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Glenn M. Schuster, Ashkan Arianpour, Scott Cookson, Eric J. Tremblay, Igor Stamenov, Arthur Zhang, Lee Hendrik, Tyrone O'Brien, Agusto Alvarez, Alex Groisman, Jerry Legerton, William Meyers, Goretty Alonso Amigo, Joseph E. Ford; Wearable Wink-controlled Telescopic Contact Lens with Liquid Crystal Shutter Glasses. Journal of Vision 2016;16(4):14. doi: 10.1167/16.4.4.
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A wink-controlled, military hands-free binocular system using polarization switching and eye-borne optics embedded within wearable scleral contact lenses is described. The lenses provide both refractive unmagnified and peripheral vision and a 2.8× magnification catadioptric telescope using four concentric annular mirrors. Self-contained eyewear with liquid crystal shutters combined with orthogonal linear polarizers within the contact lens allows for selection between the optical paths. A temple-mounted controller monitors reflection of NIR light from a diffusing retroreflector in each lens, ignoring blinks, and switching between paths in response to right- and left-eye winks. The results of testing the prototype system using a scale-model human eye with mechanical “eyelids” as well a small scale clinical (nondispensed) demonstration are discussed.
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