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Biomedical Optics Express

Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3176–3189

Binocular visual performance and summation after correcting higher order aberrations

Ramkumar Sabesan, Len Zheleznyak, and Geunyoung Yoon  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 12, pp. 3176-3189 (2012)

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Although the ocular higher order aberrations degrade the retinal image substantially, most studies have investigated their effect on vision only under monocular conditions. Here, we have investigated the impact of binocular higher order aberration correction on visual performance and binocular summation by constructing a binocular adaptive optics (AO) vision simulator. Binocular monochromatic aberration correction using AO improved visual acuity and contrast sensitivity significantly. The improvement however, differed from that achieved under monocular viewing. At high spatial frequency (24 c/deg), the monocular benefit in contrast sensitivity was significantly larger than the benefit achieved binocularly. In addition, binocular summation for higher spatial frequencies was the largest in the presence of subject’s native higher order aberrations and was reduced when these aberrations were corrected. This study thus demonstrates the vast potential of binocular AO vision testing in understanding the impact of ocular optics on habitual binocular vision.

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OCIS Codes
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics
(330.1400) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision - binocular and stereopsis
(330.4300) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision system - noninvasive assessment
(330.4460) Vision, color, and visual optics : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(330.4595) Vision, color, and visual optics : Optical effects on vision
(330.7327) Vision, color, and visual optics : Visual optics, ophthalmic instrumentation

ToC Category:
Vision and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: August 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 4, 2012
Published: November 8, 2012

Ramkumar Sabesan, Len Zheleznyak, and Geunyoung Yoon, "Binocular visual performance and summation after correcting higher order aberrations," Biomed. Opt. Express 3, 3176-3189 (2012)

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