Purpose: To investigate the effect of eccentric refractive correction and full aberration correction on both high and low contrast grating resolution at the preferred retinal locus (PRL) of a single low vision subject with a longstanding central scotoma.
Methods: The subject was a 68 year-old female with bilateral absolute central scotoma due to Stargardt’s disease. She has developed a single PRL located 25° nasally of the damaged macula in her left eye, this being the better of the two eyes. High- (100%) and low contrast (25% & 10%) grating resolution acuity was evaluated using four different correction conditions. The first two corrections were solely refractive error corrections; namely habitual spectacle correction and full sphero-cylindrical correction. The latter two corrections were two versions of adaptive optics corrections of all aberrations; namely full sphero-cylindrical refractive correction with additional aberration correction and habitual spectacle correction with aberration correction.
Results: The mean high contrast (100%) resolution acuity with her habitual correction was 1.06 logMAR, which improved to 1.00 logMAR with full sphero-cylindrical correction. Under the same conditions, low contrast (25%) acuity improved from 1.30 logMAR to 1.14 logMAR. With adaptive optics aberration correction, the high contrast resolution acuities improved to 0.92/0.89 logMAR and the low contrast acuities, to 1.06/1.04 logMAR under both correction modalities. The low contrast (10%) resolution acuity was 1.34 logMAR with adaptive optics aberration correction; however, with purely refractive error corrections she was unable to identify the orientation of the gratings.
Conclusion: Correction of all aberrations using adaptive optics improves both high and low contrast resolution acuity at the PRL of a single low vision subject with longstanding absolute central scotoma.
2012. Vol. 89, no 9