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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Analysis of shearing interferograms of tear film by the use of fast Fourier Transforms
Author(s): Tomasz J. Licznerski; Henryk T. Kasprzak; Waldemar Kowalik
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Paper Abstract

A new method for evaluating tear film stability on the human eye is reported. The tear film distribution on the cornea is measured by the lateral shearing interference technique. The eye is kept open during approximately a 2-min recording, when blinking has to be prevented. Continuous recording and viewing of interferograms allows the changes in disturbances of the interference fringes to be registered during elapsed time. The changes in fringes are caused by the evaporation of tears from the ocular surface and appearance of the breakups. For precise and repetitive assessment of the tear film breakup time, a fast fourier transform (FFT) is applied to consecutive interferograms. Larger fringe disturbances result in wider Fourier spectra. The tear breakup time can be evaluated noninvasively by comparing the value of the second momentum of Fourier spectra calculated from the consecutive interferograms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1998
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 3(1) doi: 10.1117/1.429886
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 3, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Tomasz J. Licznerski, Technical Univ. (Poland)
Henryk T. Kasprzak, Technical Univ. of Wroclaw (Poland)
Waldemar Kowalik, Technical Univ. of Wroclaw (Poland)


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