Scatter and its implications for the measurement of optical image quality in human eyes

Cox, Michael J., Atchison, David A., & Scott, Dion H. (2003) Scatter and its implications for the measurement of optical image quality in human eyes. Optometry and Vision Science, 80(1), pp. 58-68.


Purpose. To investigate the effect of scatter on measurements of wavefront aberrations and point-spread functions in a model eye. Methods. The wavefront aberrations of a model eye were measured using Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensing and crossed-cylinder aberroscope techniques and compared with its measured point-spread function in the presence of scattering media of different concentrations. Results. The point-spread functions became broader as the concentration increased. Forward light scatter on both the light path into the eye and the light path out of the eye contributed to this broadening of the point-spread function. Neither the crossed-cylinder aberroscope nor wavefront sensing, which, respectively, measure the ocular wavefront aberrations for light entering the eye and leaving the eye, were affected by the scatter. Conclusion. We predict that by minimizing the contribution of the forward light scatter from one or other of these light paths by manipulating the size of the entrance and exit pupils, it should be possible to objectively assess narrow-angle forward light scatter in the eye by measuring and removing any confounding effect from wavefront aberration.

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ID Code: 5472
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ocular aberrations, aberroscope, Hartmann, Shack sensor, point, spread function, retinal image quality scatter
ISSN: 1538-9235
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
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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