Imaging Retinal Pigment Epithelial Proliferation Secondary to PASCAL Photocoagulation In Vivo by Polarization-sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To image the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) after macular laser and to monitor healing responses over time in vivo in patients with diabetic maculopathy using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT).Design: Prospective, nonrandomized clinical trial.Methods: In this single-center trial (Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria), 13 patients (13 eyes) underwent grid photocoagulation for diabetic maculopathy. Retinal healing processes were continuously followed over the course of 3 months. A polarization-sensitive OCT prototype was used, allowing detection and measurement of the RPE changes based on their specific polarization-scrambling qualities.Results: After 1 day, the intraretinal photocoagulation lesions were sharply demarcated, whereas (Read more...)

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