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Binocular summation improves performance to defocus-induced blur

Plainis, Sotiris , Petratou, Dionysia , Giannakopoulou, Trisevgeni , Atchison, David A., & Tsilimbaris, Miltiadis K. (2011) Binocular summation improves performance to defocus-induced blur. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, 52(5), pp. 2784-2789.

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Abstract

PURPOSE. To assess whether there are any advantages of binocular over monocular vision under blur conditions.

METHODS. We measured the effect of defocus, induced by positive lenses, on the pattern reversal Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) and on visual acuity (VA). Monocular (dominant eye) and binocular VEPs were recorded from thirteen volunteers (average age: 28±5 years, average spherical equivalent: -0.25±0.73 D) for defocus up to 2.00 D using positive powered lenses. VEPs were elicited using reversing 10 arcmin checks at a rate of 4 reversals/second. The stimulus subtended a circular field of 7 degrees with 100% contrast and mean luminance 30 cd/m2. VA was measured under the same conditions using ETDRS charts. All measurements were performed at 1m viewing distance with best spectacle sphero-cylindrical correction and natural pupils.

RESULTS. With binocular stimulation, amplitudes and implicit times of the P100 component of the VEPs were greater and shorter, respectively, in all cases than for monocular stimulation. Mean binocular enhancement ratio in the P100 amplitude was 2.1 in-focus, increasing linearly with defocus to be 3.1 at +2.00 D defocus. Mean peak latency was 2.9 ms shorter in-focus with binocular than for monocular stimulation, with the difference increasing with defocus to 8.8 ms at +2.00 D. As for the VEP amplitude, VA was always better with binocular than with monocular vision, with the difference being greater for higher retinal blur.

CONCLUSIONS. Both subjective and electrophysiological results show that binocular vision ameliorates the effect of defocus. The increased binocular facilitation observed with retinal blur may be due to the activation of a larger population of neurons at close-to-threshold detection under binocular stimulation.

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ID Code: 49198
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Defocus, visual acuity , Pattern VEP, binocular summation, blur
DOI: 10.1167/iovs.10-6545
ISSN: 0146-0404
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2012 10:51
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2012 10:51

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