Characterization of Episcleral Venous Pressure in Humans
We have recently developed a new way of measuring episcleral venous pressure. Unlike previous techniques and devices, it does not allow for subjective judgments, and therefore can provide more reliable readings. However, the technique is currently very labor intensive due to the large amount of data that is collected and is not suitable for large projects. Our goal is to improve and automate the device and software so that episcleral venous pressure can be reliably measured in larger projects.
To do this, we plan to find the features of episcleral veins that provide the most reliable measurements and then automate the analysis of data to provide rapid measurements of pressure. We will also measure episcleral venous pressure in normal subjects to test the software and begin the process of documenting the range of normal values.
No new technique for episcleral venous pressure measurement has been developed in over two decades, and our technique is the first objective measurement suitable for human use. This project utilizes custom-designed equipment and state-of-the-art image analysis techniques, combined with clinical measurements. When completed, this work will enable future research into the regulation of eye pressure, causes of glaucoma, and treatments for glaucoma.
First published on: April 1, 2010
Last modified on: February 28, 2012