A program to analyse optical coherence tomography images of the ciliary muscle

Deborah S. Laughton, Benjamin J. Coldrick, Amy L. Sheppard, Leon N. Davies*

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Purpose: To describe and validate bespoke software designed to extract morphometric data from ciliary muscle Visante Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography (AS-OCT) images. Method: Initially, to ensure the software was capable of appropriately applying tiered refractive index corrections and accurately measuring orthogonal and oblique parameters, 5 sets of custom-made rigid gas-permeable lenses aligned to simulate the sclera and ciliary muscle were imaged by the Visante AS-OCT and were analysed by the software. Human temporal ciliary muscle data from 50 participants extracted via the internal Visante AS-OCT caliper method and the software were compared. The repeatability of the software was also investigated by imaging the temporal ciliary muscle of 10 participants on 2 occasions. Results: The mean difference between the software and the absolute thickness measurements of the rigid gas-permeable lenses were not statistically significantly different from 0 (t = -1.458, p = 0.151). Good correspondence was observed between human ciliary muscle measurements obtained by the software and the internal Visante AS-OCT calipers (maximum thickness t = -0.864, p = 0.392, total length t = 0.860, p = 0.394). The software extracted highly repeatable ciliary muscle measurements (variability ≤6% of mean value). Conclusion: The bespoke software is capable of extracting accurate and repeatable ciliary muscle measurements and is suitable for analysing large data sets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-408
Number of pages7
JournalContact Lens and Anterior Eye
Issue number6
Early online date10 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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  • accommodation
  • AS-OCT
  • ciliary muscle
  • presbyopia


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