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Handbook of Visual Optics, Volume One
Fundamentals and Eye Optics

Edited By

Pablo Artal

ISBN 9781482237856
Published April 13, 2017 by CRC Press
449 Pages 414 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Handbook of Visual Optics offers an authoritative overview of encyclopedic knowledge in the field of physiological optics. It builds from fundamental concepts to the science and technology of instruments and practical procedures of vision correction, integrating expert knowledge from physics, medicine, biology, psychology, and engineering. The chapters comprehensively cover all aspects of modern study and practice, from optical principles and optics of the eye and retina to novel ophthalmic tools for imaging and visual testing, devices and techniques for visual correction, and the relationship between ocular optics and visual perception.

Table of Contents



  2. 1 History of Physiological Optics in the 20th Century

    Gerald Westheimer

    2 The Future of Visual Optics

    David R. Williams


  4. 3 Geometrical Optics

    Jim Schwiegerling

    4 Wave Optics

    Daniel Malacara

    5 Aberrations in Optical Systems

    José Sasián

    6 Photometry

    Yoshi Ohno

    7 Characterization of Visual Stimuli using the Standard Display Model

    Joyce E. Farrell, Haomiao Jiang, and Brian A. Wandell

    8 Basic Ophthalmic Instruments

    Walter Furlan

    9 Instrumentation for Adaptive Optics

    Chris Dainty

    10 Anatomy and Embryology of the Eye: An Overview

    Vivian Choh and Jacob G. Sivak

    11 The Retina

    Michael A. Freed

    12 Visual System Architecture

    Jonathan Winawer and Hiroshi Horiguchi

    13 Visual Psychophysical Methods

    Denis G. Pelli and Joshua A. Solomon



14 The Cornea

Michael Collins, Stephen Vincent, and Scott Read

15 The Lens

Fabrice Manns

16 Schematic Eyes

David A. Atchinson

17 Axes and Angles of the Eye

David A. Atchinson

18 The Retina and the Stiles-Crawford Effects

Brian Vohnsen

19 Refractive Errors

David A. Wilson

20 Monochromatic Aberrations

Susana Marcos, Pablo Pérez-Merino, and Carlos Dorronsoro

21 Peripheral Aberratio

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Pablo Artal received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University Complutense of Madrid, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institut d'Optique, Orsay, France and a senior researcher at the Instituto de Optica in Madrid. He is since 1994 full Professor of Optics at the University of Murcia, Spain. He spent several periods doing collaborative research in laboratories in Europe, Australia and USA. He is a fellow member of the OSA and ARVO. He received the prestigious 2013 Edwin H Land medal award in recognition of his scientific contributions to the advancement of diagnostic and correction alternatives in visual optics. He is the recipient of the exclusive "ERC advanced grant" in 2013. He has published more than 150 reviewed papers that received 5500 citations (h-index: 41), presented more than 150 invited talks in international meetings and around 120 seminars in different research institutions. He is also a co-inventor of 18 international patents in the field of Optics and Ophthalmology. He has pioneered a number of highly innovative advances in the methods for studying the optics of the eye and has contributed substantially to our understanding of the factors that limit human visual resolution.

Dr. Artal is a pioneer in exploring the human eye with new technologies and designed new ophthalmic corrections. Several of his proposed solutions and instrument are currently in use in the clinical practice. For example, he co-invented intraocular lenses correcting for the corneal spherical aberration that provides improved quality of vision to millions of patients over the world. Dr. Artal is the founder of Voptica SL a spin-off company developing the concept he invented of adaptive optics vision analyzers. He has been the mentor of many graduate and post-doctoral students. His personal science blog is followed by readers, mostly graduate studen


"The Handbook is very readable…. It is most appropriate for researchers in visual optics and those involved in the design and testing of ophthalmic and optometric instrumentation. Trainees seeking a deeper understanding of the eye’s physiological optical system would also benefit from reading this text."
EuroTimes (Nov 2017)

"This monumental and highly recommended work is a tribute to the irrevocable connection between the visual system (eye and brain) and optics. Outstanding benefits in diagnosing, treating and correcting vision improve lives throughout the world…. Artal and his contributors deftly explain the fundaments of geometrical and physical optics, as well as the anatomy, physiological optics, instrumentation and neuroscience related to vision, in a manner that is clear, comprehensive, modern and historically correct in the attribution of credit. The rigorous text is augmented by full-color graphics, clinical images, tables of clinical data, and extensive references."
–Optics & Photonics News (Jul 2017), review by Barry R. Masters