Abstract

Presbyopia, the gradual loss of accommodation that accompanies aging, can be corrected by creating asphericity in the optical path of the eye. Bifocal and aspheric contact lenses, intraocular lenses, spectacle lenses, and laser refractive surgery are all widely used to alleviate the symptoms of presbyopia. These types of corrective surfaces try to concentrate vision in limited peaks over the full range of vergences. The methodology described in this paper is designed to correct presbyopia by optimizing vision over the entire target range of near to distant. A corrective surface was created by employing an iterative function minimization algorithm to optimize an optical metric. In most cases, it is possible to obtain an optical surface that will optically compensate for presbyopia.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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