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Mimicking cataract-induced visual dysfunction by means of protein denaturation in egg albumen
Author(s): B. Mandracchia; A. Finizio; P. Ferraro
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Paper Abstract

As the world’s population ages, cataract-induced visual dysfunction and blindness is on the increase. This is a significant global problem. The most common symptoms of cataracts are glared and blurred vision. Usually, people with cataract have trouble seeing and reading at distance or in low light and also their color perception is altered. Furthermore, cataract is a sneaky disease as it is usually a very slow but progressive process, which creates adaptation so that patients find it difficult to recognize. All this can be very difficult to explain, so we built and tested an optical device to help doctors giving comprehensive answers to the patients’ symptoms. This device allows visualizing how cataract impairs vision mimicking the optical degradation of the crystalline related cataracts. This can be a valuable optical tool for medical education as well as to provide a method to illustrate the patients how cataract progression process will affect their vision.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9693, Ophthalmic Technologies XXVI, 96931V (4 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218130
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B. Mandracchia, Istituto di Scienze applicata e Sistemi Intelligenti (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
A. Finizio, Istituto di Scienze applicata e Sistemi Intelligenti (Italy)
P. Ferraro, Istituto di Scienze applicata e Sistemi Intelligenti (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9693:
Ophthalmic Technologies XXVI
Fabrice Manns; Per G. Söderberg; Arthur Ho, Editor(s)

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