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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Using thermographic cameras to investigate eye temperature and clinical severity in depression
Author(s): Jerome J. Maller; Shefin Sam George; Rekha Puzhavakkathumadom Viswanathan; Paul B. Fitzgerald; Paul Junor

Paper Abstract

Previous studies suggest that altered corneal temperature may be a feature of schizophrenia, but the association between major depressive disorder (MDD) and corneal temperature has yet to be assessed. The aim of this study is to investigate whether eye temperature is different among MDD patients than among healthy individuals. We used a thermographic camera to measure and compare the temperature profile across the corneas of 16 patients with MDD and 16 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects. We found that the average corneal temperature between the two groups did not differ statistically, although clinical severity correlated positively with right corneal temperature. Corneal temperature may be an indicator of clinical severity in psychiatric disorders, including depression.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2016
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 21(2) 026001 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.2.026001
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 21, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Jerome J. Maller, Alfred Health (Australia)
Shefin Sam George, La Trobe Univ. (Australia)
Rekha Puzhavakkathumadom Viswanathan, La Trobe Univ. (Australia)
Paul B. Fitzgerald, Alfred Health (Australia)
Paul Junor, La Trobe Univ. (Australia)

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