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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 1531-1535

Clinical applications of the retinal functional imager: A brief review

Department of Vitreo-Retina, Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Chaitra Jayadev
Narayana Nethralaya, 121/C, Chord Road, 1st R Block, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru - 560 010, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1824_18

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The advances in treating blinding conditions often depends on the development of new techniques that allows early detection, treatment, and follow-up of the disease. Functional changes often precede structural changes in many retinal disorders. Therefore, detecting these changes helps in early diagnosis and management, with the intention of preventing permanent morbidity. The Retinal Functional Imager (RFI) is a non-invasive imaging system that allows us to assess the various functional parameters of the retina. The RFI quantitatively measures the retinal blood-flow velocity, oxygen saturation, metabolic demand and generates a non-invasive capillary perfusion map that provides details similar to a fluorescein angiography. All of these parameters correlate with the health of the retina, and are known to get deranged in retinal disease. This article is a brief review of published literature on the clinical utility of the RFI.

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