[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging system that can be used to obtain images of the anterior segment. Automatic segmentation of these images will enable them to be used to construct patient specific biomechanical models of the human eye. These models could be used to help with treatment planning and diagnosis of patients.
A novel graph cut technique using regional and shape terms was developed. It was evaluated by segmenting 39 OCT images of the anterior segment. The results of this were compared with manual segmentation and a previously reported level set segmentation technique. Three different comparison techniques were used: Dice's similarity coefficient (DSC), mean unsigned surface positioning error (MSPE), and 95% Hausdorff distance (HD). A paired t-test was used to compare the results of different segmentation techniques.
When comparison with manual segmentation was performed, a mean DSC value of 0.943 ± 0.020 was achieved, outperforming other previously published techniques. A substantial reduction in processing time was also achieved using this method.
We have developed a new segmentation technique that is both fast and accurate. This has the potential to be used to aid diagnostics and treatment planning.
Eye and Vision 12/2015; 2(1). DOI:10.1186/s40662-015-0011-9
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose:
To improve the reliability of corneal topographic data through the development of a method to estimate the magnitude of misalignment between successive corneal videokeratography (VK) maps and eliminate the effect of misalignment on the repeatability of topography data.
Anterior and posterior topography maps were recorded twice for 124 healthy eyes of 124 participants using a Pentacam, and the repeatability of measurements was assessed by calculating the differences in elevation between each two sets of data. The repeatability of measurements was re-assessed following the determination of the magnitude of misalignment components (translational displacements: x0, y0 and z0, and rotational displacements: α, β and γ) between each two data sets and using them to modify the second data set within each pair based on an Iterative Closest Point (ICP) algorithm. The method simultaneously considered the anterior and posterior maps taken for the same eye since they were assumed to have the same set of misalignment components. A new parameter, named Combined Misalignment parameter (CM), has been developed to combine the effect of all six misalignment components on topography data and so enable study of the association between misalignment and the data repeatability test results.
The repeatability tests resulted in average root mean square (RMS) differences in elevation data of 8.46±2.75 μm before ICP map matching when simultaneously considering anterior and posterior surfaces. With map matching and misalignment correction, the differences decreased to 7.28±2.58 μm (P = 0.00). When applied to only the anterior maps, misalignment correction led to a more pronounced reduction in elevation data differences from 4.58±1.84 μm to 2.97±1.29 μm (P = 0.00). CM was found to be associated with the repeatability error (P = 0.00), with posterior maps being responsible for most of the error due to their relatively lower accuracy compared to anterior maps.
The ICP algorithm can be used to estimate, and effectively correct for, the potential misalignment between successive corneal videokeratography maps.
PLoS ONE 11/2015; 10(11):e0139541. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0139541 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background. To evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of orthokeratology for slowing myopic progression in children with a well conducted evidence-based analysis. Design. Meta-analysis. Participants. Children from previously reported comparative studies were treated by orthokeratology versus control. Methods. A systematic literature retrieval was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, and ClinicalTrials.gov. The included studies were subjected to meta-analysis using Stata version 10.1. Main Outcome Measures. Axial length change (efficacy) and dropout rates (acceptability) during 2-year follow-up. Results. Eight studies involving 769 subjects were included. At 2-year follow-up, a statistically significant difference was observed in axial length change between the orthokeratology and control groups, with a weighted mean difference (WMD) of −0.25 mm (95% CI, −0.30 to −0.21). The pooled myopic control rate declined with time, with 55, 51, 51, and 41% obtained after 6, 12, 18, and 24 months of treatment, respectively. No statistically significant difference was obtained for dropout rates between the orthokeratology and control groups at 2-year follow-up (OR, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.52 to 1.22). Conclusions. Orthokeratology is effective and acceptable for slowing myopic progression in children with careful education and monitoring.
Journal of Ophthalmology 07/2015; 2015:1-12. DOI:10.1155/2015/360806 · 1.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To assess the repeatability and reproducibility of corneal power values obtained by a Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) system (RTVue) and to compare them with the values obtained by a Scheimpflug camera system (Pentacam HR) and by automated keratometry (IOL Master).
Thirty-two eyes from 32 healthy subjects were included in this prospective study. Two experienced observers measured each eye 3 consecutive times with the Pentacam, IOLMaster, and RTVue centered on either the pupil or corneal vertex. The conventional keratometry equivalent (CKE) and anterior (Ka), posterior (Kp), and net (Kn) corneal power values were determined.
