Applications of Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography in Cornea and Ocular Surface Diseases
PURPOSE To explore the potential of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) using the en-face technology for the imaging of ocular surface diseases and to correlate the findings with in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) images. PATIENTS AND METHODS 113 eyes of 75 subjects with various ocular surface diseases were investigated with the RTVue(®) anterior-segment en face OCT. En face OCT images were compared to B-scan OCT and IVCM images. RESULTS Patients with corneal dystrophies, corneal deposits, keratitis, pterygium, conjunctivochalasis, or ocular surface squamous neoplasia and patients who underwent lamellar corneal surgeries were included. En-face OCT images showed ocular surface tissue changes that were not discernible using conventional B-scan OCT. Nevertheless, there was a good correlation with IVCM analysis. Compared with IVCM, the major advantages of en-face OCT included easy operation and rapid image acquisition, with minimal operator experience required. In addition, the non-contact method avoided patient discomfort and external pressure on the globe, which was especially useful in patients with corneal dystrophies, ulcers, or corneal abscesses. Although the resolution of en-face OCT was lower than that of IVCM, it allowed useful overall visualization of corneal lesions due to the larger areas analyzed. CONCLUSION En-face SD-OCT is a novel, valuable tool to assess a wide variety of ocular surface diseases. It can provide additional information and new insight into different ocular surface conditions with no corneal contact.