Patents by Inventor Shinya IWATA

Shinya IWATA has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11291365
    Abstract: An OCT system includes an OCT optical system and a reference attachment. The OCT optical system has a beam splitter for splitting light into a measurement optical path and a reference optical path, a photodetector, a first waveguide, a second waveguide, and first connectors provided at end portions of the first waveguide and the second waveguide respectively for indirectly or directly connecting the first waveguide and the second waveguide. The reference attachment has a third waveguide, and second connectors formed at both ends of the third wave guide and configured to be attachable to and detachable from the first connector, and is attached to and detached from the OCT optical system h attaching and detaching each of the second connectors to and from the first connector to change an optical path length of the reference optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NTDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Iwata, Kenji Aoki, Takuya Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20220039650
    Abstract: A fundus imaging apparatus includes an OCT optical system for acquiring OCT data based on measurement light irradiated on a fundus of a subject eye and reference light, and a front imaging optical system for capturing a front image of the fundus of the subject eye by scanning light on the fundus. The scanning light scanned on the fundus of the subject eye in the front imaging optical system has a wavelength, which is longer than ?=850 nm, in a wavelength region in which a scanning light is unlikely to be visible for the subject eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya IWATA, Junpei NISHIYAMA, Norimasa SATAKE
  • Patent number: 11054240
    Abstract: A light interference unit includes a branching optical element, a multiplexing optical element, and at least one fiber device. The branching optical element branches a laser light with an emission wavelength temporally swept, into a measurement light and a reference light. The multiplexing optical element multiplexes the reference light and the measurement light reflected by a measured object, and causes them to interfere. The fiber device includes a reference light device. A transmission light path length is a light path length of the reference light transmitting the reference light device, from the reference light device to the multiplexing optical element. A reflection light path length is a light path length of the reference light reflected by a separation portion of the reference light device, from the reference light device to the multiplexing optical element. The transmission light path length is equal to or more than the reflection light path length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: TATSUTA ELECTRIC WIRE & CABLE CO., LTD., NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Takaya, Shinya Iwata
  • Publication number: 20210093186
    Abstract: Provided are ophthalmologic image processing method, including an acquisition step of acquiring OCT data of an eye to be examined based on a spectral interference signal output from an OCT optical system, a setting step of setting a depth region including an image position of a tissue as an extraction region for data on one-direction side from a zero delay position in the OCT data, and a display control step of extracting extracted OCT data corresponding to the extraction region from the OCT data and displaying the extracted OCT data in a display region set in advance on a monitor, and an OCT apparatus that executes the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Shiba, Yukihiro Higuchi, Shinya Iwata, Junpei Nishiyama, Hideki Aono, Hirofumi Yogo
  • Publication number: 20200288974
    Abstract: A fundus imaging apparatus includes an imaging optical system that irradiates a fundus of a subject eye with light through an objective lens system, and enables to capture a fundus image of the subject eye based on return light from the subject eye, and a diopter correction unit that includes an optical element disposed on an optical path of the imaging optical system and a drive unit driving the optical element, and performs a diopter correction with a diopter value corresponding to a drive amount of the optical element. A drive range of the optical element in the diopter correction unit is set to avoid a specific range being a range in which an artifact caused by reflection light in the objective lens system is maximized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Iwata, Megumi Tsuchiya, Yukihiro Higuchi
  • Publication number: 20200245863
    Abstract: An OCT system includes an OCT optical system and a reference attachment. The OCT optical system has a beam splitter for splitting light into a measurement optical path and a reference optical path, a photodetector, a first waveguide, a second waveguide, and first connectors provided at end portions of the first waveguide and the second waveguide respectively for indirectly or directly connecting the first waveguide and the second waveguide. The reference attachment has a third waveguide, and second connectors formed at both ends of the third wave guide and configured to be attachable to and detachable from the first connector, and is attached to and detached from the OCT optical system h attaching and detaching each of the second connectors to and from the first connector to change an optical path length of the reference optical path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya IWATA, Kenji AOKI, Takuya MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200116471
    Abstract: A light interference unit includes a branching optical element, a multiplexing optical element, and at least one fiber device. The branching optical element branches a laser light with an emission wavelength temporally swept, into a measurement light and a reference light. The multiplexing optical element multiplexes the reference light and the measurement light reflected by a measured object, and causes them to interfere. The fiber device includes a reference light device. A transmission light path length is a light path length of the reference light transmitting the reference light device, from the reference light device to the multiplexing optical element. A reflection light path length is a light path length of the reference light reflected by a separation portion of the reference light device, from the reference light device to the multiplexing optical element. The transmission light path length is equal to or more than the reflection light path length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicants: TATSUTA ELECTRIC WIRE & CABLE CO., LTD., NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato TAKAYA, Shinya IWATA
