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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Jul 29;52(8):5587-97. doi: 10.1167/iovs.10-7073.

Imaging of forward light-scatter by opacified posterior capsules isolated from pseudophakic donor eyes.

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Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. m.vanbree@oogziekenhuis.nl

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) degrades visual function by reducing visual acuity, but also by increasing intraocular light-scatter. An in vitro model was used to elucidate the effect of PCO-morphology on light-scatter and its functional aspect, as can be assessed with straylight measurement.

METHODS:

Forward PCO-scatter by opacified capsular bags was recorded with a goniometer and camera. The camera position mimicked the anatomic position of retinal photoreceptors; the camera recorded the scattered light that the photoreceptors would sense in an in vivo situation. Scattered light was recorded at different wavelengths and scatter angles, which were divided into a near (1° < θ ≤ 7°) and far (θ > 7°) large-angle domain. Using scattered light, the camera produced grayscale PCO images. The nature of the angular dependence of PCO-scatter was compared with that of scatter in the normal eye, by rescaling PCO images relative to the normal eye's point-spread function.

RESULTS:

The scattered light images closely followed PCO severity. The angular dependence of PCO-scatter resembled that of scatter in the normal eye, irrespective of severity and PCO type. PCO shows the type of wavelength dependence that is normal for small particles: monotonically decreasing with increasing wavelength. At the near large-angle domain, the angular dependence of PCO scatter resembled the angular dependence of scatter in the normal eye less closely.

CONCLUSIONS:

Surprisingly, PCO scatter and scatter in the normal eye have similar underlying scattering processes. However, data obtained at the near large-angle domain demonstrates that, apart from scatter, PCO may also have a refractile component, which is most pronounced in pearl-type PCO.

PMID:
21622703
DOI:
10.1167/iovs.10-7073
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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