Effect of Oxygen Breathing on Flicker Induced Blood Flow Changes in the Optic Nerve Head
Background It has recently been shown that diffuse luminance flicker increases retinal and optic nerve head blood flow. This indicates that a neuro-vascular coupling between neural activity and blood flow exists as described previously for the brain. Although a lot of mediators such as NO, pO2, pCO2, H+ and K+ have been proposed, the mechanism of this coupling is still a matter of controversy. However, it has been shown in an animal experiment, that an increase in blood flow, evoked by diffuse luminance flicker stimulation is paralleled by an decrease in pO2 in the tissue. Thus, in this study we set out to investigate the flicker light induced increase in blood flow under elevated blood pO2.
Study rationale The motive for the investigation of retinal blood flow regulation is to enhance our understanding of the coupling mechanism between increased neural activity and blood flow in the retina in order to gain new insight in the pathophysiology of several eye diseases associated with ocular vascular disorders Study objectives To test the hypothesis whether oxygen breathing influences flicker light induced changes in optic nerve head blood flow
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic