Monochromatic aberrations of human eyes in the horizontal visual field

Atchison, David A. & Scott, Dion H. (2002) Monochromatic aberrations of human eyes in the horizontal visual field. Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, 19(11), pp. 2180-2184.


We measured the monochromatic aberrations of five subjects’ right eyes both temporally and nasally out to 40 degrees from fixation. We used a Hartmann–Shack sensor with modifications to equipment and software to enable off-axis measurements. Results were standardized for 6-mm pupils. There was considerable variation among subjects in the pattern of aberrations. Aberrations were generally greater in the nasal visual field than in the temporal visual field; in the case of third-order aberrations, this was true for all subjects. The contribution of third-order Zernike aberrations to the root-mean-square aberration increased up to four times from the center to the edge of the field, but the contribution of fourth- to sixth-order Zernike aberrations varied little across the visual field. Results were similar to those of a previous investigation using laser ray tracing and were of the order of those predicted by Navarro’s finite schematic eye.

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ID Code: 5441
Item Type: Journal Article
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ISSN: 1520-8532
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Optical Society of America
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