Why Endothelial Analysis?
Why is quite simple – standard biomicroscopy does not provide the critical detail of the earliest signs of endothelial disease.
Above, the center image is what the doctor can see with the normal microscopic view (no matter state of health of the Endothelial Cell).
- The above right shows what Endothelial Cells look like when healthy.
- The above left shows what Endothelial Cells look like when unhealthy.
Why is this important?
The Endothelial Cells are single layer of specialized, flattened cells that line the posterior surface of the cornea and face the anterior chamber of the eye. The corneal endothelium governs fluid and solute transport across the posterior surface of the cornea and actively maintains the cornea in the slightly dehydrated state that is required for optical transparency.
We all lose a number of these cells just by the normal aging process. Some contact lenses, especially soft lenses worn on an extended wear basis, also can cause changes that are unhealthy, including cell loss.
There are also corneal diseases that affect the Endothelial Cells. Early diagnosis can greatly aid in prompt treatment and management, and this can protect your vision from loss.