The purpose of this work was to design ophthalmic lenses that correct peripheral refractive errors of human eyes along a meridian. We designed lenses with the tangential section of one surface based on a figured spheroid but figured in the tangential section only. The curvature of the sagittal section of this surface was adjusted separately. A merit function was used to modify these surfaces until the lenses had power errors that corrected the eye. Examples are presented of lenses that correct a schematic eye. They do excellent jobs of correcting the peripheral power errors of the eye and are relatively insensitive to small changes in fitting distance. We conclude that it is theoretically feasible to design lenses to correct peripheral refractive errors.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(330.4460) Vision, color, and visual optics : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(330.5370) Vision, color, and visual optics : Physiological optics
George Smith, David A. Atchison, Chitralekha Avudainayagam, and Kodikullam Avudainayagam, "Designing lenses to correct peripheral refractive errors of the eye," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 10-18 (2002)