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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 7 — Jul. 16, 2007

Liquid-crystal intraocular adaptive lens with wireless control

Aleksey N. Simonov, Gleb Vdovin, and Mikhail Loktev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7468-7478 (2007)

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We present a prototype of an adaptive intraocular lens based on a modal liquid-crystal spatial phase modulator with wireless control. The modal corrector consists of a nematic liquid-crystal layer sandwiched between two glass substrates with transparent low- and high-ohmic electrodes, respectively. Adaptive correction of ocular aberrations is achieved by changing the amplitude and the frequency of the applied control voltage. The convex-shaped glass substrates provide the required initial focusing power of the lens. A loop antenna mounded on the rim of the lens delivers an amplitude-modulated radio-frequency control signal to the integrated rectifier circuit that drives the liquid-crystal modal corrector. In vitro measurements of a 5-mm clear aperture prototype with an initial focusing power of +12.5 diopter, remotely driven by a radio-frequency control unit at ~6 MHz, were carried out using a Shack-Hartmann wave-front sensor. The lens based on a 40-μm thick liquid-crystal layer allows for an adjustable defocus of 4 waves, i. e. an accommodation of ~2.51 dioptres at a wavelength of 534 nm, and correction of spherical aberration coefficient ranging from -0.8 to 0.67 waves. Frequency-switching technique was employed to increase the response speed and eliminate transient overshoots in aberration coefficients. The full-scale settling time of the adaptive modal corrector was measured to be ~4 s.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(170.4460) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmic optics and devices
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling

ToC Category:
Adaptive Optics

Original Manuscript: May 1, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2007
Published: June 1, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Aleksey N. Simonov, Gleb Vdovin, and Mikhail Loktev, "Liquid-crystal intraocular adaptive lens with wireless control," Opt. Express 15, 7468-7478 (2007)

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