The direct compensation method allows for an accurate (standard deviation below 0.05 log unit) determination of intraocular light scattering between 3.5 and 25 deg of scattering angle and is suitable for untrained subjects. The method was used to study population behaviour and individual variation in 129 volunteers between 20 and 82 yr of age, visual acuity equal to or better than one and no apparent eye pathology. The results indicate straylight to increase with the 4th power of age, doubling at 70. In addition to the age dependence, there was great variation between individuals. Part of this is due to negative correlation with pigmentation.