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  1. In this article, we propose a theoretical model leveraging the analogy between fluid and electric variables to investigate the relation among aqueous humor (AH) circulation and drainage and intraocular pressure (IOP), the principal established risk factor of severe neuropathologies of the optic nerve such as glaucoma. IOP is the steady-state result of the balance among AH secretion (AHs), circulation (AHc), and drainage (AHd). AHs are modeled as a given volumetric flow rate electrically corresponding to an input current source. AHc is modeled by the series of two linear hydraulic conductances (HCs) representing the posterior and anterior chambers. AHd is modeled by the parallel of three HCs: a linear HC for the conventional adaptive route (ConvAR), a nonlinear HC for the hydraulic component of the unconventional adaptive route (UncAR), and a nonlinear HC for the drug-dependent component of the UncAR. The proposed model is implemented in a computational virtual laboratory to study the value attained by the IOP under physiological and pathological conditions. Simulation results (i) confirm the conjecture that the UncAR acts as a relief valve under pathological conditions, (ii) indicate that the drug-dependent AR is the major opponent to IOP increase in the case of elevated trabecular meshwork resistance, and (iii) support the use of the model as a quantitative tool to complement in vivo studies and help design and optimize medications for ocular diseases. 
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  2. Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the changes in IOP, total macular and RNFL, ganglion cell layer (GCL) thickness, and aqueous humour flare in open angle glaucoma (OAG) patients before and 6 months after cataract surgery. Methods: This was a prospective observational case–control age- and gender-matched study. Groups: 40 subjects in a controlled OAG (OAGc) group, 20 subjects in an uncontrolled OAG (OAGu) group, and 60 control group subjects. Examination: complete ophthalmic evaluation, IOP measurement, anterior and posterior segment Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), and laser flare photometry before and 6 months postoperatively. Results: Six months postoperatively IOP decreased in all groups. An increase in macular thickness was found postoperatively in all groups. Preoperative aqueous humour flare was higher in the OAGc group than in the control group. After cataract surgery, aqueous humour flare was higher in the control group compared to the preoperative result. Conclusions: Changes in IOP following cataract surgery were strongly negatively correlated with preoperative IOP. An increase in macular thickness was observed 6 months postoperatively in all groups. Aqueous humour flare did not differ in OAGc and OAGu groups pre- and postoperatively but significantly increased in the control group postoperatively. 
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  3. This study investigated the heterogeneity of ocular hemodynamic biomarkers in early open angle glaucoma (OAG) patients and healthy controls of African (AD) and European descent (ED). Sixty OAG patients (38 ED, 22 AD) and 65 healthy controls (47 ED, 18 AD) participated in a prospective, cross-sectional study assessing: intraocular pressure (IOP), blood pressure (BP), ocular perfusion pressure (OPP), visual field (VF) and vascular densities (VD) via optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). Comparisons between outcomes were adjusted for age, diabetes status and BP. VF, IOP, BP and OPP were not significantly different between OAG subgroups or controls. Multiple VD biomarkers were significantly lower in OAG patients of ED (p < 0.05) while central macular VD was lower in OAG patients of AD vs. OAG patients of ED (p = 0.024). Macular and parafoveal thickness were significantly lower in AD OAG patients compared to those of ED (p = 0.006–0.049). OAG patients of AD had a negative correlation between IOP and VF index (r = −0.86) while ED patients had a slightly positive relationship (r = 0.26); difference between groups (p < 0.001). Age-adjusted OCTA biomarkers exhibit significant variation in early OAG patients of AD and ED. 
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  4. Common risk factors for many ocular pathologies involve non-pathologic, age-related damage to the optic nerve. Understanding the mechanisms of age-related changes can facilitate targeted treatments for ocular pathologies that arise at any point in life. In this review, we examine these age-related, neurodegenerative changes in the optic nerve, contextualize these changes from the anatomic to the molecular level, and appreciate their relationship with ocular pathophysiology. From simple structural and mechanical changes at the optic nerve head (ONH), to epigenetic and biochemical alterations of tissue and the environment, multiple age-dependent mechanisms drive extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling, retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, and lowered regenerative ability of respective axons. In conjunction, aging decreases the ability of myelin to preserve maximal conductivity, even with “successfully” regenerated axons. Glial cells, however, regeneratively overcompensate and result in a microenvironment that promotes RGC axonal death. Better elucidating optic nerve neurodegeneration remains of interest, specifically investigating human ECM, RGCs, axons, oligodendrocytes, and astrocytes; clarifying the exact processes of aged ocular connective tissue alterations and their ultrastructural impacts; and developing novel technologies and pharmacotherapies that target known genetic, biochemical, matrisome, and neuroinflammatory markers. Management models should account for age-related changes when addressing glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and other blinding diseases. 
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  5. Growing evidence suggests that intracranial pressure (ICP) plays an important role in the pathophysiology of glaucoma, especially in normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) patients. Controversial results exist about ICP’s relationship to visual field (VF) changes. With the aim to assess the relationship between ICP and VF zones in NTG patients, 80 NTG patients (age 59.5 (11.6) years) with early-stage glaucoma were included in this prospective study. Intraocular pressure (IOP) (Goldmann), visual perimetry (Humphrey) and non-invasive ICP (via a two-depth Transcranial Doppler, Vittamed UAB, Lithuania) were evaluated. Translaminar pressure difference (TPD) was calculated according to the formula TPD = IOP − ICP. The VFs of each patient were divided into five zones: nasal, temporal, peripheral, central, and paracentral. The average pattern deviation (PD) scores were calculated in each zone. The level of significance p < 0.05 was considered significant. NTG patients had a mean ICP of 8.5 (2.4) mmHg. Higher TPD was related with lower mean deviation (MD) (p = 0.01) and higher pattern standard deviation (PSD) (p = 0.01). ICP was significantly associated with the lowest averaged PD scores in the nasal VF zone (p < 0.001). There were no significant correlations between ICP and other VF zones with the most negative mean PD value. (p > 0.05). Further studies are needed to analyze the involvement of ICP in NTG management. 
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  6. Abstract Purpose

