Abstract

We propose a hybrid optical-digital imaging system that can provide high-resolution retinal images without wavefront sensing or correction of the spatial and dynamic variations of eye aberrations. A methodology based on wavefront coding is implemented in a fundus camera in order to obtain a high-quality image of retinal detail. Wavefront-coded systems rely simply on the use of a cubic-phase plate in the pupil of the optical system. The phase element is intended to blur images in such a way that invariance to optical aberrations is achieved. The blur is then removed by image postprocessing. Thus, the system can provide high-resolution retinal images, avoiding all the optics needed to sense and correct ocular aberration, i.e., wavefront sensors and deformable mirrors.

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