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Optics of the Human Eye


D Atchison BScOptom MScOptom PhD GradCertEd FAAO and G Smith BSc Msc PhD

Published by Butterworth and Heinemann

269 pages


ISBN – 9780750637756

This book describes the optical structure and optical properties of the human eye. It is divided into a number of short chapters with each chapter dedicated to a single theme. For ease of reference, the most commonly useful topics are at the beginning and topics with narrower appeal, such as ocular aberrations, are placed towards the end. This will be an invaluable purchase for all those who have an interest in vision, such as optometrists, ophthalmologists, vision scientists, optical physicists and students of visual optics. An understanding of the optics of the human eye is also particularly important to designers of ophthalmic diagnostic equipment and visual optical systems such as telescopes.

The book is divided into five sections, covering:

  • Basic structure of the human eye
  • Image formation and refraction of the eye (including refractive errors of the eye, measurement and correction)
  • Interactions between light and the eye, considering transmission, reflection and scatter in the media of the eye and at the fundus
  • Aberrations and retinal image quality
  • Depth of field topics and age related changes in the optics of the eye

Contents include:

  • The human eye: an overview
  • Refracting components: cornea and lens
  • The pupil
  • Axes of the eye
  • Paraxial schematic of the eye
  • Image formation: the focused paraxial image
  • Refractive anomalies
  • Measuring refractive errors
  • Image formation: the defocused paraxial image
  • Some optical effects of ophthalmic lenses
  • Light and the eye: introduction
  • Passage of light into the eye
  • Light level at the retina
  • Light interaction with the fundus
  • Monochromatic aberrations
  • Monochromatic aberrations of schematic eyes
  • Chromatic aberrations
  • Retinal image quality
  • Depth-of-field
  • The aging eye
  • Paraxial optics
  • Introduction to aberration theory
  • Schematic eyes
  • Calculation of PSF and OTF from aberrations of an optical system

The book concludes with four appendices, covering mathematics relating to paraxial optics, aberrations theory and image quality criteria and construction data, optical parameters and the aberrations of a number of schematic eyes.

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