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Scanning laser retinoscopy: a new technique for evaluating optical properties of the cornea after refractive surgery
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Paper Abstract

We present a new technique, scanning laser retinoscopy, to spatially resolve in two dimensions the optical aberrations and refractive power of the ocular media. For this purpose, the Maxwellian view of a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) is configured to scan simultaneously the posterior and the anterior segment of the eye at different levels of prefocussing. This set-up allows retinal imaging and psychophysics through different optical zones of the cornea and lens. In addition, the size of the anatomical pupil can be dynamically controlled by adjusting the colinear infrared and visible light intensities of the illuminating system. In retinoscopic images we can see a part of the retina superimposed by distinctive patterns of shadows in the pupillary area. The variable patterns of shadows in the retinoscopic images change with the level of prefocussing of the SLO. The patterns are the result of local variations in refraction or wavefront aberrations within the lens and cornea. In cases of excimer laser refractive surgery, for example, scanning laser retinoscopy is able to distinguish between a treated central area, transition zone and peripheral cornea. As a corollary, we can document differences between excimer laser delivery systems and also correlate the retinoscopic images with the subjective complaints of refractive surgery patients. These include monocular diplopia, glare, loss of contrast sensitivity besides reduced visual acuity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3192, Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Endoscopy, (22 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.297871
Show Author Affiliations
Frans J. Van de Velde, Univ. Hospital Antwerp and Schepens Eye Research Institute-Harvard (United States)
Marie Jose Tassignon, Univ. Hospital Antwerp (Belgium)
Rene Trau, Univ. Hospital Antwerp (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3192:
Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Endoscopy
Gregory B. Altshuler; Reginald Birngruber; Marco Dal Fante; Raimund Hibst; Herbert Hoenigsmann; Neville Krasner; Frederic Laffitte, Editor(s)

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