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Performance of a combined optical coherence tomography and scanning laser ophthalmoscope with adaptive optics for human retinal imaging applications

  • Author(s): Wells-Gray, EM
  • Zawadzki, RJ
  • Finn, SC
  • Greiner, C
  • Werner, JS
  • Choi, SS
  • Doble, N
  • et al.

© 2015 SPIE. We describe the design and performance of a recently implemented retinal imaging system for the human eye that combines adaptive optics (AO) with spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO). The AO-OCT-SLO system simultaneously acquires SLO frames and OCT B-scans at 60 Hz with an OCT volume acquisition scan rate of 0.24 Hz. The SLO images are used to correct for eye motion during the registration of OCT B-scans. Key optical design considerations are discussed including: minimizing system aberrations through the use of off-axis relay telescopes; choice of telescope magnification based on pupil plane requirements and restrictions; and the use of dichroic beam splitters to separate and re-combine OCT and SLO beams around the nonshared horizontal scanning mirrors. We include an analysis of closed-loop AO correction on a model eye and compare these findings with system performance in vivo. The 2D and 3D OCT scans included in this work demonstrate the ability of this system to laterally and axially resolve individual cone photoreceptors, while the corresponding SLO images show the en face mosaics at the photoreceptor layer showing rods and cones. Images from both healthy and diseased retina are presented.

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