Image Stabilization in Central Vision Loss: The Horizontal Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex
AbstractFor patients with central vision loss and controls with normal vision, we examined the horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) in complete darkness and in the light when enhanced by vision (VVOR). We expected that the visual-vestibular interaction during VVOR would produce an asymmetry in the gain due to the location of the preferred retinal locus (PRL) of the patients. In the dark, we hypothesized that the VOR would not be affected by the loss of central vision. Nine patients (ages 67 to 92 years) and 17 controls (ages 16 to 81 years) were tested in 10-s active VVOR and VOR procedures at a constant frequency of 0.5 Hz while their eyes and head movements were recorded with a video-based binocular eye tracker. We computed the gain by analyzing the eye and head peak velocities produced during the intervals between saccades. In the light and in darkness, a significant proportion of patients showed larger leftward than rightward peak velocities, consistent with a PRL to the left of the scotoma. No asymmetries were found for the controls. These data support the notion that, after central vision loss, the preferred retinal locus (PRL) in eccentric vision becomes the centre of visual direction, even in the dark. View Full-Text
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González, E.G.; Shi, R.; Tarita-Nistor, L.; Mandelcorn, E.D.; Mandelcorn, M.S.; Steinbach, M.J. Image Stabilization in Central Vision Loss: The Horizontal Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex. Vision 2018, 2, 19.
González EG, Shi R, Tarita-Nistor L, Mandelcorn ED, Mandelcorn MS, Steinbach MJ. Image Stabilization in Central Vision Loss: The Horizontal Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex. Vision. 2018; 2(2):19.Chicago/Turabian Style
González, Esther G.; Shi, Runjie; Tarita-Nistor, Luminita; Mandelcorn, Efrem D.; Mandelcorn, Mark S.; Steinbach, Martin J. 2018. "Image Stabilization in Central Vision Loss: The Horizontal Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex." Vision 2, no. 2: 19.
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