OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America

Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 68, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1978
  • pp: 1139–1141

The corneal polarization cross

W. T. Cope, M. L. Wolbarsht, and B. S. Yamanashi  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 68, Issue 8, pp. 1139-1141 (1978)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (692 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



The corneal polarization cross can be seen at the human cornea using crossed polaroids. The optical mechanisms for this phenomena include rotation and retardation of the light at the surface of the cornea due to the corneal curvature, as well as retardation due to an average circumferential orientation of the birefringent corneal collagen.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

W. T. Cope, M. L. Wolbarsht, and B. S. Yamanashi, "The corneal polarization cross," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1139-1141 (1978)

Sort:  Author  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. D. Cogan, Arch. Ophthalmol. (Chic.) 25(3), 391 (1941).
  2. H. Schiotz, Nord. Med. Ark. 14 (28), 1 (1882).
  3. A. Stanworth and E. J. Naylor, Br. J. Ophthalmol. 34, 201 (1950).
  4. D. Kaplan and F. Bettelheim, Exp. Eye Res. 13, 219 (1972).
  5. M. J. Hogan, J. A. Alvarado, and J. E. Weddell, Histology of the Human Eye Saunders, Philadelphia, 1971), p. 89.
  6. M. J. Hogan and L. E. Zimmerman, Ophthalmic Pathology (Saunders, Philadelphia, 1962), p. 345.
  7. S. Inoue, Exp. Cell Res. 3, 199 (1952).
  8. R. Wood, Physical Optics (Dover, New York, 1967), p. 414.
  9. W. Kokott, Albrecht v. Graefes, Arch. Ophthalmol. 138, 424 (1938).
  10. G. Boehm, Acta Ophthalmol. 18L, 109 (1940).
  11. C. Shute, Nature 250, 163 (1974).
  12. R. M. Tamarova, in "Problems of Physiological Optics," Vol. 15 "Physiology of vision under normal and extreme conditions" NASA Technical Translation NASA TT F-650, 192 (1971).
  13. B. F. Hochheimer (unpublished). Applied Physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University.

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited