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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Anterior corneal asphericity calculated by the tangential radius of curvature
Author(s): Jinglu Ying; Mingguang Shi; Bo Wang; Bo Wang

Paper Abstract

We propose a method of calculating the corneal asphericity (Q) and analyze the characteristics of the anterior corneal shape using the tangential radius. Fifty-eight right eyes of 58 subjects were evaluated using the Orbscan II corneal topographer. The Q-values of the flat principal semi-meridians calculated by the sagittal radius were compared to those by the tangential radius. Variation in the Q-value with semi-meridian in the nasal and temporal cornea calculated by the tangential radius was analyzed. There were significant differences in Q-values (P<0.001) between the two methods. The mean Q-values of the flat principal semi-meridians calculated by tangential radius with −0.33±0.10 in the nasal and −0.22±0.12 in the temporal showed more negative than the corresponding Q-values calculated by the sagittal radius. The Q-values calculated by tangential radius became less negative gradually from horizontal semi-meridians to oblique semi-meridians in both nasal and temporal cornea. Variation in Q-value with semi-meridian was more obvious in the nasal cornea. The method of calculating corneal Q using the tangential radius could provide more reasonable and complete Q-value than that by the sagittal radius. The model of a whole anterior corneal surface could be reconstructed on the basis of the above method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2012
PDF: 10 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 17(7) 075005 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.17.7.075005
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 17, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Jinglu Ying, Wenzhou Medical College (China)
Mingguang Shi, Wenzhou Medical College (China)
Bo Wang, Nanjing Univ. of Finance and Economics (China)
Bo Wang, Nanjing Univ. of Finance and Economics (China)


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