Evaluation of a new method for the measurement of corneal thickness in eye bank posterior corneal lenticules using anterior segment optical coherence tomography

Domenico Amato, Marco Lombardo, Francesco Oddone, Mario Nubile, Rossella A M Colabelli Gisoldi, Carlo M. Villani, Sonia Yoo, Jean Marie Parel, Augusto Pocobelli

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Abstract

Background/aims: To preliminarily evaluate the repeatability of central corneal thickness (CCT) measurements performed with Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography (AS-OCT) on eye bank posterior corneal lenticules. Methods: Six donor lenticules were created with a 350 μm head microkeratome (Moria, Antony, France). All donor tissues were stored at 4°C in Eusol-C solution (Alchimia S.r.l, Ponte S. Nicolò, Italy), without the anterior cornea lamella. The CCT of each lenticule, maintained in the glass phial, was measured using a commercial AS-OCT instrument (Visante, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, California, USA) and a specially designed adaptor immediately and 4, 24 and 48 hours after dissection. Immediately after AS-OCT, CCT values were measured with the ultrasound pachymetry method used at the Eye Bank. Results: The mean donor cornea central thickness was 647±36 μm and 660±38 μm (p=0.001) as measured by AS-OCT and ultrasound, respectively; immediately after dissection, CCT values of posterior lenticules were 235±43 μm and 248±44 μm, respectively (p=0.001). No statistically significant changes in CCT values of donor lenticules were assessed over the 48 h period with both methods. There was a high level of agreement, evidenced by Bland - Altman analysis, between the two methods of pachymetry. Conclusion: AS-OCT, with the corneal tissue in the vial, was revealed to be a repeatable and reliable method for measuring posterior donor lenticule central thickness. Lenticule CCT values measured with the investigational AS-OCT method were on average 10 mm thinner than those measured with the established ultrasound method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-584
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume95
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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