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May 1995

Observing the Posterior Vitreous by Means of the Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope

Author Affiliations

Asahikawa, Japan

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(5):558-560. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100050020015

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Changes in the premacular vitreous appear to correlate with macular abnormalities and likely play an important role in certain maculopathies. However, precise vitreous evaluation is difficult even by biomicroscopy because of the vitreous' transparency and position within the inner ocular recesses.1 We used the scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) (Rodenstock Instrument Co, Munich, Germany) to attempt better visualization of the posterior vitreous than that obtainable by conventional biomicroscopy.

The still photographs shown in this report were video-captured from the SLO vitreous videography. The image resolution of these photographs is inferior to that of the original video images.

Report of a Case.  A 44-year-old man complained of sudden floaters in his visual field. Best-corrected visual acuity was 20/20 bilaterally. Indirect ophthalmoscopy disclosed a normal fundus except for tilting of the disc with temporal parapapillary choroidal and retinal pigment epithelial atrophy, most likely related to myopia (Figure 1, left) and a floating,

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