  • Patent number: 10456035
    Abstract: An ophthalmic surgical microscope includes an observation optical system configured to guide observation luminous fluxes for a right eye and a left eye from an observation object to an imaging device, an actuator configured to move a position of the observation optical system in at least a direction intersecting with the observation luminous fluxes, a processor, and a memory storing computer-readable instructions. The computer readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the ophthalmic surgical microscope to cause a stereoscopic image display to display an observation image to be observed with a right eye of a user and an observation image to be observed with a left eye of the user, detect a position of the observation object with respect to the observation optical system, and correct a deviation in a relative position of the observation optical system with respect to the observation object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Shibata, Michihiro Takii, Shinya Iwata
  • Patent number: 10010451
    Abstract: An ophthalmic laser surgical apparatus includes an XY scan unit, a light guiding optical element, an objective lens, and a Z scan unit. The XY scan unit includes a deflecting device for deflecting the pulsed laser beam, and scans the pulsed laser beam in a direction crossing an optical axis. The light guiding optical element is provided downstream of the deflecting device on the optical path of the pulsed laser beam. The light guiding optical element has refractive power, and guides the pulsed laser beam. The objective lens causes the pulsed laser beam through the XY scan unit and the light guiding optical element to converge in a tissue of a patient's eye. The Z scan unit varies the optical path length between the light guiding optical element and the objective lens while the objective lens is fixed in position on the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Hanebuchi, Naho Murakami, Takayoshi Shibata, Shinya Iwata
  • Publication number: 20180055356
    Abstract: An ophthalmic surgical microscope includes an observation optical system configured to guide observation luminous fluxes for a right eye and a left eye from an observation object to an imaging device, an actuator configured to move a position of the observation optical system in at least a direction intersecting with the observation luminous fluxes, a processor, and a memory storing computer-readable instructions. The computer readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the ophthalmic surgical microscope to cause a stereoscopic image display to display an observation image to be observed with a right eye of a user and an observation image to be observed with a left eye of the user, detect a position of the observation object with respect to the observation optical system, and correct a deviation in a relative position of the observation optical system with respect to the observation object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi SHIBATA, Michihiro TAKII, Shinya IWATA
  • Patent number: 9615971
    Abstract: An ophthalmic laser surgery apparatus for treating an eye of a patient includes: a laser light source configured to emit the pulse laser light; an objective lens configured to condense the pulse laser light emitted from the laser light source on the tissue to cause a photodistuption of the tissue; a scanner configured to scan a condensing position of the pulse laser light condensed by the objective lens; and a controller configured to control the scanner to adjust speed of scanning the condensing position depending on a size of the photodisruption which fluctuates in according to an aberration which fluctuates according to a change in the condensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Miyagi, Takayoshi Shibata, Masaaki Hanebuchi, Naho Murakami, Shinya Iwata
  • Publication number: 20160250067
    Abstract: A laser eye surgery apparatus includes: a laser light source configured to emit pulsed laser light; a scanner configured to scan the pulsed laser light emitted from the laser light source; a condenser configured to concentrate the pulsed laser light scanned by the scanner in a tissue of a patient's eye; and a plane-parallel plate which is provided in a region in which the pulsed laser light is converged or diverged on an optical path of the pulsed laser light from the laser light source to the patient's eye. The plane-parallel plate has a light incident plane to which the pulsed laser light is incident, and a light-emitting plane emitting the pulsed laser light incident from the light incident plane, and the light incident plane and the light-emitting plane are parallel to each other, or are the same plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya IWATA, Masaaki HANEBUCHI, Naho MURAKAMI
  • Publication number: 20150182380
    Abstract: An ophthalmic laser surgery apparatus for treating an eye of a patient includes: a laser light source configured to emit the pulse laser light; an objective lens configured to condense the pulse laser light emitted from the laser light source on the tissue to cause a photodistuption of the tissue; a scanner configured to scan a condensing position of the pulse laser light condensed by the objective lens; and a controller configured to control the scanner to adjust speed of scanning the condensing position depending on a size of the photodisruption which fluctuates in according to an aberration which fluctuates according to a change in the condensing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro MIYAGI, Takayoshi SHIBATA, Masaaki HANEBUCHI, Naho MURAKAMI, Shinya IWATA
  • Publication number: 20150051591
    Abstract: An ophthalmic laser surgical apparatus includes an XY scan unit, a light guiding optical element, an objective lens, and a Z scan unit. The XY scan unit includes a deflecting device for deflecting the pulsed laser beam, and scans the pulsed laser beam in a direction crossing an optical axis. The light guiding optical element is provided downstream of the deflecting device on the optical path of the pulsed laser beam. The light guiding optical element has refractive power, and guides the pulsed laser beam. The objective lens causes the pulsed laser beam through the XY scan unit and the light guiding optical element to converge in a tissue of a patient's eye. The Z scan unit varies the optical path length between the light guiding optical element and the objective lens while the objective lens is fixed in position on the optical path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki HANEBUCHI, Naho MURAKAMI, Takayoshi SHIBATA, Shinya IWATA