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Opt Express. 2010 Feb 1;18(3):2668-81. doi: 10.1364/OE.18.002668.

Temporal dynamics and statistical characteristics of the microfluctuations of accommodation: dependence on the mean accommodative effort.

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  • 1Applied Optics Group, School of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway, UK.


Microfluctuations of accommodation have been the subject of many studies. New technological developments now permit us to study the dynamics of the microfluctuations with unprecedented resolution and accuracy. We aim to characterise their temporal statistics for different levels of accommodative effort, using a custom-built aberrometer. We conducted 46 s long measurements on the dominant eye of 9 young, healthy subjects. The ocular wavefront was sampled every 250 microm across the 3.9 mm measured pupil, at a frame rate of 173 Hz. This enabled us to obtain high resolution estimates of the Power Spectral Density (PSD). Results show that the shape of the estimated PSD for a 4 D effort is distinct from the shape for the two extrema of the accommodation range. The autocorrelation function of the increments of the accommodation signal is also affected by the level of effort, regardless of the refractive error of the subject.

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