A bimorph deformable mirror (DM) for use in ophthalmologic adaptive optics is presented. The fabrication process and the results of characterization of the DM are described. Interferometric measurements of the DM surface shape and voltage-to-displacement characteristics are shown. The response of the DM to a step voltage input is measured using a commercial laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). Experimental measurements of the DM are compared with both finite-element and analytical models. Analysis of the experimental measurements compared to the theoretical model will be used to design and fabricate an optimized DM for vision science.

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