Effect of chromatic aberration on contrast sensitivity in pseudophakic eyes

K. Negishi, K. Ohnuma, N. Hirayama, T. Noda

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Objective: To evaluate the effect of chromatic aberrations in pseudophakic eyes with various types of intraocular lenses (IOLs). Patients and Methods: The study included 51 eyes of 33 patients who underwent cataract surgery. The eyes were divided into 3 groups according to the material from which their IOL was made: group 1, polymethyl methacrylate; group 2, silicone; and group 3, an acrylate/methacrylate copolymer. Ten normal phakic control eyes (group 4) underwent the same examination. Best-corrected distance visual acuity and contrast sensitivity were measured under white light and monochromatic light with wavelengths of 470 nm, 549 nm, and 630 nm, with the best correction under white light. Results: There were no significant differences in best-corrected visual acuity and contrast sensitivity under the 549-nm monochromatic light in any group. However, under both white multichromatic light and 470- and 630-nm monochromatic light, the mean contrast sensitivity in group 3 tended to be lower, sometimes significantly, than in the other IOL groups. Conclusions: Our results showed that longitudinal chromatic aberrations of some IOLs may degrade the quality of the retinal image. Attention must be paid to the detailed optical performance of IOL materials to achieve good visual function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1154-1158
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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