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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 19 — Sep. 19, 2005
  • pp: 7631–7636

Study of the dynamic aberrations of the human tear film

Steve Gruppetta, François Lacombe, and Pascal Puget  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 19, pp. 7631-7636 (2005)

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The dynamic aberrations introduced by the human tear film are studied by measuring the topography of the tear film surface on 14 subjects using a curvature sensing setup. The RMS wavefront error variation of the data obtained is presented showing the non-negligible contribution of the tear film to overall eye aberrations. The tear film wavefronts are decomposed in their constituent Zernike terms, showing stronger contributions from 4th order terms and terms with vertical symmetry, and the temporal behaviour of these aberrations is analysed.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(170.4460) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(330.5370) Vision, color, and visual optics : Physiological optics

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Original Manuscript: July 18, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2005
Published: September 19, 2005

Steve Gruppetta, François Lacombe, and Pascal Puget, "Study of the dynamic aberrations of the human tear film," Opt. Express 13, 7631-7636 (2005)

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