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  • Vol. 2, Iss. 6 — Jun. 13, 2007

Image, eye, and retina (invited review)

Nicholas J. Wade  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 5, pp. 1229-1249 (2007)

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Advances in understanding the initial stages of the visual process have been made over the centuries. This heritage will be reviewed with respect to the passage of light through the eye, as well as its gross anatomy and microscopic structure. The links between image formation in the camera and the eye were integrated with the anatomy of the eye in the seventeenth century. They drew attention to the problem of accommodation and to corrections for errors of refraction. Investigations of the structure of the retina were to await the invention of achromatic microscopes in the early nineteenth century. An armory of devices for examining vision and the eye were to follow later in the century. These transformed the study of vision from an observational to an experimental discipline.

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(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics

Original Manuscript: July 28, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2006
Published: April 11, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Nicholas J. Wade, "Image, eye, and retina (invited review)," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 1229-1249 (2007)

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