Quantitative evaluation of fundus autofluorescence imaged “in vivo” in eyes with retinal disease
- aDepartment of Visual Science, Institute of Ophthalmology, London, bMedical Retina Service, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, cVitreo-Retinal Service, St Paul's Eye Unit, The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool
- Professor Frederick W Fitzke, Institute of Ophthalmology, London
- Accepted 24 February 2000
AIM To describe a new method of evaluating the topographic distribution of fundus autofluorescence in eyes with retinal disease.
METHODS Images of fundus autofluorescence were obtained in five patients and 34 normal volunteers using a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope (cSLO). To evaluate the topographic distribution of fundus autofluorescence throughout the posterior pole a rectangular box, 10 × 750 pixels, was used as the area of analysis. The box was placed, horizontally, across the macular region. The intensity of fundus autofluorescence of each pixel within the rectangular box was plotted against its degree of eccentricity. Profiles of fundus autofluorescence from patients were compared with those obtained from the age matched control group and with cSLO images.
RESULTS Profiles of fundus autofluorescence appeared to represent the topographic distribution of fundus autofluorescence throughout the posterior pole appreciated in the cSLO images, and allowed rapid identification and quantification of areas of increased or decreased fundus autofluorescence.
CONCLUSIONS Fundus autofluorescence profiles appear to be useful to study the spatial distribution of fundus autofluorescence in eyes with retinal disease.