Abstract

Modulation transfer functions (MTF’s) of 26 low-vision aids (LVA’s) were measured by using the EROS solid-state system. The object and image distances of the LVA’s were as in normal usage by a patient. The contrast thresholds of patients who use LVA’s were also measured. All LVA’s measured have more than adequate contrast transmission at the low frequencies that are important for these subjects, but many have wasted transmission at medium and high frequencies. LVA’s with poorer high-frequency MTF can be used successfully by low-vision patients. It is suggested that in future design high resolution should be sacrificed for a greater lens diameter while maintaining a high MTF at low spatial frequencies.

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