Comparison of vision through surface modulated and spatial light modulated multifocal optics

Maria Vinas, Carlos Dorronsoro, Aiswaryah Radhakrishnan, Clara Benedi-Garcia, Edward Anthony LaVilla, Jim Schwiegerling, Susana Marcos

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Spatial-light-modulators (SLM) are increasingly used as active elements in adaptive optics (AO) systems to simulate optical corrections, in particular multifocal presbyopic corrections. In this study, we compared vision with lathe-manufactured multi-zone (2-4) multifocal, angularly and radially, segmented surfaces and through the same corrections simulated with a SLM in a custom-developed two-active-element AO visual simulator. We found that perceived visual quality measured through real manufactured surfaces and SLM-simulated phase maps corresponded highly. Optical simulations predicted differences in perceived visual quality across different designs at Far distance, but showed some discrepancies at intermediate and near.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number#281104
Pages (from-to)2055-2068
Number of pages14
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Aberrations (global)
  • Active or adaptive optics
  • Optics of physiological systems
  • Physical optics
  • Physiological optics
  • Vision, color and visual optics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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