Objective: To show true color scanning laser ophthal-moscope (SLO) images produced by simultaneously imaging the retina with red, green, and blue lasers.
Methods: Low-power red, green, and blue lasers were combined using fiber optics. By rapidly pulsing the lasers, each point on the fundus is illuminated by the 3 colors in quick succession, with the total power level being similar to that from a single laser. The reflected light is then decoded to extract the red, green, and blue color information and the true color fundus image is displayed live on a computer monitor.
Results: Comparison was made between the color SLO images from 5 patients and their digitized fundus photographs. The background fundus and retinal vasculature showed a similar appearance. The SLO gave better quality information in patients with ocular histoplasmosis, macular dystrophy, and optic disc drusen. By operating the color SLO in the indirect mode, macular edema could be dearly seen as lines and ridges surrounding the fovea.
Conclusion: The color SLO offers all the advantages of the present commercially available monochromatic device, with the added advantage of true color representation of the fundus without increasing either imaging time or the level of exposure.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Archives of Ophthalmology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2001|
- OPTIC-NERVE HEAD
- MACULAR EDEMA