September 1986
Volume 27, Issue 9
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Infants' acuity at twenty feet.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science September 1986, Vol.27, 1417-1420. doi:
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      E H Cornell, P M McDonnell; Infants' acuity at twenty feet.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1986;27(9):1417-1420.

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Abstract

Measurement of duration of fixation was used to assess the ability of 6-, 12-, 24-, and 36-week-old infants to discriminate black-and-white square-wave gratings from a homogeneous gray field at a distance of 20 ft (6.1 m). Acuity was estimated as the smallest stripe width detectable by at least 18 of the 24 infants in a given age group. The strip width was considered detectable if it was fixated longer than a homogenous gray field. The results are consistent with estimates of infants' threshold acuity obtained at target distances less than 5 feet (1.5 m). Because of the 20-ft viewing distance, these infants' acuity in Snellen notation can be more confidently estimated.

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