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Adaptive Optics Laboratory

The Adaptive Optics (AO) Laboratory, funded by EPSRC, houses the world’s first binocular adaptive optics system for the study of accommodation and oculomotor function. Funding from the BBSRC supports a

In the AO Lab, optometrists and physicists work together using a unique binocular wave-front sensor to analyse the higher order aberrations of the eye and their consequence for visual function.  This group also uses adaptive optics to image the in vivo human retina.

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Adaptive optics

Our adaptive optics system uses a deformable mirror to correct higher-order aberrations. The system can be used to effectively by-pass the imperfections in the optics of the eye, thus improving visual acuity. We are currently using this system to investigate the potential role of ocular aberrations in accommodation accuracy during nearwork.

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Binocular wavefront sensing

The performance of the human eye is limited by a number of optical and neural factors. Our research laboratory is interested in the measurement of higher-order ocular aberrations (i.e. those above sphere and cylinder). These higher-order ocular aberrations are known to fluctuate over time, and they may be involved in accommodation control.

Our laboratory has facility for the measurement of higher-order aberrations, and their fluctuations, in real time. We are interested in differences in aberration dynamics that may exist between emmetropes and myopes, and stable versus progressing myopes.

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