A deficit in strabismic amblyopia for global shape detection

Vision Res. 1999 Mar;39(5):901-14. doi: 10.1016/s0042-6989(98)00157-6.


Using a task which relied upon the detection of sinusoidal deformations from circularity, we show that strabismic amblyopes exhibit deficits which are not critically dependent on either the scale of deformation or the spatial frequency characteristics of the stimulus (circular D4) itself. We show that this loss is not due to the restricted passband of the amblyopic eye. Furthermore, in a pedestal distortion experiment, we show that the suprathreshold form of this loss is consistent with an elevated level of 'intrinsic noise' rather than a loss in 'sampling efficiency'.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amblyopia / physiopathology*
  • Discrimination, Psychological / physiology
  • Form Perception / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology
  • Sensory Thresholds / physiology
  • Strabismus / physiopathology*