Efficacy of the newly invented eyelid clamper in ultra-widefield fundus imaging

Nobuhiro Ozawa, Kiwako Mori, Yusaku Katada, Kazuo Tsubota, Toshihide Kurihara

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number323
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec


  • 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
  • Palaeontology


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