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Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics


  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 7 — Jul. 17, 2006

Chromatic aberration correction of the human eye for retinal imaging in the near infrared

Enrique J. Fernández, Angelika Unterhuber, Boris Považay, Boris Hermann, Pablo Artal, and Wolfgang Drexler  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 13, pp. 6213-6225 (2006)

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An achromatizing lens has been designed for the human eye in the near infrared range, from 700 to 900 nm, for retinal imaging purposes. Analysis of the performance of the lens, including tolerance to misalignments, has been mathematically accomplished by using an existing eye model. The calculations have shown a virtually perfect correction of the ocular longitudinal chromatic aberration, while still keeping a high optical quality. Ocular aberrations in five subjects have been measured with and without the achromatizing lens by using a Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor and a broad bandwidth femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser in the spectral range of interest with a set of interference filters, studying the benefits and limits in the use of the achromatizing lens. Ocular longitudinal chromatic aberration has been experimentally demonstrated to be fully corrected by the proposed lens, with no induction of any other parasitic aberration. The practical implementation of the achromatizing lens for Ophthalmoscopy, specifically for optical coherence tomography where the use of polychromatic light sources in the near infrared portion of the spectrum is mandatory, has been considered. The potential benefits of using this lens in combination with adaptive optics to achieve a full aberration correction of the human eye for retinal imaging have also been discussed.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(330.4460) Vision, color, and visual optics : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(330.5370) Vision, color, and visual optics : Physiological optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: March 30, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 19, 2006
Published: June 26, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Enrique J. Fernández, Angelika Unterhuber, Boris Považay, Boris Hermann, Pablo Artal, and Woflgang Drexler, "Chromatic aberration correction of the human eye for retinal imaging in the near infrared," Opt. Express 14, 6213-6225 (2006)

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