Intraocular Distance Measuring Interferometer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1 R43 EY09494-1A1,
Agency Tracking Number: 25060
Amount: $79,232.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
461 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA, 01983
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Hercher
 (508) 887-6600
Business Contact
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Research Institution
This research will lead to a new non-invasive technique for measuring intraocular distances. Thiswill provide such data as cornea thickness, ocular lens thickness, cornea-to-retina distance and, possibly,the thickness of the retina. These data may be provided as a function of direction relative to a fixedoptical axis. It will be one of our ultimate goals to map out a contour of the fundus with better than 50micron height resolution. The novelty of the proposed technique lies in the use of the wavelength tuningof a long coherence length laser diode to generate an interferogram which contains the encoded dataon the locations of the various reflective surfaces within the eye. By using this technique in conjunctionwith the use of the anterior cornea as a reference surface, no moving parts are needed and there is noneed to maintain interferometric stability between the source/detector module (i.e. the sensor itself) andthe eye. This, in turn, makes it feasible to use the instrument in a clinical setting -possibly even beinghand-held. All of the data processing can easily be done in a PC with a plug-in card, which would providepower to the sensor head.

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