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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2008;49: E-Abstract 2838.
© 2008 ARVO


Peripheral Higher Order Aberrations in Emmetropes and Myopes

A. Mathur, D. A. Atchison and D. H. Scott

Optometry, QUT School of Optometry, Kelvin Grove Brisbane, Australia

Commercial Relationships: A. Mathur, None; D.A. Atchison, None; D.H. Scott, None.

Support: None.


Purpose:Poor image quality in the peripheral field may lead to myopia. Most studies measuring the higher order aberrations in the periphery have been restricted to the horizontal visual field. The purpose of this study was to measure higher order monochromatic aberrations across the central 42º horizontal x 32º vertical visual fields in myopes and emmetropes.

Methods:We recruited 5 young emmetropes with spherical equivalent refractions +0.17 ± 0.45D and 5 young myopes with spherical equivalent refractions -3.9 ± 2.09D. Measurements were taken with a modified COAS-HD Hartmann-Shack aberrometer (Wavefront Sciences Inc). Measurements were taken while the subjects looked at 38 points arranged in a 7 x 6 matrix (excluding four corner points) through a beam splitter held between the instrument and the eye. A combination of the instrument’s software and our own software was used to estimate OSA Zernike coefficients for 5mm pupil diameter at 555nm for each point. The software took into account the elliptical shape of the off-axis pupil. Nasal and superior fields were taken to have positive x and y signs, respectively.

Results:The total higher order RMS (HORMS) was similar on-axis for emmetropes (0.16 ± 0.02 µm) and myopes (0.17 ± 0.02 µm). There was no common pattern for HORMS for emmetropes across the visual field where as 4 out of 5 myopes showed a linear increase in HORMS in all directions away from the minimum. For all subjects, vertical and horizontal comas showed linear changes across the visual field. The mean rate of change of vertical coma across the vertical meridian was significantly lower (p = 0.008) for emmetropes (-0.005 ± 0.002 µm/deg) than for myopes (-0.013 ± 0.004 µm/deg). The mean rate of change of horizontal coma across the horizontal meridian was lower (p = 0.07) for emmetropes (-0.006 ± 0.003 µm/deg) than myopes (-0.011 ± 0.004 µm/deg).

Conclusions:We have found differences in patterns of higher order aberrations across the visual fields of emmetropes and myopes, with myopes showing the greater rates of change of horizontal and vertical coma.

Keywords: aberrations • optical properties • myopia

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