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J J Sloper, A D Collins; Delayed visual evoked potentials in adults after monocular visual deprivation by a dense cataract.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1995;36(13):2663-2671. doi: https://doi.org/.
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PURPOSE: To study the effect of monocular visual deprivation caused by dense unilateral cataracts in adults. METHODS: Visual evoked potentials have been recorded in 11 patients after removal of a dense unilateral cataract acquired in adulthood. These were compared with those from 8 control patients after removal of a mild lens opacity. RESULTS: Visual evoked potentials recorded on the first day after removal of a longstanding, dense, unilateral cataract showed a marked delay to stimulation of the operated eye compared to the unoperated eye. No delay was found in the operated or unoperated eye of control patients. Delays in the visual evoked potential returned to normal within approximately 3 months after surgery, with the exception of the two patients with the most longstanding cataracts in whom the delays persisted much longer. CONCLUSIONS: The adult central visual system is sensitive to visual deprivation caused by a longstanding, dense, unilateral cataract. The changes found may be important in understanding the causes of intractable diplopia, which sometimes occurs after the removal of such cataracts.
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