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Scanning laser polarimetry of the retinal nerve fiber layer
Author(s): Andreas W. Dreher; Klaus Reiter
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Paper Abstract

The assessment of the condition of the retinal nerve fiber layer plays an important role for the early detection of blinding eye diseases like glaucoma. We describe the application of a scanning laser polarimeter for quantitative measurements of the retinal nerve fiber layer thickness in vivo. The measuring beam of the scanning laser polarimeter is focused on the retina and penetrates the birefringent nerve fiber layer. The retardation of the light double- passing the nerve fiber layer is proportional to its thickness and is measured at 256 by 256 positions within a field of view of 15 by 15 degrees. The measurement time is less than 1 second. During the measurement, the polarization effects of the anterior segment of the human eye are canceled by a cornea polarization compensator. The retinal retardation values are displayed as a color coded map of the retinal nerve fiber layer thickness distribution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1992
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1746, Polarization Analysis and Measurement, (11 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138806
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas W. Dreher, Laser Diagnostic Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Klaus Reiter, Laser Diagnostic Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1746:
Polarization Analysis and Measurement
Dennis H. Goldstein; Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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