Researchers develop 1st device capable of providing detailed image of entire eye — 6 insights

A new ophthalmology device developed by researchers at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland and Universidad de Murcia in Spain produces high quality images for examining the whole eye, the Optical Society of America reports. Here are six insights:

1. The device could simplify eye exams for patients and eliminate the costly need to maintain and house multiple pieces of equipment for viewing different parts of the eye.

2. By creating a more complete image, the instrument could be used to understand and repair retinal detachment and study glaucoma.

3. The new optical coherence tomography imaging system (OCT) technology can examine the thin layers where the vitreous gel connects with the retina and lens.

4. The researchers now aim to make the device capable of viewing the entire vitreous gel, which has not been extensively studied.

5. Conventional clinical instruments are typically limited to imaging depths of 2 to 3 millimeters. The researchers overcame this limitation by using a laser that changes wavelength rapidly and continuously, creating the depth necessary for whole-eye imaging.

6. Researchers are preparing the device for clinic use by making improvements to the scan areas and developing tools to automatically measure eye dimensions.

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