[visionlist] prism diopters
ebirch at retinafoundation.org
Thu May 3 21:52:10 -05 2018
For angles up to 45pd the approximation of 2 pd per deg works pretty well. See this excellent paper by Irsch
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> On May 3, 2018, at 10:14 AM, Ben Backus <ben at seevividly.com> wrote:
> I'm helping to build some virtual reality vision tests for optometrists to use. Generally optometrists want visual angle to be measured in prism diopters (PD). But PD are not a nice unit: they are nonlinear. For example, 40 PD = atan(40/100) = 0.38 radian, but 40 * (1 PD) = 0.40 radian.
> Is there any unit out there--or should we define a new one, the "constant prism diopter"--that is equal to 1/100 radians?
> Has anyone tried simply declaring that, for your use, 1 PD will be equal to ~0.573 deg? How did your optometrist friends react to that?
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