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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 26, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1987
  • pp: 1437–1440

Aging of the human lens

Joel Pokorny, Vivianne C. Smith, and Margaret Lutze  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 26, Issue 8, pp. 1437-1440 (1987)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.26.001437


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Abstract

The optical density of the human lens changes during life. Literature concerning both the spectral density function and the rate of such changes is reviewed. Analysis indicates that two components govern the spectral lens density function, with one increasing gradually during life. The average lens density increases linearly at 400 nm by 0.12 density unit per decade between the ages of 20 and 60 and by 0.40 density unit per decade above age 60. A tabulation of the two components of the average 32-yr old lens is given, as are equations to derive the average spectral lens density functions for observers aged 20–80.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: July 7, 1986
Published: April 15, 1987

Citation
Joel Pokorny, Vivianne C. Smith, and Margaret Lutze, "Aging of the human lens," Appl. Opt. 26, 1437-1440 (1987)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-26-8-1437

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