Panoramic Autofluorescence: Highlighting Retinal Pathology
Optometry and Vision Science, 05/15/2012
Slotnick S et al. – Autofluorescent ophthalmoscopy is a non–invasive procedure that can detect changes in metabolic activity at the retinal pigment epithelium before clinical ophthalmoscopy. Already, autofluorescence is being used as an adjunct technology to fluorescein angiography in cases of age–related macular degeneration. Both hyper– and hypoautofluorescent changes are indicative of pathology. Peripheral retinal abnormalities may precede central retinal impacts, potentially providing early signs for intervention before impacting visual acuity. The panoramic image enhances clinical pattern recognition over a large area and in comparison between eyes. Optos' Ultra–Widefield technology is capable of capturing high–resolution images of the peripheral retina without requiring dilation.