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    Confocal scanner gives ophthalmologists valuable new tool

     

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    The advantages of the confocal retinal imager make it a valuable tool for ophthalmologists, both in the hospital and in private practice. The device can capture autofluorescence images of the ocular fundus on a 60° field, also in myosis.

    In addition, the capacity to obtain images with only one snapshot, without averaging multiple images, allows one to examine photophobic patients. The differential diagnosis in retinal pathologies is, without any doubt, made easier by a multimodal approach.

    Autofluorescence plays a fundamental role by enabling the identification of lipofuscin deposits in hereditary degenerative diseases or in melanomas to monitor the evolution of geographic atrophies; supporting the differential diagnosis between lamellar hole and pseudo-hole; and allowing the presence of macular pigment for the diagnosis of juxtafoveolar retinal telangiectasia to be assessed. 

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