Spherical aberrations can be positive or negative. Normal preoperative eyes usually contain low amounts of positive spherical aberration, which has a central accelerated area focus of hyperopia surrounded by a retarded ring of light annulus of myopia.
With normalization in the far periphery, the three-dimensional wavefront profile resembles a flat sombrero Figure 2.
A small percentage of the normal patient population can have negative spherical aberration with an inversion in the shape pattern. Negative spherical aberration has a central retarded area focus of myopia surrounded by an accelerated ring of light annulus of hyperopia. We describe this pattern as a flipped-over sombrero hat or a doughnut-shaped profile Figure 3. Analyzing the wavefront of these myopic treatments reveals that the spherical aberration increases in numerical value and size on the 3-D wavefront profile.
For a hyperopic ablation, the surgeon removes tissue from the peripheral area, thereby flattening this region and producing an increased central corneal curvature as a final result. Patients who undergo hyperopic treatments have an accentuated prolate corneal pattern that results in a dampening or inversion of the otherwise hill-shaped hyperopic wavefront. Our team conducted another study analyzing post-LASIK eyes and found a spherical aberration mean value of 1.
This value agrees with other papers in the literature. One study published in analyzed 14 eyes following standard LASIK procedures and verified that patients' total aberrations and corneal aberrations increased by a factor of 1.
Interestingly, anterior corneal spherical aberration increased more than the amount of total spherical aberration, a finding that suggests a change in the spherical aberration of the posterior corneal surface. While these blueprints are proprietary, they are poised to become open-source. This development creates a significant issue for international weapons control regimes that goes beyond the dilemma of dual-use technology. Reliable methods for detecting the production of biological weapons become less useful as production facilities are effectively miniaturized, leaving weapon stockpiles as the only evidence of their existence.
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Blue bars show the difference between real and simulated MCL curves. Only S 1 shows low shape similarity. Finally, we evaluated potential correlations of these parameters with age and refractive error and did not find significant correlations, although this may be in part associated to the small sample size. As multifocal contact lenses expand as a solution for presbyopia correction, the understanding of their optical and visual performance, as well as their potential simulation before fitting, becomes important.
In this study, we present, to our knowledge, the first combined experimental investigation of the TF performance of multifocal soft contact lenses optically through double-pass measurements and visually through VA. In general, double-pass systems are better suited than Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensors to characterize optical quality with multifocal contact lenses, particularly for diffractive designs, and zonal refractive designs with relatively abrupt transitions between near and far.
In , Gispets et al. The authors noted a pupil dependency on the optical performance with those lenses. Also, Pujol et al. More recently, a double-pass technique has been used to measure the TF VA and the objective pseudo accommodation with a soft hydrogel CL for presbyopia 1 day Presbyo, Safilens , finding an increase in near visual performance and DOF with the presbyopic CL.
These differences can roughly also be observed in the on-bench TF DP and TF 1P E-letter stimulus , with the latter remaining high over a relatively extensive dioptric range. On the other hand, lack of correspondence between optical and visual quality is not uncommon.
Nankivil et al. Instead, additional factors such as age and spherocylindrical refraction were needed to accurately predict an individual subject's VA, supporting the notion that other factors need to be considered to obtain more accurate estimates of VA. Several authors have also reported visual performance at various distances with MCLs, specifically with the designs tested in the current study 1-Day-Moist.
In a clinical trial on 72 presbyopic eyes, Sha et al. In the current study, we found that on average high contrast VA decreased with respect to the best corrected VA with no-lens, for 4-mm pupil diameters. Also, our differences in visual acuity across add powers agree with reported values for the same lenses by Moody et al. The underlying natural optical aberrations in that particular example, S 4 has better natural optics than S 5 and residual accommodation likely play a role in the intersubject variability, which occurs only in optical measurements TF DP.
Intersubject differences in perception likely play an additional role in the intersubject variability in TF VA. The difficulty to predict visual performance and visual perception with MCLs make the use of visual simulators clinically relevant. To our knowledge, this is the first study that demonstrates the ability of visual simulators to predict the performance of real commercial multifocal contact lenses in subjects.
In particular, we have programmed the 1-Day Moist MCLs in a SimVis system, which operates under the principle of temporal multiplexing. The system had been demonstrated before to simulate refractive and diffractive multifocal IOLs, or theoretical lenses with different energy distributions for near and far. The average TF performance of the real lens and the simulation was nearly identical, indicating that the SimVis captures to a large extent the lens profile, and that there is no particular bias for the physical MCL to outperform the SimVis-simulated, or viceversa.
At the individual level, the salient performance with the SimVis-simulation nominally matches the performance with the real MCL. The differences of the DP retinal intensity metric real — simulated are marked only in two subjects. In S 7 and S 1 the DP image intensity values are much higher indicative of higher quality with the SimVis-simulated lens than with the real lens, which may be due to tear film disruption with the contact lens, because the DP metric is very sensitive to scattering.
On the other hand, the underestimation of the magnitude of the DP metric with SimVis found in S 5 and S 10 does not have a counterpart in the VA measurements. We did not find that the magnitude of the discrepancy less than 0.
Small variations in design of the 1-Day Moist MCLs for different refractive errors 52 not programmed in this study do not seem to have a particular relevance in accounting for the small discrepancies in individual subjects. Other differences between performance of physical contact lenses and the simulations may arise from tear film, contact lens fitting or decentrations not present in SimVis and mismatch between pupil size. Also, in previous publications Akondi et al. While the evaluation in prior work was done for intraocular lenses, several conclusions can be extrapolated to contact lenses, particularly regarding the effect of ocular aberrations and pupil size in refractive lens designs.
Also, we demonstrated that smooth varying lens profiles can be simulated using SimVis, provided that the target through-focus optical quality is known, and can be described with a limited number of temporal coefficients temporal coefficients, 5.
Novel MCLs are being designed with surfaces with varying amounts of spherical aberration, also in the transition zones, and their through-focus optical quality can be obtained from the design, using conventional optical design software.
The procedure, and the resultant SimVis simulation, has already been validated in intraocular lenses with sophisticated surface geometries zonal refractive or diffractive. Our study reveals that the SimVis simulator can be used reliably to provide subjects with the experience of multifocal vision, replicating the visual quality at various distances provided by real contact lenses. Also, the study was performed for fixed pupil diameters 4 mm and used high contrast visual acuity targets. It is possible to translate the study to the clinical practice with the same SimVis temporal patterns replicating the MCLs programmed in a portable SimVis binocular device the SimVis Gekko.
Future studies will consider natural pupil dynamics which entails programming the SimVis temporal patterns for a range of pupil diameters and the use of natural images at far and near to assess visual perception in more realistic conditions. Disclosure: M. Audio USA May : 66— Audio USA May : 54— Stark, Craig Stark, Craig b. Feld, Wolfgang Vergleichsest: acht Rekorder von bis Mark". Audio Germany in German Juni : 78— Nakamichi Technical Bulletin 2.
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