[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present a simple device (called a halometer) to detect and quantify the phenomenon of halos after certain surgical procedures, such as refractive surgery. The task of the subject consists basically of discriminating, after dark adaptation, a small light source around a central high-luminance stimulus. The device, which is connected to a computer, provides a disturbance index to measure the effect of halos on the observer's vision. Tested with normal subjects and patients after LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) surgery, this apparatus proved sufficiently sensitive to quantify the halos in subjects who had undergone surgery.
Journal of Biomedical Optics 11/2003; 8(4):663-7. · 2.88 Impact Factor