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Lytro Light Field Camera: a New Tool for Ophthalmologists?

March 30, 2012


I am really into photography! Just check out my photo web site, TheLASIKDocPhotography.com! So when a new photo product comes out, I am eager to be one of the first to get it and try it out. Several months ago there was an announcement from Lytro about the introduction of the first consumer oriented Light Field Camera. I immediately pre oredred the camera, and it finally arrived yesterday..

According to Lytro:

It lets you take pictures like never before. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.

Since you’ll capture the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. You can refocus your pictures at anytime.

And focusing after the fact, means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay. So, capture the moment you meant to capture not the one a shutter-delayed camera captured for you.

They allow both the picture taker and the viewer to focus pictures after they’re snapped, shift their perspective of the scene, and even switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D views. With these amazing capabilities, pictures become immersive, interactive visual stories that were never before possible – they become living pictures.

I brought my new Lytro to the OR yesterday and took what I think is the 1st known Living Field Photo of live cataract surgery.  When you explore this photo you can click on different parts of the picture to bring them into focus.  This is all very cool, but I can invision a device that allows ophthalmologists to take a Living Field Photo of different structures of the eye can all be brought into focus with a click of the mouse…


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