A gradient-index (GRIN) contact lens (CL) is proposed to decrease spherical aberration and to increase the diopter. A plastic radial GRIN rod was successfully obtained by using the vapor-phase diffusion copolymerization technique. The resulting index distribution of the GRIN rod was almost parabolic against the distance from the center axis, and the Δn value was –0.030. The GRIN CL was prepared by grinding and polishing the rod. It is theoretically and experimentally concluded that using the radial GRIN material can significantly improve the optical properties of CL’s.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
Yasuhiro Koike, Akihiko Asakawa, Shang Pin Wu, and Eisuke Nihei, "Gradient-index contact lens," Appl. Opt. 34, 4669-4673 (1995)