Enhanced visualization of vitreoretinal interface by laser biomicroscopy

Ophthalmology. 1993 Jul;100(7):1040-3. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(93)31542-3.


Background: The use of slit-lamp biomicroscopy provides valuable information for the diagnosis and management of vitreoretinal disorders. However, intense backscatter from the fundus often precludes the visualization of fine structures in the vitreoretinal interface.

Methods: Laser biomicroscopy is a new method designed to improve the visualization of fine vitreoretinal structures at the macula. This method was applied to eyes suspected of traction maculopathies. With this method, the contrast and the lateral separation between the vitreal and retinal images are optimized while preserving information on the location of the slit on the fundus.

Results: The results indicated that fine structures in the vitreoretinal interface, which were difficult to observe with conventional slit-lamp biomicroscopy, could be clearly visualized.

Conclusion: Laser biomicroscopy may be a useful tool in the diagnosis and management of diseases with vitreoretinal abnormalities.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cysts / pathology*
  • Female
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Lasers
  • Microscopy / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Retina / pathology*
  • Retinal Diseases / pathology
  • Retinal Perforations / pathology*
  • Vitreous Body / pathology*