Contemporary optics and ocular pathology

Surv Ophthalmol. 1978 Sep-Oct;23(2):135-42. doi: 10.1016/0039-6257(78)90092-9.


A significant advantage of Fourier optics over classical optics is that it permits a differentiation between optical and retinal-neural causes of visual impairment. The basic methods of Fourier optics are introduced in a nonmathematical manner, as are their relationship to current clinical methods of measuring visual performance. Potential ophthalmic applications for Fourier optics in both clinical diagnosis and pre-operative ocular evaluation are discussed, and the importance of clinical measurement of visual performance at intermediate contrast states is emphasized.

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / diagnosis
  • Eye Diseases / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Optics and Photonics*
  • Refractive Errors / diagnosis
  • Retina / physiology*
  • Vision Tests
  • Visual Acuity*