Feasibility of automated gonioscopy imaging in clinical practice

Catriona Barbour-Hastie, Sundeep S. Deol, Andrea Peroni, Stewart Gillan, Emanuele Trucco, Andrew J. Tatham (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Précis: Automated gonioscopy provided good-quality images of the anterior chamber angle. There was a short learning curve for operators, and the examination was well tolerated by patients. Patients expressed a preference for automated gonioscopy compared with traditional gonioscopy. 

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of using a desktop automated gonioscopy camera in glaucoma clinics by examining patient tolerability, ease of use, and image quality and comparing patient preference compared with traditional gonioscopy. 

Patients and Methods: A prospective study was conducted in a university hospital clinic. Traditional gonioscopy was performed followed by imaging of the iridocorneal angle (ICA) using the Nidek GS-1 camera by 2 glaucoma specialists. Participants were asked to rate the comfort of automated gonioscopy and which method they preferred. The clinicians graded the ease of acquisition for each patient, and the image quality was reviewed by a grader. 

Results: Forty-three eyes of 25 participants were included. Sixty-eight percent of participants viewed automated gonioscopy as "extremely comfortable,"and the remainder reported it "comfortable". Forty percent preferred automated gonioscopy compared with traditional gonioscopy, while 52% were equivocal. Clinicians scored 32% of participants as "somewhat difficult"to the image. In 46% of eyes, good-quality photographs were obtained for 360 degrees of the ICA. Only 1 eye had no parts of the ICA clearly visible. Seventy-four percent of eyes had at least half of the ICA clearly visible in all 4 quadrants. 

Conclusion: Automated gonioscopy provided good-quality images of the ICA for most patients. It was often not possible to image the entire 360 degrees at the first attempt, but the examination was comfortable for patients, and only 8% preferred traditional gonioscopy to the automated photographic examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Glaucoma
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Gonioscopy
  • angle closure
  • diagnosis
  • glaucoma
  • imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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