Non-contact ultra-widefield imaging of retinopathy of prematurity using the Optos dual wavelength scanning laser ophthalmoscope

Eye (Lond). 2013 May;27(5):589-96. doi: 10.1038/eye.2013.45. Epub 2013 Mar 22.


Aims: The purpose of this report is to demonstrate that a non-contact ultra-widefield dual wavelength laser camera (Optos) is able to capture high-quality images in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

Materials and methods: We conducted a retrospective review of patients attending the Oxford Eye Hospital with ROP between 1 August 2012 and 16 November 2012 that underwent standard clinical assessment. Anterior segment imaging, where relevant, was performed with Retcam. Retinal imaging was then performed with Optos, using a modified 'flying baby position'.

Results: The Optos scanning laser ophthalmoscope was able to acquire ultra-widefield fundal images in nine ROP subjects. The images obtained show clear views of the different stages of ROP features at the posterior pole and peripheral retina. Regression of ROP features were identified, following laser and intravitreal bevacizumab treatment. Additionally, 'skip areas' missed by initial laser treatment could be identified in the peripheral retina.

Conclusion: The Optos ultra-widefield scanning laser ophthalmoscope is capable of acquiring clinically useful high-quality images of the fundus in ROP subjects. The imaging technique could potentially be used in monitoring ROP progression and documenting ROP regression following treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Confocal / methods*
  • Ophthalmoscopes*
  • Ophthalmoscopy / methods*
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity / diagnosis*
  • Retrospective Studies