clean B-scans" (multi-frame B-scans), and their corresponding "noisy B-scans" (clean B-scans + gaussian noise) to de-noise the single-frame B-scans. The performance of the de-noising ...

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    12. Comparison of Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography to Indocyanine Green Angiography and Slit Lamp Photography for Corneal Vascularization in an Animal Model

      Comparison of Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography to Indocyanine Green Angiography and Slit Lamp Photography for Corneal Vascularization in an Animal Model

      Corneal neovascularization (CoNV) could be treated by novel anti-angiogenic therapies, though reliable and objective imaging tools to evaluate corneal vasculature and treatment efficacy is still lacking. Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) –currently designed as a retinal vascular imaging system— has been recently adapted for anterior-segment and showed good potential for successful imaging of CoNV. However, further development requires an animal model where parameters can be studied more carefully with histological comparison. Our study evaluated the OCTA in suture-induced CoNV in a rabbit model compared to indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) and slit-lamp photography (SLP). Overall vessel density measurements from OCTA showed ...

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    13. Ocular fundus pulsations within the posterior rat eye: Chorioscleral motion and response to elevated intraocular pressure

      Ocular fundus pulsations within the posterior rat eye: Chorioscleral motion and response to elevated intraocular pressure

      A multi-functional optical coherence tomography (OCT) approach is presented to determine ocular fundus pulsations as an axial displacement between the retina and the chorioscleral complex in the albino rat eye. By combining optical coherence elastography and OCT angiography (OCTA), we measure subtle deformations in the nanometer range within the eye and simultaneously map retinal and choroidal perfusion. The conventional OCT reflectivity contrast serves as a backbone to segment the retina and to define several slabs which are subsequently used for quantitative ocular pulsation measurements as well as for a qualitative exploration of the multi-functional OCT image data. The proposed concept ...

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    14. Optical coherence tomography angiography: a review of current and future clinical applications

      Optical coherence tomography angiography: a review of current and future clinical applications

      Optical coherence tomography angiography is a non-invasive imaging technique that now allows for simultaneous in vivo imaging of the morphology as well as the vasculature in the eye. In this review, we provide an update on the existing clinical applications of optical coherence tomography angiography technology from the anterior to posterior segment of the eye. We also discuss the limitations of optical coherence tomography angiography technology, as well as the caveats to the interpretation of images. As current optical coherence tomography angiography systems are optimized for the retina, most studies have focused on interpreting images from conditions such as age ...

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    15. Mapping Retinal and Choroidal Thickness in Unilateral Nongranulomatous Acute Anterior Uveitis Using Three-Dimensional 1060-nm Optical Coherence Tomography

      Mapping Retinal and Choroidal Thickness in Unilateral Nongranulomatous Acute Anterior Uveitis Using Three-Dimensional 1060-nm Optical Coherence Tomography

      Purpose : To analyze retinal thickness (RT) and choroidal thickness (ChT) changes in patients with unilateral nongranulomatous acute anterior uveitis (AAU) using three-dimensional (3D) 1060-nm optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods : Retinal and choroidal thickness maps were statistically analyzed for 24 patients with newly diagnosed unilateral AAU before therapy. A total of 17 patients were followed until resolution of inflammatory activity (twice in the first week, then weekly). Resolution occurred in all subjects within 6 weeks after the initial diagnosis. After resolution, thickness maps were again generated. All patients were imaged by high-speed spectral-domain (SD) 3D 1060-nm OCT over a 10 × 10-mm ...

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    16. Ultrahigh-resolution OCT imaging of the human cornea

      Ultrahigh-resolution OCT imaging of the human cornea

      We present imaging of corneal pathologies using optical coherence tomography (OCT) with high resolution. To this end, an ultrahigh-resolution spectral domain OCT (UHR-OCT) system based on a broad bandwidth Ti:sapphire laser is employed. With a central wavelength of 800 nm, the imaging device allows to acquire OCT data at the central, paracentral and peripheral cornea as well as the limbal region with 1.2 µm x 20 µm (axial x lateral) resolution at a rate of 140 000 A-scans/s. Structures of the anterior segment of the eye, not accessible with commercial OCT systems, are visualized. These include corneal ...

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    17. Optical coherence tomography angiography in acute non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy

      Optical coherence tomography angiography in acute non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy

      Purpose To characterise vascular changes in eyes with acute non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION), using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) imaging. Methods This hospital-based observational case-control study included included five patients with acute NAION (6 eyes), within 7 days after onset of symptoms and 19 age-matched healthy controls (19 eyes). OCT-A (RTVue XR 100; Optovue, Fremont, California, USA), covering a 4.5×4.5 mm scan area, was used to evaluate peripapillary blood flow in cases and controls. The flow densities at the retinal and choroidal level were measured using the split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography algorithm. Results The mean age ...

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    18. Posterior rat eye during acute intraocular pressure elevation studied using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

      Posterior rat eye during acute intraocular pressure elevation studied using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

      Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) operating at 840 nm with axial resolution of 3.8 µm in tissue was used for investigating the posterior rat eye during an acute intraocular pressure (IOP) increase experiment. IOP was elevated in the eyes of anesthetized Sprague Dawley rats by cannulation of the anterior chamber. Three dimensional PS-OCT data sets were acquired at IOP levels between 14 mmHg and 105 mmHg. Maps of scleral birefringence, retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) retardation and relative RNFL/retina reflectivity were generated in the peripapillary area and quantitatively analyzed. All investigated parameters showed a substantial correlation with ...

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    19. Effect of different lubricant eye gels on tear film thickness as measured with ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography

      Effect of different lubricant eye gels on tear film thickness as measured with ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography

      Purpose To compare the effect of a single drop of different lubricant eye gels on tear film thickness (TFT) as measured with ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT) in patients with mild-to-moderate dry eye disease (DED). Methods The study followed a randomized, single-masked, observer-blinded parallel group design. Patients received a single dose of either unpreserved trehalose 3% + hyaluronic acid 0.15% (TH), hyaluronic acid 0.2% (HA) or polyethylene glycol 0.4% + propylene glycol 0.3% (PP) eye drops. In total, 60 patients were included and TFT was measured using a custom-built UHR-OCT system. Results The mean TFT at baseline was ...

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    20. Estimating Retinal Blood Flow Velocities by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Estimating Retinal Blood Flow Velocities by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Importance While optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography has been considered to evaluate retinal capillary blood flow instead of fluorescein angiography, the reflectance pattern of blood vessels on structural OCT might also provide retinal capillary flow data in the absence of fluorescein angiography. This potential has been insufficiently explored, despite promising data concerning a possible relationship between the reflectance pattern of blood vessels and their perfusion velocity in a laboratory setting. Objective To evaluate the potential of retinal blood flow velocity estimation by structural OCT. Design, Setting, and Participants Cross-sectional observational study conducted from June to November 2015 at a tertiary ...

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    21. Measurement of Retinal Vascular Caliber From Optical Coherence Tomography Phase Images

      Measurement of Retinal Vascular Caliber From Optical Coherence Tomography Phase Images

      Purpose : To compare retinal vessel calibers extracted from phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT) images with vessel calibers as obtained from the Retinal Vessel Analyzer (RVA). Methods : Data from previously published studies in 13 healthy subjects breathing room air ( n = 214 vessels) and 7 subjects breathing 100% oxygen ( n = 101 vessels) were used. Vessel calibers from OCT phase images were measured vertically along the optical axis by three independent graders. The data from RVA fundus images were corrected for magnification to obtain absolute values. Results : The average vessel diameter as obtained from OCT images during normoxia was lower than from RVA ...

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    22. Total Retinal Blood Flow in a Nonhuman Primate Optic Nerve Transection Model Using Dual-Beam Bidirectional Doppler FD-OCT and Microsphere Method

      Total Retinal Blood Flow in a Nonhuman Primate Optic Nerve Transection Model Using Dual-Beam Bidirectional Doppler FD-OCT and Microsphere Method

      Purpose : We validated noninvasive Doppler-optical coherence tomography (OCT) blood flow measurements against the terminal microsphere method in a surgical induced optic nerve transection nonhuman primate model. Methods : In 6 nonhuman primates, total retinal blood flow (TRBF) was measured with a custom-built dual-beam bidirectional Doppler Fourier Domain (FD)-OCT. Peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (RNFLT) was measured by Spectralis spectral-domain (SD)-OCT. Measurements were performed every 10 to 15 days before and after unilateral optic nerve transection (ONT) until RNFLT was reduced by more than 40% from baseline. Before the animals were killed, TRBF was measured using the microsphere technique ...

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    23. In vivo tear film thickness measurement and tear film dynamics visualization using spectral domain optical coherence tomography

      In vivo tear film thickness measurement and tear film dynamics visualization using spectral domain optical coherence tomography

      Dry eye syndrome is a highly prevalent disease of the ocular surface characterized by an instability of the tear film. Traditional methods used for the evaluation of tear film stability are invasive or show limited repeatability. Here we propose a new non-invasive fully automated approach to measure tear film thickness based on spectral domain optical coherence tomography and on an efficient delay estimator. Silicon wafer phantom were used to validate the thickness measurement. The technique was applied in vivo in healthy subjects. Series of tear film thickness maps were generated, allowing for the visualization of tear film dynamics. Our results ...

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    24. Blood flow velocity vector field reconstruction from dual-beam bidirectional Doppler OCT measurements in retinal veins

      Blood flow velocity vector field reconstruction from dual-beam bidirectional Doppler OCT measurements in retinal veins

      In this paper, we demonstrate the possibility to reconstruct the actual blood flow velocity vector field in retinal microvessels from dual-beam bidirectional Doppler optical coherence tomography measurements. First, for a better understanding of measured phase patterns, several flow situations were simulated on the basis of the known dual beam measurement geometry. We were able to extract the vector field parameters that determine the measured phase pattern, allowing for the development of an algorithm to reconstruct the velocity vector field from measured phase data. In a next step, measurements were performed at a straight vessel section and at a venous convergence ...

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