Ophthalmic Imaging

Making vision clearer

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Science  09 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6415, pp. 652-653
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6415.652-a

A handheld device should greatly expand the application of adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy.

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Adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) is now a routine tool used by eye care professionals to aid the detection and diagnosis of retinal disease. These machines, however, are large and not portable, so the patient needs to travel to where they are located. By combining computational algorithms with developments in miniaturized deformable mirrors and microelectromechanical technology, DuBose et al. have developed a handheld AOSLO device that weighs less than 200 grams. Such a technological development opens up the possibility of examination to a broader range of patient populations, such as children and the physically incapacitated. The light weight of the device also offers the opportunity to provide examinations to people in geographically remote areas.

Optica 9, 1027 (2018).

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