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Extreme depth-of-field intraocular lenses
Author(s): Kenneth M. Baker
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Paper Abstract

A new technology brings the full aperture single vision pseudophakic eye's effective hyperfocal distance within the half-meter range. A modulated index IOL containing a subsurface zeroth order coherent microlenticular mosaic defined by an index gradient adds a normalizing function to the vergences or parallactic angles of incoming light rays subtended from field object points and redirects them, in the case of near-field images, to that of far-field images. Along with a scalar reduction of the IOL's linear focal range, this results in an extreme depth of field with a narrow depth of focus and avoids the focal split-up, halo, and inherent reduction in contrast of multifocal IOLs. A high microlenticular spatial frequency, which, while still retaining an anisotropic medium, results in a nearly total zeroth order propagation throughout the visible spectrum. The curved lens surfaces still provide most of the refractive power of the IOL, and the unique holographic fabrication technology is especially suitable not only for IOLs but also for contact lenses, artificial corneas, and miniature lens elements for cameras and other optical devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 1996
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2673, Ophthalmic Technologies VI, (17 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.240054
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Kenneth M. Baker, Optimerix Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2673:
Ophthalmic Technologies VI
Jean-Marie A. Parel; Karen Margaret Joos; Pascal O. Rol, Editor(s)

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