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Pediatric vision screening using binocular retinal birefringence scanning
Author(s): Deborah S. Nassif; Boris Gramatikov; David L. Guyton; David G. Hunter
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a specialized form of retinal birefringence scanning (RBS), in which a small spot of polarized light is scanned in a circle on the retina, and the returning light is measured for the changes in polarization cuased by the pattern of birefringent fibers that radiate from the fovea. Binocular RBS (BRBS) detects fixation of both eyes simultaneously and thus screens for strabismus, one of the risk factors of amblyopia. We have also developed a technique to automatically detect when the eye is in focus without measuring refractive error. This focus detector utilizes a bull's eye photodetector optically conjugate to a point fixation source. Reflected light is focused back to the point source by the optical system of the eye and if the subject focuses on the fixation source, the returning light will be focused on the detector. We have constructed a hand-held prototype combining BRBS and focus detection measurements in one quick (<0.5 second) and accurate (theoretically detecting ±1° of misalignment) measurement. Here we present our data of BRBS and focus detection signals in a number of normal and amblyopic subjects, demonstrating that this approach can reliably and effectively identify children at risk for amblyopia.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4951, Ophthalmic Technologies XIII, (14 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.477970
Show Author Affiliations
Deborah S. Nassif, Children's Hospital Boston (United States)
Boris Gramatikov, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
David L. Guyton, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
David G. Hunter, Children's Hospital Boston (United States)
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4951:
Ophthalmic Technologies XIII
Fabrice Manns; Per G. Söderberg; Arthur Ho, Editor(s)

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