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Thomas J. T. P. van den Berg, Joris E. Coppens, Jaap A. van Best; Derivation of Lenticular Transmittance from Fluorophotometry. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(9):3003-3007.
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purpose. To derive transmittance spectra for the human lens using the ratio between posterior and anterior autofluorescence of the lens as measured by fluorophotometry.
methods. Transmittance spectra of the lens can be described with a one-parameter model to a high degree of accuracy. The parameter m of this model defines the differences between lens transmittance spectra of individuals. In fluorophotometry literature another parameter related to lens transmittance, T, has been defined as the square root of the ratio between posterior and anterior lenticular autofluorescence. T can be predicted from parameter m, given the spectra of the excitation light, of the fluorescence emitted by the lens and of the detecting device are known, and assuming that the anterior and posterior fluorescence efficiencies of the lens are equal. When this relation is inverted, parameter m can be derived from T, giving the complete transmittance spectrum on the basis of T.
results. A transformation curve was calculated to determine T from m and vice versa. The light transmittance spectrum of the lens was calculated as a function of T. The validity of this approach was evaluated using an independent method for assessment of lenticular transmittance. This method consisted of making color slitlamp slides, grading the observed color of these slides with the LOCS III NC grading system, and transforming these grades into the model parameter m using published transformation curves.
conclusions. The total transmittance spectrum can be calculated reliably from a fluorophotometric scan of the human lens.
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