Vision in water

Atchison, David A., Valentine, Emma L., Gibson, Georgina, Thomas, Hannah R., Oh, Sera, Pyo, Young Ah, Lacherez, Philippe, & Mathur, Ankit (2013) Vision in water. Journal of Vision, 13(11), pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine visual performance in water, including the influence of pupil size. The water en-vironment was simulated by placing a goggle filled with saline in front of eyes, with apertures placed at the front of the goggle. Correction factors were determined for the different magnification under this condition in order to to estimate vision in water. Experiments were conducted on letter visual acuity (7 participants), grating resolution (8 participants), and grating contrast sensitivity (1 participant). For letter acuity, mean loss in vision in water, compared to corrected vision in air, varied between 1.1 log minutes of arc resolution (logMAR) for a 1mm aperture to 2.2 logMAR for a 7mm aperture. The vision in minutes of arc was described well by a linear relationship with pupil size. For grating acuity, mean loss varied between 1.1 logMAR for a 2mm aperture to 1.2 logMAR for a 6mm aperture. Contrast sensitivity for a 2mm aperture dete-riorated as spatial frequency increased, with 2 log unit loss by 3 cycles/degree. Superimposed on this deterioration were depressions (notches) in sensitivity, with the first three notches occurring at 0.45, 0.8 and 1.3 cycles/degree with esti-mates for water of 0.39, 0.70 and 1.13 cycles/degree. In conclusion, vision in water is poor. It becomes worse as pupil size increases, but the effects are much more marked for letter targets than for grating targets.

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ID Code: 64954
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: DOAJ as an open access journal
Keywords: contrast sensitivity, goggle, grating acuity, visual acuity, vision in water
DOI: 10.1167/13.11.4
ISSN: 1534-7362
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 2013 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2013 01:24
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2014 10:10

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