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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2280–2285

Analysis of the optical field on the human retina from wavefront aberration data

Sergio Barbero and Susana Marcos  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 9, pp. 2280-2285 (2008)

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Wave aberrations in the human eye are usually known with respect to the ideal spherical wavefront in the exit pupil. Using Kirchhoff’s diffraction theory, we have derived a diffraction integral to compute the optical field on the retina from the wave aberration data. We have proposed a numerical algorithm based on the Stamnes–Spjelkavik–Pedersen (SSP) method to solve that integral. We have shown which approximations are admissible to reduce the complexity of the diffraction integral. In addition, we have compared our results with those of the conventional procedure used to compute intensities on the retina. We have found significant differences between our results and the conventional ones.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(330.5370) Vision, color, and visual optics : Physiological optics
(330.7326) Vision, color, and visual optics : Visual optics, modeling

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: May 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 4, 2008
Published: August 18, 2008

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Sergio Barbero and Susana Marcos, "Analysis of the optical field on the human retina from wavefront aberration data," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 2280-2285 (2008)

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