VEP pattern after photostress: an index of macular function

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1987;225(4):291-4. doi: 10.1007/BF02150151.


Eighty-seven subjects were examined by means of visual evoked potentials (VEPs) to evaluate the recovery time of the amplitude of the pattern VEP after photostress. Twenty-eight subjects were normal and 59 patients were affected by carotid occlusive disease, vascular retinopathies with and without macular involvement, and connective tissue diseases treated with antimalarial drugs. This examination method emphasizes visual dysfunction in a stage where ophthalmological changes are absent or minimal and therefore may be a useful test for the investigation of macular function.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / physiopathology
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual*
  • Humans
  • Hydroxychloroquine / adverse effects
  • Macula Lutea / physiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Reference Values
  • Retinal Diseases / chemically induced
  • Retinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Retinal Diseases / physiopathology*


  • Hydroxychloroquine