Background: Ultra-widefield fundus imaging is widely used for obtaining wide angle images of the retina in one single image. Although it has a potential to obtain a wide area of retinal photographs, images are often obstructed by eyelashes or eye lids. In this study, we used a newly invented eyelid clamper, which can keep an eye open without touching conjunctiva or lid margin, to assess the efficacy in clinical use by comparing with conventional tape fixation. Methods: Ultra-widefield fundus images were captured with an ultra-widefield imaging system in 19 patients who visited to the outpatient clinic of Department of Ophthalmology, Keio University Hospital with the eyelid clamper or a conventional tape fixation. The area of imaged retinas was outlined and quantified with pixels. After obtaining images, patients answered a questionnaire. Results: The average number of pixels in total areas with the eyelid clamper or with tape fixation were 4.31 ± 0.35 and 4.32 ± 0.34 mega pixels, respectively, showing no significant difference between the groups (p = 0.889). The average face pain scale of the eyelid clamper was 1.13 on a scale of 0 to 5. The number of patients who did not feel any pain was nine (47.4%). Conclusions: The eyelid clamper can be applied in clinical setting and can better support obtaining sufficiently wide fundus images compared to a conventional tape fixation.
- Retinal diseases
- Retinal imaging
- Ultra-widefield fundus imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Space and Planetary Science