Specular Microscopy

What Is Specular Microscopy?

Specular Microscopy is a process that is used to evaluate the back of cornea for signs of deterioration and damage. The process is extensively use for observation and monitoring of the condition of the cornea.

As we age, the cornea of the eye becomes very susceptible to several ailments that affect the structure of the eye and could result in the onset of irreversible blindness. The process is an invaluable aid in studying the impact of various diseases on the cornea and underlying structure of the eyes.

Eye diseases such as glaucoma cause distinguishable changes to the cornea of the eye. Specular Microscopy is the perfect procedure for observing these changes. This helps in the early screening for the diseases and ensures that the doctors have ample amount of time for early diagnosis of the disease.

One of the important aspects that the test measures, is the number of cells in the back of the cornea. These cells continue to degrade over time and an older person has fewer cells than a younger person.

The Procedure Of Specular Microscopy

The procedure of Specular Microscopy resembles other eye exams in that it involves taking a photograph of the underlying structure of the eye. A qualified technician usually conducts the test and the procedure is over in half an hour.

The test generates an image of the back of the cornea and is useful for diagnosing several eye diseases. Although the procedure resembles other tests, the quality is often higher than other eye imaging procedures.