Observations upon the role of the peripheral retina in the execution of eye movements

ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 1975;37(2):65-73. doi: 10.1159/000275208.


A variety of experimental situations are described concerning optokinetic nystagmus and tracking movements of the eyes, which have shown that in certain circumstances the peripheral retina can exert a powerful influence upon the resultant response. The teleological significance of the findings is discussed in the context of the mechanisms subserving ocular-following movements.

MeSH terms

  • Fixation, Ocular
  • Humans
  • Movement
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic / etiology
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic / physiopathology*
  • Oculomotor Muscles / physiopathology
  • Retina / physiopathology*
  • Scotoma / physiopathology