Methods and devices of early diagnosis of retinal diseases


Adaptive optics retinal imaging


The future for early detection of the most frequent ocular diseases

Vision Engineering Italy is committed to the development of computerized methods for early detection of retinal diseases.

Adaptive Optics in Ophthalmology

Adaptive optics is a technique developed by astronomers to improve the image quality of celestial objects acquired by
ground telescopes.

IMMAGINE  Image of retinal photoreceptors. Adaptive optics allows to resolve individual retinal cells in vivo. Each cell has a diameter of a few micrometers. Thanks to adaptive optics, it will be possible to diagnose retinal pathologies early in the course of the disease, thus saving sight to millions of people.

How Does Adaptive Optics Work

Adaptive optics is a technology for correcting ocular optical aberrations. The current diagnostic tools of retinal and optic nerve diseases, such as OCT and ophthalmoscopy, are strongly limited by optical aberrations. Adaptive optics retinal imaging has a resolution 5 times higher than the best ophthalmic instruments currently used in clinic. It allows to observe the individual retinal microstructures, such as cells (photoreceptors), capillaries and nerve fibers. The new technology has been used for more than ten years and has provided new and significant knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the retina and optic nerve.  Adaptive optics retinal imaging will provide the eye doctors with a powerful tool for the early diagnosis of the most common eye diseases, such as macular dystrophies and glaucoma.

Our Project

The co-founders of Vision Engineering Italy have been committed to the development of adaptive optics technology since 2002. The experience gained in these years is the strength of our staff. We have been collaborating with the most important research centers in the world aiming at accelerating the translation of this technology to clinic. Since retinal and optic nerve diseases are currently diagnosed only after the onset of significant and irreversible retinal damages, the early diagnosis may represent the first step for treating tissue damage early in the course of the disease and protect sight. The development of methods and tools that are able to resolve the pathological changes of the retina at a cellular level is vital to achieve this objective.