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Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2005 Jun;28(2):75-92. Epub 2005 Apr 26.

Wavefront technology: past, present and future.

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  • 1Department Optometry and Neuroscience, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, UK.


After outlining what is meant by wavefront aberration, the history of the field of wavefront technology is sketched and methods for measuring ocular wavefront aberration are briefly described. The variations in aberration of the normal eye with the individual and their pupil size, accommodation and age are summarised. Potential contact lens applications are outlined, including the design and on-eye performance of single-vision lenses, lenses for presbyopes and keratoconics, orthokeratology, tear film studies, and the design and performance of customised contact lenses intended to minimise residual lens-eye wavefront error.

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