In vivo fluorescent imaging of the mouse retina using adaptive optics

Opt Lett. 2007 Mar 15;32(6):659-61. doi: 10.1364/ol.32.000659.


In vivo imaging of the mouse retina using visible and near infrared wavelengths does not achieve diffraction-limited resolution due to wavefront aberrations induced by the eye. Considering the pupil size and axial dimension of the eye, it is expected that unaberrated imaging of the retina would have a transverse resolution of 2 microm. Higher-order aberrations in retinal imaging of human can be compensated for by using adaptive optics. We demonstrate an adaptive optics system for in vivo imaging of fluorescent structures in the retina of a mouse, using a microelectromechanical system membrane mirror and a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor that detects fluorescent wavefront.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Fluorescein Angiography / methods*
  • Image Enhancement / instrumentation*
  • Lenses*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Retina / anatomy & histology*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity