The effect of flicker rate on measured visual field extent in very young children

Suzanne M. Delaney, Velma Dobson, Kathleen M. Mohan, Erin M. Harvey

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Abstract

Purpose. To investigate the effect of flicker rate on measured visual field extent in toddlers. Methods. A total of 270 full-term children (90 each at 11-, 17-, and 30-months of age) and 36 adults were tested binocularly with an LED static perimetry procedure using a black double-arc perimeter. Each subject was tested with one of three flicker rates: 0, 3, or 10 Hz. The median farthest location seen and an interpolated estimate of the location at which 50% of the subjects detected the peripheral stimulus were calculated for each age group for each flicker rate. Results. For 11-, 17-, and 30-month-old subjects, but not adults, flickering stimuli produced a larger measured visual field extent than nonflickering stimuli. For the 10-Hz stimuli, measured visual field extent in children did not differ from that of adults. Conclusions. In infants and young children, binocular measured visual field extent is enhanced by peripheral stimulus flicker. Maturity of the measured visual field depends on the stimulus parameters used during testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)846-852
Number of pages7
JournalOptometry and Vision Science
Volume78
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Binocular visual fields
  • Children
  • Flicker
  • Infants
  • Perimetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry

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