RetiNerveNet: Using Recursive Deep Learning to Estimate Pointwise 24-2 Visual Field Data based on Retinal Structure

Shounak Datta, Eduardo B. Mariottoni, David Dov, Alessandro A. Jammal, Lawrence Carin, Felipe A. Medeiros

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Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world, affecting over 70 million people. The cumbersome Standard Automated Perimetry (SAP) test is most frequently used to detect visual loss due to glaucoma. Due to the SAP test's innate difficulty and its high test-retest variability, we propose the RetiNerveNet, a deep convolutional recursive neural network for obtaining estimates of the SAP visual field. RetiNerveNet uses information from the more objective Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SDOCT). RetiNerveNet attempts to trace-back the arcuate convergence of the retinal nerve fibers, starting from the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer (RNFL) thickness around the optic disc, to estimate individual age-corrected 24-2 SAP values. Recursive passes through the proposed network sequentially yield estimates of the visual locations progressively farther from the optic disc. The proposed network is able to obtain more accurate estimates of the individual visual field values, compared to a number of baselines, implying its utility as a proxy for SAP. We further augment RetiNerveNet to additionally predict the SAP Mean Deviation values and also create an ensemble of RetiNerveNets that further improves the performance, by increasingly weighting-up underrepresented parts of the training data.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalArxiv preprint
StatePublished - Oct 15 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • cs.LG
  • cs.CV
  • eess.IV


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