    This study aims to characterize the dependence of measured retinal arterial and venous saturation on vessel diameter and central reflex in retinal oximetry, with an ultimate goal of identifying potential causes and suggesting approaches to improve measurement accuracy.

    Methods

    In 10 subjects, oxygen saturation, vessel diameter and optical density are obtained using Oxymap Analyzer software without diameter correction. Diameter dependence of saturation is characterized using linear regression between measured values of saturation and diameter. Occurrences of negative values of vessel optical densities (ODs) associated with central vessel reflex are acquired from Oxymap Analyzer. A conceptual model is used to calculate the ratio of optical densities (ODRs) according to retinal reflectance properties and single and double‐pass light transmission across fixed path lengths. Model‐predicted values are compared with measured oximetry values at different vessel diameters.

    Results

    Venous saturation shows an inverse relationship with vessel diameter (D) across subjects, with a mean slope of −0.180 (SE = 0.022) %/μm (20 < D < 180 μm) and a more rapid saturation increase at small vessel diameters reaching to over 80%. Arterial saturation yields smaller positive and negative slopes in individual subjects, with an average of −0.007 (SE = 0.021) %/μm (20 < D < 200 μm) across all subjects. Measurements where vessel brightness exceeds that of the retinal background result in negative values of optical density, causing an artifactual increase in saturation. Optimization of model reflectance values produces a good fit of the conceptual model to measured ODRs.

    Conclusion

    Measurement artefacts in retinal oximetry are caused by strong central vessel reflections, and apparent diameter sensitivity may result from single and double‐pass transmission in vessels. Improvement in correction for vessel diameter is indicated for arteries however further study is necessary for venous corrections.

     
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  7. Recent developments in the use of artificial intelligence in the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma are discussed. To set the context and fix terminology, a brief historic overview of artificial intelligence is provided, along with some fundamentals of statistical modeling. Next, recent applications of artificial intelligence techniques in glaucoma diagnosis and the monitoring of glaucoma progression are reviewed, including the classification of visual field images and the detection of glaucomatous change in retinal nerve fiber layer thickness. Current challenges in the direct application of artificial intelligence to further our understating of this disease are also outlined. The article also discusses how the combined use of mathematical modeling and artificial intelligence may help to address these challenges, along with stronger communication between data scientists and clinicians. 
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  8. Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is an optic neuropathy characterized by irreversible retinal ganglion cell damage and visual field loss. The global POAG prevalence is estimated to be 3.05%, and near term is expected to significantly rise, especially within aging Asian populations. Primary angle-closure glaucoma disproportionately affects Asians, with up to four times greater prevalence of normal-tension glaucoma reported compared with high-tension glaucoma. Estimates for overall POAG prevalence in Asian populations vary, with Chinese and Indian populations representing the majority of future cases. Structural characteristics associated with glaucoma progression including the optic nerve head, retina, and cornea are distinct in Asians, serving as intermediates between African and European descent populations. Patterns in IOP suggest some similarities between races, with a significant inverse relationship between age and IOP only in Asian populations. Genetic differences have been suggested to play a role in these differences, however, a clear genetic pattern is yet to be established. POAG pathogenesis differs between Asians and other ethnicities, and it may differ within the broad classification of the Asian race. Greater awareness and further research are needed to improve treatment plans and outcomes for the increasingly high prevalence of normal tension glaucoma within aging Asian populations. 
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