July 1981
Volume 21, Issue 1
Articles  |   July 1981
Spatial and temporal vision of macaques after central retinal lesions.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science July 1981, Vol.21, 17-26. doi:
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      W H Merigan, T Pasternak, D Zehl; Spatial and temporal vision of macaques after central retinal lesions.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1981;21(1):17-26.

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Spatial contrast and temporal modulation sensitivity of two macaque monkeys were measured at three luminance levels before and after binocular laser coagulation of the fovea. The radius of the lesions ranged from 1.6 to 2.2 deg from the center of the fovea. After placement of the lesions, the visibility of high spatial frequencies was greatly reduced, although sensitivity at middle and low spatial frequencies was unaffected. No loss of spatial resolution was found at the lowest luminance tested. When temporal modulation sensitivity was tested with 4 deg targets, foveal lesions had no effect at any temporal frequency or luminance. However, with a 0.57 deg target, sensitivity to lower frequencies was impaired. Thus visual loss after destruction of the fovea is limited to high luminance, small targets, and the resolution of fine detail.


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