|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 291-292
Pebble beach artifact: An apparent multicolor imaging maculopathy due to corneal desiccation
Ananda Kalevar1, Robert N Johnson2, Brandon J Lujan3
1 Department of Ophthalmology, California Pacific Medical Center; West Coast Retina Medical Group, San Francisco, California, USA; Department of Ophthalmology, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
2 Department of Ophthalmology, California Pacific Medical Center; West Coast Retina Medical Group, San Francisco, California, USA
3 Department of Ophthalmology, California Pacific Medical Center; West Coast Retina Medical Group, San Francisco, California; Vision Science Graduate Group, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
|Date of Submission||24-Nov-2016|
|Date of Acceptance||24-Oct-2017|
|Date of Web Publication||30-Jan-2018|
Dr. Brandon J Lujan
1445 Bush St., San Francisco, California
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Keywords: Artifact, imaging, retina
|How to cite this article:|
Kalevar A, Johnson RN, Lujan BJ. Pebble beach artifact: An apparent multicolor imaging maculopathy due to corneal desiccation. Indian J Ophthalmol 2018;66:291-2
|How to cite this URL:|
Kalevar A, Johnson RN, Lujan BJ. Pebble beach artifact: An apparent multicolor imaging maculopathy due to corneal desiccation. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 4];66:291-2. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2018/66/2/291/224106
Multimodal imaging  is increasingly used for clinical diagnosis and an increased pathophysiological understanding of retinal disease. Recently, MultiColor scanning laser ophthalmoscopy has been incorporated into the Spectralis platform (Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany). This system uses the wavelengths of blue, green, and infrared laser simultaneously to provide information of the superficial, middle, and deeper retinal structures, respectively, of a single image. We continue to learn of new artifacts associated with these imaging systems such as variation in the thickness measured to the appearance of a hyper-reflective spot on near-infrared and multicolor imaging.,
Cyst-like changes not corresponding to anything seen on the clinical examination were noted inferiorly in several patients. Fundus examinations and the cross-sectional optical coherence tomography (OCT) of these eyes revealed no abnormalities in the same areas and raised the concern of image artifact.
A normal participant had multicolor examinations performed at baseline [Figure 1] followed by repeat imaging [Figure 2] after administration of proparacaine and placement of a lid speculum 1-min later causing the ocular surface to desiccate. Cyst-like changes were seen in the images, predominantly inferiorly. The finding was more prevalent in the shorter wavelength image. The subsequently acquired OCT images confirmed that there was no retinal pathology.
|Figure 1: Multicolor image (a) along with its components of red (b), green (c), and blue (d) reflectance showing an unremarkable fundus seen above|
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|Figure 2: Multicolor image (a) along with its components of red (b), green (c), and blue (d) showing cyst-like changes, predominantly inferior, which represent a corneal dryness artifact seen above|
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Ocular surface dryness can result in punctate epithelial erosions or tear film irregularities, and we hypothesize that these are the cause of this finding. We believe that there is more scattering of the shorter blue wavelength light which resulted in more shadowing of the punctate erosions on the images, compared to the longer wavelength light images. Ensuring sufficient blinking and/or the application of artificial tears before procuring images could ensure avoiding this artifact.
| Conclusion|| |
This is a previously unreported artifact seen on MultiColor scanning laser photography that is caused by corneal irregularity but simulates retinal disease. Since these changes resembled small pebbles on the beach, we have termed this finding the Pebble Beach artifact.
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