The corneal power values obtained by the RTVue showed high repeatability (all intraclass correlation coefficient >0.96) and reproducibility (coefficient of variation <1.0%). Pupil-centered FD-OCT performed slightly better than corneal vertex-centered FD-OCT. Mean corneal values had higher reproducibly than any of the individual values. CKE, Ka, Kp, and Kn obtained by FD-OCT were 0.62 to 0.68 diopters (D), 0.70 to 0.76 D, 0.11 to 0.13 D, and 0.93 to 0.94 D higher than those obtained by the Pentacam HR, respectively. CKE and Ka obtained with the RTVue were also 0.60 to 0.74 D higher than those obtained with the IOLMaster, respectively.
The corneal power measurements obtained by the RTVue FD-OCT system showed high repeatability and reproducibility. Measurements obtained by FD-OCT with pupil centration were more reproducible than those obtained by FD-OCT with corneal vertex centration. We recommend that pupil-centered FD-OCT be used in clinical applications. Neither RTVue versus Pentacam HR nor RTVue versus IOLMaster can be used interchangeably.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate axial length (AL) measurement failure rate with the IOLMaster (Carl Zeiss AG, Germany) and Lenstar LS 900 (Haag-Streit AG, Switzerland) in eyes with cataract.
Two hundred and ninety-six eyes of 170 patients with cataract were enrolled. Cataract type and severity were graded using the Lens Opacities Classification System III (LOCS III) and AL measurements were attempted with IOLMaster (version 5.4) and Lenstar LS 900 (version 1.1). Chi-squared analysis was used to assess if the difference in AL measurement acquisition rate was statistically significant between the two devices. The association of the different cataract types and severity with the AL measurement acquisition rate was evaluated with logistic regression analysis.
AL measurements were obtained in 184 eyes (62.16%) using the IOLMaster and 191 eyes (64.53%) using the Lenstar, which corresponds to a failure rate of 37.84% and 35.47% respectively. Chi-square analysis indicated no significant difference between the Lenstar and IOLMaster for AL measurement failure rate (x2 = 0.356, P = 0.550). Logistic regression analysis indicated no association between acquisition rates and cortical or nuclear cataracts with either device. There was a statistically significant association between acquisition rates and increasing severity of posterior subcapsular cataracts with the IOLMaster (β = -1.491, P<0.001) and Lenstar LS 900 (β = -1.507, P<0.001).
The IOLMaster and Lenstar LS 900 have similar AL measurement failure rates (35-38%) for Chinese public hospital cataract patients. Increasing severity of posterior subcapsular cataracts was problematic for both devices.
PLoS ONE 06/2015; 10(6):e0128929. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0128929 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate repeatability and reproducibility of anterior corneal power measurements obtained with a new corneal topographer OphthaTOP (Hummel AG, Germany) and agreement with measurements by a rotating Scheimpflug camera (Pentacam HR, Oculus, Germany) and an automated keratometer (IOLMaster, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Germany).
The right eyes of 79 healthy subjects were prospectively measured three times with all three devices. Another examiner performed three additional scans with the OphthaTOP in the same session. Within one week, the first examiner repeated the measurements using the OphthaTOP. The flat simulated keratometry (Kf), steep K (Ks), mean K (Km), J0, and J45 were noted. Repeatability and reproducibility of measurements were assessed by within-subject standard deviation (Sw), repeatability (2.77 Sw), coefficient of variation (CoV), and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). Agreement between devices was assessed using 95% limits of agreement (LoA).
Intraobserver repeatability and interobserver and intersession reproducibility of all measured parameters showed a 2.77 Sw of 0.29 diopter or less, a CoV of less than 0.24%, and an ICC of more than 0.906. Statistically significant differences (P<0.001) were found between the parameters analyzed by the three devices, except J0 and J45. The mean differences between OphthaTOP and the other two devices were small, and the 95% LoA was narrow for all results.
The OphthaTOP showed excellent intraobserver repeatability and interobserver and intersession reproducibility of corneal power measurements. Good agreements with the other two devices in these parameters were found in healthy eyes.
PLoS ONE 01/2015; 10(1):e109414. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0109414 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine the repeatability and reproducibility of measurements of central corneal thickness (CCT) using optical low-coherence reflectometry (Lenstar LS900; Haag Streit) in normal eyes and post-femtosecond laser in situ keratomileusis (post-FS-LASIK) eyes and evaluate their agreement with ultrasound (US) pachymetry.
CCT was measured using Lenstar and US pachymetry sequentially in normal and post-FS-LASIK eyes by 2 experienced observers. Intraoperator repeatability and interoperator reproducibility were assessed by within-subject standard deviation, test-retest repeatability, coefficient of variation (CoV), and intraclass correlation coefficient. Paired t-tests and Bland-Altman plots were used for analyzing agreement between the 2 devices.
