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Biomed Opt Express. 2011 Aug 1;2(8):2144-59. doi: 10.1364/BOE.2.002144. Epub 2011 Jul 5.

Spatially resolved Brillouin spectroscopy to determine the rheological properties of the eye lens.

Abstract

Presbyopia is closely associated with the loss of accommodation, and hence with a decline in the viscoelastic properties of the human eye lens. In this article we describe a method for obtaining spatially resolved in vivo measurements of the rheological properties of the eye lens, based on the spectroscopic analysis of spontaneous Brillouin scattering using a virtually imaged phased array (VIPA). The multi-pass configuration enhances resolution to the extent that measurements are possible in elastic biological tissue characterized by intense scattering. We also present spatially resolved measurements obtained in extracted animal eyes and lenses. The results yield entirely new insights into the aging process of the eye lens.

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(170.0110) Imaging system; (170.4470) Ophthalmology; (290.5830) Scattering, Brillouin; (330.7327) Visual optics, ophthalmic instrumentation

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