Abstract

The purpose of this work is to investigate the light-scattering properties of excised eye lenses with intact lens capsules—more specifically, to compare light scattering with light transmission at different wavelengths in aging and cataractous lenses. A lens is positioned at its focal-length distance from an optical fiber end and collimates the light from one of five laser lines (458–633 nm). By use of an integrating sphere with an extra circular port, the collimated directly transmitted light can be separated from the scattered light. For lenses with low light-scattering levels, integrated scattering showed a dependence on wavelength, but when light scattering increased the wavelength difference tended to level out. Despite the higher percentage of lens light scattering at lower wavelengths, when calculated as an “effective light scattering” (compensated for light transmission), more scattered light actually falls toward the retina at longer wavelengths.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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