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Corneal Biomechanical Assessment with Ultra-High-Speed Scheimpflug Imaging During Non-Contact Tonometry: A Prospective Review

Authors Baptista PM, Ambrosio R Jnr, Oliveira L, Meneres P, Beirao JM

Received 28 January 2021

Accepted for publication 5 March 2021

Published 6 April 2021 Volume 2021:15 Pages 1409—1423


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Pedro Manuel Baptista,1,2 Renato Ambrosio Jnr,3– 7 Luis Oliveira,1 Pedro Meneres,1,2 Joao Melo Beirao1,2

1Ophthalmology Department, Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto, Porto, Portugal; 2Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS), Porto, Portugal; 3Rio de Janeiro Corneal Tomography and Biomechanics Study Group, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; 4Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Instituto de Olhos Renato Ambrósio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 5Department of Opthalmology, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 6Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo, Brazil; 7Brazilian Study Group of Artificial Intelligence and Corneal Analysis - BrAIN, Rio de Janeiro & Maceió, Brazil

Correspondence: Pedro Manuel Baptista
Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto, Largo Prof. Abel Salazar, Porto, 4099-001, Portugal
Tel +351-917868372
Email [email protected]

Background: In recent years, increasing interest has arisen in the application of data from corneal biomechanics in many areas of ophthalmology, particularly to assist in the detection of early corneal ectasia or ectasia susceptibility, to predict corneal response to surgical or therapeutic interventions and in glaucoma management. Technology has evolved and, recently, the Scheimpflug principle was associated with a non-contact air-puff tonometer, allowing a thorough analysis of corneal biomechanics and a biomechanically corrected intraocular pressure assessment, opening up new perspectives both in ophthalmology and in other medical areas. Data from corneal biomechanics assessment are being integrated in artificial intelligence models in order to increase its value in clinical practice.
Objective: To review the state of the art in the field of corneal biomechanics assessment with special emphasis to the technology based on ultra-high-speed Scheimpflug imaging during non-contact tonometry.
Summary: A meticulous literature review was performed until the present day. We used 136 published manuscripts as our references. Both information from healthy individuals and descriptions of possible associations with systemic diseases are described. Additionally, it exposed information regarding several fields of ocular pathology, from cornea and ocular surface through areas of refractive surgery and glaucoma until vascular and structural diseases of the chorioretinal unit.

Keywords: cornea, corneal biomechanics, Corvis, ultra-high speed Szcheimpflug camera

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