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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 17 — Aug. 21, 2006
  • pp: 7757–7775

Cubic optical elements for an accommodative intraocular lens

Aleksey N. Simonov, Gleb Vdovin, and Michiel C. Rombach  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 17, pp. 7757-7775 (2006)

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We present a new accommodative intraocular lens based on a two-element varifocal Alvarez lens. The intraocular lens consists of (1) an anterior element combining a spherical lens for refractive power with a cubic surface for the varifocal effect, and (2) a posterior element with a cubic surface only. The focal length of the IOL lens changes when the superimposed refractive elements shift in opposite directions in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis. The ciliary muscle will drive the accommodation by a natural process of contraction and relaxation. Results of ray-tracing simulations of the model eye with the two-element intraocular lens are presented for on-axis and off-axis vision. The configuration of the lens is optimized to reduce refractive errors as well as effects of misalignment. A prototype with a clear aperture of ~5.7 mm is manufactured and evaluated in air with a Shack-Hartmann wave-front sensor. It provides an accommodation range of ~4 dioptres in the eye at a ~0.75-mm lateral displacement of the optical elements. The experimentally measured on-axis optical performance of the IOL lens agrees with the theoretically predicted performance.

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OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(170.4460) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: June 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 28, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 1, 2006
Published: August 21, 2006

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Aleksey N. Simonov, Gleb Vdovin, and Michiel C. Rombach, "Cubic optical elements for an accommodative intraocular lens," Opt. Express 14, 7757-7775 (2006)

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