Journal article

Adaptive optics imaging of the retinal microvasculature

Phillip Bedggood, Andrew Metha

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPTOMETRY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

The eye has long been recognised as the window to pathological processes occurring in the brain and other organs. By imaging the vasculature of the retina we have improved the scientific understanding and clinical best practice for a diverse range of conditions, ranging from diabetes, to stroke, to dementia. Mounting evidence suggests that damage to the smallest and most delicate vessels in the body, the capillaries, is the first sign in many vasculopathies. These are the most critical vessels involved in the exchange of metabolites with tissue. Accurate assessment of retinal capillary structure and function would therefore be of great benefit across a broad range of disciplines in medical s..

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