Advances in anterior segment imaging

Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2007 Feb;18(1):32-8. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e328011550d.


Purpose of review: Imaging of the crystalline lens and intraocular lens is becoming increasingly more important to optimize the refractive outcome of cataract surgery, to detect and manage complications and to ascertain advanced intraocular lens performance. This review examines recent advances in anterior segment imaging.

Recent findings: The main techniques used for imaging the anterior segment are slit-lamp biomicroscopy, ultrasound biomicroscopy, scheimpflug imaging, phakometry, optical coherence tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. They have principally been applied to the assessment of intraocular lens centration, tilt, position relative to the iris and movement with ciliary body contraction.

Summary: Despite the advances in anterior chamber imaging technology, there is still the need for a clinical, high-resolution, true anatomical, noninvasive technique to image behind the peripheral iris.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Eye Segment / diagnostic imaging
  • Anterior Eye Segment / pathology*
  • Cataract / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Microscopy, Acoustic / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence / methods*