A Year in Visual Optics: Understanding the Anterior Human Eye
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Prof. Susana Marcos   [ view bio ]
Prof. Anna Pandolfi   [ view bio ]
Prof. Geunyoung Yoon   [ view bio ]
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This webinar we will provide background for the analysis and understanding of the anterior human eye, cornea and lens, that not only provides refraction and high transparency that allow us to see the world around us but also is critical as a rigid yet transparent window to the inner eye of immeasurable value when diagnosing a number of eye and retinal conditions that may deteriorate vision if left untreated.

  • The refractive properties of the cornea, the foremost element of the eye, will be covered and examples will be given of how the cornea can be imaged and analyzed. Improved imaging and analysis is crucial for eye diagnostics and for accurate refractive surgery.
  • The mechanical properties of the eye and, in particular, the cornea will be discussed. The optical and mechanical properties of the cornea are determined by layered collagen fibrils. Only though detailed mechanical modeling can its structure and properties be understood.
  • The crystalline eye lens has a graded refractive index profile and ensures vision and accommodation. Scattering may hinder clear vision and require implantation of an intraocular lens. A number of lenses are available that mimic the natural crystalline lens to provide accurate vision. The optics and opportunities of intraocular lenses will be discussed. 

What You Will Learn/Seminar Objectives
  • Methods used to image and analyze the cornea of the human eye
  • Methods that allow detailed mechanical analysis of the cornea and its parts
  • Analysis of vision and the role of the crystalline lens and intraocular lenses

Who Should Attend
  • Anyone interested in learning about the eye, the mechanics and the optical properties of the anterior eye and their importance for vision as well as ophthalmic imaging.
  • Students and researchers with an interest in ophthalmic technologies and the eye.
  • Ophthalmic industry employees and clinicians who wish to increase their understanding of the human eye and the technical possibilities currently available to explore the cornea and the crystalline lens.

  • The webinar will be targeted for beginners and intermediate researchers towards the specialists.

Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
January 15, 2015