A portable device for measuring donor corneal transparency in eye banks
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To develop a portable device for measuring the donor corneal transparency and validate its efficacy for corneal evaluation in the eye-banks and for research. The transparency device (TD) has a light source, a detachable system for corneal insertion and a base for light transmission. The probe detects the transmitted light which is measured by a lux-meter. A contact lens was set as ‘control’ to reduce the light scattering concern, an empty petri-plate as ‘blank’ and the cornea as ‘sample’. Two experts and non-experts (masked) observed the corneas for subjective analysis which was then compared using the TD. The parameters observed were scars, foreign-body, stromal-deformities, folds, thickness and opacity which were then converted to a relative overall percentage by the observer. Twenty corneas were evaluated for correlation, five tissues to obtain standard-deviation and twenty-four pairs for a comparative study. Experts mimicked the eye-banks with long-term experience while non-experts mimicked the emerging eye-banks. Subjective values by the experts closely resembled the measurements by TD. The average correlation between the experts and the non-experts to TD was 0.985 and 0.960 respectively. TD showed higher reproducibility than experts followed by the non-experts. The comparative study showed that increase in thickness reduces the transparency. TD is portable, easy, efficient, maintains sterility and less expensive hence the emerging eye-banks and researchers can use to raise their standards and evaluate the transparency for in vitro tests and comparative studies. The suitable transparency for the cornea deemed for clinical applications was found to be >75 %.
KeywordsHuman donor corneas Transparency Device Eye banks
The authors would like to thank Claudia Breda, Davide Camposampiero, Elisa Zanetti, Irina Negura and Mattia Baruzzo from The Veneto Eye Bank Foundation for their subjective evaluations and support with corneal tissues.
Conflict of interest
The authors have NO conflicting or financial interests.
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