Date of Award

Spring 2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Kenneth Rudolph Farmer

Second Advisor

Edwin Hou

Third Advisor

Sven Loncaric

Fourth Advisor

Neelakshi Bhagat

Abstract

This thesis describes an improved system for laser eye surgery. The system incorporates hardware based image matching and MEMS micromirrors for feedback control of laser positioning on the eye. Many benefits are described in this thesis, such as nulling out eye movement, tracking laser firing history, enabling precise control of laser firing locations and preventing firing accidents. The aim of this work is to frame this improved laser surgery concept and prove the principle of various components of the system. A featured accomplishment is the modeling and simulation of a prototype microcontroller using VHDL that may be incorporated as part of the improved system.

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