Design and validity of a miniaturized open-field aberrometer

J Cataract Refract Surg. 2013 Jan;39(1):36-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2012.08.052. Epub 2012 Oct 27.


Purpose: To design and validate a new miniaturized open-field wavefront device that can be attached to an ophthalmic surgical microscope or slitlamp.

Setting: Solihull Hospital and Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Design: Comparative noninterventional study.

Methods: The dynamic range of the Aston aberrometer was assessed using a calibrated model eye. The validity was compared with that of a conventional desk-mounted Hartmann-Shack aberrometer (Topcon KR1W) in dilated eyes. The instruments were used in random order, with measurements repeated 5 times to assess intrasession repeatability.

Results: The open-field aberrometer had a large dynamic range of at least +21.0 diopters (D) to -25.0 D. It gave similar measurements to the conventional aberrometer for mean spherical equivalent (SE) (mean difference 0.02 D ± 0.49 [95% confidence interval]; correlation r = 0.995; P<.001), astigmatic components (J0: 0.02 ± 0.15 D; r = 0.977, P<.001; J45: 0.03 ± 0.28, r = 0.666, P<.001), and higher-order aberration (HOA) root mean square (RMS) (0.02 ± 0.20 D, r = 0.620, P<.001). Intraclass correlation coefficient assessments of intrasession repeatability were excellent (SE = 1.000, P<.001; J0 = 0.998, P<.001; J45 = 0.980, P<.01; HOA RMS = 0.961, P<.001).

Conclusions: The new aberrometer gave valid, repeatable measurements of refractive error and HOAs over a large range. It can measure continuously, thus providing direct feedback on the optical status of the visual system to surgeons during intraocular lens implantation and corneal surgery.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Aberrometry / instrumentation*
  • Adult
  • Corneal Wavefront Aberration / diagnosis*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microscopy / instrumentation
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Refractive Errors / diagnosis*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Young Adult