Aberrations of emmetropic subjects at different ages

Atchison, David A. & Markwell, Emma L. (2008) Aberrations of emmetropic subjects at different ages. Vision Research, 48(21), pp. 2224-2231.

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We made on-axis aberrations and horizontal peripheral refraction measurements of emmetropic subjects (spherical equivalent -0.88 D to +0.75 D) aged between 19 and 70 years. We found smaller changes in on-axis aberrations with age than has previously been reported, possibly because of the small refractive error range of our subject group. Higher order root-mean-squared aberrations increased by 26% across the age range (5 mm pupils), with significant age related changes in 4th- and 6th-order aberrations. The only aberration co-efficient to change significantly was horizontal coma co-efficient C(3, 1). Several aberration co-efficients were significantly different from zero across the group of subjects. The only changes in peripheral refraction with increase in age were shifts in the turning points of the spherical equivalent and horizontal/vertical astigmatism towards less temporal visual field angles.

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ID Code: 17312
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aberrations, Ageing, Astigmatism, Peripheral refraction
DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2008.06.023
ISSN: 0042-6989
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Optometry and Ophthalmology not elsewhere classified (111399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2009 01:38
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:51

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