New imaging technology "could help detect blindness"

New imaging technology "could help detect blindness"

Researchers have developed a new type of retinal imaging that could be used to help detect diseases that cause blindness.

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) journal recently published a study in which a team from the University of Bristol investigated changes in mice retina affected with ocular inflammation.

Using high-quality colour photographs, the scientists were able to monitor a condition similar to human posterior uveitis. According to ARVO, this condition can be tricky to view using existing methods.

However, with the Topical Endoscopic Fundal Imaging (TEFI), which enables parallel illumination and observation channels to be connected to a digital camera, scientists can analyse this at each stage of disease progression.

"TEFI enhances our monitoring of clinical disease in a rapid and non-invasive fashion," the researchers explained.

"It will aid in the design of experimental protocols according to clinical observations."

A regular eye test can minimise the chance of an ocular condition going unnoticed.

by Adrian Galbreth

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