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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Jan. 18, 2010
  • pp: 1637–1648

Visual effect of the combined correction of spherical and longitudinal chromatic aberrations

Pablo Artal, Silvestre Manzanera, Patricia Piers, and Henk Weeber  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 1637-1648 (2010)

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An instrument permitting visual testing in white light following the correction of spherical aberration (SA) and longitudinal chromatic aberration (LCA) was used to explore the visual effect of the combined correction of SA and LCA in future new intraocular lenses (IOLs). The LCA of the eye was corrected using a diffractive element and SA was controlled by an adaptive optics instrument. A visual channel in the system allows for the measurement of visual acuity (VA) and contrast sensitivity (CS) at 6 c/deg in three subjects, for the four different conditions resulting from the combination of the presence or absence of LCA and SA. In the cases where SA is present, the average SA value found in pseudophakic patients is induced. Improvements in VA were found when SA alone or combined with LCA were corrected. For CS, only the combined correction of SA and LCA provided a significant improvement over the uncorrected case. The visual improvement provided by the correction of SA was higher than that from correcting LCA, while the combined correction of LCA and SA provided the best visual performance. This suggests that an aspheric achromatic IOL may provide some visual benefit when compared to standard IOLs.

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OCIS Codes
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics
(330.4460) Vision, color, and visual optics : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics
(220.1080) Optical design and fabrication : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: October 19, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2010
Published: January 13, 2010

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Pablo Artal, Silvestre Manzanera, Patricia Piers, and Henk Weeber, "Visual effect of the combined correction of spherical and longitudinal chromatic aberrations," Opt. Express 18, 1637-1648 (2010)

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