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Timothy W. Olsen, Xiao Feng; The Minnesota Grading System of Eye Bank Eyes for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2004;45(12):4484-4490. doi: 10.1167/iovs.04-0342.
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purpose. The Minnesota Grading System (MGS) is a method to evaluate human eye bank eyes and determine the level of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), by using criteria and definitions from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS).
methods. Donor eyes (108 pairs) from the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank were cut circumferentially at the pars plana to remove the anterior segment. A 1000 ± 2.5-μm ruby sphere was placed on the optic nerve as a size reference. A digital, high-resolution, color macular photograph was taken through a dissecting microscope. The neurosensory retina was removed from one globe of the pair. The underlying retinal pigment epithelium was rephotographed, localizing the fovea with a proportional triangle. A grid was superimposed in the macular photographs and images were graded according to AREDS criteria. Twenty pairs were dissected bilaterally and graded for symmetry.
results. Eighty-eight globes were graded into one of four MGS categories. Nineteen (95%) of 20 globes had symmetric grades.
conclusions. The MGS provides a methodology to grade donor tissue from eye bank eyes to correspond to the AREDS classification system. Donor tissue may be used for subsequent molecular analysis, including genomics and proteomics.
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