ZEISS Vision Science Lab

Industry on Campus Professorship


Thousands of parameters are taken into account to enhance visual acuity, contrast and color vision, UV protection and visual quality in the twilight, at night or in difficult environmental conditions. Wavefront technology, originally used in astrophysics to compensate for atmospheric disturbances, makes it possible to make a “fingerprint” of the human eye and to take this data into account in the production of individualized lenses. However, the complex interaction of light waves, the eye, the natural crystalline lens and the eyeglass lens is far from being fully deciphered. When the processing of the image on the retina in the brain and the occurrence of complex visual defects between the crystalline lens and the retina are fully understood, experts predict a significant advance in the treatment of poor vision.

The ZEISS Vision Science Lab will investigate this complex interaction. The goal of this research is to gain an understanding of the development of vision, of the interaction of light with the eye and the eyeglass lens, and of the processing of the image in the brain in many different and dynamic situations and, on this basis, to develop new ways of providing natural, optimized vision to each individual wearer. Another item on its agenda is to research into the development of vision and into pathological changes to perception in order to enable their diagnosis by using suitable measuring methods at an early stage. For these patients, this could result in personalized solutions for enhanced vision.