Could the coefficient of variation (COV) of the corneal endothelium be overestimated when a centre-dot method is used?

Michael Doughty

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Abstract

Little has been published on the reliability of estimates of the coefficient of variation (COV) in cell area for human corneal endothelia. The present study compares two methods. A non-contact specular micrograph (Topcon SP-2000P) was obtained from the central region of the corneal endothelium of 20 healthy myopic white European subjects, aged from 32 to 53 years, half of whom were successful long-term soft contact lens wearers. The captured image file was either assessed using a machine-based algorithm, in which 25 cells in the middle of the image were marked and their areas reported (designated as ‘centre-dot’ method) or by a manual method, by which all the cells in the image were outlined on very high magnification prints of the endothelia and the cell areas measured by a manual digitiser in stream mode. The average cell area was used to calculate the endothelial cell density (ECD), while the COV was calculated from the standard deviation (SD) of the cell area measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalClinical and Experimental Optometry
Volume91
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • corneal endothelium
  • optometry
  • vision sciences

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