In this study, 55 healthy subjects and 50 post-FS-LASIK patients were recruited. Test-retest repeatability of Lenstar was within 10 μm, CoV was less than 1.0%, and intraclass correlation coefficient was more than 0.9 in both normal and post-FS-LASIK groups. Mean difference between these methods was 1.4 ± 4.2 μm and -1.7 ± 5.4 μm, respectively. Moreover, measurements of CCT showed narrow 95% limits of agreement (range, normal group: -6.8 and 9.6 μm; post-FS-LASIK group: -12.4 and 8.9 μm), which implied good agreement.
Measurements of CCT using Lenstar showed excellent intraoperator repeatability and interoperator reproducibility both in normal eyes and post-FS-LASIK eyes. Measurements of CCT using Lenstar and US pachymetry showed good agreement and both can be used interchangeably.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose. To assess the consistency of anterior segment measurements obtained using a Sirius Scheimpflug/Placido photography-based topography system (CSO, Italy) and IOLMaster partial coherence interferometry (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Germany) in eyes with cataracts. Methods. A total of 90 eyes of 90 patients were included in this prospective study. The anterior chamber depth (ACD), keratometry (K), corneal astigmatism axis, and white to white (WTW) values were randomly measured three times with Sirius and IOLMaster. Concordance between them was assessed by calculating 95% limits of agreement (LoA). Results. The ACD and K taken with the Sirius were statistically significantly higher than that taken with the IOLMaster; however, the Sirius significantly underestimated the WTW values compared with the IOLMaster. Good agreement was found for Km and ACD measurements, with 95% LoA of -0.20 to 0.54 mm and -0.16 to 0.34 mm, respectively. Poor agreement was observed for astigmatism axis and WTW measurements, as the 95% LoA was -23.96 to 23.36° and -1.15 to 0.37 mm, respectively. Conclusion. With the exception of astigmatism axis and WTW, anterior segment measurements taken by Sirius and IOLMaster devices showed good agreement and may be used interchangeably in patients with cataracts.
Journal of Ophthalmology 10/2014; 2014:540760. DOI:10.1155/2014/540760 · 1.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the repeatability of central corneal thickness (CCT) measurements in normal eyes using 2 new noncontact specular microscopes (NCSMs) EM-3000 (Tomey, Japan) and SP-02 (CSO, Italy) and to compare the results with those obtained from an SP-3000P NCSM (Topcon, Japan) and ultrasound pachymetry (USP).
Seventy subjects were enrolled in a prospective study. A single experienced ophthalmologist performed tests with each of the 4 instruments. Measurements were obtained in the right eye during the same session. The testing sequence of the NCSM was randomly selected. After performing noncontact examinations, the USP was performed to derive the CCT measurements. Intraoperator repeatability was analyzed using within-subject coefficient of variation and intraclass correlation coefficients. The agreement between NCSMs or NCSM and USP was assessed with Bland-Altman plots and 95% limits of agreement (LoA).
The mean CCT values measured by SP-3000P, EM-3000, SP-02, and USP were 513.66 ± 33.14 μm, 529.12 ± 33.22 μm, 549.06 ± 40.27 μm, and 539.01 ± 35.73 μm, respectively. All coefficients of variation were <1.3%, and the intraclass correlation coefficients were >0.95. There were statistically significant differences between any 2 devices as determined by CCT measurements. The mean difference between paired comparisons was >9 μm. The 95% LoA ranges were broad, and the greatest 95% LoA was found to exist between SP-3000P and SP-02.
The new NCSMs and USP all show a high intraoperator repeatability for CCT measurements in normal eyes. However, interdevice agreement was poor and prevented the comparison of CCT measurements taken with different instruments.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate the effect of posterior scleral reinforcement in controlling high myopic axial progression in young patients.
Only one eye of each patient had posterior scleral reinforcement surgery. Before surgery and at each postoperative follow-up, the best corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, refractive errors, indirect ophthalmoscopy, B-type ultrasonography, and IOLMASTER reflected light biometry were performed on both eyes. The changes of axial length and the changes of refractive errors from the baseline were compared between the surgery eyes and the contralateral eyes.
Thirty patients had a mean age of 7.5 years and a mean spherical equivalent of -9.72 diopters. The mean elongation of axial length was significantly less in the surgery eye group than that in the contralateral eye group (0.75 mm vs. 0.94 mm, p < 0.0001, paired t test) after a mean follow-up of 895 days. The surgical effect was mild but maintained during the follow-up. The eyes with staphyloma gained less surgical effect when compared with the eyes without staphyloma (p = 0.0036). There was also a notable nonstatistically significant trend for younger patients to gain a larger surgical effect (p = 0.0986).
