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Image Pre-Compensation to Facilitate Computer Access for Users with Refractive Errors

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"Image Pre-Compensation to Facilitate Computer Access for Users with Refractive Errors", (2004)
Miguel Alonso Jr., Armando Barreto and J. Gualberto Cremades

ABSTRACT: The use of computer technology for everyday tasks has become increasingly important in today's world. Frequently, computer technology makes use of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), presented through monitors or LCD displays.

This type of visual interface is not well suited for users with visual limitations due to refractive errors, particularly when they are severe and not correctable by common means.

In order to facilitate computer access for users with refractive deficiencies, an algorithm was developed, using a priori knowledge of the visual aberration, to generate an inverse transformation of the images that are then displayed on-screen, countering the effect of the aberration.

The result is that when then user observes the screen displaying the transformed images, the image perceived in the retina will be similar to the original image.

The algorithm was tested by artificially introducing a spherical aberration in the field of view of 14 subjects, totaling 28 individual eyes. Results show that when viewing the screen, this method of compensation improves the visual performance of the subjects tested in comparison to viewing uncompensated images.