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1. (WO2016004385) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ALIGNMENT OF THE EYE FOR OCULAR IMAGING
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CLAIMS

claimed is:

A device for aligning a subject's eye with an optical axis of an ocular imaging device comprising:

a. a housing comprising a first end, a second end, an outer surface, and an inner surface, wherein the inner surface defines a luminal space and wherein the luminal space is configured to allow for passage of the optical axis therethrough;

b. a plurality of guide light assemblies disposed within the housing, each guide light assembly comprising:

i. a body comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the second side faces the luminal space;

ii. a channel defined in the body, wherein the channel extends from the body first side to the body second side, wherein the channel forms an opening in the body second side;

iii. a guide light disposed within the channel, wherein the guide light is configured to emit light out of the opening; and

iv. a baffle disposed transversely in the channel between the guide light and the opening and configured to mask light from the guide light, wherein the baffle further comprises a slit configured to allow passage of light along a path of ocular alignment; and

c. a plurality of secondary baffle assemblies disposed on the housing second end, wherein each of the plurality of second baffle assemblies is configured to mask light emitted from one of the plurality of guide light assemblies, wherein each of secondary baffle assemblies further comprises a slit configured to allow passage of light along a second path of ocular alignment,

wherein the light from each of the plurality of guide light assemblies is visible to the subject when the subject's eye is in alignment with respect to the optical axis of the ocular imaging device and not visible when the subject's eye is out of alignment with respect to the optical axis of the ocular imaging device.

The device of claim 1 , wherein the plurality of guide light assemblies are slideably mounted to the housing,

The device of claim 1 , wherein the plurality of secondary baffle assemblies are slidably mounted to the housing.

The device of claim 1 , wherein the secondary baffle assemblies each further comprise a baffle plate, wherein the slit is positioned on the baffle plate, and a baffle wall.

The device of claim 4, wherein the baffle wall extends into the luminal space of the housing toward the housing first end.

The device of claim 1 , wherein the secondary baffle assembly are comprised of anti-reflective material.

The device of claim 1 , further comprising a co-axial light, visible to the subject when the subject's is in course alignment.

The device of claim 1 , further comprising a first set of the plurality of guide lights wherein the first set of guide lights is visible to the subject when the subject's eye optical axis is in alignment along the x-axis with respect to the optical axis of the imaging system; and a second set of guide lights, visible to the subject when the subject's eye optical axis is in alignment along a y-axis with respect to the optical axis of the imaging system, wherein when the first set of guide lights and second set of guide lights are simultaneously visible to the subject, the subject's eye is in alignment with the z-axis of the imaging system.

An ocular alignment system for aligning the optical axis of a subject's eye with an optical axis of an ocular imaging device comprising:

a. a plurality of guide lights; and

b, one or more baffle configured to mask the one or more guide light from view of the subject such that the one or more guide light is only visible to the subject when the optical axis of the subject's eye is aligned with the optical axis of an ocular imaging system.

The system of claim 9 wherein the one or more baffle further comprises one or more slits, configured to allow passage of light along the alignment path.

The system of claim 9 wherein the plurality of baffles or guide lights are adjustable to control a z-axes focal point to the subject's eye.

The system of claim 9, further comprising a first set of the plurality of guide lights wherein the first set of guide lights is visible to the subject when the optical axis of the subject's eye is in alignment along the x-axis with respect to the optical axis of the ocular imaging system; and a second set of guide lights, visible to the subject when the subject' s eye is in alignment along a y-axis with respect to the optical axis of an ocular imaging system, wherein when the first set of guide lights and second set of guide lights are simultaneously visible to the subject, the subject's eye is in alignment with the z-axis

The system of claim 9 wherein a set of the plurality of guide light is only visible when the eye is aligned along the x, y and z axes with respect to the optical path of the ocular imaging device.

The system of claim 9, where the one or more guide light sources is positioned in the x-y plane at varying z-distance to optimize guide light path(s) to the subject.

The system of claim 14 wherein the one or more guide light is only visible when the eye is aligned along the θ, η, and ζ axes with respect to the optical path of the ocular imaging device,

The system of claim 9, further comprising one or more indicator signals, wherein the one or more indicator signals indicates to the subject a direction of eye

movement to achieve alignment,

The system of claim 16, further comprising one or more baffle to mask the one or more indicator signal from view of the subject such that the one or more indicator signal is only visible to the subject when the eye of the subject is out of alignment with the optical axis or a target operational distance of the ocular imaging system,

The system of claim 9 further comprising a coaxial light, visible to the subject when coarse alignment is achieved,

A method of aligning a subject's eye with an optical axis of an ocular imaging device comprising:

a, providing a first set of guide lights along the optical path between the

subject's eye and the ocular imaging device; and

b. providing one or more baffle, configured to mask the first set of guide lights from view of the subject such that first set of guide lights is only visible to the subject when the eye of the subject is aligned with the optical axis of an ocular imaging system.

The method of claim 19, wherein the first set of guide lights is visible to the subject when the subject's eye is in alignment along a x-axis with respect to the optical axis, the method further comprising:

a. providing a second set of guide lights, visible to the subject when the

subject's eye is in alignment along a y-axis with respect to the optical axis; and

b. wherein when the first set of guide lights and second set of guide lights are simultaneously visible to the subject, the subject's eye is in alignment with the z-axis,