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A wide angle low coherence interferometry based eye length optometer
Author(s): Alexander Meadway; John Siegwart; Christine F. Wildsoet; Thomas T. Norton; Yuhua Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Interest in eye growth regulation has burgeoned with the rise in myopia prevalence world-wide. Eye length and eye shape are fundamental metrics for related research, but current in vivo measurement techniques are generally limited to the optical axis of the eye. We describe a high resolution, time domain low coherence interferometry based optometer for measuring the eye length of small animals over a wide field of view. The system is based upon a Michelson interferometer using a superluminescent diode as a source, including a sample arm and a reference arm. The sample arm is split into two paths by a polarisation beam splitter; one focuses the light on the cornea and the other focuses the light on the retina. This method has a high efficiency of detection for reflections from both surfaces. The reference arm contains a custom high speed linear motor with 25 mm stroke and equipped with a precision displacement encoder. Light reflected from the cornea and the retina is combined with the reference beam to generate low coherence interferograms. Two galvo scanners are employed to steer the light to different angles so that the eye length over a field of view of 20° × 20° can be measured. The system has an axial resolution of 6.8 μm (in air) and the motor provides accurate movement, allowing for precise and repeatable measurement of coherence peak positions. Example scans from a tree shrew are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9312, Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XIX, 93122J (2 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2082185
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Alexander Meadway, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
John Siegwart, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
Christine F. Wildsoet, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Thomas T. Norton, The Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
Yuhua Zhang, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9312:
Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XIX
James G. Fujimoto; Joseph A. Izatt; Valery V. Tuchin, Editor(s)

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