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Aging Effects in Psychophysical Foveal Light Detection Thresholds
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2013, Pages: 14-19
Received: Feb. 26, 2013; Published: Feb. 20, 2013
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Andrea Pulchinelli, Orthoptics and Ocular Motility Section, Pacaembu Eye Clinic, São Paulo, SP, Brasil
Marcelo Fernandes Costa, Clinical Psychophysics and Electrophysiology of Vision, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Psychology Institute, and Nucleus for Neuroscience and Behaviour, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil
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Foveal light detection sensitivity was evaluated in 348 volunteers covering a large age range using an automated perimetry performed in the Humphrey Field Analyzer II. Foveal sensitivity was measured using the Humphrey’s 4–2 bracketing strategy with a 30 dB initial stimulus intensity, at an inferior visual field location, a 0.431 (4mm2, viewed at 30 cm; Goldmann III) spot of white light is presented on a 10 cd/m2 white background. The sensitivity measurement was performed monocularly in both eyes randomly chosen. Our results showed a negative moderate correlation between age and the light sensitivity detection of OD (r= -0.5591; p< 0.001) and OS (r= -0.6021, p< 0.001). A moderate positive correlation was ob-tained between the light sensitivity of the two eyes (r= -0.5986; p< 0.001). We conclude reporting aging effect in the foveal sensitivity light detection suggesting functional decrease in perceptual function guide by developmental changes. Tolerance limits for normative purposes were measured.
Foveal Sensitivity; Visual Perception; Clinical Psychophysics; Aging; Automated Perimetry
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Andrea Pulchinelli, Marcelo Fernandes Costa, Aging Effects in Psychophysical Foveal Light Detection Thresholds, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013, pp. 14-19. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20130201.13
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