Larry N. Thibos was educated at the University of Michigan, where he earned B.S. (1970) and M.S. (1972) degrees in Electrical Engineering, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. degree in Physiological Optics (1975) for research on the neurophysiological mechanisms of sensitivity control in the vertebrate retina. During the period 1975—1983, he was a Research Fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, where he investigated the neurophysiology of retinal information processing.
In 1983, he joined the Indiana University School of Optometry faculty and is currently Professor of Optometry. Professor Thibos is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and former Topical Editor for Optometry and Vision Science and for the Journal of the Optical Society of America.
His research interests include the effects of optical aberrations of the eye on visual performance, the limits to spatial vision imposed by retinal architecture, and the characterization of vision in the peripheral field.
Professor Thibos is a founding member of the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research at Indiana University, where he is applying the results of basic research to the development of new clinical approaches to understanding optical and neural losses of vision.
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (1975)
- M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan (1972)
- B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan (1970)
- Neurophysiology of Vision (V 648)
- Visual Psychophysics
- Graduate courses in visual neurophysiology, visual psychophysics, quantitative methods, visual optics, research seminars, master’s research, and doctoral research
- Thibos, L.N. Walsh, D.J. and Cheney, F.E. (1987) Vision beyond the resolution limit: aliasing in the periphery. Vision Res. 27, 2193-2197.
- Thibos, L.N., Cheney, F.E. and Walsh, D.J. (1987) Retinal limits to the detection and resolution of gratings. J. Opt. Soc. Amer. A 4, 1524-1529.
- Thibos, L. N., Bradley, A. and Still, D. (1991). Interferometric measurement of visual acuity and the effect of ocular chromatic aberration. Appl. Opt. 30, 2097-2087.
- Thibos, L. N., Bradley, A. and Zhang, X. (1991). The effect of ocular chromatic aberration on monocular visual performance. Optom. Vis. Sci. 68, 599-607.
- Thibos, L.N. and Bradley, A. (1993) New methods for discriminating neural and optical losses of vision. Optom. Vis. Sci. 70, 279-287.
- Thibos, L. N., Wheeler, W. & Horner, D. (1994). A vector method for the analysis of astigmatic refractive errors. (thibos/PV/pv.html) Vision Science and Its Applications, (Optical Society of America, Washington, DC), 2, 14-17.
- Principles of Hartman-Shack Aberrometry (Wavefront Sensing Congress 2000)
- Report from the VSIA Taskforce on Standards for the Reporting of the Optical Aberrations of the Eye (Vision Science and its Applications
- Proposal for a VSIA Taskforce on Methods and Standards for Reporting Aberration Characteristics of Eyes (Vision Science and its Applications [VSIA 1999])
- 1999 Distinguished Faculty Lecture
- 1997 Glenn Fry Award