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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: A87–A92

Changes in spatial extent and peak double optical density of human macular pigment with age

António M. G. Baptista and Sérgio M. C. Nascimento  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. A87-A92 (2014)

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The purpose of the present work was to estimate the changes in spatial distribution and optical density of macular pigment (MP) with age. A fundus imaging system with high spatial and spectral resolution was adapted to form an indirect ophthalmoscope. The double optical density at 490 nm of the MP as a function of the location in the retina was obtained for 33 healthy subjects (ages: 21–60 years). There was an increase in spatial extent and decrease in double optical density with age. Furthermore, the spatial distribution of MP showed central areas with irregular shapes and a tendency toward asymmetry.

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OCIS Codes
(330.4460) Vision, color, and visual optics : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(330.6100) Vision, color, and visual optics : Spatial discrimination
(330.6180) Vision, color, and visual optics : Spectral discrimination
(330.7323) Vision, color, and visual optics : Visual optics, aging changes
(330.7327) Vision, color, and visual optics : Visual optics, ophthalmic instrumentation

ToC Category:
Variations and deficiencies of color vision

Original Manuscript: September 30, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 6, 2013
Published: January 21, 2014

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António M. G. Baptista and Sérgio M. C. Nascimento, "Changes in spatial extent and peak double optical density of human macular pigment with age," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, A87-A92 (2014)

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