Posterior scleral reinforcement surgery was found effective in slowing down high myopic axial progression in young patients within the study period, but the size of the effect was small. The surgical procedure is well tolerated without vision-threatening complications.
Optometry and vision science: official publication of the American Academy of Optometry 02/2014; 91(4). DOI:10.1097/OPX.0000000000000201 · 1.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the bilateral symmetry of the global corneal topography in normal corneas with a wide range of curvature, astigmatism and thickness values.
Topography images were recorded for the anterior and posterior surfaces of 342 participants using a Pentacam. Elevation data were fitted to a general quadratic model that considered both translational and rotational displacements. Comparisons between fellow corneas of estimates of corneal shape parameters (elevation, radius in two main directions, Rx and Ry, and corresponding shape factors, Qx and Qy) and corneal position parameters (translational displacements: x0, y0 and z0, and rotational displacements: α, β and γ) were statistically analyzed.
The general quadratic model provided average RMS of fit errors with the topography data of 1.7±0.6 µm and 5.7±1.3 µm in anterior and posterior corneal surfaces. The comparisons showed highly significant bilateral correlations with the differences between fellow corneas in Rx, Ry, Qx and Qy of anterior and posterior surfaces remaining insignificantly different from zero. Bilateral differences in elevation measurements at randomly-selected points in both corneal central and peripheral areas indicated strong mirror symmetry between fellow corneas. The mean geometric center (x0, y0, z0) of both right and left corneas was located on the temporal side and inferior-temporal side of the apex in anterior and posterior topography map, respectively. Rotational displacement angle α along X axis had similar distributions in bilateral corneas, while rotation angle β along Y axis showed both eyes tilting towards the nasal side. Further, rotation angle γ along Z axis, which is related to corneal astigmatism, showed clear mirror symmetry.
Analysis of corneal topography demonstrated strong and statistically-significant mirror symmetry between bilateral corneas. This characteristic could help in detection of pathological abnormalities, disease diagnosis, measurement validation and surgery planning.
PLoS ONE 08/2013; 8(8):e73412. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0073412 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) images can provide quantitative measurements of the eye's entire anterior segment. A new technique founded on a newly proposed level set-based shape prior segmentation model has been developed for automatic segmentation of the cornea's anterior and posterior boundaries. This technique comprises three major steps: removal of regions containing irrelevant structures and artifacts, estimation of the cornea's location using a thresholding technique, and application of the new level set-based shape prior segmentation model to improve segmentation. The performance of our technique is compared to previously developed methods for analysis of the cornea in 33 OCT images of normal eyes, whereby manual annotations are used as a reference standard. The new technique achieves much improved concordance than previous methods, with a mean Dice's similarity coefficient of >0.92. This demonstrates the technique's potential to provide accurate and reliable measurements of the anterior segment geometry, which is important for many applications, including the construction of representative numerical simulations of the eye's mechanical behavior.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The biomechanical changes in rabbit cornea preserved in storage media with different glucose concentrations are experimentally assessed. Two groups of eight fresh rabbit corneas were preserved for 10 days in storage medium Optisol-GS with glucose concentrations of 14 and 28 mM, respectively. Eight additional corneas preserved, glucose-free, in the same medium served as the control group. All specimens were tested under inflation conditions up to 45 mmHg posterior pressure, and the pressure-deformation data obtained experimentally were analyzed using shell theory to derive the stress-strain behavior. Comparisons were held between the three specimen groups in order to determine the effect of glucose concentration on corneal biomechanical behavior and thickness. After storage, the mean central corneal thickness in the control, low-glucose and high-glucose groups underwent statistically significant increases of 38.7 ± 11.3%, 45.4 ± 7.6% and 50.6 ± 8.6%, respectively. The corneas also demonstrated consistent stiffness increases with higher glucose concentrations. The tangent modulus values determined at different pressure levels between 10 and 40 mmHg underwent statistically significant increases with glucose level (P < 0.05). Compared to the control group, other specimens had higher tangent modulus by 17-20% on average with low glucose and 30-37% with high-glucose concentration. The results of the study indicate that the influence of the high-glucose level commonly experienced in diabetes on the biomechanical stiffness of the cornea should be considered in clinical management and in understanding corneal ectasia, glaucoma and the response to refractive surgery.
Experimental Eye Research 02/2011; 92(5):353-60. DOI:10.1016/j.exer.2011.02.005 · 2.71 Impact Factor