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Adaptive optics for retinal imaging and improved vision

Objective

Adaptive optics has proved to be extremely successful in astronomy, providing diffraction limited imaging for ground based telescopes in the 8-10 metre class. The overall aim of this project to apply the technique of adaptive optics to high-resolution imaging of the retina and to providing improved vision. By apply adaptive optics to retinal imaging, it will be possible to image the photoreceptor mosaic on the scale of a few microns, and this will be of significant clinical value for the early detection and monitoring of retinal degeneration, for example due to age-related macular degeneration There is also the possibility of stimulating single photoreceptors, or small groups of photoreceptors, thus allowing novel experiments and investigations in visual perception. Our objectives will be achieved through five inter-related work packages:
1. Imaging the retina
2. Clinical applications
3. Improving vision
4. Wave front sensing
5. Eye and tissue properties The participating groups (7 from 5 countries) have backgrounds related to adaptive optics in astronomy (ICSTM, LESIA and TECH) and in clinical ophthalmic optics and vision science (IOO, LBV, LOUM and VEIC), representing a well-balanced, and highly qualified, team for this project. As a result of this project, we expect to achieve diffraction-limited imaging of the retina in a clinical setting (as opposed to lab-based), and to have implemented adaptive optics that provides improved visual acuity. The project provides the opportunity for cross linking between researchers primarily based in physics and astronomy and those primarily based in the life sciences and medic me, The young scientists will work across these fields and gain experience in the approaches used in interdisciplinary research.

Funding Scheme

NET - Research network contracts

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Address
University Road
90 Galway
Ireland

Participants (7)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Prince Consort Road
SW7 2BZ London
OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS-MEUDON
France
Address
Place Jules-janssen, 5
92195 Meudon
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Address
Technion City
Haifa
UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA
Spain
Address
Campus De Espinardo Edificio C
30100 Espinardo
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Bath Street 11-43
EC1V 9EL London
UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Greece
Address
Voutes
71110 Iraklion
UNIVERSITÉ DE PARIS VII DENIS DIDEROT
France
Address
Avenue De Verdun, 10 - Ufr Lariboisiere Saint Loui
75010 Paris