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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 18 — Sep. 4, 2006
  • pp: 8019–8030

Multiconjugate adaptive optics applied to an anatomically accurate human eye model

P. A. Bedggood, R. Ashman, G. Smith, and A. B. Metha  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 18, pp. 8019-8030 (2006)

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Aberrations of both astronomical telescopes and the human eye can be successfully corrected with conventional adaptive optics. This produces diffraction-limited imagery over a limited field of view called the isoplanatic patch. A new technique, known as multiconjugate adaptive optics, has been developed recently in astronomy to increase the size of this patch. The key is to model atmospheric turbulence as several flat, discrete layers. A human eye, however, has several curved, aspheric surfaces and a gradient index lens, complicating the task of correcting aberrations over a wide field of view. Here we utilize a computer model to determine the degree to which this technology may be applied to generate high resolution, wide-field retinal images, and discuss the considerations necessary for optimal use with the eye. The Liou and Brennan schematic eye simulates the aspheric surfaces and gradient index lens of real human eyes. We show that the size of the isoplanatic patch of the human eye is significantly increased through multiconjugate adaptive optics.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(110.6960) Imaging systems : Tomography
(170.4460) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmic optics and devices

ToC Category:
Adaptive Optics

Original Manuscript: June 6, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 17, 2006
Published: September 1, 2006

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P. A. Bedggood, R. Ashman, G. Smith, and A. B. Metha, "Multiconjugate adaptive optics applied to an anatomically accurate human eye model," Opt. Express 14, 8019-8030 (2006)

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