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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2144–2159

Spatially resolved Brillouin spectroscopy to determine the rheological properties of the eye lens

Stephan Reiß, Gerolf Burau, Oliver Stachs, Rudolf Guthoff, and Heinrich Stolz  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 8, pp. 2144-2159 (2011)

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Presbyopia is closely associated with the loss of accommodation, and hence with a decline in the viscoelastic properties of the human eye lens. In this article we describe a method for obtaining spatially resolved in vivo measurements of the rheological properties of the eye lens, based on the spectroscopic analysis of spontaneous Brillouin scattering using a virtually imaged phased array (VIPA). The multi-pass configuration enhances resolution to the extent that measurements are possible in elastic biological tissue characterized by intense scattering. We also present spatially resolved measurements obtained in extracted animal eyes and lenses. The results yield entirely new insights into the aging process of the eye lens.

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OCIS Codes
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology
(290.5830) Scattering : Scattering, Brillouin
(330.7327) Vision, color, and visual optics : Visual optics, ophthalmic instrumentation

ToC Category:
Ophthalmology Applications

Original Manuscript: May 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 2, 2011
Published: July 5, 2011

Stephan Reiß, Gerolf Burau, Oliver Stachs, Rudolf Guthoff, and Heinrich Stolz, "Spatially resolved Brillouin spectroscopy to determine the rheological properties of the eye lens," Biomed. Opt. Express 2, 2144-2159 (2011)

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