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Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2011 Dec;228(12):1079-85. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1281952. Epub 2011 Dec 13.

[Non-invasive, spatially resolved determination of tissue properties of the crystalline lens with regard to rheology, refractive index, density and protein concentration by using Brillouin spectroscopy].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Physik, Universität Rostock.


The confocal Brillouin spectroscopy is an innovative measurement method that allows the non-invasive determination of the rheological properties of materials. Its application in ophthalmology can offer the possibility to determine in-vivo the deformation properties of sections of transparent biological tissue such as the cornea or eye lens with spatial resolution. This seems to be a promising approach concerning current presbyopia research. Due to the spatially resolved detection of the viscoelastic lens properties, a better understanding of the natural aging process of the lens and the influences of different lens opacities on the stiffness is expected. From the obtained spectral data the relative protein levels, the relative refractive index profile and the relative density profile within the lens tissue can be derived in addition. A measurement set-up for confocal Brillouin microscopy based on spectral analysis of spontaneous Brillouin scattering signals by using a high-resolution dispersive device is presented. First in-vitro test results on animal and human lenses are presented and evaluated concerning their rheological significance. These data are compared with known research results.

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