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9 March 2012 Effect of dehydration in the UV transmittance of "in vitro" corneas
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Proceedings Volume 8209, Ophthalmic Technologies XXII; 82091J (2012)
Event: SPIE BiOS, 2012, San Francisco, California, United States
In ophthalmology the research using "in vitro" corneas are an excellent model for studies of new ophthalmologic procedures, enabling the analysis of effectiveness, performance and even safety parameters of the procedure. In this work we studied four "in vitro" human corneas preserved in OPTISOL-GS, with initial average pachymetry of 542 microns and a post-mortem average of 6 days. The corneas were preserved in OPTISOL-GS and were washed with saline solution to remove the excess the preservative medium. The corneas were placed in a device aligned with an ultraviolet source of 3mw/cm2 and an optical fiber positioned after the device near the endothelium of the cornea. The UV transmittance spectra in the region of 360-370nm were captured by the emission of UV source for 3 seconds. These spectra were captured every 5 minutes in a total of 60 minutes, resulting in 13 spectra per cornea. The measured average initial UV transmittance was 73% and after 50 minutes of dehydration there was no significant difference in the corneal teansmittance properties. However, for the last 10 minutes we have observed a decrease in the UV transmittance of 4%, probably indicated by corneal dehydration and swelling (wrinkling of the cornea tissue. The final average pachymetry was 421 microns and the UV transmittance after the 60 minutes was 69%. Therefore we can suppose that the UV transmittance of corneas "in vitro" is invariant over a period of up to 60 minutes, even with the thickness decrease, since the material that absorbs in the UV region remains intact and only water loss occurs.
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Victor A. C. Lincoln, Liliane Ventura, Sidney J. Faria e Sousa, and Marcio M. Mello "Effect of dehydration in the UV transmittance of "in vitro" corneas", Proc. SPIE 8209, Ophthalmic Technologies XXII, 82091J (9 March 2012);

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