Transmittance of the lens capsule

Per G.M.D. Soderberg, Pascal O. Rol, David B. Denham, Jean Marie Parel

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The transmittance of the lens capsule decreases towards shorter wavelengths from around 300 nm. There is a minimum in the transmittance of around 70% at 280 nm followed by a peak of around 75% at 250 nm and then a quick decrease to 2 - 4% at 225 nm. These results were obtained from in vitro measurement of rabbit lens capsules. It is believed that the cyclic amino acids tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine are responsible for the minimum transmittance at 280 nm. It is concluded that the lens capsule efficiently protects the interior of the lens from short wave ultraviolet radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsJean-Marie Parel, Karen M. Joos, Pascal O. Rol
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventOphthalmic Technologies VI - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 27 1996Jan 28 1996

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


OtherOphthalmic Technologies VI
CitySan Jose, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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