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Measurement of retinal blood flow in diabetes by the blue-light entoptic phenomenon.
  1. T. J. Fallon,
  2. P. Chowiencyzk and
  3. E. M. Kohner


    Retinal blood flow velocity was measured in 24 normal volunteers and compared with the results obtained in 101 diabetics at different stages of retinopathy. The blue-light entoptic phenomenon was used to measure retinal flow velocity. Results showed that there was a significantly higher capillary flow velocity in those patients with background retinopathy (0.74 +/- 0.32 mms/s) over the group of normals (0.54 +/- 0.19 mm/s) and those diabetics with no retinopathy (0.51 +/- 0.24 mm/s). Retinal flow velocity was reduced at the preproliferative stage of retinopathy to 0.37 +/- 0.2 mm/s. Proliferative retinopathy showed a slightly greater flow velocity (0.56 +/- 0.27 mm/s), which was reduced following photocoagulation (0.42 +/- 0.14 mm/s).

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